2009 May 19

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Dear Daily,

When the opportunity to fête the curators of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s stellar new show, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, arrived, Susan Casden and I jumped at the chance. As the only Angeleno members of The Friends of the Costume Institute, we had a slew of local friends we knew would relish the chance to mingle with the dynamic duo of Harold Koda (curator in charge of The Costume Institute) and Kohle Yohannan (guest co-curator and cultural historian). Having Harold and Kohle in L.A. for just 24 hours meant pulling out all the stops with a multi-course dinner at acclaimed restaurant, The Bazaar. With an edited guest list of women who live for fashion, plus a few gentlemen who appreciate a chic woman in a vintage Galanos, Thursday night turned out to be one of the most fun fashion dinners I’ve experienced in years. A surprise guest, the Academy-Award winning production designer, John Myhre, who designed the exhibition, was also on hand having just returned to L.A. after creating fashion magic at the Met.

Katie Holmes and her design partner and stylist Jeanne Yang arrived wearing their own designs, but Katie topped her sexy ruched dressy dress with a leather jacket from The Row. “It’s blue…that’s why I love it,” Katie pointed out. Jenni Kayne in her own design with Bridgette Romanek and Liseanne Frankfurt (both in Gregory Parkinson) arrived together, looking like a trio just back from Marrakech. Brigette was thrilled that Lanvin-clad Angelique Soave was carrying one of Romanek’s signature alligator clutches. Tatiana Sorokko flew in from San Francisco, and the former model wore a grand vintage Balmain blouse that was the envy of all the guests. Montecito’s Hollye Jacobs opted for a pre-Fall 09 Oscar de la Renta blue floral dress that was lady like chic in all the right places. My co-host Casden looked flawless in Chanel Haute Couture, causing Koda to toast this group as perhaps being almost better dressed than its New York counterparts.

Over what seemed like infinite courses of tiny tastings by chef Jose Andres (a Marc Jacobs-clad Crystal Lourd pinched her nose when she tried the dissolve-in-your-mouth olives and Marisa Tomei requested seconds of the boneless chicken wings), guests shared their summer plans. Marisa will be on Albert Ferretti’s boat, while Larissa Sabadash will be in the South of France; and Casden is heading to Hong Kong. Jennifer Smith Hale is heading to Paris for Couture and hoping to wrangle a bunch of last night’s guests with her, too.

Although the fashionistas may have only fondled the dessert, the guests couldn’t wait to get the curator stars of the night to sign copies of the beautiful catalogue which accompanies the exhibition.. However when guests turned to page 86 and noticed the ultimate Model as a Muse, Peggy Moffitt, in the legendary Rudi Gernreich topless swimsuit photographed by the late William Claxton, every guest made a bee-line to Peggy to have  that  page signed by the icon. Designers Monique Lhuillier and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy couldn’t get over their excitement.

I am off to Rome to celebrate Bulgari’s 125th Anniversary, and the night sure got me in the party mood.  Ciao!

Cameron Silver

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