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Don't Go for Second Best

System magazine celebrates its sophomore issue

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Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski may be based in Europe, but New York is one of their many stomping grounds. Last night, they feted the second issue of their magazine, System, over champagne and canapés at the sprawling Soho loft of David Perry. Launched last spring by von Guttman and Niedzielski, along with former Numéro editor Jonathan Wingfield and Paradis art director Thomas Lenthal, the biannual was under some pretty intense pressure to outdo itself. "The second issue is always more difficult, because the expectations are higher," said von Guttman during the soiree, which drew contributors and fans such as Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Gaia Repossi, Francisco Costa, and Olivier Theyskens. "We started with a scoop," added Niedzielski, referring to the first issue's post-Balenciaga interview with Nicolas Ghesquière. "So to keep that level of excitement up is always a bit tricky." Considering the team's sophomore offering features not only a Q&A with but also an unsolicited manifesto from Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo, we'd say they didn't do too shabby of a job.

While flipping through System's freshly printed pages, guests were treated to some classical French tunes—sung by the magazine's managing editor, Blake Abbie. And later, between deejay sets, catwalker-cum-crooner Jamie Bochert performed. "I'm going to do four quiet, kind-of-sad songs," the model told us. "Hopefully, I won't put everybody in a bad mood." Quite the contrary. Swathed in a vintage Ossie Clark top and a vampy Marc Jacobs skirt, Bochert enchanted the likes of Anja Rubik (who cuddled on the couch with hubby Sasha Knezevic) and stylist Melanie Ward (who's featured in the latest issue) with her rich, somber voice. "Only two more sad songs," she announced before breaking in to Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." "Then we'll go dance." And sure enough, after the applause ended, dance they did.

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