CINEMATIC JOURNEY: Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier has probably stayed in more hotel rooms than he cares to remember, but he still sees the allure in travel, particularly when it is done with Bottega luggage and travel accoutrements. The Italian luxury house created a short film about the romance of travel. Directed by Christian Weber and shot in New York last February, “Viaggio Notturno” separately follows a man and woman as they settle in a luxury hotel suite, to an atmospheric score by Texas-based instrumental ensemble Balmorhea. “When the idea of making a film came up, I wanted to show not just the practical side of travel — the luggage, the eye mask — but also what is surreal, romantic, and potentially transformative about a voyage,” Maier said. The film launches Tuesday at Nowness.com, and can be viewed at Bottegaveneta.com and the brand’s Facebook site and YouTube channel.
FIRMLY OUT WEST: Hollywood moms Ali Larter, Busy Phillips and Rebecca Gayheart joined Jessica Seinfeld at a luncheon for Baby Buggy Thursday at Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills. Phillips became acquainted with the charity after Larter hosted a baby shower benefiting the organization last year. “We [actresses] are so lucky that we get so many great things for free that we aren’t even able to use. I feel like I have to pay it forward.” Seinfeld said she never intended for her charity to go beyond New York, but after researching, she realized the need was too great on the West Coast. “It’s hard for me to get out here with my kids in school, but luckily I’ve found some great partners in L.A.” New York transplants Samantha Gregory and Minnie Mortimer said they didn’t miss home at all. “It’s hard to travel with kids,” said Gregory, mom to daughter Carolina. “I told my mother I’d come home if she could find someone to fly us on their plane.”
JUST FOR JUSTIN: It looks like even Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana aren’t immune to Bieber fever. The designers will be throwing a party in honor of the teen sensation Saturday night in Milan at their restaurant and lounge bar, Gold, after the one and only Italian leg of Justin Bieber’s world tour. The admiration is mutual, however, as Bieber has donned Dolce & Gabbana at a number of high-profile events, including the Grammys and most recently the Vanity Fair Oscars party.
VERA’S SHOE-IN: Vera Wang on Thursday unveiled her White by Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses and shoe collection in her showroom. The seven designs featured a color palette of orchid, amethyst, charcoal, champagne, blush, moss, midnight and ebony — all at less than $200 retail. Designed exclusively for David’s Bridal, the dresses ship to stores starting in late June. Wang was not on the scene but only because she had another wedding-related matter to attend to — the Bridal Challenge with Vera Wang for FN Shoe Star. Beyond design, comfort, height, weight, proportions, toe box and other components of the bridal shoes, there was dancing to consider. “Salsa dancing is one thing I never considered when designing my own line,” Wang said.
The designer has had plenty of other things to occupy her thoughts. In the past week or two, she addressed students at Wharton and lobbied D.C. politicians as part of the CFDA-backed antipiracy efforts. Her signature bridal collection will be shown Sunday in New York. Then there’s helping her younger daughter scout out college campuses and encouraging her husband Arthur Becker’s contemporary art collecting.
The three-part bridal challenge airs April 18 and 25 and May 2 in Webisodes posted on FNShoeStar.com, and the winner will be revealed in early June.
SEEING DOUBLE: Aside from being a savvy businesswoman, Helena Rubinstein was quite an art collector, and friend to Picasso, Cecil Beaton, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, among other artists. One of her pals, Salvador Dali, designed a powder compact and created three murals in her Manhattan triplex. Starting Saturday, Sotheby’s is putting on view 20 portraits of Rubenstein that were made by some of her famous friends for the foundation that bears her name. Five of the more important, including the Dali one, which is expected to sell for upward of $1 million, will be auctioned in the May Impressionist sales. The remainder go under the gavel in September.