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April 21 2014

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9 posts tagged "Matt Kliegman"

Toasting New York’s Night Owls

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Last night, scenemakers and 24-hour party people descended upon Webster Hall to toast Manhattan clubland’s most hip at Paper magazine’s Eighth Annual Nightlife Awards. “For a while, New York was just a bunch of the same hipsters hanging out at one place,” said Matt Kliegman (of The Jane Ballroom and The Smile), whose downtown hot spot Westway took home Best Party award for its Tuesday night fête Westgay at Westway. “Right now, New York feels more exciting.”

Inside the disco ball-festooned ballroom, nightlife impresarios like Nur Khan and Ben Pundole sipped Hennessy with the likes of Cynthia Rowley, Samantha Ronson, Cory Kennedy (pictured), and Chelsea Leyland. Winners of the night? Best Arty Party (The Hole), Best Club (Le Baron), and Best Restaurant with Nightlife Scene (Acme). Riffing on the eccentric categories (Best Social Media Nightlife Star, anyone?), presenter Sarah Sophie Flicker conceived her own award idea. “I would love to see old-fashioned dinner theater,” the Citizens Band maven mused. “I know it economically makes no sense, but I just want to dress up in a long dress and hear beautiful music.” Meanwhile, model Jessica White was miffed Richie Akiva and her preferred playpen 1-Oak got snubbed. “He’s known me since I was 17,” the 28-year-old Sports Illustrated model said. “We’re planning a big Halloween party.” Still, not everyone on hand was a self-professed night owl. “My nightlife is more about Netflix streaming,” Girls actor Alex Karpovsky deadpanned before dashing out to the premiere of his flick Gayby.

Following the ceremony and a 15-minute delay, which prompted Paper‘s David Hershkovits to break out into dance à la South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Ellie Goulding took to the stage to perform while her boyfriend, DJ Skrillex, looked on. A couple made in nightlife heaven? Hardly. “In New York it’s all about work,” the Brit pop star told Style.com backstage. “And when I’m home in London, I’ll most likely just go to the pub.”

Photo: Paul Bruinooge / PatrickMcMullan.com

On Our Radar: Yestadt Millinery Caps

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New York’s fashion set is very ready to don caps, if a quick scan of the looks in the stands of New York fashion week is anything to go by, and now, one of New York’s hometown milliners is very ready to oblige. Yestadt Millinery is launching a new collection of classed-up caps, in fabrics like cashmere and ponyskin, exclusively at Opening Ceremony. “We have been working on tweaking the baseball cap idea for a few seasons now, adding a little here and taking a little there to update it and make it more sporty-chic instead of sports-literal,” explains designer Molly Yestadt. “Everyone knows how to wear a baseball cap, and there is definitely a strong attitude that comes along with it.” That attitude is on display in the short film, debuting exclusively here, lensed by Matt Kliegman.

Photo: Josh Wehle

Is The Fashion World Ready To Embrace—Gasp—Food?

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Style.com contributing editor and party reporter Darrell Hartman circles the city and, occasionally, the globe in the line of duty. In a new column, he reports on the topics—whatever they may be at whatever given moment—that are stirring the social set.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” Kate Moss famously said. Lord knows a good deal of the fashion world agrees with her. But fashion also responds to what’s going on in culture—and with all the foodie-ism out there these days, shouldn’t the Champagne-and-cigarettes diet seem a bit passé?

Bon Appetit thinks so. Since GQ alum Adam Rapoport took over as editor about a year and a half ago, the mag has adopted a new focus on food as an indispensable part of the stylish life, peeking into the dining rooms of fashion personalities such as the Missoni family and A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou to help its case. So when Rapoport & Co. threw a dinner a few weeks ago with help from recent profile subjects the Marden sisters and the in-demand interior designer John Derian, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do examine the topic.

