The art of parties and beyond

Nicolas Ghesquiere, Balenciaga, Cindy Sherman

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006
Another iconic B was added to the mix on Madison Avenue with the launch party for "Balenciaga Paris" (Thames & Hudson) at Barneys (marking Jetsetera's return from summer break!). Besides host Nicolas Ghesquiere, the Fashion Week kick-off drew the likes of Grace Coddington, Iman, Fabien Baron (who art directed the tome), new Vanity Fair fashion director Michael Roberts, publicist Sylvie Picquet and, to everyone's surprise, the reclusive Cindy Sherman (whose own monograph hits bookstores soon). "Balenciaga Paris" accompanies the same-named, 170-piece exhibit at the Louvre, which curator Pamela Golbin, who also edited the book, told us, "is a project that has been ongoing for about 20 years. We're extremely pleased to finally present what Cristobal Balenciaga brought to the fashion vocabulary, much of which comes from the donation he made to the museum when he closed his house in 1968." Nicolas, whose luggage was lost at the airport, revealed to us that he had to make impromptu purchases at the store, including a flannel blazer by one of our fave new men's brands, Band of Outsiders. We could've chatted him up more for you Hintsters, but we were then trampled by reporters galloping toward the Olsen tadpoles, who had just oozed into the room. We, instead, sidled up to an infinitely more charismatic couple, Waris Ahluwalia and Chiara Clemente. Waris filled us in more on his Lynyrd Skynyrd-inspired lapel pins for A.P.C., which will be featured here shortly, while Chiara, who's daddy is none other than Francesco, told us her first feature film, a documentary about her favorite female artists, hits theaters this fall and might also show at the next Art Basel Miami. Then they had to dash out to catch Kiki & Herb on Broadway, which we were fortunate enough to catch on opening night. Note to Nicolas: we're sure the apres-dinner in your honor at Barneys' CEO Howard Socol's Soho loft was lovely, but although you missed the guffaw-inspiring show that night, you can catch the, er, man behind Kiki, Justin Bond, at Spiegel Theater on September 22. Or, of course, you can just watch her greatest hits on You Tube. You might have Coco, but we have Kiki!



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