August 20 2014

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


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

For Those April Showers…


For Spring, the New York-based designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan of Sea were asked by Barneys Co-Op’s fashion director, Tomoko Ogura, to create a raincoat exclusively for the retailer. “We felt there was a void in the market for stylish, functional raincoats,” explains Ogura, who picked Sea along with a handful of her other favorite brands, like Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, and 10 Crosby, for the project. Sea’s answer to the assignment, an Italian lace number, perfectly fits Ogura’s fashion-meets-function requirements. “We always sell lace well, so when Barneys asked us to develop a raincoat, we wanted to do something that was a bit more special than a standard raincoat,” Monahan tells “So we worked with the mill and came to this coated, sealed lace.” has a first look at the jacket ($495), here. The full range of raincoats from each brand is available now exclusively at Barneys.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A Sea Of Handbags


After designers Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini landed their New York-based contemporary women’s line, Sea, in stores, retailers like Barneys could hardly keep the label’s patterned silk sets and leopard-print pieces on the racks. This month, the duo gives us more to love with their new line of handbags.

“We wanted our bags to have the look our customers have come to expect from the ready-to-wear collection,” Monahan tells “Hopefully, they are quite functional, easy, but fun to wear, with a spirited and optimistic personality.”

The bags are all of those things; they are, like the clothes, slightly edgy yet at the same time feminine and sophisticated. There are 17 styles for all different functions, from clutches to hobos to messengers, in the same stretch printed canvas from the clothing line, bubble lamb, and calf leather. Our favorites, of course, are the leopard-print numbers, including the Penelope shoulder bag ($495) and the Mayfair shopper ($475).

Sea handbags will be available January 15 at The Tannery.

Photo: Courtesy of Sea