I have been making the rounds of events this week squarely on my terms. I went slightly off the fashion course on Wednesday to attend the 23andMe event at the IAC building. 23andMe is from Sergei Brin of Google’s wife Anne Wojnicki. Anne had told me about her genome mapping company last summer when we went shopping together and I’ve been super intrigue by the service and have been waiting since to spit in a test tube to have a deeper dig into my genealogy. Wendi and Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenburg and Harvey Weinstein hosted the event that I thought would be a smaller gathering but in fact it was a huge to-do on the ground floor of the Frank Gehry-designed IAC building. I ran into Lisa Oz (Dr. Oz’s wife), Ivanka Trump, T Style’s Horacio Silva and Franca Sozzani.
It was a super chatty gathering and I can’t wait to get my mapping results. Afterwards I darted down to Soho to pop into Kisan Concept store on Greene Street. Kisan is from Icelandic entrepeneurial couple Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Brémond. Their concept calls for selling girl-friendly lines such as Vanessa Bruno, Sonia Rykiel, Isabel Marant, and Jerome Dreyfus and throwing in kids clothes and other nick nacks from stationery to travel gear for good measure. The party was pretty tame when I was there but I think the store will find an audience especially when it comes holiday time; I saw tons of goodies that would make great gifts. I swung by the Y3 store opening down the street and took a miss of the Prada party to have a late intimate dinner at Emilio Balattos.
Nicola Vassel is an executive at Deitch Projects and she’s one of my favorite people. So when she sent me a text from Jamaica where she was spending a few days and implored me to attend Bland’s installation at the gallery, I made a point of it. Teddy Willoughby who named his collection cum installation “Darth Vader’s prom date” designs Bland. I loved the masked mannequins and the all black structural clothes made for some great pictures. Take a look. I then swung by Tatiana Boncampagni’s book party at Elie Tahari store in Soho. Tatiana is always a beacon of light; the crowd however was a little staid for my taste, so I fled. Everyone I knew was planning on going to Dsquared fragrance launch so I knew it would be good place to touch base with my peeps who all had different schedules all week. The soiree was on the rooftop of Dsquared new compounds on far west 28th street and the boys were out in full force. Dean and Dan, of course were darting around all night and I had a minute to catch up with them (see our mini-interview). In attendance was what felt like a planeload of attractive Italian boys mingling with singers Cassie and Skin. Marc Jacobs, Ellen Carey, Tyson Beckford, and stylist Tracy Cox also turned out.