Partying with Olivier Zahm and his crew
Purple did things a bit differently for its inevitable New York fashion week dinner this season: It gave everyone room to move. The venue was Narcissa, the spacious new restaurant at the Standard East, and the mood expansive as the likes of Ryan McGinley and Crystal Renn supped on baby chicken in truffle broth and vegetables sourced from Standard owner André Balazs' own 85-acre upstate farm.
"Room for you means room for your ideas," Olivier Zahm suggested. "All that we need is to circulate between ideas and projects. If you're living in a saturated world, as we do, you can get lost." The interconnected Purple crowd has always been one to circulate; cohost Olivier Theyskens (Theory sponsored) was one of many people in the room speaking native French as he did so. Mazdack Rassi, who wasn't, took a table with Sante D'Orazio, who has photos of David Blaine and Pamela Anderson in the latest Purple issue. At Anderson's request, D'Orazio was the first to shoot the Baywatch star after she chopped off her famous mane. "It was a big, bold move, and shockingly beautiful," he enthused. "I mean, the nerve—basically, the balls—to do that, you know?"
The party moved downstairs, to Chez André, where Orlando Bloom kept a low profile underneath a gray fedora and Stephen Dorff and Mario Sorrenti made the rounds. If there was less room for ideas in the basement, no one seemed to mind.