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December 8, 2011

Despite the rain, the lovely ladies of Jené DeSpain Jewelry headed out to celebrate the holidays last night. There were sooo many parties around NYC last night, so we put on something sparkly and faced the weather. I seem to have this re-occuring habit of never remembering an umbrella, but who wants to carry an umbrella all night?! Layers of  jewelry and the kindness of strangers, who offer me refuge under their umbrella, are really my only defenses against the downpour. After dashing from one umbrella to the next, I made it safely to the front doors of Burberry’s Soho location, where ELLE Magazine was hosting their annual holiday festivities. Garance, Gianna, and I welcomed the glasses of Veuve and the sounds of choice tracks spun by Chelsea Leyland.

We meet lots of pretty people and saw some old friends. I was particularly happy to see Jodi Belden. She is a very lovely lady who makes the accessories magic happen at ELLE. We chatted about the chaos of the NYC Holiday season and shared a lil bit about our plans for Christmas traveling. She has impeccable style, and I’m always inspired by what she’s wearing. Her red hat was so striking, and a brilliant choice for a rainy night out. *Note to self – procure large bohemian hat that looks fabulous with everything to defend hair against future rain-filled evening!

We had a great evening making new friends and drooling over the Burberry’s new Winter collection. Thank you ELLE for a wonderful party. Now we’re off to battle the night on our way to the next adventure…

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Elle Magazine & Mulberry celebrate Spring 2012

November 11, 2011

Dear JDS blog readers, meet Garance. Garance is the new PR Girl at Jené DeSpain Designs, and she’s UHmazing! Originally from Paris, this girl has style, class, and is wicked smart to boot. Last night, after a full day in the studio, we decided to hit the streets of Soho to party hop. Glamour magazine threw a lil fete at Bebe, serving glasses of prosecco with a lovely blend of pomegranate & blood orange juice. After a quick glass of champagne and a loop around the room, Garance and I bounced over to the Mulberry store on Spring Street to mingle with the lovely ladies of Elle magazine. In grand celebration of their upcoming Spring 2012 collection, Mulberry’s launch party was bright and poppy, just like their new designs. Theodora Richards womaned the music at her dj booth, while trays of fresh strawberry cocktails floated around the room in excess. Garance and I chatted with bloggers and stopped to take part in the flip book station set up in the back of the boutique. We bounced a beach ball around for 8 seconds while a computer captured the action, and 2 minutes later, a printer spit out a perfectly adorable lil flip book of our ball tossing. I caught up with Kate Lanphear and Anne Slowey from Elle, while Anne’s lil daughter danced around with a Mulberry crossbody. Who knew an infant could have such great taste? All in all, it was a great night out.

Yes Please!

Because I love boobs… who doesn’t?

October 7, 2011

My friend Molly, from Guest of a Guest, invited me to attend a party last night hosted by Ralph Lauren and Glamour Magazine to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month – October, and to celebrate Lauren Pink, a new collection for Fall 2011. I had a lovely time sipping on sparkling blush rosée and donating to a great cause. I made a donation and won 2 prizes, a gift certificate to Lord & Taylor, which I promptly spent on a seeexxxy pair of black stockings, and a year subscription to Glamour. cool.

I also met Christina from Trop Rogue. Check out her blog http://troprouge.blogspot.com/. Girl has great style and perhaps we can blend our fashion powers to collaborate together on a project soon….

If you like boobs and would like to donate to stamping out breast cancer once and for all, skip over to the National Breast Cancer site to throw them a lil cash… or credit… http://www.nbcam.org/

if a girl gives money to saving boobs, can she be forgiven for looking like a bobble head?

hey San Francisco, let’s brunch!

November 22, 2010

So where would I rather spend Black Friday than on a early flight to San Francisco? I’m heading out west to throw a party! This upcoming Saturday, you are invited to brunch with the best of SF, while getting a first grab at the Black Honey collection. Spend your first Holiday Party of the season celebrating the power of Jené DeSpain bling. See you there. xx

Life keeps streaming by…

July 13, 2010

wow, where did this last month go? careening by. amid a thousand june events, the opening of the Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery, was a night to be remembered. the show was curated by Beka Economopolous and Jason Jones of Not An Alternative and showcased the work of 13 artists, including the Yes Men.

Beka Econopolous and Jené DeSpain at Eyebeam Gallery

my evening kicked off with the opening at Eyebeam with amusing interactive art pieces to investigate and lots of wonderful people to chat with. My favorite piece in the show was created by Giana Gonzalez titled, Hacking Couture. She broke down fashion labels into a grid that charted the visual fundamentals of each brand into an aesthetic code. her comment on fashion houses is that any major brand can essentially be recreated by anyone who hacks into and follows the specific code of that brand. as a designer, i’m not sure how i entirely agree with this theory, as it removes the personal creativity that each designer brings to her/his fashion label, but it’s an interesting concept. her charted display of the break down of  brands such as YSL, Versace, and Gucci, made it simple to understand that each major design house does have a “code” that it routinely follows with each new collection. all in all, super thought provoking and cool subject to ponder.

Beka, Leonidas, and Jené DeSpain

After the opening, a large group of us wandered out into the Meatpacking District to find some food and more yummy drinks. a ton of parties were happening all around the neighborhood, including a silly red carpet event that a few of us couldn’t resist. when you see young ladies parading around on a red carpet, what else can one do but jump right in? we snagged a shot of beka and myself hamming it up with the poor young one that happened to be on the carpet as we walked by. after a moment of confused surprise, she warmed right up and struck a pose with her arms around us for all the cameras, before we winked and dashed off to our evening’s next adventure.

Meatpacking District Red Carpet Mischief

Let the Summer Fashion Parties Begin!

June 6, 2010

one of my favorite things about NYC summers are the evening fashion events sprinkled throughout each week’s calendar. a party here, a party there. a soiree in soho, a dj spinning at an anniversary  in williamsburg, a new opening in the L.E.S., and prosecco as far as the eye can see. in addition to all day music concerts on the williamsburg waterfront and free movies in Bryant Park, this array of fashion events gives every girl perfect opportunities to show off her new summer apparel. i kicked off the sultry night celebrations this first week of June on thursday at Oak’s opening party honoring Obey’s new collection and then headed over to Charlie & Sam for their 1 year anniversary party. Oak has the most amazing array of hand dyed tank tops, and i highly recommend checking out Samantha Pleet’s new dresses and jumpsuits at Charlie & Sam.

hanging out with Samantha Pleet at Charlie & Sam

on friday night, i bounced over to Court’s soho shop to give my ladies, Nicole and Lisa, big hugs and sip on the Crystal Head vodka/lemonade mixers they were serving up all night. Crystal Head is dan aykroyd’s vodka company, and he was super cool to donate some of the beautiful skull shaped bottles of his delicious vodka for Court’s yummy drinks. on saturday, a few of my wonderful friends came into the city from Boston for a visit, and we went over to check out the new Renegade Craft Fair in williamsburg’s McCarren Park. over 300 indie artists from the NE came to set up shop and show off their wares over the weekend. all in all, it was a great start to summer parties. now the only question is, what will i get to wear out and about next week?

Nicole, Lisa, & I at Court

lovely soho ladies celebrating summer at Court