August 23 2014

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All Jazzed Up For Coquette Atelier


The twenties were roaring loud and clear last night at Bergdorf Goodman’s BG restaurant, where Linda Fargo (who was looking fabulous in a Jerry Hall for Thierry Mugler, champagne-colored lace pantsuit with matching bunny ears) and company toasted the launch of ready-to-wear line Coquette Atelier. Guests including Uma Thurman, Kim Cattrall, Woody Harrelson, Angela Bassett, Fred Armisen, and Paz de la Huerta enjoyed an evening of live jazz in the venue, which was Deco-ed out, right down to the napkins, matchbooks, and old-school cocktails. Rona Gaye Stevenson and Cassandra Grey, the design duo behind the new, Los Angeles-based label, scour vintage markets far and wide for one-of-a-kind pieces (like the suit Fargo was wearing) to rework. (Grey is the wife of Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, which may help to explain the heavy Hollywood quotient.)

“I’m not telling you my secrets, but I shop all over,” Stevenson told Grey added, “It’s like we’re waiting for impeccably dressed socialites to die.” The main event was the performance by vocalists Alice Smith and Frieda Lee, who just so happens to be Stevenson’s mother. They cooed and scatted along to tunes like the Gershwin classic ” ‘S Wonderful.” Lee had never performed in New York before and dedicated her set to “the love of all things fashion, history, Chicago, and, of course, jazz.”

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