As we sloshed, caked with snow flurries, into the Mandarin Oriental for the 2012 Phoenix House Fashion award dinner last Wednesday evening, we couldn’t determine whether it was the way-too-early winter outside, the Sandy-forced relocation or the early start after an endless election season, but at first glance, things looked a bit quiet. (In retrospect, we appreciated the venue upgrade, considering it was originally slated to take place at Pier 60.)
“Well there’s Linda Fargo, at least …” we uttered to a weary-eyed publicist as she sashayed passed us in a crisp black sheath dress, before we sauntered downstairs to cocktail hour.
Below, on the 35th floor, the considerably more lively and notable fashion crowd imbibed, heedless of the blizzard-like winds that howled without mercy on the commoners struggling to get around Columbus Circle.
With the exception of Glenda Bailey, this didn’t feel like a typical fashion event; nay, it was considerably more corporate—a bit cliquey, but not necessarily in a bad way. Dashing executives (well mostly dashing) in flamboyant tailored suits sipped scotch and red wine, while a more demure population of women squawked about recent highs and lows.
“You can find greatness everywhere. You just have to look for it,” said Harper’s Bazaar editrix, Glenda Bailey, quoting former Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati in a brief, prepared introduction. Ms. Bailey had been charged with welcoming the recently departed YSL designer to the stage as a part of French Institute Alliance Française’s Fashion Talks program. (Other fashion stalwarts this year include former president and executive creative direct of Coach, Reed Krakoff and designer Dries van Noten.)
With considerable buzz about Mr. Pilati’s exit after ten years at Yves Saint Laurent—one which had been the subject of many rumors—it was inevitable that the elephant in the room would be addressed. A throng of eager YSL devotees crowded Florence Gould Hall to witness Pamela Golbin, chief curator of Paris’ Musée de la Mode et du Textile, in conversation with Mr. Pilati.
Fashion Week Observed
We arrived early for Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti at the Avery Fisher Hall. Plenty of time to take a breather and people watch. A familiar flank of top-level editors began to trickle in… Roberta Myers, Virginia Smith, Glenda Bailey—all the glossy women’s magazines were covered.
“Who’s hotter? Robbie Myers or Joanna Coles?” The Observer asked, Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Everyone who was anyone was there. Team Varsity Vogue was front and center in section A: Grace, Anna, and Candy Pratts Price. No one dared speak to them or flash away in their faces. Legendary camera whores/glamazons, the Courtin-Clarins, were perched across the aisles, to the Voguettes’ chagrin (except their types are the only ones Read More
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Time Inc.’s People StyleWatch was the first half’s big winner, increasing ad pages by 60 percent.
Time has been increasingly Read More
Guests gathered at the home of Susan Gutfreund at 834 Fifth Avenue yesterday afternoon for a luncheon celebrating the revival of West Side Story, which opened in March at the Palace Theater, seemed to be endlessly fascinated with a 21-year-old Argentinean actress by the name of Josefina (pronounced, Zho-sefina) Scaglione.
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Well, they’re almost here. On Tuesday Jan. 15, The New
York Sun, New York City’s conservative-leaning, next daily newspaper,
officially announced itself to the world as a defender of, among other things,
“lower taxes and school choice.”
But while many pieces of Sun
gossip were publicly confirmed by the announcement-boldface investors like
Conrad Read More
On Friday, June 1, the dregs of Kate Betts’ Harper’s Bazaar staff were summoned to their deposed editor’s stripped-down office, where they confronted their new leader, Glenda Bailey, for the first time. Standing next to Hearst Magazines president Cathleen Black, who wore a gold lamé jacket (“very jaunty, like ‘executive weekend,’” sniffed one staffer), Ms. Read More