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August 30 2014

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Chelsea Leyland Raves On

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Waris Ahluwalia and Chelsea LeylandTwenty-five is a pretty big birthday, and Chelsea Leyland had no doubts that the quarter-century mark was something she wanted to celebrate. Last night, the deejay teamed up with DKNY Jeans to throw a bash, and invited friends such as Hannah Bronfman, Dree Hemingway, Waris Ahluwalia, and Fiona Byrne to fete her special day. The girl-about-town donned a custom second-skin catsuit for the affair and transformed Studio 450 into a nineties-style rave, complete with lasers and smoke. “During my downtime, I like to go to Brooklyn raves,” she told Style.com. “So tonight I’m trying to create a more manicured, chic Brooklyn rave for Manhattan.”

And what’s a rave without great beats? Leyland (who, of course, knows a little something about music) handpicked deejays Mess Kid and Brenmar to spin, and asked her friend Kilo Kish to perform. As the night began to wind down, the singer led the crowd into “Happy Birthday,” and the rave transitioned into the expected hugs, cheers, and well-wishing. It seemed that the evening was a success—but wait a minute: Isn’t it a faux pas for a lady to reveal her age? Leyland shrugged off the old adage. “It’s not like I’m turning thirty-five,” she laughed. Although we have no doubt she’ll throw an equally impressive party for that milestone, too.

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Zigzag to the Beat

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Smokey JonesLast night, M Missoni—Missoni’s younger, sportier sister—threw a summertime soiree at New York’s Le Bain, celebrating not only the season but also its collaborative soundtrack, dubbed “M Missoni Is for Music,” produced in tandem with Epic Records’ L.A. Reid. The only snafu? It felt more like early fall, with temperatures dipping into the low sixties—ostensibly chilly compared to Manhattan’s extreme heat of late.

“I’m just glad it’s not boiling,” said Harley Viera-Newton, first up on the deejay roster. Jumpers and jackets were soon shed, however, as Le Bain’s terrace filled up and thawed. Guests, including Nicky Hilton, Erin Heatherton, and Jessica Hart, could be seen mingling at the bar or snow-cone machine in flirty M Missoni minis.

Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Missoni party without some zigzag action, so M Missoni placed chevron-ed dry-erase place mats and markers along tabletops, inviting partygoers to graffiti at will. “My first Missoni memory has to be my mother’s matching hat and coat,” offered Hannah Bronfman. “The hat had a fitted, bonnet-like top but a large, flat brim that fanned out like a pizza pie.”

Stepping in for Ginny Blackmore, who was slated to perform last night but wasn’t feeling well, crooner Smokey Jones (above) previewed a handful of songs from her forthcoming album. Afterward, Chelsea Leyland took the reins from Viera-Newton, spinning until security shooed everyone out. At night’s end, Dannijo’s Danielle Snyder summed it up best: “It’s funny. We were just in Saint-Tropez. Everyone wears Missoni there. It’s like a uniform—iconic summer!”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Scosha Serves It Up

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Tali Lennox, Scosha Woolridge, Jemima Kirke, and  Chelsea Leyland

“There’s something very tender about her jewelry,” said Jemima Kirke, referring to the work of her friend of over a decade, Scosha Woolridge. “You never have to take [her pieces] off, and they look like you’ve been wearing them forever.”

The two creatives, who met years ago in Mexico (Kirke’s family was there on vacation; Woolridge was traveling the world, painting and moonlighting as a masseuse at the hotel where the Kirkes stayed), joined forces to present the Williamsburg-based designer’s latest work at Soho’s Taka Taka yesterday afternoon. The presentation was kitschily—and quite cleverly—playful: Bold gold rings, delicate thread-woven bracelets, and handcrafted, North India-inspired sterling-silver and iris-blue necklaces circled the room via the Mexican-Japanese restaurant’s sushi conveyor belt.

Scosha's new collectionThe presentation included the Australian’s first fine-jewelry collection—a diverse assortment of intricately crafted ruby-, diamond-, turquoise-, and emerald-studded 14- to 22-karat gold and platinum rings and necklaces—alongside new men’s items (lots of fuss-free, effortlessly fine woven bracelets, and anklets punctuated with silver pendants) and beach-ready Resort pieces (bright opal and diamond-speckled baubles).

Chelsea Leyland and Tali Lennox shared a booth with Woolridge and Kirke, and guests sipped red and white sangria and nibbled on cucumber, shrimp, and Oaxaca rolls as the charms made their way through the room.

“This all started when I was traveling and backpacking in India,” said Woolridge of the inspiration for the various lines. “I loved the textures and was mesmerized by this little girl—she had her ear pierced by a needle and thread. It was so sculptural. So practical. It was all very organic.”

Photos: Paola + Murray

Masked Ravers And A Summer Soiree

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Christina Ricci at the Fresh Air Fund galaIt was New York’s first sticky evening of the season last night, so guests were glad that the Fresh Air Fund gala, held at Pier Sixty’s waterside venue, offered just that. Fresh Air Fund provides inner-city children with summer experiences out in the country, and the evening’s cause had guests talking about their own summer rituals, then and now. Richard Chai had a family camp in Connecticut growing up, and whenever Thakoon Panichgul gets out of the city, he’s an avid gardener. Christina Ricci recalled, “I worked as a child, so I didn’t spend a lot of time going to camp!” Except for once—who could forget Wednesday Addams’ stint at Camp Chippewa?

A few blocks up Eleventh Avenue at the McKittrick Hotel, Leigh Blake hosted a private performance of Sleep No More to launch her charity Act V’s new initiative, EndGame: The Global Campaign to Defeat AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

After the performance, the vodka started flowing, and a rave broke out in the McKittrick great hall. The venue had everyone in a noir, voyeuristic mood, and many guests—like Simon Doonan—chose to keep their Sleep No More masks on while dancing. “It is important to wear a mask when you get to my age and you haven’t had a face-lift,” joked Doonan. Before hitting the turntables, Chelsea Leyland, too, weighed in on the party accessories. “I feel like I’m in a Stanley Kubrick film,” she said. “Makes me want to be naughty.”

Photo: Taylor Hill / Getty Images

Big Party, Small World

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Invite-only social-networking site ASMALLWORLD is basically Facebook for well-connected frequent fliers. So for the platform’s party celebrating its relaunch as a travel and lifestyle club last weekend, the site and its CEO Sabine Heller flew a slew of jet-setters—such as Dianna Agron, Mamie Gummer, and Olivia Wilde—to party in Marrakech. New York deejay Chelsea Leyland was among the guests, and here she chronicles the Moroccan getaway via personal snaps with pals such as Lily Kwong, Theophilus London, Waris Ahluwalia, Ben Pundole, a couple of camels, and more.

I snapped this upon my arrival. Believe it or not, this was my bed for the weekend. INCREDIBLE!

Waris Ahluwalia and my boy Ben Pundole having what looks like a very important conversation in the swimming pool at the Taj Palace in Marrakech, which is probably one of the most amazing pools I’ve ever seen.

Theophilus London and myself having a little hug. Theo bought this outfit that morning and was pretty proud of it. I think his exact words were, “Doesn’t this look like it could be some Rick Owens shit?” Continue Reading “Big Party, Small World” »