Welcome to the evening before Fashion Week officially begins. However, you would think that it was in full swing if you had been with me last night. This evening’s activities combined one of the grand, established names of baubles and one of newest most talented fashion house. Let us begin with a pair of names that we all know: Van Cleef & Arpels.
I arrived at what was appropriately called “Une Journée à Paris” at the Hammerstein Ballroom to throngs of people outside desperate to get inside for a peek at VC&A’s latest creations. After navigating my way past the press on the red carpet I entered into what could only be described as hysteria. Aside from the crowds there were statuesque models modeling selected pieces (occasionally with poodles who were sporting their own jewels) on the runway, which was followed by a show straight out of La Cage aux Folles, except that these really were women. And stunning ones at that!!
I ran into several of New York’s more delightful and fabulous young damsels including Tinsley Mortimerand her sister Dabney and the elegant newlywed Minnie Gaghan (née Mortimer), among others. After several other brief hellos I decided to briefly abandon hope of making it up the elaborate stairs to the upper levels and had a quick drink at the bar. Once I had reinvigorated myself, I braved it up the back stairs to the top where I reconnected with the previously mentioned group as well as one of my favorite New York couples: Dennis and Corralie Charriol Paul as well as the always radiant CeCe Cord.
I left the VC&A party just before the fire marshal shut down the door and headed over to Trovata‘s fashion presentation, which luckily was running late. I arrived just in time to find the ever classic and gorgeousLauren Bush who has been very busy with her non-profit foundation, FEED, which she founded and is the director of.
Here is its mission statement: (http://www.feedprojects.org)
The FEED project was started by Lauren Bush, Honorary Spokesperson, to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme. The proceeds from FEED products go to feed hungry children in school around the world through WFP’s school feeding program. WFP fed 21.7 million children in over 74 countries in 2005. Yet around 400 million kids in the world still go to bed hungry every night. Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined. In fact, every five seconds a child dies because he or she is hungry. The FEED project will raise awareness about child hunger as well as give an education, a full belly, and a brighter future to one hungry kid at a time!
so take a moment from your hectic schedules and get involved! –FABIAN BASABE