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Milan by Moonlight


Michael Pitt and Italo Zucchelli ; ;


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The stars aligned in Milan. Men's fashion week is not traditionally the celebrity-studded spectacle its women's counterpart can be, but the city played host to a select few. The catch seemed to be that they were there to do anything but act. James Franco, the face of Gucci's new Made to Measure cologne, was in town as a behind-the-scenes type. At Gucci's garden party to launch the scent, a screening room was booked to debut a documentary he produced about the everyday life of designer Frida Giannini. At Calvin Klein's postshow dinner, held at a lavish spa, Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt was overheard to say that acting is all well and good but he wants to focus his energies on directing.

Maybe that plan-B spirit was catching. It was all slightly…different somehow. At Calvin, the exclusive models who had walked the show that afternoon had descended from the catwalk to mix among mortals, and dinner was preceded by a short set from the bearded folkie Jack Savoretti, who admitted before beginning, "This isn't how I usually spend my Sunday nights."

The unusual was the tone of the week. The stylish Fiat heir Lapo Elkann hosted a separate party with Gucci to launch a new collection of swanky seventies-inflected pieces he designed with Giannini. Footballer Leo Messi was at Dolce & Gabbana's after-show bash in his capacity as a model—the subject of a monograph by designer-turned-lensman Domenico Dolce—rather than a player.

There was so much creative moonlighting that by the time it rolled around to Monday night, you were grateful for Moncler's thronged store-opening party on via Montenapoleone. It was a fashion brand using a fashion week to launch a fashion shop. How novel.

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A Leg Up

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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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Copper Toned

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The Marvels of the Carnival Await You


Katie Holmes, Naomi Watts, Connie Britton, and Anna Kendrick ; ;


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Although the forecasts predicted torrential downpours, there was no raining on Coach's carnival last night. Guests at the brand's annual fund-raiser for (and on) the High Line enjoyed a balmy evening of cocktails, contortionists, and dunk-the-hot-model games. The prizes? Not giant teddy bears, but Coach accessories. The Coach Foundation also announced a $5 million gift to help open the final undeveloped section of the elevated railway: the High Line at the Rail Yards.

"In New York, when it's that right temperature, when it's not too muggy, it's so nice to hang out outside," Aziz Ansari told Style.com. "I just had my fortune told in Hong Kong, so I've gotta go check out the fortune-tellers here." Olivia Thirlby hopped in line right behind him. The Man Repeller's Leandra Medine was busy trying her hand at the dunk tank. "I really wouldn't mind looking at this handsome gentleman all night, but then again, I would like to see him fall in the water." Eventually, she enlisted the help of her husband, Abie Cohen.

At a quieter end of the party, Katie Holmes and Naomi Watts discussed how their kids would have loved a carnival like this. "There's nothing like getting out for the festivities, but I think it's just a bit too grown-up for the children," Watts said. It suited her just fine.

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Quadruple Booked


Anja Rubik and Karlie Kloss ; ;


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Soho's Greene Street has become quite the retail destination of late (Saint Laurent's and Warby Parker's new stores come to mind, and Proenza Schouler is moving in later this year). Last night, designer Clare Waight Keller was the guest of honor at Chloé's new shop on the block, which opened in February. "Soho is back!" shouted DJ Mia Moretti over the cocktail-hour chatter. Later, at the Locanda Verde dinner, Waight Keller said, "I think it's all happening right here. It's like a two-mile radius of all of Paris coming together." Asked about her summer plans, Waight Keller told Style.com that she'll be splitting her time between Europe and California. "We're doing all the surfing areas, so we're going to the beach in Malibu." So is there a surf range in Chloé's future? "I need to do one!" Waight Keller said. "But we've got great swim. I can tell you that."

