A No-Special-Occasion Occasion
God, fashion people can be cynical sometimes. As guests gathered around the two long tables in the private room of NYC's Locanda Verde last night, a common refrain could be overheard: "What is this dinner for?" People! When did we start thinking that all soirees had to be in aid of something? Can't two brands, like Rag & Bone and Mytheresa, just decide to throw together a multicourse meal for the hell of it, because it might be fun?
That was indeed the raison d’être for the shindig, a mutual admiration society gathering thrown by Rag & Bone and Munich-based e-tailer Mytheresa to celebrate their admiration for each other. Liv Tyler, Spike Jonze, Michael Pitt, and Alexa Chung were among the friends-of enjoying a dinner of salads; various kinds of thin slivers of meat; lemon, Pecorino, and asparagus pasta; chicken and fennel; and much, much more. The groaning table seemed to offer some of the guests an opportunity to soak up their hangovers after a few boozy nights, starting, of course, with the Met ball. Rag man Marcus Wainwright, however, was in perfectly good form and reported that his placement at the Met dinner provided spark enough. He was, he said, seated with Rihanna. Meanwhile, a few seats down, erstwhile Victoria's Secret models Toni Garrn and Camille Rowe tucked into large helpings of dessert—yogurt-flavored gelato, lemon tart, chocolate torte—with appetites that would drive any persistent dieter to despair. Rowe, who opened the Fall 2014 Rag & Bone show, appears to stay slender thanks to a keenness for sport. "Foosball," she enthused, between mouthfuls of tart. "Like all French kids, I grew up playing. I'm obsessed. I can kick anyone's ass."