3 posts tagged "DJ Chelsea Leyland"
Macy’s is upping its high-fashion game of late. Karl Lagerfeld’s line for the retailer hits stores at the end of the month, and last week, the department store announced Anna Dello Russo (she of Vogue Nippon and umpteen street-style blogs) as the guest editor at large of its in-house INC line. Dello Russo styled the new campaign and stars in it alongside Karolina Kurkova (above); for Fashion’s Night Out, she and the Czech supe will greet guests at Macy’s Herald Square flagship, too. She wasn’t on hand last night—this being August and she being Italian she was, of course, on vacation—but her new project was fêted in New York all the same, and a host of downtown girls showed up to celebrate. Sky Ferreira worked the DJ booth while guests sipped bubbly and models paraded around in the collection, and Harley Viera-Newton, Chelsea Leyland, and Becka Diamond all came for a look. Solange Knowles arrived with 7-year-old son Juelz in tow, who was looking a little displeased. Was it the flashbulbs? “He’s definitely used to it,” she laughed. “He’s just upset because my iPhone ran out of batteries.”
Partygoers mused on ADR hits past and the INC hits of the present. “Of course you’ve got to love that gold cherries hat,” Ferreira said. “I remember seeing her in this red dress with long gloves and big shoulder pads,” Knowles added. “All I could think was…incredible.” While they were referring to Dello Russo’s fresh-off-the-runway looks, Diamond had her eye on a piece from the new lineup: “I’m definitely getting that fuchsia, shaggy faux fur jacket. Obsessed!” With prices starting at $30 and maxing out at $169, why not?
“I don’t really feel like I am a nightlife person, actually,” Chelsea Leyland says. Could’ve fooled us—the English transplant is one of the most-requested DJs on the fashion scene, spinning at everything from Valentino’s Fashion Night Out Charity Poker Tournament to Paper magazine’s annual Beautiful People bash in March. “I had hardly been deejaying for very long and then all of a sudden I was opening for Duran Duran,” she says of the Paper party. “Yeah, that was pretty cool.” Not bad for a girl who counts last year’s FNO as her DJ debut.
It can feel like Leyland is everywhere at the moment, and the DJ herself has a pretty good idea why. “Everyone loves girl DJs right now,” she says. (She’s candid enough to acknowledge that spinning skills alone aren’t enough. “With Valentino, they are hiring me not just to be the DJ but wear the clothes and be a face,” she says. “In fashion, they want to see someone looking the part.”)
You can expect to see even more of Leyland soon; she revealed to Style.com that she’s in the midst of filming a documentary with MTV, out this fall, about the lives and careers of three girl DJs. Here, Leyland tells Style.com more about the project, why she’s not in the Gaga fan camp, and the fashion endeavors she has yet to live out.
So, you’re about to be an MTV star?
They were making a documentary and they wanted to do it on three female DJs, each representing something different. The other two are DJ Diamond Kuts, who is a really cute DJ from Philly who is very technically skilled, and DJ Jessica Who?—she does these big clubs in Miami, and I am the fashion DJ. We are all so totally different.
How do you feel about being branded the “fashion” DJ?
Well, I don’t like the whole club scene, it’s not my thing…Musically, with fashion, you can be a little more adventurous. They always want to be educated and they want to hear obscure things, like old English things that are wacky. I don’t like Top 40, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj things. There is something civilized about fashion and art. I actually prefer art events. They are so kooky and really know how to have fun. Everyone is less concerned with what they are wearing and they will let loose. Artists aren’t too cool to dance.
People have been saying recently that a certain fun factor is missing from the New York party scene—even The New York Times recently piled on. Do you agree?
Yes, I feel like New York is lacking a certain coolness in nightlife. Everyone is so worried about being cool that it has lost its authentic coolness—it’s not organic anymore. It’s not about the place, it’s got to be about the vibe. I would have loved to be here back in the day—the Andy Warhol times. I think I’m in the wrong generation. London nightlife is so cool and refreshing because it’s based around music. You go out with friends to see a singer, or a band, and it’s a very cool scene. Continue Reading “DJ Chelsea Leyland Spins For Fashion, But It’s The Artists Who Really Dance” »