9 posts tagged "Hannah Bronfman"
Over the weekend, the likes of Nacho Figueras, Rachel Zoe, and Lily Aldridge turned out to celebrate the launch of Polo Ralph Lauren for Women in East Hampton. In between manning the turntables, DJ Hannah Bronfman took a turn as Style.com’s guest party reporter for the night. Here, Bronfman shares all the action from Saturday’s fete.
Above: “Rustic settings at the RL event in East Hampton. I’ve been on the hunt for furniture and the RL store always serves as inspiration!”
“Just a couple of cool kids! Georgina Chapman and Laura Brown arm in arm with Edward O’Sullivan and crew, sporting a fantastic trench coat. I particularly love Laura’s dress. She looks so boho-chic!”
“Jeanann [Williams] selfie time. Great catching up with the stylist who opted for the short-sleeve number that you can see behind her.”
“I just love LOVE how cute Kelly [Framel] and Zach [Lind] are! They are so sweet with each other. It’s inspiring to see a couple with such mutual respect and admiration.”
Twenty-five is a pretty big birthday, and Chelsea Leyland had no doubts that the quarter-century mark was something she wanted to celebrate. Last night, the deejay teamed up with DKNY Jeans to throw a bash, and invited friends such as Hannah Bronfman, Dree Hemingway, Waris Ahluwalia, and Fiona Byrne to fete her special day. The girl-about-town donned a custom second-skin catsuit for the affair and transformed Studio 450 into a nineties-style rave, complete with lasers and smoke. “During my downtime, I like to go to Brooklyn raves,” she told Style.com. “So tonight I’m trying to create a more manicured, chic Brooklyn rave for Manhattan.”
And what’s a rave without great beats? Leyland (who, of course, knows a little something about music) handpicked deejays Mess Kid and Brenmar to spin, and asked her friend Kilo Kish to perform. As the night began to wind down, the singer led the crowd into “Happy Birthday,” and the rave transitioned into the expected hugs, cheers, and well-wishing. It seemed that the evening was a success—but wait a minute: Isn’t it a faux pas for a lady to reveal her age? Leyland shrugged off the old adage. “It’s not like I’m turning thirty-five,” she laughed. Although we have no doubt she’ll throw an equally impressive party for that milestone, too.
Last night, M Missoni—Missoni’s younger, sportier sister—threw a summertime soiree at New York’s Le Bain, celebrating not only the season but also its collaborative soundtrack, dubbed “M Missoni Is for Music,” produced in tandem with Epic Records’ L.A. Reid. The only snafu? It felt more like early fall, with temperatures dipping into the low sixties—ostensibly chilly compared to Manhattan’s extreme heat of late.
“I’m just glad it’s not boiling,” said Harley Viera-Newton, first up on the deejay roster. Jumpers and jackets were soon shed, however, as Le Bain’s terrace filled up and thawed. Guests, including Nicky Hilton, Erin Heatherton, and Jessica Hart, could be seen mingling at the bar or snow-cone machine in flirty M Missoni minis.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Missoni party without some zigzag action, so M Missoni placed chevron-ed dry-erase place mats and markers along tabletops, inviting partygoers to graffiti at will. “My first Missoni memory has to be my mother’s matching hat and coat,” offered Hannah Bronfman. “The hat had a fitted, bonnet-like top but a large, flat brim that fanned out like a pizza pie.”
Stepping in for Ginny Blackmore, who was slated to perform last night but wasn’t feeling well, crooner Smokey Jones (above) previewed a handful of songs from her forthcoming album. Afterward, Chelsea Leyland took the reins from Viera-Newton, spinning until security shooed everyone out. At night’s end, Dannijo’s Danielle Snyder summed it up best: “It’s funny. We were just in Saint-Tropez. Everyone wears Missoni there. It’s like a uniform—iconic summer!”
“I’m literally here for a few hours,” said shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood, who flew to New York from London for a luncheon at Bergdorf Goodman yesterday. The occasion? The arrival of his new Spring collection, which, featuring pearl-soled pumps and swirling metallic sandals, was on display in the center of the department store’s famed shoe floor. “It’s nice to meet the customers and have lunch with some New York ladies,” laughed Kirkwood, who revealed that he’s opening a new store in the Wynn Las Vegas this June and hopes to launch handbags in the next year.
Indeed, he attracted quite a set of ladies—from New York and elsewhere. The likes of Shala Monroque, Suno’s Erin Beatty, Hannah Bronfman, and Julie Gilhart joined hosts Cecilia Dean and Leslie Fremar to fete Kirkwood. A five-months-pregnant Margherita Missoni took a break from renovating her and her husband’s New York pad to dine with the designer. “I have a harder time wearing very, very high heels now,” conceded Missoni, who’s working on a book to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of her family’s house. “I’m loving wedges, so I bought three pairs to wear over the summer. And I’m so over platforms.” If the Spring trend reports are any indication, she’s not alone. “I’ve been trying to do single soles since 2009,” said Kirkwood. “I would have been happy if they went out, like, two years ago.”
Valerie Steele, who included Kirkwood’s shoes in FIT’s Shoe Obsession exhibition and lauded him as one of the “emerging superstars of shoe design,” was skeptical. “There are a lot of people who have practiced very hard to wear their platforms, and who love the extra height it gives, so I think they’re going to remain an option,” she said. “And, of course, just because it’s swinging toward single sole now doesn’t mean that in eighteen months it won’t swing back.”
While it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet here in New York, the scene at last night’s Joe Fresh flagship anniversary bash sure looked the part. Celebrating one year at its Fifth Avenue post, the Canadian retailer synonymous with affordable fashion-forwardness brought guests a burst of summer fun via its new acid-pastel collection. But perhaps more colorful than the clothes—which boasted a palette of pink, green, yellow, and the label’s signature orange—was the kaleidoscope of twenty Manhattan personalities chosen to catwalk up and down an escalator runway (yes, à la Louis Vuitton). The ensemble cast included nightlife notables Steven Rojas and Dani Stahl, and Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman, who strutted his stuff in head-to-toe electric rose. Styled by Zanna Roberts Rassi, the romp was set to the beats of Brendan Fallis and Hannah Bronfman.
Despite the vibrant nature of the fete, creative director Joe Mimran warns not to get too comfortable with the Spring color craze. “For the Fall collection, we did all black. The theme was ‘Paris is black, black is Paris.’ ” Pushing black on black to a bunch of New Yorkers? We think Mimran might be onto something.
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