OFF TO BRAZIL: AmfAR will stage its Inspiration event in São Paulo later this month, this time honoring Brazil native Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection with the Piaget Award of Inspiration. Claire Danes will fly in to hand the trophy to Costa, and Jennifer Hudson will be on hand at the April 28 event at chairman’s Felipe Diniz’s home to belt out a few tunes for the occasion. Other guests will include Alice Braga, Astrid Muñoz, Isabeli Fontana and Alessandra Ambrosio, and the likes of Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent have donated looks for the fashion presentations and auction for AIDS research.
ODE ON A LEATHER URN: Fendi is out to woo clients in London with a new 2,500-square-foot flagship on Sloane Street, set for September, and an artsy project that kicks off today at Selfridges. Fendi artisans will be working with the British designer Simon Hasan to customize and finish a series of boiled leather vases, using a medieval armor-making technique. The collaboration, which will take place over four days, is part of a series of artistic collaborations with Fendi artisans known as “Fatto a Mano,” a year-long project meant to underline the link between art and craftsmanship at the Italian brand.
Helen Wright, Fendi’s president for Europe, the Middle East and India, said that while there are no plans to turn these pieces into accessories, the company is open to customers’ ideas. “We plan to deal with customers’ requests following the project, and may even do bespoke items at some point — but Fatto a Mano is not meant to be a commercial project,” she told WWD. All the pieces created will eventually become part of the Fendi Foundation.
In other Fendi news, a temporary flagship store has opened at 74 Sloane Street and will remain there until the new flagship — in the former Roberto Cavalli store — opens.
MOVING ON: Custom tailor Domenico “Mimmo” Spano has branched out on his own. Spano, who has run the men’s custom suit departments at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, has opened a showroom at 12 West 57th Street in New York. In addition to continuing his custom work, he has also created a high-end wholesale collection that he’s hoping to sell to upscale stores for fall. “I’ve always worked for luxury stores,” he said, “but I’m 66, and I said, before I die, I want to try this.”
ROCK CHICK: Cynthia Vincent is not a brand one generally associates with rock ’n’ roll. Her drapy, summery wares belong to a venue like Le Bain’s grassy outdoor terrace in the summer or the glassed-in greenhouse of the Mondrian’s Imperial No. 9. But Wednesday night’s party was all rock ’n’ at Don Hill’s, in honor of Vincent’s flagship boutique opening on Elizabeth Street in New York’s NoLIta. Zoe Kazan sported a white Cynthia Vincent cocktail dress while Bella Heathcote’s floor-length blue number by the designer seemed a poorer choice considering the condition of Don Hill’s floor. “Is that glass?” Heathcote shrieked, inspecting her hem. (It wasn’t.) Vincent Piazza, Louise Roe and Alice Eve were all on hand, as was Nur Khan, who chatted with Jeremy Kost by the bar. Ed Westwick talked with Todd DiCiurcio near the stage as the audience shimmied the grimly orgiastic way only rock fans can, until the party broke up around midnight.
OFF-SEASON: They may be locked out of playing next season, but that didn’t stop New York Jets Jason Taylor and Bart Scott from hitting the town last week. They were co-hosts of Ermenegildo Zegna’s made-to-measure suit event at its Fifth Avenue store. Scott said he’s been wearing Zegna made-to-measure suits for around five years. “I don’t fit into off-the-rack suits,” he said. “I have a fat neck and funny shoulders. I’m a quirky fit. I like how they make it fit to hide my pot belly.” He said he first discovered the brand in Baltimore, when he played for the Ravens, and knew when he made the move to the Jets, he had to look good. “I couldn’t wear a polyester K&G suit in New York,” he said. Taylor, who’s been wearing Zegna for more than 10 years, said the brand has the “best materials and fabrics” and the custom fit flatters his 6-foot 6-inch frame. But it was the lockout that led to more questions from the attendees at the event. “I don’t think we’ll miss any games,” Taylor said. “There’s too much money in it. I think it will get itself worked out.” Told that even CBS was talking now to Charlie Sheen, Taylor added: “If he can go back to work, we all can.”
EAT YOUR GREENS: “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World” author Kathy Freston makes no bones about her fondness for leafy greens and the like. And TV viewers may be next in line to get an earful about the perks of an all-plant diet. She is said to have a show about all things vegan in the works, on which she would help families get healthy. Freston shared the joys of vegetables on “The Martha Stewart Show” Wednesday, as she already has done with Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
But even Freston’s beloved Tom initially had some reservations about going green. “My husband pushed back a bit at first. He said, ‘OK, we’re giving up burgers?’ I like to say he’s veganish. But that’s the thing about veganism. It is a spectrum that you may be moving along,” she said during an editors’ lunch prepared by Brooklyn chef Matteo Silverman at Pure Yoga.
