Black Iris is just two seasons old, but the brand has already found a fashionable fanbase. This was more than evident last night at a dinner celebrating the label’s newest collection. Seated in the garden at Feroce (the just-opened Italian restaurant in Chelsea’s Moxy Hotel) was a Black Iris–clad set that included Olivia Palermo and Arielle Charnas. The women-only dinner felt more than fitting given the story behind the brand: a group of four friends (Aly Gradone, Candice Miller, Chloe Rosenberg, and Rachel Wexler) who decided to launch a made-in-NYC, direct-to-consumer line of flirty dresses and skirts.
The night was hosted by the always hilarious Jill Kargman, which, as she revealed later on in the night, was the result of a serendipitous encounter at a Los Angeles nail salon. Kargman, a New Yorker through and through, met fellow Manhattanite Gradone during manicures. They bonded over a distaste for the West Coast, their desire to get back home, and sometime after that, the two became friends. “I’m a dress girl, and I don’t wear pants,” she said. “This line is perfect for me.”
After cocktails, guests took their seats for an Italian supper. The weather was perfect, mild enough for the atrium’s roof to open and let in the blue hour light. After dark, long-stem candles flickered atop floral prints borrowed from the Black Iris collection. Menus were also printed with watercolor renderings from the brand’s fledgling archive, which were echoed by the loveliest floral arrangements clustered on the tables. A family-style meal of artichoke salad and Bass filets was enjoyed, and guests swapped numbers, shared selfies, and even tried out a couple of Snapchat filters. Everyone left with at least one friend and a silk tie (“for your hair, handbag, or neck,” explained Miller). Girls festooned themselves with the accessory and exited the dinner looking a little more chic than when they had arrived.