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Kate and Andy Spade celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their company in typically quirky Spade style, inviting guests to the Explorers Club on Tuesday night for a dinner photographed by Jessica Craig-Martin for the fall ad campaign. Memorabilia of expeditions gone by, including a stuffed polar bear, filled the halls. Menu cards divulged the couple’s 10 favorite places and 10 favorite films, and dessert was a big cake shaped like a number 10.
Gina Gershon, on the arm of artist Tom Sachs, played the party crasher, while invited guests included Kim Heirston, Oberon Sinclair, Peter Halley, Glenn O’Brien and Toland Grinnell.
Though her husband, Tim, is at LeSportsac’s helm, that didn’t stop Helen Schifter from joining the party-cum-photo shoot. “Handbag makers, unite!” she cried, carrying her belongings to the party in a paper sack, then switching to a Kate Spade bag.
It was one of the many accessories Craig-Martin trained her lens on during the night. “I keep forgetting that I’m eight months pregnant,” she said. “I went down to get a shot of the shoes and thought, what’s this thing in the way?”
O’Brien did his best to be helpful. “That’s me,” he said, pantomiming with a pair of models pretending to examine placecards. “Now, who are you?”
By 11 p.m., those models were on top of the table, posing among the champagne glasses, while diners below cheered. “No one refused to be in the shoot,” said Kate. “I guess all of my friends are pretty festive.”
And how did Andy feel about the big anniversary? “As someone recently pointed out to me, that’s a long way to walk for a roast beef sandwich,” he deadpanned.
Meanwhile, at the Cooper-Hewitt, Coach’s Lew Frankfort and Reed Krakoff threw a party in the museum’s garden to kick off the 2003 National Design Awards, calling in tent builders at the last minute when the weather forecast turned grim.
“At least it’s in the spirit of a garden party,” said Delphine Krakoff, gazing at the rain splattered plastic.
Keeping the design awards in mind, some of Coach’s co-hosts, including Eva Amurri, Michele Hicks and Anna Paquin fantasized about everyday items they would redesign.
“Airplane seats,” sighed Hicks.
“Computer laptop bags,” determined Amurri, who’s headed for college this fall. “They are not hip.”
For his part, Reed Krakoff is ready to take on the telephone. “The phone,” he said, “is something I use more than anything else.”