'Bound to Happen'

Oh-so-chic party celebrates reincarnation of PaperCity from broadsheet to magazine

Socials swells turn out in force to celebrate local media shocker

PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Michael Dale, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Michael Dale, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor. Photo by Lizette Belen Soto
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Holly Moore, Randy Powers
PaperCity co-owner and editor in chief Holly Moore with Randy Powers. Photo by Lizette Belen Soto
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Stanton Scott, Katie Scott
Stanton Scott, Katie Scott.  Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Ceron
Ceron. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Susie Criner
Susie Criner.  Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Francine Ballard, Hannah Swiggard
Francine Ballard, Hannah Swiggard. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Ken Christie
Ken Christie. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Deborah Colton, Laura Rathe, Christina Girard
Deborah Colton, Laura Rathe, Christina Girard. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Danny Rolph, Barbara Davis
Danny Rolph, Barbara Davis. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Brian Garrie, Christopher Alexander, Randy Powers
Brian Garrie, Christopher Alexander, Randy Powers. Photo by Lizette Belen Soto
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Christina Girrard, Ford Hubbard
Christina Girard, Ford Hubbard III. Photo by Lizette Belen Soto
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Marcus Sloan, Shannon Hall, Don Mafrige Jr.
Marcus Sloan, Shannon Hall, Don Mafrige Jr. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Meagan Thomason
Meagan Thomason. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Linda McReynolds
Linda McReynolds. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Tijuana Harvey
Tijuana Harvey. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Neill Davis, Ruth Davis
Neill Davis, Ruth Davis. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Rebecca Brinkley, Tristina Chadwick
Rebecca Brinkley, Tristina Chadwick. Photo by Emile Brown
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Michael Dale, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Holly Moore, Randy Powers
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Stanton Scott, Katie Scott
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Ceron
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Susie Criner
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Francine Ballard, Hannah Swiggard
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Ken Christie
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Deborah Colton, Laura Rathe, Christina Girard
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Danny Rolph, Barbara Davis
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Brian Garrie, Christopher Alexander, Randy Powers
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Christina Girrard, Ford Hubbard
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Marcus Sloan, Shannon Hall, Don Mafrige Jr.
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Meagan Thomason
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Linda McReynolds
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Tijuana Harvey
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Neill Davis, Ruth Davis
PaperCity launch party, 9/16, Rebecca Brinkley, Tristina Chadwick

It was a high-style, high-profile crowd that arrived at Bistro Menil last week for the champagne celebration of PaperCity's game-changing transformation.  Goodbye broadsheet, hello slick magazine.

Anticipation had been building for months since the announcement that the revered, 22-year-old publication would be undergoing a reincarnation. The new book, boasting a healthy 192 pages in its first issue, began landing in chichi locations and at enviable addresses across the city just days before the invitation-only soirée.

Co-owner and editor-in-chief Holly Moore and publisher Monica Bailey Bickers beamed as they welcomed the coterie of guests, many just returned from summer hejiras to Nantucket, Aspen and the Hamptons.

"After 22 years it was time for a change," Moore tells CultureMap. "I can’t imagine why we didn’t do this earlier — it’s so re-energizing. September was the most profitable issue in the history of the magazine.”

Contributing editors, each a high-profile personality, making the scene included Ceron, Randy Powers, and Carol Isaak Barden along with style editor at large Francine Ballard.

The chic Bistro Menil was a perfect setting for the party with chef Greg Martin, mindful of the high expectations of this crowd, providing the bubbly and delish party fare for the assembly of 225.

Among the posh partygoers were Susie Criner, Michael Dale, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan, Tijuana Harvey, Barbara Davis, Katie and Stanton Scott, Deborah Colton, Don Mafrige Jr., Brian Garrie and Christopher Alexander, Meagan Thomason, and Rebecca Brinkley.

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