BEGINNER’S PLUCK

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It was a night of new beginnings in New York Thursday. New designer Sofia Coppola gathered a group of her grooviest friends to launch her first clothing line, Milk Fed, at Bloomingdale’s. On a short runway on the second floor, Coppola was joined by pals Zoe Cassavetes, Amanda de Cadenet, Lisa Ann and pouty others who strode along the catwalk in shrunken T-shirts, itty-bitty minis and hip-hugger pants, while the band Boss Hogg cranked out the tunes. Boss Hogg is having its own new beginning — the band has just about wrapped up negotiations to sign with Geffen Records.
After the show, not-so-wholesome treats like mini-candy bars and bottles of Orangina were passed around to the crowd, which included El Vez (the Mexican Elvis); Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore with their baby, Coco, and Coppola’s mother, Eleanor, and brother Roman.
“Sofia was very demanding — in a good way,” said Kal Ruttenstein, who noted that Coppola had organized everything without the aid of the store’s fashion department. Even more encouraging to Ruttenstein, the clothes were selling — a point the designer hadn’t yet considered.
“I was so nervous before the show, I hadn’t even thought about selling them,” she said.
Earlier, Vera Wang and Arthur Becker hosted a cocktail party at their Park Avenue apartment to kick off the East Side House Settlement’s Winter Antiques Show, which opens Jan. 19. Although this will be the 41st show, the organizers are boasting of a new and improved version this year, including a cafe run by Glenn Bernbaum, and a replication of part of Edgewater, Richard Jenrette’s house on the Hudson. And, of course, there will be antiques.
“I love antique shopping,” said Guy Peyrelongue. “We’re redecorating our new apartment; well, we moved in two years ago, so it’s not so new. But it’s a work in progress.”
And Wang herself may pick up something for her apartment, which was recently redone by Stephen Sills. “We bought this six years ago and finally moved in about two years ago,” Wang said. “This is one of those buildings that only lets you work Memorial Day to Labor Day. I swear, I’ll never go through that again.”

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