The Howard Hughes Company & WWD Unveil Seaport Studios Via VIP Launch Party

Photo credit: BFA.com New York City Artist Baron Von Fancy shows off his fab and fun art at the VIP launch party for Seaport Studios ...

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New York City Artist Baron Von Fancy shows off his fab and fun art at the VIP launch party for Seaport Studios in the South Street Seaport 

In case you had not realized, the financial district is having a major fashion make over right now! Slowly but surely the downtown area once known for Wall Street and investment bankers is transforming into a go to fashion playground.  If the move of magazine giant Condé Nast did not show this, or the opening of the luxury mall Brookfield, then the VIP launch party of Seaport Studios hosted by the Howard Hughes Company and WWD on Wednesday, June 17th certainly did!

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The official logo of Seaport Studios

The VIP launch party and grand opening of Seaport Studios had the fashion set heading south for the evening as they feted a new a chic destination where fashion, food and art can live and be celebrated. Fashion fave Olivia Palermo was on hand to check out the new space and enjoy the tunes of DJ Chelsea Leyland. OJ&B was also in attendance and can tell you that Seaport Studios is going to be a huge hit with New Yorkers and tourists alike! 

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Olivia Palermo and DJ Chelsea Leyland

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Founder of Rêve Public Relations, Jamee Gidwitz and OJ&B's Jonathan Valdez

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During the VIP Launch of Seaport Studios, guests imbibed on cocktails by Ciroc 

"With the opening of Seaport Studios, we are pleased to be providing designers with a high-profile platform to showcase their goods to a broader audience," said David R. Weinred, Chief Executive Officer for the Howard Corporation.  "As the city's original commercial hub and birthplace of innovation, it is especially fitting that the Seaport District is becoming one of the premier destinations for one-of-a-kind fashion, culinary and entertainment experiences."

Seaport Studios, powered by Pop Up Mob, is part of an ongoing collaboration between The Howard Hughes Corporation and WWD and their Ten of Tomorrow program identifying the future leaders in retail and fashion. Every artist and designer was meticulously selected by an advisory board of industry influencers and retail professionals. This carefully curated selection of designers at Seaport Studios will display their collections during different phases of the pop-up. Fashion designers who are a part of the first rotation from June 15th through July 27th include WWD’s Ten for Tomorrow 2015 honorees Scott Studenberg and John Targon of Baja East as well as Rochambeau, GLASS, Manebi, Jennifer FisherUnion SURFboards and Finell. Culinary and art experiences joining the fashion labels include Via Quadronno, Esmeralda KosmatopoulosShantell Martin and Baron Von Fancy.

The first level of Seaport Studios is a modular space that creates a retail environment without limitations for the fashion brands, local style makers and today’s trending designers. The second level is a lounge and art gallery developed by Prospect Creative delivering special exhibits, ongoing programs and events that create an inspiring place to gather, engage and relax.

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Artist Shantey Martin doing one of her infamous drawing at Seaport Studios

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An art instillation located on the second level art gallery at the Seaport Studios

I am so excited to see the Seaport grow into such a chic destination.  This is exactly what the city needs and it is only the beginning!  Check out more photos from the VIP Launch party of Seaport Studios and check out the amazing video of what is being planned for the future of the South Street Seaport!

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The view from the bar at the Seaport Studios VIP launch party

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Guests laughing, imbibing, and taking in the Seaport Studios

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A view of the step and repeat for the VIP launch of Seaport Studios

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Director of Public Relations for Sachin & Babi, Tyson Murphy, Jamee Gidwitz and Jonathan Valdez

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Cheers from WWD!

Thanks so much to Howard Hughes, WWD and Alison Brod PR for having OJ&B!  I look forward to many more fab events in this space like the Sachin & Babi pop up experience that will take place September 11th to October 27th! 

Here is what's to come for the South Street Seaport via the Howard Hughes Company:

The Seaport Studios opens to the public on Friday, June 19th.
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