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bunny tales

"I can do anything in it but sit," said Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, of the bejeweled, white-tail-embellished bunny outfit she donned for last night's Playboy dinner at The Standard hotel. The occasion was the unveiling of Richard Phillips' Marfa, Texas-based installation for the magazine—part of the new effort headed up by creative director of special projects Neville Wakefield to reimagine the men's mag and revive its art-world roots. (Apparently, Salvador Dali contributed to a few issues in the sixties, and Hugh Hefner famously asked Warhol to put his spin on the bunny emblem way back when.) "It's kind of beyond a dream," said Phillips when asked about working alongside the star of Playboy's centerfold. "Playboy figured into a very important initiation in my life," he added. "I discovered a whole bunch of magazines in the bottom drawer of my father's desk—which I'd have to replace very, very carefully, so I wouldn't be discovered. It became a gateway to a lot of things."

Phillips' installation—a blacked-out 1972 Dodge Charger set on a tilted cement stand next to a neon Playboy sign in the middle of the Marfa desert—was revealed to guests such as Johan Lindeberg, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Ryan McGinness, and, of course, Pomplun (who changed into a black cocktail frock so that she could, well, sit) via a film during a Texas-themed meal. "It's going to live on as a myth," said Wakefield of the eerie artwork. "I don't know that anyone's going to go down to Marfa to see it. We could have done it on a set—like the moon landing," he said, grinning.

Across town, at The Fat Radish, London-based designer Henry Holland invited Leigh Lezark, Alexa Chung, and Harley Viera-Newton to join him and cohost Dree Hemingway in feting his Resort collection. "She's my second wife!" laughed Holland when asked about how he and Hemingway became pals. The model offered an explanation. "He made me a purple lace wedding dress that I wore in his [Spring 2010] show. It was the most heavenly thing ever." On this particular occasion, she wore one of the designer's graphic red Resort looks. It didn't have a fluffy tail, but it packed a punch nonetheless.

Sheep, not bunnies, were the main event at a dinner that The Woolmark Company hosted for its new collaborator Narciso Rodriguez. Standing to toast the designer, Stuart McCullough, the CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, said, "Last week I was on a farm in outback Western Australia. Today I'm here at the other end of the supply chain. We aim to position our wool fiber next to the best designers in the world, and that's what brings us here tonight."

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Stop in the Name of the Louvre

"This dress weighs forty pounds, I'm just going to stand here like the statues," quipped Becca Cason Thrash of her Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown as she welcomed early arrivals to Liaisons au Louvre III last night. Among them was Milla Jovovich, who reckoned that her own Saint Laurent number checked in at "at least thirty pounds."

The guest list for the American and International Friends of the Louvre benefit was nothing if not eclectic—a mash-up of European, red-carpet, and rock-star nobility, plus society figures from all over, particularly Houston, where Thrash hails from. Gela Nash-Taylor piled the diamonds high: "Only some of them are real," she joked, striking a pose with husband John in the Caryatids statue gallery. After dinner, the likes of Charlotte Casiraghi, Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, Bruno Frisoni, Hervé Van der Straeten, Andrew Gn, Olga Kurylenko, and Nick Rhodes gathered underneath I. M. Pei's glass pyramid for the evening's live auction.

Thrash drove bidding to new heights, spurred by travel experiences such as a stay at South Wraxall Manor, the Taylors' fifteenth-century estate near Bath, England (with touring rights to Gela's closets and a Juicy Couture tracksuit thrown in for good measure), or a five-day cruise down the Nile on Christian Louboutin's custom-built dahabeah. Thrash, with Louboutin's blessing, sold that trip three times over. The auction's centerpiece—20 Jahre Einsamkeit, by Anselm Kiefer—pulled in a cool half million. In all, the soiree raised nearly $3 million for restorations of the ancient Greek sculpture galleries in the Louvre, home to the Venus de Milo.

But the biggest coup of the evening was not about the cash—it was about an icon. With the opening chords of "I'm Coming Out," the whole room was on its feet for Diana Ross, who reeled through some of her biggest hits. "Are you too young to remember this one?" she teased before launching into "Stop in the Name of Love." "When I saw this project, I just had to do it, so I pulled out my vintage Bob Mackie," the singer said after the show. "I just loved this energy here tonight."

