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Fashion Week Fêtes for Reed Krakoff, Joseph Altuzarra, and Prabal Gurung

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Delphine Krakoff, Reed Krakoff, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn   
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The invite said "One Chair," but there were 99 on the walls and 60 more for dinner guests at a party celebrating Reed Krakoff's new furniture-cum-art project at Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn's Salon 94 last night. As graphic and geometrically precise as his ready-to-wear, the felt-covered straight-back chairs had many admirers in a room that included Yvonne Force Villareal, Hope Atherton, Cecilia Dean, and Virginie Mouzat. "They do wonders for your posture," someone said. But Reed had some competition on the design front. His wife Delphine's madeleines were going fast when the party started winding down around midnight.

More than 100 blocks downtown at Joseph Altuzarra's Red Egg after-party, the DJ was playing a string of Whitney Houston's hits. "Look at everyone go on the dance floor," Julie Gilhart said. "It's kind of nuts but I love it." Another guest still had his mind on the designer's collection. "This was my first fashion show, ever. I had no idea Joseph was such a big deal, but he's like a big deal." He asked, "Do women really wear clothes like that?" Oh, yes.

Meanwhile, Candice Swanepoel, Brad Goreski, and other friends of Prabal Gurung gathered in the tented-over terrace of the Presidential Suite at the Dream Downtown for a dinner in the designer's honor. The space featured a long table set for 30 and a spacious hot tub. For the moment it remained covered, but maybe not for long. Joked Gurung, "The after-after-party can be here."

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