It is the most stylish summer ever. Designer Byron Lars presented his fall 2014 collection to editors and fans in an intimate event at the Pratt Institute gallery Tuesday night. Models Ashley, Minyoung and Sheila J. modeled some of Byron’s favorite looks from the season.
Most of the stylists and editors who attended were already big supporters of the designer judging by the number of women who wore Byron Lars to the event. Author Lauren M. Bias wore a metallic pieced sheath and director Sidra Smith wore a twist front laser cut coral dress to the party.
Julep and Bluffa Jo cosmetics provided some rich hues in nail lacquer to complement the colors of the collection, while Mizani hair products helped to glam up the models’ do’s.
The Byron Lars team truly pampered party guests as they nibbled on Pop Chips and gourmet bits from my new Garment Center favorite, Café Kabila. The Moroccan influenced fare had mini bastilla pastries, sliders and brie tartlets with cool mint tea. Make My Cake bakery from Uptown Manhattan provided rich cupcakes and brownies in the gift bag. There are certainly a lot of cupcake makers in this town, but I watched a model (whom I have never seen eat, let alone touch sugar) inhale two cakes in about 30 seconds. If that’s not a testament to their tastiness, I don’t know what is.
Are you looking for post-party indulgence? The Upper East Side spa Sphatika offered guests pampering services with a special discount. If you love Byron’s designer glasses, you can shop for your own with a 3D virtual try-on experience from DITTO who gave out give certificates.
A personalized gift from Byron Lars was a soft scarf made especially for the fashion party that was printed with his sketches of the collection.
Now, I wouldn't tease all of you with these goodies if you didn't have a chance to get them for yourself! Byron Lars is offering up the VIP gift bag from the event in his “Designer for a Day” Challenge. Style the paper dolls with your version of his looks and submit by noon on June 26, 2014. Good Luck!
Photos by Mariana Leung