Fashion’s A-List Takes Over East Hampton

Nicole B. Brewer interviewing Calvin Klein - Photo by Lisa Tamburini
Over the years I’ve gone to some very fabulous parties with plenty of celebrities and business moguls but this past Friday night I was lucky enough to head over to Guild Hall in East Hampton for the opening party for the new “Art of Fashion in the Hamptons” exhibition.

Nicole B. Brewer and Betsey Johnson - Photo by Lisa TamburiniTalk about star power – Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Donna Karan, Reed Krakoff of COACH, Tory Burch, and Ralph Lauren were under one roof celebrating fashion and art merging with their vignettes curated by two people who really know their fashion - Pamela Fiori, Editor in Chief of Town & Country magazine, and Stan Herman, artist and former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Chatting with these designers was a sweet deal for the fashion junkie in me. How often can you put your arm around Calvin Klein and ask about fashion trends or talk inspiration with Donna Karan? The designers, who had worked on the project for some six months in conjunction with the curators and Guild Hall to choose inspiration art, milled about happy to discuss their inspiration and talk fashion.

Betsey Johnson came with a convertible wedding dress and tiara and explained with a giggle that she had been married two and a half times but loves weddings. Nicole Miller explained that for her the exhibit was an homage to her love of the sea and was comprised of blue party dresses on a shimmering blue mirrored floor. Designer Elie Tahari and wife Rory Tahari examined the vignettes holding hands and stroking each other like lovers all night as if they were alone at the museum. As each others’ inspiration they design their line together and each creation is a feast for the eyes. For fall, Elie says that black leggings are an essential.

Nicole B. Brewer and Donna Karan - Photo by Lisa TamburiniDonna Karan, who told me that she finds her inspiration working in her late-husband Stephen Weiss’ art studio, embraced the ideal of her Urban Zen Collection and showed off her new “Seven Easy Pieces” that should be in every woman’s wardrobe – pants, skirt, blouse, dress, jacket, jumpsuit, and great accessories. As the evening ended Donna was popping in and out chatting with friends clearly loving the night. She found a pair of sunglasses sitting on one the tables as she was leaving and asked around to find the owner after first looking to see if they were DKNY, they weren’t but mine were and she noticed with a quick, “Love that!,” as I interviewed her.

The exhibition is open to the public at Guild Hall, Main Street in East Hampton, until October.

Nicole B. Brewer interviewing Vera Wang - Photo by Lisa Tamburini


ObilonKenobi said...

Hey Nicole, This is your natural habitat. Very cool to see you in all those photos interviewing the top designers. - Lon

Barbara Jo Howard said...

It was a lot of fun and we were happy you were there. We hope all your readers will come and see the exhibition.

Suzee Foster said...

Nicole . . . It's great to see you out, about and doing such a fine reporting job as you always do. Suzee