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August 23 2014

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You May Be Ready For These Jellies

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“This is the only way to have a party,” Erin Wasson announced last night, looking breezy in cream linen overalls at Milk Studios’ penthouse patio on the Hudson. Behind her, the sky had turned tangerine and yachts slid by on the purple water while Leigh Lezark and the MisShapes manned the DJ booth. “What better way to spend the evening than watching the sunset with a cocktail?”

Guests like Dree Hemingway, Cory Kennedy, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian, Carly Cushnie, and Michelle Ochs seemed to agree. Their host, the Brazilian plastic-sandal maker Melissa, was celebrating its new collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier, who designed a rubbery stiletto, but he’s only the latest of many. A retrospective of 30 years of collaborative jelly footwear from guest designers past and present lined a few display vitrines. (Beyoncé, if you ever condescend to wear flats, you may like Thierry Mugler’s gold, genie-ish slip-on from the early eighties.) Nearby, a film by Lola Schnabel played against a studio scrim, and a piece by tattooer-turned-art-star Scott Campbell—a sheet of dollar bills, perforated by a heart—hung on a wall. It fluttered in the river breeze and Campbell, too, admired the view. “Every party should be like this,” he said. “They’ve spoiled us.”

Inside was the art, but outside was the action, where revelers sipped Champagne and cachaça cocktails. (The bravest accepted shots from circulating waiters.) Co-host Lorenzo Martone (with Hemingway, left), another successful Brazilian export, surveyed the crowd. “I guess I have really good friends,” he said. “It just makes sense to me—they are a summer brand and they haven’t had a party. I said, we need to have a party.” Irrefutable logic.

Photo: Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan.com

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