Sunday 19 February 2012

Sunglasses At Night

Last and Best

The Last Magazine has evolved in the three-plus years it's been around—and not just what's on the page. "We decided it's really nice to sit down and talk to people rather than dance all night and have the police shut us down," Last co-founder Magnus Berger said last night at the downtown mag's celebration at Acme. There was that sort of party, too, later on in the restaurant's basement. But the dinner upstairs beforehand had the friends-and-family synergy that fuels this particular breed of trend-predicting culture outlet: Richard Chai installed in a back booth, Julia Stegner chatting over brie-on-toast and Arctic char with Jacquelyn Jablonski. (The latter appears in a spread in the latest issue shot by Steven Pan, who happens to be Stegner'sex-boyfriend.) Of course, get-togethers held at the end of fashion week tend to have a less frantic vibe. "Thank God it's over!" Phillip Lim exclaimed. "I'm re-socializing"—not to mention planning a vacation to the extremely fancy Amanyara resort in Turks and Caicos. Stegner, who walked Altuzarra and Zac Posen this season, was hefting one of the oversized magazines well before she headed out. "It fits nicely under your arm—it's a nice accessory," she decided. So were the Prism sunglasses that served as the first course. The eyewear brand co-sponsored, along with Kanon Organic Vodka, and designer Anna Laub had opted to gift sunglasses to dinner guests rather than put together a traditional presentation. Acme, with its mirrored walls, was the perfect venue for trying them on, and certainly a place that's welcomed those who wear sunglasses at night. "I'm actually not OK with that look," Laub admitted. "But tonight I'm making many, many exceptions."—Darrell Hartman read more..

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