The Olsens Get Respect; The Other Side of André

cityfile · 08/27/09 07:06PM

• When you first heard the Olsen twins were breaking into fashion, you had a good laugh, didn't you? Well, it's been a few years since then and now "their success in a field as competitive as fashion is impossible to deny," says an enthusiastic Cathy Horyn today. Of course, it hasn't hurt that they're super-famous and worth a gazillion dollars either. [NYT]
• Things you didn't know about Vogue's André Leon Talley: He's partial to Juice Couture shorts at home, loves Uggs ("it's a cozy shoe"), and says The Golden Girls is his fave show on TV. [TONY]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 08/11/09 06:40AM

Jonathan Adler, designer, author, occasional TV personality, and husband of Simon Doonan, turns 43 today. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is turning 59. Playwright David Henry Hwang is 52. Model Carolyn Murphy is turning 34. Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, turns 55. Actress Viola Davis is turning 44. Architect Peter Eisenman is 77. Commercial real estate broker Tara Stacom is turning 51. White-collar defense attorney Andrew L. Frey is 71. TV personality Joe Rogan is 42. FedEx founder Fred Smith is 65. And Hulk Hogan celebrates his 56th birthday today.

NYC Loses Its Fashion Crown

cityfile · 07/20/09 07:44PM

• A new survey finds that New York City is no longer the fashion capital of the universe. For the first time in five years, NYC came in second place and Milan snagged the top slot. Or at least this is what a research firm based in Austin, Texas is now claiming. [NYDN]
• The best and worst in July fashion mags. [Cut]
• It looks like Anna Wintour has decided to embrace The September Issue, the forthcoming doc about Vogue's inner workings: Anna herself will be hosting a "splashy" screening next month. [FWD]
• Jason Wu on his morning ritual (espresso at Starbucks, in the office by 10am) and his roommates (his two cats, Jinxy and Peaches). [Times UK]
• Christian Siriano's latest collaboration? It's with Starbucks, apparently. [Cut]

At Home With Simon & Jonathan

cityfile · 06/15/09 10:32AM

Items that can be found inside the home of Barneys creative director Simon Doonan and interior design maven Jonathan Adler, per this week's New Yorker: Two garden gnomes. A paisley-patterned Ping-Pong table. A burlap bust of Napoleon. A huge black statue of a foot. A bar full of glasses emblazoned with skull-and-crossbones decals and labels reading "Arsenic," "Strychnine," "Cyanide," and "Wood Alcohol." And a large leather hippopotamus. Now you know! And after you're done reading about it, you'll find a few photos of the apartment here. [NYer]

The Thursday Party Report

cityfile · 05/28/09 03:30PM

The downtown Armory played host to the 37th annual Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards last night. A big bunch of celebs and designerswere on hand as Marc Jacobs was inducted into the foundation's Hall of Fame, including fellow award winners like Diddy and Paris, as well as Queen Latifah, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Gottsegen, Hilary Rhoda, Kendu Isaacs and Mary J. Blige, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, Harry and Laura Slatkin, John Demsey, Linda Wells, Doug Reinhardt, Tracy Reece, Nacho and Delfina Figueras, Kate Walsh, Samantha Harris, Tova and Ernest Borgnine, and Jacobs's fiancé, Lorenzo Martone. [PMc, WWD, Vogue UK, VF, NYO, Wireimage]

The Monday Party Report

cityfile · 03/30/09 11:22AM

Tyra Banks, Suze Orman, Keith Olbermann, and Phil Donahue were among the honorees at the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday night. A few of the people on hand for the occasion: Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan (left), Chris Noth, Clay Aiken, T.R. Knight, Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano, Cherry Jones, Robert Verdi, Heather Matarazzo and Carolyn Murphy, Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Ana Ortiz, Junior Vasquez, Jay Manuel, Hanna Storm, Brad Rowe, Jenny Shimizu, Stockard Channing, Judith Light, S. Epatha Merkerson, State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, and Hedda Lettuce. [PMc, Wireimage, Advocate, Access Hollywood]

The Friday Party Report

cityfile · 02/27/09 01:01PM

A recap of the last few days in benefits and parties—including the Frick Collection's Young Fellows Ball, above—is after the jump.

Fashion Week on the Move, Karl's About-Face

cityfile · 02/02/09 05:22PM

• Fashion Week will move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center beginning next year. [NYT]
• Former frenemies Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie kissed and made up at a party in LA last week. The hugfest went down in front of a cameraman filming footage for Zoe's reality show, though, so a bit of skepticism may be in order. [WWD]
• Macy's is eliminating 7,000 jobs. [BN]
Jonathan Adler is launching a Barbie collection in 2009; it will include "designer pottery, pillows, decorative objects." [SW]
Douglas Hannant tells the WSJ he's traveling the country and hosting events to sell his label. He also shaves five years off his age, but who's counting? [WSJ]
• Last week, Karl Lagerfeld said the recession wasn't having much of an impact on him; today he says he's fully embraced the "New Modesty." As for why he eliminated the VIP section at the Chanel show last week, it was to "create equality in an unfair world." Thanks for doing your part, Karl. [WSJ]
• The hot, new trend from Stockholm Fashion Week? Shaved heads! [Pipeline]

The Friday Party Report

cityfile · 01/30/09 02:31PM

A bevy of models turned out on Wednesday night to celebrate Australian photographer Russell James' new book at the Stephan Weiss studio. Host Donna Karan and guests like Alan Cumming, Desiree Gruber, Ally Hilfiger, Douglas Hannant, Veronica Webb, and Josh Bernstein mingled with models like Alessandra Ambrosio (left), Angela Lindvall, Erin Wasson, Doutzen Kroes, Brooklyn Decker, Noemie Lenoir, Julie Henderson, Zuzana Gregorova, and Oluchi. [PMc, Wireimage, FWD]

