Reece Hudson and W Hotels Celebrates Premiere of ‘All In’

“I feel relaxed,” said New York-based accessories designer Reece Solomon last night at the private dinner and screening of “All In,” a short film showcasing the Reece Hudson Spring 2013 collection. “I’m just excited for everyone to see it.” It was an intimate night inside the W New York – Union Square, where the film was shot. Solomon, clad in a vintage velvet dress, and the film’s director, Jenna Elizabeth, wearing a stunning Alexander Wang number, chatted among friends.

Guests included designer Charlotte Ronson, “Man Repeller” Leandra Medine, and Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, who provided the playlist for the night. “I’m a fan,” said Miller. “They gave me one of the Bowery [bags]. I’m obsessed…they said, ‘we don’t have a DJ,’ and I was like, ‘give me another bag, and I’ll make you a mix…’”

The film, soundtracked by Glass Candy’s “Digital Versicolor” and shot in a ballroom of the hotel, revolves around a game of strip poker. On the screen, you’ll find actors Brady Corbet, Rebecca Dayan, models Carola Remer, Codie Young, and Jamie Strachan—you’ll also spot thebags, the Bondage Miniaudière, the Rogue Clutch, and the Bowery Oversized Zip Top Clutch (available at Barneys in February).

The women, who have been friends for years, collaborated on a fashion film (featuring Chanel Iman) last season. “We instantly got along,” said Solomon. “One of Jenna’s and my bonding points is our love, or rather obsession, with dark, twisted subject matter, and how to portray it in a way that is never obscene or objectifying to women, but rather feels fresh and fun.”

Elizabeth feels the same. “A lot of our references stem from the same place, so it is easy to move forward with like-minded ideas,” she said.

So, what does the filmmaker want audiences to take from the short? “I want people to leave with a sense of crushing their memories of youth,” she said. “I think every once and awhile it is important to deconstruct one’s own sense of experimentation and impulses, for better or worse. That’s where you find the value of what you stand for. When you can ask yourself, ‘how did it end up this way, would I do it again, and at what costs?’ I think it is good to flirt with darkness—it can act as a good cleanse.”

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New York Preview: Lilium

I’m excited about the impending opening of Lilium at the W New York – Union Square, and not just because it’s a stone’s throw from BlackBook’s editorial offices. No, it’s because Lilium is the 25th venue to emerge from the Gerber Group, and I’ve never had anything less than a grand time at their other bars, which include, but are not limited to, Stone Rose Lounge (where Patton Oswalt and I sampled gin-based cocktails) and Whiskey Park (where Vinny Guadagnino and I recently tasted winter warmers).

Lilium has a lot going for it. Its location makes it convenient as both an early-evening spot for pre-dinner drinks and a proper late-night destination to add to your downtown bar-hopping repertoire. It was designed by Gulla Jonsdottir, with all kinds of eye-catching flourishes, and will feature nightly DJs spinning good old rock ‘n’ roll. As for the libations, bartenders will ply patrons with classic cocktails and hearty pours of small batch whiskeys. And if it’s true to the DNA of both the Gerber Group and the W, it will achieve that perfect balance of uptown class and downtown cool we’ve come to expect.

Lilium opens on December 12.