Drinking Beers with Franca Sozzani in the Visionary World of Italian Vogue

Constance Jablosnki at the exihibit. Images courtesy of Vogue Italia.

Beer and Vogue Italia, two things I love that don’t often come together– until very recently.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the premium Italian beer, has launched an exhibit of 30 behind-the-scenes videos celebrating Vogue Italia’s 50th anniversary. The Visionary World of Vogue Italia was presented to a full house of party-goers, including Baz Luhrmann, Zachary Quinto, and Harley Viera Newton at Industria Studios in New York City.

Each video reveals an intimate portrait of individuals who have either been featured in or contributed to the magazine in some way. Highlights from the exhibition include footage of Miles Aldridge’s photographs, art by Vanessa Beecroft, and insights from filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino.

The Visionary World of Vogue Italia runs from the 15-22 October at Industria, Studio 10 in New York. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

You can also view the exhibition online here.

The Visionary World of Vogue Italia Exhibition Opening Night Presented By Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Baz Luhrmann attends the launch of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia

The Visionary World of Vogue Italia Exhibition Opening Night Presented By Peroni Nastro AzzurroZachary Quinto attends the launch of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia

The Visionary World of Vogue Italia Exhibition Opening Night Presented By Peroni Nastro AzzurroHarley Viera Newton attends the launch of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, celebrates The Visionary World of Vogue Italia


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.

All the Cool Kids Wear Juicy Couture

We’re not exactly sure when this happened, but Juicy Couture, the brand responsible for those damn velour tracksuits, is no longer label non grata. In fact, it’s now fully embraced by the fashion world, partnering with a slew of fashion bloggers and influencers across the globe. One look at their SS11 ad campaign and their latest offerings proves that JC isn’t the brand it used to be. Hell, even I tweeted some love after stumbling upon their surprisingly covetable sunnies. So why is it suddenly okay, even cool, to like Juicy now? Let’s examine further.

Last year, the brand’s founders, Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy, resigned after apparent conflicts with management at Liz Claiborne, who owns the brand. That’s when the remarkably-coiffed Erin Fetherson stepped in as a guest designer, debuting a series of whimsical party dresses (in velour, no less). This was a brilliant move by the brand – Fetherson is favored by style darlings like Zooey Deschanel and Karen Elson, so tapping into her fanbase was definitely a plus.

Another key moment in Juicy’s evolution was the launch of their younger line, Bird by Juicy Couture, where they teamed up with cool-girl bloggers like Geri Hirsch of Because I’m Addicted and Arielle Noa of Something Navy to promote the range.

Perhaps the most interesting Juicy partnership yet is with Harley Viera-Newton. They followed the DJ/model to this year’s Coachella, even going as far as to create an invitation to the event on their Facebook page. HVN was totally into it too, gladly tweeting her Juicy-clad whereabouts throughout the 3-day festival.

Well kids, there you have it. Juicy is bigger, better, and cooler than you ever thought it would be, so bust out that tracksuit that we know you have hiding in your closet and wear it proud. As for wearing Ed Hardy—that’s still not okay.

Harley Viera-Newton Talks Fashion, Music, & Fly-Fishing

22-year-old multi-hyphenate, Harley Viera-Newton, has made a name for herself in both the music and fashion industries. On the fashion side, her mom’s the co-founder of tough-chic jewelry line Tom Binns, she’s an Elite model, street-style favorite, and designers love dressing her. On the music side, her dad’s an A&R exec, she has DJ residencies in NYC, books gigs all over the world, and is the house DJ for Dior Beauty. Oh, and she just got signed to Jay-Z’s management label, Roc Nation.

Top it off with her diploma from NYU’s School of Individualized Study and it’s safe to say that there’s not much this UK-to-LA transplant hasn’t accomplished. Viera-Newton recently took some time out of her whirlwind of a life to chat with Italian Vogue on style, tunes, family, and her affinity for fishing, which you can see below.

Morning Links: James Franco to Teach Class on James Franco, Jay-Z Signs It Girl Harley Viera-Newton

● Guys, really, Charlie Sheen is just fine. According to TMZ, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Dr. Paul Nassif picked Sheen up from the hospital, and the two talked about life, the future, and “fun things.” [TMZ] ● James Franco is edging towards a thesis, partnering with Columbia College Hollywood for a new course, “Master Class: Editing James Franco … With James Franco.” [MovieLine] ● Apparently, Kim Kardashian was nettled by her bare-all W shoot, crying, “Oh God, I am more naked than I was in Playboy,” proving she’s not getting any better at pretending she doesn’t want us to see her naked. [HuffPost]

● Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Christina Milian have a child of their own, but it looks like Justin Bieber is the only kid mucking up their divorce proceedings. In an earlier settlement, The-Dream had agreed to pay Milian 10% of his interest in Beiber’s “Baby” (which he co-wrote), but Milian wants more. [TMZ] ● Francis Ford Coppola proves himself a man of the people, suggesting that downloading is maybe okay. “I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?” [99%] ● Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has signed DJ/model/It Girl Harley Viera-Newton. Whether or not she’ll be getting a chain remains unclear. [Roc4Life]

