Monthly Archives: April 2009

Mango Awards Honor Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta took the gold honoring the longevity of his fashion career at El Boton–Mango Fashion Awards in Spain.

A Look at ‘The Model as Muse’

Those who expect a history of models at the Costume Institute’s spring exhibit will quickly learn there is more to it than meets the eye.

Kind Carats at Cartier… How Tweet It Is… A Lily for Karl Lagerfeld…

Demi Moore sparkles at launch of new Cartier Trinity Charity bracelet… Rachel Roy tweets… Karl Lagerfeld takes a liking to Lily Allen…

Carat Top

It was a crush—literally—getting into the Cartier mansion on Fifth Avenue at the jeweler’s celebration of 100 years in America. Ask the fashion editor whose foot was squished by Justin Timberlake’s planet-sized bodyguard (turns out this was a minder with a conscience, though—”I am so, so sorry,” he said, while JT distracted the limping lady with flattery). Things were just as snug over at the elevator. “My, this is cozy,” said Sir Elton John as more and more people piled in. “I might go mad in here.”

Whatever it took to get upstairs was worth it, though. “Did you see the big one, with 230 carats?” Kate Hudson asked Zac Posen, remarking on a ridiculously large diamond necklace. “I just want to make love to it.” She wasn’t the only one feeling the love. In a room wallpapered with images from the book Bruce Weber was commissioned to make in honor of the centennial milestone, Tory Burch waxed rhapsodic about the photographer’s work. “It’s so original, so romantic, so America,” said the designer. “Maybe in a few decades, when I can afford him, he can shoot my campaign.” In the meantime, she’ll have to settle for more of his books—just not this one. Turns out Cartier didn’t produce enough in time to sell them at the fête. “I guess I’ll have to come back,” Dr. Lisa Airan said. “Not that I’ll mind.”

—Derek Blasberg

Just Looking

Critical Shopper | Unis: It Doesn’t Cost to Dream

This NoLIta boutique of perfectly fitting, laid-back clothing for men (along with some women’s selections) maintains a low profile and cultish following.

Burberry’s Moment in Beijing

Christopher Bailey and Maggie Cheung hold court in Beijing.

Jesus Luz Won’t Appear in the Louis Vuitton Campaign, Enjoys Dinner Dates With Marc Jacobs’s Fiancé

Contrary to rumor, Jesus Luz won’t appear in Louis Vuitton’s fall 2009 ad campaign with Madonna, Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs told us at Cipriani Wall Street during the 2009 Parsons Fashion Spring Benefit last night. (Okay, sometimes we get things wrong.) Reporters routinely hound Jacobs with questions about Madonna’s man candy. “I don’t know why!” he said, laughing. “Why is everyone asking me about him? He’s not modeling for me. I don’t do menswear.” Madonna, however, is, and Jacobs said they’d just been working together that day. “I think it was a great shoot,” he said. “She’s the ultimate professional and she and Steven are amazing. I love working with her. There’s no one better.” He refused to divulge the concept of the campaign.

But if Jesus hasn’t yet earned a spot in a Vuitton campaign, he has earned a place as good friend to Jacobs and his fiancé, Lorenzo Martone. “We’re friends and we have dinner sometimes,” said Martone. “I guess as a Brazilian that’s in New York and is in this industry, I have some hints and advice to give. You know, he’s starting a very big modeling career and he has a lot of potential. So he asks me my opinion about some people in the industry — photographers and that. And I tell him.” Where do these advice-giving sessions take place? The Waverly Inn, of course. “We don’t really have a hangout,” said Martone. “We’ve been having a lot of dinners at the Waverly or other places in the West Village on our street. I’m trying to get him to know downtown, which is younger and fresher than the Upper West Side.”

Speaking of uptown, there’s the matter of that little party Jacobs is hosting with Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Justin Timberlake on Monday. Jacobs says that this year the Met ball will have “this kind of El Morocco theme going on.” He also adds that none of the concept is his doing. “It’s Anna’s party,” he said. “She came to us, my partner Robert [Duffy] and I, with a concept. She said, ‘This is the theme we were thinking of.’ And she thought we were really right for it. She asked us if we’d underwrite it. Robert was really keen on it and sort of put it all together and made it work with Anna. Anna’s included me in some of the meetings, etc., but, I mean, she really is astounding in how involved she gets, which is great. It really is the most glamorous party New York has.”

Jacobs says he isn’t worried about what he’ll wear, but is “really worried” about the girls he’s dressing, including Madonna, Winona Ryder, Rachel Feinstein, Victoria Beckham, and Rihanna. “You know, I just want them to be happy,” he said. “I don’t know anybody who wants to, like, dress somebody on their wedding day. It becomes like this one important choice you have to make, so everyone’s thinking, like, ‘What can I wear that will blow everyone away?’ And I don’t know the answer to that. Just look good and feel good and don’t worry about it.” He said he’ll delve deeply into the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton collections and archives “to make everybody happy.”

And after the Met, it’s time to work on his wedding to Martone. Jacobs says he isn’t planning to go to any gay-marriage rallies, “but I sure am planning to get married.” The wedding should be in June. And despite his penchant for skirts, Jacobs won’t wear one on his wedding day. “We’ll wear tuxedos. We’re both men. What else would we wear?” he said. “I’m hoping New York and New Jersey pass legislation. If it didn’t pass, that would really suck,” he went on. “But if not, we’ll go off to Massachusetts and get married there.”

Read more posts by Jada Yuan

Filed Under: anna wintour, industry players, justin timberlake, kate moss, lorenzo martone, marc jacobs, met gala, party lines, rachel feinstein, rihanna, victoria beckham, weddings, winona ryder

The Pink Stuff

Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton, Elizabeth Hurley, and Hilary Rhoda attend the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Party at the Waldorf Astoria.

Pink was the color of the night. So, who wore it best?

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Filed Under: Elizabeth Hurley, Hilary Rhoda, Look of the Day, Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton

Social Q’s: Make Mine a Double

This week, answers to readers’ questions about what to do when a pregnant woman asks you for a cocktail, and other issues.