Aurelie Bidermann's New York boutique opened just days before the start of Fashion Month, which means she never got a chance to properly celebrate its existence. That was remedied on Tuesday night, when an impressively robust group of her friends came to toast the almost-beginning of the jewelry designer's New York story.
After cocktail hour at the Nolita boutique, the crew -- which included Garance Dore, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin and Laure Heriard Dubreuil -- headed up to Lafayette for a family-style meal. "I love it here because it's very French," said Bidermann, draped in a vintage Yves Saint Laurent cloak. Dubreuil, who served as the evening's co-host, seemed thrilled to support her friend. (The two met when Dubreuil picked up Bidermann's collection for the Webster, her influential Miami concept shop.) "The store is so beautiful, it's like a ray of sunshine," said Dubreuil, wearing a straight-off-the-runway look from Stella Jean's fall 2014 collection. "I'm so excited for her. I want more stores to open. I'm an [Aurelie Bidermann] addict."
Stylist Kate Young was just one of the many other personal fans of the brand around to support the designer. "I bought this, unlike every other person here!" she half-joked, referring to her resin horn bangle and the guests layered up in Bidermann's pieces. "It's modern without being tough. And it's significant. I don't really like super small, personal jewelry. I like things that are architectural. There's a nice balance with her pieces."
As for where Bidermann plans to take her vision next? It's difficult to believe Los Angeles -- where there are surely as many fans of her work as there are in New York -- is not in the cards. "I can't really say!" she demurred. "That would ruin the surprise."