It's a Family Affair
It's all coming together for the Flatiron District's Ace Hotel: a buzzy restaurant, an underground club, a fragrant coffee shop, and, as of last night, some hotly anticipated retail in the form of an Opening Ceremony boutique. Friends of owners Carol Lim and Humberto Leon oohed and aahed on their way into dinner at the hotel's Breslin restaurant, with Ryan McGinley admiring the green hue of some garment bags ("So beautiful!") and Jason Schwartzman fawning over the store's neon Tumi luggage and almost complete collection of Criterion art-house DVDs. "There's a couple that are out of print that aren't there," the actor confided, then added, "I have every one of them—it's my most prized possession."
"We're kind of nerds," Leon admitted—the kind of nerds, that is, that prefer Margiela feather pens and velvet espadrilles to standard hotel-shop offerings. The evening (which also celebrated the opening of the Ace's No. 8a boutique) wasn't all about cool merch, though. After midnight, Solange Knowles performed with the Dirty Projectors in the hotel's downstairs party space, and the dinner at the Breslin gave an intimate group of the store's fans the opportunity to table-hop and chat over buttery biscuits and suckling pig. Terence Koh talked about collaborating with Jeff Koons at the New Museum, while Michael Stipe shared an analysis of Lady Gaga's music ("Five hooks in one song!") with P.S.1 director Klaus Biesenbach. Kirsten Dunst said she wasn't in the mood for shopping, but hoped Leon might give her the pair of vintage sunglasses she'd tried on in the shop. (Seems only fair, considering her solid work in the latest OC short film.) A little give and take, why not? "It's a family affair at this point," Dunst said.