Waight Keller was far from the only designer being feted on this busy Tuesday. At Omar's La Ranita, in Greenwich Village, Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson toasted their Frame Denim collaborator Karlie Kloss, who has added designer to a résumé that includes model and cookie entrepreneur. The styles in the Karlie Forever line are inspired by Kloss' difficulty finding jeans long enough to fit her endless legs. File under #supermodelproblems. Uptown at Bergdorf Goodman, meanwhile, Roland Mouret was in from London and sitting down to supper with loyal stateside fans such as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Linda Fargo, and Leslie Fremar. It turns out customers don't just come to Mouret for clothes. At his trunk show earlier in the day, Mouret had bumped into a client who had recently bought two paintings from an exhibition the designer had hosted at his Carlos Place store.

And on to Chelsea, where Barneys' Mark Lee was celebrating the store's ten-year partnership with Proenza's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. At least one editor in the crowd, Glamour's Anne Christensen, was wearing a piece from the designers' first major show, in 2003. "The clothes hold up," Hernandez said. "You know, we made them all ourselves. We had cutting parties, where we'd invite our friends over and hand them a pair of scissors." It was champagne and small plates that were being passed around on Lee's balcony.

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Media Man


Adam Kimmel and Tim Blanks ; ;


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The surprising revelation of the night came from the guest of honor. "I wanted to be a missionary as a child," Tim Blanks said at a party Fairchild's Gina Sanders hosted to celebrate his CFDA Media Award for journalism last night. "And I suppose, in a funny way, that's what I ended up doing."

The Gospel of Tim is one of unbridled enthusiasm for what he loves: fashion, David Bowie (his speech included two separate Bowie parables), and the people who share his passion for both. They came out in force last night: Anna Sui and Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli, Tommy Ton and Linda Fargo. A day after they'd been in close competition for the CFDA's top menswear prize, Thom Browne and Duckie Brown's Steven Cox and Daniel Silver were contentedly sharing a table, all for the love of Blanks. (Blessed are the peacemakers.)

But if Tim is a missionary of fashion, he's an ambassador, too. So it was fitting that the Gramercy Park Hotel's trellised terrace reminded one guest of Rome, and that the must-see of the evening was a passed-around smartphone video of a Tokyo bar's girls ’n’ robots show. (When the camera panned left, there was Tim, bopping front row.) The night went fuzzy, as such nights often do. One more bottle of wine was ordered, the background soundtrack turned up. The last words I can read of my notes from the evening come from Tim, cross-culturalist and fashion critic to the end. As Cox flexed the pointed shoulders of his jacket to the beat, Blanks merrily roared along: "Work that pagoda!"

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Mountain Laurels


Carey Mulligan and Mamie Gummer ; ;


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An international crew of party people descended on Gstaad, Switzerland, for the third annual ASmallWorld event on Friday, taking over the ultra-swank Gstaad Palace for a weekend's worth of festivities. Carey Mulligan, Jefferson Hack, Arizona Muse, Waris Ahluwalia, Mamie Gummer, and Teresa Missoni were in the mix, along with onetime majority shareholder Harvey Weinstein and the current chairman Patrick Liotard-Vogt. On the agenda: horse-drawn carriage rides, a fondue lunch, a black-tie gala, and outdoor soaks in a spa with up-close-and-personal views of the Swiss Alps.

ASmallWorld is a members-only club that's grown to include 800,000 members since its 2004 launch. With new initiatives like a mobile app and monthly events for the site's top 45 markets crossed-off her to-do list this year (both are part of efforts to rebrand the club in the travel space), CEO Sabine Heller was in the mood for celebrating. "We were always planning on throwing a party to relaunch and decided to have it in a place our members like to be, and to support a good cause. We just wanted to do it properly," she said. The good cause in question was the Alzheimer's Society; nearly $92,000 was raised for the charity. Tali Lennox won a pair of diamond Bucherer earrings at the Saturday night charity raffle, but everyone walked away happy. All who attended received business-class tickets to St. Kitts.

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Who Wore Tom Ford Best?

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