And for the record, Kathy Freston has not sworn off pizza, alcohol, sugar or caffeine. “I love my martinis, and I have coffee in the morning. I definitely enjoy sweets. I really enjoy my life. I’m not interested in having just brown rice and vegetables every day,” she said.
HELPING HAND: More than $850,000 has been raised so far for the UJA-Federation of New York annual fashion luncheon April 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street, where Frank Doroff, vice chairman of Bloomingdale’s, and Steven B. Tanger, chief executive officer of Tanger Factory Outlets Centers, will be honored. “We are raising a great deal of money. I felt a responsibility to do something,” Doroff said. In the past decade, $6.5 million has been raised through the event. Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” will emcee the luncheon. Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and ceo, and Laurence C. Leeds Jr. of Buckingham Capital Management Inc. will present the awards to the honorees.
HELPING HAND: Fashion designers aren’t the only ones getting behind Japanese aid efforts. Meeling Wong and Jim Conte of fine jewelry flash-sale Web site Ajaline.com have corralled 19 jewelry firms to donate pieces for auction on Charitybuzz.com, with a 100 percent of proceeds going to relief efforts. Among the list of donors: H.Stern, House of Waris, Buccellati, Kimberly McDonald, Mikimoto, Monica Rich Kosann and Robert Lee Morris. “We sought to bring together the many brands and individuals who, like myself, have experienced the extraordinary generosity of the Japanese poeple,” said Conte, who spent 17 years living in Japan. “We hope that through our efforts, we’re able to repay at least some of that kindness during a time of such immense sadness.” The “Jewelers for Japan” sale kicks off on April 5 and will close on April 19.
CATCH A WAVE: Lorenz Bäumer, jewelry designer, engineering grad and…avid surfer? That’s just one of the fun facts gleaned from the second installment of the French Institute Alliance Française’s “Art de Vivre: Fashion Talks.” Bäumer, the son of diplomats born in Washington, D.C., took the audience through his career from furniture designer and costume jeweler (selling $30-$40 baubles to his mom’s friends at Tupperware-like parties) to longtime fine jeweler for Chanel and his current gig at Louis Vuitton, where he revealed there’s a massive 30-carat diamond in the atelier. As for the biggest changes in the industry right now, Bäumer noted that the active market in China has been driving prices upward for gemstones — “the price of rubies has really gone crazy” — while technology was becoming more and more key. The Place Vendôme-based jeweler, for instance, currently employs 3D software, traditionally used for airplane and car designs, to create some of his high-priced finery. Next up on the FIAF roster: a talk with Oscar de la Renta on Monday.
CRYSTAL PERSUASION: Baccarat on Thursday named Markus Lampe, 43, its new chief executive officer, effective May 16. Lampe, an Austrian national, spent his entire career at Swarovski which he joined in 1987, and where he was named senior vice president in charge of global marketing in 2006. His nomination was announced the same day Baccarat announced a 10.4 percent increase in 2010 revenues. Lampe succeeds Hervé Martin, who is exiting the company after four years. Owned by private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, Baccarat is primarily known for its stemware and chandeliers. Jewelry, launched in 1992, generates around 17 percent of the brand’s sales.
IN A SWIRL: The otherworldly pavilion Zara Hadid designed for Chanel has already been assembled at the foot of the Arab World Institute in Paris and is slated to open April 28 showcasing a selection of the Iraq-born, London-based architect’s creations. Hadid’s splashy Mobile Art container was inaugurated in Hong Kong in 2008, only to be sidelined nine months later as the world financial crisis bit. Last year, Chanel donated the structure to the Institute, which plans to use it to exhibit contemporary Arab artists. “Zara Hadid: Architecture” runs until Oct. 30.
