If we’re being honest, The Gateway mall just hasn’t been the same since City Creek Center moved to town. Even though competing for the spot as go-to shopping destination in downtown Salt Lake might be a lost cause, The Gateway seems to be having no trouble finding a new niche as a great location for fashionable, artistic events, as evident at the VOX Magazine launch party.
VOX Magazine is the newest proof that Salt Lake is, indeed, a fashionable city. The first issue is full of beautiful, inspiring, creative fashion spreads along side interesting, well-written editorial pieces. And, possibly even more importantly (to me, at least), they know how to throw a party.
The evening included a fashion show, a performance by Oh, Be Clever (seriously, go listen to their music and fall in love right now) and signature cocktails featuring Five Wives Vodka and Underground Herbal Spirit. And, of course, tons of stylish people watching with Jennifer from Mommy & Kumquat.
I bumped into Nephi Garcia, my favorite local designer, who said he’ll be showing a collection next weekend at Provo Fashion Week. In fact, his lovely wife, Bethany, was wearing a preview of things to come. So if you’re going, I insist you catch his show. He’s so good. Kind of ridiculously good.
I also bumped into Oskar Buie, who used to be the lead singer of Mister Smith; a band that is (sadly) no longer together. I still suggest you go take a listen to their stuff, because if you like bluesy rock you’ll love Mister Smith. Luckily, he said he is working on a new project. The other members of Mister Smith have formed Maer and they’ll be playing a free show at Urban Lounge next Wednesday, Oct 8. So, you know where I’ll be.
It was a great night and a great party by VOX. I hope The Gateway continues to be a great location for local events, because they’re nailing it. And I can’t wait to see what VOX Magazine comes up with next. Also, if you haven’t tried Underground Herbal Spirit, I highly suggest it. It’s delicious. Maybe too delicious…
Be sure to check out Jennifer’s blog for her recap of the evening: 7 things I learned at the VOX magazine launch party.