The stylist, international fashion star and all around creative Tina Leung arrives at the Presidential Suite of The Pierre Hotel in New York in a flurry of pastel and jewel-toned dresses and a battalion of sky-high stilettos. She’s moved into the hotel for New York Fashion Week, starting today February 8th until the 14th.
Armed with Starbucks in one hand and a Louis Vuitton luggage, sporting her monogram, on the other, she settles in the suite’s spacious bathroom with a wall of closets and an oversized bathtub with glorious views of New York City. She unfurls dresses upon dresses and unloads her beauty arsenal on the vanity that has Kim Seybert’s lacquered Angkor Accessories and an assortment of beaded Emoji Coasters where she places her caffeine double fix – Starbucks and Diet Coke.
“Seeing what comes down the runway of my favorite brands and connecting with friends from around the world,” Tina says of her fashion week highlights, or shall we say fashion month as it moves from New York to other fashion capitals. “No day is the same. Each week gets busier and busier, where it climaxes with Milan and Paris Fashion Week. Shows, meetings, presentations, lots of cocktails and dinners. And very little sleep!”
In the dining room of the suite – formally called the Tata Suite — she’s enlisted our help to set a table for a fashion party she is throwing for her squad composed of big name influencers and experts like Susie Bubble and Bryanboy. Her directive was glamour and sparkle, a touch of spring, and there must be Diet Coke on the table.
Quince branches form the dramatic centerpiece and bring in the spring mood as snow gently falls on Central Park and the city beyond. The dining room lends itself to a regal and formal setting but since Tina is young and vibrant, we added contrast to the room via a rustic vase for the flowers, the melted silver looking Sahara Chargers, earthenware plates instead of delicate china and the ikat-esque Bazaar Napkins in Ivory & Natural. Sparkle came by way of the Constellation Napkin Rings in Champagne & Crystal and vintage coupes. “This is gorgeous! Totally how I would set up my dinner table for a spring time meal,” exclaims Tina.
The glamour is provided by Tina who glides into the dining room in a vintage silk faille pale pink dress that spells Park Avenue Princess. But with her legs exposed just so, she looks like an irreverent and modern-day Babe Paley.