GOLDEN GIRLS: Photographs of gold-wreathed women decorated the Bloomingdale’s special collections floor last night to fete French photographer Bettina Rheims’ exhibit, “Liquid Gold.” Her 11 portraits were commissioned by the French wine region of Chablis, which gave Rheims carte blanche in bringing her interpretations of the white wine to life any way she chose.
“It took long research,” Rheims said of her process. “I looked at paintings of wine. I wanted to know how the wine is made, the tools that are used, the instruments, how it’s put together.” Asked if she herself is a big Chablis fan, the artist smiled: “I actually don’t drink much. I’m more of a Diet Coke and green tea person.”
President of Chablis Wines Michel Laroche was also on hand to toast the special collaboration. “We wanted to communicate wine in a different way,” he said of the exhibit. “We see bottles of wine all the time. We wanted to express it artistically.” And did Laroche approve of Rheims’ interpretation of his brand? “It’s definitely a female wine,” he said, looking at the pictures. “Red wine is much more of a man — this wine is a woman, and we all know that women have all the power.”
“Liquid Gold” can be viewed in the Bloomingdale’s windows before making its way to the New York Palace Hotel in July, followed by Metrazur Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal in September.
BOSOM BUDDIES: Diane von Furstenberg had a double helping of Barbra Streisand this week. The designer caught Streisand’s concert in Paris Tuesday, and was also invited Thursday night to see the legendary entertainer decorated with a Legion of Honor medal by French President Nicholas Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace. (First Lady Cecilia Sarkozy is a Streisand fan and also took in Tuesday night’s show, dressed in Dior.)
While the European tour was a first for Streisand, von Furstenberg continues to spread her roots across the continent. The designer disclosed plans to open DVF boutiques this fall in Madrid and Moscow, plus a second location for London and a third for Paris, on Rue François 1er, only steps away from the Dior flagship on Avenue Montaigne. Von Furstenberg also is opening a boutique in her hometown of Brussels this fall.
Antwerp, Belgium, seems to be a magnet these days for foreign fashion designers. On Thursday, Tommy Hilfiger previewed the Bernhard Willhelm exhibition at the MoMu fashion museum, toured the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and awarded prizes for four top students at the academy’s year-end fashion show.
SHOP CAROLYNE’S CLOSET: They say one woman’s trash is another’s treasure, and this, perhaps, could not be more true than it will be Saturday at Carolyne Roehm‘s tag sale. The arbiter of style is purging Weatherstone, her Connecticut estate, of years of accumulated objects including vases, china, flatware, linens, garden urns and party props.
“It may be an older Baby Boomer thing, but I want to simplify,” Roehme wrote in an Evite to friends, “and I see no better way than to start with a bang.”
Proceeds will be donated to the Little Guild of Saint Francis animal shelter and local women’s support services. Weatherstone is located at 58 South Main in Sharon, Conn., and the sale will occur between 9 a.m and 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.
DOING AN ENCORE: Cate Blanchett, who currently is filming the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones adventures with Harrison Ford, always has time for a bit of fashion drama. The Giorgio Armani stalwart is expected to turn up at his couture show in Paris on Wednesday, according to a source. Actress Anne Hathaway also is expected to be among front-row celebs.
HERE COMES TROUBLE: Charlotte Rampling, Julie Depardieu, Jean-Claude Jitrois and Italian actress Vahina Giocante gathered at agnès b.’s Parisian headquarters Tuesday night to fete designer Agnès Trouble‘s crowning as the latest laureate of Montblanc’s Cultural Prize. Rampling said she’ll be missing out on the couture shows next week. “I’m off again — this time to Prague,” said the actress, who is filming Mathieu Kassovitz‘s “Babylon A.D.” Meanwhile, Wolff Heinrichsdorff, president of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, disclosed that the brand will be holding a “major” bash in Paris in October for the second collection of its nascent fine jewelry line.