Friday, June 20, 2014

Fashion Friends

A Party at the
Monica Byrne Atelier
Last night we attended a delightful party on West 28th Street, in a loft amid the wholesale district's old-timey low-rise buildings. We were invited by Rosemary Wettenhall (aka Madame Matovu vintage) to celebrate the opening of designer Monica Byrne's atelier.

 Don't you just love this old elevator
in Monica's building?
Monica loves the films of Wes Anderson,
and this elevator reminded her of his recent film,
Hotel Budapest.
Rosemary Wettenhall and Monica Byrne.
Monica worked for Vera Wang and Jil Sander before setting up her own fashion design company. She favors clean lines and classic shapes and loves good tailoring and interesting textiles. She designs for a sophisticated and modern client.
A shelf in my studio with Monica's invitation and
a lovely Liberty of London note card
I received from Elisabeth who purchased a necklace
at the Hester Street Fair.
 Monica's Look Book for fall 2014.
Her company is called Bon Vivat.
 A coat from the fall collection.
Monica's charming "paper doll" drawings.
Nadia in a vintage lace dress works with
Rosemary at Madame Matovu.
 Bolts of cloth, a vintage lace dress (on chair)
and a painting by the talented and lovely Nadia.
Painting by Nadia and a lace collar by Monica.

 Rosemary and jewelry designer, Camille.
Camille is wearing a stunning necklace of her own design.
 Open the windows of the Hotel Bon Vivat
and discover a world of Monica's designs.
 A "footnote." 
Rosemary's Golden Slippers.
 I purchased Monica's jacket in coral wool crepe. 
Positively yummy.
Just happens to match my necklace perfectly.
 Stepping out on 28th Street, we were greeted
 with this gossamer view of the Empire State Building. 

It's so wonderful to support a network of talented artists
and designers in our vibrant city.
Thank you Rosemary and Monica, for a look
at your work and a fun evening.

You may see more of Monica's work here.

À Bientôt!


  1. I adore Nadia's paintings!
    You look wonderful in these bright colors and the jacket was a great choice.

  2. Carol, yummy is the perfect word for your new jacket and your beads!

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