Cynthia Rowley presented an all-female comedy show at Sony Hall on Monday, February 13th. The designer’s latest NYFW show took on a whole new format this season, featuring an immersive hour of stand-up led by some of comedy’s most renowned female voices, all dressed by Cynthia Rowley.
Fashion and comedy have always been a great escape, and there seems to be a collective zeitgeist toward the necessity for humor right now. A sense of humor has been a part of the brand’s DNA since the very beginning, and Rowley’s mission to express fearless fun that brings joy through each collection remains as strong as ever.
“I start each day with ten minutes of stand up,” says Cynthia Rowley. “I’ve long said I wish fashion were funnier. Not necessarily the clothes, but the attitude. After hosting a stand-up comedy night at my store in Montauk this summer with my friend and collaborator Seth Herzog (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Broad City, 30 Rock, Chappelle Show), it became clear to me that it was time to realize my long-standing dream to host so many of my favorite funny ladies on one stage.”
Featuring some of the biggest names in comedy, the all-star all-female cast included comedians Nikki Glaser (Welcome Home Nikki Glaser? on E!), Rachel Feinstein(Last Comic Standing, HBO’s Crashing), Arden Myrin(Netflix’s Insatiable, iHeartRadio’s Will You Accept This Rose podcast), Rosebud Baker (Emmy-award winning writer, one of Variety’s “Top Ten Comics to Watch”, writer for Saturday Night Live), Claudia Oshry(Disgraced Queen on Amazon Prime, co-host of The Toast podcast), Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live cast member since 2018), and Michelle Buteau(Netflix’s The Circle, Welcome to Beautopia).with host Esther Ku (MTV’s Girl Code, Wild ‘N Out, and Last Comic Standing) hilariously tying all of the performances together into one hour of non-stop laughs. In addition to the stars of comedy on stage, notable guests in attendance included Olivia DeJonge, Eve Jobs, Cooper Hoffman, Jane Krakowski, and Alan Cumming.
The clothes were designed with each performer in mind using references from the full collection (lookbook to come). Giant pastel paillettes, loads of sheer fabrics, and classically tailored pick-stitch pieces rendered in our signature sport fabric.
“I see fashion and comedy serving women in the same way. If you can be funny, you can feel confident. If you love what you’re wearing you feel confident. And if you can have both, even better.”
Age defying Helena Christensen celebrated the launch of her new fragrance – lostinflowers – for perfume brand strangelove nyc – at a sexy, intimate party in downtown New York this week, alongside strangelove nyc founder Elizabeth Gaynes.
Smouldering in a mini floral dress, with red fuschia lips, the supermodel turned on the charm for guests including British Designer India Hicks; fellow Models Amy Bracco Biden (Joe Biden’s Niece), Caroline Brasch Nielson, Lana Ogilvie and Nadja Bender; Infuencer Danielle Snyder, Socialite Camilla Olsson, NY Sex Columnist Jasmine Loeb, Restauranter Matt Abramcyk, Retail Guru (ex Joe the Boxer) Nick Graham, WWD Editor Miles Socha, Fashion Photographer Antoine Verglas, Designer Camilla Staerk, Sunhee Grinnell of Vanity Fair and Celebrity Hairdresser Owen Gould amongst others.
Guests were entertained with a selection of food selected for its aphrodisiac qualities including Dark Chocolate Truffles and Grilled Octopus. The party was hosted in former Rolling Stones/Aerosmith publicist and Duran Duran manager Wendy Laister’s downtown home.
About lostinflowers: strangelove nyc combines the purity of flower essences blended with oud to create their fourth scent, lostinflowers and will launch 1st December, exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, New York — adding a romantic and joyful addition to a collection of sensual niche fragrances including deadofnight, meltmyheart and silencethesea.
