Just as the Academy Awards fete their nominees with an annual luncheon, the young design talent in contention for Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award at the CFDA Awards on June 2 were honored with a dinner hosted by Nadja Swarovski and Peter Arnold at the SoHo House on Monday. Among the fashion flock there to salute the likes of Proenza Schouler duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, and Zac Posen — and to check out the exclusive new club — were Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez and Diane Von Furstenberg. The dinner followed a cocktail reception for around 350 people, hosted by Vogue and Perry Ellis International, at the International Center of Photography.
“Two years in the business, and two years nominated,” said Behnaz Sarafpour, who’s in the running for the ready-to-wear award. “It’s almost as good as winning.”
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Who knows, maybe Lauren Bush, who was on hand for the celebration, will be one of next year’s nominees. She’s planning to take an intensive design course at Central Saint Martins in London this summer.
None of this year’s nominees, however, have relished the moment more than Holly Dunlap, the radiant force behind Hollywould shoes, who toasted her nomination with a kegger two weeks ago, and promised more to come. “If we win, we’re having a party, and if we lose, we’re having a party,” she said, before capping the evening with her staff at Bungalow 8.
The following night, the art world, which descended on the city for a week of action-packed art auctions, packed into Mr. Chow at the behest of Alberto Mugrabi to fete Michelle Clark, the new U.S. publisher of ArtReview. Mugrabi’s girlfriend, Rena Sindi, organized the bash — her first official party since the whirlwind of events she hosted for her book “Be My Guest” last fall.
“It’s a colliding of worlds — my friends and the art world,” said Sindi, whose guests included high-profile ladies from Aerin Lauder to Rachel Peters. “We’ll bring them together and see what happens.”
What happened? Try total bacchanalia. By 1:30 a.m., the glamorous crowd was dancing on the tables to Tom Finn’s tunes, and Clark had rubbed shoulders with nearly everyone in the room. Now that’s a welcome.