J.Crew Celebrates Two Original Shorts By Casey Neistat with Jenna Lyons, Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, And More

The scene at Neuehouse’s library was packed for the private screening of award-winning filmmaker Casey Neistat’s latest short films. J.Crew’s Executive Creative Director Jenna Lyons and Head of Men’s Design Frank Muytjens took center stage as flashing cameras glistened and cocktails flowed endlessly.

J.Crew’s new Ludlow Traveler Suit was the belle of the ball in Neistat’s custom made for J.Crew short “Travel With Style” highlighting the fact that the high performance suit traveled 11,000 miles with Casey — it seems like you could wear this suit doing a triathlon! Also screening was Neistat’s short “My Kid and Me” which captured real life moments with Casey and his son.

Guest including Karlie Kloss, Nick Wooster, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Misha Nonoo and Tali Lennox munched on truffle grill cheeses and bags of freshly popped popcorn. As this was a movie screening, the stock of candy was the perfect fix for that sweet tooth in-between cocktails.

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.04 PMCynthia Rowley and Karlie Kloss

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.27 PMNick Wooster

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.55.45 PMAshley Smith

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Images courtesy @BFA_nyc

CULTURE BLAST: Gauguin, Art Basel Hong Kong, and SXSW Sells Out

South By South Sellout?

The popular Austin music festival usually reserved for up and comers seemed somewhat diluted with main stream entertainment this year…

Calendar Changes For Art Basel

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Are You Keeping Up With the New American “It” Girls?

It’s happening. That very thing you were afraid of is actually happening, and it looks like there’s nothing you can really do to stop it. Members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan are becoming fashionistas so quick, we’re going to have to start keeping up!

Rumors have been swirling that Kim Kardashian might soon get a Vogue cover (gasp!). Kind of a pretty big deal considering the fashion world has turned the cold shoulder to reality stars in the past– and by fashion world we mean the lovely Anna Wintour. Kim’s not the only Kris-Jenner-birthed lady that’s getting attention. Little sister Kendall Jenner just showed her nipples in a sheer top walking in Marc Jacobs’ first show since his departure from Louis Vuitton. The model has been rumored to be seeing British heartthrob Harry Styles and was recently shot for W magazines in-bed pictorial by photog duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott — sounds like all the ingredients for the makings of a well respected It girl.

It looks like things A.K. (After Kanye for the unenlightened) are looking up for the famous family. Ever since Yeezus singer knocked Kim up, girlfriend has been very on point in the sartorial department in life. She now calls Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci one of her close friends and claims that Kanye himself picks out most of her outfits. A soon-to-be-husband that showers you with hand painted Birkins and dismisses your needs for a stylist? If Kim’s smart she will keep this one around for the long run. We’ve got a feeling that’s exactly what she’s planning to do.

This Kendall Jenner news comes right after fellow reality star and friend GiGi Hadid opened and closed the Jeremy Scott show, and scored the cover of CR Fashion Book. It’s said the Malibu blonde whose mom stars on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was hand picked by Carine Rotifeld for the fairy tale-inspired cover, shot by Bruce Weber.

Is this a moment in fashion for the American “It” girls? We’ve been infatuated with the Cara Delevingnes, Georgia Mays, and Suki Waterhouses, for some time now. Could these fresh-faced teenagers give those tired 20-somethings a run for their money? Only the future can tell, but by the looks of where it’s going, those gorgeous Brits do have to worry about some friendly competition.

WATCH: Mikey DeTemple and Jack Spade’s “Now For Then”

Surfing and one-digit wind chills usually don’t go hand and hand, unless you’re surfer/filmmaker Mikey DeTemple. DeTemple has been dominating the East Coast longboarding scene since the age of 16. Dubbed “the stylish longboarder,” Jack Spade rode in on a wave and nabbed that man of many talents for a campaign and short film.

DeTemple stars as the face for Jack Spade’s spring 2014 campaign. Taking things a step further, Spade commissioned DeTemple to make a film, “Now For Then” inspired by Spade’s spring designs– mesmerizing short with shots that will make you want to escape whatever your doing right now and head to the beach.