An innocent yet seductive blend, lostinflowers, combines the euphoria of champaca from India with the gentle purity of muguet and real tagette flowers, the aphrodisiac power of natural gardenia enfleurage, the striking richness of saffron and the deep magnetism of rare oud. This happy fragrance features large amounts of pure and natural Indian champaca, one of the most expensive and rarest of ingredients in perfumery. Known for spreading joy and uplifting spirits, champaca was used in ancient times as a mood enhancer.
It Girl, actress and model Olivia Culpo was spotted wearing the new It Bag “Nude Icon” from Scandinavian brand HVRMNNSN in New York yesterday.
Clean lines, Nordic simplicity and hand sewn quality makes it a modern expression of Scandinavian design. It’s also a sustainable fashion statement: The HVRMNNSN tote bag is sewn on a family-run tannery in Sweden using organic quality leather from the local area. The tannery, Tärnsjö Garveri, is a sought after premium supplier with 140 years of experience and has worked for both Louis Vuitton and Hermès.
The HVRMNNSN leather is controlled and certified as 100 % organic. The HVRMNNSN leather is also tested and certified to be free from harmful substances. The focus on the environment is weighted by the fact that all the selected leathers are bi-products of the local meat industry.
HVRMNNSN tote bag is sold exclusively on www.hvrmnnsn.com. It costs 1,590 EURO/1,895 USD + VAT/taxes at the local rate. Shipping is included.
If there’s one place that needs to be on your travel bucket list, it’s New York City. This is the one place that people from all over the world link to the United States. It features some of the most iconic sights, showcases some great unique neighborhoods and provides a striking backdrop for a fantastic weekend away. Of course, in an ideal world, most of us would have a lot longer than just a weekend to spend in New York City. But with a full time job to hold down, most of us are lucky to just get a few days of escape every couple of months. You might have shunned New York before and have put it down as being ‘too touristy’ or ‘too busy’. But, here are some reasons why we think it’s the perfect place for a weekend city break.
The travel system Okay, so most people don’t pay attention to the local public transport when they are finding somewhere to go on vacation. But, when you only have a couple of days in one specific location, time is of the essence! Take an hour or so before your weekend away to familiarize yourself with the public transport system in and around New York City. As it is such as metropolitan place, it is relatively easy to get from one side of the city to the other on very reliable transport. You can travel by bus, by subway, by tram or even by boat down the Hudson River! If you are planning to travel quite extensively around the city while you are there, it may also be worth investing in a Metro Card. Plus, it would be a crime to visit New York and not take a ride in one of the famous yellow cabs – start practicing your hailing technique now! The things to do
One thing is for sure: you’ll never be bored in New York City. There are way too many things to do to be able to get round them all in one weekend, so you will need to pick the very best to make the most of your time there. If you want a quiet, sophisticated activity that will take you away from the crowds of tourists, why not indulge in wine tasting ny? Taking a stroll through Central Park is also a NY must-do, and if you want to go slightly off the beaten track, Brooklyn is a quirky neighborhood full of great independent eateries.
The places to stay New York has some of the most diverse accommodation in the world, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to where to stay! If you like familiarity, you can simply choose one of the main international hotel chains that are within the city. Some of these are particularly close to the airports, which can come in useful when you don’t have much time to spend there. If you want something a little more individual, however, why not check out one of New York’s many famous hotels, or even stay at a bed and breakfast?
Last night, Ruffino Wine and SVEDKA Vodka celebrated with alice + olivia designer Stacey Bendet during a special evening in celebration of the launch of the highly anticipated alice + olivia capsule collection with the late Neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bendet was joined by Princess Beatrice of New York, Nicky Hilton, Nina Agdal, Pierce Brosnan, Abby Elliott, Alysia Reiner, Victoria Justice, Mia Moretti, Chelsea Leyland, Fiona Byrne, Genevieve Jones, Jessica Seinfeld, among others.
