Rival parties for T, WSJ., Glamour, and more
At Comme des Garçons' Chelsea store, Comme and Hermès were celebrating their new collaboration, a series of Hermès silk scarves that Rei Kawakubo subjected to scribbles, graffiti, polka dots, and any other whim. Hermès is a model of perfect propriety, so even the unrestrictable Kawakubo was surprised at the open arms with which the company received her. "She asked me hundreds of questions," Bali Barret, the artistic director of the Women's Universe, said. "And at the end, she looked at me and said, 'Are you telling me I can do everything?' " Mais oui. The results roll out in stores in New York, London, Tokyo, and Paris, and despite the $550 price tags, a seasoned CDG salesperson predicted the shelves would be bare by the end of the weekend. It wasn't hard to imagine that. One seasoned stylist bought two. Another didn't even need a box—he wore his out.
Nearby, No. 8 was packed with accessories lovers of a different kind for a party hosted by Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins in honor of the TL-180 designers Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzzi. And further downtown, every off-duty male model and hipster south of Houston seemed crammed into the Bow for the VFiles shindig. "It's very old-school New York tonight," Emily Weiss shouted over throbbing rap music. "It's a party in a basement!"
The debut of Deborah Needleman's T magazine was held in a different kind of basement, Grand Central's famous Oyster Bar. Designers like Reed Krakoff, Joseph Altuzarra, and the Proenza Schouler boys slurped a few Kumamotos and said their hellos, then scooted off to a cocktail in honor of her would-be rival, WSJ.'s Kristina O'Neill, at Wallsé. Not to be outdone, Glamour threw a party of its own, with cohosts Maria Cornejo and Eddie Borgo, in honor of its "35 Under 35 in Fashion" list.