Charlotte Ronson's holiday party in NYC was stylish and warm, just like the designer herself. The revelers — including Michelle Trachtenberg, Jamie Chung, Nicky Hilton, Cory Kennedy, Chloe Bridges, Natalia Kills and Jessica Hart — toasted the season with eggnog, hot chocolate and cocktails, while nibbling cookies and candy canes in a cozy, beautifully decorated loft space in Times Square.
Evoking a winter wonderland with pine boughs, birch branches and faux snow, techie touches — including twinkling lights, a digital fireplace and GIF-enabled selfie-station — there was a clear wink to the event's sponsor, Radio Shack, whose Broadway store is nestled beneath the intimate party space. "I know some of the Radio Shack people through J.C. Penney," Ronson told iDesignTimes. "So there was a relationship there, and it made sense to work on a bigger scope. It was a fun idea for the holidays."
Ronson was wearing an adorable gray sweater bearing the image of her beloved dog, Oliver (replicas are available in her "I Heart Ronson" line at J.C. Penney). Of course, she is deeply into the design process for her Fall 2014 collection, which will debut in February during New York Fashion Week. "It's all been designed now," explained Ronson. "It's just confirming the fabrications and approving everything and leading eventually to samples." Model castings for her show take place the Friday before Fashion Week.
Like every designer, Ronson doesn't reveal the direction of her upcoming collection, but she did discuss some sources of her general inspiration. "I'm inspired by so many things on the Internet," she said. "I love discovering things at the Albright Library and Southpaw Vintage warehouse. They have every decade of fashion. It's nice to take the time to explore and get inspired. They have every kind of collection, categorized by designer. They have accessories, clothing -- it's really pretty amazing. Southpaw has every kind of vintage item you're looking for. It's nice to go there and take advantage of being in New York City."
Often Ronson masterfully re-interprets previous eras through her vision, from Gatsby's '20s to the grunge '90s to her most recent collection, Breathless-era early-'60s. "Nothing is really new new new," Ronson told us. "Fashion is usually inspired by something you've seen or encountered. At the same time, it always has to be fresh and wearable and work with what you already have in your wardrobe."
Ronson's design eye, particularly her talent for eclecticism and gorgeous use of color, extends to her personal home design. Her NoHo apartment was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal. Visitors to Ronson's home may be surprised to find that the designer collects stickers. "The Japanese bookstore has all these great stickers. I keep a journal, and I like to decorate it with beautiful stickers."
Before the mayhem of NYFW descends, there are holidays to relish. Ronson is definitely a surfer girl rather than a snow bunny. She hasn't yet selected a location but "I love to go anywhere sunny, as warm as possible!" she laughed, on a frigid night.
And if Santa could bring her anything she wanted, what would her holiday wish be? "My wish would be that everyone's wishes came true."