August 28 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Dannijo, Spring ’14


Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

DANNIJO SS14 Presentation

Label: Dannijo, by Jodie Snyder Morel and Danielle Snyder

Need to Know: Hot off the celebration of Dannijo’s fifth anniversary, the designing sister duo took Spring ’14 to the dark side with their aptly titled collection Noir, which they presented at Industria Studios in the West Village last night. The range, which models wore while lounging around a midcentury-style movie set, is a departure from the label’s consistently cheerful, colorful baubles. And as the name reflects, it’s an homage to the women of black-and-white film noir. Railroad-track chokers, pendants, and signature Dannijo cuffs featured contrasting shades of black and white muted stones, with pops of teal and pink. On hand to fete the line were such Dannijo supporters as Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Rashida Jones, Samantha Ronson, and a bevy of models straight off the runway, including Hilary Rhoda and Coco Rocha.

She Says: “We’ve always worked off this concept of duality,” said Danielle Snyder. “This woman is elegant yet bold, romantic yet dangerous. It’s black contrasting with a pop of spring.”

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Photo: David X Prutting/

Toasting New York’s Night Owls


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 backstage. “And when I’m home in London, I’ll most likely just go to the pub.”

Photo: Paul Bruinooge /

A Ronson Reunion


While other designers may vie for a Los Angeles—and celebrity—following, Charlotte Ronson seems a natural on the scene, mixing business and pleasure with enviable ease. In town to celebrate the holiday season at the newly opened hot spot Everleigh with supper and cocktails, Ronson delighted in the left coast aesthetic. “So many of my best friends are out here, including my sister, and I love being able to have sleepovers with her,” the designer said of her twin, Samantha, who came to show her familial support. (The two, left, are both in Charlotte Ronson.) “Plus, since I just got my [driver’s] license a few years ago, I finally get to really practice out here.”

Over a casual family-style spread, Ronson went through her Spring ’11 lookbook with Ashlee Simpson (who attended with husband Pete Wentz), while Nicky Hilton and China Chow caught up with friends at the other end of the table. The Office‘s Mindy Kaling mingled with the sisters Ronson, Shiri Appleby, and Ione Skye. It was a nice break for Ronson, who’s been on the move lately: opening two stores in Shanghai, continuing her partnership with JCPenney on the I Heart Ronson line, and working on her Fall collection, all of which has left her ready for a reprieve. “I feel like the holidays just caught up with me this year,” she said. “I definitely want to go to a beach somewhere, but I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t even had time to plan it yet.”

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Ronson

Nicks’ Knack


Harvey Nichols has long been the hub of London fashion, but it may soon be the hub of the London youthquake, too. The city’s big-spending hip kids have evidently made an impression on the august retailer, and the result is a new fourth-floor boutique called, appropriately enough, the Hub. Enter the fresh blood!

Daisy Lowe, Amber LeBon, and Samantha Ronson all turned out at the outdoor picnic Harvey Nicks threw to celebrate its revamped boutique, where they’ll no doubt find plenty to love. The designers that the London new guard can’t get enough of—Markus Lupfer, Preen, Richard Chai Love, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff—are all on the racks, as are a few bits and bobs like Kidrobot toys and headphones. The party, in fact, felt more like a music festival than a stodgy store fête—tunes by Ronson, who manned the DJ booth; food by the restaurant of choice for the under-30 crowd, Bistrotheque. And in true rock style, the fest is taking the show on the road: The party continues for the next three days, hitting Southbank, Notting Hill, and Spitalfields. It’s the sort of event likely to be greeted with lighters raised—which makes it all the more canny that those, too, will be Hub staples going forward.

Photo: Courtesy of Harvey Nichols

No Use Crying Over Spilt Vodka


Bottle service, deafening dance music, and an eager chorus of people clamoring to get in—just another Friday night at Avenue, except for the shared genes. Charlotte Ronson was throwing the after-party for her Bryant Park show, and, as usual, the family—less brother Mark, who’d flown back to London earlier that day for an album release—was there to celebrate. That’s not to say it was a Ronson-only crowd. The bash (sister Sam on the turntables) drew Zoe Kravitz, Cory Kennedy, and the ubiquitous Jared Leto (pictured, with Ronson), as well as a glut of Ronson’s fans, friends, and staff. Why not a calmer affair? “There’s too many people that work too hard—you can’t contain them,” Ronson said from her banquette, adding that after a runway event where “all those little things have to fall into place,” it’s nice to be able to get a little sloppy. “You can spill a lot of vodka and be like, oh, I meant to do that.”

And a few blocks downtown at Provocateur, Rag & Bone was celebrating its after-party, though the spills David Neville was thinking of were tears, not vodka. “We were crying backstage,” he said of the reaction among his staff when the last womenswear look went out at their show earlier that day. “It’s been such an intense season for us—we really put ourselves on the line, creatively, and coming to the end of that process, it was a little overwhelming.” And, his co-designer, Marcus Wainwright, hastened to add, the duo’s new stylist, Vanessa Reid, “kicked our ass”—in the best possible way. The bash was a celebration of many months of work, no less on the collection than on the soundtrack. “Five months,” Wainwright said, explaining that it takes that long for him and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to settle on the tracks for the shows, which Yorke then mixes and sends off. “A lot of bass this season. At the men’s show, we blew out a speaker.” One way, among many, that Rag & Bone has been blowing everyone away.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene