New York Celebrates The Whitney’s One-Year Anniversary in Lower Manhattan

Photos Courtesy: BFA/Zach Hilty

After leaving its longtime Upper East Side home in 2014, New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art relocated and reopened to Lower Manhattan in May of last year. Following a successful 365-day run in its new Meatpacking District home, the venerated Museum celebrated its one-year anniversary last night with a Studio Party, presented by Louis Vuitton.

The evening event honored Robert J. Hurst, who led the Whitney’s Board of Trustees throughout the Museum’s construction as the chair of the capital campaign. To commemorate Hurst, the Museum’s first floor filled with special guests—iconic photorealist Chuck Close, among them—as everyone sipped custom cocktails and enjoyed small bites.

Zen Freeman and Chelsea Leyland delivered DJ sets, as the crowd lounged in spaces designed by international furniture brand Roche Bobois and received temporary tattoos by Flatlands exhibition artists Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty and Jamian Juliano-Villain, as well as Mirror Cells exhibition artists Liz Craft, Elizabeth Jaeger and Maggie Lee.


The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum celebrates: the 2016 Annual Art Gala and Studio Party

Art Basel FOMO: When Non-Arty People Attend Art Fairs

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Every once and awhile an event will happen that will engulf your Instagram feed whether you like it or not. Basically the two weeks of Coachella and the days of Art Basel Miami take the cake on the obnoxious photo posts that create a major fear of missing out for those not involved. That little Facebook status saying “Miami” has a much more powerful effect if it’s between the 3rd and 7th of December.

Welcome to America, where every event, regardless of the subject matter, is turned into a fanfare of celebrities and brand powerhouses. Case in point, the fabulous array of people in attendance at the Basel events in Miami. In honor of making you even more green-eyed over Art Basel and its eccentric famous attendees, we’ve collected our favorite party pupils.

1. Michelle Williams at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner Billy-Farrell-2Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

2. Kate Hudson at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

3. Derek Blasberg and Kate Hudson at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

4. Bella Hadid at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

5. Miranda Kerr at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Chelsea Leyland at the W Magazine and Miami Beach Edition Hotel Party THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION HOTEL launches with a celebration for W MAGAZINEPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

7. Toni Garrn and Douglas Booth at the W Magazine and Miami Beach Edition Hotel PartyJoe-SchildhornPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

8. Tommy Hilfiger at Celebration of Marc Quinns Collab with Dee Ocleppo Celebration of MARC QUINNS collaboration with DEE OCLEPPO, benefitting AUTISM SPEAKS, at the home of Dee and Tommy HilfigerPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

9. Karolina Kurkova at Celebration of Marc Quinns Collab with Dee Ocleppo Celebration of MARC QUINNS collaboration with DEE OCLEPPO, benefitting AUTISM SPEAKS, at the home of Dee and Tommy HilfigerPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

10. Leigh Lezark at Morgans Hotel Group The Teepee Project Opening Party MORGANS HOTEL GROUP presents The Teepee Project Opening Party featuring The MisshapesPhoto: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

A Glittering Evening Exploring Africa With Waris Ahluwalia

An evening set at the Explorers Club on the Upper East Side already has a certain feel to it. Aside from being uptown, you’re surrounded by relics gathered from far-flung adventures, flags that have traveled both to the summit of Everest and the depths of the Mariana Trench (thanks to James Cameron’s deep ocean dive) and a roaring taxidermy polar bear, (the roar unfortunately disabled for cocktail hour). Members have traveled the globe and to the moon, so the headquarters were a helpfully dramatic setting to imagine the African travels of jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, who Forevermark took to Botswana and South Africa to see firsthand the sourcing of the diamonds used in their collaboration.

Waris’ glittering creations were displayed on the second floor while we looked on with champagne, ogling through glass as security loomed nearby. It’s not as if the guards had to worry much, guests like Vanessa Traina, Liya Kebede, Chelsea Leyland, Cynthia Rowley or Natasha Lyonne weren’t likely to stage a heist, though I’m sure we wouldn’t have objected to trying on a few pieces.

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Eventually the party moved on to dinner, Waris seated near designer Olivier Theyskens and Forevermark execs, the designer’s sweet mother hosting another table, seated close to heir Jamie Johnson and writer Glenn O’Brien. Before the meal began, Waris showed a short film of his African expedition, saying “This spring I went on a journey of discovery. To the origins of my materials… To see with my own eyes where diamonds come from and the impact Forevermark has on the people and the land. An experience that’s going to stay with me forever.”

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After a dinner where the waiters continued to refill the wine glasses endlessly, the party moved downtown to Bar Naná (previously Double Seven)… post which the after after party took place at the just-opened Paul (Sevigny)’s Baby Grand at the back of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Fortunately it was a Friday, as the celebration for Waris went all night.

