Last night, I attended the Blank Canvas Project party at the Hotel on Rivington, sponsored by Modelo Especial, COMPLEX Mag, and Puma. It was nominally a Fashion’s Night Out party, but really it was just an excuse for beautiful people to come together, drink free beer, and have a great time.

The impetus behind Blank Canvas Project was the fusion of art, music, and style. To showcase this, the blank canvas of a Puma sneaker was given to four musicians – Kevin Rudolf, John West, Los Rakas, and Joell Ortiz – for each to create unique designs inspired by Modelo Especial as well as the artist’s own unique sense of style.


Personally, I liked West’s design – it’s simple and boasts a white and grey colorway that’s closer to my own aesthetic than the other designs. That’s not to say the others weren’t dope! Ortiz’s sneaker is appropriately hardcore and Rudolf’s shoe is as colorfully kinetic as his music.


Of course, Modelo Especial was the beverage of the night, with free bottles being handed out like Halloween candy.


Shout out to the bartenders in the house. They were cool, affable, and exhibited the patience of the saints. Ha!


On the rooftop, beautiful people were gathered, talking, dancing, having a great time. And there were some spectacular views, too. The Empire State Building, bathed in red light to commemorate Fashion’s Night Out, was a sight to behold. It, along with the good time had at the Blank Canvas Project party, only served to remind me why I love New York City so much.


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