Renée Zellweger walked the red carpet for the first time in five months at the Fashion Group International Night of Stars in NYC last night. Renée wore a fitted dress by Carolina Herrera, who was honored at the event. Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, attended, as did Viola Davis, in Max Mara, and Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP chose a striped look by honoree L'Wren Scott and hung out with designer Prabal Gurung inside the party. It was her second bash of the week after also stepping out for the star-studded launch of Maison Martin Margiela for H&M on Tuesday.
>> Joseph Altuzarra, Iris Apfel, and Pamela Love were among those who joined hosts Jenna Lyons and Hamish Bowles at an intimate dinner Wednesday evening in honor of last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipients and nominees.
Held in the private dining room at Locanda Verde, the dinner was also attended by Lily Kwong, Derek Lam, Mickey Drexler, Michelle Cushnie, and Carlie Ochs, who nibbled on grilled wild branzino and fonduta ravioli while fellow guests — and newlyweds — Tom and Rachel Chandler Guinness tended to the evening's soundtrack.
"You all deserve to win but there just wasn't enough room," Lyons said, addressing the Fund's runners-up and nominees, as she gave the welcome toast. "You should all be incredibly proud to be here."
A peek at the evening's festivities, in the slideshow.
>> Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles appeared on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday to talk past Vogue covers and the new online, subscription-based Vogue Archive, which houses every single magazine page published in Vogue's 120-year history.
The video in full is below, but a few highlights from Wintour's interview:
On her first cover in 1988 — an outtake image from a noncover shoot, featuring a model in jeans: "To me, it just said, 'This is something new. This is something different.' And I remember the printers called us up because they thought we'd made a mistake. Just wanting to check that that actually was the cover."
On blazing the trail of celebrity covers: "I remember getting quite a bit of criticism for my first Madonna cover. And you know, 'She'll never sell.' And it was a little bit risky. And it was up something extraordinary, like 40 percent on newsstands. So that was an eye-opener to all of us."
On whether she made that choice because she "knew something": "I didn't know anything. I never pay any attention. I'm sure it's not such a good way to be, but I don't really follow market research. And in the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they're successful, and obviously sometimes they're not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in."
>> Anna Wintour — who is apparently tone deaf — signed Hamish Bowles up to try out on X Factor, and now there's video proof. Bowles, who performed Britney Spears's "Oops! . . . I Did It Again" in front of 4,000 people during the audition, masqueraded as a hairdresser named Leo Mercuré. "My performance ensemble included a Philip Treacy fedora, Christian Louboutin rock-star golden crystal shoes, and a Mugler bum freezer that was giving me a bit of Bowie," he wrote of the experience. [Vogue]
>> We've already got Carine Roitfeld's retrospective and Grace Coddington's memoir to look forward to, and now there's another Vogue-pedigreed autobiography on the horizon. Hamish Bowles revealed last week: "You’re the first to know. I’m about to start working on a more autobiographical book about my adventures in fashion and at Vogue.” [AVENUEInsider]
Unlike any other awards night, the Met's Costume Institute Gala is the night where stars and fashion lovers are encouraged to be as bold as possible. Last night, ladies and gents alike gave us plenty to buzz at, and reminded us that fashion should always be good fun. From Vogue editors' bold splashes of color and print to Beyoncé's walking troubles and Karolina's leggings, it was clear that fashion ruled. Click the slideshow to see the most outrageous and amazing looks from the Met Gala 2011.
>> Three days after the royal wedding comes another one of this year's big events — the Costume Institute Gala. In preparation, Vogue just launched an iPad app this morning dedicated to the spectacle, which features five years of behind-the-scenes footage, a preview of this year's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective — with peeks into the museum’s storage vaults — and a personal tribute to McQueen by Anna Wintour.
As the May 2 gala gets closer, the app — which costs 99 cents — will be updated with a video of event designer Raul Avila disclosing this year's decor details, and then after the bash, it will update again with a video covering the party and its featured celebrity performances.
