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April 16 2014

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15 posts tagged "Byrdie Bell"

A Maje Moment For Alexa Chung

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While most Manhattanites stayed in last night to watch the live vice presidential debate, a crowd still turned out to Hotel Americano to toast Maje’s newest campaign girl, Alexa Chung. In case there is any question of American patriotism here, the brand’s founder and designer Judith Milgrom put an end to that debate. “We want to become the most American, French brand,” said Milgrom, who opened the first New York Maje store last October and followed with a series of small stores throughout the city. The focus last night, however, was on one of Britain’s most stylish exports. “I just love the way Alexa looks in the clothes, especially what she’s wearing tonight,” said Milgrom of Chung’s silk top.

Milgrom and her muse certainly seem in sync. “I went into the studio with a sketch of a green miniskirt—and they already had one,” Chung said, in between chatting with her pals like Dev Hynes, Hilary Rhoda, and DJ Alix Browne. Though Chung’s own clothing line has been postponed, there’s no shortage of upcoming projects en queue. On her forthcoming book, she said, “[It's] mainly my style icons. The rest is top secret.” As she watched the evening’s performers, Chicago-based Wild Belle, she said one thing she won’t be doing is putting out an album. “God, no. I can’t sing at all,” she admitted. While the sibling duo continued their act, guests streamed in, coming from another French affair, the Krug House party, happening a little further downtown at a multi-story private town house on West 15th Street. The cause for celebration was, quite simply, fashion’s favorite beverage: Champagne. By 10 p.m., the partygoers (including Byrdie Bell, Genevieve Jones, and the night’s performer MNDR) had guzzled up most of the bubbly and then, it was over.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / BFAnyc.com

Fifteen And Fendi

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Tonight in New York, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Byrdie Bell, and Hilary Rhoda are hosting a bash at Fendi’s Fifth Avenue outpost to fête the 15th anniversary of the Fendi Baguette. To celebrate the iconic bag, a longtime celebrity favorite, the label has at last unveiled its 250-plus-page book, Fendi Baguette, as a tribute today, along with six vintage re-editions (starting at $2,170). Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at one of the vintage bags featured in the tome.

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi

Studded Thongs And Boob Tape On The Bowery—Just Another Evening After Work

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At first glance, the scene at the Bowery Hotel last night appeared like your average Thursday night—a low-key crowd having post-work drinks among friends. That’s essentially what it was. Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll (above) were toasting to the completion of their Resort collections, with an impressive crowd of guests, including Giovanna Battaglia, Byrdie Bell, Hilary Rhoda, Jen Brill, and Terry Richardson.

It was a fashion fête with none of the fanfare that usually comes with it. Maybe that was the result of the designers’ laid-back attitudes toward Resort. “It is fun to do because it’s not as serious,” Saunders told Style.com. “You get to show what you might not typically do.” Typical or not, both designers seemed to have naughty dressing on the mind. Saunders was thinking of newly-minted Fashion Icon (according to the CFDA, at least) Lady Gaga. “I really don’t know how she sat in a studded thong for so long. It must have really hurt her bum,” Saunders said of the pop queen’s ensemble at Monday night’s CFDA Awards. (Her stylist, Nicola Formichetti, was standing nearby; if he knew, he wasn’t saying.) “That was truly impressive.”

For Giovanna Battaglia, naughty was so nice she may have to do it twice. She’d shown plenty of skin in a vintage Stephen Sprouse dress at Cannes, and, she said, “I love it so much I am going to find another event to wear it for.” The downside of a barely-there gown? “I’m going to have to tape my [boobs] in—now that was a top-secret process. I can’t share the details.”

Photo: Chris Ford / BFAnyc.com

Zahm Looks For Love
(But First, A Dance At Le Bain)

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Last night, a heavy wind put a slight damper on what was to be Zadig & Voltaire’s dinner on the rooftop of the Standard. Instead of a windblown dinner, guests were served bite-sized sliders and sea bass downstairs, hot tub-side at Le Bain. But there was less eating going on than boogieing. The evening’s host, Purple‘s Olivier Zahm, who shoots the ad campaigns for the French label, spent much of his time chatting up Dree Hemingway (pictured with Zahm, above) and Byrdie Bell, and getting down on the dance floor with Irina Lazareanu and Eniko Mihalik (pictured with Zahm, top). “It’s a good floor to dance on; you can slide but not too much,” Zahm mused of the tiles.

Think of that dancing as research—Zahm is thinking of his next Z&V shoot and wants to focus on paramours. “I told them I want to shoot couples,” he said. “We haven’t decided yet, but one day it will be me with my new girlfriend.” (Zahm is newly single, a fact he announced with a heartfelt post on Purple‘s blog that set off a chain of online condolences.) Last night, he said he’s ready to change because “I’m always losing the one I love.”

But it’s not only his approach to romance that may evolve; it’s his look, too. “For men, it’s not easy to not be silly when you follow fashion. For a man your look has to be organic. I think I’m getting more and more into fashion. I want a cleaner look. It’s a softer touch because I feel like I need to be,” he says, gesturing to his ensemble, which included a black velvet dinner jacket. “Girls like it softer, right?”

Whoo Is Oh Land?

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A former ballerina with a funny name may soon be the fashion set’s new favorite music act. Either way, expect to hear more about Danish electro-pop artist Oh Land (pictured) in coming months. Sony’s Epic Records is putting out her EP in September and her debut album in early 2011, and Missoni has gotten on board early, selecting Oh Land (née Nanna Øland Fabricius) as a face for M Missoni and as the evening’s entertainment for its summer party last night at Le Bain. Maryna Linchuk, Ann Dexter-Jones, and Byrdie Bell were all on hand to give a listen.

Oh Land has only been in New York since January, and writes and performs (solo, using drum machine and synthesizer) from a very specific place: “This land where big city and skyscrapers and great nature and mountains and valleys come together—my little musical church,” she explained post-performance. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the keeper of that church is a total stunner.

M Missoni had dressed her in a bat-winged tunic that gave her freedom to sway and ripple during her set. “I love what I’m wearing right now and I feel really comfortable in it,” Oh Land said, flapping her arms. “Like a big owl.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan