TEAM TAHARI: Should Elie Tahari be looking for a new member for his design team, he may have a potential candidate in Emmy Rossum. At the party that Linda Fargo and Elle’s Joe Zee hosted Thursday for the designer at Bergdorf Goodman, Rossum sported a Tahari dress she personalized. “It was tea length and I like it shorter for spring, so I chopped it,” Rossum said. “I didn’t do it myself, but the tailor did,” she said.
Tahari himself was in a festive mood, mingling with a crowd that included Marjorie Gubelmann and store president and chief executive officer Jim Gold. Also present were Olivia Palermo, Whitney Port and Samantha Swetra, with camera crews trailing them for “The City” reality television show in which the three women are featured. Post-Bergdorf’s, the party continued at Le Caprice, where Tahari and Zee dined with Rossum, Joan Rivers and Patrick McMullan, and were greeted by other diners including Glenda Bailey and Lynn Wyatt.
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CENTER STAGE: The Upper East Side contingent is well accustomed to a film screening, but less so to seeing one of their own member’s names given top billing on the movie poster. Such was the case Wednesday evening when Anne Bass celebrated her directorial debut, “Dancing Across Borders,” which was released by First Run Features on Friday. Carolyne Roehm, Blaine Trump, Nina Griscom, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Mikhail Baryshnikov and a slew of off-duty New York City Ballet dancers came to the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea to show their support. The documentary chronicles the journey of young Cambodian Sokvannara (Sy) Sar who, through Bass’ patronage, comes to New York to take classes at the School of American Ballet and eventually becomes a principal dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Despite her lack of filmmaking experience, Bass’ directorial effort didn’t seem to surprise any of her well-heeled friends.
“Oh, I think she’s capable of anything,” said Katherine Bryan. “She’s so talented in everything she does.”
CeCe Cord claimed she always knew Bass, a longtime supporter of dance, would make an ideal director. “Yes, with her intelligence, a hundred percent yes, and her eye for beauty and her eye for perfection, yes, yes, yes, yes,” said Cord.
As for any future plans to continue on her film path, Bass remained coy. “Well, I’m going to take a vacation first. I’ll let you know when it’s over,” she said.
WARHOL’S SHOES: Andy Warhol unwittingly customized a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes before he died. The asymmetric lace-up, called Salvatore, is the only men’s style that Ferragamo personally created, and the designer often wore it, as well. Warhol often wore Salvatores in his studio, and after his death, the Ferragamo family bought a pair of the artist’s at auction. The upper was streaked and speckled with drops of colored paint. Now the company is issuing replicas of them as one of Ferragamo’s Creations, a range of limited edition, handcrafted pieces reviving the designer’s original models. The upper is in soft, full grain, dark brown calfskin aged in barrels. Only a handful of Ferragamo flagships will carry the special editions, which are arriving in the coming days and will be priced at $990.
THE GRAY LADY: Macy Gray wants to resume her fashion career next year when she plans to relaunch her women’s plus-size line, Humps. “The lines are coming up,” she urged at the launch party for Esprit’s new flagship on 34th Street in Manhattan, where she performed a single from her upcoming album “The Sellout.” Decked in Esprit, the singer said the brand’s hip styles were unexpected. “I was surprised,” she said. “I hadn’t been to Esprit in forever.”
A VERY SOCIAL SELFRIDGES: Selfridges last week unveiled its first e-commerce site, selfridges.com, a multimillion-pound investment that aims to engage the store’s fans on myriad levels. The site, which will be available in the U.K. only and then will eventually roll out to other countries, will carry more than 500 brands in fashion, beauty, accessories, food and home. It will feature a social-networking element called The Wish Room, where viewers can collect, try pieces on mannequins and share their favorite looks; a monthly paper-doll competition, which allows viewers to print, dress and photograph the dolls in designer outfits, and a Show Scrapbook, where the store’s buyers talk about their favorite picks — and the seasonal buying process. The store will promote the site to the public next month by transforming the ground-floor Wonder Room of the Oxford Street flagship into an Internet cafe where customers can navigate the new site and talk to its contributors.
BIG NAMES AT LAST: Major models finally made appearances in Los Angeles during the local version of fashion week last week, though not in any of the runway shows. Odd Molly, a Swedish brand, which opened its first retail store on Robertson Boulevard, pulled in the likes of Helena Christensen and Heidi Klum when it opened its doors. Tara Subkoff, Lake Bell, Malin Ackerman, Natasha Henstridge, Mena Suvari and Kelly Osbourne also turned out to check out the distinct hand-embroidered clothing line. “This is a damn good reason for me to spend more time in Los Angeles now, and I can’t think of a better place for the line to be,” said Odd Molly founder Per Holknekt, who spent time in southern California as a professional skateboarder before moving back to Sweden and launching his clothing line about eight years ago. Odd Molly will open its second store in Copenhagen next week.
PRESSING AHEAD: Contemporary jewelry designer Osanna Visconti was in Madrid to launch a small collection of gold and silver — matte, blackened or brushed — necklaces, bracelets and earrings in Aspesi, a new, two-level Italian specialty store here. Standout items included wrapped gold ribbon cuffs and a wide metal stretch style. Prices range from 250 euros to 900 euros, or $332 to $1,195 at current exchange. Why now — with Spain still mired in recession? “You can’t stop everything because of the economic situation. It’s good to come up with something new,” said the Milan-based Visconti. Handcrafted in Italy, her pure-lined designs sell to more than 30 stores worldwide.
GUINNESS TO TRAVEL: Though the exact launch date is yet to be determined, London-based Lulu Guinness and The Pelham Group will collaborate on a collection of travel luggage, most likely for winter. Guinness, who started her line of whimsy-infused accessories in 1989, will include carry-on luggage, wheeled luggage, luggage sets and travel totes in the lineup (all for women). Lulu Guinness pieces are sold in stores including Harrods and Selfridges in the U.K., Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Le Bon Marché in Paris and Isetan in Tokyo.
BACK HOME: Designer Trina Turk grew up in the Bay Area and first learned about urban living and fashion as a kid on weekend family trips to San Francisco. So for Los Angeles-based Turk, it was a bit like stepping back in time to be the featured designer at the 84th annual San Francisco Junior League fashion show, put on by Macy’s for the 22nd year. “We’d go to San Francisco for these urban adventures,” said Turk, who showed looks from her ocean-inspired spring sportswear collection, modeled by league ladies. “At Christmas, we would always walk around to all the hotels and judge the trees.” Fittingly, this year’s show, which raised $500,000 for league charities, had a “Through the Looking Glass” theme.
SWEET TOOTH: “I love gastronomy,” Rosemary Rodriguez enthused last week in Paris as she presented Pop Fizz, a colorful pastry she designed with Café de la Paix chef Christophe Raoux. Thierry Mugler’s artistic director did not hide her creativity in designing a springy and energetic dessert with an architectural look — like a vertical mille-feuille. It is made of acerola jelly, made from a small cherry from South America, green tea mousse, yuzu cream and slices of white chocolate. Rodriguez’s pastry will be on the Café de la Paix dessert menu starting May 16.