Party Coverage: Scene City: Toasting an Art-Fashion Magazine, Started by a Yalie
Perched above the sunken-in dining room of Mr. Chow’s on Tuesday night, Dorian Grinspan scanned the room and got wistful. “It’s very humbling,” he said. “It really is.”
The baby-faced 24-year-old was celebrating his baby, Out of Order, the art-fashion magazine he started as a teenager at Yale. The publication was celebrating its fifth anniversary with a late supper at Mr. Chow’s, the Upper East Side restaurant, which was an apt indication of how far the magazine had come.
“We had our first launch party at a diner turned Indian restaurant in New Haven, Conn., for 70 people, who were mostly college students,” he said as guests shuffled around the restaurant, air-kissing over its lacquered furniture, martinis in hand. “And now we’re here, five years later. It’s quite something.”
Moreover, the dinner now had a jewelry sponsor, Bulgari. Mr. Grinspan explained in a speech that the LVMH-owned company was the first to advertise in his biannual magazine. By the second issue, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, Fivestory and Patrik Ervell were on board.
Like the smooth operator he had become, Mr. Grinspan publicly thanked the “Bulgari team for taking a chance on us and the pack of weirdos that we have contributing.”
While there was a healthy number of body piercings and tattoos at the dinner, the number of “weirdos” were supplemented by a high concentration of art and fashion insiders.
Along one side of the compact space was MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach and W Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi. They were joined by the model Miles McMillan and the actor Zachary Quinto. On the other end, the designer Cynthia Rowley leaned across the table for much the evening, speaking to the artist Rob Pruitt and the collector Peter Fleissig. Art party regulars Sofia Sanchez de Betak, Peter Marino, Sebastian Faena and Hamish Bowles also trekked north for the fete.
The designer Francisco Costa was something of a surprise guest, having kept a relatively low social profile since his dismissal from Calvin Klein last April. “I feel totally good,” he said, adding that he’s kept himself busy renovating his East 55th Street apartment and traversing the Amazon — the latter of which he documented with a camera crew, recently posting a video diary on his YouTube channel.
“You have so many parts of your brain to get activated, and this time off made me realize so many other wonderful parts of myself that I had forgotten about,” Mr. Costa added. “It’s fully healthy. I feel really energized. I’m ready for something great.”
As the second course of glazed prawns was cleared and the youngsters sneaked out for a smoke, Ms. Rowley spoke of Mr. Grinspan’s budding talent.
“I’ve really always been such a fan of what he’s done,” Ms. Rowley said, her silver-haired 16-year-old daughter Kit Keenan sitting beside her. “He’s boy wonder, a wunderkind. He’s like one of these kids you see on ‘America’s Got Talent.’”
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