Fashion Dinners, Family-Style
“We’re celebrating for no particular reason!” designer Emma Fletcher said between sips of rosé at last night’s Tocca dinner. “We just finished Resort and we’re about to do Spring, and we thought, Why not do a dinner together?”
The party took place in the garden space of Dustin Yellin’s newly opened Pioneer Works—a lush, Eden-like courtyard bordering the water—and the guests, a small group that included the likes of Richard Phillips, Josephine Meckseper, Heidi Bivens, and Craig McDean, dined like long-lost friends, sitting at a single table and passing dishes of Thai-spiced beef and cucumber salad, locally sourced roasted chicken, and spicy kimchi rice late into the evening. It was the first event of summer at Yellin’s Pioneer Works—a chance to toast not just a moment between projects but also the rebirth of a space that is very much a symbol of vibrancy and resilience to the Red Hook community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“It’s sort of an experimental utopia of sorts,” explained Yellin as guests arrived, stopping to wander through the first floor’s Ernesto Caivano retrospective before making their way to the garden. “It’s part exhibition space on a museum scale, part school with weird classes. We have residencies with a physicist, a performance artist, a sculptor, and a painter…. We even have a woman who is trying to make a walking bridge that will close the channel down from Red Hook to Governors Island.” Last night’s celebration just added to the mix of interdisciplinary-arts discussion. “I’m actually taking portraits of people here and collaging them for inspiration for the Spring collection,” revealed Fletcher as the night wound down. “Usually, I do everything a little bit uptight-ly; I’m trying to be freer and approach my designs like I do the collages—organically.”
Back in Manhattan, Rebecca Minkoff was celebrating the launch of her denim line with a sunset dinner of her own, on the penthouse terrace of the Mondrian SoHo. Minkettes such as Stacy Keibler, Julie Henderson, Katrina Bowden, Zosia Mamet, and Jessica Stam were all treated to a new pair of jeans. At stores, they’ll ring up for no more than $128, and a portion of sales from each pair will help feed underprivileged kids through the charity No Kid Hungry. “Jeans are my everyday uniform, and they were something the brand was missing. I’m very passionate about them,” the designer told Style.com. Tonight, Minkoff will continue the festivities with a blowout party (featuring a pizza truck, deejays, and graffiti) at 96 Greene Street, where she will open her first stand-alone store this Fall.
—Ashley Simpson and Brittany Adams