Dakota Fanning, Nicki Minaj, and More at NYFW


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Chrissy Teigen, Izabel Goulart, Crystal Renn and Nina Agdal at the Sports Illustrated party.

Alice + Olivia’s presentation on Monday was relaxed, in a giant loft with champagne, cake and stars. Kristen Chenoweth, Megan Hilty and Kelly Rutherford were there, as was ice skater Johnny Weir, who, when we complimented his Birkin bag, told us it was one of four he owns. Jenna Dewan was beaming since her hubby Channing Tatum’s movie The Vow was #1 at the box office. “It’s been an amazing weekend! We went out and had some fun in L.A. to celebrate, and we’ll keep celebrating. It’s a huge, huge success,” she said. Of course, even celebrating with Channing Tatum (lucky woman) didn’t keep Dewan from coming to NYC for Fashion Week.

Next on Monday brought Marc Jacobs’ magical, theatrical, moving show featuring a fantasyland set designed by artist Rachel Feinstein and models in whimsical shoes and Dr. Suess-like fur hats. Enchantment. A smattering of celebrities in the front row included Dakota Fanning, Michael Pitt and tennis pro Maria Sharapova, and the mood in the Lexington Avenue Armory post-show was simply euphoric. Jacobs’s show was truly a thrill to watch. W’s Stefano Tonchi called the show, “A celebration; an extravaganza, a beautiful fairy tale where you have Anna Piaggi, Schiaparelli, Mary Poppins, all the great fashion-crazy icons.”

The next, day we were surprised to see Crystal Renn turn up at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue launch party. Turns out she’s in the issue for the first time. Renn talked about stepping outside of the high-fashion world where she’s spent her career. “I have to say the whole experience, including today, has been incredible,” she told us. “But actually shooting it, going to Australia, a place I’ve never been, doing a kind of work I’ve never done before was just wonderful.”

Kate Upton took the SI cover this year, and Bar Rafaeli, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen and Anne V were among the models celebrating the new edition.

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Nicki Minaj goes glam at the Viva Glam launch party.

Later on Tuesday, W Magazine hosted a starry exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory featuring a video installation by fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø. Wandering around the vast, hangar-like space with 1,000 other guests we spotted Cate Blanchett, Sienna Miller, Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans. And fashion folks were literally everywhere you looked: DVF, Joseph Altuzarra, Yigal Azrouel, Coco Rocha, Daphne Guinness, Shalom Harlow and Tory Burch were just a few who came to pay respects to Sundsbø and W. Too many to mention.

On Wednesday, Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin debuted their new Viva Glam campaign at a splashy MAC-hosted party. The two burst onto the stage amid clouds of steam, said how proud they were to be part of the Viva Glam family, proceeds of which go to fight AIDS, and reminded everyone to practice safe sex before disappearing into the clouds again.

Fashion Police officer Kelly Osbourne praised Minaj’s over-the-top sense of style. “I think that what she does is amazing,” Osbourne told us. “You know, I get the piss taken out of me on Fashion Police because I’m always, I love it! I love it! And they’re always, like, what is that? But that’s why I love Nicki Minaj, because she takes risks and she always has such fun colors on, and I don’t think they could have picked a more perfect person to be the next Viva Glam than her.”

How would Brad Goreski style Minaj? “I would hang Ricky Martin on her,” he quipped. “And myself.”