The Sophie Théallet Treatment
Toasting the Designer's Gramercy Park Hotel Collaboration
Color, sex appeal, and an offhanded nonchalance are the hallmarks of Sophie Théallet's clothes. Could there be a better woman to whip up the Rose Bar cocktail waitresses' new dresses? Aby and Samantha Boardman Rosen didn't seem to think so. Last night, they celebrated the designer's collaboration with the Gramercy Park Hotel with a dinner party. Rula Jebreal, Hannah Bronfman, Tamara Mellon, and Alina Cho turned up to raise a glass.
Over French onion soup and 30-day aged sirloin, Jebreal and Bronfman traded notes on Eleuthera and St. Bart's, while Mickey Boardman quizzed tablemates about their New Year's resolutions. Midway through the meal, Samantha made her toast. Warming up, she shared the story of Sophie's process; the designer apparently studied the history of the hotel, "the official version and the seedier version," and spent time hanging out with the waitresses before she put pencil to sketch paper. "The key for Sophie," she went on, "was to make the girls feel good. As a psychiatrist, I can tell you that feeling good matters. So I'd like to thank her for the visual Prozac."