MAKING SCENTS: Tilda Swinton was the guest of honor at a soiree Saturday held by Etat Libre d’Orange at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ bookstore. The French beauty brand conceived a women’s scent — called Like This — with the actress. Swinton enjoyed the fragrance-making process, especially since it was a complete unknown, and started with the idea of using a ginger note because “it’s a taste and a smell” she adores. Further, Swinton’s hair is ginger-colored and in British English, the expression “to be ginger” means to be up for something. “My son tells me [Like This] smells like Christmas,” she added. Dressed in a golden-yellow-hued Haider Ackermann pants outfit, Swinton said her next project, after the international rollout of “I Am Love” that’s now in progress, is acting in a movie by Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay starting around May or June.
SPRING ADDITION: As the dregs of a massive nor’easter petered off Monday afternoon, a fashion-conscious crowd filled Midtown eatery East Side Social Club for a lunch in honor of Debbie Bancroft and her new consultancy position at Calpyso. In her role, Bancroft will work with Calypso-holding events, help spread the brand’s name and don some of the line’s designs. New York First Lady, Michelle Paterson; Molly Ashby, chief executive officer of Solera Capital (which has a majority stake in Calypso); Patricia Duff; Valesca-Guerrand Hermès; Tiffany Dubin, and Gigi Mortimer and Courtney Moss (whose GlamorPuss line Bancroft helped introduce to Calypso) took over a long central table for a meal of beet salads, chicken, cod and mushroom ravioli.“
As Robin Williams says, ‘Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’’” said Bancroft as she addressed the crowd. “So when we come back from spring break, let’s party in our Calypso clothes.”
FEET FIRST: The Webster Miami and Rémy Martin hosted a dinner last week in the landmark Baccarat building to celebrate the Louis XIII Rare Cask cognac. But with guests including the likes of Gabriele Corto Moltedo, Alexander Wang and Pierre Hardy, talk inevitably turned from liquor to fashion and shoes. Hardy said he will open a store in New York next fall and Charlotte Dellal, who spent the week in her Paris showroom, is gearing up for her London shop opening in a few weeks. And what about Louis XIII? “It keeps me warm,” she purred.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: New Yorkers know there is ample vacant retail space all over the city, thanks to the recession. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council puts some of it to good use through its Swing Space grants, which are made possible by property that landlords loan. Through April 4, a former 6,000-square-foot Liz Claiborne store at the Seaport now houses Eric Wallach’s “Flight 18,” an interactive performance in a spaceship designed by 20 artists. And at 14 Wall Street, empty office space that was once the private residence of J.P. Morgan, Bobby Previte is giving 15-minute drum performances to one person at a time.
SASSOON ON SCREEN: The documentary that traces the life of Vidal Sassoon from a London orphanage to the floors of his fabulous hair salons will have its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. “Vidal Sassoon The Movie” has been created by Bumble and bumble veterans Michael Gordon and Craig Teper and spans 80 years of the British-born Sassoon’s colorful life, which once featured membership in a Jewish militia organization that broke up fascist meetings in postwar East London and service in the Israeli Defense Forces. The film follows Gordon, founder of Bumble and bumble, as he sets out to document Vidal’s life in a book that will be released later this year. Sassoon will attend the festival and participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening, along with Teper and Gordon.