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2009 June 26

Shine On

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Blake Lively in Roberto Cavalli, Manolo Blahniks, and a Swarovski necklace Blake Lively in Roberto Cavalli, Manolo Blahniks, and a Swarovski necklace
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(NEW YORK) “I like a little bling,” said Chloe Sevigny as she made her way into the brand new Swarovski Crystallized store Thursday night. “I remember once reading a Tom Ford quote where he said, ‘I like a girl to look like a piece of candy,’ and that kind of resonated with me.” Ford would have been pleased by this opening fête--girls, boys, and certainly the venue itself were all as shimmering as possible. Bedazzled starlets Sevigny, Blake Lively, Evan Rachel Wood, and Lucy Liu all came out to support the brand and its partnership with charity: water--each sporting a chunky crystal necklace available for purchase. (Proceeds will benefit the cause.)

“Maybe it’s being little and watching Disney movies and wanting to be a princess!” said Lively of her affinity for all things glitter. “I don’t know, but for some reason, girls love it.” The Gossip Girl sported her charity: water necklace with pride. “It was a wonderful surprise to see what a cute necklace it was!" she gushed. "I love mixing chains and stones.”

Sevigny may have been sporting the same Chloe blazer and short-shorts ensemble she’s been favoring lately (“It’s a different color!” she laughed. “I think if men get to wear the same suits over and over and over again, why can’t a woman?”), but she showed the Swarovski love with her crystal-studded Christopher Kane tank underneath. “I love Swarovski so much because they’re always supporting young designers. It’s always interesting to see the way the young designers incorporate the crystals into their work.” In fact, two such Swarovski-sponsored designers—Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra—joined the bash, where partygoers sipped drinks made from Diamond Standard Vodka (“filtered by thousands of De Beers diamonds for exceptional purity,” the cocktail menu boasted) and browsed the downstairs exhibition of all things crystal, from a sparking Proenza Schouler ensemble to vintage opera jewels.

Naturally, the news of Michael Jackson’s shocking death was all the talk--especially since just Wednesday, Swarovski announced that it planned to outfit the King of Pop in more than 300,000 crystals for his “This is It” tour. But as the party wore on and the DJ’s set became more and more Michael-centric, the night became something of a tribute to a man who loved sparkle as much as any starlet on the scene today.
EMILY GYBEN




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