The inauguration of the fall gala season hits New York like a force of nature. It’s a furious sprint for gowns, coveted caterers, gilded event spaces and access to wealthy denizens’ purses. “I’m a size zero—way below the average size of most of these ladies who lunch—and I still can’t snatch my first pick at Oscar or McQueen,” bemoaned one outspoken Uptowner. “I paid a fortune to preorder an Elie Saab gown.”
Tory Burch: Montana
Fashion designer and founder of Tory Burch.
Stay: Ranches near Big Timber
and Yellow Stone National Park.
Eat: The fish caught on an all-day
Expect: Think A River Runs Through It
and The Horse Whisperer, which were both filmed in the area.
Two months ago, Tory Burch ignited an aggressive crackdown on counterfeiting, filing four lawsuits against companies allegedly peddling look-alike versions of her jewelry across the globe. Fashion’s elite lauded Ms. Burch as a hero, her efforts an added tally to the ranks of fashion houses that have fought—and won—against the underground trade. Read More
For the casual passerby on Canal Street, the storefronts appear relatively pristine. An amalgam of innocent merchandise lines the aisles, with logo-bearing bags seemingly a thing of the past—as if vendors have actually taken to heart New York’s heightened scrutiny on counterfeit goods. But it only takes one raise of the eyebrows, and perhaps the Read More
Big Apple Idolatry
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.
– Lindsay Lohan is voting for Mitt Romney, which is probably going to hurt him in the polls even worse than last night’s VP debate.
C. Wonder, the preppy apparel and accessories retailer launched last year by designer Tory Burch’s ex husband, Christopher Burch, has signed on for a space at Time Warner Center, according to sources familiar with the deal.
The store, which opened another Manhattan store last October in Soho, will take about half of the roughly 15,000 square feet formerly occupied by the now-defunct bookstore chain Borders on the retail complex’s second floor.
Lavish is not a word normally associated with book parties. Most of them are characterized by warm white wine and pallid cubes of cheese. Unless you are a member of the celebrated Guinness family, in which case your guests will be treated to Blood Orange Bellinis and delicate crab cakes in a mind-blowingly glamorous apartment Read More
So, who’s bringing the coolest celebs to this weekend’s WHCD?
The Wall Street Journal‘s table sounds like a hoot, for example, with Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Schapiro, RNC chairman Michael Steele et al. And look at Newsweek (Chevy Chase) and The New Yorker (Tracy Morgan, Judd Apatow).
But Politico’s table might win for sheer Read More