2009 March 20

Role Models

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Brian Atwood and Byrdie Bell Brian Atwood and Byrdie Bell
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(NEW YORK) It was only a week ago that the Miu Miu show effectively wrapped up spring fashion season, but regardless, a reunion was in order. Leave it to Brian Atwood to bring the coterie ensemble. Last night, the dapper accessory master (not to mention Bally creative director) toasted his saucy new tome Role Play Rene at a gallery space on Mulberry Street. One thousand copies were produced of this work, which features the relentlessly sexy Rene Russo casually modelling footwear from Atwood's Spring 2009 line (and generally making twenty-and thirtysomethings just a touch jealous of her flawless 55-year-old physique). "I never imagined that she would want to do this," Atwood confessed. "It was a fantasy of mine to work with her. When she said yes, I was blown away."

The photographs by Tony Duran loomed large on the walls, and while bared skin and bated breath abounded courtesy of Russo and her co-model Jon Kortajarena, there were scanty shoe shots in sight. Fortunately, Atwood aficionados like co-host Byrdie Bell, Lauren Santo Domingo and Fabiola Beracasa sported them with aplomb. (Poppy Delevigne opted for "distressed" Chuck Taylors.) As guests hungered for white wine, which waiters scrambled to serve fast enough, the reunioning began.

For Delevigne, the revelling began with Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel party and hasn't stopped yet. "I got back from Paris on...Saturday?" she said. "I've been bad. I'm going to stay in Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night--yes I am. I have castings!"

"You never emailed me," Dani Stahl told Elise Øverland as the two reconvened after a cocktail jaunt at le Meurice last week in Paris. "I need those leather leggings. I am a follow-through kind of girl, not like those ones who say they're going to do something but manage to forget." "Oh, like me?" Øverland said, laughing.

Amanda Brooks hit up several shows in Paris, so she enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with Jennifer Creel and Lisa Airan; Genevieve Jones, meanwhile, has been busy archiving her vintage collection and working on her accessory line. "You're kidding," she said, when informed that Marc Jacobs himself had been wearing her safety pin earrings in white gold at his Louis Vuitton show. "I knew he had my jewelry, but that's cool. I wonder who will do his wedding rings?" Not a bad metaphor for this party, dear--all in all, a total lovefest.



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