SHK Magazine inaugurated the brand new nightclub, Stardust, in the basement of Kenmare Street's new restaurant, Maison O, on Thursday night with a party to kick off Fashion Week and celebrate their Fall issue, "Fashion Talks" and its cover girl, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor. Maison O is a izakaya, a traditional Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks served, which are usually different varieties of sake. The decor has a sleek retro vibe, with some humor thrown in in the form of pinatas shaped like characters from Star Wars. The nightclub, downstairs, has a main room that functions as a dance floor and is tricked out like a Tokyo subway car, complete with maps of the confusing Tokyo system, which is partly a private affair shared with the state. A couple of private rooms branch off with one intimate little cubby hole painted like a woodland park and another larger room with classroom desks and a chalkboard, complete with chalk and erasers.
Matt Hitt of the NYC band, Drowners, was the DJ for the night. The Welshman moonlights as a model in between gigs with his band, whose new EP drops later this month. Drowners is opening at three already sold out Arctic Monkeys shows, in Toronto, Boston and right here in NYC this month. Hitt shared spin duties with de Cadenet Taylor, and the pair amped up the star wattage in the booth for the rest of the night.
de Cadenet Taylor brings cred to the turntable as the daughter of Duran Duran bass player, John Taylor, and she recently admitted to the Daily Mail that she loves to play her dad's tunes when she spins her own sets. de Cadenet Taylor now lives in NYC, and she is modeling when not blasting the tunes as DJ. She brings a hard core style sense that she attributes to the fact that she has always had free reign of her parent's closets. Her mother, Amanda de Cadenet, is the host of the popular Lifetime network's "Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet" and a former photographer.
SHK Magazine is on the forefront of the pioneering movement to bring exclusive and original content to the internet. Called by Forbes in a recent article about Korean fashion designer Kim Hongbum "a blooming digital fashion forum", SHK also creates video content and their fashion parody "The Face of SHK" recently premiered on the website Vice.com. While print media continues to struggle with maintaining advertising revenue in the face of dwindling subscribers and newsstand sales, SHK has cut right to the chase and embraced the paperless medium of the internet. The acronym stands for Seen Heard Known and the content covers the full range of what is of the moment in culture, from fashion to music to lifestyle. Helmed by Editor in Chief, Rachel E. Sutton, a writer who originally hails from Florida, SHK's content is assuredly anti-establishment and subtly thumbs its nose at the self importance of big media conglomerates. It doesn't kowtow to the celeb worship so rampant in mainstream media, focusing rather on the scruffier and more cutting edge originality of fashion, music and art stars of the street and underground.
The Italian beer company, Peroni, sponsored the libations for the evening, and models and designers who had just knocked off from duty at the tents uptown gratefully quaffed frosty bottles of the brew. Designer Jessica Lauria's hot new tote bag, Another Fucking Tote made an appearance on the shoulder of one dapper gentleman, and the UK singer/actress Kate Nash showed up to hang out with de Cadenet Taylor and pals in the woodland park room. Legendary photographer, Bob Gruen, who shot the iconic John Lennon photo of the Beatle in an "New York City" T-shirt came by with his wife to meet up with fellow photographer Hunter Barnes, who was there with model Lisa Seiffert. Another Fashion Week was off to a fashionable start.