Hugo Guinness’s anecdotal evidence suggested that fashion’s higher-ups are more or less deaf to all that enthusiastic noise coming out of the foodie world. “Daphne couldn’t care less about food,” he reported, referring to his sister. And it was with little relish (so to speak) that he described the cuisine that one noted fashion hostess serves up at her dinner parties: “Always steak or fish, and horribly cooked.” But there’s a new guard, too, and in New York few people embody it as well as Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte. They made a name for themselves as nightlife guys with a talent for marshaling the city’s cool kids, but in recent years they’ve gotten that same crowd to stop by for lunch at The Smile’s two downtown outposts with a menu that’s “healthy and comfort-y,” as Quirarte described it during cocktails at Bon App‘s dinner. This summer, they’re enlisting young restaurateur (and ex-boyfriend of Harley Viera-Newton) James Cruickshank to grill up late-night burgers at Westway. “I do think food is a bigger part of popular downtown culture,” offered Melia Marden (pictured), who’s head chef at The Smile and had put together the Mediterranean-flavored menu. “It’s very ingrained with what’s fashionable now—it’s not so separate.” Jean-Marc Houmard, who’s managed to lure Indochine vets over to his trendy new place, Acme, would probably second that.

A week later, as we were both heading up to a dinner in Istanbul, Cecilia Dean suggested to me that fashion absorbs trends in its own way and that when it comes to food, the relevant idea at the moment is the rather general one of eco-friendliness. “Food doesn’t need to be cool in the eyes of fashion people,” she said. In other words, no trendy chefs, pig parts, and cooking techniques: the fashion world’s plate is full enough.

Photo: Evan Sung / Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Hats On

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Since launching their line in 2008, Brooklyn-based hatmakers Molly Yestadt and Jane Pincus of Yestadt Millinery have had an unmistakable cool factor that has drawn the likes of Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne, and Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock to enlist their services. So It comes as no surprise that the duo brought on a very hip crew of friends, including Matt Kliegman, Dev Hynes (who, you might recall, was on the arm of Alexa Chung during the recent runway shows), and Coco Young, to shoot their Spring ’12 video, debuting exclusively here on Style.com.

“The drive behind this collection was really to try to capture that very light, very summery feeling through the fine woven straws we used,” Yestadt tells Style.com. “We manipulated the shapes with minimal trimming and let the materials shine in their natural, raw states, and I think this translated to the video through Matt’s unique vision and Dev’s light and winding soundscape.”

In the short film, shot on the Long Island Sound, Young and Lyle Lodwick show off some of Yestadt Millinery’s best sellers, like wide-brim hats and boyish baseball caps, as they flit about enjoying the final days of summer (to custom sounds by Hynes). “[We wanted] to capture that late-summer love—it’s hot as hell, the shadows are long, and you can’t help but to get the sense that September is quickly approaching,” says Yestadt. Luckily for us, spring has only just started and the lazy days of summer are ahead.

Photo: Courtesy of Yestadt Millinery

Go Westway, Young Men

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Between all the prep work, production, and execution, there’s a lot that goes into a fashion show. So it’s easy to see why after wrapping up their men’s and women’s Fall 2011 collections, the duo behind Rag & Bone were ready to celebrate, and at a former strip club, no less.

“You only have so much control over the process and once everything is set into motion, you just have to go with it,” co-founder Marcus Wainwright said at the Westway last night. “It’s also a relief to be finished and we’re really happy that it turned out the way it did,” Wainwright added on their women’s show earlier in the evening. Put more simply, his partner in design David Neville quipped to well-wishers, “It feels awesome.”

And the crowd certainly felt the celebration mode. The music was pumping, though the stripper poles center stage were bare save for a few bold partying souls. There were, however, plenty of eye-catching ladies at the Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte-owned spot. Notably, Hanne Gaby Odiele (pictured, center), who also walked Rag & Bone’s runway, pointed out, “The week just started and look at me, I’m out. I’m going to regret this tomorrow morning.” Lucky for her pumpkin coach, er taxi, she headed home just before midnight.

Photo: Luca Cannoniere/GoRunway.com