Editor-in-Chief Jefferson Hack historically throws edgy, slightly unconventional, star-studded parties to fete his edgy, slightly unconventional, star-studded bi-annual publications. Partnering with Milk Studios co-owner Mazdack Rassi, Hack did not deviate from his fail-safe formula, with stars like Joshua Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Andrej Pejic, Liz Goldwyn, Sky Ferreira, Frankie Rayder, and China Chow packed into Milk’s airy and gorgeous LA digs, dreamily styled by Absolut Elyx
The crowd was exceptionally chatty for a group of 20 and 30-somethings still reeling from the high that was Coachella Round One. New-York based BLK DNM and J. Lindeberg designer Johan Lindeberg told us he came out West for the “space and freedom”--though he didn't quite make it through the full weekend in Indio. “I woke up Saturday morning and said, 'I can’t do it again and need my space,' so I drove four hours to Death Valley,” he told us. Next stop for the designer? A pop-up store in Tokyo and a vodka brand launching in two weeks.
Just when we were starting to feel like all that Vampire Weekend wafting through the space was affecting our better judgement, Chelsea Handler arrived with hotelier boyfriend André Balazs, looking refreshingly down-to-earth in amazing Givenchy boots (she thinks). When we asked Handler who she was wearing, she said she had “no fucking idea,” but then added it was probably Lanvin--which she "loves." The comedian/author/late-night host said she doesn't consider herself into fashion. She said it’s “debatable” whether she usually looks good on her show, because “sometimes my stylist [isn’t] good” and “sometimes I’m bloated.”
Handler went on to explain that “coming up in the comedy world, I didn’t pay attention to fashion. I didn’t want to deflect attention [from my comedy] or get up there looking hot, so I would go on stage in jeans and a T-shirt with my hair in a ponytail. But as you establish your career, you realize it’s alright to be prettier or have fun with fashion, which is a term I never thought I would actually say.” To the extent she has one, her style philosophy is “being comfortable and walking with confidence.”
We might just adopt that philosophy for ourselves, Chels.