Hamish Bowles, who provides an introduction on the app, says that the details of the event only come together the night before, when the workers are let into the Metropolitan Museum of Art to work through the evening: “It’s like an amazingly industrious ant colony, all with their part to play. So it has to be so scrupulously planned and orchestrated, because they have this finite window of opportunity in which to make the magic happen. The work is really phenomenal. The app gives you some sense of that."
Bowles also admits that even though he's attended the event for several years, he still gets butterflies: “I mean, it’s intimidating. The whole process of thinking of what you’re going to wear when all eyes are going to be on everyone. As soon as I know the theme, I have ideas rumbling away [on what to wear], but sometimes, it can be surprisingly eleventh hour.” And when asked whether his friends pester him about tickets to the event, he replies: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
RJ Cutler Rumored to Be Working On Teen Vogue's TV Project; See A Portrait of Gareth Pugh and His Longtime Boyfriend, Nude
- Nick Knight captured Gareth Pugh and his longtime boyfriend, artist Carson McColl (left), as part of a video portrait project [SHOWstudio, SHOWstudio]
- Word is that the new TV project September Issue documentarian RJ Cutler is working on is connected to Teen Vogue; apparently they've reached out to at least one well-known blogger to participate [The Cut]
- Hamish Bowles shaved off the mustache he's had for the past year while in South Anjuna for New Year's Eve [WWD]
- Lauren Hutton is a fan of Tom Ford's films: "He said, 'I'm going back to fashion.' I said, 'Oh no, why? I like your work, but I love your movies!' But, anything for Tom, and he knows that" [Harper's Bazaar]
- Calvin Klein bought Manhattan restaurant Indochine out tomorrow night for his boyfriend Nick Gruber's 21st birthday party [NY Post]
- J.Crew extended their buyout deadline to Feb. 15 to appease shareholders [The Cut]
- Philip Crangi just signed a manufacturing and distribution deal with Lucas Design, the company that produced Tom Binns's Disney Couture line, and is considering a move into leather goods and eyewear [WWD]
- Anna Wintour, who attended the White House for Chinese President Hu Jintao last night, told reporters she intended to ask Hu: "Will he invest some money in Chinese fashion?" [Styleite]
- 22 year-old Lily Kwong, cousin of Joseph Altuzarra and an Elite model, collaborated with her photographer friend on a David Lynch-inspired editorial [T]
- Kate Moss loves her country home in the Cotswalds: "I need to get away from the city every weekend to talk, cook, ride my bicycle to Londis to pick up veg and do the country thing. I had another place in the country for three years. Then there was a year that I didn't have it and I didn't know what to do with myself. I was absolutely lost without it" [Vogue UK]
- Ryan McGinley captured Lauren Hutton, Lou Doillon, Tali Lennox, and many others for Club Monaco's Spring 2011 ad campaign [Fashionetc, WWD]
- Miguel Enamorado, who spent the past three years as Interview's fashion market director, has been promoted to the magazine's fashion director under creative director Karl Templer [DFR]
>> There was no shortage of attendees last Thursday at the Spotted Pig in Manhattan, gathered in honor of Sally Singer's recent appointment as editor of T magazine. Singer was reportedly bashful about being the guest of honor as designers, friends, and Vogue cohorts all gathered to say their congratulations — among them Anna Wintour, who was one of the first to arrive — and Marco Zanini, creative director of Rochas, who flew in just for the event. Singer, who will debut her first issue for T on Dec. 5 (her first fashion issue doesn't come until February), is apparently done with hiring — she stated at the party that her staff of 40 at the magazine is set.
>> Vogue's Meredith Melling Burke isn't the only fashion fixture to make a cameo on the season four premiere of Gossip Girl. The show, airing Monday, Sept. 13, also features Karlie Kloss playing herself at a Fashion's Night Out meeting — and she even has a line. In the fictional version of FNO (which is featured in the first two Gossip Girl episodes of the season, the second airing Sept. 27), Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) and Eleanor Waldorf (Margaret Colin) are on the planning committee. Although no pictures of Kloss or Melling Burke on set have popped up, there are a few of Hamish Bowles, who filmed with Rutherford for the second episode of the season, below.