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2009 June 2

Nuit Blanche

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Francisco Costa with Tyra Banks, in Calvin Klein Collection Francisco Costa with Tyra Banks, in Calvin Klein Collection
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(NEW YORK) The future’s so bright...well, you know how that goes. The invitation for Calvin Klein Collection and Visionaire’s collaborative book launch at the Standard hotel read “Dress code: White,” and attendants (attired accordingly, of course) handed sunglasses to all partygoers upon arrival. Chloë Sevigny sported them with her favorite white Chloé blazer, Tyra Banks wore a sculpted white Calvin Klein Collection frock from the spring line, and Doutzen Kroes showed off her enviable figure in a second-skin white Hervé Léger. Why all the white-hotness? Visionaire 56: Solar, the book being fêted Monday evening, appeared perfectly white inside—but when exposed to sunlight (or UV light, as employed by the party), changed to brilliantly bright shades.

“It happened in the best way, because the book is so extraordinarily Calvin,” said Francisco Costa, who hosted the bash with Italo Zucchelli, Cecilia Dean, Stephen Gan, and James Kaliardos. “It’s so beautiful, so white, and so energetic with all the color!” Costa and Zucchelli were on more than just host duty, though; the designers created women’s and men’s looks using thread with the color-changing technology. The illustrious likes of designers Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, and Alexander Wang, photogs Craig McDean and Terry Richardson, moguls Alex de Betak and Andre Balazs, and bevies of models like Arlenis Sosa, Ali Stephens, Alek Wek, Behati Prinsloo, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kasia Struss and more all came out to browse the book and party in the all-white space--though later in the evening, guests started spilling out onto the terrace, clutching their cocktails.

Zucchelli was one of the few to eschew the all-white dress code. “I’m very fascinated by the new techniques, new materials, things that transform and change, so it was a perfect match for me,” he said, showing off his color-changing design on display. “I wanted the suit to be red when the light goes on.” For his own look, too, the designer chose red over white. “This is a jacket from the spring collection--it kind of relates to this!”
EMILY GYBEN




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