Pop Art Chic at Costume National

Friday, April 15, 2011
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“I have never sung here before, but I’ve shopped here, I’m happy to say,” joked Martha Wainwright before her acoustic performance to celebrate the debut of Costume National at Saks Fifth Avenue on Wednesday evening.

Indeed, it was an electric evening in more ways than one, as host Stella Schnabel greeted friends Arden Wohl, Marina Abramovic, and Martine Assouline in an electric blue silk blazer, a signature color from Costume National’s pop-art inspired 2011 Spring/Summer collection. Designer Ennio Capasa, who was on hand to celebrate the occasion and who hosted a trunk show and made a personal appearance with shoppers the following day, explained his inspiration to AVENUEinsider: “I was very impressed with color. The pop-art era was an amazing moment, and in my latest collection I tried to keep the same spirit but through the eyes of today.”

Other guests spotted sipping champagne amidst seas of blues and oranges included Pippa Cohen; designers Louis Diran, Kirma Eliazov and Malcolm Harris; and Leonard Cohen’s daughter, Lorca, who brought along her baby Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen.  Her fathers, Jorn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright, were unable to attend, as Rufus (Martha’s brother) had his own audience to attend to across town: Donna Karan, Trudie Styler and Sting at a benefit for Riverkeeper honoring Bill Clinton.


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by Ben DiamondPhotographed by Billy Farrall