Guests toasted to the CFDA capsule collection launch at The Hole on the Lower East Side with Ruffino Sparkling Rose and Ruffino Prosecco.The Dolls DJ’ed the party going on in the back black-light room where Bendet and her friends danced, enjoyed glow-in-the-dark SVEDKA Vodka cocktails and channeled their inner artists by painting on the walls with fluorescent paint.
alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is proud to announce that the late Neo-expressionist artist and frequent Andy Warhol collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat has been selected, through the Basquiat Estate, as the partner for the second capsule collection that will help support the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s efforts to promote young talent. The 17-piece collection will land in stores and online in November 2016. On November 2, 2016, Bendet will celebrate the capsule collection with an event in New York City at the Hole, a contemporary art gallery representing emerging artists in Lower Manhattan that champions the downtown artist community.
Jean-Michel Basquiat earned his recognition in the art world before the age of 27, even gaining the title of youngest artist to be given a solo show at the widely respected KestnerGesekkschaft gallery in Germany. His personal achievements and participation in an American art movement that ushered in a wave of young new artists make Basquiat the perfect next partner for the promotion of young artists within the fashion industry.
For the partnership with the CFDA alice + olivia works with a new artist to create a capsule collection that will be available for purchase at all alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet stores, aliceandolivia.com, and other retail partners with 50% of the proceeds from select items donated to the CFDA.
Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of alice + olivia, says “Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of my favorite artists. This partnership is exciting for me as it is very reflective of my brand and our continued collaboration with artists. It is also wonderful to be able to raise funds for the CFDA and support their ongoing initiative’s within our industry that develop new talent.”
The new collection includes a variety of unique apparel pieces, accessories and gifts that feature iconic elements of Basquiat’s art, such as the golden crown and colorful, street-art inspired design, mixed with alice + olivia’s whimsical and feminine touch. “Beat Bop” 1983, “Replicas” 1983, “Ascent” 1983, “In Italian” 1983, “Panel of Experts” 1982 and “Notary” 1983 are some of the artist’s famed works that Bendet cites as inspiration for the capsule collection.
Elements of these iconic works can be seen throughout the collection of apparel and accessories, which ranges in price from $150 – $1,295, and each item is reflective of a different piece of Basquiat’s works. An array of textual references to Greek mythology, Roman history, and African Tribal culture from “Notary” can be found on the printed legging ($150), flare skirt ($395), and one of two printed gownskirts ($1,295). Nods to the hip hop and rap music that inspired Basquiat to create “Beat Bop” are seen in the fabric used for the slip dress ($350), one of two printed crop tops ($250) and Basquiat clutch ($495). The “Ascent” print used for the ruffel maxi dress ($1,195), second printed crop top ($250) and canvas weekender bag ($355) give a glimpse into Basquiat’s creative process – combining the sequencing of unconnected ideas with patterns of images and text from illustrated books. The “In Italian” print used for the printed shift dress ($395), a-line short skirt ($265) and second printed gownskirt ($1,295) highlights Basquiat’s interest in the use of language and multi media, tied in to themes of capitalism and monetary exchange. The pops of blue, red and yellow on the overlapping pattern buttondown ($350) are the perfect pairing to Basquiat’s “Replica”, one of the more muted prints used in the collection and a beautiful contrast to the hues in “Dos Cabezas” which can be seen on the large clutch ($295). The final pieces from the collection – hand painted moto jacket ($1,095), distressed patchwork jean ($595), and crown woven shirt ($395) – all utilize a combination of Basquiat prints and iconic symbols. Bendet delivers a modern interpretation of Basquiat’s iconic artworks with the incorporation of beadwork and embroidery details which add a dimensional element to the iconic Basquiat works as they come to life in the form of dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, handbags, shoes, eyewear and more.
For the first CFDA capsule collection, debuted in April 2015, Bendet partnered with celebrated artist Domingo Zapata, a Spanish-American who has studios in New York, Miami, and Hollywood. Zapata’s pieces created for the partnership included a hand-painted ball gown, hand-painted full-length skirt, and custom two-piece skirt with a matching leather bustier featuring piping in a print painted by Zapata, all of which were auctioned off by Paddle8 with 100% of proceeds benefitting the CFDA.
