The Ronson Clan Fêtes Charlotte's Latest JCPenney Offerings
Charlotte Ronson collaborated this season with her stepfather, Foreigner front man Mick Jones, on a line of limited-edition I Heart Ronson for JCPenney tees inspired by the band's album cover art. Foreigner, in turn, headlined the party Ronson hosted last night at Milk Studios in L.A. to celebrate the new collection. "It's actually more nerve-racking playing in front of friends and family than total strangers," admitted Jones backstage. "But the party atmosphere here helps."
Also in the crowd of young Hollywood types like Rashida Jones, Nikki Reed, and Olivia Thirlby were Ronson's music producer brother, Mark, and her DJ sister, Samantha. Asked what the family's secret to success is, Charlotte smiled, "Our mother. She always encouraged us to just find something you're passionate about and go for it." A bout of food poisoning kept Ann Dexter-Jones from the party, but she was there in spirit. Drawing up his sleeve to reveal a diamond-studded bracelet, Mick Jones said, "Ann designed these for all of us to wear. It's a clan thing. Are you wearing yours, Samantha?"
She had to admit she wasn't, but bracelets or no, it's clear that this is a tight-knit brood. "Who loves Charlotte Ronson?" Samantha asked the crowd before beginning the acoustic set that served as a warm-up act for Foreigner. The band, which goes on tour next week, took the stage to jam out its classics along with songs that've been reproduced by Mark Ronson. He and Samantha ended the night on the turntables. The family that plays together, indeed.