When final I ran into her, Diane von Furstenberg was photographing an antique shoe with curlicue heel-I imagine for inspiration– at the Brooklyn Museum’s excellent new “American High Style: Fashioning a Nationwide Collection.” Sibling to the Metropolitan’s “American Woman: Fashioning a Nationwide Identity,” viewed this week, the present features masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum costume assortment: style as tremendous artwork within the work of Charles James, Charles Frederick Price, Madeleine Vionnet, Steven Arpad, and lots of others.
The shoe collection is one of the most unusual, with Ferragamos, Delmans and Valentinos. And a show at the Met options a rack of extraordinary lacy footwear. But as anybody-even the likes of Anna Wintour who wore a Proenza Schouler day gown to the press convention, posing for the discerning lens of Bill Cunningham– will inform you, ladies don’t dwell by shoes alone.
Wednesday night time in the DVF Design Studio in the meatpacking district, Diane von Furstenberg hosted the annual Unbiased Filmmaker Mission gala in honor of daughter Tatiana von Furstenberg and Fransesca Gregorini’s film “Tanner Hall” to open this fall. Sipping champagne and crimson bull cocktails, New York’s downtown movie community and well wishers together with Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer, Uma Thurman, Ed Burns, Mira Nair, Alexander Olch, Jean Doumanian, Christine Vachon, Cynthia Rowley, to call a mere few, watched clips of the movie. Patricia Clarkson and Amber Tamblyn wore hot pink look alike sheaths and first mocked shock and dismay after which a forgiving embrace. Anthony Bregman came from the Westchester shoot of his new movie “Oranges” starring the successful “Please Give” actors Oliver Platt and Catherine Keener.