It was a breezy and clear summer day — what better way to spend the afternoon than in Sagaponack, N.Y., at Wölffer Estates Stables, where Jessica Alba and other luminaries gathered for a Ralph Lauren girls’ fashion show.
That is, unless you’re deadly allergic to horses and, to a lesser degree, hay. Shindigger, qualified in both categories, with multiple anaphylactic episodes and ambulance rides under our belt, had taken great precaution before boarding a motor coach to the Hamptons for the merriment. A double dose of Benadryl and a few Epi-Pens clutched to our side served as armament.
There is something organized and memorable about the last day of fashion week. Despite the grueling pace, late nights, early mornings and simply divine personalities we endure, there is an orderly sense of energy at the Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection shows. Publicists are graceful and polite, photo check-in is straightforward, seating disasters are delicately avoided and celebs are accessible, or, if not, polite about it.
Such was the case yesterday morning in West Soho when Mr. Lauren held his 80th runway presentation. His front row of stars dressed in his premium line included Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and most of the members of the Ralph Lauren Royal Family.
For spring 2013, Mr. Lauren progressed from something South American to ornate looks that were undeniably Catalan and Castilian, with tomato suede jackets, amethyst silk marocaine trousers, cotton ruffle shirting in white and beautiful scarlet dresses. There were black calf woven totes and hats. The styling seemed a bit overwrought, but the majority of this overload was eliminated when the evening wear flowed in.
Incredible brocade and beaded boleros influenced by los toreros of Spain, black double-faced wool jackets and dresses, a stunning, full-length beaded tulle skirt, and scarlet dresses with embroidery and beading. It was wearable and eternally elegant.
Of all the dignitaries, ambassadors and titled aristocracy to fly from foreign locales to attend the 56th Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria last Friday, Sharon Bush may have traveled the farthest.
Just that afternoon, the ex-wife of George W. Bush’s brother Neil rushed from customs to make sure she had time to throw Read More
I’m not a big fan of dressing up like a prepped-out Hamptons dork.
Yet, there I was, sporting the obligatory blue blazer, linen shirt, khakis, and suede moccasins, desperately trying to fit in with the stuffy upper-crust crowd watching British scion Prince Harry take on Argentinean stud Nacho Figueras at the Read More
At the UNICEF Snowflake Ball last night at Cipriani on 42nd Street, the Daily Transom encountered David Lauren (son of Ralph) and his girlfriend, Lauren Bush. (Ms. Bush’s cousin Barbara Bush was also present, arriving with socialite Maggie Betts; both refused to speak to the press; in the September issue of Vogue Ms. Betts Read More
Guests at the Ralph Lauren show Friday morning on Hudson Street may have felt like they were in the steamroom of a very expensive Uptown spa: Soothing World music, the stacked intimacy of just a few rows of seating, Moroccan-looking lamp hanging from the entrance to the runway, cream-colored cushions on the benches. Or maybe Read More
Heatherette boys Richie Rich and Traver Rains may not be breaking up after all. [Fashion Week Daily]
After not being invited to Jenna Bush’s wedding over the weekend, Lauren Bush’s boyfriend, David Lauren (Raph’s son) decided that the best way to spend his weekend would be to flirt with Greenwich magazine staffer Read More
At the after party following last night’s New York Public Library Lions Benefit, David Lauren and his girlfriend Lauren Bush, one of the evening’s co-chairs, were inseparable, an eyewitness told the Daily Transom. “He was leading her around all night,” the source said of the handsome clothing scion’s modus operandi at the post-dinner dance Read More
Last night, several hundred of New York’s most fashionably eco-aware gathered at the Museum of Natural History for a screening of CNN’s “Planet In Peril,” a two-part documentary reported by Anderson Cooper , Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Jeff Corwin, set to air on October 23rd and October 24th.
The guest list read like the Read More
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, David Lauren was in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach. Polo Ralph Lauren, the company that his father founded almost 40 years ago from his own spit and polish, was throwing a party. Mr. Lauren, the middle child of Ralph’s three, sported a wide spectrum of colors, from the navy blazer, Read More