Summer’s Soft Return

Summer is here, officially. There are signs: There’s the solstice of course, and the L.G.B.T. Pride March. But there are more subtle markers around the city: conviviality on fire escapes; weekends that are thinner with locals and thicker with tourists; and no one wears a thing. This last ritual was challenged on June 23 as writers, agents and editors ambled uptown to celebrate the second anniversary of the literary magazine The Drift, hosted at the David Zwirner gallery on East 69th Street. Guests in demure dress listened to speeches from The Drift’s editors, the novelist Joshua Cohen and a beshorted Hilton Als, who curated the gallery’s current show of Frank Walker’s work.

Onthe afternoon of June 24, as things got muggier, the Consulate-General of Sweden hosted its annual Midsummer Festival in Battery Park. Nordic families and their friends gathered on blankets and danced around the midsummer pole, some adorned with flower crowns. Across the East River, models and budding fashionistas crowded against barricades on Pier 1 to witness New Wave New York,a fashion show presented by MADE, an IMG-owned platform that incubates young fashion talent, and the Public Schoollabel that first showed with MADE 10 years ago. The show presented works of five young design talents, and was followed by an after-party at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. As the fashion show ended, the rapper Nas belted out his verses from a barge that bobbed alongside the pier. A gentle rain picked up. A man in a beret and tank top passionately kissed another under its cooling drops. June is already done. Imagine that.

Hilton Als, who curated the exhibition of Frank Walter’s artwork for David Zwirner, wore a seersucker jacket and matching shorts made for him by Hong Kong Tailor Jack, a West Village tailor that’s no longer in business.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times
Kaoru Matsuoka, a performance artist, went with a vintage-inspired Loco Lindo seersucker dress for the Midsummer celebration.Credit…Nina Westervelt for The New York Times
“I was going for a video game character look,” said Samarah Puckett, a 21-year-old content creator and caterer, at the MADE party.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Kent D. Wolf, a partner in the literary agency Neon, said his outfit for The Drift party was “fast fashion.”Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times

“Afro-influence is everything. Everywhere you look there is some Black influence, including punk.” — Thai Richards, a fitness model who attended the MADE party.

Thai Richards.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
“Everything I have on is from Black-owned brands,” said Terdarin Bryson, a partner in PressGo, a production company. He wore a transparent jacket from Pyer Moss. His hat is from Greyvi, a Chicago label.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
The nail art and hand jewelry of Alani Figueroa. a dancer and influencer.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Lauryn-Ashley Vandyke, the head of events at David Zwirner, wore a Gucci sweater vest over a dress from the vintage shop James Veloria, which was given to her by her mother.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times
At the MADE party, Nathaly Delacruz, a fashion designer, wore a coat covered in Polaroid photographs.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

“I took the pictures. I made the jacket so I could wear them.” — Nathaly Delacruz

Olivia Johanssen flew in from Sweden, bringing with her examples of traditional Swedish costume that she and her sister wore to the Midsummer party.Credit…Nina Westervelt for The New York Times
Felisha Noel, a fashion designer, in Acme sunglasses and a crocheted top by Meryll Rogge.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Jerome Lamaar, a designer and creative consultant, wore a hat from Bronx Native and shorts from his own line, 5:31.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
At The Drift party, Sara Carter carried the Vampire Love bag from the pop culture perverters at Praying.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times
Pari Ehsan, the founder of the Pari Dust website, wore a face piece from MAM and a knit dress from Isa Boulder.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Floral crowns were a popular accessory at the Swedish Misdummer party in Battery Park.Credit…Nina Westervelt for The New York Times

“I’m feeling these chameleon jungle greens lately, and Yves Klein blues.” — Pari Ehsan

Jacob Kaplan, left, and Drew Ohringer demonstrated the jacket-no-tie publishing uniform at The Drift’s second-anniversary party.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times
Susan Golomb, a literary agent, helped The Drift ring in its second-anniversary, with some help from a bobble by Alexis Bittar.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times
Joshua Cohen, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his satirical novel, “The Netanyahus,” in a shiny, wide-lapel suit.Credit…Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times

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