by Matthew Bedard



Continuing to chase the stumbling American Dream

Art of Elysium’s GENESIS celebration with our friends Supra at DTLA’s Ace Hotel was a hoot. We teamed up with Houston Hospitality and famed photographer Michael Muller, and threw one hell of a VIP installation, shooting guests like Joaquin Phoenix, Shepard Fairey, Emile Hirsch, and anybody else who happened to wander into our clutches. Then we printed the portraits and bound exclusive magazines featuring said portraits alongside incredible artwork donated from the kids at Art of Elysium, all on-site.

We then hopped a cross-country flight all in the spirit of patriotism—or, rather, our Stars & Stripes party put on with partners Siwy Denim and BLTEE by Brian Lichtenberg at NYC’s gold-bedecked Gilded Lily. Vanessa Hudgens hosted the shindig and helped us knock back a few flutes—not to mention guzzling some Tiger Beer, Black Velvet on the rocks, and, of course, Svedka. It was a beautiful and it was also the release party for our The Distress Issue.

The proper champs of champ, Dom Pérignon, brought out the big guns for their NYFW kickoff at Pioneer Works and preview of Limited EditionVintage 2004 bottles designed by Iris van Herpen. Carmelo Anthony, Paz de la Huerta, and Coco Rocha were in attendance sipping the golden nectar of the Gawds.

For our AM appointment, we toasted to the merger of Mulberry and Cara Delevingne, who were celebrating the launch of their collaborative collection. Poppy Delevingne posed with her sister beside gilded Mulberry balloons. Georgia May Jagger and Amber Le Bon talked serious business while sipping on marmalade mules, while Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor took a break from texting her day trader to nibble on some mini-burgers and date pudding.

“Lateral movement” in the hierarchy of American business is a damn-dirty-foil, but was originally an equestrian term, unfortunately our horse was sick so we took the train to FYF’s 2014 outing in Exposition Park. Dev Hynes and Grimes made us swoon.

Fashionworld™ invaded that air-conditioned desert playground known as Las Vegas for the summer trade show season. We cruised down the strip to Marquee for the official PROJECT after party hosted by denim darlings Diesel. Urban entrepreneurs Migos brought their Versace swag to the party, while a cocktail of high voltage strobe lights and Veuve Cliquot ensured we donned our Karen Walker shades indoors.

We rolled over to Palihouse for a dinner in celebration of the opening reception of Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage: Haiti with Wiley’s gallery Roberts & Tilton, and sipped a few cocktails provided by Grey Goose. The heat wave shows no end in site, and we must continue to pound the pavement, continue to chase the stumbling American Dream, continue to run a magazine. Thanks.

Photography: Amy Graves for Getty Images, Araya Diaz for Getty Images, Anna Fischer, Jessica Pons, Jacqueline Verdugo, bfanyc.com.