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July 26 2014

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14 posts tagged "Genevieve Jones"

A Maje Moment For Alexa Chung

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While most Manhattanites stayed in last night to watch the live vice presidential debate, a crowd still turned out to Hotel Americano to toast Maje’s newest campaign girl, Alexa Chung. In case there is any question of American patriotism here, the brand’s founder and designer Judith Milgrom put an end to that debate. “We want to become the most American, French brand,” said Milgrom, who opened the first New York Maje store last October and followed with a series of small stores throughout the city. The focus last night, however, was on one of Britain’s most stylish exports. “I just love the way Alexa looks in the clothes, especially what she’s wearing tonight,” said Milgrom of Chung’s silk top.

Milgrom and her muse certainly seem in sync. “I went into the studio with a sketch of a green miniskirt—and they already had one,” Chung said, in between chatting with her pals like Dev Hynes, Hilary Rhoda, and DJ Alix Browne. Though Chung’s own clothing line has been postponed, there’s no shortage of upcoming projects en queue. On her forthcoming book, she said, “[It's] mainly my style icons. The rest is top secret.” As she watched the evening’s performers, Chicago-based Wild Belle, she said one thing she won’t be doing is putting out an album. “God, no. I can’t sing at all,” she admitted. While the sibling duo continued their act, guests streamed in, coming from another French affair, the Krug House party, happening a little further downtown at a multi-story private town house on West 15th Street. The cause for celebration was, quite simply, fashion’s favorite beverage: Champagne. By 10 p.m., the partygoers (including Byrdie Bell, Genevieve Jones, and the night’s performer MNDR) had guzzled up most of the bubbly and then, it was over.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / BFAnyc.com

Zac Posen On The Wedding Dress He’s Designing For Fashion Royalty

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“I am a New Yorker through and through, so brunch is genetically engineered in me,” Zac Posen said. So much so that he even managed to host one on a Wednesday—not usual brunching time. But that didn’t stop friends like Leigh Lezark (left), Charlotte di Calypso, Anna Cleveland, and Genevieve Jones from dropping into Le Caprice, and taking down a few Belevedere Bloody Marys in the middle of the work day.

This is only the most recent Posen brunch; just last week, he was throwing one for Londoners, from who, the designer says, New York girls can take a tip or two. “Because of that security with their history, they can take the piss out of themselves,” said Posen, who holds a degree from London’s Central Saint Martins. “They have a good sense of humor, even in dress and style, and that’s something us New Yorkers can learn from.”

As the world eagerly awaits one of England’s most historic style moments, the debut of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown, the self-confessed history buff admits he is preoccupied with the dress of another princess bride: Josephine de la Baume, Mark Ronson’s fiancée. Baume is only the latest model to walk the aisle in Posen; Coco Rocha also tied the knot in one of his creations. “We are making laces, working with different embroidery houses all around the world for Josephine,” he said. “That’s the wedding that I am focused on, that’s my rock-royal wedding.”

Photo: Courtesy of Belvedere

Hermès, Bringing The People Together

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It wasn’t the difference between night and day, but it might’ve been the difference between night and a different night. To fête its new men’s store on Madison Avenue, Hermès devised an evening in two parts. First, the luxury label invited a few of its uptown celebrities and clients to the sleek, multilevel emporium for Champagne and polite conversation, much of it in French. There went Martha Stewart, Cindy Adams, Mad Men‘s John Slattery, and Talia Balsam. Representing youth was Katie Holmes, surely the stateliest wife-and-mother ever to get her start on a WB teen drama. Then, after a quick clink of the glasses, the guests hopped town cars to the labyrinthine Park Avenue Armory for part deux: the after-party, an event several months, and not a few euros, in the making.

The Armory had been transformed just for this one night into an extraordinary series of themed rooms. There was a cabaret club complete with dinner service; a fully stocked game room (pictured); a “library” with shelves of books, their pages painstakingly hand-tinted different shades; and a harbor-front “travel room,” complete with roped gangways and the distant squawk of seagulls. There were oysters, lobster, dim sum, real linen napkins. And all this to be dismantled and disappear at the stroke of midnight.

“I feel like this is the downtown table,” Surface 2 Air creative director Gordon Hull said from his perch in the cabaret room, and so it was—a cool downtown breeze blew through the after-party, thanks in part to stylist Julie Ragolia, who helped Hermès wrangle more than a few young art stars to attend. Agathe Snow, Todd DiCiurcio, and Gavin Russom were milling about, as was Fischerspooner’s Casey Spooner. Genevieve Jones and model Lyle Lodwick swept through the rooms, though finding friends posed a slight problem, as no one could agree on what to call any particular one. (“I’m in the rave room!” someone called out. Which?)

But it was the themeless central room that eventually devolved into the closest approximation of a rave, as a DJ set off a raucous dance party that united uptown and downtown. The androgynous male model and club kid Martin Cohn—downtown, you might say, in the flesh—even drew an appreciative crowd of more traditionally turned-out spectators as he danced furiously in a latex sheath, sequined dress, and a pair of Olivier Theyskens’ famous towering, sickle-shaped platforms from the designer’s last season at Nina Ricci. “I have three pairs,” Cohn cooed. “They’re soo comfortable.”

Photo: Matthew Carasella

From Russia With Airbrushing And Masks

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“With this and then Allison Sarofim’s annual [pre-Halloween] costume party, I might as well call it a night on Halloween,” joked Fabiola Beracasa, who hosted last night’s Russian Masquerade-themed affair in a jewel-encrusted, floor-length gown, fur muffler, and hat.

The two-part masquerade started with a girl-bonding makeup session at Milk Studios, where a team from MAC was ready with airbrushing tricks and colored gems. Genevieve Jones showed up in all black, explaining, “I thought a blank palette was best for the makeup artists to do their tricks.” Sophia Lamar’s frilly Giambattista Valli dress and Minnie Mouse mask didn’t exactly say Moscow, but she carried the look with considerable panache. Wren designer Melissa Coker, in town from L.A. showing her line to buyers and editors, opted to go sans mask. “I’m wearing leather and lace, though,” Coker said, pointing out her outfit and the night’s drink of choice, Stoli’s Leather and Lace martini.

While it usually doesn’t take much convincing to motivate the fashion set to play dress-up, the full-on costumes at SL for part deux of the masked affair were impressively equal parts Doctor Zhivago and Eyes Wide Shut. Guests, including amazing gender-bendy model Martin Cohn (pictured above with Beracasa) and beauty blogger Sarah Howard, packed the two-month-old former Lotus space. Naturally, with the free-flowing vodka, the fancy-dress fête soon turned to a dance party atop the banquettes. Until next year, das vadanya.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com

Meet Jane

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Last night’s CFDA after-party at the just-opened Jane Ballroom in the West Village was a coronation of sorts for the newest after-hours spot from the Waverly Inn’s Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode. Judging by the shindig’s big get—a celebratory Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, plus a beaming Kirsten Dunst —the Jane could well fill this summer’s West Side Beatrice void. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Genevieve Jones, and Alexander Wang (also fresh from his win) swung by the Opening Ceremony and Black Frame-hosted soirée, where guests spilled out from the bar into the very baroque lounge (complete with fireplace, stuffed ram, and huge disco ball). The promise of a soon-to-be-opened outdoor space and weekly events—think game night—from Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte, the boys behind the Smile, bodes well for the space’s future cocktail-related endeavors. See you there.

Photo: Zach Hyman / Patrick McMullan