September 1 2014

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Minimalism Warms Up At Reed Krakoff


“I think true minimalism came and had its moment,” Reed Krakoff (left, with wife Delphine) explained last night at his new Madison Avenue flagship. Surprising words from a designer whose silhouettes are renowned for their streamlined fluidity, and one who had Stella Tennant—that androgynous avatar of nineties restraint—open his Spring 2011 runway show. (She’ll host the designer’s Saks debut next week, too.) “I’m calling what I do now a warm minimalism. It has minimalist roots—but it’s really more about New York style, pared down,” he clarified. Fitting, then, that the occasion was a benefit fête for the Director’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York. “There’s a renewed acceptance of romance and femininity”—and certainly, the uptown set shopping over cocktails, including Zani Gugelmann, Tara Rockefeller, and Celerie Kemble, looked plenty accepting indeed.

Fall was in the air and the temperatures were cooling, but, Krakoff said, “I’m excited that everyone else also seems to be going lighter and brighter again. Things are warming up.” That would appear to apply to the brand’s expansion plans, too. The new RK flagship on Madison is up and running, as is Tokyo’s, and stores are being planned worldwide. “It’s pretty systematic,” he said modestly. “I create a unified concept and apply it to everything. The clothing will inform the shoes; the shoes will inform the bags.” he explains. And, now, the jewelry, too; you’ll be able to purchase his newest runway baubles, made with Christian Astuguevielle, at his New York and Tokyo stores next season.

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury / Patrick McMullan

Brooks Brothers Caters To Bow-Tied Neo-Dandies


“My Facebook profile photo is a painting of me in a bow tie when I was four,” says K. Cooper Ray, the relentlessly dapper founder of men’s etiquette guide “I came by this honestly.” The Alabama native was up north last night to launch his line of collaborative bow ties with Brooks Brothers. A look at the crowd suggests four-year-old Ray was on to something. At every corner, bow-curious neo-dandies were knotted up in the Social Primer for Brooks Brothers ties, reversible silk and cotton weaves in BBQ-ready stars, stripes, and polka dots—often, in mash-up combinations, all at once. With the bow tie, propriety is all, which may (or may not) explain the roster of hosts from the upper echelons of the social strata: Euan Rellie (and wife Lucy Sykes Rellie), Boykin Curry (and wife Celerie Kemble), Peter Gregory (and wife Jamee), and Luigi Tadini, plus Amanda Hearst and Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler for good measure. “Cooper and I share a feeling for manners,” explains co-host Tadini, navigating a team of waiters toting country club fare, “and for Brooks Brothers.” His boss, Mickey Boardman, agrees: Bow ties are all well and good—provided “you have people to tie them for you.”

The tying’s hard; the interpretation, according to the arbiter, is easy. “I just love a bow tie,” says Ray, who has relocated to Charleston, S.C., to work on a book version of Social Primer. “It just makes people smile. Whether they are smiling at you or with you, I don’t know—I embrace it!”

Social Primer bowties, $59.50, available at select Brooks Brothers locations nationwide,

Photos: Courtesy of Brooks Brothers

Dusting Off “Survive” To Help Others Survive, Too


Last night’s “Hold Your Head Up High” fête, hosted by Mariska Hargitay, Bronson Van Wyck, Celerie Kemble, Amanda Brooks, and Moby, benefited the domestic- and sexual-abuse outreach nonprofit, so what better anthem could there be for the event than disco evergreen “I Will Survive”? The guest list included Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet, Christopher Meloni, and Helen Lee Schifter, but the real draw was Gloria Gaynor, on hand to “relaunch” her famous single in the group’s honor. In tribute, all assembled were decked out in enough sequins, faux Afros, platforms, and headbands for a visit to Studio 54.

“I never get to see live music in New York!” Bonnie Morrison said as the opening band, featuring chanteuse Laura Dawn and Moby on bass, took the stage. Architect Richard Meier considered dancing, but thought better of it as a crew of guys with feathered, light-up Trojan helmets surrounded him. Onstage, Moby hopped from bass to guitar and then back to bass for the disco diva’s much-awaited appearance. “Let’s do this!” Gaynor cooed before belting out her iconic single. Afterward, Moby chatted about how it all came together. “We all wanted to be part of a band and so we just started playing together,” the musician said. How about Gloria? “Oh, that was random,” he explained. But pretty spectacular nonetheless.


League Of Extraordinary Handbags


At last night’s party for less-than-a-year-old bespoke label The Gentlemen’s League at Noho boutique Début, fans old and new came through to check out the über-personalized canvas bags hand-decorated by portraitist and graphic designer Adam Razak. An old fan was spotted with a heavily embellished carryall covered in fauna (which, at $10,000, Razak later told us, was the line’s priciest creation to date), while new fans contemplated what they would choose for their own bags—medieval weaponry, a portrait of a loved one (popular among the League’s L.A. clientele), or, perhaps, just a simple monogram? Razak and partner Seth Stevens work out of a studio in Chelsea, and the beauty of their bags is that they can be whatever the wearer wants them to be. Starting at $2,500, prices are calculated by hours worked, and bags are delivered, after a series of one-on-one meetings with the designers, in two weeks to a month. Zaldy and Celerie Kemble both have Gentlemen’s totes—which says something about the line’s reach—and last night’s party generated plenty of buzz. For now the designs are rendered in shades of black, indelible ink (the bags are sprayed with a protective layer to ensure nothing budges), but Razak hasn’t ruled out the possibility of color in the future. “We have to give them something to look forward to,” the new businessman said sagely.

Photo: Courtesy of The Gentlemen’s League