“Like Playing Deer Hunter, But with Celebrities” — NYFW’s Best Parties

Adult Magazine’s new issue at American Two Shot

Thursday night my buddy Corey Olsen; a photographer, and myself, whatever I am, decided we would hit some fashion week parties so you didn’t have to. After checking out the new issue of Adult magazine at American Two Shot we headed over to the Meatpacking because *we luv 2 party*. We met up with some friends to, you know, “paint the town red” or something and started making our way over to the Essential Homme party at Gilded Lily. Ja Rule was set to perform and I didn’t want to miss that. I also invited along my brother, Tucker, who works in finance and told me how he ended up at the Zana Bayne show earlier which sort of baffled all of us, including him.

We arrived at Essential Homme to a mob at the door and the news that nobody was getting in. By some grace of god, or perhaps just friendship with the PR, I managed to get our posse of nine in. However, once we got inside it became clear why the door was closed. The party was so full that despite getting inside there was no way of getting past the crowds of suave dudes. Our team decided that sadly this wasn’t the play, and turned back to the mean streets of the meatpacking.

Our crew dispersed with most of our friends heading to Chromat and ODD’s parties while Corey and I made our way over to Richard Chai’s after-party at Up & Down. The scene was vastly different — no insanity at door and room to breathe inside. We were quickly directed to the cool boy celebs we needed to take pics of — the Jonas brothers (Joe was DJing!), Darren Criss of Glee, and Richard Chai himself. I fancy myself a teen heartthrob so it was nice to be with my peers.

darren ashley richard Darren Criss, stylist Ashley Weston, and Richard Chai

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Nick Jonas and friend

As I looked around for some of my actual peers I was surprised to not really recognize anyone until my girl Hari Nef rolled in looking gorgeous in green.

My babyI wore a logo-print presumably fake Dior cap all night

As more familiar faces rolled in we got to dancing and made our way upstairs (Get it? *UP* & *DOWN*, LOL) for Adult’s second party. The up became the down and the whole thing became sort of non-specific.

party girls dont get hurt“Party girls don’t get hurt” — Chandelier by Sia

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Party girl David Moses

zak krevittParty girl Zak Krevitt

We eventually made our way to Boom Boom Room where all good parties happen. We couldn’t take photos but I’ll give you a couple fun facts and you will have to believe me. Outside I heard a guy scolding the door-girl, “Don’t stamp me, I have to model tomorrow.” RJ Mitte (another heartthrob, the son from Breaking Bad) was talking to Alessandria Ambrosio and they both looked real good. We sort of felt like we were playing Deer Hunter, but with celebrities, and whatever was cool that we could share with you was worth points. There wasn’t open bar so I paid $12 for their cheapest beer. We decided we were done running around looking for the best party/pum-pum/turn-up/jump-off and looked out over the skyline. Hari sighed in relief, “I’m living for the Freedom Tower; I’m living for the moon.”

All photos by Corey Olsen

Breaking it Down: The Spring Trends from #NYFW

It took eight full days for New York Fashion Week to sweep us into spring submission, now the only thing we want to pull out of our closets are the shoes and fabrics of tomorrow – or was it of yesterday? The ‘90s were a big influence on the collections. So what cropped up over and over (aside from crop tops)?

Gleaming lamé made an appearance or three. At Proenza Schouler, pleated skirts revealed the shiny silver and gold materials interspersed between black, white, and the palest cream. 

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Joseph Altuzarra cut liquid skirts and dresses out of lamé as well, and slits up-to-there allowed the fabric to flow as it pleased.

Altuzarra

One of the Thakoon dresses had lamé thread and flower appliques strewn over the whole number.

Thakoon

Lamé wasn’t the only thing shining on the runways; other sparkling threads made appearances as well: at Richard Chai, light-catching navy paillettes had a similar effect. Wes Gordon did it with a silver skirt that looked like blown up and loosely woven chainmail.

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Suno embroidered its African collection with gold thread.

Suno

 

It’s probably because we all just want to look cool that designers are re-upping the bomber jacket. The jackets appear in collections from Jonathan Simkhai, Richard Chai, Victoria Beckham and Peter Som… the list goes on.

Jonathan Simkhai

 

Ginghams, plaids, and checks of all colors and sizes graced the runways, too, harkening again to the good old ‘90s. In watercolors, blown up just shy of recognition, and as delicate graph paper pattern, Tess Giberson, Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Suno, and Araks all took part. 

Derek Lam

A Look at Fashion Week So Far

The spring 2014 shows are here, and a few varied trends are beginning to emerge. 

The collection at Cushnie et Ochs was primarily white and black, though grey and purple also held their own. Jason Wu’s collection graduated similarly, from metallic to white, to a pale and deepening blue, to taupe-y tan then black. Helmut Lang was another vision in white, black, and shocks of pink. As with the spring that passed, across the board it seems that spring 2014 will be full of options in back and white. 
 
In stark contrast to the minimalistic colors, some designers showed brights, pastels and plenty of prints. Newcomer Chris Gelinas who hails from such houses as Theyskens’ Theory and Balenciaga, added alpaca fur to an orange viscose pea coat, contrasting natural with synthetic over silk georgette prints inspired by sun bleaching.   
 
Suno, with its boxy silhouette, stayed true to character, offering florals in purple and pink, digitized plaids, and even a zebra – not zebra print, but images of the animal itself – in color. 
 
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photo via Peter Som
 
Among all the fashion, some good news for the core fusion studios of the world: crop tops don’t seem to be going anywhere. Richard Chai, Suno, Peter Som, BCBG, and Rag & Bone all showed off the midriff.
 
At Rag & Bone, crop tops were paired with tearaway pants in what else but black and white. If we couldn’t get enough of tearaways in fifth grade, does that mean we’re too old to wear them now? Here’s hoping the answer is no. Rag & Bone continued with the sporty themes, showing tennis sweaters, referee-referential stripes, polo shirts, and drawstring pants. 
 
The easiest, most interesting DIY nail of fashion week so far came courtesy of editorial manicurist Jin Soon Choi, whose Obsidian polish was simply swiped on sans base or top coat, then artily wiped away with a makeup sponge. There’s no waiting for your nails to dry before texting with this mani – the imperfections are what made it so perfect to contrast against the preppy models at Tess Giberson, and also what makes it so perfect for the girl on the go. 
 
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photo via JINsoonTess
 
There’s more to come, so stay tuned!
 
Main photo courtesy of Arden Wray

Fashion Week Beauty Trend: Hair That Speaks Volumes Without Having to Do Much

Fashion week is here, and with one unofficial and a second official day in, trends are beginning to emerge. Three occurrences and a trend it makes, yes? So in the case of Veronica Beard, Honor and Richard Chai (three brands with entirely different aesthetics) the trend that emerged had more to do with an attitude—and the attitude came in the form of hair. 

You have to hand it to Veronica Beard, the doubly eponymously named collection made by and for working mothers who are managing to keep it together. Zip-away dickies are prevalent in their collections, so it only makes sense that the Veronica Beard woman could make do with one thing and turn it into a wonderful other. For instance, men’s hair product: Hair stylists from O&M made it look as though Veronica had simply dipped her fingers into her boyfriend’s gel and swiftly swooshed it through before rushing out to begin her day. Now it’s hers. 
 
 
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photo courtesy of Veronica Beard
 
Like haphazard lip stain applied in the back of a moving taxi, there’s something enviable about these looks, as if the wearer didn’t put much thought to it, but managed to hop out of the car or shower looking cool anyway. Though more effort went into the hair backstage at Veronica Beard, the nonchalant I just stole my boyfriend’s product before running out with wet hair and I still look hot is there, and we want to be her. And why wouldn’t we? She’s got more important things to do than stand in front of a mirror preening. But let’s not forget that looks are still important, or we wouldn’t be here, would we?
 
What’s true of one show was true of a few, though the iterations of undone hair varied with the clothing from Couldn’t-Be-Bothered to Goodtime Gal, depending on the designer. At both Veronica Beard and Honor, the hairstyle implied that maybe the hair had been done. It’s just that it had been done the night before. The only togetherness that mattered was that of the outfit. To hell with the hair!–in the best possible way.
 
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photo courtesy of @pfpicardi via Instagram
 
At Honor, no matter how pretty the tailored jackets with floral lace applique and ultra sweet dresses, it was as if none of the girls could have been bothered to do her hair, or rather redo her hair after a roll in the hay, according to hair stylist James Pecis. He created the loose ponytails with even looser curls and a spray of tiny floral pins that could have passed for accidental wildflowers. Though the clothes may suggest otherwise, this season the Honor woman hasn’t necessarily kept hers—and all the more power to her. 
 
