Fiona Byrne, Writer, Editor, and Founder of The Byrne Notice
Over there in the corner, laughing with that clutch of models, fashion designers, and other in-the-scene peeps — isn't that Fiona Byrne? Wait, didn't we just see her at the party we just left? Probably. The longtime nightlife, music, and lifestyle journalist has made a career out of being exactly where you'd like to be and coming back with punchy, personality driven posts. Working for brands, publications, and her own beloved fashion and culture website, The Byrne Notice, the Irish import and her enviable trademark platinum bob are at almost every event worth hitting and on every VIP list that matters. We chatted with the smart, driven Byrne about what's in her makeup bag, her after-hours omnipresence, and her favorite late-night haunts.
We see you everywhere — like, everywhere. Why are you always out and about?
“Ha! I’m not really super late nights or live music anymore. I'm more about dinners and early cocktails, now. Plus, I hardly drink, so I get tired around 11:30. Still, I make a lot of business contacts at dinners and events. It’s always easier to work with people and brands when you guys have met in person and get along in real life. In New York, that’s why anyone goes to anything — that, and to support friends’ endeavors. When you have good relationships, it makes working together so much more fun.”
Okay, okay — regardless, you must have some fashion tips for people hitting multiple parties in one night.
“Some girls would never even consider it, but I like to wear flats. Tall shoes are annoying. They hurt just to stand there. Also, I walk everywhere. I feel really free in Bass oxfords. I can run around to three different events and not even think about it.”
And, when you head out — for meetings, events, or just for fun — what’s in your makeup kit? You always look so good.
“I wear Dr. Jart+ Premium BB cream. It’s a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and BB cream in one. I just love how it evens out the skin tone. Other than that, I wear Maybelline mascara and my all time favorite red lipstick is NARS Pure Matte in Vesuvio.”
And what are your favorite late-night haunts these days?
“I had a party at The Leadbelly recently, and it’s just perfect. They have amazing food and it’s chill and grown up, but still cool. Friday nights are super fun — Chances With Wolves DJs! Also, it’s far enough off the beaten path not to be inundated with the B&T crowd.”
Tell us your own, personal nightlife history — the soaring heights and the low, low lows.
“Thankfully, I’ve long forgotten most of the lows — but it’s always nice when you get to meet people you never thought you’d be in the same room as in your life. I’ve met Woody Allen a few times at parties and premieres, which is mental. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience…but I don’t think he could tell. He was like a grandpa — very pleasant and funny with a gentle demeanor. He actually made off-the-cuff jokes, which made me feel like I was in my own mini Woody Allen movie!”
Styled by Lauren Edelstein; Hair and Makeup by Bethany Brill.
The Reformation shirt; Paige jeans, Jill Golden Reed Necklace, $285, available at Urban Outfitters.
Photographed at Apotheke, 9 Doyers Street; 212-406-0400.