The Fifth Element

Fashion Parties Up and Down the Avenue


Chloë Sevigny with Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Iman with Rachel Roy at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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The lights were down, the Prosecco was flowing, and Benjamin Cho was on the ones and twos spinning music that was making people move on Wednesday night. The location wasn't The Box or Bungalow 8, but Bergdorf Goodman. The occasion? A bash celebrating Proenza Schouler's second season with the tony retailer. "We have this phobia whenever we have a party that nobody will show up," said Lazaro Hernandez, who, like his design partner, Jack McCollough, was looking happy and rested after a short trip to Costa Rica. They needn't have worried. Mingling in the crowd were socialites Lauren Davis, Fabiola Beracasa, Byrdie Bell, and Eugenia Silva, as well as fashion folk like Hana Soukupova, Shannan Click, and Kai Kühne. Hostess Chloë Sevigny told a story about how she met the designers. "I saw Jack and Lazaro out all the time, and I thought they were society boys. One night we were seated together and I asked them what they did—that's how I found out they were Proenza Schouler!"

It was a friends-and-family affair a few blocks away at Saks Fifth Avenue, too, where company president Ron Frasch and Iman hosted a party for Rachel Roy. "I've never hosted anything for anyone," said Iman (somehow we don't believe her). "But Rachel is a good friend, and I love her clothes. They're elegant and refined yet modern." Amid the editors and Park Avenue set were models outfitted in Roy's designs. But the real talk of the party was the unexpected soundtrack. DJ Clark Kent, who had been handpicked by Damon Dash, livened up the second-floor space with nostalgic hip-hop dance music. "You've got to keep the atmosphere up. You know, make sure your party's not a bore," said Dash, who kept himself entertained dancing around the room. Roy, meanwhile, passed the time chatting and thanking everyone for coming, especially pal Iman. "She's so supportive. We've been friends for years; we're kind of cut from the same cloth."

Nearby at the Versace boutique, Tinsley Mortimer, Ivanka Trump, and Adelina Wong Ettelson were among those who gathered to support Save Venice's art and architecture restoration work. "When people think of Venice, they think of canals and gondolas," said Mortimer. "But I did art history at school, so for me the city's about great art." (The girl apparently knows her Canaletto from her Cavalli.) After cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, talk in the crowd shifted from Venice to Versace as a catwalk presentation of the label's Spring collection began. Eyeing the ultra-high black and gold platforms sported by models, Alexandra Lind Rose whispered, "I really want to get my hands on those."

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