The National Plays Mac & Milk: A Chill NYFW Kick Off Party

With a PBR can in my pocket and a glass of DeLeon Tequila in my hand, I negotiated the crowd at Milk Studios, getting tangled in groups of familiar, bold-face names I only get to glimpse but twice a year (not including resort and couture week, if I’m lucky). Last night’s Mac & Milk Fashion Week FW11 kickoff party brought out fashion week friends like Josh Lucas, Liev Schreiber, Tara Subkoff, and Vogue’s Valerie Bolster, models like Le Call and Irina Lazareanu, and ShopBop’s Kate Ciepluch, all excited to catch a performance by The National.

The Brooklyn-based band—more or less virgins on the fashion scene—was an unusual, last-minute booking confirmed by MAC & Milk’s organizer, Jenne Lombardo, at around noon the previous morning. This by-the-seat-of-your-pants attitude, along with the National’s homey, worn-in sound, set the tone for the party, belying Fashion Week’s usually high maintenance temperament.

image The party started at 9PM, but the show didn’t start until 11PM, which left some antsy, and tipsy on DeLeon margaritas: @carolhan: If the national doesn’t go on soon, I may or may not keel over and fall asleep on the floor of milk.

image Although the scene was more on the chill side, the fashion get-ups were still cause for sartorial concern: @elvainadine Missed you Mac n Milk! Only place where my weird for the office leather leggings merit stifled yawns. #nyfw Likewise, I couldn’t help but think, “Are you fucking kidding me?” after looking around at some of these “fashionistas” get-ups.

image Ironic connection? Yesterday was “National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.”

@casey_kettleson And now I really love The National. Thanks Milk. Good party.

Photos: Patrick McMullan (Main) and I Think You’re Swell

Trailer Freeze: When Famous Actors Make Stupid Faces

You don’t realize it, but throughout the course of a movie, actors contort their faces in all kinds of freakish ways. It lasts a split second, so blink and you’ll miss it. But since we hear at BlackBook are committed to reducing the Hollywood glitterati into piles of stupid-looking rubble, here is our second round of Trailer Freeze, where famous actors make stupid faces. (That’s Sigourney Weaver up top, who to her credit, isn’t trying to hide it.)

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Links: Gwyneth Paltrow’s vs. Coldplay, Liev Schreiber in Drag

● Leonardo DiCaprio is preparing to get all Christian Bale for his new film Inception. The actor is set to start a crash diet so he can appear emaciated for a pivotal scene in the film. [Radar] ● After a four-year hiatus, the VH1 Divas Concert is back on with everybody’s favorite incoherent diva Paula Abdul as host. [JustJared] ● Those rumors that Gwyneth Paltrow is the Yoko of Coldplay are back on now that the actress is allegedly trying to get husband Chris Martin to leave the band and go solo. [BettyConfidential]

● Neil Patrick Harris has been added to the revolving door of guest judges on American Idol that already include Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, and Joe Jonas. [LAT] ● There’s a feud brewing between Jay-Z and Bill O’ Reilly; the latter doesn’t care for the rapper’s new song that references O’Reilly, telling him to “fall back.” [Rap-Up] ● Liev Schreiber calls his turn as a transvestite in Taking Woodstock “exhilaratingly humiliating,” saying it was hard for him to look good in a dress. [People]

Links: Lindsay Lohan’s New Marilyn Monroe Moment, No Spock Salute

● Director Robert Rodriguez says his remake of Barbarella, with fiancé Rose McGowan taking over the lead, is officially dead. [MTV] ● Green Day are getting down with their fans by playing a free show for a small group that will then be put on Myspace. [NME] ● Lindsay Lohan was seen evoking her idol Marilyn Monroe, yet again, for a Spanish Vogue photo shoot. [CelebGossip]

● Jack White is keeping busy post-White Stripes; there’s his side band the Raconteurs, and now he’s collaborating with the Dex Romweber Duo for a single, out this month, recorded at White’s Nashville home studio. [NME] ● Liev Schreiber showed off a photo to David Letterman of himself dressed as a transvestite from his new film Taking Woodstock, holding his young son Sasha. [JustJared] ● Rumor has it Zachary Quinto couldn’t do the Vulcan salute as Spock, infuriating director JJ Abrams so much that he glued the actor’s fingers together in order to make the sign. [P6]