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SIMPLY SURREAL: Bottino was once a happening art hangout and on Thursday night, it became that again. The restaurant was taken over for a post-opening dinner to celebrate handbag designer Diane De Maria and the John Connelly Presents gallery show of her late grandfather Pierre De Maria’s surrealist paintings and lithographs. The blonde Parisian trained as an artist herself before having the idea to launch a bag collection incorporating her grandfather’s work, which is in the Guggenheim Museum collection, among other places. “I’m always working on creating something,” said De Maria, who jetted back to Europe on Sunday. “I wanted to do something that crossed the line between art and fashion.” The Italian-made bags showcase the elder De Maria’s lithographs and also feature full-color motifs from his paintings. The collection will launch in the U.S. officially in September.
In the meantime, the very arty crowd, including the show’s curator, Melissa Bent, as well as painter Rita Ackermann, gallerist Amy Greenspon, photographer Max Farago and designers Kai Kuhne and Elise Øverland took over Bottino’s back room for a four-course feast and even a little bit of bad behavior — in the form of cigarettes snuck at the table.
This story first appeared in the May 26, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
AMY’S NEW CLOTHES: Amy Winehouse’s lifestyle choices might be a little questionable, but it seems the singer remains in the good graces of the fashion industry at least. Confirming British press reports, sources said Winehouse is working on a fashion line with London label PPQ, designed by Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker. The line with Winehouse will launch later this year. And though Winehouse — who’s recently been snapped cavorting around the Caribbean — may seem a controversial choice for a fashion plate, PPQ is no stranger to London’s hard-partying set: Last year, the design duo launched a line with outspoken “It” girl Peaches Geldof