SUNSHINE STATE: Most party hostesses would be a ball of nerves when rain clouds appeared on the night of their outdoor bash. Elise Overland took a more happy-go-lucky approach. “I hung out my leopard-print bikini and the sun came out!” she said Thursday night at the sunset cocktails and barbecue she hosted on her Western Chelsea studio’s terrace for a screening of Poppy de Villeneuve’s short film “Say Good Morning to the Night.”

Guests such as Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Salman Rushdie, Genevieve Jones, Yvonne Force Villareal and Mick Rock sipped tequila and snacked on burgers outside, while admiring the skyline view.“I can’t believe Elise doesn’t live here,” said de Villeneuve, whose film has Aimee Mullins exploring the New Mexico desert while wearing looks from Overland’s resort collection and specially designed jewelry by Pamela Love. The overall effect was romantic and lush, but, as any creative type knows, such endeavors don’t come without some major elbow grease.

This story first appeared in the June 14, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Certainly Mullins had a few instances of reconsidering her decision to traipse through the desert in sky-high heels. “I had a moment where I would look at Elise and Pamela and Poppy and we’d all be like, ‘What the f–k did we get ourselves into?’” said Mullins with a smile.

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