HEDI SAYS: You couldn’t land a hotter name in fashion at a party this week than Christian Dior men’s wear designer Hedi Slimane, so when the designer arrived at Visionaire’s 10th-anniversary party at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Thursday night, fresh off the plane from Paris, he naturally found himself at the center of attention. Fern Mallis and Stan Herman paid their respects, and Mallis invited him over for a visit to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Bryant Park tents.
He also curated the latest issue of Visionaire, its 34th, around the theme of Paris. “I wanted to try to break certain stereotypes about Paris with this issue, which I was doing at the same time that I was working on the collection for Dior and dealing with the image of such a traditionally French and Parisian house,” Slimane said. “I didn’t want the issue to be about fashion. I wanted it to be a new framework for Paris.”
But he doesn’t have any plans to attend the fashion shows. He’s thinking a lot about New York, though, as Slimane said, he is in town for the week to work, relax and do a little partying. He got a good start, heading on to Visionaire’s after-party at the upstairs bar of the old Stonewall Inn, where he remained well into the night.
HEIDI SAYS: Earlier in the evening, sisters Heidi Sabelhaus and Holly Dillon held a launch party for their fashion advice and e-commerce Web site, HeidiSays.com, with a trunk show at The Apartment SoHo Design Store on Crosby Street. Well-wishers included Charlotte and Samantha Ronson, who arrived accompanied by singer Duncan Sheik, and Moira and Catherine I. Forbes, daughters of Steve Forbes.
Catherine, who said she is anxiously awaiting the Carolina Herrera show, drew attention in her black Trina Turk dress and rhinestone belt. Evidently, she has caught the online shopping bug.
“I fell in love with the clothes at HeidiSays.com,” she said. “But generally, I stick to buying basics online — like, I wouldn’t buy black leather pants from a Web site.” Once the party had attained critical mass attendance, Janice Combs (Puffy’s mom) dropped by to check out the merchandise.
IN THE RING: Avirex’s crowd for its Thursday night fashion show wasn’t the only thing that was star-studded. Among those in the audience were rappers Eve, Aaliyah, Queen Latifah, Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z and Noriega, junior welterweight champ Zab Juda, cast members of “Oz” and MTV, and, off in one corner, Jackie Rowe, who is Mike Tyson’s sister.
She was wearing a tan Gucci hat and matching loafers, a Fendi fur bag and Sean John’s denim jacket and jeans. But her ensemble wasn’t worn exactly as the designer intended, as she had jazzed it up a bit — “I studded it myself,” Rowe said.
“I’m really into fashion,” she said. “I just went to Versace’s trunk show because I like having things exclusive, before they come out in the stores.”
FORMAL CORNERS: Adrienne Vittadini’s brand name may have just been acquired by Casual Corner, but the designer, attending Andrew Urbain’s first show last week, said she has some new business plans of her own.
She and her husband, Gianluigi, are forming a real estate development company to build speculative luxury homes, initially at resort locations.
While she was coy with details about the enterprise, she did say they are designing and building two “classical” houses, one in Sarasota, Fla., and another in Water Mill, N.Y.
“I love anything to do with the home, both interior and exterior,” she said.