Underneath the celestial light fixtures of the Tribeca Grand's triangular Sanctum lounge last night, an intimate crowd gathered to preview up-and-coming designer Ann Yee's Fall 2010 video look book.
"This is like my coming out party!" said a relieved Yee at the corner bar, clinging to a cocktail in celebration. "I was worried because, you know, snowy weather, I didn't know what people were going to do."
The 27-year-old Michigan native had nothing to worry about. Without being packed to the gills, the party was certainly a shoulder-to-shoulder affair. Guests streamed down the side-lounge's staircase, mingled on the small space’s dance floor and forgot about the winter weather by sipping complimentary mojitos while the DFA’s Justin Miller mixed a set of dance-y, deep house.
On the surrounding flat screens, models strutted down Chinatown streets and cruised for candy in NoLita stores. Later, multi-instrumental indie rocker, Brooklyn’s Brad Oberhofer, took the stage for a short set.
Though the party was pulled off with aplomb, putting the collection (her third) and video together had been a two-month hustle for the sleep-deprived Yee, who spends her days as a knitwear designer for a private company.
“I'd want more time usually, but since I have a day job everything had to be condensed.”