Following the practical lead but in a more youthful fashion was the Richard Chai LOVE model. Her hair was tidy—a bit of a change from Honor and Veronica Beard—but it boasted the same nonchalance. Center parts kept neat with Aveda Men Pure-Formance Liquid Pomade made for purposeful hat-hair; all the better with which to whip off a beanie or toss on a snapback without fretting where the ponytail/topknot/whispies go. 
 
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photo couresty of Richard Chai
 
With wildly varying aesthetics, these shows still managed to keep perfectly undone hair in common, though all in differing forms. If the hair theme of the season is unkempt cool, count me in. We could all use more time in the day. 
 
Main image: photo by Dan Lecca.

Follow Your Icons: Channeling Spring 2011 Beauty

Big brows, wait—no brows. Right? Or was it red lips with white eyeliner? The hangover from the just-passed NYC fashion week high has me jumping the gun on trends, and questioning what I need to be pulling out of my beauty kit for spring. An easy way to keep the trends straight: get behind your icons. Here are 5 uncommon muses – from the worlds of cinema, music, and fashion – to channel this spring.

Robert Palmer Girls image Slicked back hair, kohl-rimmed eyes, and ruby lips on runways like Gucci and Zac Posen.

The 5th Element, aka Leeloo image Orange lips, eyes, and sometimes even hair bring out the “supreme being” on the Spring 2011 runways like J. Mendel, Ohne Titel, Imitation, Milly, and Stéphane Rolland (during Paris Haute Couture) Biba image Super-smoky eyes colored in lash to brow at Chanel and dark eyes paired with deep lips at the Spring 2011 Marc Jacobs show.

Margot Tenenbaum image Richard Chai and Jen Kao love the moody look of Margot’s fully rimmed eyes.

Avatar image Eyes were in 3D bright blue on the runways like Oscar de la Renta and Dennis Basso.

Fetherston For Juicy Couture, Chai & Scott Branch Out

Up and coming designers Richard Chai, Jeremy Scott and Erin Fetherston are all branching out with new collections this year that extend beyond their namesake brands. Chai has joined Scott in designing for Alternative Apparel. Keeping right in line with Vena Cava’s soon-to-launch line of lower-priced cotton tees and dresses and Alexander Wang’s T by Alexander Wang, these two capsule collections include solely pieces “made from crazy-soft fabrics like linen jersey and modal silk that you could easily sleep in,” says Refinery 29, who will be the exclusive retailer for the collection. Chai created three separate, dynamic tees for Alternative Apparel, while Scott worked his magic on “a sleeved dress, a hooded number and a super-fierce catsuit,” adds Refinery 29. But, the best part is undoubtedly the price point: styles start at $69. The only catch: you can’t snooze; the collection is only up for grabs for a month.

Fetherston, who has collaborated with Target in the past, is taking on a decidedly more lengthy design commitment. Teaming up with fellow California bred brand Juicy Couture, Fetherston will take on the role of guest designer and creative consultant for both the company’s SS11 and FW11 collections. “In recent months, retailers have said the apparel needs to be reenergized and move beyond the iconic track suit,” says Women’s Wear Daily. (Yes, finally someone has take on the obvious.) The move is surely a schematic one. Fetherston boats mainstream appeal and high-fashion cred (read: she’s received Wintour’s stamp of approval), so her move to Juicy Couture is likely to be sizable boost for the brand. While it may seem like an odd pairing, it turns out the designer’s relationship with velour track suits (which are approaching their 10th anniversary) began years ago. Fetherston “who grew up in the Bay Area… wore Juicy Couture in high school,” says WWD.

Topman Reinvents the T-Shirt

Topman is adding to the plethora of designer collaborations currently sweeping the fashion industry with a project that’s just for the boys. “Following up on their Black Trouser Project, British retailer Topman look towards some of fashions hottest designers to be a part of their upcoming White Tee Project,” says Hypebeast. Designers from Henry Holland and Phillip Lim to Richard Chai and J. W. Anderson have signed on to participate in the endeavor. The limited-edition collection hits Topman’s virtual racks May 28.

While in the past I’ve griped about the abundance of designer partnerships taking place these days (which, in some cases, can water down a burgeoning brand’s image thanks to the inevitable dilution that comes when pairing a newbie with a mega brand), I think the idea of having multiple designers update a classic clothing staple (i.e. Gap’s inviting Rodarte, Phillip Lim, and more to update the basic white button-up last year) typically produces great one-offs at reasonable price points. Besides, it’s great exposure for lesser-known lines. Speaking of, don’t be surprised if you see a few women rocking the fruits of this collaboration come spring. I, for one, am eyeing Juun J’s side-zip creation.