Eighteen-year-old designer Mae McKagan debuted her new Capsule Collection last night at an exclusive event hosted by Downtown and I NEED MORE, Jimmy Webb’s punk rock boutique in the Lower East Side.
Downtown’s editor-in-chief Deb Martin said of the event, “Downtown Magazine is so proud to support young talent like Mae, who has designed a capsule collection that is cool, elegant, and edgy all at the same time.”
In attendance at the boutique party were many big names in music and fashion, including McKagan’s parents, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, and Susan Holmes-McKagan, the American model and now author, as well as her sister Grace McKagan, the frontwoman and lead singer of The Pink Slips. Debbie Harry and Ewan McGregor also attended, among many others who came to show their support of her collection.
The event was lively and packed with guests, with rosé provided by Bosman Family Vineyards and Wines for the World, and hors d’euvres provided by Emmy-winning chef Erwin Schröttner and his Lower East Side mainstay, Cafe Katja.
Duff McKagan expressed awe for his daughter’s talent, and her passion for her creations, sharing that she’d had a passion for fashion from a very young age.
Jimmy Webb, owner of I NEED MORE, also spent the evening gushing about McKagan’s talent. Webb helped to make McKagan’s dream of being a fashion designer into a reality by partnering with her for this collection. “I love the whole McKagan family, they are in my heart forever, and I’m so proud that Mae chose my baby, I NEED MORE, to launch her line,” Webb said.
Despite the excitement of her debut in the fashion world, McKagan was the picture of focus and humility as she received a stream of well-deserved praise throughout the evening, on top of looking effortlessly elegant in a pale pink corset top of her own creation in collaboration with designer Veritée Hill.
“Pouring my heart and soul into this line has changed my mindset and life!” She wrote in an Instagram caption today, between sentiments of gratitude towards her family and supporters.
The line itself is sophisticated, and perfect for ambitious young women of her generation, featuring pieces like a powder blue power suit, a modern-punk plaid pencil skirt, and several other items, including the corset she wore to the event.
The capsule collection is available exclusively in-store at I NEED MORE, 75A Orchard Street in the Lower East Side.