PARTY ANIMALS: Town & Country held an appropriately civilized party on Wednesday evening at the equally appropriate Crown restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side to celebrate editor in chief Jay Fielden’s one-year anniversary at the magazine. It was a family affair, with mothers and sons in little blue suits mulling about the main room and greeting Fielden, who, as one attendee put it, held court like Scarlett at the ball.
The Crown was a last-minute selection for Fielden, since the party was originally scheduled to happen at Bill’s, the new restaurant from John DeLucie that took over the old speakeasy Bill’s Gay Nineties on 54th Street. No one seemed to mind the 11th-hour switch — most of the partygoers probably live within walking distance of the Crown anyway.
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In between air kisses with Olivia Chantecaille and Elle’s Robbie Myers, Fielden reflected on the year that was, talking about a few of his favorite covers (the Hemingway cover in September, the Patti Hansen cover from December and the upcoming October issue featuring Andie MacDowell and her daughters) and plans for a new Town & Country Web site. “We’re hoping to get this going by the end of the year. This is the first site at Hearst designed for your phone instead of the desktop. You will be able to read it on your computer, but we’re designing it for mobile,” he said.
Speaking of new Web sites, New York magazine’s blog-turned-Web site The Cut held a launch party on the same night on the rooftop of the NoMad Hotel. Coco Rocha, David Lauren, Shala Monroque, Michael Bastian and Barneys New York chief executive officer Mark Lee all stopped by. The event was part of a week full of promotion, including a free shuttle running between Milk Studios and the tents at Lincoln Center.
Unfortunately, that shuttle wasn’t in service Wednesday night for more party hopping. It was a slow crawl down to Capitale on The Bowery for the launch of Du Jour magazine. Perhaps that’s because it seemed like everyone was headed there. Inside, it was wall to wall with people, from Kim Kardashian to a few women from the “Real Housewives” franchise, cover girl Christy Turlington, Bruce Weber, Martha Stewart, Hilary Rhoda, Amar’e Stoudemire and Nacho Figueras. Jason Binn pulled Turlington and Miami Heat star Chris Bosh into the DJ booth next to Questlove to try and talk to the crowd, but it was impossible to get their attention back from the open bar and kabobs being inhaled. Binn turned the party back over to Questlove and the dance floor quickly filled up.