OUT WEST: Lyn Devon showed her appeal Wednesday as a rising fashion star during a trunk show in San Francisco at the Sacramento Street boutique Philanthropy, where $30,000 in orders were placed for her spring and summer lines of breezy shifts, sun dresses, separates and coats. “Day dresses are our biggest business— and outerwear,” said Karen Jeffords, president of Devon’s New York-based fashion house started in 2005 and now selling online at Neiman Marcus and 15 specialty stores. At Philanthropy, all profits from designer fashion sales go to local charities. The Devon trunk show culminated three months at the boutique of raising $33,552 for the De Marillac Academy, a fourth to eighth grade parochial school in San Francisco’s high-crime and poor Tenderloin district. “This is significant. We’re talking tuition for about four or five students,” said Susan Atherton, involved as a De Marillac booster, trying on a Devon sleeveless shirtdress with a full skirt in an eye-catching red butterfly print. About one third of Philanthropy’s donations to the academy come from boutique sales, with the rest by a donation from store owner Jessica Moment and her husband, Jason Moment, a venture capitalist. In total, since Philanthropy opened in September 2008, $325,000 has been donated to charities.
NYGARD’S FAME GAME: Peter Nygard, the colorful and controversial Canadian founder and chairman of Nygard International, was inducted on March 24 into the Manitoba Manufacturers Hall of Fame. The award celebrates visionaries who have shown leadership in developing their companies and achieved success in their industries. Nygård International was founded in 1967 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Its headquarters are now in Toronto. Nygard International in 2008 closed its last sewing factory in Winnipeg, however, a company spokeswoman said that Nygard has shipping and distribution facilities in Manitoba in addition to stores and administrative offices. “␣Manitoba has done an outstanding job in manufacturing over the years and we are proud to have been a part of that,” Nygard said when he accepted the award.␣The company does more than $1 billion in sales and is the largest producer of women’s apparel in Canada.
MOSCHINO GETS ARTSY: Moschino and Fred Segal Couture staged an artsy trunk show at photographer Normandie Keith’s estate in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday, benefiting the art organization Los Angeles Nomadic Division. The sale enticed art patrons and actresses including Marg Helgenberger and Erika Christensen to climb a slope of rickety stones to the wood-shingled art installation by Cole Sternberg, whose gold spray-painted closets and windows enhanced the gilded palazzo pants and cream military coats on display. Christensen, who worked spring’s colorblocking trend by matching her blue arm cast with a flirty Moschino frock, even got ideas for integrating Moschino into the wardrobe of the working mom executive she portrays on the TV show “Parenthood.” “I’ll get that worked out,” she said.
ANNIVERSARY PARTY: “One always loves success,” noted Caroline Rose Hunt, a serene octogenarian presence within the uproar of Stanley Korshak’s 25th anniversary party. Hunt opened the designer store to anchor the retail complex at her Rosewood Crescent Hotel, in Dallas, and sold the business in 2002 to longtime manager Crawford Brock. He more than doubled it to 65,000 square feet — nearly all of the Crescent’s retail space. The festivities attracted more than 700 people, from old-guard Texans who had celebrated Korshak’s debut with Hunt to the young, rich and fashion savvy, including Billie Leigh Rippey, Shy and Charlotte Jones Anderson, Linda and Steve Ivy, Eduardo and Kary Brittingham and Doris Jacobs and her daughter Teffy. “We made it!” enthused Rose Clark, general merchandise manager.
Brock flitted among the crowd like a hummingbird gathering nectar. “It’s fantastic,” he exclaimed. Business is coming back from the trough of 2009 — up nearly 15 percent last year, Brock noted in an interview earlier this month. “I think it’s due to new resources, and the economy is trying to come back. We will exceed ’08 sales this year. We could hit ’07 by the end of 2012, but my guess is it will be closer to ’13.”
THE RACE IS ON: Phillips-Van Heusen’s Izod brand hosted a celebration for its Izod IndyCar Series and a preview of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, which takes place on May 29. On hand at the Classic Car Club in New York were legendary racer Mario Andretti, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves, Team Penske Izod car driver Ryan Brisco and 2010 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year Simona de Silvestro, one of only seven women to participate in the fabled race over the past century — versus 725 male drivers. “To actually be [at the Indianapolis 500] is an unbelievable feeling. My knees were shaking getting into the car,” de Silvestro told the crowd, which included PVH president Allen Sirkin and marketing head Mike Kelly, as well as Izod IndyCar Series chief executive officer Randy Bernard and Indianapolis Motor Speedway ceo Jeff Belskus. “Being a female race car driver there is still something pretty new. I think if one of us is going to the win the Indy 500, I hope it’s me.”
From left: Bernard, Sirkin, Kelly, Andretti, Castroneves, Brisco, de Silvestro and Belskus.