Party Faces: The Best Looks From a Week of Parties

Spring is all about rebirth and growth and yadda yadda: for Manhattan scenesters it’s mainly about ending winter hibernation and hitting the social circuit in order to show off the latest looks. This week was chock full of winsome odes to spring in Manhattan: parties to remind New Yorkers that the High Line will soon be in bloom, events that celebrated spring fashion openings and new spring catalogs and parties that got people excited to shed leggings, overcoats and layers of stuffy winter makeup. Here were some of the freshest beauty takes from this week’s party scene.

image Fresh Face: Unknown Party Person Event: Just a normal Thursday night out. Venue: Avenue Notable Attendees: Wass Stevens, Genevieve Jones. Look: Bold brows get the Factory Girl pairing with a bleach-blond coif, both elements are tres spring, as they say and have been runway mainstays waiting for their springtime devotees. Otherwise, this chick was just trying to pull an Edie Sedgewick. Recommendation: Get heavy brows with a highly pigmented brow shaper like Jean Paul Gaultier Monsier Brow Defining Pencil.

image Fresh Face: Alison Brod and Jennifer Ruff Event: First Bloom Art and Photography Auction to Benefit the Friends of the High Line. Venue: Equinox on 10th Avenue Notable Attendees: David Patrick Columbia, Christian Simonds, Gillian Hearst Simonds. Look: Baring your legs for the first time after a long winter can be scary, but these ladies look as if they’ve been wintering in some tropical local with smooth and tan limbs. Recommendation: Exfoliate your winterized stems with a good body polish like Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh. Get glowing with an easy self tanner like Victoria’s Secret Flawless Instant Bronze Body Spray.

image Fresh Face: Ian Cuttler Event: First Bloom Art and Photography Auction to Benefit the Friends of the High Line. Venue: Equinox on 10th Avenue Notable Attendees: David Patrick Columbia, Christian Simonds, Gillian Hearst Simonds. Look: A bold pair of glasses are having a hay-day after dark. Recommendation: Tom Ford’s assortment of interesting frames. If you are bold, opt for the cat-eye cut and really walk with the trend.

image Fresh Face: Noot Seear Event: Fotorelief and a Milk Gallery Project organizes a Picture Saves a Thousand Lives Venue: Milk Studios Notable Attendees: Richard Chai, Lucy McIntyre, Bonnie Morrison, Nicole Trunfio. Look: Noot works the no-makeup makeup look that was big on the spring runways of Tommy Hilfiger, Proenza Schouler, and Tory Burch. Recommendation: M.A.C. Sculpting Powder in Sculpt and bronzer in Matt Bronze.

image Fresh Face: Stacey Bendet Eisner Event: alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Shop Opening Venue:Saks Fifth Avenue New York Notable Attendees: Byrdie Bell, Melissa Joan Heart, Tinsley Mortimer, Kat De Luna, Richie Rich. Look: The eternally adorable Bendet adds a youthful edge to a classic alice + olivia frock with a bright hair accessory. The yellow barrette is simple but says a lot about how playful Bendet is when it comes to dressing up. That same irreverence was seen on the Dolce & Gabbana and the Marc by Marc Jacobs runways. Recommendation: Try a whimsical floral clip by Anthropologie or a simple barrette from Ulta in a bright color.

image Fresh Face: Models Michelle Buswell and Tiu Kuik. Event: Akris Hosts New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance Kick-Off Venue: Akris Notable Attendees: Tinsley Mortimer, Tracy Stern, Lisa Anastos. Look: The two nail proportion. Michelle rocks a voluminous ‘do to balance a lean jumpsuit for a very ’90’s aesthetic while Tiu goes cocktail chic with a slick updo to show off her elegant neck and shoulders. Recommendation: Get big, all-American 90’s volume with Umi volumizing spray. Spritz on damp hair before blow-drying hair upside-down, then from side to side. Accentuate bare shoulders with a highlighting powder. Nars Highlighting Blush usually does the trick (and works for face and body).

image Fresh Face: Harley Viera Newton (with Nicola Vassel, Todd Selby, Harley and Moses Berksom). Event: Todd Selby and Cole Haan Celebrate Their Spring Catalog Venue: 10 Downing Notable Attendees: Lynn Yaeger, Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost, Mickey Boardman, Bonnie Morrison. Look: Harley gets all spring-y on the retro look by opting for a red stain rather than a pout full of gloopy lip paint. Recommendation: Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Paramour has a crazy pop-art red look but takes on the texture of lip conditioner.

Sophomore Debuts New Look with Cory Kennedy & Pals

imageChrissie Miller, designer to the downtown it-girl set and scion of celebrated astrologer Susan Miller, has released images from her latest look book. Photographed by Cass Bird (a seasoned Miller collaborator), the book showcases Sophomore’s SS09 collection sported by a slew of Miller’s friends, who often double as models for the line. Included in the mix are Cobrasnake protégé Cory Kennedy, musicians Lissy Trullie and Harley Viera Newton, and rock offspring Alexandra Richards.

The photos showcase Bird’s inimitable Kids-meets-The Virgin Suicides aesthetic. The clothes are classic Sophomore — cute tanks and tees and a signature black miniskirt, most of which are adorned with zippers or buttons. Altogether, the look book epitomizes the kind of lackadaisical hot, summer afternoon of which I am in feverish (literally, I’ve had the flu all week) anticipation.