The impetus of the Toms + Tabitha Simmons capsule collection, which was toasted on Tuesday night with a dinner at the candle-soaked Fat Radish, was a gush of sorts. “We were introduced at the Footwear News Summit, and I just said to Blake, ‘I love what you do. I love your shoes. I have so many,’” Simmons enthused of her first meeting with Toms founder Blake Mycoskie. “And the more I learned about the company, the more I fell in love with it.”
The designer assembled a coterie of her closest friends (many of whom admitted to looking forward to kicking off their current footwear and slipping into their own pair of Toms in a few hours) to fete the 10-piece collection, which is launching for holiday and features Simmons’ signature striped grosgrain print on both the classic Toms slip-on and espadrille silhouettes. The lineup sells for $42 to $46 for children’s styles and $124 to $168 for women’s. The anticipation has been well-documented on social media via hashtag #tabiTOMS.
The room soon became snug, brimming with the likes of Dree Hemingway, Hilary Rhoda, Jamie Johnson, Jessica Hart, Stavros Niarchos, Kate Young, Liv Tyler and ostensibly-on-again-boyfriend Theo Wenner. “Let’s get a drink,” Simmons decided shortly after arriving, making her way over to the bar arm-in-arm with Tyler. Wood slabs topped with canapés — ricotta and honey crostinis, crudité with hummus and nori dusted tuna with avocado wasabi puree — were spread across the bar.
Nearby, Tyler told friends about her latest venture: an etiquette handbook she cowrote with her grandmother, “Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top.” “It’s really geared towards a young professional. Many times they don’t realize that they’re not advancing in their careers because they didn’t have great manners. It’s outlined with a lot of details on everything from thank you notes to cell phone etiquette,” she said quietly, picking apart the dried wax puddled at the bottom of a pillar of candles. “It’s hard with the cell phone because there’s a lot of pressure on us to be always available, but I find that the more you put it away, the more you can focus and be present.”
Meanwhile, across town, much of the chatter at the Boom Boom Room at the Top of the Standard was concerning ice. “How will they get them out?” one partygoer questioned over her flute of bubbly, looking at the massive chunk of ice encasing Didier Dubot x Nicola Formichetti, a capsule collection Formichetti designed for the fine jeweler. Cohost Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Zoë Kravitz, Lindsey Wixson and Ming Xi were among the revelers taking in the display. “I love this presentation,” Formichetti said from a corner booth, motioning to the ice sculptures. “It’s cool, right?” Inspired by the juxtaposition of punk and pretty, the capsule features pieces with gold snakes coiling around poppies and interlocking safety pins encrusted with pearls. “This was my first time doing fine jewelry and I loved it,” he said of the range, which is priced from $1,800 to $2,200. “I’m so used to shows and the spectacle of that and with jewelry you present it with a party like this. It’s like, ‘Have a drink, take a look and have fun.’”