LONDON CALLING: Practically the only thing missing was an appearance by Queen Elizabeth when Thomas Pink celebrated all things English last week [3/21] at its Madison Avenue flagship. The occasion was a party for photographer Jason Bell’s new book, “An Englishman in New York,” featuring portraits and profiles of English expats who have settled in the Big Apple. The tome features the famous (Sting, Kate Winslet), the not-so-famous (a cop, cab driver, exterminator) and plenty of fashion folk (Simon Doonan, Hamish Bowles, the hairdresser Guido, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville). Among those noshing on mini shepherd’s pies and smoked Scottish salmon at the party—outside which stood a black London taxi—were LVMH’s Mark Weber, Dr. Lisa Airan, Thomas Pink chief executive Jonathan Heilbron and Sir Mark Grant, the British ambassador to the U.N.
MILLEN TIME: Karen Millen is on a flagship bender. The U.K.-based brand is officially opening a nearly 3,000-square-foot flagship at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, its second location in the city, before planting additional flagships in Paris, Sydney, St. Petersburg and Berlin. In the U.S., Karen Millen has doubled its store base to 15 units in the last three years and is planning to add another in Westfield Garden State Plaza this June. Jim Walters, Karen Millen’s U.S. country manager, added the brand is currently scouting retail locations in Las Vegas and Miami, and would eventually like to put stores in Midtown Manhattan and on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Outside of the U.S. in North America, Walters said Karen Millen is evaluating concession partners in Canada and franchise partners in Mexico. Overall, global sales account for roughly 60 percent of Karen Millen’s total and are expected to continue to be a priority as the brand pursues growth opportunities and a possible sale once it separates from parent Aurora Fashions.
DIOR BELLE: Mathilde Meyer, longtime European p.r. at Prada, is moving over to Christian Dior as head of public relations, a new post reporting to president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano. Meyer is known for her broad and strong society connections in her home base of Paris, all the way up to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as her fetching personal style. She made Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed list in 2009.
Low Key Luxe: Former Elle fashion director Marin Hopper is very proud of her Hayward handcrafted clutches and handbags, but she is in no rush to sell them through stores. Instead, Hopper and her husband, Hollywood producer John Goldstone, have been taking orders for the alligator and leather bags at intimate trunk shows like one Tuesday evening at the Dallas home of Jenna Alexander. “We wanted to create a buzz by getting girls really excited about the brand like the old school days of seeing who the customer is, what she likes,” Hopper explained. The meticulously stitched bags feature hardware inspired by the designer’s maternal grandfather, Leland Hayward, the famed talent agent and Broadway producer. Hayward’s love of aviation shows up in screws and abstract helicopter blades, and an H-shaped zipper pull is modeled on his watch fob. Hopper also paid homage to her father, Dennis, with a vivid blue bag that mimics the color of his eyes. “They really were that color — electric blue,” she said. The couple’s 8-year-old daughter, Violet, proved an able salesperson, checking prices and asking guests, “Which bag is your favorite?” Goldstone was surprised. “Neither one of us prompted her to do a thing, but with the cameras on, she just went to work!” he said. Prices range from $1,995 for a leather clutch to $9,995 for an alligator tote. The couple fields inquiries for the U.S.-made bags through its website, www.haywardluxury.com.
NOLAN LIBRARY PLANNED: This fall, the Charles Nolan Library is being set up at the High School of Fashion Industries in memory of the designer, who died in January. Sketches, clothes, mannequins, books, fabrics, hats and various knickknacks will be showcased in a classroom adjoining the school’s library. Nolan’s partner Andrew Tobias said 90 cartons are already on the school’s premises.
Nolan’s Gansevoort store remains open for business. But the boutique’s fate will be left to customers. “If they shop, we thrive,” Tobias said.
GARRAMONE TO FASHION DELIVERS: Gail Garramone, formerly vice president of public relations at Liz Claiborne Inc., was named executive director of Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation Inc., a new position. Fashion Delivers was formed in 2005 in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and has distributed apparel and footwear worth over $83 million to agencies helping people in need.
“There are thousands of people who need help, not just those who were the victims of a natural disaster,” Garramone said. “Our goal is to be able to service everyone who needs assistance, and to be the charity of choice for the fashion industry to invest in.”
PRINCESS BRIDE: Kate Middleton’s wedding gown designer remains a mystery but 18-year-old Alexa Fernandez has sketched what she thinks would be the ideal dress for the future princess. Her creation won “The Royal Affair,” a design contest at the High School of Fashion Industries. Over celebratory tea and cupcakes Wednesday morning with the other 65 contestants in the school’s library, Fernandez learned she had also won an internship at Kleinfeld Bridal. Joined by her mother Juana, the high school junior listened intently as principal Daryl Blank read aloud the letter he recently mailed to Middleton informing her of the contest. Asked how she felt about all the attention, Fernandez said, “Overwhelmed.”
