HER NAME WAS LOLA: Living up to her Hollywood royalty status, Anjelica Huston went with a custom-made Yeohlee Teng tux for Vanity Fair’s Oscars party Sunday night. Having won a Best Supporting Actress statuette for “Prizzi’s Honor” in 1985 (a coup that made her the third generation of her family to do so), the actress and director had no professional incentives to sit through Sunday’s awards at The Dolby Theater. But Yeohlee made sure her gaberdine tuxedo with duchess satin was perfectly aligned for the evening’s more raucous celebration.
Earlier this month, a few weeks before her fall show, the New York-based designer was linked up with Huston via Caravan Stylist Studio founder Claudine De Sola. Teng’s one condition was that she speak with the actress, who was looking for an Oscar night stunner along the lines of Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel.”
Recalling their conversation, Teng said she thought, “Wow! She really wanted a tuxedo. It’s a smoking red-hot movie.” To ensure the inspiration was picture-perfect, Huston sent black-and-white photos of Dietrich as “Lola Lola” in the 1930 tragicomic flick, and Teng in return shared sketches. With Huston busy shooting the second season of “Transparent,” there was zero time for fittings of any kind or for her to catch Yeohlee’s runway show. “It has been a bit sight-unseen.” Teng said Sunday. “What cinched everything was the fact that 5’10” [Huston’s height] is the size I cast for all my models.”
While Yeohlee pointed to “Prizzi’s Honor” and the 1991 film adaptation “The Addams Family” as her favorite Huston-ized roles, she planned to catch her Sunday night appearance “at home, hopefully from bed.” In anticipation of the Oscars, the designer spent much of the day shooting some buy-now, wear-now runway looks including the gaberdine pants that were part of the show’s closer — a tux (inspired by Huston’s but without the duchess satin). “Richard Martin (former curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume collection) coined the phrase ‘the fifth season,’ referring to my [seasonless] clothes,” Teng said. With all this hysteria about buy-now, wear-now, I thought I should sell some pieces that were on my runway. My store is 50 percent buy-now so I thought I should promote that online.”
As for missing out on actually seeing the red carpet, Teng said from her West 29th Street atelier Sunday, “I wish I were there, but I’m here.”