As it turns out, the best possible way to spend your summer Friday might be by frolicking around a traditional Swedish maypole. A mix of music folk, editors, and bloggers including Elin Kling and Kelly Framel convened at the Yard at Soho Grand early Friday evening to celebrate a holiday near and dear to the Kanon Organic Vodka team's hearts--Swedish Midsummer. After creating custom flowered-and-beribboned headpieces with a little help from downtown florist Ovando, guests dug into straight-outta-Stockholm snacks like lingonberry jam, mini meatballs, and sugared gummy candy.
Thank goodness today marks the final day of New York Fashion Week, because we are in desperate need of some good old-fashioned zzz's. Once yesterday evening's shows wrapped, we headed down to Indochine to celebrate the sixth issue of The Last Magazine at the bar beneath the Lafayette Street eatery. The space was brimming with gorgeous faces--we spied former Last cover girl Anja Rubik among the revelers, as well as industry insiders like Matt Kays, Rumi Neely, and CA Creative's Alexandra Weiss--and the Kanon Organic Vodka flowed freely. Zara Zachrisson and May Kwok were on DJ duty, and it quickly became clear that the space's smoky back room housed the designated dance floor while the entryway lounge was strictly for rubbing shoulders with the genetically-blessed. We finally made our way through the Marlboro haze--fresh copies of the glossy's latest edition in hand--and up to midtown's Lavo, where a slightly more dressed-down crowd fêted DJ duo Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane's 23rd birthdays.
The ever-charming Bryanboy has always been one of our favorite personal style bloggers. Evidently, Kanon Organic Vodka finds him just as charming as we do--or even more so. They're going to film him for 24 hours straight on February 16 during New York Fashion Week to, "give viewers a first hand look into what it’s like to rub elbows with fashion’s elite, from Alexander Wang to Anna Wintour," and viewers will be able to tweet him questions. Bloggers are usually mum on their income, but Bryanboy previously revealed to New York that he makes over $100,000 a year on appearances and through ads. Wonder how much Kanon is shelling out for 24 hours of his time? And if you needed any further encouragement to tune in to Bryanboy's New York Fashion Week adventures, here's some footage of him from last season, clad head to toe in Givenchy couture (the same blazer Carine Roitfeld wore that same season). "Happiness is one hair flip away," he says. At least we know he's good with the one-liners. Check it out.
Cobbler extraordinaire George Esquivel was on hand at Maria Cornejo's Bleecker St. store last night to celebrate the launch of his fall/winter shoe collaboration with Cornejo. Esquivel, who handcrafts exquisite leather shoes in his Orange County workshop (he employs only 8-12 craftsmen), only produces a few shoes a year so he's game to collaborate. He says it allows him to explore other design concepts. But only if the shoe fits (I couldn't resist). "The collaborations that I do have to be seamless and grow organically," Esquivel told us. "Maria read about me at the Vogue Fashion Fund last year, called me up and we hit it off." It's the first year Esquivel and Cornejo have teamed up, and this is Esquivel's first fall/winter line for Cornejo. "[Cornejo's] collection is structured and architectural so we tried to create lines in the shoes and give them some texture and shapes that are just a little different," Esquivel said. "They're just a little off-center."
This past weekend, we decided to escape the city and venture out to the Hamptons to celebrate the 4th with Kanon Organic Vodka and NYC hangout The Smile. We figured the combination of unbearable heat, a swimming pool, a color-themed holiday and fashion people would bring about some noteworthy style and we were right. After a couple of Kanon's "Red, White and Blueberry," cocktails (yes, they actually were really good) we decided to start documenting. The event had a decidedly laid-back vibe; many partygoers like Harley Viera-Newton left the red and blue at home and opted for chic white ensembles. Maybe they were going to some kind of P. Diddy White Party after? Does that still happen? Click through for this party's best dressed.