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2012 September 6

Capital(e) D for DuJour

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Jason Binn, Kim Kardashian, Russell Simmons, Alexis Welch Jason Binn, Kim Kardashian, Russell Simmons, Alexis Welch
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(NEW YORK) Doing it up for DuJour mag's debut issue at Capitale last night equated to the following: a kind of raucous vibe, heavy on the suits, highly random dresscode otherwise, the issue's cover lady, Christy Turlington,  and the lensman who shot her, Bruce Weber, plus Jason Binn and the glossy's co-EICs,
Keith Pollock and Nicole Vecchiarelli.Thumping, mostly electronica, remixes reverberated throughout the cavernous space, which felt clubby but a little too bright for serious dance floor antics.

If the crowd is any indication of the mag's future readership, it's eclectic. Dr. Ruth, Martha Stewart, Rebecca Minkoff, J.Crew honcho Mickey Drexler, Amar'e Stoudemire, Fran Drescher, Daisy Fuentes, and Pollack's former Elle cronies Robbie Myers and Joe Zee all showed face. Besides the abundant guest list, food was also in no short supply. At least three separate buffet stations proffering kabobs, creamily-sauced pastas, fries, and petite burgers. Chocolate-dipped strawberries and cookies galore were paraded by for the taking, and the slow trickle of partygoers back out onto the Bowery began.

But the bash wasn't a wrap just quite yet. Around 10 p.m., Kim Kardashian dipped in for a few minutes and perhaps 20 feet worth of photo opp-ing, a smiling blur of false lashes and ample, cutout-stamped décolletage. Kim aspirants squeezed into Leger numbers and the body-con ilk contorted themselves to near-squats on the floor to capture iPhone shots, any shots at all, of the surprise lady du nuit. The Daily checked in with Jonathan Cheban, acting as a de facto Kardashian gatekeeper given the overzealous fans, if she was likely game for chatting. “Ha! I’m not Kim’s publicist. Good luck…” As the party wound outside was huddled against a closed Chinatown fruit stand storefront, practically panting breathlessly into her phone about getting “OMGSOCLOSE” to Kardashian.

Well, at least someone's dream was made courtesy of DuJour; the rest of us got to take home nifty replicas of the dancer-strewn crown Turlington got to don the the cover. Wins all around...
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV 




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