Russian designer and provocateur Katya Dobryakova opened her first U.S. store in New York’s Soho nabe last night. Samantha Angelo and Sophie Macks hosted the celebration at the new Broome Street boutique. The contemporary brand prides itself on weaving wit and satire with bold colors and ironic riffs on popular culture, and Dobryakova is known to be a rebel with cause, often weaving political themes into her prints. The Fall/Winter 2016 collection of sweatshirts, pants, jackets, and dresses spotlights the circus ring and its iconic archetypes such as clowns, acrobats, and elephants.
“I went to see the circus in Moscow, and I was inspired, because the circus in Russia is very strong. It’s an institution,” Dobryakova told us. “I decided to do a collection about the circus because it’s so colorful, so inspirational.”
Guests enjoyed music spun by 16-year-old rising DJ, Callie Reiff, and light bites like popcorn and mini macarons. Notables included Marat Safin, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Kurpis, Flora Irving, Peter Davis, Kipton Cronkite, and Jasmine Lobe. Welcome to the neighborhood chéries!
Meanwhile, another crew of chicsters headed to Bryan Toth’s Gallery 151 in Chelsea, to mark the opening of an exhibition by Cuban-based artist Hector Frank. Notables from the arts and fashion worlds like Heron Preston, TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann, John Targon, Lo Bosworth, and Julia Loomis, among others, came out to celebrate.
BY CAREY CASSIDY
Photography: Kyra Ross