I'm not going to go into detail (yet again) about the surge of "exclusive" (er...demented) parties that Fashion Week always brings, and how most promise little more than an open bar (with a time limit, of course) accompanied by the scent of "eau de desespoir" in the air. Instead, I'll just say that I try to use a little discretion about which events I keep on my radar. When I got the invite to Daniel Arsham's celebratory soiree at Milk Studios it was a no-brainer. My first encounter with an Arsham-hosted event was last season and I was eager to see his latest project.
The artist is known for his cross-media collaborations and last night's event celebrated the t-shirt collection he created with Chris Stamp, the creative mind behind LA-based streetwear line Stampd. As I walked into the second-floor lounge space at Milk Studios, the scene was pretty much what I expected: solid beats flowing from the turntable, drinks flowing at the bar, and an eclectic mix of cool kids flowing in through the door. Promoting the collection was secondary to making sure everyone had a good time, and the laid back vibe had the whole place feeling like an amped house party -- no Fashion Week pretension or clacking of stilettos here. That's not to say the guest list wasn't choice, with familiar faces including Milk's own Mazdack Rassi, designer Richard Chai, A$AP Lou, and of course Arsham and Stamp.
As for the long-sleeved T's, Arsham pulled from 3 paintings he had made for an 2009 exhibit in Paris. The shirts feature graphic art of ancient busts with geometric shapes replacing the eyes printed on the front and sleeves. Available at select boutiques and online at Stampdla, the shirts retail of $175US each.