The school had other reasons to celebrate this week. Andrew Tobias, the partner of the late designer Charles Nolan, has donated a reading room in his honor and is busy planning it with head librarian Judith Dahill. Earlier in the week Blank received a $20,000 check from the National Arts Club president Aldon James Jr. from proceeds for its gala honoring Ruth Finley. Earmarked for the scholarship fun in Finley’s name should go to good use at the high school where half of the student body is at or below the poverty line.
HER PET CAUSE: Socialite and party fixture Fabiola Beracasa is partnering with the Petfinder.com Foundation and a few fashion notables to raise awareness and funds for abandoned animals. The venture — named SNAP-X for Spay, Neuter, Adopt, Protect — will provide spay and neuter resources to local animal shelters across the U.S. in hopes of increasing adoption and decreasing euthanasia on a national level. “A main goal [of the project] is to reduce the population to where it is manageable,” Beracasa told WWD. In coming months, the project will launch an e-commerce shop for pet accessories designed by Marchesa, Charlotte Ronson, Pamela Love, Proenza Schouler, and Rachel Roy, among others. Beracasa’s devotion to animal rights stemmed, in part, from the adoption of her own dog, Van. “This project started with learning about dogs that were on death row,” she said. “They have a couple of weeks to live at most, but for the most part, they are all incredible animals.” Beracasa, clearly an egalitarian, was quick to point out the program includes cats as well.
BRANDON BOYD HOOKS UP WITH HURLEY: Brandon Boyd, a lifelong surfer, artist and the frontman of rock band Incubus, is multitasking in the name of charity. The Southern California-based Boyd is collaborating with action sports brand Hurley on a capsule collection of T-shirts to benefit Helping Other People Everywhere, a non-profit group that promotes education and peace. Printed with Boyd’s simple drawings of a whale that swallowed plastic bottles, a floating isle of plastic and an abstract interpretation of the earth, the Ts include the word “hope,” integrating the Hurley logo. “It’s a large extended family,” Boyd said of his decade-long relationship with the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based brand. “We’ve taken surf trips with them. We’ve always talked about doing things together.” The timing was right after Incubus finished recording its seventh studio album called “If Not Now, When?” slated to drop this summer. “We’re trying to convey a simple message but an important one,” Boyd said. “My true hope is that it turns up the heat a little more on legislation on plastic water bottles and single-use plastic.” Retailing for between $28 and $32, the recycled cotton Ts will be sold at Hurley’s stores and retailers such as Macy’s, starting April 1. The Buckle will start selling an exclusive shirt and specially designed water bottle on April 25. Until then, Boyd’s art also can be seen on a mural he’s doing at the Hurley factory and a reception feting the collaboration on March 24 at the Seathos Foundation in Venice, Calif.
Hurley: A T-shirt designed by Brandon Boyd for Hurley to be sold at the Buckle
BOYS’ CLUB: Los Angeles’ retail scene is starting to cater more to male shoppers. After Lisa Kline decided to move to an all men’s format, Confederacy, the boutique that actor Danny Masterson and celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati opened three years ago, is following suit. Starting in April, Confederacy will shift focus to its more profitable men’s lines, including Trovata, Gant by Michael Bastian and Gentry. Gone will be the women’s brands such as Proenza Schouler and Vena Cava that occupied the front of the 5,000-square-foot store. Instead, New York-based designer Rebecca Minkoff will rent space for a pop-up shop selling her bags, clothing and shoes. Urbinati said she’ll keep some women’s brands such as 3.1 Phillip Lim and Made Her Think, which have been selling well. She’s also collaborating with Lulu Frost to design a men’s accessories collection. “The men’s is killing it,” Urbinati said.
THE SPY WHO TRAVELED: Guests at Fodor’s 75th anniversary party raised a glass in memory of company founder Eugene Fodor whose 1936 guidebook “On the Continent” made travel within reach for thousands of homebodies. Born in Hungary, the anti-Fascist became a naturalized U.S. citizen, spoke six languages and worked for the OSS during World War II before launching his travel guidebook business. Suitcases, classified letters and other remnants of his spydom were displayed at the Bohemian National Hall bash. In honor of its diamond anniversary, Fodor’s Travel, an imprint of Random House, has reissued “On the Continent” as a free e-book on Fodors.com. Readers will discover Fodor’s cheeky insights such as “Rome contains not only magnificent monuments . . . but also Italians.”
