Suzanne Felsen hosts a book signing for 'Mad Men' costume designer Janie Bryant
"The Fashion File," the new fashion-tips tome written by "Mad Men" costumer Janie Bryant and style writer Monica Corcoran Harel, has been the subject of numerous book signings over the past couple of weeks.
But Thursday night's invite-only soiree at jeweler Suzanne Felsen's Melrose Avenue boutique felt like the most elevated of the bunch.
Champagne flowed and hors d'oeuvres circulated inside the store and the roped-off front patio of Felsen's intimate shop, while gussied-up guests moseyed in and out of both spaces.
Dressed in a metallic bronze long-sleeved Jenny Han mini-dress, Bryant said she was tickled to see "everything Monica and I had talked about for so long on the actual page," and revealed that she cried the first time she held the book in her hand.
"I come from a family of very emotional people," Bryant exclaimed in her charming Southern accent. "We cry all the time!" Despite her sunny disposition, the designer admitted that her right hand was getting fatigued from the book-signing tour. "The promotion [of the book] is not mellow," she said with a slightly weary smile.
The profoundly pregnant Corcoran Harel, clad in a chic 1960s-style color-blocked dress, said, "These signings have been really lovely -- although I must say it's sometimes difficult coming up with something thoughtful and poignant for someone you don't know."
The duo whipped up "The Fashion File" in three short months, meeting regularly at Bryant's house in Silver Lake. "We wrote a chapter a week -- we really were on a strict deadline," said Corcoran Harel, who also revealed that there's been talk of she and Bryant collaborating on a second style book.
Illustration: The book jacket for "The Fashion File." Credit: Grand Central Publishing