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FALLING FOR IT: Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar knew that she wasn’t exactly breaking news by talking fall trends at Friday’s First Look at Fashion luncheon. In whizzing through her checklist — turtleneck, statement coat, ankle boot, etc. — the editor in chief flashed a few shots from the magazine’s June/July issue. Daniel Jackson’s cover shot of Christy Turlington was shown, as were frostier landscapes from a Nathaniel Goldberg shoot in Iceland. There were also glimpses of Bazaar’s take on Balenciaga as pictured by Melvin Sokolsky. Balenciaga-clad models appear to be suspended in the air to mirror the excitement Bailey felt after seeing Alexander Wang’s first collection for the house. As for the designer, he appears looking considerably more relaxed slouched in an armchair.
Bazaar’s Alexandra Parnass wittily raced through the beauty side of things, advising guests who are torn between Botox and bangs to go with the latter and “take that 1,000 bucks you saved and buy one of those nice bags Glenda was showing you earlier.”
Jill Kaplan, Debra Shriver, Laura Slatkin, Elizabeth Musmanno and Pamela Fiori were in the crowd at the inaugural event, which was organized by the Women’s Leadership Council and presented by Harper’s Bazaar, Longchamp and David Webb. A new initiative of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, the WLC consists of business leaders intent on funds for eight performing arts organizations and two professional performing arts academies at Lincoln Center.
Given the crowd, it goes without saying that the Q&A portion was brief. And much to their amusement, even Bailey was short on words regarding one fall trend — punk. They also lit up with laughter when Bailey described the lengths some people will go to in order to attend a fashion show. Describing a photo of an ashen Suzy Menkes on the brink of fainting en route to a Kenzo show, Bailey noted how in the far corner of the frame a hand is reaching for Menkes “not to help her or rescue her, but to steal her ticket.”