W magazine and Salvatore Ferragmo should get together more often. Last night they teamed up for a chic x 10,000 dinner at the Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street to celebrate the “Haute Bohemians” feature in the May issue and the debut of Sara Battaglia’s handbag capsule for the Italian house. (Her sister Giovanna Battaglia is W’s contributing fashion editor, but was absent last night.) The colorful bags are inspired by Ferragamo’s Rainbow Wedge, which was created in 1938 for Judy Garland.
Flying in for the occasion was James Ferragamo, who filled us in on why the brand connected with Battaglia. “We always do collaborations,” Ferragamo told us. “It’s very true to the brand. My grandfather started collaborating with artists in the 1930s. Its always been important. We wanted to find somebody that would have that attention to detail and quality and we thought about Sara as a good match.” The dashing Ferragamo told us he’s currently training for a triathlon at the end of July in Zurich. “That’s my only goal at the moment!” he said. “After that I’m going to do a lot of resting and hide my bike for an entire month. Maybe I’ll go to Greece and go sailing for a week.”
The intimate dinner welcomed an enviable guest list of Garrett Neff, Zach Quinto, Jordan Barrett, Eric Buterbaugh (in town from L.A. to celebrate his new fragrance line at Bergdorf Goodman), Chiara Clemente, Kate Foley, Hanne Gaby, Alexander Gilkes, Martha Hunt, Jessica Joffe, RJ King, Vanessa Moody, Anya Ziourova, Zani Gugelmann, Lauren Remington Platt, Kasia Struss, Athena Calderone, and The Daily’s new fave Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, all dressed in Ferragamo.
Before a pumpernickel crusted sea trout dinner W EIC Stefano Tonchi explained how the list of the 10 “Haute Bohemian” women was chosen. “They embody the same spirit that defines W,” he said. “They are risk-takers, they are not afraid to challenge conventions, and for them style is more than chasing trends. They share a passion for combining family history and modern eccentricity. They are true originals.”
Edmée Nicolis di Robilant appears in the feature (wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo dress), and mused about her bohemian label. “I love the theme,” she said. “I consider myself a free spirit. Bohemian might be extreme, but it’s fun. For tonight, I am!”