Rihanna Toasts Fenty In Paris, Jay Fielden Exits Hearst

by Aria Darcella

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Rihanna Presents Fenty In Paris
Last night, Rihanna hosted a party to celebrate the debut of Fenty and the opening of the line’s ephemeral boutique. Some heavy hitters in the fashion industry came out to support her, including designers like Maria Grazia Chiuri, Olivier Rousteing, and Simon Porte Jacquemus; photographers Paolo Roversi and Peter Lindberg; and models Paloma Elsesser and Adesuwa Aighewi, among others. Bernard, Delphine, and Antoine Arnault of LVMH were also in attendance. Click here to see every look from her first collection, which will be available online next week.

Jay Fielden Exits Hearst 
Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Esquire and editorial director of Town & Country, has left Hearst. According to WWD the exit is a mutual decision between Fielden and Hearst. His successor has yet to be announced, but Fielden took to Instagram this morning to make the announcement and reflect briefly on his time at the publication. He also teased that he is working on a book, the first few chapters of which he’s already written? A tell-all about his time at Hearst, perhaps? Here’s hoping!

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Today—after a lot of long and careful thinking—I have decided it is time to depart as Esquire’s editor in chief, three and a half years after I arrived. The issue we unveiled earlier this week—with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Quentin Tarantino on the cover—will be, it’s not easy to say, my last. As a magazine editor and writer, I've long revered the magical intersection of words and images as they come together on the page and online. Ever since I graduated from college, in fact, I've been working for a big magazine—The New Yorker, Vogue—or editing one—Men's Vogue, Town & Country, Esquire. In the decade that Hearst Magazines has been my creative home, I've also collaborated with some of the best writers, photographers, designers, and fellow editors in the business, and it's been a genuine privilege for which I’m deeply grateful. There is no greater joy—or honor—than the camaraderie of a close and deeply talented staff, and the thing I will miss most (in addition to the great muse that is Esquire itself) is the conversation and debate, the collaboration, the shared life of revisions and deadlines and filling the monthly void. Simply put—their daily company. I have, however, felt the lure of new possibilities—all the more so now, as the means of production for a new media venture is basically my laptop (which also has the first few chapters of a book on it). For me, the time has simply come to press on in a new direction, perhaps more than one, before I get struck by male pattern baldness. When I settle for certain on what’s next, you will be among the first to know. Until then, I hope to practice my piano, play a little more tennis than usual, and make my kids breakfast while my wife gets to sleep late. I might even get to take all these bags on a long summer trip . . . or two. #esquire

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The Love Ball III Announces Celebrity Judges
Dita von Teese, Andre Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco, David and Phillipe Blond, David LaChapelle, Janet Mock, and Teyana Taylor are among the many judges of this year’s Love Ball. Meanwhile, Billy Porter will act as the Master of Ceremonies. Members from the Ballroom community, celebrities, and nightlife icons will compete in six categories for one-of-a-kind trophies designed by some of today’s most notable contemporary artists. The event, put on by the CFDA and Susanne Bartsch, raises money for the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust. The Love Ball III will be held June 25th at New York’s Gotham Hall. Click here to purchase tickets. Additional judges will be announced in the coming weeks.


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David Yurman Given an Honorary Doctorate From FIT
Yesterday, the Fashion Institute of Technology held its commencement ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Jewelry designer David Yurman not only delivered a commencement address, he also received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the school. Recently, Yurman donated a selection of special gemstones, pearls, and beads from his personal collection to FIT. The donation was meant to enhance the learning experience of FIT’s jewelry design students.


Leah + Rae Hosts Charity Event at Jane’s Carousel
Over 100 mothers and children came out to celebrate Leah + Rae’s Charity event at Jane’s Carousel last weekend. Hosted by founder and designer Brittany Peltz, the afternoon supported The Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, a new state-of-the-art hospital for pre- and post-natal care in Manhattan New York.

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