Satya Twena’s Paris Rocker Chic Hat Party

Working in New York is cool. It’s not just because this is by far one of the greatest cities in the world, but because it’s a place where literally anything you dream up can become reality. That’s what happened with the hat party we produced for Lonny Magazine this spring. The event was held at our friend Satya Twena’s millinery here in Manhattan. On what was a dark and stormy day, we had the fun of bringing our concept to light, producing a chic hat party with a little bit of a rocker edge.

From the beginning, the vision for this event was a sophisticated hat party with edge, and the guest list was just right. Satya’s group of creative friends included eyewear designers Coco & Breezy, photographer Nick Onken, actress Maggie Grace, director Matthew Cooke, fashion guru F.E. Castleberry, Loren Brill of Sweet Loren’s and fashion designer Carrie Hammer. The group was an eclectic one, and for many of them this first time getting together was a fun gathering of unique and creative minds. Photographer Anna Moller captured the party beautifully. With an eye for capturing the details and people, you can tell from the photos that everyone had a blast!

We worked on a stunning tabletop for the party that Satya had dubbed, “Paris rocker chic”. Floral designer, Emily Howard Kudva of Phileanor brought in the darkest flowers that literally popped in the light-filled space. Her lush arrangements of deep purple, hot pink, and almost black flowers set a dark and romantic vibe in the space, perfect for a cool party. To keep the eclectic look going, we styled the table with a mix of Seletti’s Juxtapose china from our favorite Soho store – Michele Varian. For a little bit of shine, brass trays and utensils from Japan added a metallic mix. Decadence came in the form of a heavenly cheesecake and delectable sweets from Mah Ze Dahr Bakery. Some of our favorite pieces, like the alabaster grapes and porcelain apple boxes, became the finishing touch on the lush table. And of course, we couldn’t forget candles. We used our favorite white grapefruit candles from Murchison-Hume. The event literally looked and smelled delicious.

Our styling extended into the bar, where we worked with mixologist, Issac Flores from Dick & Jane’s Bar in Brooklyn, an unmarked speakeasy in Fort Greene. A white table became the bar for the event, topped with a stunning array of purple dogwood branches. We wanted Flores to sport a laidback look, in jeans, a tie and suspenders. He was topped off with a hat from Satya Twena to finish the look. And the drinks were delicious. A secret recipe from the bar itself.

Parties are perfect, especially when you can express a unique point of view, and this one certainly did. The only thing we regret, that we were producing this shoot and not a part of it! Maybe next time.

For more images from this event and the perfect mint julep recipe, read the whole article on Lonny.

Images furnished by Anna Moller Photography

Inspiring Ways To Style Your Camera Collection

Going into someone’s home and exploring their collections is one of my favorite things to do. A collection is a wonderful way to express who you are in your interior. In our home we collect art, but in others I have seen everything from snow globes, to something that came to mind this morning – vintage cameras. While vintage black and white cameras might not be in use that much these days, the cameras that your mom and dad, or your grandparents once used, can be beautiful pieces to put on display. These images show that just a few, like six, or a host of them, like 26, can make a pretty cool and unique display. With all of this talk about cameras, I also want to be sure that you are checking out the Interior Angle with Patrick Cline articles on the AphroChic page. Be sure to check out his latest, The Life Styled, as he explores the lifestyle branding in some New York’s hottest stores, including Ralph Lauren Home and Club Monaco.

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Put Your Favorite LPs on Display

It’s time for good music! The weather is warmer, summer is just a month away, and the entertaining season has begun. I’m itching to throw a big house party this year. I want to go all out with a DJ, some good friends, food, and vintage hip-hop records playing in the background. This party obsession has me wanting a record player badly this summer. There is nothing like the sound of an LP. And with mid-century modern furniture all the rage right now, maintaining a record collection at home is easy. Streamlined sideboards and hutches are the perfect fit for record players and a growing collection of LPs. Here are just a few ideas for storing your favorite records at home.

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Styling Art In REMIX

In REMIX: Decorating With Culture, Objects and Soul, art takes center stage in each interior that we shot.  From highlighting beautiful gallery walls to unique collections of original art, our stylist, Angela Belt, worked to ensure that the art collections in each home truly shined.

Particular attention was paid to curating collections made up of the homeowner’s original pieces.

At times there were so many pieces to choose from that we had to pare down.

We had an excellent team that installed each piece.

Works were arranged to create the perfect shot for our photographer, Patrick Cline.

See more inside REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iBookstore and IndieBound.