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Soirée Scene: Kith and Nike Refurbish a New York City Basketball Court + More

Oct. 25, 2021: Just two months removed from refurbishing the Kissena Corridor Park tennis court in Queens, NY, with help from Wilson, Kith gave another playground staple a facelift, this time teaming up with Nike. Kith revealed the refurbished Triassic Playground basketball courts on Oct. 23, and revealed the upgrades with an event featuring a BBQ, live DJ sets and desserts from Kith Treats. Several stars of sports and entertainment also made appearances, including famed rappers Fabolous, Styles P and Smoke DZA, Jordan Brand-backed BMX athlete Nigel Sylvester, Aimé Leon Dore founder Teddy Santis and others. What’s more, New York Knicks legend John Starks was also in attendance running drills with young hoopers.

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L to R: Teddy Santis, Smoke DZA, Greg Yuna and Ronnie Fieg.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Kith
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New York Knicks legend John Starks with Ronnie Fieg at the Kith x Nike refurbished basketball court reveal in Queens, NY.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Kith

Oct. 1, 2021: To showcase the comfort and functionality Blundstone Active Series, the makers of the iconic Chelsea boot hosted an “Adventure Day” walking tour in New York City, with stops to enjoy some of the great food and sights that the Big Apple has to offer. The tour started at DNA Footwear in Brooklyn, NY, where the boots were picked up. From there, the tour hit Sonnyboy for lunch, Ample Hills Creamery for ice cream dessert and a walk on the Highline to end the night. Blundstone said the range is its lightest to date, and was created to prioritize comfort and lightweight functionality. To do this, the brand updated its Chelsea boot design with a slightly shorter upper that is paired with a larger PU-cushioned midsole, a heel stabilizer and rubber outsoles made for grip in all elements. The shoes have both leather and suede options, are available in five colorways and retail for $210.

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One of the looks from the Blundstone Active Series.
CREDIT: Peter Verry
Blundstone Active Series
Two colorways from the Blundstone Active Series, which are stocked at DNA Footwear in Brooklyn, NY.
CREDIT: Peter Verry

Sept 9, 2021: Model Alton Mason drew a crowd to Spring Studios’ rooftop terrace for a special wine tasting with Mercy Wine Cellars. Guests were invited to hit the dance floor while munching on dark chocolate macarons and sampling four different wines from Mercy Cellars with Mason. The IMG-represented supermodel had to leave early to walk for Prabal Gurung — but not before sharing how thrilled he is to be safely celebrating with loved ones, especially in his favorite new Margiela Tabi boots. “It was super emotional, because it’s my first time throwing an event together for my friends and family in the industry. To see everyone come out for me is overwhelming. I’m so thankful and grateful. It’s actually crazy,” Mason said.

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Alton Mason gives a closing speech during his wine tasting with Mercy Wine Cellars at Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week.
CREDIT: Courtesy of IMG

Sept 8, 2021: Kate Spade New York brought an apple orchard to the middle of New York’s Meatpacking District on Wednesday. The brand teased its fall ’21 I Love NY x Kate Spade capsule collection, featuring a range of handbags, during New York Fashion Week. Attendees included Katie Holmes, Beanie Feldstein, Savannah Smith and Naomi Watanabe, all of which wore Kate Spade from head to toe. A standout shoe style could be seen in the label’s Marisol pumps that Holmes and Feldstein both wore.

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Beanie Feldstein at Kate Spade’s fall ’21 New York Fashion week event.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Rommel Demano/BFA.com

Sept. 8, 2021: PacSun celebrated the launch of its gender-neutral, eco and sustainable brand, Colour Range, with an intimate kickoff party on Wednesday at its downtown Los Angeles store. The athleisure collection includes adult and kids’ sizes and is available at PacSun stores and online. Willow Smith, who wore the brand, treated guests to a performance.

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Willow Smith performs at PacSun’s launch of Colour Range on Sept. 8 in Los Angeles.

Sept. 2, 2021: Aldo previewed its fall campaign, Step Into Love, with a party at Public Hotels on Wednesday. Guests mingled to music by D-Nice and Luda Weigand while checking out the brand’s new lineup of shoes, handbags and accessories. Based on themes of authenticity and self-expression, Aldo’s latest offerings included sleek pumps, square-toed sandals and chunky sneakers in a range of finishes and colors. “The campaign celebrates individual and collective next steps since shoes don’t just tell a story about what you’re doing in a given moment, they also tell a story about where you’ve been, where you’re going and who you may become along the way,” Aldo SVP Daianara Amalfitano told FN. Attendees included influencers Jessica Wang and Carrie Berk, as well as My Unorthodox Life star Batsheva Haart.

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Aldo’s Step Into Love fall campaign.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Aldo

July 14, 2021: Chrishell Stause debuted her summertime shoe edit with DSW during a carnival-themed cocktail party at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The “Selling Sunset” star highlighted her favorite footwear styles for the new season.” I feel like we finally get to go out again and dress up. And so, I really wanted to have fun and pick colorful pieces that really reflect the summertime and just, you know, summer fun and color,” Stause told FN. Other guests included Katrina Bowden, Amanda Stanton and Ashley Wahler.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 14: Chrishell Stause attends the celebration of Chrishell Stause's DSW Fun, Flirty Capsule Collection at Sunset Tower Hotel on July 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for DSW)
Chrishell Stause attends the celebration of her DSW capsule collection at Sunset Tower Hotel.
CREDIT: Courtesy of DSW

July 13, 2021: To celebrate “CrateMaster,” a narrative short film directed by Kerby Jean-Raymond, the VP of creative direction at Reebok and the founder and creative director of Pyer Moss, Jean-Raymond and Reebok hosted as pre-screening at Brownsville’s Hilltop Playground in Brooklyn — the set of the film — for an exclusive audience of local residents. The film, according to Reebok, “profiles grassroots inner-city basketball and the community of youth who build the game from the ground up” and is anchored in the brand’s heritage. In addition to the film, the brand confirmed it will further support Brownsville youth and the community cast in the film by donating equipment and supplies to Friends of Hilltop for the Hilltop Playground and recreation center.

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A behind-the-scenes still from the “CrateMaster” film.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Reebok

July 11, 2021: Sperry dubbed summer ’21 “Boat Shoe Summer” and the brand kicked off the season with a bang at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York. Notable attendees included Wolverine Worldwide CEO Brendan Hoffman, Sperry brand ambassadors Andrew Warren, Yolande Macon, Jerome Parkerr and DJ B-Roc of The Knocks.

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Sperry hosted its Boat Shoe Summer part at the Surf Lodge in Montauk on July 11, 2021.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Sperry

July 10, 2021: Christian Louboutin brought together some of the fashion industry’s biggest names to celebrate the opening of the brand’s first pop-up boutique in Southampton. The soirée, which featured a screening of screening of the documentary “In the Footsteps of Christian Louboutin,” blended the Hamptons beachy aesthetic with a flirty Parisian vibe in the garden of the historic The Thomas Halsey Homestead — which was transformed into an outdoor theater. To mark the opening, guests, including Olivia Palermo, enjoyed cocktails in the garden before being seated for the premiere of the screening at picnic tables on the Loubi Lawn.

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