I am certainly not alone in my observation that anything to do with the house and home seem particularly appealing and relevant these days. And as I said when I heard the news that Kate Betts is working on a prototype shelter magazine for Time Inc. called (at the moment) 'Haven'.... I bet she became more attuned to her home lair after being thrown out of her office at Harper's Bazaar.
Last night the throngs (very very rich throngs, that is) turned up dressed to the nines (as always) for the Opening Night Party for the 49th Annual Winter Antique Show. It always seems to be held on what seems to be the coldest night of the year, and it has traditionally been held at the Seventh Regiment Armory, at Park and 67th street -where most of the attendees can conveniently walk from their Park Avenue duplexes. But alas, last year, it was staged at the New York Hilton because after 9/ll, the Armory was still technically in use for more 'important' things than furniture.
The very fashionable evening found many of the truly fashionable not only in attendance, but holding key positions for the event. Chanel's Arie Kopelman has long been the show's Chairman, and this year, Diane Von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller served as Honorary Co- Chairmen for the Opening Night Party which was sponsored by Elle Decor Magazine.
Drinks flowed throughout (courtesy Moet & Chandon), the food was beautiful and plentiful, and the huge space was aglow in flowers and flattering lighting. I always love looking at antiques- whether they are in the form of vintage clothing and accessories, or for the home. I even found some items (especially a fantastic Oriental rug) that I can honestly say I would rather spend my money on these days, than on a frivolous wearable.
And to prove that while people may not be spending money on clothes these days, they are spending their money on things to fill their environment, I can attest to the fact that many of the premium objects already had little red dots on them (signifying that they have already been sold).
'Full Frontal Fashion' Is Back On WE: Women's Entertainment Network
Wednesday February 5th at 8:45AM-10AM: Full Frontal Fashion Preview by We: Women's Entertainment at Jean Georges, 1 Central Park South. Contact: LaForce & Stevens 242-9353
WE: Women's Entertainment acquired 'Full Frontal Fashion' from the tri-state area's MetroTV back in September 2002. The now weekly series will make its national debut on Sunday, April 6 at 6:30pm. Most of the program's familiar faces will be returning, including Judy Licht, Robert Verdi, Christina Ha, Constance White, The Men's Department's Scott Omelianuk, Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, InStyle Fashion Features Director Hal Rubenstein, celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan and Glamour Executive Fashion Director Suze Yalof Schwartz.
However the show's most recent host, Brooke Alexander, will be replaced by "Doritos Girl" Ali Landry. Ali is currently the host of NBC's hidden camera series "Spy TV," a position she will continue to hold in addition to her hosting 'Full Frontal Fashion'. A special sneak preview of the new program will be on WE Sunday, February 23 at 8pm.