Women First: A Dinner for Ohne Titel
In honor of their 5th anniversary in the business, Ohne Titel—with the support of M.A.C Cosmetics— hosted a dinner last night in the back room of the Waverly Inn to celebrate not just themselves, but the women who have inspired them over the years. “Clearly, they couldn’t make it—so they invited us instead,” joked the writer Lynn Yaeger. In truth, Ohne Titel had gathered a pretty spectacular crew of gals, among them the artists Tauba Auerbach and Shirin Neshat, the latter of whom had just returned from Egypt, where she had taken a week-long boat ride down the Nile to hammer out the details of a feature film she’s helming on the late musician Umm Kulthum. “She was a very spiritual singer,” explained Neshet. “Many regard her as the most important Muslim artist of the 20th century.”
Above: Lynn Yaeger and Patti Wilson; Flora Gill, John Dempsey and Alexa Adams
At another table, the stylist Patti Wilson recalled her early days, when she would get dolled up for her job as a cocktail waitress at the now defunct jazz club Russ Brown’s. “Everyone went there—Lena Horne, Cassius Clay, Woody Allen…Even when I started working as a stylist, I didn’t want to stop waitressing there.” Opposite her, the musician Antony Hegarty, who recently performed a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall dressed in a sublime Ohne Titel gown, discussed the need for a radical shift in consciousness in order to save the environment. “Women have to take control of the government—it is in their nature to tread more carefully on this planet and towards each other,” he said. “You put a bunch of women in a room, and there’s no problem they can’t solve.” Surely, none of the women in the room last night would have disagreed.
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