The nexus of old Hollywood and classic design shifted to interior designer Michael Smith’s home on Thursday night for Huntsman’s party celebrating its longtime relationship with the late actor Gregory Peck.
Nestled between the koi pond and manicured back lawn, on which two long dinner tables and neat rows of woven rush chairs awaited guests, Monique Lhuillier and Lauren Hutton found themselves outnumbered by the nattily dressed men. Anthony Peck offered further inspiration for dressing to Keith Carradine, Matt Tyrnauer and Darren Star by stocking a wardrobe with nine tweed coats and jackets made by the Savile Row label over a period of 46 years for his father, who would have turned 100 this year.
Known for his work at the White House, especially the makeover of the Oval Office, Smith has grown fond of Delpozo, Loewe and other bearers of good design in Madrid, where he often spends time with his partner, James Costos, who serves as the U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Still, Smith said, “as we get into an age of questioning what is luxury, bespoke tailoring is the last vestige of truly luxurious things.”
Hutton earned the distinction of being a Huntswoman. Already in possession of a few pieces, she was ready to commission the London-based company to make more, following the discovery of a pristine pile of hand-loomed Scottish tweed hidden in her closet after 35 years. Until then, for her party outfit, she chose a chinoiserie-embroidered pajama top and matching cropped pants in a golden shade that was a tad brighter than her wavy bob, and accessorized it with a straw backpack and jelly sandals. “I got it in Hong Kong 40 years ago,” she said.
It turned out that the 72-year-old free-spirited model prefers scouring her closet to shopping in stores these days. “I’m stunned about how tremendously bad it is,” she said. “And who wears it? And the expense of it is shocking.” As for her own personal style, she said, “It’s nice to mix everything. I’m offended if someone is dressed in the same label head to toe. It’s lame.”
Among old friends, Hutton didn’t let her disappointment with the modern fashion industry linger. Before posing for a photographer, she and Peck gave brief explanations of how they first met.
“When we were both young kids,” she told Huntsman chairman Pierre Lagrange, who topped his summer suit with a rock star-worthy mane of shaggy hair.
“It’s a state of mind,” he replied. “We’re all young kids.”