In a double dip no one would hold against her, Kelly Klein is releasing a follow-up to Pools. The photographer revisits her favorite backyard amenity 20 years later in her new book, Pools: Reflections, which she launched last night with a signing at Barneys. “This one’s sexier than the first one,” Klein told Style.com at the dinner afterward, which her friend Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer hosted for her at the revamped and soon-to-open Beatrice Inn. Joining them were the likes of Carolyn Murphy, Bruce Weber, and Tomas Maier, who’d come straight from his own book event at the Bottega Veneta store on Fifth Avenue.
“I think I’ve become a bit obsessed with pools,” Klein confessed. She’s in good company: Fashion photographers as various as Lartigue, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and Steven Meisel have yielded to the pull of the pool, Klein explained, and Charlotte Rampling memorably went off the deep end in the 2003 thriller Swimming Pool. No such malevolence in Klein’s new book. With some proceeds from its sales going to the AIDS nonprofit ACRIA, it’s a Christmas gift that gives twice.
Not too far from Barneys at the New York City Center, the American Ballet Theatre celebrated its new season with an opening night gala. While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out on TV, the company showed its patriotism, performing George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes. The night’s big crowd pleaser was a short pas de deux, danced by Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes. “Everything about Cruel World was the most beautiful soliloquy,” marveled model Carmen Dell’Orefice in the theater lobby afterward. “It’s the most perfect piece of ballet I’ve seen in a long time.”