To the stranged eye it would have felt as if FNO (Fashion Night Out) had landed in NYC again. You know when we get the whole world of Fashion in NYC. Through out the week there were a mix of events that brought together the top of the top in Fashion.
Let’s start with Tuesday night.
THE FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL (FGI) Night of Starts - Galaxy 30th Anniversary Gala held at Cipriani’s at Wall Street. The event was as it has been for the last few years hosted by Simon Doonan.
The Star Honorees were presented with awards in following categories; Fashion: Angela Missoni, Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane. Media: Carine Roitfeld. Interior Design: Jamie Drake. Beauty: Leslie Blodgett. Corporate Leadership: Lew FRankfort, Sustainability: Gilles Andrier for Givaudan. Brand Vision: Nadja Swarovski. Humanitarian Award: Eve Evangelou & Franca Sozzani, Fashion 4 Development. Lord & Taylor Fashion Oracle: Deborah Needleman.
The biggest award of the night The Superstar Award was presented by no other than Miley Cirus (dressed to kill in Marc Jacobs) to Mr. Marc Jacobs & Mr. Robert Duffy. What a perfect welcoming gift.
The lovely Aretha Franklin also took the stage during the event.
The FGI is such a great organization that continues to hold a top spot on the list of Fashion Awards.
Also that night but Upper East, Ralph Lauren hosted a cocktail party at his celebrated Madison Avenue store to toast his wife and her latest book, Ricky Lauren: Cuisine, Lifestyle, and Legend of the Double RL Ranch. Among those who picked up a copy of the new time attendees included Diane Keaton, Charlie Rose, and Bruce Weber, the last of whom is very close to the Lauren’s clan and who has photographed the ranch in many occasions.
On Wednesday night The Brooklyn Museum hosted a VIP reception for the opening of their Retrospective Exhibit of The World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk. In attendance were my darlings Model Karlie Kloss & Diva Amanda Lapore, the exhibit itself was really fun.
Projected onto the faces of the mannequins were holograms of live faces, talking, winking, even flirting. In combination with his designs, the effect was “sublime” Then there was a revolving catwalk, big satin quilting on walls between exhibit rooms, and his original dress-form, a childhood teddy bear, complete with mini cone bra.
Gaultier is perhaps most recognized for his corsetry and “cone-bra” work for Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition world tour and 2012 MDNA tour. (He attributes this inspiration to his grandmother and no Madonna did not attend the opening). But a look at his body of work reveals signature themes like mermaids, religious iconography and sailors. (I am lover of anything Nautical) In that spirit, even the exhibit’s pop-up gift shop even features nautical stripes on the wall.
“I am proud and honored that this exhibition will be presented in Brooklyn, where the true spirit of New York lives on,” Said monsieur Gaultier. Ok that can be up for discussion right?.
Thursday the city was back on fire. A selected crow gathered for dinner at the new Villard Michael Richard -- the new restaurant for the elite. Also Swarovski and Julia Restoin Roitfeld hosted a dinner at Lafayette in Manhattan’s NoHo to mark the 20th anniversary of Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier’s namesake jewelry line — The 11-piece capsule collection “Metis” that includes Swarovski crystals, marks her continued partnership with Swarovski and is available now on www.delphinecharlotteparmentier.com.
In addition to working with Swarovski, Delphine-Charlotte has worked for several premier couture houses in Paris including at Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Chloé, Balenciaga, Theirry Mugler and Christian Lacroix to name a few.
The likes of Elettra Wiedemann, Olivier Theyskens, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Wes Gordon, Charlotte Ronson, Claire Courtin-Clarins, Genevieve Jones and Victoria Bartlett did a pre-dinner tour of the restaurant’s lower-level Cafe du Vin room, where Parmentier’s new Métis collection, as well as an impressive selection of archival pieces spanning her career, were displayed on busts.
Friday was pure furry as it was Armani Day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the day to the designer.
Mr. Armani staged the latest of his “One Night Only” multifaced events at the SuperPier at Hudson River Park — all with the intent to entertain some 700 friends, family, loyal Armani clients, editors and some high-caliber celebrities.
“One Night Only” took 12 days of construction where the SuperPier was transformed into Armani-world, replete with an exhibition space, a nightclub and a runway show venue, using nearly 97,000 square feet of purpose-built space at the raw venue. Speculations of the cost of the show are around 9 million dollars. To mark the occasion, Armani also created a “Nude” ready-to-wear collection influenced by the fall couture, exclusive to his Madison Avenue boutique as well as at Bergdorf Goodman. Mr. Armani went on to show more than 150 outfits for over 48 minutes (an eternity in runway land), and air-conditioning vents exhaled constant blasts of cool air over the guests to keep even the more jaded Armani fans awake.
Mr. Armani who had not been present in New York since 2009, the year the Fifth Avenue boutique concept store opened,” said. “For me, America is one of the most important markets, even symbolically. The public has been faithful to my idea of style from the start. Since my first store opened in New York in 1989, I’ve always had an enthusiastic following.
This is true. We love Armani.
So while some designers sit back and look at their collections fade into archives, others like Mr. Armani, Christian Siriano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivianne Tam and Michael Kors to name a few understand the importance of branding and that the collections won’t move by themselves. Marketing is key in such a competetive industry and although this parties might look like just parties they are actually a smart marketing tactic. Think about it. If European Designers are coming to America to boost their profits why can’t New York designers go to other cities (not necessarily outside the US.) to promote their collections.
To say the least this was a week to remember and re enforces what some like Mr. De La Renta (yes he was in attendance at Giorgio Armani’s show along with Ms. Anna Wintour) has said before; “New York is a capital of the world of fashion, and everybody wants to come here. When you come to New York, the one thing we’re not is a local city.” Well said Mr. De La Renta.