Fashion folks embarked on something of a Meatpacking District bar crawl Wednesday night when two events vied head-to-head for their attention. First stop was the Carlos Miele store, where the designer and Vogue hosted cocktails to celebrate a collection of custom T-shirts the sale of which benefits the Rainforest Foundation-U.S.
As the band Groupo Saveieo (who flew in from Brazil for the occasion) set the ambience, Miele explained his commitment to the chosen charity.
“Sting was a visionary when he went to Brazil 20 years ago and drew attention to this cause,” explained the designer, who enlisted the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Caroline Trentini, Camilla Belle, Alice Braga and Diana Picasso to do the T-shirts.
Why hadn’t he created one himself? “I like to be the canvas,” he offered.
Picasso drew on broken trees for her illustration, while Braga was inspired by “pictures of Brazilian Indians and the wood on in their noses and lips – I wanted to make it abstract.”
Guests like Patricia Velasquez and Kim Raver paid their respects, then hightailed it over to Phillips de Pury & Company, where Seven For All Mankind and Vanity Fair were hosting the annual Free Arts NYC Art Auction Benefit. Guys in suits practically outnumbered girls in frocks as the likes of Michelle Monaghan, Peter Som, Erin Fetherston, Thom Browne and chairs Amy Sacco and Mary Alice Stephenson perused the silent auction’s multimedia portraits.
“Some people buy shoes. My husband and I have a thing for photography,” said Kim Raver, who tends to go for black-and-white global images.
Her “Lipstick Jungle” co-star, however, was just trying to practice restraint.
“I fall in love easily. I’ll have to be cautious,” said Lindsay Price of the art on display. And forget the live bidding that started just after 8:30. “I don’t have the heart for live auction,” she smiled.
For full coverage, see Monday’s issue of WWD.