Steven Kolb, CEO and Creative Director of the CFDA applauds the collaboration with alice + olivia; “Stacey Bendet has been a valued member of the CFDA for a long time” he says, “We could not be more appreciative for her work to help us in our cause to advance up-and-coming fashion designers. The extraordinary support we will be receiving from the brand thanks to this initiative is invaluable to our organization.”
ABOUT ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET
Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With collections that juxtapose the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and sensibility of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to- wear, gowns, shoes, accessories and handbags. Pulling inspiration from the world around her, Stacey incorporates bold colors, unique prints, and eclectic details to create vibrant and dynamic pieces. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available ataliceandolivia.com, over 30 free-standing boutiques located in major cities around the world including, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, as well as over 800 of the finest department and specialty stores worldwide.
ABOUT JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Gerard Basquiat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and his mother, Matilde was born in Brooklyn of Puerto Rican parents. Early on, Basquiat displayed a proficiency in art, which was encouraged by his mother.
In 1978 Basquiat left home for good and quit school just one year before graduating from high school. He lived with friends and began selling hand painted postcards and T-shirts. In June of 1980, Basquiat’s art was publicly exhibited for the first time in a show sponsored by Colab (Collaborative Projects Incorporated) along with the work of Jenny Holzer, Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, Kiki Smith, Robin Winters, John Ahearn, Jane Dickson, Mike Glier, Mimi Gross, and David Hammons. Basquiat continued to exhibit his work around New York City and in Europe, participating in shows along with the likes of Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger.
In December of 1981, poet and artist Rene Ricard published the first major article on Basquiat entitled “The Radiant Child” in Artforum. In 1982, Basquiat was featured in the group show “Transavanguardia: Italia/America” along with Neo-Expressionists Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzu Cucchi, David Deutsch, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel (who will go on to direct the biographical film Basquiat in 1996). In 1983 Basquiat had one-artist exhibitions at the galleries of Annina Nosei and Larry Gagosian and was also included in the “1983 Biennial Exhibition” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was also in 1983 that Basquiat was befriended by Andy Warhol, a relationship that sparked discussion concerning white patronization of black art, a conflict that remains, to this day, at the center of most discussions of Basquiat’s life and work. Basquiat and Warhol collaborated on a number of paintings, none of which are critically acclaimed. Their relationship continued, despite this, until Warhol’s death in 1987.
On February 10, 1985, Basquiat appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, posing for the Cathleen McGuigan article “New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist.” In March, Basquiat had his second one-artist show at the Mary Boone Gallery. In the exhibition catalogue, Robert Farris Thompson spoke of Basquiat’s work in terms of an Afro-Atlantic tradition, a context in which this art had never been discussed.
In 1986, Basquiat travelled to Africa for the first time and his work was shown in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In November, a large exhibition of more than sixty paintings and drawings opened at the Kestner- Gesellschaft in Hannover; at twenty-five Basquiat was the youngest artist ever given an exhibition there. In 1988, Basquiat had shows in both Paris and New York; some critics, an encouraging development, praised the New York show.
PHYTO and Tata Harper Skincare were behind the scenes at Nicole Miller, Jill Stuart, Phelan, The Brock Collection, TOME and Zero Maria Cornejo during NYFW 2016.
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GET THE LOOK: NICOLE MILLER WITH TOMO JIDAL FOR PHYTO PARIS
INSPIRATION: A modern take on the French woman
LOOK: French beauty meets boho-chic, fringe and grunge
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There have been a lot of creative master pieces and gorgeous collections to grace the runway, including last nights ‘Colors of Life’ show by Mimi Tran, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. The highlight of the event was the unveiling of Mimi’s breathtaking bridal gown, after an exquisite line up of ready to wear pieces and formal gowns. Her collection included bright reds, pinks and turquoise’s all inspired by her 13 year old daughter. The formal wear is perfect for the red carpet, proms, and even weddings (either as the bride or a guest) – the lace details and trims will leave you looking stunning no matter where you go, and for a little extra sparkle flower details are the new sequins in this collection.
