Diane Von Furstenberg and Narciso Rodriguez were glowing and ready to party at last night's Gucci/Madonna-hosted benefit for UNICEF and Raising Malawi at the U.N. But then, their shows were already over. Donna Karan was less sanguine. Her show isn't until tomorrow, and, like a fretful mother, she worried about being away from her collection for too long. "I'm nervous," Karan said.
Max Azria, the design world’s most adorable happy little man, just completed the très impressive feat of launching three different collections (BCBG, Hervé Léger, and Max Azria) in the span of four days. How was he holding up at the end?
We're not sure which was the bigger crisis at the Rag & Bone after-party last night at the Box: The fact that a fire alarm went off around 11p.m., prompting a visit from the FDNY, or the fact that the D.J. followed said fire scare by playing "Burning Down the House," prompting the already jumpy Box management to stomp through the balcony, proclaiming, "That's it! We're clearing out the floor!"
Marc Jacobs loves SpongeBob SquarePants. “I just think the colors of that particular cartoon are really beautiful and really sophisticated and interesting,” Jacobs said last night at the party for the screening of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, the documentary about the designer during his geekier brunette days which will run on the Sundance Channel next week. “I have a tattoo of him on my arm,” he added.
At the GQ party for up-and-coming menswear designers last night, André "3000" Benjamin wasn't the musical entertainment, but rather one of the celebrants. His Benjamin Bixby label — a small, American-football-influenced line — made its quiet debut in a hotel room on Tuesday night, and even Her Vogue-ness Anna Wintour came by to offer good advice. "She liked it," Benjamin said. "She was saying she hopes I get the right investors that believe in what I'm doing."
Ah, the joy of Fashion Week: the clothes, the models, the celebs...and the parties. Despite what your feet or your liver may say, there's no better way to wrap up a day at the runways (or just fantasizing about them from afar) than by rubbing elbows with A-listers—isn't it about time you met Madonna?—and guzzling free drinks. Always eager to serve, we've got the rundown on Fashion Week's best parties, with something to satiate every taste, from Gucci to the Beastie Boys.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and We Are Scientists joined New York Magazine on Wednesday for an office party a little more rocking than those uptight affairs we’ve been covering in recent weeks. While the company president got drunk and the intern repeated everything he’d overheard during his not-brief-enough tenure, at least there was a rock band to compensate for the awkwardness. Plus, everyone who came got a subscription to New York. This actually sounds way better than our holiday party. (Ahem.) Stay tuned for more New York by New York events in 2008.
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The Regal Union Square Cinemas were taken over last night by the star-sprinkled premiere of Rocket Science, the high-school-debate-team comedy which features a gaggle of comely twentysomethings. For once the paparazzi were outflashed and outshouted — by the scrum of stage parents roped off on the other side of the red carpet. "The first time I ever did a play — my parents over here will remember this — I forgot all of my lines and started bawling," explained actor Nick D'Agosto, winking at his adoring mother. D'Agosto is currently filming scenes opposite Hayden Panettiere for the fall season of Heroes. He plays her superpowered boyfriend, and omg! They get to kiss! "I have a girlfriend, but it was great. It is wonderful," he said. "So, I’m going to play that down." Oops, too late for that. —Brett Amelkin Bonus Party Lines:More photos and quotes from the Rocket Science premiere.
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VH1's latest genius concept show, Mission: Man Band, debuts today at, well, now. But last night its stars, former boy-banders being molded for your viewing pleasure into the grown-up boy band Sure Shot, celebrated the premiere at Gramercy's Runway Club. The band's four members — who hail from Color Me Badd, LFO, 98 Degrees, and 'N Sync (the Backstreet Boys, apparently, think they still have their original careers) — were disappointingly nice and PR-trained and heterosexual-seeming. 98 Degrees' Jeffrey Timmons said the show was a “great opportunity” and brought up the possibility of reuniting with his former mates, including Nick Lachey. “I think it's definitely about that time,” he said, likely noting that Lachey has done nothing musical since Vanessa Minnillo gave him just one night (una noche!).
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Rasa Music's launch party last night for Mothers, a collection of remixed African songs, was quite likely the first event of its kind to take place at ABC Carpet & Home. It was billed as a chance to meet Deepak Chopra, but Deepak didn't make it. A low-key Padma Lakshmi, though, swung by for a chat with DJ Donna D'Cruz, Rasa's chief and also Lakshmi's compatriot (both, the author explained to us, hail from the same corner of India). But the focal point of the evening — which, for the record, meant upstaging Patricia Field falling out of a cut-up T-shirt — was André J., who is famous for "wearing calmness" (as well as an Afro and a poncho) in what could be New York's most memorable Look Book. The self-described "muse," who since his Look Book appearance has switched to gleaming helmet hair and moved down the alphabet to André K., defined his role in the launch as "I am this room. I am this party." We didn't argue. He then picked up some balled-up napkins and brought us a Chardonnay. Thanks.
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As New York's fashion designers count the days till Fashion Week, which starts this year on September 5, two days after Labor Day, battles for models and tent times are heating up. But at the Council of Fashion Designers of America's party for new members at Diane von Furstenberg's studio last night, no one would name — and only a few would acknowledge — the most diva-ish designers, who politick to cast and schedule most fiercely. "There are model problems sometimes," acknowledged Stan Herman, a board member and former president. "There are time-slot problems sometimes. There are moments that designers go, 'I can't show next to that person' or 'I won't show next to that person.' But not very many."
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Robert Wilson's Watermill Center is kind of like a summer camp for young artists, and its annual benefit is perhaps the most amazingly odd party we attend. Saturday night was no exception. We walked into cocktails to find a naked and rather chunky woman blindfolded and covered in fake blood; as the evening went on she occasionally broke glasses of milk on the ground. The woods nearby were filled with plasma television screens showing Wilson's video portraits of various animals — a toad, a porcupine, a shaggy dog — and as you walked along the path, people dressed as incredibly stylish animals would scatter or approach at your every step, until you ended your walk at a group of Tibetan drummers. (At cocktail hour last year, there were people in skintight black and white spandex suits with giant globes attached to their heads and limbs.)
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