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Popping Bottles “Just For Fun” On Avenue Crazy

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Ever try to assemble a group of fashion types for something that’s not a launch, an opening, or a worthy cause? Harley Viera-Newton, Lily Kwong, and Stephanie LaCava gave it a shot last night, hosting a dinner in the East Village that was billed as “Just for Fun.”

In truth, Dom Pérignon had one of its top wine experts in town and figured it could do a little outreach. The promise of vintage Champagne pairings at a hip new restaurant (Edi & the Wolf, on Avenue C) was enough to draw the likes of Elise Øverland and Alexandra Richards (above) to the eastern fringe of lower Manhattan. “I’ve been to Bangkok more recently than I’ve been this far east,” Waris Ahluwalia admitted.

He and some 40 others dined on Austrian mountain cheese ravioli and arctic char in a dim room reminiscent of an old shed. The ambience, however, was a little more glam. “I’m a big fan of Champagne. I like to pop bottles in the club,” Viera-Newton said. She nodded at a bucket of Dom that was sitting on the copper-topped bar. “I’m planning on popping all three of those.”

Viera-Newton took off on the early side, to go DJ at Madame Wong’s. Richard Chai (who swung by with Phillip Lim) joined her, but not before taking a trip down memory lane. “When I went to Parsons, my dorm was just off Third Avenue, and we used to venture off this way,” he said. “This was way back when Avenue C, if you got that far, was called ‘Crazy.’ If you got to D, it was called Dead.” Clearly, not the case anymore. “That’s the nature of New York,” Chai noted. “No neighborhood is sacred.”

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

A Bit Of Sunday Joie De Vivre

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Looking for Shala Monroque any given Sunday? Try Café Gitane, her go-to brunch spot. But it was at the Crosby Street Hotel where Monroque (pictured, right), along with Bonnie Morrison (pictured, left), stylists Lisa Tobias and Julie Ragolia, and a mix of fashion girls, stopped for a bite (and a mimosa) to celebrate their new appointments as Joie’s “Sunday Girls.” The contemporary label tapped the ladies—along with Elettra Wiedemann, Harley Viera-Newton, and Pamela Love—to offer their secret spots and favorite haunts for the label’s new City Guides, which will accompany its Fall 2010 lookbook. And the brunch dress code? As you’d expect, this isn’t a slumming-in-sweats crew, though the talk did turn toward the athletic; hitting the gym seems to be a preferred Sunday pastime. “Joe Zee took me to a hip-hop class and I had to leave within the first 15 minutes,” Morrison confessed with a laugh. “Everybody knew the steps and had their special moves or whatever, and of course Joe goes every week, and then there was me.” Monroque empathized. “I went to a ballet class the other day and I’m not going back. In New York, you have ex-professional dancers next to you in class!” Word to the wise, New Yorkers. But they won’t be the only ones to benefit from the wisdom of the City Girls; Joie will eventually select ambassadors in L.A., London, and Paris to share their trade secrets, and will donate $1,500 to each girl’s charity of choice.

Photos: Courtesy of Joie

A New Eyewear Line Feels The Freeway

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There aren’t too many people lining up to celebrate the L.A. Freeway. But for his new optical line, Alex Israel wanted something emblematically Californian. Short of the Hollywood sign, there’s not much more iconic than that. “One of my main focuses and interests as an artist is the tradition and history of Southern California, and in the creation of a specific kind of a regional aesthetic that’s very much related to the landscape,” the USC Fine Arts graduate explains. And when the time came to pick a girl to model for the six hand-carved styles for the Anthony Friedkin-lensed lookbook, Israel went with someone he considered a true Angelena (a current residence in NYC notwithstanding): Harley Viera-Newton. “You can always take the girl out of L.A., but you can’t take the L.A. out of the girl,” he said of the DJ-turned-model. “Harley has this kind of amazing sophistication and carefree spirit that kind of embodies the ethos of Southern California.” (He might’ve discovered it years earlier. As they discovered, Israel and Viera-Newton had gone to the same L.A. high school.) That’s a low-effort cool that should translate well within SoCal and without. The frames—available in black, gray, and white, in both matte and glossy finishes—are understated, chic, and (perhaps most surprisingly) $100.

Freeway Eyewear is available at its Web site, The Smile, and Gagosian Shop in NYC, and Maxfield in L.A.

From The Sales Floor To A Spot On The Racks

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Attention, budding labels-to-be: For firsthand research, hit the sales floor. “We were all salespeople at Ron Herman,” designer Molly Coonan explained about meeting her muse, Alice Barlow, and Mike & Chris designer P.J. Faulstick (pictured). “I was the worst one, though. P.J. was amazing! He would outsell everybody, so he would ring some of his sales under my number because he didn’t want me to get fired.” The Silver Lake-based designer has come a long way since, but maybe the grunt work was worth the lasting friendships. Coonan tapped Barlow as the muse for her new line, Barlow, and threw a seven-course dinner and party with Shopbop.com last night to celebrate its official launch. Faulstick was also on hand at Los Feliz on the Lower East Side—the friends now find both their labels enviably backed by Cynthia Vincent’s company—and so, too, was Barlow’s budding fan base, which included Blake Lively, Metric’s Emily Haines, and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Melissa George.

Over ceviche and tuna burritos, George chatted happily about decamping to more fashionable terroir. “I’m so happy that I’m in New York now. When I arrived in L.A. eight years ago, I would wear high-waisted denim jeans with a smart striped top and nobody would get it,” the actress said. As after-partiers filled the basement space, fellow L.A.-to-NYC transplant Harley Viera-Newton (and her DJ partner, Cassie Coane) hopped on the decks. Turns out Harley also had a go at the salesgirl life early on but opted to pass. “Ugh, retail is the worst,” she said. “I met Molly way back when we were both working at Curve. But it’s funny. I deejayed Curve’s party last week and now Molly’s. It’s like I’ve come full circle.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan.com

Harley And Cassie Make Room For One More

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It’s generally accepted that there are more than enough parties to go around during fashion week, but don’t tell that to Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane—the DJ partners, who both (no joke) turn 22 next Wednesday, were more than happy to throw their birthday bash into the mix last night.

The two NYU seniors certainly marched to their own beat when planning this one, a late-night affair at Chelsea’s less-than-trendy Marquee complete with leopard-print balloons, masks, and animal hats. “We wanted it to be really crazy and in a club, and we thought it would be funny to essentially bring Marquee back for a night,” Viera-Newton explained between bouts of mad dancing.

Kirsten Dunst, Jared Leto, and the Olsen twins came by to pay their respects and presumably partake of the bubbly that kept getting delivered among a spray of pyrotechnics. Viera-Newton kept it coming: “Anyone who wants Champagne can have it!”

“I graduate in May,” she shrugged. “I have to take advantage and be a college kid as much as I can.” Did we go to the wrong school?

Photo: Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan.com