Photos courtesy Julio Gamboa/BFA

Get Bitten at the Shark Attack Sounds Party in Montauk

Montauk has enjoyed a long, tenuous relationship with sharks. People are afraid of them, of course, despite the fact that being attacked by a shark while swimming is extremely unlikely. But they are also fascinated by their beauty, grace, and raw, primordial power. This fear and fascination likely stems from the true tales of Montauk shark fisherman Frank Mundus, who is widely believed to be the inspiration for the irascible character Quint in Peter Benchley’s classic novel Jaws. All these years later, residents and visitors to Montauk still can’t get enough of sharks, which goes a long way toward explaining the popularity of the annual Shark Attack Sounds party, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Montauk Yacht Club

The party, which is being brought to the shark-loving masses by photographer Ben Watts, Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi, and high-profile event producer Jeffrey Jah, promises to be a wild, thrashing affair. DJ’s Zen Freeman, Carl Kennedy, and Chelsea Leyland will be on the ones and twos, and all the culinary and mixological treats of the Montauk Yacht Club will be available to keep the energy high and body temperatures cool. Expect plenty of beautiful people, pounding beats (the song of the summer may well be anointed here), and do-not-disturb signs on guest room doors as the night goes on.

Tickets are $46 per person and can be purchased here. And the best part? Well, the best part is that it’s an awesome party in a beautiful space with sexy people, but the second best part is that a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Montauk Playhouse. Let’s call it partying for a good cause. You’d be a monster to miss it. 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the fun goes on until late late late. Slather on the sunscreen and sleep it off on the beach on Saturday. 

[Related: Shark Attack Sounds Official Site; BlackBook Hamptons Guide; Listing for Montauk Yacht Club; More by Victor Ozols; Follow me on Twitter]

DJ Chelsea Leyland Creates a Fall Playlist for BlackBook

Fashion has a new favorite DJ. Chelsea Leyland is an English expat with killer style, who only made her turntable debut a little over a year ago. But don’t let her rookie status fool you – her crowd-pleasing sets and constant bookings have quickly led her to become one of fashion’s most wanted acts, a title girls like Mia Moretti and Harley Viera-Newton know a thing or two about. “Fashion parties were actually the first type of parties I started playing at,” explains Leyland. “It all started when I was recommending a female DJ friend to a few people in the fashion world. Someone finally turned to me and said, ‘Why don’t you just learn so we can hire you instead?’ So, I took classes and the rest is history.”

Speaking of history, Leyland is one of the first fashion-focused DJs to have her own documentary; she teamed up with Dove Go Fresh and MTV to document her experiences at NYFW, which you can watch here. At this rate, we wouldn’t be surprised if a designer collaboration were next. She lists Katie Gallagher and Charlotte Olympia as two of her favorites, but her dream project may be a bit too revealing for their tastes: “One day I’d love to start my own line of lingerie,” she says.

To kick off the season’s change, Leyland created a fall playlist just for BlackBook. Peep – along with her bonus commentary – below. 1. “Mother” – Danzig. This is one of my all-time favorite songs; it has a really sexy sound to it with a touch of darkness. I love playing this at the beginning of the night. It sounds good when the tempo is sped up. 2. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People. This is great summer tune that I know will carry through to the fall. It’s also nice to bring back the summer vibes when its miserable and cold outside. It has such a happy feel to it and always gets people dancing. 3. “She Drives me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals. I had to add a great ’80s classic to this list – what else can I say? Everyone always likes to dance to Fine Young Cannibals. 4. “You’ve Got Me Dizzy” – Jimmy Reed. This is such an amazing song that I love to watch people dance to. It adds a nice to twist to the night. 5. “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry. This song has a nice cozy feel, which will be great in the winter. I also love seeing everyone attempting the Pulp Fiction dance. 6. “Wuthering Heights” – Kate Bush. I’ve fallen back in love with Kate Bush after giving her a rest for a couple of years. This is not a dancing track but a great wintery song to play at an event – especially fashion events since it has such a unique sound. 7. “A Stranger’s Heart” – Theophilus London. I’m loving this song right now and think it is a great track to switch things up from a non-dancey to a dancey vibe. I also wanted to make sure I added a hip-hop track to this list. I love that you aren’t sure what you’re getting when you hear the opening of this track. 8. “Never Met a Girl like You Before” – David Bowie. David Bowie is one of my all time favorite artists. I have always loved playing this track whether it’s winter or summer, but it definitely has a wintery vibe to it. I think you can never go wrong when you play this because it’s such a sexy song. 9. “Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman. I love playing this to spice up the night. It always comes as a surprise to people and is an amazing track to throw down when people really aren’t expecting it. For some reason, I always find that all the right people dance to it. It always reminds me of Le Baron in Paris where they often throw it down after a hip-hop track—totally unexpected but genius. It adds an edge to a set and also has a wintery vibe. 10. “The Seed” – The Roots. A great song by a great band. That’s all I have to say.

For bookings and to learn more about DJ Chelsea Leyland, click here.

FashionFeed: Nike’s Pop-Up Ice Cream Shop, Grand St. Bakery’s Pop-Up Vintage Van

● Head down to Nike’s Harlem pop-up to beat the heat with sneaks and treats. [WWD] ● Here are eight poses that every model needs to know and every regular person might look awkward trying to replicate. [Styleite] ● Chelsea Leyland barely made her DJ debut during last year’s Fashion’s Night Out, but she’s already landed a new documentary with MTV. [Style]

● We’re excited for Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti’s pop-up shop during next NYFW and doubly-excited for his namesake line to drop. [Fashionologie] ● If you find yourself in Provincetown, MA this weekend, be sure to stop by Map Boutique (141 Commercial St.) and shop the pop-up camper van, courtesy of Brooklyn vintage haven Grand Street Bakery. [Facebook] ● We can’t get enough of the creepy-awesome promo shots for Cindy Sherman’s collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. [Hint]