L.A. Fashion Week: Cartier and Pals Toast A to Zoe

With the book now in stores and the promo tour underway, the final chapter on the style guide I did for Rachel Zoe finally reaches closure. I think. At least that was the mantra with every clink of Champers on the rooftop of the Cartier flagship on Rodeo Drive last night. The jewelry house rolled out the red carpet for the book launch, complete with the house’s dashing ceo and president Frederic De Narp playing host and DJ AM playing the turntables. Djimon Honsou, Kimora Lee, Joy Bryant and Emmy Rossum turned up for the party, which was not the only game in town. It competed with another rooftop bash just across the way at Chanel. So, too, another down the street at Saks for Christian Louboutin, and the Jeremy Scott after-show party at the Roosevelt Hotel. (A few Energizer bunnies hit them all!)
Still, a steady stream of well wishers poured in–including contributors to the book, such as hair stylist Andy LeCompte and makeup artist Paul Starr–and the outdoor setting couldn’t be more gorgeous, what with all the chandeliers lighting up the night. Having gone ga-ga just the day before over a long black gown in J.C. Obando’s presentation, the young designer burned the midnight oil and whipped up one of my very own. Felt a little like Maria Callas in it. Overall, though, this evening was about my younger sister Blanca Apodaca, who doesn’t typically spend her evenings at these kinds of frothy functions, but deserved being feted as much as anyone else here–her illustrations give the otherwise photo-heavy book a sense of texture. Cartier was so smitten with her work that it consigned a drawing of the iconic panther ring to print on the stationery that everyone received at the end of the night. On the back: Blanca Apodaca for Cartier. That made this whole crazy ride worth it.

[One of the very few book signings happens next Thursday, Oct. 25 at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in L.A.]

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