You can’t judge a book by its cover, but often you can judge a bash by the line at the door. At Erickson Beamon’s jewelry presentation at Milk Studios yesterday, 80 people were queued up outside the burlesque-in-Berlin-themed presentation, which drew on styles from the 1920′s and ’30s. But this was less a presentation than a party. The event was styled as a cabaret, complete with a live performance by the Citizens Band and bejeweled models sashaying across the room in drop-waist dresses. Zoë Kravitz, Penn Badgley, Lily Kwong, and Johnny Weir were a few of the many who had made it in to check out the show.
As the tempo increased, Citizens’ Sarah Sophie Flicker—dressed in a velvet corset, feather headdress, and little else—took to the stage, impressing the crowd with her acrobatic high kicks. “If there’s one person in the room that’s a bigger ham than me, it’s Sarah,” said Michelle Harper, who was decked out in one of Beamon’s most elaborate necklaces from last season. “I’m seriously in love with this piece; I want to wear it every day.” Monique Erickson, who is rarely photographed without her trademark crystal headdress, replied, “Well, I do! Honestly, I wear this thing everywhere, literally like the burger joint on the corner.” Around 10 p.m., the crowd shuttled out, bound for more performances at Milk by the likes of Lissy Trullie and Wu-Tang Clan.
People talk about phasing out the penny, but Cole Haan was celebrating the one-cent piece for all it’s worth at a dinner last night at The Box co-hosted by Paper magazine. Pennies were spilled across the tables in artful arrangements and, at times, affectionately hurled at Paper editor and event emcee Mickey Boardman. After dinner, cabaret outfit the Citizens Band performed selections from The Threepenny Opera. The evening was all about the venerable footwear label’s classic penny loafer—and the new inserts designed for them by Anna Sheffield to mark Cole Haan’s 80th anniversary: a brass coin, faced in 18K “espresso” gold, and a silver piece inlaid with Swarovski crystals. As every good preppie knows, a coin in each shoe brings good luck. But can the penny loafer’s tongue slots be put to more practical ends? “Drug smuggling! If the dog sniffed them, they’d just think you hadn’t washed your feet properly,” Boardman suggested. Then Sheffield, who’d researched the topic a bit more thoroughly, added her two cents. “My mom told me that in the sixties, when she was in high school, you would take two dimes in your shoes when you went on a date. That way, if it didn’t work out, you could call your mom and have her come pick you up.” If only texting could be so adorable!