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April 23 2014

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Ashley Smith and RVCA Do It Up Downtown

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Ashley Smith x RVCAWhile the rest of the city was braving subzero temperatures last night, the crew in the downstairs den at Acme in New York was hot for model Ashley Smith and her first collection for California-based lifestyle brand RVCA. “You know, I’ve gained a lot of respect for designers,” Smith told Style.com. “I had no idea how time-consuming and research-oriented designing a collection would be…luckily I had this amazing team behind me.”

Her debut collection (below), which is the first of six, is full of playful separates: flouncy skirts, letterman cardigans, and cropped sweaters. “I designed the clothes around what I would want to wear and what my friends would want to wear,” said Smith, who turned up to the event wearing her designs. “And it plays on the idea of opposites—being this tomboy in Texas and the girl I am today in New York.”

According to Smith, the project came together organically over drinks at the Mercer Hotel following an introduction by photographer Mike Piscatelli. “When it happens, it just happens,” offered RVCA founder PM Tenore. “We like to work with different people of varying subcultures—whether it’s artists, designers, surfers, or skaters—and branch out. RVCA is really a platform for talented people like Ashley Smith or Erin [Wasson, a former collaborator] to showcase their passion and hard work…there’s no formula otherwise.”

Ashley Smith x RCVA

The two brought together a coterie of cool kids, including model Kyleigh Kuhn, Andrej Pejic, and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, as well as artists like Ryan McGinness. “It’s very fun,” Kuhn said of the designs. “Ashley has such a personality here in the downtown New York scene, and she’s breathing this new life and energy into RVCA’s women’s brand, which is exciting.”

So what can fans expect to see next from Smith? “I just finished my designs for the second collection, which is just as good as the first, if not better,” she said. “I was inspired by seventies denim…I just love denim!”

Priced between $16 and $315, Ashley Smith x RVCA will be available on RVCA’s Web site starting in August.

Photos: BFAnyc.com; Sandy Kim

Post-Paris, New York’s Party Circuit Is Back on Track

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Kate Foley, Serafina SamaJust when you thought that the peak season for air kisses and fashion chitchat had passed, wham!—along comes one of those New York City weeks that’s chockablock with events. Time to get your nice clothes back from the cleaner, where they’ve been sitting since your return from Paris, and refresh ye olde manicure.

Monday-night festivities included a dinner on the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel celebrating Charlotte Ronson’s collaboration with Vogue Eyewear, hosted by Eva Mendes.

Tuesday night found London-based Isa Arfen designer Serafina Sama throwing her first-ever Stateside bash at hot spot Omar’s. She drew quite a photogenic crowd, including her stylist, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, who flew in for the occasion; model/activist Kyleigh Kuhn; and host Kate Foley. Later that evening, action moved to the Fat Radish, where Antwerp-based designer (and Woolmark Prize-winner) Christian Wijnants presided over a family-style meal of celery pot pie and monkfish curry. (Just the hearty thing for the start of a cold snap.)

Family-style was the name of the game again on Wednesday night, which saw Assembly New York serving up farro and roast chicken at the fantastic new restaurant Dimes, on Division Street. Assembly ringleader Greg Armas and dinner hosts Ana Kras and Devendra Banhart mixed it up with the crowd. Meanwhile, down the road on Canal Street, Sea designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan were hosting at home and had cooked dinner themselves. The potatoes were particularly delicious: onion, rosemary, and lots and lots butter did the trick, according to Paolini. Worth getting the clothes back from the cleaner for.

Photo: Courtesy of Isa Arfen

Model-Slash-Peacemaker: Kyleigh Kuhn

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Kyleigh Kuhn in Afghanistan

At the young age of 26, Kyleigh Kuhn has brought about more positive change than most can hope to effect in a lifetime, and she’s using her modeling career as a platform to spread the word about her humanitarian works. Hailing from California, Kuhn has shot with top-tier photographers like Bruce Weber and Patrick Demarchelier—she even landed a coveted spot in this year’s Stephen McCurry-lensed Pirelli calendar. But when she’s not in front of the camera, Kuhn is busy following in the footsteps of her philanthropist mother, Heidi, who founded Roots of Peace, an organization dedicated to de-mining, replanting, and rebuilding war-torn countries. It all began in 2003, when Kyleigh launched the Roots of Peace Penny campaign. She asked fellow youngsters to donate their spare change, which was later used to construct a ten-room schoolhouse in Mir Bacha Kot, a small village in Afghanistan located near Kabul.

The model has returned to the Kyleigh Kuhn School (she told Style.com that she was “embarrassed but honored” that they named it after her) several times since it opened in 2007. And she brought photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya along to document its 250-plus students for her new book, Yearbook Afghanistan. “Whenever I’d come back from Afghanistan, I’d try to share stories about the characters I’d met, the beautiful landscape I’d seen, and the cultural experiences I’d had. But I often felt frustrated because most of the time, people would ask me about the country’s violent aspects instead of the things that excited and inspired me. This book was a way to do those parts justice,” Kuhn explained. While flipping through the glossy pages of boys and girls in grades one through nine, Kuhn said the publication helps “an American audience get a sense of the kids I’m interacting with, but also builds solidarity for the school. It boosts the students’ morale and helps them to reflect. The children get to see images of themselves and their peers—maybe for the first time in their lives.” Continue Reading “Model-Slash-Peacemaker: Kyleigh Kuhn” »

Now Visiting: Brazil

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Ah, travel. That magical pursuit wherein one experiences the culture of another land, samples exotic delicacies, and, if traveling via Pirelli Calendar, sees a variety of top models in states of undress. At least, that’s the business as usual. But the Pirelli company unveiled its 2013 calendar in Brazil today, and while it stars a cast of beauties—Brazilians Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima, as well as Elisa Sednaoui, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kebede, Karlie Kloss, and Kyleigh Kuhn, among others—this year’s photographer, Steve McCurry, promises less cheesecake. “You can photograph nudes anywhere,” McCurry said at a press conference in Rio this morning. “But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.” (It’s a very different Brazil than was captured in Patrick Demarchelier’s 2005 calendar, also shot in the country, or Terry Richardson’s 2010 take.) Portraits of the models, as well as of Brazilian actress Sônia Braga and singer Marisa Monte, alternate with those of everyday life in the city.

Photos: Steve McCurry / Courtesy of Pirelli