PARTY ON: Whether it’s the impact of the economy or another reason, there will be far fewer parties during New York Fashion Week next month. Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs have nixed plans for their usual postshow parties, and Calvin Klein Inc., which is holding shows for both its women’s wear and men’s wear in New York this season, also will forego its traditional postshow party or dinner. But fashion revelers won’t have to completely give up on the good times. Diane von Furstenberg, who is scheduled to show her fall collection on Feb. 15, plans to have her traditional postshow dinner for her friends and family at her studio. On Feb.17, Giorgio Armani will be in town to host a cocktail reception to celebrate the opening of his Fifth Avenue megaflagship, and Narciso Rodriguez, whose show is scheduled later that evening, will be hosting his typically casual dinner for friends, family and editors.
PITT STOP: Stefano Pilati plans to serve up an eclectic evening of fashion on Wednesday in Paris to present his fall-winter Yves Saint Laurent collection. Actor Michael Pitt has been cast for a short film, to be directed by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, along with a mini runway show and cocktail reception, which Pitt is due to attend. “The idea is to be entertained chez Saint Laurent,” said a spokesman.
EARNEST SEWN’S ART SUPPLIES: A quaint corner of London’s East End will find a home in New York come April. Denim label Earnest Sewn has tapped the British artist Rob Ryan, who’s known for his paper cutout works that feature delicate, silhouetted figures, to re-create his quirky East London shop, Ryantown, in the company’s Washington Street store. The installation, called Ryantown USA, will be open for 45 days beginning April 1, in Earnest Sewn’s project space at the store. It will spotlight products including an Earnest Sewn T-shirt with a print by Ryan, teddy bears Ryan has customized with Earnest Sewn denim, glassware, bandanas and cushions. Prices for the products haven’t been confirmed yet, a spokeswoman for Earnest Sewn said. The pop-up shop also will carry handmade products by Ryan, such as his paper cutout designs and silk screen prints.
“I’m a huge fan of Rob’s,” said Scott Morrison, founder and designer of Earnest Sewn. “After we had a chance to spend some time with him at his studio in London, it was nearly impossible to imagine us not doing something with him.”
Earnest Sewn will launch the project with an event at the store April 1, and the collaborative products also will be sold at Ryan’s London store during the installation’s run.
PICTURE THIS: Designer Raf Simons has refined — and expensive — tastes. The iconic Man Ray photograph he projected before his Jil Sander women’s spring show in October in Milan is among highlights at the TEFAF art and antiques fair in Maastricht, Netherlands, and is priced at 600,000 euros, or about $790,000 at current exchange. The gelatin print features the pale, oval face of Kiki Montparnasse next to a carved African mask.
UPPER EAST SIDE BOOK CLUB: A dozen well-heeled women trekked through the snow to Samantha Rosen’s art-filled Upper East Side home Thursday afternoon for a luncheon honoring her Harvard pal Janice Lee, author of “The Piano Teacher.” While the commute may not have been so bad for those with drivers, it was hard for Lee. Her flight from Boston hovered over LaGuardia but couldn’t land due to weather and had to return to Logan airport. Fortunately Lee was able to catch the next plane and arrived at Rosen’s just in time for the meal — and a glass of white wine. Others, including Agnes Gund, Tory Burch, Fernanda Niven and Serena Boardman sipped hot chocolate while discussing Lee’s tome, which is set in Forties Hong Kong. “The way you described the sultry, steamy heat, it was palpable,” said Joan Juliet Buck.
“You could feel it,” agreed Rosen who read it over her winter vacation.
“Well, you were in St. Barth’s at the time,” said Lee.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Selfridges’ Ultralounge will be the site of a youthquake with a series of exhibitions curated by Mary McCarthy and starting next month. “ArtCore,” which launches Feb. 13, will showcase visual documentation of the acid house and rave movement, which began in the Eighties. Posters and flyers of vivid yellow smiley faces and dancing robots that promoted clubs such as Hacienda, Raindance and Tribal Gathering will be on display. Next up, is “Urban Art,” a show that will feature works by graffiti artists Banksy and Blek Le Rat and the artists’ collective Faile. Everything on exhibit will be auctioned at the Ultralounge on Feb. 26, with proceeds going to Prince Charles’ youth charity, Prince’s Trust.
OLD HAT: Vintage men’s wear fans might want to extend their upcoming Paris week trip by one day. A vast collection of designer golden oldies from the auction house Cornette de Saint-Cyr is due to go under the hammer Jan. 26 at the Drouot auction house, with labels ranging from Yohji Yamamoto to Burberry. A number of bags by brands such as Goyard, Hermès and Louis Vuitton will figure among the lot. The collection will be available for viewing on Jan. 24.
ALL CHANGE: Bernhard Willhelm is to stage a one-off men’s presentation during Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which runs Jan. 28-Feb. 1. The avant-garde designer plans to unveil a big installation Jan. 31 in the city’s colossal red-brick Postbahnhof venue, a former railway station. “It is a challenge for me to do a show in another city, to reach a different audience and to have other possibilities,” he said. “I am German, so after 10 years of creation, it’s nice to show your face and your work to your own country.” Willhelm, who usually shows in Paris, joins the event’s official lineup of 24 designer runway shows, to be held in a tent on Bebelplatz and other venues across town. Most of the participants are German, even if some, like Markus Lupfer and Felder & Felder, are not based in their home country. Top fashion brands such as Boss, Strenesse Blue, Schumacher, Joop and Michalsky are showing aside young talents like Sisi Wasabi, Kaviar Gauche or Lala Berlin.