Last year, I announced that the Williams-Sonoma Home store opening fete was the party of the year and now I can unequivocally say that Margaret Russell's book signing for Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor at Bergdorf Goodman last night was the party of 2009! Many of the designers who were featured in the magazine and are seen in the new book were on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Elle Decor.
The response was so overwhelming that they actually had to move the party down to the third floor to accommodate the crowd! The fashion contingent included the ridiculously handsome design duo Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Rowley and her husband Bill Powers, Zang Toi, Reed Krakoff and his interior designer wife Delphine, and the only American couture designer Ralph Rucci.
The President is in town this week and so is his interior designer. Michael Smith was at Bergdorfs to celebrate Elle Decor, as were designers Alexa Hampton and her mother Duane, Steven Gambrel, Antony Todd, Thomas O'Brien, Juan Montoya, Matthew White and Frank Webb, Maureen Footer, the super sweet Celerie Kembel, and Ron Marvin who I hear has redecorated his famous apartment which we will see soon! The stunningly beautiful India Hicks was also there with her husband David Flint Wood. I also got to chat with the talented architects Gil Shaffer and Peter Pennoyer while they were standing in line to have their books signed! No sign of Peter's wife, interior designer Katie Ridder though!
Many of my favorite design friends were also in attendance including Laurie Reynolds, Jessica Gold, Kevin Isbell, Allison Caccoma, Harry Heissmann, David Lawrence, Carolyn Sollis, Pierre Frey, Kim Huebner, Lori Reich, Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar, Chandler Hudson Kenny and her architect husband Anderson Kenny, Lizzie Bailey, and Anne Patterson who works with Amanda Nisbet. Amanda is in London and unfortunately had to miss the party!
We all joked that if something happened to Bergdorf Goodman last night that the entire design world of New York would have been wiped out! It was a great event and it was wonderful to see so many designers come out to support Elle Decor! And most importantly, I can say that the new book is worth checking out! I've already read it cover to cover and I can't wait to see what they do in the next 20 years! Thanks Elle Decor!