HERE, DOGGY: When a friend at Deitch Gallery introduced Richard Chai to the work of artist Ben Jones, the designer was smitten. One of Jones’ motifs is a colorful, geometric dog that is an amalgam of several breeds. “The dog is so me,” said Chai. “It’s modern and graphic but there’s something joyous about it.” So Chai designed a striped men’s T-shirt incorporating an embroidery of the dog, and his friend Jamie Johnson, the documentary filmmaker, put a cocktail party together at Barneys New York, in the men’s Co-Op. Designers Phillip Lim, Robert Geller, Alejandro Ingelmo and Albertus Swanepoel showed their support, while Eddy Chai of Opening Ceremony showed brotherly love. The sales of the $125 shirt benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
FEELING DRIVEN: The fashion crowd gave new meaning to the term “bottleneck” Wednesday night when they flooded the top floor of Bobo restaurant for a dinner hosted by Volkswagen of America and aSmallWorld, honoring Andy Spade, Maria Cornejo, Antony Todd and Alice Temperley. Guests like Kiera Chaplin, Byrdie Bell, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Cynthia Rowley, Ann Dexter-Jones and Poppy Delevigne crowded the tiny bar, as waiters circled asking people to take their seats. Eric Villency, who held a similarly raucous meal there in January, was happy to relinquish his host duties. “This will one will be more fun,” he said, between sips of vodka. Björk hung out with the Threeasfour clan during cocktails, departing as the first course salads and ahi tunas were being served. And Veronica Webb stopped by in time for dessert and a chat with Todd and Spade.
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SPECIAL DELIVERY: This year’s honorees at the 2009 Parsons Fashion Benefit — Calvin Klein Inc.’s Tom Murry and Francisco Costa — will have special presenters to hand them their trophies. Terry Lundgren, Macy’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present Murry with his award, while Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley will do the honors for Costa. CKI is hosting a warm-up this Thursday with a pre-benefit cocktail reception at the Calvin Klein Collection boutique on Madison Avenue, celebrating some of this year’s graduates.
Meanwhile, Parsons The New School for Design added an award to this year’s event, which takes place at Cipriani Wall Street on April 29. Cathy Horyn will receive the school’s first Student Icon Award. The New York Times fashion critic was picked and voted for by Parsons’ fashion students.
BIKE CLUB: Club Monaco is getting in the bike lane for spring. In addition to pedaling its signature city chic sportswear, the store will also be the exclusive U.S. retailer for Royal Dutch Gazelle bicycles, which, as a representative for Club Monaco pointed out, is the only bicycle endorsed by the Dutch royal family. Gazelle’s Toer Populair 3-Speed, which sells for $995, $400 less than the European rate, is now available at Club Monaco’s 57th Street and Upper East Side stores in New York and will roll out to additional doors in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles in April. The seemingly unlikely partnership can be credited to James Mills, Club Monaco’s vice president of store experience, who saw the bike on a trip to Europe and used it in the store’s spring 2009 campaign shoot.
SUITS TURN SAVAGE: London’s financial workers usually rely on sharp suits to get ahead, but it seems that in the current climate of banker bashing, pricy Savile Row duds could put the city’s employees’ safety at risk. Ahead of the G20 summit, which will be held at East London’s Excel Center Thursday — a stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf, where many banks are based — the London Chamber of Commerce has issued guidelines so financial workers can avoid becoming the target of planned protests. Among a number of measures, the organization has advised workers to “consider wearing more casual clothing,” alongside canceling unnecessary meetings and keeping movement in and out of offices to a minimum.
And according to British press reports, even dress down favorites such as chinos and loafers have been vetoed for making workers too easily identifiable. “The expected disruption at the G20 summit could cost the capital 5 million British pounds [$7.2 million] a day, and potentially much more if planned protests become violent,” said Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Several organizations are planning protests in London to coincide with the summit, from the group Put People First, who insist in a statement on their Web site that their march to Hyde Park Saturday will be “peaceful,” and has the support of police, through to G20 Meltdown, who stated that on April 1 they plan to “reclaim the city, thrusting into the very belly of the beast — the Bank of England.” A Bank of England spokesman declined to comment on what sartorial advice the organization is giving to its workers ahead of the summit.
SIMONS SPLITS: After 13 years of working with Totem, designer Raf Simons has realigned his eponymous collection with PR Consulting for North American and European public relations, including his shows. PR Consulting already represents Simons’ other creative outlet, Jil Sander. It won the Jil Sander account two years ago, ending Marion Greenberg Inc.’s 17-year run with the house. PR Consulting’s Pierre Rougier and Simons have been friends for years.