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April 21 2014

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8 posts tagged "Arden Wohl"

Please, Do Touch The Art

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Last night at Artisanal House, a renovated Chelsea town home turned gallery, Victoria Bartlett presented her Spring 2013 VPL collection to close friends and fans. But in true VPL style, this was no ordinary presentation; rather, it was a fusion of art, fashion, and whimsy, a combo the designer has mastered. Bartlett transformed the modern space via art by jewelry designer Jill Platner (who also co-hosted the event with Il Buco’s Donna Lennard). And while some guests weren’t exactly sure how to navigate around the jeweler-cum-artist’s giant moving honeycomb sculptures that dangled from the ceiling, Platner encouraged them to interact with the works. “It’s meant to move! It’s meant to be touched!” she assured. Bartlett enlisted a little audience participation, too. The designer asked some of her closest friends, like Arden Wohl, Julie Gilhart, and Tomoko Ogura, to model her new wares. Each picked out her favorite Spring 2013 VPL dress to flaunt. “We’ve got an army of really strong women!” said Bartlett of her models. “They’re all like family.”

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The It Girls Were Honor-Bound

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Honor’s first retail store debuted quietly a month and a half ago, but the year-old New York womenswear label picked the perfect spring evening for its opening fête. “It was actually planned as a pop-up shop,” designer Giovanna Randall explained yesterday. “But then when all the fixtures came in, it looked so beautiful, it just felt right to stay.” Located on a cobblestoned Meatpacking District street (“My first job in New York was in Meatpacking,” Randall added), the two-floor long rectangular space was light-filled and airy. The Spring collection lined the glossy ivory walls, and down a flight of steps there was a very chic library of sorts: Arty tomes ranging from Henri Rousseau to portraits of Catherine Deneuve were stacked neatly, there, perhaps, for boyfriends waiting out a lady’s spree.

The ladies were in full force last night—owing, perhaps, to the coterie of It girls who hosted the party (with Randall, center, above), including Lily Kwong, Lesley M.M. Blume, and Arden Wohl, and the one—Alexandra Richards, fresh off a plane from Turks and Caicos—who did deejay duties. (Randall reported that she showed up straight from the airport, still wearing her bikini.) The charity connection—Honor made a donation to New Yorkers for Children for the fête—added to the jovial mood, too. But most of all, perhaps, the warm weather gave the evening its happy buzz. “Finally! We’re so overdue for this,” co-host Kwong said, noting all the ladies in bold pink, garden florals, and white frocks. “But look at me, I’m still wearing black.” With a trip to Tulum, Mexico, on the horizon, Kwong would be wearing her own sunny pieces soon enough. Meanwhile, for some, the season meant turning over a new leaf—for the wardrobe, that is. “It’s time for spring cleaning,” Ten Underwear designer Daphne Javitch noted. “I’m super-organized. I just re-did my closet and I spent all weekend folding.”

Honor NYC is now open at 68 Gansevoort Street, NYC, (212) 225-2233.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

Blasblog: Dancing (And The Occasional Strip-Down Push-up) With The Dancers

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When I first moved to this big city, the New York City Ballet’s annual Dance With the Dancers benefit was one of my first fancy philanthropic experiences. So Monday night’s fête was both nostalgic and lovely: cocktails on the veranda as the sun set, tucked away in Lincoln Center’s southwest corner (which we’ll all be getting used to come September, when fashion week’s tents are shoved in there). It was all as I had remembered it to be—lots of bubbly, lots of turned-out young women and ballet bodies draped in chiffon. At our table, the honorary chair, Maggie Gyllenhaal, sat between the pregnant Sarah Sophie Flicker and the also pregnant Yelena Yemchuk (pictured, above, with Leith Clark)—cue the camera phone pics of babies passed back and forth (Gyllenhaal admitted she wants another soon). All in all, the usual gala politesse—until, that is, after cocktails, when the company’s dancers busted a dance-off. One group did a Michael Jackson tribute; another, a Chippendales number that had three buffed male dancers spinning in nothing but red underwear, bow ties, and cuff links. It was a gamble: The uptown crowd that came to the David H. Koch Theater were probably expecting tutus and point shoes, not yellow lingerie and flexing physiques. But benefit chairwoman Arden Wohl, for one, was happy to see some of the world’s best dancers let loose. “Look, they’re having fun,” she said, praising the fabulous form of the men’s topless push-ups.

Photo: Nick Hunt / Patrick McMullan

The In Crowd Likes The Maidstone Inn

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Granted, the best way to weekend in the Hamptons is by scoring a bed from a friend with a house. But if those invitations are in short supply this season, you might consider booking a room at the Maidstone. The flagship American property of Swedish company c/o Hotels, the 19-room c/o the Maidstone opens this weekend, taking over an East Hampton inn that dates back to the 1700′s. “We want our guests to feel like they’re living with friends when they stay with us,” explains c/o Hotels owner and creative director Jenny Ljungberg, who has nicknamed the Maidstone’s renovated aesthetic “Scandinavian cozy” and put slow-food restaurant the Living Room on the ground floor. Check in, and chances are you’ll run into some familiars—on the 22nd, Alec Baldwin is hosting a screening at the hotel; two days later, the Watermill Center benefit kicks off at the Maidstone with a cocktail party hosted by, among others, Amanda Hearst, Shamim M. Momin, and Arden Wohl; and a week after that, Donna Karan and Gaby Karan de Felice, Kelly Klein, Haley Binn, and Christie Brinkley set up shop for their “Mommy and Me Tea.” Three makes a trend, in other words, so it’s entirely possible c/o the Maidstone won’t have any free rooms at all. In which case, you might just have to sleep on the beach.

Photo: Courtesy of the Maidstone Inn

Blasblog: Happy Birthday To The Manor Born

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The lower left part of Manhattan that is Tribeca isn’t exactly known as a shopping hub. Sure, there’s an Issey Miyake down there and a few other things, but generally speaking it’s mostly new moms in Tory Burch flats than it is ultra-cool sylphs in Alaïa wedges or Margiela boots. That is, until a year ago, when Davinia Wang and Ryan Korban blew into the neighborhood with Edon Manor, their lovely and airy Greenwich Street store stocked with the hottest kicks that any uptown or downtown girl could ask for. Last night, Vanessa Traina and Jen Brill hosted an anniversary party for the shop, attracting a whole slew of the pretty young people down to De Niro-ville to sip Champagne and snack on Mr. Chow’s Chinese food from across the street. Piling into the store were the likes of Peaches Geldof, Arden Wohl, Alexander Wang, Ferebee Bishop Taube (who is pregnant, with twin boys no less), and models Shannan Click and Julia Stegner. Teen Vogue‘s Amy Astley, who lives nearby, observed, “This is the coolest crowd I think I’ve ever seen on Greenwich.” And it just kept getting cooler. Erin Wasson was one of the last to make it to the fête, exclaiming, “All I want to do now is put on my iPod and jam to some Wu-Tang.” I wonder if the Tribeca locals even know that The Wu-Tang is a rap group? “Nah, they probably think it’s a noodle,” replied Wasson. And they say women aren’t funny!

Photo: Neil Rasmus/PatrickMcMullan.com