Thursday, July 19th

A Simple Twist of Skate: Oh, 1980’s … when can we quit you? Richard Kidd, Canuck designer of high-end slacker fashions (does this qualify as an oxymoron?) throws a “Boiling Down the 80’s” party at the Dactyl Foundation in Soho this evening. Expect “a skate ramp, lots of tattoos, cute boys, cute girls … basically a lot of prominent skateboard types and models”—said a party rep, who adds that Mr. Kidd’s new collection is inspired by—what else?—“skaters and the 80’s.” Sigh. We’ll stick with MTV’s greatest show ever, Rob & Big—the only program on television these days without even a hint of malice in it! Moving on, because a summer evening can never pack too much sartorial punch, steal one of those skateboards and ride on over to the Tribeca Grand Hotel where vintage Lower East Side clothier Don the Verb (somebody was an English major!) hauls out shmattes for a room of “designers, models and art collectors”—meep! Don the Verb is not inspired by the 80’s, thank you very much: “I have a dress we designed called the garbage-bag dress,” says designer Yanina Landsaat. “It’s made out of swimsuit material, so you can swim in it—and also wear it out at night!” Apple farm in Vermont, here we come.…

[Richard Kidd presents “Boiling Down the 80’s,” 9 p.m., Dactyl, 64 Grand Street; Don the Verb’s Anniversary Party, 8 p.m., Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas,]

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