NEW YORK — Peter Beard’s seaside spread in Montauk, N.Y., has seen its share of parties. But the one he held this month in honor of his friend Junko Yoshioka’s first eveningwear collection was more subdued than the soirees that drew the Rolling Stones and Truman Capote, along with hangers-on.
In true Beard party fashion, the lithe models who fluttered around in Yoshioka’s Moroccan-inspired gowns mingled with guests and at least one sipped a flute of champagne. But unlike some more spirited guests, they refrained from jumping on the trampoline.
Yoshioka, whose bridal gowns are sold under her Bonaparte label, arranged for Beard to shoot images for a look book and a still-life presentation that will be staged in conjunction with an Eighties-inspired runway show in September. She said her eveningwear was inspired partly by his book, “50 Years of Portraits.”
The photographer, who discovered Iman, has mixed feelings about fashion, even though he has worked in it throughout his career, said his wife, Nejma. “He’s not into the concept of fashion because he thinks it’s ridiculous. But he loves the beauty of it and the aesthetic of it.”
Even the overcast skies and heavy fog that accompanied Yoshioka’s party could not dampen that element. “Peter loves girls and and he loves girls who wear beautiful clothes,” his wife explained. “It was perfect for him.”