Designer Dish: Inside Erin Fetherston’s Exclusive Brunch

The ingredients required for a good brunch can be as simple as a few eggs and some stellar company. But a great brunch? Well, that involves an in-demand NYC designer, one elegantly decked-out apartment, and some serious around-the-kitchen know-how.
That's why we invited ourselves over to Erin Fetherston's house for a lazy Saturday breakfast/lunch/chat (plus, some downtime with her crush-worthy boyfriend Gabe Saporta). And, sure, we managed to snack on some pretty delicious quiche in between sips of mimosas and ogling Fetherston's so-chic Tribeca pad, but we also got the low-down on her favorite spots in NYC, the designers she sweats, and maybe even a few insider secrets on what's coming up at NYFW. Apartment pics, food pics, and fashion pics from Erin's super-exclusive summertime brunch? Pass the Veuve, wouldya?

How does your weekend wardrobe compare to your typical office uniform?
"On the weekends I love to wear easy, flowy dresses and simple leather sandals. During the week, I dress up my look with a simple change of accessories, swapping out a flat sandal for a pair of wedges or platform pumps. I love dresses that can go from a picnic in the park to a cocktail party with the quick change of a shoe."

Erin wears a dress from her pre-fall Erin for Erin Fetherston collection.

Where do you go to find great home buys? Any favorite flower shop? Local grocer?
"My favorite is ABC Carpet & Home and vintage shops like Fille de Joie in Brooklyn. They have a great selection that is curated with a Parisian sensibility.  For flowers, I have this great deli close to my apartment. Their flowers are great and inexpensive!"


Entertaining can be tricky in NYC, do you have any tips for smaller spaces?
"Save on expensive arrangements and take a DIY approach to flowers. It's such an easy and inexpensive way to liven up a space.  Short arrangements in a pop of color add an element of coziness to your home when you tuck them away in small, unexpected corners."


What are some of your favorite things to serve at brunch?
"Light and healthy food made from local, organic ingredients is my go-to. Plus, champagne and bellinis!" 


Erin prepares an heirloom tomato tart with basil and mozzarella.


Brunch is basically an NYC institution — where are some of your favorite brunch spots in NYC?
"Cafe Gitane, ABC kitchen, Tiny's, Smith and Mills, and Cafe Boulud."

Greek yogurt with rhubarb compote and homemade pecan granola and fresh berries make awesome side dishes to any brunch!
How adorable are these "E" napkins — a unique way to make a brunch or dinner party your own!
Erin's guests (including her adorable boyfriend, Gabe Saporta) enjoyed Veuve Clicquot champagne and fresh peach bellinis... alongside great conversation, of course!

Who are some of your favorite designers?
"I was always a big fan of Christian Lacroix!  Amongst my peers, I'm really championing my friend Calla Haynes, who launched her line Calla a few seasons ago.  She has an amazing sensibility for prints and silhouettes."

Erin's guests gather in comfy furniture for some pre-brunch cocktails.

What are some of your favorite NYC activities?
"I am a fan of checking out new gallery openings and exhibitions. I also love walking around the city or taking a bike ride around my neighborhood."

Besides cooking, do you have any other hidden talents up your sleeve?
"I'm fluent in both Spanish and French."

We love the printed dresses on Erin's guests as they help themselves to a smoked salmon platter with red onions, cucumbers, caper berries, and lemon dill creme fraiche with toasted gluten-free bread.
Erin served mini goat cheese frittatas with spinach and slow-roasted tomatos, baby arugula with white peaches, toasted pistachios, ricotta, and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
Erin and her boyfriend, Cobra Starship singer Gabe Saporta, share a cheeky look across the table. Adorable.
Gabe Saporta has guy time with this friend-of-the-fam.
Always be aware of any health restrictions and preferences your guests may have, says Erin — these desserts are gluten free and delicious!

What's the best meal you've ever had?
"At a seaside restaurant in Capalbio, Italy: mozzarella di bufala, grilled branzino, dark chocolate soufflé."


What is your favorite album right now for entertaining?
"I'm really into Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds."


What can we look forward to seeing from you this fashion week?
"The ERIN line is continuing to grow each season and it's exciting to see it develop by expanding into new apparel categories. For spring '13, I'm exploring the idea of femininity with an edge. I'm looking forward to sharing it with everyone!"

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