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Jenni Kayne celebrates 10 years in L.A. style

June 25, 2013|By Booth Moore | Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
  • From left to right, actress Kate Walsh with designer Jenni Kayne; atmosphere from the party held June 20 at the Kayne, Corcoran, Griffin gallery; actresses Rebecca Gayheart and Soleil Moon Frye.
From left to right, actress Kate Walsh with designer Jenni Kayne; atmosphere… (Chelsea Lauren )

Los Angeles designer Jenni Kayne knows how to live in style. She celebrated a decade of her fashion label Thursday night with a bash that brought together family, friends, fashion and art. The event was held at the new Kayne, Griffin, Corcoran Gallery on South La Brea, co-owned by Jenni’s sister Maggie Kayne.

Guests got to enjoy private time in the gallery’s exhibition “James Turrell: Sooner Than Later, Roden Crater,” including taking in the “Skyspace” situated over a conference table and reclining chairs, and the kaleidoscopic two-person “Perceptual Cell” light show in a pod. (Kayne Griffin Corcoran and the Kayne Foundation are major sponsors of the blockbuster James Turrell restrospective at LACMA.)

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In true Jenni Kayne fashion (this is a woman, after all, who idolizes Martha Stewart and has her own lifestyle blog named after her children, Rip+Tan), the party was perfectly planned right down to the Yacht Club vodka cocktails, stirred up by the designer’s mixologist pals at the Spare Room, and named in honor of the locations of her two L.A. boutiques. There was the Almont (after her Almont Drive store in West Hollywood that opened six years ago) and the Brentwood punch (after her Brentwood Country Mart store that opened last year). The yummy food, by farmer's market-driven caterer Heirloom L.A., included three flavors of lasagna cupcakes that were gobbled up as fast as they could bring them out. And for dessert, there were ice cream sandwiches from a Coolhaus truck parked outside.

The dress code on the invitation read “Jenni Kayne, past or present,” and guests obliged, including actress Kate Walsh in an orange floral slit-back gown from the pre-fall collection in stores now and Soleil Moon Frye in a sunny yellow shawl collar jacket from spring. Kayne herself wore a black fishtail gown from fall 2013. Other guests included Rebecca Gayheart, designers Eddie Borgo, Clare Vivier, Gregory Parkinson and Greg Chait.

“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” said Kayne, who was born and raised in Beverly Hills. “It just blows my mind. I debuted my first collection at age 19, and now I’m 30 with two kids. Everyone has gotten to see my growing pains and my development into the person and the designer I am today.”


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