ABOUT MIMI TRAN:
Born in Vietnam, Mimi Tran relocated to Paris at the age of seven where she eventually attended boarding school and was recognized as a gifted child in free style art. At 14, her family moved to the United States where she later graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and began her career at Cisco. She earned an MBA in International Business Management from Santa Clara University, but her artistic side kept pulling her toward a means of creative expression. That calling consequently led her to found her own line in 2013 with form-fitting cocktail dresses that sculpted the body and accentuated feminine curves before she finally embraced the red carpet-ready glamour of evening gowns. Today she is based in San Francisco but is sold worldwide in specialty boutiques and stores. The showing of her “Colors of Life” Collection is her fourth and highly anticipated participation at New York Fashion Week and is of particular significance as she continues to explore the limitless possibilities of the Mimi Tran brand.
WHO: HERON PRESTON joined by VIRGIL ABLOH, LUCIEN SMITH, LUKA SABBAT, WARIS AHLUWALIA, JESSICA LOWNDES, JILLIAN HERVEY and LUCAS GOODMAN (LIONBABE), DAO-YI CHOW and MAXWELL OSBORNE, A$AP FERG, ENIKO MIHALIK, ATLANTA DE CADENET TAYLOR, GIGI BURRIS, CHELSEA LEYLAND, SIMI and HAZE KHADRA, ROSE GILROY, SABINE HELLER, MIKE THE RULER, MT CARNEY, AARON BOBROW, ACYDE, ALEXANDRA MARZELLA, ALEXANDRA SPENCER, ALEX LEE, PALOMA ELSESSER, ALEX OLSON, MICHAEL AVEDON, JACK GREER, JACKSON LEE, ALLISTAIR SOW, SASHA MELNYCHUK, AMIRAH KASSEM, ASHLEY SMITH, BIBI CORNEJO BORTHWICK, BOBBY WALTZER, BRIAN PROCELL, BROOKE KLAUSING, CAMILLA DE TERRE, CAMILLA AND GIULIA VENTURINI, CASS and ALI BIRD, CHAZ FRENCH, CHLOE NORGAARD, CHLOE WISE, COCO BAUDELLE, CORY KENNEDY, DANIEL CHETRIT, DEE and RICKY JACKSON, DEV HYNES, ELON RUTBERG, ELLIOT TEBELE (FUCK JERRY), ERIK FOSS, GABE SAPORTA, GABIJA MITCHELL, GORDON STEVENSON, ISSAC BREST, JEANETTE HAYES, JENNÉ LOMBARDO, JERRY LORENZO, JONAH LEVINE, JULIE GILHART, K8 HARDY, KARL CYPRIEN, KATHERINE WEBB, KEVIN KEARNEY, KITTY CASH, LEAH MCCARTHY, LILLI HYMOWITZ, LOGAN HORNE, MARIA CORNEJO, MARY ALICE STEVENSON, MAY KWOK, MICAH SPEAR, NADER, NEMO LIBRIZZI, PHOEBE and ANNETTE STEPHENS, PIA ARROBIO, SELBY DRUMMOND, SIKI IM, SIMONEZ WOLF, SOPHIE HAWLEY-WELD AND TUCKER HALPERN (SOFI TUKKER), TANYA TAYLOR, TAYLOR AVERY, TODD TOURSO, TREMAINE EMORY, TYLER HANEY, ZACH SUSSKIND, AND MORE…
WHAT: “UNIFORM”- HERON PRESTON FOR DSNY
Designer and artist Heron Preston announces a new fashion collaboration with the DSNY’s Foundation for New York’s Strongest: “UNIFORM”, a collection series that is activated and environmentally conscious, the first of its kind. On September 7, Preston will debut a line of DSNY merchandise and workwear essentials adapted from up-cycled clothing and archived DSNY uniforms, imbuing the DSNY logo with a new power and context for the fashion-conscious public.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
WHERE: DSNY SALT SHED, 336 SPRING STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10013