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Diana Vreeland would have been proud. The legendary style arbiter and one-time Harper's Bazaar fashion editor was mad about red (“All my life I've pursued the perfect red,” she wrote), and red was all over the party celebrating the mag's relaunch under new editor in chief Glenda Bailey.
Designer Avi Adler filled the gorgeous raw space Eyebeam Atelier with all things red: large custom-made square ottomans, Victorian sofas, pillows in Indian and Chinese silks, even a funky couch shaped like a pair of gigantic lips (from Props for Today). Red and black fabric covered two walls, making a stripe pattern that ran through the red and black carpet on the floor. Above the heads of guests--who drank, smoked and danced until around midnight--simple round chandeliers hung with red votive candle holders, and Lux Lighting bathed the entire space in red light.
In addition to the typical fashion mag party trappings--lots of smoking supermodels, status handbags, and junior editors and publicists in jeans and stilletos--the party boasted a so-called “surprise musical guest.” (One guest--an event planner--commented that it's not much of a surprise after you trot him through the press line.) After a gushing introduction from Bailey, Sting gave an intimate, jazzy performance with just two musicians on piano and stand-up bass. Other notable guests included models Sophie Dahl, Iman, Christy Turlington and Alek Wek; designers Michael Kors and Cynthia Rowley; and performers Alan Cumming (who made off with an armload of red flowers at the evening's end) and Debbie Harry (who looked shocked to hear her own “Rapture” come on immediately following Sting's set).
Match Catering and Eventstyles served guests an assortment of hors d'oeuvres including crab cakes and grilled shrimp, and placed cool-looking munchies throughout the space--glasses with green beans and bread sticks sticking up added a simple, elegant touch to the cocktail tables. For dessert, guests got tasty pieces of chocolate printed with the Bazaar logo.
Adler seems to have become the event designer of the fashion mag crowd, designing Vogue's after-party for the VH1/Vogue Fashion awards (as well as the party following the CFDA awards). An interesting note: Adler's partner, David Stark, told us last year that the team originally planned a sexy, red-orange look for the Glamour Women of the Year event. But that didn't feel appropriate for an event less than two months after September 11, so they scrapped it in favor of a more subdued look. Evidently, New York guests are ready for sexy again.
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