Tis the season for the annual holiday parties and last week was overflowing with end of the year festivals. First up, “a sweet event” for Chelsea Taylor and Ooh La La Candy at Gansevoort Hotel Park Ave. The pretty in pink theme event took place at the presidential suite. For the first in many events, an unlimited amount of champagne was served. Ooh La La Candy’s stand featured nostalgic hard candies like Mike & Ikes and Rascals. Disappointingly, there were no decadent cakes or mouthwatering chocolates. Chelsea Taylor previewed their 2011 collection, which featured lots of radiant colors of Swaovski crystals on charms and rings. Like most events of this natural, it was pretty blah but the finger food was a plus and the endless drinks, a delight.
On to the next, Bourgeoisie Shoetique celebrated their 3-year anniversary with host shoe stylist Rashida Ali. Arriving fashionable late, I expected to find a room full of fashionistas while drinks and hors d'oeurves were being consumed as per the invitation. Well unfortunately, food and drinks had to be subtracted from that equation. The event started at 7:30pm; arriving at 9pm, I found nothing but hungry faces and dry mouths. Melissa Ford and Coco were in the building sampling the very sexy Fall 2011 collection. Alas, after a half hour of previewing minus any other entertainment (i.e. drinks!), I left. Note to Bourgeoisie Shoetique: there’s a Trader’s Joe on 14th street; if the budget is tight buy a few bottles of two-buck-chucks and some cheap finger food so you can keep your word. Do you really expect patrons to preview a dozen stilettos for 3 hours?
NeoSoul artist Candace Coles performed for free at the BAMcafe this weekend. The DC native gave an energetic performance along with guest singer/song writer Gordon Chambers. Candace sang over infused jazz funk beats with vocals similar to another well-known neo soul artist, Jill Scott. Another Brooklyn event for the week included Travis Sylvester’s holiday party in Bedstuy. The event took place at a quintessential Brooklyn brownstone filled with fashion conscience locals. There were lots of “prep-masters” with the bowties to complete the getups. Most female attendees bore dresses in the spirit of the season. Graciously, guests were treated to drinks and eatables.
By far, the best party of the week was DGI management’s holiday soiree. The party took place in the West Village at Don Hill’s. It had all the right ingredients for the making of a good party: good music, drinks (free vodka) and folks who wanted to dance. DGI artist Marla Joy performed a couple of tracks to complete the night.
There were more events than I could possible attend and more to come this week. Be sure to check out next week’s wrap-up of festive events.