However you describe Ben Taverniti, the words ‘subdued’ or ‘tame’ certainly don’t come to mind. The same could be said for the Italian-born, French-educated, L.A.-based designer’s new collection, Unravel Project, which we’re thrilled to be launching at Barneys this season. Made from the finest of materials and with the utmost craftsmanship, the line includes destroyed jeans, biker jackets, and bombers that draw from Taverniti’s varied background and apply his signature edge in unexpected ways.

In honor of the new project, Taverniti and his fiancé, celebrity makeup artist and photographer Joyce Bonelli, were joined by team Barneys and a group of industry friends for a private dinner and cocktail party with a distinctly downtown feel. To keep the crowd on their toes while they mingled and sipped, we decided to pop a few questions that were, as usual, Off Topic.  Read on to find out about the crowd’s guilty pleasures and what they’ll be up to come colder weather, then head to Barneys to check out Unravel Project for yourself.

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Ben Taverniti and Hailey Baldwin

The Window: We’re having a bi-coastal moment, hosting your L.A. brand here in New York. To you, what’s the BEST coast?

Ben Taverniti: I love so many places at different times in my life. It depends on where I am and what’s going on with me. Truly, I love being wherever I am, whenever I’m there. That’s the best way to be.

As fall finally arrives, what cold-weather activity are you looking forward to most?

BT: I love snowboarding. Love! In California, we have Mammoth, but I’m always in France, so I’m very lucky that it’s easy for me to snowboard there.

Travis Mills, Winnie Harlow, and Jonathan Cheban

Joyce Bonelli, Rushka Bergman, Ben Taverniti, and David Lipman

The Window: Ben has confessed that he drinks 15-20 espressos a day. Do you have any vices or guilty pleasures you’re willing to admit to?

Joyce Bonelli: Although I’m pregnant right now with twins, usually I’d say that I love rosé and that I love coffee, all day long. Ben and I have that in common—jacked up at all times! We both typically work 15-20 hours a day and have so many different projects that you just have to keep it going! Now, I’m basically falling asleep at all times. I can only have a tiny amount of coffee each day—like two inches of height in a cup—so I have to cherish it.

As fall finally arrives, what cold-weather activity are you looking forward to most?  

JB: I love to wear so many layers of clothing. I’ll be in the hot sun sweating just to be able to wear fur, I don’t care!

Ashra Nobel and Harley Gusman

Leon Else with mannequins sporting Unravel Project.

Barneys COO Daniella Vitale, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, and Barneys EVP of Marketing and Communications, Charlotte Blechman

The Window: Any vices or guilty pleasures you’re willing to admit to?

Russell Westbrook: Candy. Peanut butter candies all day.

To you, what’s the BEST coast?

RW: West Coast. I’m from there, so it’s home.

DJ Venus X

Liza Voloshin and Kate Greer

The blogger behind The Blonde Salad, Chiara Ferragni

The Window: As fall finally arrives, what cold-weather activity are you looking forward to most?  

Chiara Ferragni: Horseback riding, which I only really do in L.A., not so much in Europe, and skiing. I love skiing the Alps and was only able to go three days last year, so I need to go for longer this year.

Any vices or guilty pleasures you’re willing to admit to?

CF: I love massages. If I can get a massage two or three times a week, it’s paradise.

Barneys EVP and GMM of Men’s and Chelsea Passage, Tom Kalenderian

Olivia Culpo and Winnie Harlow

Other Barneys attendees included SVP of Women’s RTW Leah Kim, SVP of Men’s Jay Bell, and EVP of Women’s, Jennifer Sunwoo

The Window: For you, which coast would you say is the BEST coast?

Jennifer Sunwoo: I’m a New York girl, through and through. Northeast born and bred. Though I could probably spend a few years in L.A. if I could just veg during that time, live the lifestyle, and enjoy the weather there, which is amazing.

As fall finally arrives, what cold-weather activity are you looking forward to most?

Leah Kim: I know that everyone loves being outside in the summer, but I love being outside in the fall. That’s when it’s the most pleasant. Every year, I leave for Paris Fashion Week, and when I head there, New York is sweltering hot. When I come back, the season always seems to have really changed and you can feel that it’s fall.

Baarneys EVP of Marketing and Communications Charlotte Blechman, along with Barneys’ guest fashion director for the week, Russell Westbrook

Al Pierce, Chiara Scelsi, and designer Marcelo Burlon

The Window: Do you have any vices or guilty pleasures you’re willing to admit to?

Marcelo Burlon: I’m addicted to my friends—a lot, actually. I spend a lot of time with my friends. I’m addicted to Ibiza. I’m addicted to electronic music, and also to folk music, which is the opposite. I’m addicted to New York, a little bit.

Well speaking of New York, We’re having a bi-coastal moment, hosting an L.A. brand here. To you, what’s the BEST coast?

MB: Costa Amalfitana, the Amalfi Coast in Naples. That’s definitely my favorite area.

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