Neuehouse held a screening and cocktail to celebrate the release. The feeling was very relaxed house in Montauk meets Malibu beach party, filled to the brim with tequila and bites of lobster rolls. For a hot minute you could’ve forgotten the harsh polar vortex that was just through the door.

“The brand cares immensely for their craft, the same way I care for mine. It’s that harmony that not only allowed us to collaborate so well on the campaign, but also inspired me in the making of ‘Now for Then,’” DeTemple said in a release. A match made in menswear heaven.

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Deborah Lloyd, Mikey DeTemple
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Siki Im and Maxwell Osborne

JACK SPADE Presents Now



Ashley Smith Dances on Tables for RVCA Collab

Ashley Smith danced on the tables at ACME for the launch of her collaboration with PM Tenore’s RVCA, a brand that pushes the boundaries of traditional sports apparel. The Fall/Winter 2014 capsule line highlights on the widely gap-toothed model’s playful style. A contemporary and colorful take on classic essentials sealed with a nostalgic teen spirit.

In total throwback mentality, Smith was inspired by her earlier days of punk rock tee’s and multicolored hair. That mindset mixed with her refined knowledge from walking in countless runway shows makes for flirty balanced looks.

Fashion friends came out to party and show support en mass. The packed bar included Kyleigh Kuhn, Leslie Kirchhoff, Fiona Byrne, Brandee Brown and the and the man repelling Leandra Medine. Jenne Lombardo donned RVCA X Ashley Smith, along with Hannah Bronfman, Jeanette Hayes along with sisters Annette and Phoebe Stephens.

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Hannah Bronfman, Annette Stephens, Pheobe Stephens

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PM Tenore, Steve Espo Powers, Ashley Smith

Artist Steve DiBenedetto Keeps it Old School at Bill Powers’ Half Gallery

The feeling you get while walking up the steps of Bill Powers’ Half Gallery is reminiscent of walking into a classic Upper East side townhouse with great bones. Perched above his wife Cynthia Rowley’s flagship digs, artist Steve DiBenedetto was present for his over the top multi-channel collage opening.

Coining the term “konstructshuns,” the multi-media work is both very intense and diverse — not only material, but subject matter alike — merging the line between playful and dark, with biomorphic shapes and cosmic symbolism. I was lucky enough to catch DiBenedetto mid-drink for a couple quick questions. The show runs January 23rd thru February 25th. Steve’s paintings are also held permanently at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Denver Art Museum.

You have a word for your art, “konstructshuns.” Where does that come from?
It just spontaneously, come to think of it, the idea that it sounded a little cartoonish. Like a sort of wacky, Konstruct-shuns.

Would you say your work is tastefully wacky?
Yeah, but in a dark way.

As a series, do you see this as being complete?
No no, there will be more explorations. Yeah, there are a lot of different perimeters for sure.

We’re in a gallery space right now, but where do you see the future of art when it comes to business? With websites auctioning off fine art.
Galleries, and museums.

Going to keep it old school?
Exactly (laughs). No, but I seriously believe that you should confront things — you need to make pilgrimages. I believe in that format: where you show up, you confront the work, that’s a very good point. I don’t personally subscribe to this (digital) idea.

In this digital age that we live in, it’s difficult for some to interact with people hands on, in person.
Well, there’s a velocity, there’s a way that information is accelerated through technology that’s interesting. I like the way it distorts experience, the idea that is confused with convenience. I don’t like making things easier.

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AstrologyZone, Macarons, Jewelry & Art: Refinery29’s Tinseltown is Here

Your one stop shop to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season is here! But hurry, it’ll be gone before you can count to 29.

Refinery29 is taking its Tinseltown Bazaar to the next level, setting up shop December 13th through the 15th with exclusive gifts and treats. We got into the shopping mood last night for the launch celebration. While Au Revoir Simone DJed, we meandered among the jewelry from Giles & Brother and Bing Bang, limited-edition prints from Exhibition A,  scents from Atelier Cologne. All the goods will be there through the weekend – it’s a perfect place to find something for that person that has everything. (We all have a few of those friends.)

