Last Thursday for Fashion’s Night Out, I joined Diana Warner, soprano Jeanine de Bique, jazz trumpeter Mike Cottone, bySMITH Collection, Blue Print Industrial Fashion’s Drew Fabrikant, and the fashionABLE crew to celebrate the grand opening of Diana Warner Studio down in Gramercy. When I arrived, Diana had been bombarded with a last minute delivery… several large pieces of art she had ordered to display in her studio.
Although she was already clad in a little black dress and daringly high heels, Diana quickly grabbed a ladder and hammer to arrange the paintings just how she wanted them.
Within minutes, Mike Cottone was wearing one of Blue Print’s signature t-shirts, and guests were stopping by for shopping, drinks, treats and music.
Aside from jewelry, Diana launched her new tie collection with the help of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 10 winner, Whitney Thompson. The effervescent model helped Diana greet customers and even lent her expertise to some male customers who were having difficulties… that is trouble picking out ties of their own.
Cake Balls and Cookies were provided by Pâte à Chew’s amazing Mary Ellen Stefanou as well as some tasty appetizers by Gramercy favorite GRAVY. While Gravy’s corn flake fried chicken was a winner, the fashionABLE, by SMITH team and I all had extreme difficulty keeping away from Mary Ellen’s confetti cake balls.
As the evening progressed, I kept meeting person after person from Tennessee and realized that although a person may leave the South, Southern Hospitality never leaves a person. Aside from Diana’s wonderful parents and scattered celebs, were over a dozen of the designer’s childhood friends and mentors, all who have supported her long before she took over Gramercy.
To quote bySMITH Collection‘s Business Coordinator Stephanie Cercone “Why go to a bar when you could go to one of Diana Warner’s in store happy hours? It’s the best bar in town!” True story… by my fourth visit to the store (and second event) I realized this was a place where everybody really does know your name.
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