Monthly Archives: May 2009

2009 Lingerie Trend: Cami-Lot

This little slip top serves as an accent under jackets or a bare-all for steamy nights and summer days.

Kate Goes Vintage… Homecoming for Dior… Posen’s Posse…

Kate Moss is adding some vintage to her fragrance wardrobe.

Williamson to Show in London

Today Matthew Williamson will reveal his decision to show in London in September.

Lagerfeld’s Moscow Adventure

Karl Lagerfeld and Naomi Campbell visit Moscow for a presentation of Chanel’s Paris-Moscow collection.

Lacroix Vows Fight to Keep House Alive

Christian Lacroix has told his collaborators he will give “200 percent” to keep the 22-year-old couture house intact.

Chow Joins Poleci as Head Designer

Poleci has appointed Jeffrey Chow head designer for the brand.

Big Poppa’s House

To celebrate Terence Koh’s newest book, Flowers for Baudelaire, the artist’s friend Vito Schnabel hosted a dinner at his house—yes, that would be dad Julian’s big pink Venetian palazzo in the West Village sky—for about 50 of their nearest and dearest, including Marc Jacobs, Tom Sachs, André Balazs, Lazaro Hernandez, and Nathaniel Rothschild. “I wonder if this is the first time all these people have had dinner under a big white cock,” self-styled bad boy Koh said. He was referring to a giant light installation of his in the shape of a rooster, which Schnabel had hoisted at one end of the dining room. (The other end was dominated by a lacquered black grand piano and a wall of Schnabel père’s paintings.)

The event was sponsored by Veuve Clicquot Champagne, which perhaps explained the overlap between the evening’s guest list and the previous day’s at the bubbly-backed polo match (minus Prince Harry, alas). Schnabel toasted Koh and explained why copies of the book weren’t available yet: The palette took a while to perfect so the finished version is still in production in Iceland. Over lobster salad and mushroom risotto (and, oh yeah, a ton of cigarettes), conversation unsurprisingly focused on the arts, specifically the Venice Biennale taking place this week. But the best part of the night for many guests was a tour of the triplex penthouse, a part of the Schnabel complex that is still for sale. Kate Hudson was taken by the place, but the actress did have one practical question. “I wonder if there’s enough closet space,” she joked.

—Derek Blasberg

No Trouble With Harry

Saturday afternoon’s Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic—the centerpiece of Prince Harry’s first official visit to the U.S.—came off better than any royal scriptwriter could have wished. The sun poured down on Governors Island off the tip of Manhattan; the prince, who a source assures us had been successfully dissuaded from hitting the town with his fellow polo players the night before, won over all and sundry with his demeanor on and off the field; and there was even a cameo appearance by American royalty when pop queen Madonna showed up halfway through the match.

Before lunch, His Royal Highness, flanked by a small army of security guards, glad-handed the likes of LL Cool J and Marc Jacobs and gave a self-deprecating speech. “I’ll probably fall off,” he joked, then made the case for the afternoon’s benefitee: Sentebale, a charity for at-risk children in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. As it turned out, Prince Harry handled himself admirably during play, setting up the game-winning goal in the final seconds. That makes him two-for-two lifetime against heartthrob Nacho Figueras, who was captaining the opposing Black Watch team. “He’s very good,” the Argentine polo pro and Ralph Lauren model noted, before hosing his opponent down with Champagne on the awards podium. Prince Harry responded by spraying a mouthful of bubbly the South American’s way. The winners also received Piaget Polo FortyFive watches for their pains.

As is traditional at these things, guests spent at least as much time checking each other out as watching the horseback action. Alek Wek, Hilary Rhoda, and an almost unrecognizable, dark-haired Kate Hudson donned sun hats for the occasion, while Madonna, who came with a party that included photographer Steven Klein, boy toy Jesus Luz, and her Malawian son, David, opted for a tweed trilby. Chloë Sevigny, in a flower-bedecked boater, confessed it was more about just having a royally good old time in the sun. Indicating her pal Christopher Bollen of Interview magazine, she said, “We’re both scared of horses.”

—Darrell Hartman

Morgan Freeman: Takin’ It to the Streets

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