Department of Ironic Self-Promotion

cityfile · 12/02/08 01:03PM

Simon Doonan's terrifically useful advice for surviving the recession and looking your very best? Take whatever money you still have left and give it to him! No matter how bad things get, Doonan says, you should be sure to continue shopping and keep up your "fierce and meaningful allegiance to, for example, Barneys and Jonathan Adler." Also: "Snag yourself a personal shopper who can streamline the process." And where do you find one of those? Easy! "Call Pat Drake at Barneys—she used to be a Rockette!—or email her at, and she will get you hooked up." And if you have any cash left over, you can always meet up with Jonathan for a $10,000 lunch. [NYO]

Lunch with Jonathan Adler: Yours for $10,000

cityfile · 11/13/08 12:03PM

Just in case you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket and you happen to be totally obsessed with Jonathan Adler, W Hotels has introduced the "Design Dream" package. The basic promotion includes a "stylish" room rate and a basket of Adler-branded goods. But for $10,000 more, "design-daring guests" will get a "personal one-on-one session with the legendary potter himself" when he joins you for lunch and then accompanies you on a "private shopping spree at one of his stores in New York City." Alas, no word on whether you can throw in a little extra and get Simon to show up, too.

Simon and Jonathan's Big Day

cityfile · 09/24/08 07:33AM

He knew we were waiting for details, and he hasn't kept us in suspense: Simon Doonan's wedding to Jonathan Adler was, says Simon, "a perfect day," during which the lovebirds laughed, cried, and "threatened to stomp on each other" instead of stomping on a glass. They then headed off on honeymoon in Big Sur not alone, but with Jonathan's mother and sister, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, and Ariel Levy and her wife Amy Norquist. [NYO]

Simon and Jonathan Tie the Knot

cityfile · 09/19/08 06:20AM

Nice news to cheer up a rather dismal week: Yesterday New York's favorite gay couple Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler got married at City Hall in San Francisco! After fourteen years together, the Barneys creative maestro (Doonan) and rapidly-expanding designer (Adler) decided on a small ceremony with Adler's mom and sister as guests, where Adler made the most romantic of gestures: he switched off his Blackberry! A "more formal" Jewish ceremony followed at a hotel. The happy couple is now on their honeymoon at Big Sur. Congrats!

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 08/11/08 06:19AM

Designer, author and TV personality Jonathan Adler turns 42 today. Hope Simon Doonan has something exciting planned for you two tonight. Others celebrating today: Playwright David Henry Hwang turns 51, renowned architect Peter Eisenman is 76, and model Carolyn Murphy celebrates her 33rd. The dean of Columbia's journalism school, Nick Lemann, is 54. Attorneys Mark Alcott and Andrew L. Frey turn 69 and 70, respectively. Commercial real estate guru Tara Stacom is 50. And aging wrestler Hulk Hogan is 55.

Today in Gay Weddings: Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler

Richard Lawson · 07/23/08 03:20PM

It's the stylishest, middle-ageist, gayest wedding of the year! Homewear designer and Top Design judge Jonathan Adler ("see you later decorator!") will be marrying Barney's creative director Simon Doonan. "I always thought we were married, so I don't feel like celebrating the fact that the government's allowing me to think I'm married. It's more like paying a parking ticket," says Doonan, romantically, of the occasion. Oh! Oh! Maybe Tim Gunn and Thom Browne will be next. Sure they aren't dating and Thom may have a penchant for the youngs, but they're both stylish! And, um, middle-aged! [Towleroad] Photo via Times

Mr. and Mr. Doonan-Adler

cityfile · 07/23/08 02:28PM

In a world where hetero marriages are falling apart all over the place, it's nice to know we can rely on the gays to keep our romantic ideals intact. At the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT cocktail party, multi-tasking man-about-town Simon Doonan revealed to The Cut that his longtime boyfriend, designer Jonathan Adler, was going to make an honest man of him. So why, after being together for more than a decade, have they decided to make it official? Well, you can't expect a Jewish mother not to push for a wedding:

The Weekend That Was

cityfile · 07/21/08 02:37PM

(1) The 9th annual Art For Life Benefit took place on Saturday at Russell Simmons' East Hampton house. Despite tickets not selling out as fast as usual, the event played host to Aretha Franklin, Christy Turlington, Lorraine Bracco, Soledad O'Brien, David Paterson, Diddy, Padma Lakshmi, Brett Ratner, LA Reid, the cast of Real Housewives of New York, Al Roker, Kelly Bensimon, Alina Cho, Simon de Pury, and Porschla Coleman—whose break up with Simmons, judging by their behavior, is either incredibly amicable or no longer in effect. [PMc]

The Weekend That Was

cityfile · 06/24/08 02:34AM

1) Rory and Elie Tahari hosted a bash at their beachfront house for God's Love We Deliver: 400 guests including Simon Doonan (above center) and Jonathan Adler, Martha Stewart, Arnold Scaasi, Kelly Klein, Debbie Bancroft, Richard Mishaan, Tory Burch, Kyle MacLachlan (above left) and Desiree Gruber (above right), Olivia Chantecaille, Dennis Basso, Melissa Berkelhammer, Gigi Mortimer, Karen Pearl, and Tiffany Dubin raised $1.3 million by bidding on auction prizes including lunch with Blaine Trump and Joan Rivers at Le Cirque. ['s Hamptons]