On The Avenue

For The Love Of Lingerie

by Jasmine Lombardi Photographed by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan
Friday, October 22, 2010
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Last night, Seven Bar Foundation’s LINGERIE NEW YORK drew a stylin’ crowd to Cipriani 42nd Street for a night of cocktails (pomegranate Hennessy Black martini anyone?), dinner and a couture lingerie designer show to benefit the power of sustainable luxury, fashion and beauty industries to microfinance women’s businesses. Atsuko Kudo and Carine Gilson both had designs with a mafia-meets-Lady Gaga-meets-The Great Gatsby-20’s feel: black lace masks, hooded capes, top hats and red lipstick accessorized the barely-there attire on the models. Veronica Webb made her 1st runway appearance in 5 years – and rocked it.

In the crowd, Tracy Stern‘s feathered Sonia Rykiel dress immediately caught my eye – but what was she wearing under it? Sonia Rykiel, of course. However, Tracy said she typically fancies Agent Provocateur to feel sexy under her unassuming attire. “I spend more on underwear than outerwear,” Tracy laughed. Equally stunning pal Annabel Tollman (who joked about her recent reclusive tendencies) then commented that tonight Stern’s under garments “must have been pretty damn expensive” to cost more than that dress. Tollman favors Carine Gilson, Mimi Holliday and Damaris – and I trust her.

Also spotted: Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Coralie Charriol Paul, Eva Lorenzotti, lady love Russell Simmons (would you expect him to miss a lingerie show?), actress Michelle Rodriguez and Valesca Guerrand- Hermes, to name a few.

Donning a pair of fabulous sequined silver pants, Sarita Tabarez stood at the bar with Tana Chung and Essi Metsakillo (visit her at the new Ralph Lauren store!) and chatted with me about their love for La Perla. The gals were in agreement that lingerie does make women feel empowered. Chung went as far to say that sometimes even the dreaded corset makes women feel good-nay, sexy.

All in all, the night was a success – from the crowd to the show to silent auction, which raised money to provide microfinance loans to women in the US and the Caribbean. After an amazing acrobatic show (sans clothes!), the hosts of the show joked that wearing the “Y-not” g-strings that the performers wore will “make you as flexible” – we are sold!


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