Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bridget Foley’s Diary: Window-Watching at Barneys

From the Deste installation, Juergen Teller’s 15-foot image of Yves Saint Laurent.<br />

Those who like a little fashion with their art will find themselves in fusion heaven when the curtain rises on the retailer’s new windows.

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Donatella Versace Speaks at Oxford University

In addition to the students, the audience included Erdem Moralioglu, Christopher Kane and Rupert Everett.

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Hilary Swank to Present at amfAR Gala in New York

Robert Duffy will be honored with the Piaget Award of Inspiration at the event next Thursday at the New York Public Library.

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Family Affair

For Giorgio Armani, more than a decade in China was something worth celebrating. Last night in Beijing, the maestro held court at a party that attracted Fan Bingbing, Michelle Yeoh, and a surprise guest in the form of Tina Turner, on her first trip to China.

Held in a massive 1950’s industrial water tank in the city’s 798 art district, the event started with (what else?) a fashion show of 15 new Armani Privé couture creations made in homage to China. Nearly 100 more looks would follow, from the designer’s signature and Emporio collections for both men and women.

After the show—which was held on a circular steel runway designed by Armani himself—Mary J. Blige performed a mini-concert, singing her hits “Family Affair,” “No More Drama,” and a cover of U2’s “One.”

The fun really started around 1:30 a.m., when merrymakers in the VIP section, fortified by Champagne and canapés, started voguing to Madonna tunes dished out by Jesse Marco, a DJ from New York.

—Jeffrey Ying

Earthquake Impacts Blufin

Chief executive Gianguido Tarabini had decided to close operations there until Monday “because the workers are terrified.”

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Berkeley Hotel Tea Inspired by Royals

The London hotel’s afternoon tea now features sweets inspired by hats once worn by royals.

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Jonathan Adler Fetes Dallas Store

It was the home furnishings designer’s 18th store opening.

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Anna Paquin Netted a Rachel Comey Dress

Anna Paquin attended the premiere of True Blood’s fifth season last night in Hollywood wearing a look from Rachel Comey’s spring 2012 collection. The black dress featured a sheer, lacy, polka-dot pattern with geometric panels sewn on the front. She added a pair of black peep-toe heels and carried a

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Episencial Raises Money Online

The skin care brand has raised $200,000 in what is believed to be the first equity investment made through a crowd-funding Web site.

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Meet the New Girl: Kolfinna Kristofersdottir Thought the Industry Would Be Exactly Like America’s Next Top Model

Kolfinna Kristofersdottir sounds like she’s getting used to the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comparisons. The 19-year-old Icelandic model recently left the land of Björk — "some people say that I look like her, as well" — after signing with Eskimo Models and ultimately Next, walking in a total of eighteen

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