The Four Tops
"It's like the first day back at school!" said Hanneli Mustaparta as she arrived at the Saks Fifth Avenue Dior dinner last night, eager to see friends and colleagues now that summer is over. Mustaparta was wearing a voluminous pink confection of a Dior dress, not unlike the one she said her mother sewed for her first day of school, back in Norway. Only this one is a little fancier. "It's a bit more luxurious than what my mother sewed," she said. "I feel like a modern-day princess!" There were plenty of them on the store's third floor. The evening's hostess, Jessica Biel, Hilary Rhoda, and Daria Strokous all wore Dior.
A few blocks east, at the Four Seasons, another French import was being celebrated: The premiere of the new Carine Roitfeld documentary, Mademoiselle C, drew the likes of André Balazs, Karlie Kloss, a slew of other top models who claimed Carine "discovered them," and even Kanye West, who made a late-night appearance. At first, Roitfeld said, she was nervous about letting the cameras see so much. "I was not so sure, because to talk about fashion, it's very easy to be caricaturelle. I wanted to show it in another way, and maybe the audience will realize people working in fashion aren't so mégalomaniac." Director Fabien Constant confirmed Carine is intensely dedicated to her craft. "At a shoot, she is always the first one on set at 7 a.m., waiting for the clothes to arrive and talking about hair and makeup. She easily could have retired after French Vogue, but she wakes up every day and has to create pictures."
Downtown, at the Electric Room, Jason Wu hosted an intimate postshow gathering, where Jessica Paré and Bryan Grey Yambao cozied up behind the DJ booth. "It's all over until pre-fall starts," said Wu. "Which I started last week, so it's never really over!" A surprise visit from Kerry Washington, around 1 a.m., caused a stir. "Your party is the final destination tonight!" said one guest, to which Wu promptly replied, "Please, it's the only destination."
Nearby, at Omar's, H&M designer Ann-Sofie Johansson was talking about her new Spring '14 collection, a suede- and tassel-heavy line inspired by such perennial icons as Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin. "It's one part bohemian, one part tomboy, and there's always a little bit of rock 'n' roll spirit there." She could have just as easily been talking about the party's guest list, which brought together a mix of rock 'n' rollers like the Jonas Brothers and fashion mainstays such as Karolina Kurkova and Doutzen Kroes.