BEFORE THE BIG NIGHT: Hours before the pomp and circumstance of Monday night's Costume Institute Gala, Pete Nordstrom teamed up with Vogue's Sally Singer for a decidedly more casual affair — a lunch in honor of 6267 designers Roberto Rimondi and Tommaso Aquilano at The Little Owl in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. Not surprisingly, guests discussed the day's impending festivities. Byrdie Bell revealed that her entourage would include not one but two male escorts — Brian Atwood and his interior designer beau, Nate Berkus. "I am totally going to be third-wheeling it," she said with a laugh.
ROCK ON: "Anglomania" may have been the theme (and exhibit) of the Met's Costume Institute Gala two years ago, but Burberry still made its presence known last weekend when creative director Christopher Bailey and Another Man's editor in chief, Jefferson Hack, hosted a private dinner Saturday night in honor of the magazine's spring issue. Held, rather quixotically, at Midtown eatery Patroon, the event saw a mix of British and New York style-setters such as Agyness Deyn, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mario Testino, Cat Deeley, Will Young, Penn Badgley, William Moseley, Anouck Lepère, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and ubiquitous band The Virgins. And Burberry helped set the scene with a specially curated music mix of songs from Joy Division, The Clash and David Bowie.
AND THE WINNERS ARE: Pratt Institute College of Art and Design's fashion department held its third annual Senior Evening and Bridal Competition last week at the Royalton Hotel in Manhattan. Sponsored by Cotton Inc., the event showcased the works of 12 graduating seniors who competed for three prizes. Their challenge was to each design a dress from 100 percent cotton fabric. The first-place winner, Jessie Voris from Fredon, N.J., took home $5,000 for her cream A-line gown. The second-place prize of $1,500 went to Adrianne Waite from Dallas, who created a green pleated drop-waist two-piece dress. Third prize went to Niki Marcheggiani, from Knoxville, Tenn., who won $1,000 for her purple strapless number. All of the designs will be presented in the school's annual end-of-year fashion show on Wednesday at The Altman Building. The event will honor eveningwear designer Carmen Marc Valvo.