The Lower East Side loft of photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin served as the headquarters for what might as well have been a global fashion summit. From Sweden were Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson, whose collaboration with our hosts on a new line for their two-year-old label, Frame Denim, was the raison d’etre for the gathering. From the United Kingdom was Natalie Massenet, who has of course collaborated with the multitasking Grede and Torstensson on another small side project—Mr. Porter. France was represented by Constance Jablonski and her brother, François-Xavier; Italy by Giovanna Battaglia. The Puerto Rican delegation of one, a feisty Joan Smalls, was taking names in a corner of the duplex apartment next to an orange tree. Inez, Vinoodh, and their son, Charles, were, of course, quite literally the Dutch envoys-in-residence.
The agenda for this international conference seemed to be anything but fashion shows; of much more interest was the loft space, a clever combination of clean lines and uniquely bustling decor that reflected Inez and Vinoodh’s decades of work together. “For years, it was all white,” Matadin told me, wearing a selection from the Frame Denim collaboration. “White everywhere, top to bottom. It was cleansing. But then people would come over and think that it looked . . . not done.” Now? The space is very much done. Clean, wide planks of pinewood line the walls and floors, framing spaces for an encyclopedic collection of art and fashion tomes, meticulously selected and framed examples from the photographers’ own oeuvre, and a liberal variety of flowers that invited commentary from almost every guest. “Is that vase sitting on the Yves Klein Table Bleue in the shape of a phallus?” Yes, yes it was.
The only definite suggestion that the New York collections were in full swing may have been Vanessa Traina Snow’s Altuzarra earrings, straight off the runway. But other arguable indications included appearances from Karlie Kloss, who also recently collaborated with Frame Denim on a pair of jeans that went on “forever,” Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, Teen Vogue’s Amy Astley, and Vogue’s Sara Moonves, who is a neighbor of the hosts. A short concert ensued when guests discovered and set upon a drum set in little Charles’s room, ensuring that the evening of cocktails felt as casual as a friend’s birthday party. Inez smiled with toothy agreement throughout. It was picture-perfect.
A few blocks away, the refreshments at West Coaster Scott Sternberg’s party for his new Band of Outsiders store—Momofuku cookies and beer—helped fashionable guests beat the heat.
“I am nude most of the day,” joked Sternberg, who was beaming at the laid-back vibe of the store. “Right now, I plan on making this store totally awesome all the time,” he added. Bringing the cool factor were Roopal Patel in Altuzarra and Chloé, and Kate Foley, who wasn’t too bothered by the scorching temperatures in her Band of Outsiders dress accented with Stella McCartney shoes. “I was weirdly kind of fine today—yesterday, though, I wore a leather top,” Foley noted with a smile.
“I don’t try to beat it,” said actor Jason Schwartzman. “You have to join it and befriend it.” Also taking a cheery approach was Kimberly Chandler, dressed in a summery Band of Outsiders suit and Zara top, punctuated by pop-colored Chanel accessories. “It’s a superlight fabric, and I’m in a sleeveless top,” she said. “But I have this to be photo-ready,” she added, referring to her jacket. As the evening progressed, everyone moved on to the street, turning Sternberg’s opening into an impromptu block party, which was joined by a neighboring fete at Melet Mercantile, hosted by Shala Monroque for Marcela Gutiérrez’s show “Faction,” on view until the 26th.
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