It’s Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s Birthday. And the Bright Young Things would like to pay tribute to her. So for one week only, starting on her birthday, Thursday, August 19th, we’re offering our little black dress to all for $150.
To celebrate, I thought I’d give her a ring. She doesn’t get out much these days, and most people seem to think she’s dead, but like Tupac and Elvis, she’s virtually immortal. She stays in and generally avoids society with the exception of only the closest of friends. She also has a rule to never celebrate birthdays, but I somehow convinced her to let me over for low key afternoon tea and some reminiscing about her 128 years of impeccable style. Naturally, I wanted to pick her brain on style, fashion, love, and her life philosophy. Her answers were uncannily current for someone who stays at home all the time. And once you get her going, she’s hard to stop. By the end of the visit we were playing dress up in her closet and posing for the camera. You should have seen her impersonation of today’s runway models! She had me cracking up while she coached me on how to pose for the camera to avoid regrettably bad angles for my face. She said knowing how to pose is a key skill to have if you are planning on being any sort of legend. Apparently no one gets famous if they don’t photograph well. Shortly after that Coco and I tried to vogue, but in the end I think we just looked rather smirky. I suppose we let our vanity get the best of us. However, I think we may have uncovered one of the greatest mysteries of the fashion world; why everyone in fashion photos always looks so catty. Chin insecurity… Read on>>
Summer Rayne is an anomaly in the best sense possible. She’s a model with numerous ads and editorials under her belt, but get this: she’s also a Cornell graduate with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology (she’s a big fan of bugs). Think those two life tracks are mutually exclusive? Think again… Read More>>
Eleanor Friedberger of the Brooklyn-based brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces never abides by musical commonplace, and her style is equally uninhibited. Time Out named her among New York’s most fashionable, which for some could mean a laboriously premeditated morning effort, yet Eleanor’s approach to getting dressed is anything but, and refreshingly so. This week, Eleanor talked to us about thrifting in middle America, being in a band with her brother, and her approach to dressing for gigs… Read More>>
Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, the two talented stars behind the line, Vena Cava, are serving as members on the Bright Young Thing’s Style Council. They believe that original style comes from the person wearing the clothes rather than the designer label behind the clothes. These two women are savvy, sophisticated, smart, stylish, and very funny, all things that define a bright young thing… Learn More About Them>>
As some of you may have noticed, Eliza has been going a bit batty for Earthships. As some of you may have not noticed, she sneaked a very real hyperlink into her last very imaginative post. That link led to a website, where we discovered that Earthships are actually attainable–film icons and mad scientists not included… READ MORE>>
Last night, I took my LBD out for a well-loved NYC tradition. The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series has been a summer staple in Central Park for 56 years, with the company performing two Shakespeare plays in repertory for the duration of the summer. And get this: the tickets are absolutely free…. READ MORE>>
When Bright Young Things designer Eliza Starbuck and the BYT street team met the press for the official launch of the LBD on Thursday, the evening naturally became one big dress up session. How could it not?
Last weekend, some of the Bright Young Things street team waltzed around the Renegade Craft Fair at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The day was hot and sticky, but in the shade of the tents the pickings were excellent. Here are a few of our favorite finds… Read More>>
The roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art currently resembles something closer to an Asiatic forest of mythic proportions than the deck of an eminent institution. Big Bambú, the massive installation by the identical-twin artists Mike and Doug Starn, towers fifty feet over the roof deck, sporting a winding walkway that visitors may climb all the way to it’s upper reaches. The catch? Big Bambú is made from nothing more than bamboo poles and bits of brightly colored nylon rope….Read More>>
From the street, the High Line looks like an abandoned industrial relic, a bit of structural debris fallen from functionality, and forgotten. And it was, until this past June when a grassroots campaign of New Yorkers, having successfully lobbied the City, reclaimed the blighted platform and opened High Line Park… Read More>>