A Trump, a Kennedy and a Matisse walk into a (Hamptons) bar … and start taking selfies. You may expect a witty punchline, but designer Andrew Warren and his famous young friends take social media very seriously.
A recent Dujour exposé delves deep into the rather superficial life of Warren, the 22-year old offspring of designer David Warren, who is a “budding fashion mogul” with his own line, Just Drew. But really all anyone cares about him is his carefully curated his Instagram feed (@ADWarren) “He handpicks his crew—which at the moment includes Gaia Matisse, Kyra Kennedy, Reya Benitez and Tiffany Trump—as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle, ‘weeding out,” as he says, the ones who don’t fit in.”
Even if one may think these narcissistic pictorial displays give new meaning to the phrase “Say cheese!” Warren contends the opposite is true and the tony post-teen titans are sorely misunderstood. He says they have serious goals and ambitions, and “it’s that shared desire to pave their own way and prove they’re not just spoiled brats with Birkins that connects this fivesome the most.”
Haters gonna hate, but as Matisse — the great-great-granddaughter of French artist Henri Matisse — explains, goals of personal brand marketing aside, it is not their fault they also happen to “look fucking good on a swan.”
Reya Benitez, the 23-year-old daughter of DJ/music producer John “Jellybean” Benitez, chimes in saying the struggle is real. She even had to hostess in her mother’s restaurant, Coffee Shop, at the tender age of 13 and now holds down a job at concierge management company instead of just employing one. “Social media lets [people] see who we are through what we do,” she says. “Everyone always says [my DJ name] should be Little Bean, but I want to create my own name without any help from my father. I don’t want to be overshadowed by him.”
Tiffany Trump, The Donald’s child with Marla Maples, has managed to do that with a whopping 30,000 Intagram followers — even though her dad isn’t one of them.“He’s not the dad who’s going to take me to the beach and go swimming, but he’s such a motivational person,” He could certainly teach her a thing or two about self-promotion, having 389,000 followers of his own.
Just don’t ask any of them to do a full-on Trump and be involved in a reality show because that is where they draw the line: “I think that it’s just selling yourself, and it’s not an attractive look,” explains another trust-funder, Kyra “Google me, I’m a Kennedy” Kennedy.