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Is Silver The Color Of Spring 2011?


‘Tis the season to make jewelry. More and more of New York’s ready-to-wear designers—suffering, we’re sure, from an overabundance of free time—are adding custom or collaborative jewelry to their collections for the Spring ’11 season. And if you’re a fan of silver, you’re in luck.

Jen Kao has collaborated in the past with other designers on jewelry for her namesake label, but this Spring, she steps out on her own, launching a collection of sterling silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and even a belt that pick up Spring’s romantic theme. “When I can be, I am always head-to-toe in jewelry, but it still always feels like there’s an essential piece that’s missing. I particularly love pieces that become such a part of you that you don’t ever want to take them off,” Kao says. “I wanted to design jewelry that speaks the same message as the clothing: personal, easy dramatics.” The weird, slightly supernatural romance of her current theme—”the youthful kismet of desert princes meeting zombie brides,” she says—was replicated in a gift to editors: a dangling pendant from the upcoming collection (above), complete with a hand-penned poem.

For his upcoming collection, Jeremy Laing worked with fellow Torontonian Jaime Sin on a few silver pieces as well. Sin’s main occupation is DJ—she’s done the music for Laing’s shows for the past few seasons—but she’s launching her line on Laing’s girls, some of who will be wearing the geometric pieces Sin and Laing co-designed (above).

And for Fashion’s Night Out, Rogan Gregory and Pamela Love put their heads together for some limited-edition jewels, too. The engraved lockets from the new ROGAN vs LOVE collection are inscribed with dark, allusive phrases—”What Have Your Eyes Done To Me?,” “Don’t Stop Love,” and “Don’t Cry” (above). They’ll be available for $435-475 on Fashion’s Night Out at the Black Carnival, the Bond Street block party co-hosted by Rogan, The Smile, and Oak.

Photos: Steven Torres (Jen Kao); Courtesy of Jeremy Laing; Courtesy of Rogan

Beating The Drum For Change


“We’re hoping people will walk away from this totally inspired,” said Rogan Gregory, looking around to check the crowd’s reactions as last night’s kaleidoscopic affair at the Hudson Hotel’s Good Units space was wrapping up. Gregory, his Loomstate partner Scott Hahn, and the jeweler Pamela Love had organized a 40-drummer-strong drum circle, led by Hisham Bharoocha, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Some in the audience were compelled to dance; others stood in a daze, possibly digesting a psychic reading administered by on-hand Tarot readers. Or perhaps they were captivated by the 20-foot pyramid hovering over the action, onto which a psychedelic nature video, reacting in real time to the drummers’ rhythms, was projected. “Enough of the green talk,” Hahn told us. “We’re trying to show people that Earth consciousness really doesn’t have to be a drag.”

PLUS: Read our Q&A with the event planners.

For Earth Day, Rogan Gregory And Co. Would Like You To Try On A New State Of Mind


Earth Day turns 40 this month, and the eco-friendly guys at Loomstate are throwing the holiday a birthday party. Nature being in relatively short supply at the Good Units space at the Hudson Hotel, Loomstate founders Scott Hahn and Rogan Gregory (pictured) decided to bring the great outdoors inside, with a little help from jewelry designer Pamela Love and a 40-large drum circle rounded up by composer Hisham Bharoocha. “We were thinking about it as sort of like a modern rain dance,” Gregory explains of the drum circle. “A way to bring people together, and get them on the same beat. I think you can create something incredibly positive out of that energy.” A giant pyramid installation installation by Spoke Visuals and a psychedelic light show top off the indoor-hippie vibe, and Bharoocha encourages attendees to bring along their own instruments. (Kazoo, anyone?) Here, Gregory, Hahn, Love, and Bharoocha talk to about nurturing nature, fashion scene-style.

What inspired you to throw an Earth Day event?
Scott Hahn: Well, it’s the 40th anniversary. I’m not sure why that means anything, actually, other than 40 is a nice round number, but there’s good energy around the event this year, and Loomstate is a brand inspired by nature, so…

Rogan Gregory: I feel like most fashion labels, when they do a big event, it’s for fashion week. But our emphasis is fashion and sustainability, and it felt more appropriate to do something now. Something fun.

SH: We’re really trying to get away from the messages everyone’s already heard, away from advocacy per se, and find new ways to speak to people. There’s a lot than can come from, you know, sharing and energy and inspiration. It’s hard to ask people to change; it’s better to inspire them to change.

RG: And inspiration is something fashion is really good at.

What should people expect at the event?
RG: There are a lot of moving pieces, so we’ll see how everything comes together, but basically we’ve got this space with 20-foot ceilings, we’re installing a giant pyramid in the center, and the drum circle will be around the pyramid. And there’s a light show. Obviously, there will be drinks and normal party stuff, too, but we’re really trying to make this an immersive experience for people. If we could have gone and done something outside, like, far away from the city, that would have been great, but it wasn’t practical. So the thinking has been, let’s try to transport people in another way.

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Rogan Gregory, Ladies’ Man


You’ve got to hand it to Rogan Gregory. Though he seems cool, there’s a touch of P.T. Barnum lurking behind that unruffled exterior. On Tuesday night, for example, Gregory could be found at his store on the Bowery, playing ringmaster at Ladies’ Night. No two-for-one frozen margarita specials at this Ladies’ Night. Instead, Gregory had invited designers such as Leana Zuniga of Electric Feathers and Yara Flynn of Nomia to sell their wares alongside his at “ridiculously exciting one-night-stand prices,” as it said on the invite. Who could resist? Especially with the makeup artist giving free touch-ups…”Well, women are smarter than men,” explained Gregory, when asked why he’d decided to throw his lot in with the ladies for an evening. “I mean,” he added, catching himself, “about shopping. I mean, especially about shopping. I mean…I just thought it would be fun.” At that, Gregory backed away from the rhetorical landmines and into the back room. Of course, women are a) smarter, b) especially about shopping, and c) a more promising target for a razzle-dazzle holiday shopping event than their XY counterparts. Men’s Night Out? Not so much.


Love At First Sight: A Summer Shoe-In


What: The venerable Keds Champion—you know, the one you’ve loved since second grade?—run through the mellow green machine of Loomstate boys Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Why: Because I’m in dire need of a summery canvas alternative to my beloved but embarrassingly ubiquitous off-white Chucks, and Loomstate’s Keds are a sweet printed riff on another timeless American classic. Plus, if you’re going to rock a sockless sneaker, it only makes sense to go with one crafted from organic parts.

Where: $75 at Barneys New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Loomstate