Fashion Week Observed
Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti has been a luxury retailer for more than a decade. She curated a worldly accessories collection before curating was a buzzword and launched one of the first shoppable magazines, vivre.com. The philanthropist and mother of two has been one of Vogue’s 10 most stylish women in fashion—and now she’s adding Observer columnist to her résumé (which, as it happens, also includes an early stint in investment banking at Lazard Frères).
It’s that time of year again, when stylish specimens flock to the Big Apple, perfectly poised and immaculately coiffed. And no, we’re not talking about Fashion Week.
Yesterday, the Transom stopped by the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where our favorite Upper East Side duo, Tim Lehman and Snapshot, were making their Westminster debut. Read More
“Sarah Jessica invited me,” said television personality Amy Sedaris. “I’ve never even been to the ballet!” The actress, who played Sarah Jessica Parker’s publisher on Sex and the City, was standing alone in the midst of a crowded cocktail party before the New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala at Lincoln Center last Thursday. Ms. Parker, Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Another New York cultural institution begins its season tonight: the New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala honors the designer Valentino Garavani (we don’t hear that surname often!). The designer has crafted costumes for three ballet performances tonight, including one world premiere. Turning up to support the ballet, Valentino, or simply their own right to have Read More
Glamorous guests began flooding the lobby of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center around 11:30 last Tuesday. They had congregated on the occasion of the highly anticipated Couture Council luncheon, this year honoring the well-tanned legend of women’s fashion, Valentino Garavani. A row of waiters in daper white tails held trays of white wine and water, refreshingly accented with neat wedges of lime, for parched fashion patrons, who slowly made their made their way up the staircase in couture gowns and soaring heels.
Last night, just as Madison Avenue began to swell with eager fashionistas and fashionistos for Fashion’s Night Out, The Observer ducked out of the crowded street and into the Valentino boutique. Yes, there was the extravaganza at Bergdorf’s and the trick-or-treat carnival down in Soho, but that didn’t matter. At Valentino, it was karaoke night.
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Three years after the acclaimed biopic Valentino: The Last Emperor was released, the designer has declared that he is considering the possibility of a Broadway show about his life.
“We’re looking at the possibility of taking my story to Broadway, as a musical,” Valentino told Italian newspaper La Republica (via the Telegraph).
The designer told the paper that he was at times uncomfortable with how he was portrayed in the biopic. “I came across as a despot,” he told the paper, admitting that the film received rave reviews nonetheless. Well, with the possibility of a show headed to the Great White Way, Valentino can concoct a whole new singing, dancing image.
Here’s the short list of who we think should play the designer if the musical does indeed come to fruition:
Rip! SL Green and Jeff Sutton continue their collective tear through New York commercial real estate, contracting to buy the Valentino store at 747 Madison Avenue for nearly $65 million
The other day, Stephanie Kimssy, 24, who does marketing for Kenneth Cole, was shopping at the Topshop in Soho, wearing a sleeveless, ruffled tan shirt. “I really like how flirty it is,” Ms. Kimssy said. Nygia Hearn, a 25-year-old from New Jersey who did not care to reveal her occupation, was also there, wearing a Read More
As Olivier Theyskens‘ design contract with Nina Ricci nears its end, Peter Copping, a designer at Louis Vuitton under Marc Jacobs, is rumored to be taking over. [WWD]
After 79 years, the 21 Club has abandoned its necktie requirement for men. Jackets, however, must stay on for now. [Read More