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The Cools Gets Cooler

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The Cools launched last summer as an online retail community that offered products by independent fashion and lifestyle designers from around the globe. Unfortunately, the site was “members only”—until now. “Our platform was originally intended to support individuals showcasing their cool, and selling personal products online,” said CEO Olivier van Themsche, who opened the site to the public last Thursday. “We realized that the platform was powerful for brands and designers, and a great opportunity for them to have a new business channel of exposure and sales.” In addition to giving its carefully selected range of about three hundred fresh labels (like Katie Gallagher, Public School, Dominic Louis, and Linda Farrow, just to name a few) a better cut of the sales than most retailers (designers only hand over a 12 percent commission), The Cools provides them with a virtual space where they can upload films, brand bios, and inspiration images that give customers a better idea of what they’re all about. Editorial content is also a focus (Style.com/Print star Grimes makes an appearance in The Cools’ latest online mag), and a slew of handpicked tastemakers in the know—Dree Hemingway, Chelsea Leyland, and Erin Fetherston among them—present shoppers with their favorite sartorial picks. “We hope to offer our customers the best possible brands from around the world, and to give them a unique way to interact directly with their favorite designers—one on one,” added van Themsche. With everything from candlesticks and chandeliers to leather lingerie and edgy staples, The Cools is a one-stop shop for all that is quirky, covetable, and, well, cool.

Photos: Courtesy of The Cools

A Hotel Life: The Jet Set’s Online Destination

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“Acme is cool again!” said one guest last night at the Noho restaurant. Fitting insider knowledge, considering the occasion was a launch party for A Hotel Life, Ben Pundole’s new online guide to what’s hot and what’s not in the boutique lifestyle and hotel industry. “I love the digital world—it’s the future. I want A Hotel Life to help you on your journeys,” said Pundole of his inaugural media venture.

The site is a mix of hotel reviews written by jet-setters in the know (“Musicians, actors, writers, chefs—creative people who travel all the time,” explained Pundole) and editorial content, like profiles on the industry’s more interesting players. The party, which welcomed the likes of Dree Hemingway, Chelsea Leyland (who deejayed), and David Schwimmer and his wife, Zoe Buckman, also marked the launch of a contest A Hotel Life is running with Krug. The Instagramer who best portrays “rough luxury,” using the tag #krughotellife, wins a trip to his or her choice of Miami, New York, Los Angeles, or Palm Springs. But don’t expect it to be all R&R: The winner will need to contribute a review of their hotel to the site.

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Weeknight Update with Seth Meyers

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If Seth Meyers’ introduction at last night’s 7th Annual Charity Ball is any indication, flattery will, in fact, get you everywhere. During yesterday evening’s festivities at the 69th Regiment Armory, the comedian opened with, “As many of you know, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was recently held here. But I have to say, you guys look better.” The result? A cool $3 million raised for Charity: Water, a group that funds clean water programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, and India.

Sadly, generosity alone doesn’t qualify one for VS Angel status, but actress Sophia Bush is doing her darnedest to earn wings of another sort. “My family decided to forgo Christmas presents this year, so I just purchased a well in their name instead,” she said.

Guests like Fern Mallis, Giovanna Battaglia, Mad Men‘s John Slattery, Anne Vyalitsyna, Jessica Lowndes, and DJ Chelsea Leyland joined 1,800 partygoers to rally for the cause. But it was 90210‘s Jessica Stroup who went the extra mile, or rather, miles for Charity: Water. “After taking a trip to Ethiopia last year, I know our efforts will make an impact. I was really impressed to see that 100 percent of the donations are going exactly where they’re needed.” Also on her travel radar? Costa Rica, where she’ll spend the upcoming holiday. “I’m only packing swimsuits! And scripts for the show, of course.”

Photo: Johnny Nunez/ Wireimage

Toasting New York’s Night Owls

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Last night, scenemakers and 24-hour party people descended upon Webster Hall to toast Manhattan clubland’s most hip at Paper magazine’s Eighth Annual Nightlife Awards. “For a while, New York was just a bunch of the same hipsters hanging out at one place,” said Matt Kliegman (of The Jane Ballroom and The Smile), whose downtown hot spot Westway took home Best Party award for its Tuesday night fête Westgay at Westway. “Right now, New York feels more exciting.”

Inside the disco ball-festooned ballroom, nightlife impresarios like Nur Khan and Ben Pundole sipped Hennessy with the likes of Cynthia Rowley, Samantha Ronson, Cory Kennedy (pictured), and Chelsea Leyland. Winners of the night? Best Arty Party (The Hole), Best Club (Le Baron), and Best Restaurant with Nightlife Scene (Acme). Riffing on the eccentric categories (Best Social Media Nightlife Star, anyone?), presenter Sarah Sophie Flicker conceived her own award idea. “I would love to see old-fashioned dinner theater,” the Citizens Band maven mused. “I know it economically makes no sense, but I just want to dress up in a long dress and hear beautiful music.” Meanwhile, model Jessica White was miffed Richie Akiva and her preferred playpen 1-Oak got snubbed. “He’s known me since I was 17,” the 28-year-old Sports Illustrated model said. “We’re planning a big Halloween party.” Still, not everyone on hand was a self-professed night owl. “My nightlife is more about Netflix streaming,” Girls actor Alex Karpovsky deadpanned before dashing out to the premiere of his flick Gayby.

Following the ceremony and a 15-minute delay, which prompted Paper‘s David Hershkovits to break out into dance à la South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Ellie Goulding took to the stage to perform while her boyfriend, DJ Skrillex, looked on. A couple made in nightlife heaven? Hardly. “In New York it’s all about work,” the Brit pop star told Style.com backstage. “And when I’m home in London, I’ll most likely just go to the pub.”

Photo: Paul Bruinooge / PatrickMcMullan.com

Don Hill’s Lights Up For The Night

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The invitation for yesterday’s late-night fête hosted by Cole Haan read: “For one night only at Don Hill’s.” It’s no surprise that such a tagline would draw a cast of nightlife veterans along with Brad Goreski, Hilary Rhoda, and even David Schwimmer to the venerable nightspot that shuttered its doors last April. Known for its graffiti-splashed walls, gritty live performances, and raucous parties, the Greenwich Street haunt reopened its doors yesterday promising one last dance party. By midnight, the bash was in full swing with Omaha-based band Icky Blossoms rocking the stage for a head-banging set, causing Goreski to quip, “Every time I step into Don Hill’s I feel like a hipster. There’s always some weird band playing here.” Tucked away in the DJ booth were Ben Pundole and girlfriend Chelsea Leyland, the latter who waxed nostalgic about being back at the old Soho boite. “I used to come here a lot but this is my first time deejaying here, so I’m really excited,” she told Style.com. As for her fashion week detox plans? “I’m going to get a massage tomorrow and drink as many green juices as I can.” Unfortunately, Leyland only got a chance to spin two songs—by 1 a.m., cops shut the party down due to music complaints, spurring the crowd to quickly filter out the door and head to the next party. Guess when it comes to Don Hill’s, some things never change.

Photo: BFAnyc.com