Document Journal Celebrates 5 Years With an Intimate Dinner of Fashion Legends

An early spring chill couldn’t put a damper on Document Journal’s five-year fete at The Terrace at Gramercy Park Hotel. The event was packed with fashion icons out to celebrate the cultural magazine’s fifth anniversary with Prosecco and intimate conversations along the terrace’s lengthy dinner table. At one end, you could find Raf Simons deep in conversation with Grace Coddington; another hosted Freja Beha Erichsen and Saskia de Brauw as well as Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson and Grace Hartzel.

Document’s editor in chief, Nick Vogelson, held court at the center table, reflecting on the magazine’s new 550-page issue featuring covers by Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Sorrenti, Willy Vanderperre, Terry Richardson, Richard Bush, and Colin Dodgson. “What we wanted to accomplish was something that felt very timeless. Each issue, we set out to do something that feels both new and like something you haven’t seen before, but also acknowledges the past,” he said. This issue in particular bridges the future/past dilemma with the first editorial of Simons’s Calvin Klein collection; conversations with Toni Morrison, Ashton Sanders, and Steve Reich; and an in-depth piece by Fulbright fellow Ruth Ben-Ghiat about creativity in Weimar Germany. “What’s exciting for me is looking through so many different genres, whether it’s future research on artificial intelligence or how we consume media culture, and figuring out how they address fashion,” continued Vogelson. “I do firmly believe that Document is not just a fashion book. Half the magazine is fashion, but first and foremost I think of it as a cultural book.”

After petite desserts and a touch more Prosecco, the group moved downstairs to the Rose Bar, where they toasted, danced, and partied into the twilight hours. Not bad for a Wednesday.

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