An End to Fashion (Week)
Last night The Young Fellows of The Frick Collection partnered with Carolina Herrera to host a benefit entitled “Men’s Club.” 10:30 PM. Photo: JH.

I went to my last fashion show of the season on Wednesday night at the Bryant Park tents: Jennifer Nicholson. Scheduled for nine o’clock, when I arrived at 9:35 it had not begun. Which is what I figured and why I was “late.” Most of these shows are late in starting. Although Oscar de la Renta’s show on Monday afternoon started almost on time and was over in fifteen minutes.

At the Jennifer Nicholson show
Ms. Nicholson’s show (this is her second season at the tents in New York) was held in one of the smaller tents – and was packed to the rafters. Nicholson, who has had a retail business in Los Angeles (in Santa Monica) for some time now, has a style all her own, and one which I would describe as very L.A., kinda cozy glitz, lotsa flesh, lotsa bright intense colors (a fondness for the mauves and kelly greens this season), faux fur in colors to match the garments, micro-miniskirts and plunging necklines.

As a matter of fact, her last number was a long dress that forewent the neckline entirely so that the tall and statuesque blonde model was entirely barechested. Coincidentally or not, the music stopped just as she started down the runway, and except for the click/clack of the photographers’ cameras, you coulda heard a pin drop (or a gasp gasp). Just dead silence. Whaaaaa???? Then whoops and laughter and huge applause.

After the show, Lauren Bush, Amanda Hearst, Tinsley Mortimer, Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord and Couri Hay gave a supper for a few score of the Nicholson fans at Sette on 7th Avenue and 21st Street. Everyone was greeted at the entrance by the presence of the very blonde and otherwise soigne Lady Bunny doing DJ and flutes of Champagne Veuve Cliquot doing the rest.

And then, after that, there was an After Party next door at Viscaya. The invitation read: “After Party Will Continue Through The Secret Door At ...” and “Dressed To Be Photographed” which means I don’t know what but I do know if you were dressed in a Jennifer Nicholson, you woulda been photographed.
Pre and post Jennifer Nicholson's show
Jesse della Femina and Judy Licht
Lady Bunny
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Frank Cilione and Shamin Abas
Fabian Basabe, Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord, and Hampton Carney
Jennifer Nicholson and Warren Hode
International concert pianist Marina Arsenijevic and Dr. Donald Bronn
Rufus Wainwright and Ingrid Cesares
Anita Sarko
Muffie Potter Aston, Grace Hightower, Somers Farkas, and Elizabeth Loomis
Jennifer Nicholson and Ivanka Trump
Cornelia Guest with the duPont twins
Tinsley Mortimer, Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord, and Amanda Hearst
Miramax Films and the now folkloric Noo Yawker Harvey Weinstein gave a lunch for director Denys Arcand and his award-winning film The Barbarian Invasions yesterday at Michael’s on 24 West 55th Street in the garden room. The picture has won or been nominated for Best Foreign Film just about everywhere including the National Board of Review 2004 winner. I was seated next to Arlene Dahl who had just seen it with her husband Marc Rosen. They loved it so much they practically ran through the story recounting scene-by-scene. I think I’m going to like it too. The “Barbarians” in the title has another contemporary meaning which I was not aware of and which I will not divulge in case you haven’t seen the picture.

At cocktails before we sat down, I spoke to Mr. Arcand and took his picture. He was so modest and pleasant, I felt compelled to ask him if he were really the director of this highly praised work. Indeed, he was. He lives in Quebec and was very happy to be here in New York for a few days. And of course very happy that his film is doing so well.
Denys Arcand
Irene Schwartz and Rita Gam
Felicia Taylor
There must have been fifty or sixty at lunch including Donna and Dan Aykroyd, Bob Balaban, Peter Dinklage, Felicia Taylor, Debbie Bancroft, Dr. Bob Arnot, Henrik (Rick) Hertzberg, Jim Hoge, Rita Gam, Irene Schwartz, Felicia Taylor, Joel Grey, Dayle Haddon, Lorne Michaels, Abigail Pogrebin, James Toback, Mr. Weinstein, the mogul himself, Christopher Porterfield, Annette Insdorf, David Kuhn, Shirley Lord, Joan Micklin Silver, A.M. Homes, Naomi Wolf and Alexandra Wolfe who writes for the New York Observer and Peggy Siegal who put it all together.

Dan Aykroyd got up and gave a short speech about the guest of honor, from one Canadian to another. It was one of those Aykroydal moments when you’re half expecting to break into bellylaughs although actually he kept it pretty serious. He’s just a funny man, a funny presence and so even when he gets slightly stentorian you can’t help enjoying every word.
Jennifer Nicholson's Fall 2004 Collection ...
And a look back at last year's collection ...

February 13, 2004, Volume IV, Number 23
Photographs by Rob Rich and DPC/


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