Domino, Condé Nast’s home-themed shopping magazine—why it’s named Domino, no one has ever been able to explain to us—got in on the Fashion Week action on Wednesday night with a low-lit, high-class party celebrating its second annual fashion issue, held at socialite (and contributing editor) Allison Sarofim’s kill-yourself-gorgeous West Village brownstone.
“It’s not like people care about decorating or they care about fashion,” editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman said, explaining the theme. “People care about the whole thing if they care about it,” she said, lowering her voice to add: “And it seemed like it would be a good idea for the advertisers.”
A tent had been erected in the garden above a black reflecting pool full of floating candles. “It’s a hazard!” Ms. Sarofim told the Transom. Speaking of which, her large black canine, Baboo, was loafing in the entry-way, tripping unsuspecting women in stilettos.
Guests included erstwhile Observer columnist Candace Bushnell, tucking herself into a corner in the garden to smoke with friends; actress Amanda Peet, giggly and girlish in a short black dress; and actor Aaron Eckhart, looking cozy with his lanky ladyfriend, Ashley Wick.
Rashida Jones of NBC’s The Office told us that Domino will feature her New York apartment in their February issue. “It always looks like life is perfect and cute in these magazines,” she said. “But now being a subject and a reader, let me tell you, my life will look perfect and cute, but it’s not!” Of Fashion Week, she said: “It’s not my bag, necessarily.” But the Transom had spotted her earlier at Charlotte Ronson! “Charlotte’s a good friend of mine,” Ms. Jones said. “I’ll do like a day of it, or a day and a half…” Then she told us about her upcoming sitcom, Rules for Starting Over: “I love any pilot that can have somebody get raped in the ass by a monkey in the first five minutes,” she said. Well, O.K., then!