August 20 2014

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11 posts tagged "Magnus Berger"

Rusch Hour: Toasting Montauk’s New “Summer Camp”


With its fishing village roots, robust surf scene, and long association with art world figures like Andy Warhol, Montauk has always been the cooler alternative to the Hamptons—and while some may grumble that the place is becoming too popular, it still stands safely apart from its over-gentrified neighbors along Route 27. One of the attractions of Ruschmeyer’s, a newly renovated “summer camp” from Ben Pundole, formerly of the Mondrian Hotel Group, and Rob McKinley, who opened the nearby Surf Lodge a few summers ago, is that it fits right in with the area’s laid-back mood. It features a rustic lakefront setting, a ring of casual but stylishly appointed guest cabins, and a restaurant where Pundole and McKinley have partnered with the team behind lower Manhattan’s Fat Radish to put a focus on fish and other locally sourced ingredients (don’t miss the clam pizza if it’s on the list of nightly specials). The property also houses a nautically themed late-night hangout, the Electric Eel (below), which could put a serious crimp in your early-morning surfing plans. For those who insist on exercise, there are yoga sessions, a rack of handsome bikes, and, more essentially, a massage room, among other options. Ruschmeyer’s opened over Memorial Day weekend with a friends-and-family gathering that included a Saturday night dinner attended by Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Rogan Gregory, Pamela Love, Magnus Berger, and Tenzin Wild. After the meal, Waris Ahluwalia stepped outside to take a call with his newest collaborators, the alternative hip-hop group The Cool Kids. For an upcoming movie role, the jeweler and actor is adding the title of rapper to his résumé.

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The Fashion Girls Of Japan Organize A Benefit For Japan


The fashion community of New York has been swift in organizing benefits, special products, and donations to Japan in the weeks since the earthquake and Pacific tsunami devastated the country. But for some industry players, the disaster is closer to home. For those Japanese and Japanese-American designers, buyers, and executives, the event is even more personal—and with their newly formed Fashion Girls for Japan, they’re doing something to help.

Spearheaded by Kikka Hanazawa (president of VPL), Tomoko Ogura (women’s fashion director of Barneys Co-Op), Stella Ishii (owner of the News showroom), and Kyoko Kageyama of 3.1 Phillip Lim, who was in Tokyo during the quake, and with the support of Julie Gilhart, Fashion Girls for Japan has organized a two-day sample sale, 60+ Designers/60+ Rolling Racks, to raise money for the Red Cross, the Mayor’s Fund, and the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. What will you find? Exactly what the name promises: More than 60 racks of clothes at deep, sample-sale discounts (starting at 50 percent off retail) from more than 60 participating designers, including Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, and Thakoon. A $5 ticket is all it takes to get entry to the two-day sale, which will be held next weekend at the Bowery Hotel Terrace. For more details, visit And because no event is official without its own logo, the group drafted Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild of Berger & Wild—designers and founders of The Last Magazine]to create a cool a graphic as we’ve seen yet (left). Here’s hoping for a T-shirt (well—another).

Illustration: Berger & Wild/

Lingerie Photographer For A Day?
Well, If You Insist…


Araks lingerie already has plenty of famous fans, Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson (who wore Araks in Lost in Translation) among them. But for her latest look book, designer Araks Yeramyan enlisted a few famous collaborators, too. “The thought of shooting a look book with makeup and hair, that kind of irked me,” she admitted last night at a dinner to celebrate the finished product. “I wanted to find someone who’s not a photographer to shoot.” Yeramyan ended up reaching out to a group of friends, fans, and supporters, including Julie Gilhart (until recently, the fashion director of Barneys), T‘s Sally Singer, menswear designer Robert Geller, The Last Magazine‘s Magnus Berger, and stylist Heathermary Jackson. “People who understood the brand enough that I could give them no direction and they would get it,” she said.

The result ranges from intimate tableaux (Geller shot his designer/showroom owner wife, Ana Lerario, in bed) to staged still-life scenes (Gilhart’s pics, above, of Araks lingerie on walls and fences). And though she’s pleased with the results, letting go of creative control wasn’t easy. “Oh my God, I was so nervous,” Yeramyan said. “I couldn’t fail people! What if they came back with a bad photo, what am I going to tell them?” Luckily enough, no one did. To celebrate that achievement, Gilhart hosted a dinner at The Smile, with Singer, Berger, and Geller (just off the plane from Brazil, where he and Lerario christened their baby daughter) all in attendance.

We had to wonder: Did her long experience in lingerie design (she began her company in 2000) give Yermyan a sixth sense about people’s undergarments—X-ray vision, if you will? “I can’t tell what people are wearing,” she admitted with a laugh. “But I can tell what size they are—I don’t know why lingerie stores have to measure, you can just look and tell. And you can tell if they’re wearing the right type of bra or not.”

Dare we ask? “Mostly they’re not.”

Photo: Julie Gilhart/Courtesy of Araks

From Richard Chai, A Cold-Weather Warning


Just in case you didn’t notice, the temperatures are dropping. Richard Chai, for his part, did. His new temporary pop-up shop, at the west Chelsea space under the High Line that played host to Waris Ahluwalia’s recent installation, is designed to be a glacial, Styrofoam-carved ice cave. For his first standalone store—albeit a temporary one—Chai was after the shock of the new. “I didn’t want a straightforward retail space,” he explained at the opening bash on Friday night, co-hosted by The Last Magazine. Mission accomplished.

Designed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snarkitecture, the space will sell Chai’s men’s and women’s collections until October 31. On Friday, Emily Haines and her band Metric toasted the chilly space with a short set (and a Strokes cover) that had Julie Gilhart, Jamie Johnson, and Last‘s Magnus Berger smiling. “I love and live for Metric—I’m a super big fan!” Chai explained, as the crowd headed for the after-party at Le Bain. Makes sense, that—after the ice, the poolside thaw.

The Richard Chai pop-up installation is located at 504 W. 24th Street, NYC.

Photo: Courtesy of Snarkitecture/

Saving The Best For Last


Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild always throw The Last Magazine‘s fashion week parties at the tail end of the week—the time, in other words, when designers and editors can see the light at the end of the tunnel and are especially eager to kick off their six-inch heels and let off some steam. That’s just what they did last night at the mag’s fourth-issue launch party at Pravda.

“I first came to New York in 1998, and one of the first places I went to was Pravda,” Berger explained. “It’s part of a different era but it feels new, and a lot of my friends had never been here. Our parties are not really about doing anything big or fancy. We just want to have fun.” He doth protest too much. “Magnus always throws the best parties,” said model Julia Stegner, surveying the tiny, tightly packed dance floor. Fueled by male models-cum-DJs James Penfold and Simon Bolzoni, Daria Werbowy and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld held court there for quite some time. Kate Bosworth took a few spins before retreating to a corner booth. New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied probably could have taught all in attendance a thing or two, but he and his date, Natalie Portman, stayed on the sidelines.

“You need lots of alcohol,” Stegner said of what makes a great fashion week party, before adding, “I’m not partaking.” Turns out Stegner was leaving for Italy early in the morning for work (“It’s not so good for the face”). But the work was done for attendees Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Joseph Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang. The latter (pictured with Stegner at another fashion week event)—who knows a thing or two about throwing raucous after-parties—may have sat this season out, but he has something up his chenille sleeve. “We’re saving all of our ammunition for September. You can always do bigger and better things in September.”

Photo: Josephine Solimene and Sherly Rabbani