Tuesday evening was a family affair for Brooke Garber Neidich.
The Sidney Garber designer was seated at the bar of the Slowly Shirley, the intimate, Forties-themed outpost below the perpetually packed hot spot, Happiest Hour in the West Village. Joining her were husband Daniel, daughter Mallory, new daughter-in-law Alessandra Brawn, and son Jon Neidich, who happens to be the owner of both bars, as well as Tico’s Tequila Bar, Acme and Tijuana Picnic. There was no official reason for the get-together — just a simple summer cocktail party before the weather turns and New York Fashion Week fatigue sets in. Still, Neidich had plenty to drink to. “It’s summer, I got into the CFDA — it’s been great,” she said, referring to her newly minted status as one of the “CFDA 40,” the 40 designers who make up this year’s new inductees into the Council for Fashion Designers of America — its largest class to date. “I’ve been working a lot,” Neidich said of the quickly fading summer. “We don’t really do collections, which is exciting. I have so many new pieces. I have to be stopped from making jewelry — really that’s my problem.”
The party, then, was a welcome distraction, with fellow guests including Jessica Joffe, Alina Cho, Brett Heyman of Edie Parker and Monica Botkier. Waiters weaved through the bar area balancing trays of wine glasses, mini grilled cheese bites, charred broccoli and the specialty cocktail of the night — an extra spicy margarita. Despite it being her party, Neidich couldn’t help but laud her son’s accomplishments. “I think he’s really great,” she said. “The terrible thing is that when he comes home on the weekends — if he comes, at all — its crowded and things are happening, I look at him and say, ‘Help me with this.’ He’ll say no, and I have to say, ‘I raised you — I’m the one who taught you how to give parties!’”