Runway to Green

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The chic and eco-friendly set turned out en masse on Tuesday evening at Rockfeller Center, where Net-a-Porter unveiled its brand new Runway to Green Collection at Christie’s and Vogue’s Bid to Save the Earth event.  With Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek, and Susan and David Rockefeller as co-chairs, and a host committee to rival that of the Met’s Costume Institute, the heavy bold-faced turnout was no surprise, even if many (like Alexandra Lebenthal) has just returned from spring break (in Aspen).  “This is a BIG party, but in the best sense of word,” one frequently photographed party-goer, who asked not to be named, confessed. “It’s not like when 3 TV personalities show up on a red carpet for 5 minutes, and no thought is put into who will comprise the rest of the crowd. Here, practically everybody is a celebrity!”

She was not exaggerating by much. While Miss Hayek was a no-show, there was plenty of star wattage to be had.  Perhaps the most dramatic entrance of the evening was when Diane Kruger arrived on the arm of Jason Wu, decked head-to-toe in his fall ’11 collection. Other dynamic duos who parted the red carpet crowds included Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Wang, Gucci Westman and David Neville, David Lauren and fiancee Lauren Bush, and Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo.

The ground level cocktail party (pre-live auction and fashion show) saw guests the likes of Lisa Airan (in Alexander McQueen), Rachel Roy, Luisiana Mendoza, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Michael Kors, Thakoon, Ted Danson, Christie’s Toby Usnik and Law & Order’s Sam Waterston and Stephanie March mingling and bidding on various silent auction items, which ranged from photographs and paintings to Fendi baquettes personalized by different artists.

After some bidding and a couple glasses of champagne, the crowd made its way up to the second floor, where Seth Meyers emceed a live auction (someone will be having lunch with Harrison Ford in the near future) conducted by Christie’s own Lydia Fenet. Meyers chided that, in light of “recent environmental catastrophes,” he hoped that this second annual Bid to Save the Earth would not be the final one. “I don’t want to be the host responsible for the earth dying,” he deadpanned.

Meyers then introduced the runway show, which showcased earth friendly looks courtesy of Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Thakoon, Gucci, Prada, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Balenciaga, and boasted an all-star model line-up (the power of Vogue, Exhibit A) of Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Dree Hemingway, Jordan Dunn, Hana Soukupova, and Lindsey Wixon, who wowed the audience in a showstopping Oscar de la Renta wedding ensemble.  But the real denouement came with the surprise performance of Nicki Minaj, with her hair dyed green for the occasion.

And yet for some, the party was still not over.  A small group decamped to Monkey Bar for an intimate apres-fete, where guests like Angela Lindvall, Zani Gugelmann, Arden Wohl, Amanda Hearst, Carlos Mota, Lionel Geneste, Jen Brill, Vogue’s Meredith Melling Burke and Sylvana Ward Durett, and Tory Burch and Lyor Cohen cozied up in the banquettes (baby, it’s still cold outside!) and sampled the La Mer that was circulated on silver platters like caviar (appropriate, given that La Mer has been deemed “caviar for the face”).

Back to the fashion – and the cause – the looks presented on the runway show are currently available for purchase on Net-A-Porter, where proceeds from the sales benefit the Central Park Conservancy, the National Resources Defense Council, Conservation International, and Oceana.  And for those feeling the urge to fight crows feet, throw in a jar of La Mer with your order.



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