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July 30 2014

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5 posts tagged "Devendra Banhart"

Post-Paris, New York’s Party Circuit Is Back on Track

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Kate Foley, Serafina SamaJust when you thought that the peak season for air kisses and fashion chitchat had passed, wham!—along comes one of those New York City weeks that’s chockablock with events. Time to get your nice clothes back from the cleaner, where they’ve been sitting since your return from Paris, and refresh ye olde manicure.

Monday-night festivities included a dinner on the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel celebrating Charlotte Ronson’s collaboration with Vogue Eyewear, hosted by Eva Mendes.

Tuesday night found London-based Isa Arfen designer Serafina Sama throwing her first-ever Stateside bash at hot spot Omar’s. She drew quite a photogenic crowd, including her stylist, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, who flew in for the occasion; model/activist Kyleigh Kuhn; and host Kate Foley. Later that evening, action moved to the Fat Radish, where Antwerp-based designer (and Woolmark Prize-winner) Christian Wijnants presided over a family-style meal of celery pot pie and monkfish curry. (Just the hearty thing for the start of a cold snap.)

Family-style was the name of the game again on Wednesday night, which saw Assembly New York serving up farro and roast chicken at the fantastic new restaurant Dimes, on Division Street. Assembly ringleader Greg Armas and dinner hosts Ana Kras and Devendra Banhart mixed it up with the crowd. Meanwhile, down the road on Canal Street, Sea designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan were hosting at home and had cooked dinner themselves. The potatoes were particularly delicious: onion, rosemary, and lots and lots butter did the trick, according to Paolini. Worth getting the clothes back from the cleaner for.

Photo: Courtesy of Isa Arfen

Pamela Love’s Summer Solstice

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Pamela Love may be a favorite among New York’s downtown urban darlings, but her Spring ’13 jewelry collection was all about the wonders of the great outdoors. “It was very much inspired by the idea of nature taking over and the whimsy and magic involved in that,” explains Love, noting that her organic offerings were a departure from the architectural, technology-inspired baubles she’s focused on the past few seasons. The designer further explored the concept via a new film, which debuts exclusively on Style.com (above). “It was a labor of love [no pun intended], like it always is,” says Love of the film, which was directed by her friend Skye Parrott and features pal Devendra Banhart’s song “Sight to Behold.” Shot in upstate New York, the ethereal short stars Crystal Renn, who transforms into a bewitching woodland goddess (which makes sense, considering Diana—the goddess of the forest and the hunt—influenced the collection) and finds Love’s wares wedged inside tree stumps, hanging from branches, and buried in the earth. “I love the idea of Crystal starting out with no jewelry and ending up completely covered in it,” says the designer. Renn has a literal out-of-body experience while frolicking in the great outdoors, dripping in leaf-shaped cuffs, chunky gold necklaces, a silver moon pendant, and a bevy of rings. But if we found a bunch of Love’s jewelry scattered in our backyard, we’d probably dance a little, too.

Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Kiedis, Rachel Bilson, And More Line Up For Phillip Lim

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Every dude has his day—and the guys got theirs yesterday at Phillip Lim. “We’re so used to going to women’s events, so we wanted to turn it around and have women be the plus-ones tonight,” Lim said at a party for his Fall 2010 men’s collection at his West Hollywood boutique. Cue the typically abstruse inspiration statement (“This collection is bringing the wild into the city with a sense of adventure,” said Lim), the worth-the-drive draw (folk rocker Devendra Banhart, on hand to spin tunes), and the sustenance (cocktails and “Tuscan-themed” barbecue: lasagna cupcakes, ricotta mac ‘n’ cheese, pulled pork sandwiches). As for those cocktails, a little advance planning was in order. “I’m going to go to the bathroom now since I’m in a jumpsuit and I see lots of drinks,” joked host Cameron Silver, who recently wore a custom Phillip Lim tuxedo to the Met gala. Silver and guests like True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten and Anthony Kiedis took in an intimate presentation of the men’s collection—but if they want pieces for themselves, they’d better be ready to fight for them. “I almost stole the backpack off the model’s back,” said Rachel Bilson (pictured with Lim). “It takes a real man to wear these clothes.” Or a woman?

Photo: Chris Weeks/WireImage

A Yellow Birdie Told Us

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London might have lured Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders back home (for a season at least), but the Bowery has scored British pop sensation Little Boots. Otherwise known as Victoria Christina Hesketh (no relation to Sophia), Little Boots will play to a sold out crowd on the 16th. If you missed out on tickets, or will be otherwise occupied at the Roger Vivier and Gucci parties that night, not to worry: LB has designed a T-shirt for The Yellow Bird Project, a Canadian charity organization that makes tees with musicians and donates the proceeds to the creative’s charity of choice (in Hesketh’s case, it’s Music Is Power and British Heart Foundation). The YBP has also just released The Indie Rock Coloring Book, with images inspired by and in conjunction with artists such as Devendra Banhart, Rilo Kiley, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and MGMT. Prepare your crayons now. More information here: www.yellowbirdproject.com.

Almost Like The Art World At Whitley Kros

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Whitley Kros designers Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma went digital for Fall. At their Sunday night fashion week slot, the L.A. designers welcomed guests like Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, Devendra Banhart, and Giovanni Ribisi to studio-slash-party hot spot Miauhaus to check out their ’09 offerings via installation and video presentation. “This multimedia stuff is so them, and you get to talk here,” hostess Erika Christensen, in a turquoise Whitley Kros dress, said of the designers and their new venue. “You do not get to talk at a fashion show.” Off-the-shoulder tops, bright prints, belted shirtdresses, and schoolgirl blazers (the Whitley Kros girl has been backpacking through Eastern Europe) along with notes, photos, and travel accessories adorned the walls. “She’s like a nomad and wanderer, and it feels like you’re walking into her wardrobe or hotel room,” Marissa—whose husband, Beck, created the play list for the evening—said of the decor. “This was what we always wanted to do, and it sort of feels like the art world or something.”

Photo: Courtesy of Whitley Kros