The art of parties and beyond

Fendi
Oct. 28, 2005: When not in Rome, do as the Romans do. That seemed to be the thinking behind Fendi's combined 80th anniversary and Halloween party in New York as the Roman luxury brand converted an unused space near Wall Street into a lavish Italian palazzo. Invited ghouls and goblins arrived to canopied beds, lemon trees, frescoed ceilings and a TV-camera-radiant Karl Lagerfeld. In his usual costume of Dior Homme and Chanel, Fendi's women's designer since the 60s was on co-hosting duties with Silvia Fendi, the granddaughter of founders Edoardo and Adele Fendi and the line's menswear and accessories designer, who told us she hadn't dressed in costume but could be a witch given the black fur piled on each shoulder. Meanwhile, guests from Tommy Hilfiger to Aerin Lauder tossed chocolate coins into an ornate Romanesque fountain befitting Julius Caesar, who just so happened to be the costume worn by Fendi's CEO Michael Burke, whose wife, Brigitte, was a compelling Cleopatra. Awaiting singer Angela McCluskey to take the stage, Andre Leon Talley, Valentino Garavani, Cecilia Dean, Stefano Tonchi, Peter Marino (the designer of Fendi's new Fifth Avenue flagship), Chiara Clemente (who told us her first feature-length film will hit theaters in fall '06) and the man responsible for the decor, David Monn, crowded into the VIP nook. There, they joined Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez as Charlie Chaplin (sans mustache that wouldn't stay glued), Oliver Stone as an executioner and a pregnant Natalia Vodianova as Julia Roberts circa Pretty Woman. Not to be outdone, Amanda Lepore, bless her, stuck to her tried-and-true outfit of a jeweled thong and, relative to what they adorned, a couple of teensy pasties. For some, to resurrect Ministry's immortal words, "Everyday is Halloween."



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