One Night Only
Ask anyone with an interest in nightlife where they’d go given the chance to relive the past, treatment and the answer will almost certainly be Studio 54. The name is iconic, the guest list legendary and the atmosphere infamous. Without a doubt Studio 54 is still, to this day, the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of glamorous nighs out, and with good reason. Even though its reign as the only club that mattered was relatively short, it’s impact was huge, and can still be felt today. Unfortunately, to experience the holy grail of nightclubs, you’d have to travel back in time…or be one of the one hundred party-goers lucky enough to attend the re-opening of Studio on Tuesday, October 18th in New York City. By virtue of probability, it’s unlikely many of you attended, so let me provide you with the a vivid recapitulation of my experience…
Studio 54, the aforementioned epitome of glamour, decadence and all around fabulous nightlife, re-opened its doors at its original location on 54th Street between Broadway and 8th avenue for a one night only event. Hosted by SiriusXM’s Studio 54 Radio, the heady atmosphere of days gone by was magically – albeit temporarily – recreated. From the dance floor layout, to the shirtless servers, to descending acrobats, Studio 54 came back to life.
Even the original staff from its heyday, including DJ Nicky Siano and doorman, Marc Benecke, reunited for the sake of disco. The only thing missing were many of the famous faces that were mainstays back in the day, though the site of people like Kevin Bacon, Naomi Campbell, Clive Davis, Cameron Diaz, Gayle King, Susan Lucci, Ryan Phillippe, Bar Refaeli, Keith Richards, Joan Rivers, and Donald Trump certainly helped make the experience feel authentic.
Just thirty-six hours prior to the reopening of Studio 54, Swedish breakthrough DJ/Producer Avicii posted on Facebook that not only would he be performing a set, but that only 100 people from the street in addition to the outrageous guest list would be allowed in. On top of that, the doormen would be handpicking those people based on their appearance…just like the old days. As your nightcrawling nightlife connoisseur, this was a challenge I was destined to take on. Avicii was my initial motivation for going. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace the thrill of “It’s Raining Men” just like any other weather girl (with my door closed), but Avicii’s set was my “Hallelujah! (amen…)”.
After four hours of waiting behind a barricade, amongst other anxious non-guestlist partiers, my two friends and I were prestigiously selected (again, the only way to get in). Upon entry, we pass through a vestibule covered in mats and white snow (not that kind), made up of some kind of feather-esque confetti. Shirtless servers, “club kid” veterans, and various celebrities were all flaunting their ’70s swagger. I noticed one man wearing a multicolored sequined blazer grooving solo on the dance floor. Normally, I would veer away from such a character at a typical NYC nightclub, but instead…I threw this guy a wink and smile. Although I couldn’t exactly catch the whiff of the nostalgic air filling the room, I certainly felt the elation of pure disco energy.
‘Til next time…
by Laura B., Viral Fashion’s Nightcrawler
Shopping should be an experience, try
right? Perusing well-stocked racks, eyeing pre-styled outfits on mannequins, considering a dress from all sides and angles. All too often, and women will attest, this experience is not a fun one. On my last few shopping expeditions (I call them expeditions because I embark on them with the goal-oriented mindset of an archeologist), I have nearly left the dressing room pulling out my hair, watching other women do the same. Our laments? Nothing fits, the store’s too crowded, and what you thought would look great just looks forced.
With that in mind, please do not torture yourself any longer; take a visit to Stella McCartney’s new flagship store in Soho. Located at 112 Greene Street, the store is the answer to every time-crunched, busy woman’s prayers. The interior itself seems to have a calming affect, probably due to its fuss-free layout, high-ceilings and shades of blue incorporated throughout. The space is very open, with the original columns preserved but accented with brass rods, seamlessly incorporated into the new modern feel, and a geometric pattern made up of wood tiles of various stains and hues. Boasting two levels, the first floor carries Stella McCartney’s Ready to Wear and Resort lines, handbags and accessories. Downstairs one can find enviable children’s gear, her line for Adidas, as well as lingerie and shoes.
No matter what the need is, stylish workout clothes, a chic but versatile bag, eveningwear that fits every body type from Kate Winslet to Katie Holmes, or office-appropriate outfits, this store takes the stress out of shopping. Going through the racks, which themselves are sculptural works of art, I kept going back to the houndstooth printed blazers and pants from the Resort 2012 collection as well as her velvet and sheer numbers from Fall 2011, at once alluring and classy.
The store being my final stop on a day spent running around Manhattan, I entered harried and left relaxed. That could be because I knew the next place I would be going was home to my apartment, but I think it was the tranquility that comes with finding a store that will always have what you’re looking for and, thankfully, keep my hair intact.
The Stella McCartney store is located at 112 Greene Street.
For a salesperson, call +1 212 255 1556.
by Lifestyle correspondent, Gloria Cavallaro
Unbeknownst to many is the fact that within the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street lies one of the greatest fashion collections thus far from the Museum at FIT. Collections ranging from Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta, information pills
from Prada to Halston and more- are all a part of The Museum at FIT’s “Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part One” exhibit.
The exhibit puts to light some of the most spectacular designers of modern fashion: from the infamous classic tweed suit by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, to the almost forgotten Indian-inspired sari evening gown by Elsa Schiaparelli’s fall 1935 collection – the two were rivals in their era.
It’s hard to believe how far couture has come in just one century, and also how often it repeats itself for later generations. Schaiparelli’s untraditional methods of style and design sparked whispers and gossip in the early 20th century and continue to inspire designers of today – as evident in Miuccia Prada’s funky black lace dress from Prada’s fall/winter 2008-2009 collection.
I must say if you are a Chanel-lover, then you will certainly feel at home with the pieces on display. Starting from Chanel’s early career, is a black silk chiffon evening gown circa 1925. With its crystal seed beads, rhinestones, and silver leather detailing, you can almost hear the jazz music that would’ve played when a true flapper donned this dress. The Chanel feature continues with a classic maroon and green wool tweed suit from the Fall 1959 collection that every Upper East Side socialite would’ve lusted after. Karl Lagerfeld, who took over creative control of the fashion house in 1983, rounds out the feature with a black wool evening suit from 1986 and an irresistible black Victorian-style evening dress.
Of course, the exhibit didn’t forget to include pieces that redefined a generation such as: Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress from the Fall 1965 collection and a red silk, Valentino Couture evening gown – which can be seen in the designer’s documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor.
My favorite piece? Ever a flare for the dramatics, I almost fell over when I saw Rick Owens’ bat wing jacket and skirt ensemble, which was a part of his fall 2008 “Glamour Meets Grunge” collection. With its sweeping lines and graceful silhouette, this piece personifies mysterious glamour and style.
With that said, if you ever find yourself at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, I highly recommend you make your way to the Museum at FIT before this exhibit closes, and all the fashion history…disappears.
by Lifestyle correspondent, Maria Laurie Espino
The Museum at FIT is located at 227 West 27th Street.
The “Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part One” exhibit closes on May 8th, 2012.