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Picture a Web site that is eBay meets Pinterest with a dash of Instagram thrown in for good measure, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what The Cools (www.thecools.com) is. It’s a personalized online bazaar curated by likeminded tastemakers, no weeding through pages of junk necessary. “I get e-mailed so much stuff and one thing I happened to click on was this site. I saw like three things I hadn’t seen before that I wanted and one of the three that I could afford, so I thought ‘cool,’ ” The Hole gallery founder Kathy Grayson told Style.com last night at The Cools’ first Jamboree event, which brought the online experience to life. For the occasion, site founder Olivier van Themsche took over the sprawling 15,000-square-foot Old School in Nolita and gave local designers and restaurants, including Grayson, Erin Fetherston, Bing Bang’s Anna Sheffield, What Goes Around Comes Around, Selima, and Miss Lily’s each a classroom to take over and market their offerings. “The offline events are a key part of The Cools,” van Themsche said. “The nature of creatives is to engage with other creatives—I plan to make the Jamboree recurring and it will evolve into a sort of ‘curated’ cool kids’ flea market, which will pop up in New York and also in Paris, Milan, etc.”
The result was a laissez-faire bash that drew a line of people (including Hanne Gaby Odiele, Waris Ahluwalia, Fiona Byrne, and Scott Lipps) wrapped around the block on Mott Street waiting to get in. At one point, the police even arrived to break up the festivities. Things were indeed getting a bit rowdy in the space Miss Lily’s restaurant turned into a Jamaican dancehall complete with dance lessons, reggaeton beats, and an emcee. Across the hall, skateboarders were tearing up a half pipe set up by aNYthing, and a floor below, The Hole was selling $100 psychedelic drawings and Sheffield was teaching guests to knit friendship bracelets. Grayson’s favorite part was the room devised by indie film director Adam Green (who was dressed kind of like Captain Crunch), which featured large video game props from his feature film The Wrong Ferrari. “I have a soft spot for anything analog versus digital, and I thought the movie was funny,” said Grayson. “Plus, he was dressed cool and I can pretend in my head he is my new boyfriend.” Overall, it was a rollicking success, and van Themsche plans to hold court over similar events on a monthly basis. Erin Fetherston, who displayed sketches of her ethereal dresses, said, “Olivier has created the ultimate hipster social-commerce platform. There is nothing comparable in the social/e-commerce space that provides the taste level, art direction, or community that the The Cools offers.”
After several seasons of stacking contrasting hues one atop another, designers are simplfying things for Fall with monochromatic looks in a Crayola box assortment of shades. Working with a uniform palette plays up subtle differences in texture and fabric. Alexander Wang, for example, hit on this season’s must-have color with a head-to-toe burgundy outfit that mixed slick quilted patent with distressed leather and nappy suede, while Olivier Rousteing and Peter Dundas brought velvet and fur into the picture, respectively, at Balmain and Emilio Pucci. As for the tonal trend’s street cred, most New Yorkers (and Paris Vogue editors, for that matter) are already well versed in the advantages of wearing head-to-toe black. But more adventurous dressers are embracing vibrant tones. See: Hanne Gaby Odiele (who else?) in her mint Acne cable-knit sweater and cropped pants, and another stylish gal who matched her bright red coat to her fiery tresses—or perhaps dyed her hair for the occasion.
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“I felt like the neighborhood was lacking in stores that you just want to hang out in and see what the other girls are wearing,” said PR veteran Winnie Beattie (pictured, left) last night at the opening party for her new Nolita boutique, Warm. A self-described “urban hippie,” Beattie grew up in Hawaii and met her husband, Rob Magnotta, while surfing in Montauk, so she wanted to create a personal, sunny environment for her store. Inside, you’ll find hard-to-find labels like Yvonne Sporre and Roseanna, as well as more recognizable ones such as Vanessa Bruno and Jérôme Dreyfuss, along with kids’ clothes and home goods.”[It's] dirty French girl meets SoCal,” she said of the aesthetic.
Indeed, the small space feels like a tropical oasis, with the help of fragrant Coqui Coqui candles and oils as well as the fruity shave ice (and Champagne) that was served to guests at last night’s fête. Street-style favorite Hanne Gaby Odiele, who lives down the block from Warm, hosted the gathering and was expectedly dressed-to-the-nines in a Proenza Schouler jacket and Balenciaga hot shorts (Warm sent her some merchandise to wear but alas, her sub-sample-size frame was too small for it). Odiele invited along a slew of her catwalk friends, which made for some premium model gawking, with the likes of Kasia Struss, Julia Nobis, Kate King, Andie Arthur, and adorable couple Sheila Marquez and Christian Brylle all in attendance. “We’ll definitely be spending a lot of time in here,” Odiele, who was hanging out on the couches in the back with her model clan, told Style.com. In anticipation of that, Beattie reported she’s got in-store manicure sessions and more parties in the backyard planned for the near future.
Warm, 181 Mott St., NYC.