While a host of designers held their post-show parties downtown last night, Carine Roitfeld and her loyal cast of collaborators installed themselves at the Frick on East 70th Street for a black-tie affair celebrating the French editor's new CR Fashion Book. As the crowd, including models (Karen Elson, Bar Refaeli, and Karlie Kloss) and designers (Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, and Joseph Altuzarra), made their way inside, they found waiters, some of them offering Champagne and others holding (and closely guarding) copies of CR with Kate Upton on the cover.
"It is not a new vision about the clothes; those stay the same. But there are new people—new models and new photographers—in the magazine. Me, I am not serious at all about fashion. I know it is a big business, but I always have a sense of humor," said Roitfeld, stationed near the fountain in the center of the room. "It is important to think in the morning, 'What am I going to wear today?' but at the end of the day, you can make an error and it's not very terrible."
Guests slowly started to filter into the adjoining room, where the Brant boys started their own party on the dance floor. That quickly ended when Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto took the stage. After the acclaimed pianist (who is featured in the issue) serenaded the guests, Anna Dello Russo mused about a performance of her own. "Last year, Carine and I did karaoke for the Barneys party. Maybe this time we do a little ballet?" she said. But there was to be no pas de deux by CR and ADR. Shortly after midnight, the dancing shoes were instead coming off as the group, starting to feel the exhaustion from a long day of shows, began to make their exits.