NEW YORK — Nothing like a little Parisian chic to warm the hearts (and hopefully bodies) of stylish New Yorkers on a cold winter’s night. On Wednesday evening, an intimate crowd, by fashion show standards, braved frigid temps to take in a special runway presentation of Chanel’s pre-fall collection in its Midtown store. Attendees such as Diane Kruger, Mia Maestro, Ashley Olsen, Helena Christensen, Jennifer Creel, Zani Gugelmann, Amanda Hearst, Barbara Wilhelm and Eleanor Ylvisaker sipped champagne and gushed over the intricate creations.
Lindsay Lohan, for one, has been a Chanel fan ever since getting her first quintessential quilted black purse. And while she loved its Gotham incarnation, she can’t wait to see a Chanel show in its proper Gallic environ.
“I think you have to see it in Paris. I’m going to the March show. I made sure I would be off then,” she enthused, before dashing out to switch outfits for her next party.
Christensen also did a quick change and headed down to the West Village, where Donna Karan lent out her late husband Stephen Weiss’ studio for the 10th annual ACRIA dinner. “When we started out, it was just a small ad hoc dinner in someone’s loft,” said co-host Ross Bleckner. Now, Andres Serrano photos and paintings by Bleckner were hanging from the walls and being sold for thousands of dollars; In Style and Karan were underwriting the event; Francisco Costa was on the host committee; Johnny Walker Black Label was sponsoring, and Amanda Hearst and Alexis Bryan headed up the junior committee.
Gigi Mortimer and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos battled the cold back uptown at the de Grisogono party for God’s Love We Deliver. Ann Dexter-Jones didn’t ever seem to defrost though, wearing her burgundy fox stole the entire evening.
At BG on Bergdorf Goodman’s seventh floor, Vera Wang — who made a personal appearance earlier in the day — cohosted a dinner along with Olivier Krug, Jim Gold and 10 chairmen from the Frick Collection’s Young Fellows Winter Ball — although only three actually showed.
This story first appeared in the December 9, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The day before, Fabiola Beracasa and Tinsley Mortimer toasted New Yorkers for Children at Bric’s on Madison Avenue, while a few blocks away, Tse designer Tess Giberson was being feted by Victoria Traina, Francesca Bodini and Emily Jerome. If the social set could be compared to high school, these girls would be the hot young freshmen poised to steal some of the spotlight from Mortimer’s sophomore gang. Bodini, for one, has a hostessing mentor in her aunt, Alex Kramer, who also helped organize the evening.
“She’s 21 going on 40,” Kramer remarked. “She’s more sensible than I am.” Indeed, the engaging Bodini does seem to have a serious streak — she’s majoring in political science at Columbia, considering a six-week study at Stanford over the summer and toying with the fantasy of writing for a political magazine after graduation (when she’s not, one assumes, toying with fantasies of her aristocratic Roman boyfriend). So what was she doing out on a school night? “I don’t have to go home to study, but I just can’t be hungover tomorrow,” she explained responsibly at the post-party dinner at Le Charlot.