Starting things off with an astrological bang, literally- renowned astrologer Susan Miller – she of AstrologyZone fame – took a break from her busy schedule to give readings inside the Chill Dome at the opening of Tinseltown. We watched in awe and wonder as she told off a wildly immature dude desperately in need of her services who asked when he might get laid next. Respect.

Stop by Openhouse Mulberry (201 Mulberry Street, between Spring and Kenmare) to get in on the shopping action, or to simply enjoy a French macaron.

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Photos; Nina Westervelt

Miranda Kerr, Stefano Tonchi Show Support at Just Cavalli’s New SoHo Flagship

Walking into Roberto Cavalli’s new Just Cavalli Store in SoHo is like taking a little break from reality and entering the world of gold encrusted animal prints. Being lured with bubbly and a signature martini featuring Mr. Cavalli’s namesake vodka is certainly an element that helped with that.

The Italian designer pulled out all the stops for the opening of his ultra glam shop at 434 West Broadway, just steps away from Cipriani Downtown. A quick fashion show engulfed the crowd as models strutted looks from Just Cavalli’s collection through the entire store, ending outside in the freezing cold as they posed for photos with Roberto. A match made in heaven! A shopping spree at Just Cavalli and a bellini spree at Cipriani’s. I’ve probably already made your Saturday plans!

Inside the shop, Miranda Kerr barely posed for photos, as she was too busy lounging in V.I.P. of course. The scene was getting pretty nostalgic… Heather Graham was making small talk with former “Runs House” star Angela Simmons… I wonder what that conversation consisted of. Making a commotion when he walked in, Jonathan Cheban showed up sans Kim Kardashian- what a let down. And all W‘s Stefano Tonchi had to do was christen the space with his glorious presence.

Walking up and down glass staircases covered with translucent snake print is something everyone should do at least one time in their lives. The flagship store carries ready-to-wear, runway pieces, jewelry, handbags, and shoes. Stop by to get your print-fix.

Bryan Boy (Bryanboy.com) in Just Cavalli@Just Cavalli Boutique Opening NYC, 12-12-2013  Bryan Boy

JUST CAVALLI Opening Cocktail + Fashion ShowAngela Simmons

Heather Graham in Just Cavalli@Just Cavalli Boutique Opening NYC, 12-12-2013Heather Graham

Eva Chen in Just Cavalli@Just Cavalli Boutique Opening NYC, 12-12-2013Eva Chen

Roberto Cavalli with models in Just Cavalli@Just Cavalli Boutique Opening NYC, 12-12-2013


Vintage Alaïa, Gaultier, and Margiela at the Michèle Lamy-Hosted Byronesque Launch

Byronesque, an editorial and e-commerce website dedicated to fine vintage fashions sealed with a contemporary flare celebrated its launch with exquisite pieces from the past, and cocktails, of course.

Eccentric fashion maven Michèle Lamy joined Milk Studios, Glenn O’Brien and Mazdack Rassi to host a night of viewing and shopping. The space was tucked away, multiple staircases up, in the abandoned space located in the regal James Farley Post Office.

Fashion enthusiasts – from Upper East Side wasps to hot-glue-gunning, platform-shoe-wearing club kids with purple hair – enjoyed an exhibit showcasing superb vintage pieces. Coveted designs from Alaïa to Margiela were available displayed for purchase as a DJ rocking retro beats blasted music nearby.

Entering the surreal space, an instillation of modern televisions greeted you with films and graphics including the heartwarming, gold encrusted grin of Michèle Lamy herself. Feeling more like the aesthetic of a museum, it almost made you forget that a $2,000 Vivienne Westwood t-shirt could be purchased just steps away.

Obsessed already? Don’t get your Agent Provocateur panties in a bunch just yet. The exhibit and boutique is open to the fashion-addicted public December 12th through 15th, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., making it the perfect place to find a prime gem for the sartorially obsessed person in your life this holiday season.


The Vivienne Westwood $2,000 Tee

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