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Who’s That Girl?

A Madonna anything can draw in a serious crowd, and last night's EPIX World Premiere of Madonna: The MDNA Tour, hosted by the Cinema Society and Dolce & Gabbana, certainly didn't disappoint. Everyone from John Travolta to Martha Stewart piled into The Paris Theatre, and even though Riccardo Tisci has a Givenchy men's show in Paris next week, he told he "flew in for just one night, because she is such a great friend and collaborator."

The Queen of Pop finally showed up an hour late—but who's counting; it's Madonna!—in a Tom Ford tuxedo, complete with top hat, a look she explained was inspired by the outfit Marlene Dietrich wore to the 1948 Paris Theatre ribbon-cutting ceremony. The film began to roll, and everyone was so riled up that it felt like an actual concert, complete with sing-alongs and standing ovations. To top it all off, Madonna orchestrated a twenty-two-piece drum line to march down the aisles during the credits. The Paris was burning.

The after-party at Harlow was a well-deserved release after a long world tour and an equally grueling five months in the editing room. Earlier, Madonna had said, "I can officially say, now that my tour is over, that it was probably the hardest tour I've ever done. But in my book, if you don't leave a pound of flesh on the stage every night, you did not do your job."

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A Date With JLo

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"I love this party because you have a sense that what you're doing is important. You don't feel indulgent," Kenneth Cole told at last night's amfAR Inspiration Gala. "Except maybe tonight's a little indulgent because we're at the Plaza." After cocktails in the Oak Room, guests were led, by drummer boy, to a military-inspired men's fashion show off the lobby. The whole affair was topped off with dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Liza Minnelli exclaimed, "I feel like Eloise!" And well she should, of course. Minnelli's childhood in the famous hotel is said to have inspired her godmother, Kay Thompson, to pen the popular children's books.

The Inspiration Gala, as amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost explained, is the night when amfAR honors the people who might not be HIV/AIDS activists but whose work informs amfAR's mission nonetheless. The evening's honorees were Alan Cumming, Valentino (he couldn't make it, so Iman accepted the award on his behalf), and Jennifer Lopez. A date with Lopez when she accepts her Walk of Fame star in Hollywood later this year was a highly coveted auction lot, especially after Lopez upped the ante by offering not one, but two dates. Dsquared²'s Dean and Dan Caten secured the first, and another bidder got the other, each for a cool $90,000.

Altuzarra Spring 2013

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Who Wore Tom Ford Best?

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The Short and the Long of It

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Double Down

Vinoodh Matadin, Inez van Lamsweerde, and Aimee Mullins ; ;

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Not even a natural disaster could prevent the annual Whitney Gala and Studio Party from taking place—Sandy might have delayed the festivities, but last night's "Do Over" was every bit the philanthropic fête the original was expected to be. After announcing that the event had raised over $2.7 million for the museum, with a third of that going to relief for artists affected by the storm, chairman Leonard Lauder thanked co-chairs Allison Kanders, Amy Phelan, and Lizzie Tisch for essentially having to organize the event twice. Designer Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland, Whitney board member and a sponsor of the evening, admitted the reschedule had left her a bit harried. "I live in Michigan with my family still. I'm only here part-time, so today I had a fashion show uptown and then a board meeting and now this, all on one day."

After dinner, the uptown charity set was replaced by the late-nighters. Nate Lowman deejayed—"I actually did this in the nineties. Tonight I'm back on the turntables; nothing but vinyl tonight," he said—while designers Thakoon Panichgul and Timo Weiland, with their pre-fall lines all wrapped up, let their hair down on the dance floor. "I've been coming here since I was 18," said Weiland. "So many great memories." And with pre-fall behind him, what can we expect for Fall 2013? "Peplum, but it's a bit more gathered—I love how architectural it feels."

By | December 11th, 2012|Color tips, Eyebrow Tips, Eyeliner, Jewellery, Lipstick, Makeup|0 Comments