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ROCK CHICK: Cynthia Vincent is not a brand one generally associates with rock ’n’ roll. Her drapy, summery wares belong to a venue like Le Bain’s grassy outdoor terrace in the summer or the glassed-in greenhouse of the Mondrian’s Imperial No. 9. But Wednesday night’s party was all rock ’n’ at Don Hill’s, in honor of Vincent’s flagship boutique opening on Elizabeth Street in New York’s NoLIta. Zoe Kazan sported a white Cynthia Vincent cocktail dress while Bella Heathcote’s floor-length blue number by the designer seemed a poorer choice considering the condition of Don Hill’s floor. “Is that glass?” Heathcote shrieked, inspecting her hem. (It wasn’t.) Vincent Piazza, Louise Roe and Alice Eve were all on hand, as was Nur Khan, who chatted with Jeremy Kost by the bar. Ed Westwick talked with Todd DiCiurcio near the stage as the audience shimmied the grimly orgiastic way only rock fans can, until the party broke up around midnight.
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OFF-SEASON: They may be locked out of playing next season, but that didn’t stop New York Jets Jason Taylor and Bart Scott from hitting the town last week. They were co-hosts of Ermenegildo Zegna’s made-to-measure suit event at its Fifth Avenue store. Scott said he’s been wearing Zegna made-to-measure suits for around five years. “I don’t fit into off-the-rack suits,” he said. “I have a fat neck and funny shoulders. I’m a quirky fit. I like how they make it fit to hide my pot belly.” He said he first discovered the brand in Baltimore, when he played for the Ravens, and knew when he made the move to the Jets, he had to look good. “I couldn’t wear a polyester K&G suit in New York,” he said. Taylor, who’s been wearing Zegna for more than 10 years, said the brand has the “best materials and fabrics” and the custom fit flatters his 6-foot 6-inch frame. But it was the lockout that led to more questions from the attendees at the event. “I don’t think we’ll miss any games,” Taylor said. “There’s too much money in it. I think it will get itself worked out.” Told that even CBS was talking now to Charlie Sheen, Taylor added: “If he can go back to work, we all can.”
OFF TO BRAZIL: AmfAR will stage its Inspiration event in São Paulo later this month, this time honoring Brazil native Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection with the Piaget Award of Inspiration. Claire Danes will fly in to hand the trophy to Costa, and Jennifer Hudson will be on hand at the April 28 event at chairman’s Felipe Diniz’s home to belt out a few tunes for the occasion. Other guests will include Alice Braga, Astrid Muñoz, Isabeli Fontana and Alessandra Ambrosio, and the likes of Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent have donated looks for the fashion presentations and auction for AIDS research.
ODE ON A LEATHER URN: Fendi is out to woo clients in London with a new 2,500-square-foot flagship on Sloane Street, set for September, and an artsy project that kicks off today at Selfridges. Fendi artisans will be working with the British designer Simon Hasan to customize and finish a series of boiled leather vases, using a medieval armor-making technique. The collaboration, which will take place over four days, is part of a series of artistic collaborations with Fendi artisans known as “Fatto a Mano,” a year-long project meant to underline the link between art and craftsmanship at the Italian brand.
Helen Wright, Fendi’s president for Europe, the Middle East and India, said that while there are no plans to turn these pieces into accessories, the company is open to customers’ ideas. “We plan to deal with customers’ requests following the project, and may even do bespoke items at some point — but Fatto a Mano is not meant to be a commercial project,” she told WWD. All the pieces created will eventually become part of the Fendi Foundation.
In other Fendi news, a temporary flagship store has opened at 74 Sloane Street and will remain there until the new flagship — in the former Roberto Cavalli store — opens.
MOVING ON: Custom tailor Domenico “Mimmo” Spano has branched out on his own. Spano, who has run the men’s custom suit departments at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, has opened a showroom at 12 West 57th Street in New York. In addition to continuing his custom work, he has also created a high-end wholesale collection that he’s hoping to sell to upscale stores for fall. “I’ve always worked for luxury stores,” he said, “but I’m 66, and I said, before I die, I want to try this.”
EAT YOUR GREENS: “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World” author Kathy Freston makes no bones about her fondness for leafy greens and the like. And TV viewers may be next in line to get an earful about the perks of an all-plant diet. She is said to have a show about all things vegan in the works, on which she would help families get healthy. Freston shared the joys of vegetables on “The Martha Stewart Show” Wednesday, as she already has done with Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
But even Freston’s beloved Tom initially had some reservations about going green. “My husband pushed back a bit at first. He said, ‘OK, we’re giving up burgers?’ I like to say he’s veganish. But that’s the thing about veganism. It is a spectrum that you may be moving along,” she said during an editors’ lunch prepared by Brooklyn chef Matteo Silverman at Pure Yoga.
And for the record, Kathy Freston has not sworn off pizza, alcohol, sugar or caffeine. “I love my martinis, and I have coffee in the morning. I definitely enjoy sweets. I really enjoy my life. I’m not interested in having just brown rice and vegetables every day,” she said.