NEW YORK — The fashion set came out in droves last Monday night to celebrate the release of “Bare Blass,” the memoirs of the late designer Bill Blass, which were written by Blass in collaboration with The New York Times’ fashion critic Cathy Horyn.
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The guests convened, appropriately enough, in the Bill Blass room at the New York Public Library and included designers Carolina Herrera, Narcisco Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren; Times scribes William Norwich and Ben Brantley; Nina Griscom (sans Pepe, naturellement); Vogue’s André Leon Talley, and host Louise Grunwald, wearing a Blass-designed orange-and-black feather boa.
“These are my chicken feathers,” said Grunwald on her choice of accessories. “Ben Brantley told me I look like a Bond girl.”
Perhaps the most surprising sight of the night was the arrival of Oscar de la Renta, who showed up even though he publicly criticized Horyn this spring when she won the Eugenia Sheppard Award for fashion journalism. The two have apparently patched things up. De la Renta walked into the room and greeted Horyn with a big peck on the cheek, after which he downplayed his former remarks. “I just said what I have to say,” de la Renta said. “I hold no grudges.”