TEXT MESSAGES: Whipping out one’s BlackBerry at a black-tie dinner is typically considered a no-no, but guests at this year’s Henry Street Settlement Dinner Dance should feel free to text away. That’s because the festivities, held on April 1 at the Plaza Hotel honoring Tatiana von Furstenberg, will be sponsored by BlackBerry. The unlikely partnership is a first for the fund-raiser, which had no backer when it was last held in 2007. Proceeds from the event benefit the Henry Street Settlement, a community center on the Lower East Side.
SOUL SEARCHING: “I feel like I want to spend hours here so I can read everything,” said Luella Bartley, gazing at a sea of quotations printed on boards suspended from the ceiling at Christie’s in South Kensington Tuesday night. The quotations and photographs on show all came from i-D magazine collaborators including Giorgio Armani, David LaChapelle, Alexander McQueen and Yoko Ono, and formed the “Soul i-D” exhibition, which runs through to March 10 in London. The exhibition was previously on display at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa in Paris in November and will next show in Milan during the city’s furniture fair in April. Guests including Pam Hogg, Roisin Murphy and DJ Princess Julia turned up to fete the exhibition and its accompanying tome, edited by i-D publisher Tricia Jones. At the party — co-hosted by Diesel — an ultrapopular designer and DJ, Hogg caught up with old pals, keen to congratulate her on the collection of Ziggy Stardust-style metallic cat suits she showed during London Fashion Week. “I’m ecstatic, elated and exhausted,” said Hogg with a smile.