Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold medalist, said he owns about 18 or 19 business suits and 200 to 300 Speedos.
For the “Guys Fashion’s Night Out” celebration at Ainsworth Park last night he wore a T-shirt and jeans.
“I’d be more comfortable walking in here in a Speedo than a suit,” Lochte said.
None of the women (who greatly outnumbered the guys at the event) would have objected.
Lochte, 28, is making an attempt to get comfortable in workday attire. On Wednesday he attended the Joseph Abboud menswear show and plans to hit others during New York Fashion Week.
“I like being fashionable and I do want to design my own clothing line,” Lochte said.
Last night he designed a jacket with Windsor Custom, the bespoke clothier that operates out of the basement of the original Ainsworth in Chelsea.
“I have a lot of dark-colored suits,” Lochte said. “I wanted something light, so I chose gray. The lining is the American flag.”
“Let’s just say when we went to measure his arm span, the tape measure didn’t make it the whole way,” said Brian Mazza, a founder of Windsor Custom and a partner in the expanding Ainsworth family.
Both The Ainsworth Las Vegas and Ainsworth Park opened Wednesday, which was opening day for the National Football League season.
And what’s a guy to wear to these upscale lounge/sports bars? “A nice button-down shirt,” Mazza said. “Make sure it’s tucked in. With nice fitted jeans or slacks and Chucks or loafers.”
Richard Perry, president and managing partner of Perry Partners LP, beamed as his wife, Lisa Perry, presented her spring 2013 collection Wednesday afternoon.
Asked what dresses would be appropriate to wear to the office, he pointed to a just-below-the-knee swingy white dress. The program described it as a “leather lunar dress in white lambskin.”
“You could wear it with a jacket,” Perry, the chairman of Barneys New York, said.
“You must have some fashionable women in your office,” said interior designer Kelly Behun, who has an exhibition opening Sept. 20 at R 20th Century.
The collection is the first to feature an original print composed of stars and moons.
“Literally, my inspiration was looking up at the night sky at our house in North Haven,” Lisa Perry said.
There were moon pies for guests and sky-themed music including two Beatles tunes, “Good Day Sunshine” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
A David Bailey portrait of Paul McCartney and John Lennon - - an enlargement of one of his photographs, which he then painted on -- was the only decoration on the walls of the Lisa Perry boutique on Madison Avenue.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Dusty Philip had a view of his office from the rooftop of the James Hotel Wednesday night, where he attended a party for L’Etoile Sport, a new line of tennis wear.
Alex Navab, co-head of the North American private equity business at KKR & Co., was another man in finance getting some Fashion Week party action.
Philip’s wife, Yesim, and Hannah Griswold, founded the collection in June. Neither has a design background. Yesim Philip played professional basketball in Turkey before she came to the U.S. to study at Yale. Griswold studied ballet and has worked as a nonprofit fundraiser.
The most relevant experience they bring to L’Etoile Sport is playing tennis.
“Our theme is ’Play all day,’” Griswold said of the line. It features tops, skirts and dresses designed to be worn from the tennis court to lunch to picking the kids up at school. The dresses are priced at $225 to $325, and skirts are $125 to $135.
“We wanted to bring fashion back to tennis,” Philip added, pointing to a white skirt she said was inspired by the designs of Azzedine Alaia.
Dusty Philip could probably get used to being part of the fashion scene. He said one of his favorite parties was the 2011 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his company included Mick Jagger and Colin Firth.
The Fashion Institute of Technology announced a new two-year tuition scholarship at its Couture Council luncheon on Wednesday. Created by an anonymous donor, it is named after Oscar de la Renta, who was honored at the event at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The first recipient is from Queens, New York, said the institute’s president, Joyce Brown.
The event drew some devoted consumers of fashion. Hilary Geary Ross, wife of Wilbur Ross, wore a de la Renta dress with black appliques that reminded her of piano keys. She sat next to composer Karen LeFrak, who is missing the opening of New York Philharmonic’s season to perform a debut in Russia. Ross, a writer, is working with photographer Harry Benson on a book on Palm Beach, to be published in 2013.
Eleanora Kennedy, a chairman of the luncheon with Alexandra Lebenthal, proudly wore the de la Renta red dress that Ann Romney wore for her speech at the Republican National Convention.
Nina Rennert Davidson was a bit of a rebel in a hot-pink Alexander McQueen dress and Givenchy boots.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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