Hey, doll, come on in and pull up a chair, eh? We’re just sitting here drinking a glass of champansky with our stunning Canadian-born friend, Lana Ogilvie. Surely you know – or at least have seen – the lovely Lana, darlin’. She’s one of the world’s top supermodels. In fact, she was the first black model ever to earn a major contract with Cover Girl. Way to break ground, doll. Cheers. Anyway, our gal has graced the covers or pages of magazines including Sports Illustrated, Elle, Vogue, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Essence, More and Harper’s Bazaar. As if that weren’t enough, Lana is also a talented jewelry designer and gem of a party hostess. Grab a glass and a serviette, doll, and let’s check out Lana’s portfolio of party tips, shall we?
Your entertaining style?
Both casual and formal but always comfortable – mi casa su casa
Signature party detail?
An eclectic, curated playlist that takes you through the evening. It always starts with soft, jazzy soul then moves into more funky upbeat tunes as the evening progresses and everyone is feeling more comfortable with one another.
Lana prepares the table for a recent dinner party
Last party you hosted?
I’ve been traveling a lot this year so my New Year’s Eve party was the last big one I hosted. It was a last-minute thing for whoever was around, yet it lasted until 4:30 am. There were an incredible number of empty bottles to clean up the next day!
Last party you attended?
I went to an amazing dinner party recently at a friend’s apartment. They did a four-hour tasting menu themed around white truffles with exquisite wine pairings and lots of caviar.
Lana and fellow model, Joan Smalls Rodriguez, at a party honoring Bethann Hardison, a supermodel of the 70s and fashion activist
Most comfortable shoes for dancing the night away?
The last time I really boogied was at a party a few months ago that Iman, Naomi and Tyson Beckford threw for Bethann Hardison. I wore a pair of four-inch Jill Sander heels and danced for three hours. If you have enough cocktails, every pair of shoes is comfortable.
Best or most memorable party you ever attended?
Ron Perelman’s Apollo in the Hamptons fundraiser. Watching Colin Powell boogie onstage with Pharrell, Jamie Foxx and Lenny Kravitz was probably one of the most memorable things I will ever see.
Most fascinating person you met at a party?
Chuck Berry. We talked over cocktails on a flight from Mexico to New York. To me, that’s a party! Imagine, there would be no rock and roll without him!
Dream dinner partner?
Sean Connery in his prime – as 007!
Trait you admire most in a guest?
The ability to make witty conversation
Getting ready ritual?
Rushing around with the contents of my closet on the floor
Best party make up trick?
An eye line à la Sophia Loren or Audrey Hepburn but in electric blue or violet and loads of mascara
What’s always in your evening bag?
Lip gloss, mascara, Altoids and band-aids
Let’s play favorites:
Cocktail :: vodka gimlet
Champagne :: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
Canape :: blinis and caviar
Color :: Deep violet
Flower :: Calla lilly
Party lip color :: Nars Stolen Kisses
Party nail shade :: Revlon Grape
Party dress designer :: I love Zero + Maria Cornejo and Sophie Theallet although, if I still had my 25-year-old figure, I would wear Azzedine Alaïa ALL THE TIME.
Accessories :: my Sabre jewelry collection
Flatware :: Christofle Chinon
Tableware :: Tsé & Tsé associées – the bowls are beautiful with gold leaf on the inside
Glassware :: Riedel
Party resource :: Le Dû’s Wines on Washington Street
Three party pet-peeves?
Music that’s too loud for conversation, tepid food and people on their smart phones at the table
Three party must-haves?
Good wine, good music and good conversation
Thanks, Lana. You’re a doll for stopping by.
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Photos: Lana Ogilvie