With two million unique visitors each month to its newly redesigned site, Fodor’s Travel is busy cooking up more ebooks and a significant number of apps, according to publisher Tim Jarrell. The apps will be more active in order to actually lead visitors through specific locales, he said. Istanbul tops his go-to list for being “a city that is modern and historic, a crossroads of religions, a path to Asia and Europe and an overwhelmingly authentic city.”
As for whether a problem-proned trip or a majestic one makes for a better story, Jarrell said, “It’s easier to tell one about mishaps, if it’s done well. The magical moments about a vacation are harder to convey but those memories are what people take with them through the years.”
Bicester Village, the designer outlet near Oxford, England, will – for the second year running – host young and emerging British talent. Bicester will create a pop-up shop, The British Designers Collective, to sell clothing from labels including Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Todd Lynn, Markus Lupfer, Marios Schwab and Osman. Accessories designers Georgina Goodman and Lara Bohinc will also take part. The shop will be open from March 31 until mid-May, and offer Bicester’s reduction of 60 percent off retail price. The pop-up shop is a joint effort from Bicester Village and the British Fashion Council. Thandie Newton will inaugurate the temporary space on March 30 at a press preview.
O GILLES: When it comes to snagging top-tier fashion photographers, Equinox never seems to sweat it. Gilles Bensimon is the latest to join the ranks, having just shot Equinox Orange Label, the style-conscious health club’s first private label collection. Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth, Steven Klein and Sante d’Orazio
are among the other well-known shutterbugs who have stepped behind the camera. The performance-oriented activewear bowed at Equinox’s 51 health club shops in time for last week’s vernal equinox.
Bensimon made the most of the Desert Dry four-way stretch, moisture-wicking workout wear, picturing models using their tops, shorts and pants as resistance bands for exercise. The snapshots will be used online and possibly in Equinox’s shops and store windows. Fashion insider that he is, Bensimon was not about to be rattled by a little snippy creature. In between takes, he played with a dog that was on the set even though it barked and jumped every time the camera flashed. Afterwards, the lensman talked shop with Equinox’s creative director Bianca Kosoy over some chilled sancerre at Milk Studios’ bar. “It was very French. We had a couple of glasses of wine and talked about photography and design,” she said.
Bensimon isn’t the only big name collaborating with Equinox, which will open five new clubs this year including its first international one in London. J. Lo would more likely wear the color orange, not the collection, on “American Idol,” but she has compiled a new playlist for Equinox.
TK: Gilles Bensimon’s take on Equinox Orange Label.
LIFE AFTER YOUTUBE: For a guy whose company’s unfathomable reach relies on oversharing, Youtube cofounder Chad Hurley didn’t give away very much about his own life during a chat Thursday night with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Bill Moggridge. Having stepped down as chief executive officer, Hurley was evasive about his new project with Youtube cofounder Steve Chen. He said the duo is developing a different type of medium that will index video and other types of media. Even, his host jested about the obscurity. “You notice he didn’t tell us anything,” Moggridge said.
Afterwards, Hurley said the top-secret platform should be announced in a couple of weeks or months.
Hlaska, an accessories and clothing company he cofounded, will introduce more women’s products in the coming months. Save for Kickstarter and a few other sites he is a fan of, Hurley said the fashion world has yet to optimize getting consumers more involved with the design process. Hurley is also eager to see devices that will serve a myriad of functions – TV controller, game controller, video capabilities and apps among other things,. “Hopefully, all the tech guys will get it together so Apple doesn’t dominate yet another area of our lives,” he said referring to the iPlay which is rumored to be released soon.
Youtube’s relationship with Google has been “great,” since the 2006 acquisition, Hurley said. With two billion views each day, Youtube has leapt from a 67-person team to a nearly 700-person one. Asked who would play him in a movie, Hurley said, I have no idea. I guess Justin Timberlake is already taken – damn.”
As for his take on “The Social Network,” he said, “I don’t know. It kind of sucks for them.”
After the chat, Hurley looked happy to see Brooklyn artist Andrea Wolf Yadlin, and he encouraged hangers-on to check out her “Little Memories” video project on Kickstarter. Sometimes a swift kick is all that is needed, as Hurley had told Moggridge earlier, “The thing with technology today is the possibilities at people’s fingertips are so endless that they don’t know where to begin.