Fashion Week Observed
How is it possible that the Boom Boom Room is still the Boom Boom Room? New York spots aren’t supposed to survive the winter after Fashion Week. But somehow the Top of the Standard, the golden canopy in Gotham’s skies, has lasted a half-decade.
“What makes it enduring?” Andre Balazs asked us during the rollicking five-year anniversary party he threw for his joint Thursday night. The proprietor of the fine cocktail spot and the hotel that houses it was standing steps away from the Boom Boom Room’s sprawling classic bar, its centerpiece bursting as always with gold-lit tubes like a giant warped church organ. “I think it’s the people, it’s like a child growing up. You can have all the great things, the great view and everything else, but the key to anything is attentiveness.”
Saturday night the skies grew ominous as The Observer rounded the bend toward Fairview Farm, located right on the water in Bridgehampton. Luckily, we were greeted by giant white tents arranged for “Unmasked,” the Alexander Soros Foundation’s Global Witness Gala.
Like his father, 26-year-old Alexander Soros is quickly becoming a well-known figure on the philanthropic scene, most noticeably with a donation of $250,000 to Jewish Funds for Justice. Although this was his foundation’s first public event, the names on the host committee were enough to fill a Weinstein dinner party.
School may be out for the summer, but the downtown kids were in attendance at the Old School Wednesday evening for a so-called “jamborée” in honor of Olivier van Themsche’s start-up, The Cools.
The Cools is a social shopping site that’s sort of like Etsy, but for people who live in New York or Paris or want to look like they do. A “jamborée,” The Observer learned, is sort of like a party, but with shopping and performances.
To date, life has mercifully failed to imitate social networks. But wandering the three floors of the converted Nolita elementary school was not entirely unlike discovering new designers and boutiques while clicking around The Cools. The site boasts a list of “curators” like Erin Fetherston and Kathy Grayson, who drew a line down the block, but there was no list.
Fashion Week Observed
Tacking together our schedule, The Observer noticed that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week technically starts Thursday, but nevertheless we found ourselves at a full-blown launch party Tuesday night.
Following secret performances by Iggy Pop and Courtney Love, the red-hot Don Hill’s hosted the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the Dazed and Confused after party last night. Owner Nur Khan held court once again as familiar faces such as Terry Richardson, Charlotte Ronson, Juliette Lewis and Josh Hartnett — a fixture at Paul Sevigny’s Read More
At the 10th-anniversary party for Style.com last night, it seemed statement jackets were the order of the evening: immediately upon entering the party, we ran across the artist Terence Koh, who was wearing an immaculate white one with befeathered shoulders. He looked a bit like an art-world angel — and he informed The Observer that Read More
“Can you imagine coming to New York City, as a young designer, right out of college?” Kate Spade Creative Director Deborah Lloyd asked in a documentary that aired this morning before the Elle Fashion Next show at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
It was a fairly pertinent question: the designs that would soon grace Read More
Elise Overland‘s presentation on Valentine’s Day was not exactly a presentation in the traditional sense. The models, wearing mini dresses, leather gloves and colorful lambskin blazers, spent time standing on a platform, but also took three walks down a runway throughout the course of the hour and a half "presentation."
Ms. Overland had warned us Read More
On April 5, La Goulue, a cozy French bistro on Madison Avenue, will close its doors after 36 years of catering to the ladies who stop in for lunch between shopping sprees. But Thursday evening the restaurant was packed elbow to elbow as models, designers, and fashion editors filed in for an "intimate" dinner hosted Read More
After the depressing social scene of the last few weeks, last night’s party at the Louis Vuitton store in Soho gave us hope that February’s New York Fashion Week, which has been losing what seems like a designer a day—Peter Som dropped out this morning—won’t be totally doom-and-gloom-filled.
Louis Vuitton Read More