In the run-up to Christmas, the New York party circuit is positively brimming with social events. It’s as if the city was trying to reach its yearly quota before everyone packs up and heads down to warmer locations for the remaining tail end of 2014. One particularly eventful evening about a week ago had me running all over town from a book party to a fried chicken restaurant to C21’s newest outpost in FiDi.
The first stop of the evening was the newly refurbished Ludlow Hotel lobby hotspot, Dirty French for the launch of Gypset Living. The third book of Julia Chaplin’s Gypset series, published by Assouline, features the homes of eclectic personalities from around the globe. Not one to miss out of the opportunity for a themed party, the dimly lit hotel was quite a scene, filled with fascinating, downtown personalities such as Carolyn Murphy, Sean MacPherson, and Phil Winser.
Upon exiting the hotel, we discovered that Sweet Chick, a Williamsburg-favorite fried chicken and waffles spot, had opened a Manhattan location right next door. This was clearly cause (especially after a few cocktails) for celebration! Besides, being late to the next event was but a small sacrifice for a taste of The General (fried chicken with general tso's sauce, rice and broccoli waffle).
Next up was the LXR & Co. party celebrating their newest outpost at C21 Edition, Century 21’s first high-end concept store. For years I’ve had a tendency to shy away from Century 21. My prejudice was based on my belief that they mainly aim to target those mass quantity shoppers who constantly look as though they’re ready to bite anyone who might comes between them and a bargain (more power to them, but it’s not something I want to deal with).
However when I arrived at C21 (technically a separate store, but it is adjacent to NY’s massive Century 21 outpost) I was happily proven wrong. LXR & Co. is a vintage luxury boutique that specializes in beautiful pieces from the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton. With music by The Misshapes and various arts & crafts tables set up for party-goers to create customized accessories, the night was anything but a bust. I would gladly return to the store- something I’m glad I learned in time for last minute holiday shopping.
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