Much was made in some quarters last year over the age difference between Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy—the middle-aged half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy—whose romance with the Full House star reportedly had him dreaming of matrimony. (Mr. Sarkozy’s one-time wife went so far as to call the relationship “grotesque.”) But Ms. Olsen has canoodled with men closer to her age in the past, and Mr. Sarkozy’s East Village row house at 123 East 10th Street, which dates to 1854, has an even lengthier history than her beau. Perhaps it was the old building, rather than the old Frenchman that drew her in? For Mr. Sarkozy’s sake, we hope not. The property, which was listed by Jared Seligman at Douglas Elliman, just sold for $6.4 million. (Confirmation of the sale, which was originally reported by the Post, has just hit city records.)
Met Costume Gala
“That’s Chanel, and it only works with leather leggings,” interior decorator Kate de Brienne whispered skeptically to her handler, in reference to a passing demoiselle who had just entered the “Take Home a Nude” benefit at Sotheby’s. Shindigger noticed that Ms. de Brienne had eschewed Chanel—the headlining sponsor of the affair—for look No. 40 from Christian Dior’s autumn 2013 collection.
Fashion Week Observed
Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan
Last night’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit will probably be–in the long run–lost to the annals of time, indistinguishable from last years, or the years before, or any year since Anna Wintour took over, actually. But for us who were there on the sidelines, waving frantically at a very pregnant Kim Kardashian and an actively dismissive Kanye West, screaming for just a moment of Lena Dunham or Kate Beckinsale time while pressed up against the barriers of the press pen like poor animals on the way to the slaughterhouse, listening to the woman next to us ask every female celebrity the same questions–”Did you eat anything today? What did you eat? How long did it take you to get into the dress?”–the irony of the night’s theme was not lost on us.
Fashion Week Observed
New York fashion week has finally come to a close. Amen! For those less-fortunate editors and fashion authorities (or perhaps we are the lucky ones) that have not jetted off to London or Milan, we finally get a moment to recover.
In retrospect, we relished the young talents of Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. The Observer will never forget the spectacle and grandeur of Alexander Wang—or the impeccable quality of Simon Spurr’s suiting. With such a busy social schedule and so many shows, it’s hard to remember all the garments we evaluated with a careful eye.
One would think it was the Fourth of July from the amount of red, white and blue. The patriotic triumvirate was everywhere at the Diet Pepsi Style Studio Fashion Show at The Box at Lincoln Center. Coke lovers (The cola! We know it’s fashion week, so we’re being clear) beware: the star Read More
Word has it that Sex and the City is getting rebooted on TV–bringing back Carrie Bradshaw for a generation unfamiliar with her exploits! Carrie’s going to be a young writer struggling to make it in New York in a pilot ordered by the CW, as opposed to a youngish writer magically making it in New York. Which actress can portray the young Ms. Bradshaw with just the right mix of panache, narcissism, and ability to wear a Manolo? We have a few suggestions!
It was only a couple years ago that the Olsen twins were as ubiquitous as Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian combined. But time has either been fair or unfair to Mary-Kate and Ashley (depending on your view of fame vs. the relative hassle of paparazzi stalking), and as of late its their younger sister Elizabeth who has been getting all the attention for her groundbreaking performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
A good party is all about the mix and Sotheby’s had it just right at its Take Home a Nude Party on Monday night. Flamboyant artists in leather jackets and pearl necklaces mingled well with society beauties in designer dresses and vertiginous heels. Unusually for a Monday night uptown, the drink of choice for the Read More
Will Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s One Morton Square penthouse finally be a full house?
According to city records, the identical-twin franchise has finally sold the oft-price-zig-zagging West Village apartment—which they never lived in—for $7.7 million, only $300,000 more than they paid for the “twelve room trophy” in 2004. Listed with Prudential Elliman‘s buzzed-about broker Jared Read More
Location: Were you a precocious child?
Mr. Seligman: I definitely wasn’t an overachiever in school at all. I struggled in school a lot of the time, definitely had a hard time in certain classes, but if there was something I was passionate about, you couldn’t stop me. I was just a very hard worker. Read More