>> The 2011 Emmys red carpet is well under way, and red seems to be the color of the evening, splashed across Lea Michele's Marchesa dress, Kerry Washington's Zuhair Murad, and Kate Winslet's Elie Saab. Gwyneth Paltrow has on a midriff-baring Pucci dress, Jamie Bochert is accompanying her fiance Michael Pitt on the red carpet, and Juan Carlos Obando is represented by Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza. See those looks, plus more, in the slideshow, and stay tuned . . . we'll be adding to the gallery as more looks roll in.
>> Last night, Stella McCartney celebrated her 40th birthday with a small flock of famous friends. Among those who gathered at the fete, held inside the London landmark Aspley House: Kate Hudson (in coral Elie Saab) and her fiance Matt Bellamy; Bono and Ali Hewson (in Edun); Tom Ford in a velvet suit; Kate Moss (in an Azzaro jumpsuit); and her father Paul McCartney and his fiancee Nancy Shevell. Gwyneth Paltrow, too, joined the festivities — which included an after-party at the Groucho Club in Soho — and was later spotted leaving with two mugs, printed with photographs of McCartney as a baby.
Glow sticks, greek letters, and fridges packed with 40s of beer greeted guests, who were also served Kanon Organic Vodka jello shots, burgers, and hot dogs. Inside the makeshift frat house — walls plastered with vintage Playboy centerfolds — people performed keg stands, played beer pong, and competed at the game Everybody Dance on Sony PlayStations. Later, Tyler the Creator and Odd Future performed as spurts of champagne rained over the crowd.
Photos courtesy Kanon Organic Vodka
>> In celebration of "Carine's World," the Fall 2011 campaign Barneys did in collaboration with Carine Roitfeld, the retailer hosted the stylist's nearest and dearest at Westway, the converted former strip club space in downtown New York.
Guests like Alexander Wang — who stopped by before his own party around the corner, Terry Richardson, and Karlie Kloss enjoyed Roitfeld's favorite drink, Testarossas, and the bounty of the taco truck she requested be stationed outside; there were even rumors of a Kate Moss appearance (although that never came to fruition).
As the party revved up, Roitfeld took the platform for a karaoke rendition of George Michael's "Careless Whisper"; Simon Doonan followed with "Nasty Girl." Later, Roitfeld followed up with Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." And when Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti arrived later on, Valentino got on stage to sing "Unforgettable," doing "My Way" for an encore.
Photos: Billy Farrell Agency
>> Last night — with the help of a 2,000-strong crowd — curators and art dealers Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida wrapped up their two-year, Giorgio Armani-sponsored global tour of artist Richard Hambleton's work. While most of their New York openings have been downtown, Restoin-Roitfeld and Valmorbida decided on Phillips de Pury & Company's uptown location on Park Avenue for last night's opening, gathering the entire Roitfeld clan, Giovanna Battaglia, and Lauren Santo Domingo for the occasion.
But that doesn't mean the group didn't head downtown eventually: after-party mode went into effect at Indochine, with Battaglia pantomiming "telephone" on a stiletto heel and Carine Roitfeld ordering up vodka straight.
Photos: Billy Farrell Agency
>> In lieu of a runway show or presentation this season, Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock hosted an intimate dinner at MPD in the Meatpacking District, dressing friends like Tennessee Thomas, Stephanie LaCava, Kate Young, Nora Zehetner, and Lily Kwong for the occasion. “We really design for our friends so we thought this was a great way to do that and have a nice evening,” Buhai explained.
See Vena Cava's Spring 2012 collection here.
>> Last night, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen feted their new handbag collection for The Row at Barneys, both wearing The Row — Ashley in a colorfully embellished gown and Mary-Kate in a blue blazer. The range, which hits Barneys mid-August, features everything from a lizard clutch to the $4,700 Twin Mini crossbody bag — which Barneys fashion director Amanda Brooks wore for the occasion — to a $39,000 crocodile backback. “We didn’t want too much branding; we didn’t want an It bag,” says Mary-Kate of the nine-style collection, which runs $2,350 to $39,000. After the intimate cocktail, where they were joined by sister Elizabeth Olsen, the twins headed to uptown restaurant Crown for an even more intimate celebratory dinner.
Images via Billy Farrell Agency
>> To close out the Fall 2011 couture season, Natalia Vodianova invited a who's who of fashion to her White Fairy Tale Love Ball last night, hosted at Valentino Garavani's Chateau de Wideville estate on the outskirts of Paris. Her goal? To raise money for her Naked Heart Foundation, which has already built 60 playgrounds in 44 Russian cities.
She succeeded in pulling in 2.3 million euros ($3.3 million) from the night, which included a fashion show featuring 45 custom dresses created by Olivier Theyskens, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, and every designer in between. Although the night's dress code called for white or silver gowns, Vodianova, for her part, wore a scarlet Little Red Riding Hood-inspired confection by Garavani himself — the first dress he has made since retiring in 2008. “I always wear red to my events,” Vodianova explained.
A video from the festivities, below.
>> Last night in London's Kensington Gardens, Burberry and Christopher Bailey co-hosted the Serpentine Gallery's annual fundraising bash, The Summer Party. Burberry was of course well-represented by brand faces past and present — Cara Delevingne, Lily Donaldson, Alexa Chung, and Jourdan Dunn.
Dunn, for her part, is going on two seasons as the face of the brand: "I love working for Burberry. It's like a family, Christopher is amazing — he's so easy to talk to." She added that she's been commuting between her family's home in London and a pad in New York, and that modeling hasn't changed her life that much: "I'm pretty normal, I still live at home and my mum and brothers wouldn't let me think I'm better than I am. I was at home yesterday and my mum was making me work in the garden with the others — she wouldn't take much notice if I was to say, 'Um, excuse me, do you not realise that yesterday I was shooting for Vogue?' My family keep me grounded, which I'm pleased about — fashion can be a pretty intimidating place."
Bailey, meanwhile, noted of the event: “We are proud to be continuing the Burberry history of supporting the arts. It is particularly exciting to be working with the Serpentine Gallery a space synonymous with creativity in a very iconic British location.”
>> Kate Moss's nuptials are just days away, but she didn't miss her annual sojourn to the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend; Alexa Chung and Lily Donaldson turned up for the muddy musical festival, too.
Moss reportedly temporarily lost her engagement ring at fiance Jamie Hince's performance and then was turned away from Pulp's surprise set, but the weekend wasn't all bad luck. Moss was snapped with Hamish Bowles on her arm — it seems like he may be getting a headstart on Vogue's coverage of Moss's wedding, which is said to include a Mario Testino-shot cover (for the September 2011 issue) and accompanying feature story.