My mom and dad outside the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Sante Fe, New Mexico, on May 24th, 2008. O’Keefe was always one of my mother’s favorite artists, and to this day whenever I see a suggestive orchid painting I think of my wonderful Mommy.
“A lady can be kissed on the hand, but she must act like it’s ridiculous. Because it is.”
–Very Classy Pg. 203
“A lady never angles to be in a photo.”
–Very Classy Pg. 64
For this week’s edition of the Mr. Blasberg Best Dressed list, Bazaar asked me to look at the Classy ladies who came to my book launch on Wednesday night. Not to brag, but it was a difficult task to widdle down a list in a room full of such sophisticated women. Ha! So, who made the list? Obviously my lovely hostesses Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Lauren Santo Domingo and Samantha Boardman, and also a few lovely ladies like Hilary Rhoda and Byrdie Bell.
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“A lady doesn’t put an outrageous amount of pictures of herself on her social media network. That’s just vain.”
–Very Classy Pg. 191
This past spring, Michael Kors asked me if I would be willing to follow him around while he celebrated his 30th year in business. It was a no brainer: Michael is one of my favorite American designers, and posses a sense of humor that is just as remarkable as his design aesthetic. (If you’re ever bored, ask him to tell you the story about interviewing Elizabeth Taylor. Or, actually, ask him to tell you any story.) The resulting video was a fitting 30th anniversary tribute to all things Kors. I followed him backstage at his fashion show during New York fashion week, where Bette Midler sang him an anniversary ditty; we went for drinks at the Carlyle Hotel, where Rene Russo reminisced on the costumes Michael did for Thomas Crown Affair and Debra Messing was misty eyed when described her generous friend; and finally, we headed to Paris for a fabulous seated dinner at the US Ambassador to France’s Paris residence. As if it couldn’t get any better, Mary J Blige performed.
I felt like the luckiest — and the classiest — boy in the world last night when Vera Wang, Tory Burch, Samantha Boardman and Lauren Santo Domingo, along with the members-only retail site Moda Operandi, hosted a dinner at the Gramercy Park Hotel for my new book, Very Classy. As someone who has been a guest to his fair share of parties, it was a little intimidating being on the other side of the festivities. (Good thing Dom Perignon was a sponsor and I had some bubbly to calm those pre-party nerves.) Turned out it went off without a hitch: there were cocktails, a steak and lobster dinner, and then a surprise performance from the Whiffenpoofs, the prestigious a capella group from Yale University. That’s them with Tory Burch above. The other two pictures are, from the top, me with my lovely hostesses, and then Very Classy guests Elisabeth von Thurn and Taxis, Olympia Scarry and Barbara Bush. (To see Vogue’s fabulous coverage, click here: http://www.vogue.com/parties/moda-operandi-hosts-a-cocktail-for-derek-blasbergs-very-classy/) Continue reading to see more photos of such Very Classy guests as Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez with Nate Berkus; Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry and Shala Monroque; Hilary Rhoda and Vera Wang; me and China Chow; JW Anderson’s Jonathan Anderson and Caroline Seiber; me with Lauren Santo Domingo and Lisa Eisner; RJ King and Leigh Lezark; Interview’s Christopher Bollen with Victoria Traina; me with Barbara Bush and Trish Goff; Stephen Dorff and Byrdie Bell; and finally, Jen Brill, Barbara Bush and Terry Richardson, all holding their own copies of my book.
Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan and Jason Kidd at the Beatrice Inn (R.I.P.) in New York City on May 19th, 2008. (This Derek of the Daily is for my brother, Chris, who actually has a vested interest in athletics.)