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After-Partying With Jason Wu and Rag & Bone
Things are coming full circle for Jason Wu. For his first after-party ever, he went back to his beginnings: the St. Regis Hotel, where he held his first show. "I feel really attached to it," he said. The hotel has reciprocated by naming Wu a St. Regis "connoisseur," a curator-cum-consultant of sorts with hotel perks—one of them being his cocktail party at its Adour Alain Ducasse restaurant. "My usual ritual is to go home, get a good night's sleep, and have lunch with my parents," Wu explained. "But I've been in this industry a while now, and my sense of family has grown. I wanted a great, intimate party for people who have really supported me."
That group included powerful industry types (Linda Fargo, Ken Downing) and more than a few pretty muses (China Chow, Jaime King). "I think girls should dress up more and not just throw on your usual T-shirts and jeans," King said. For proof, she shared some BlackBerry photos taken on the set of her upcoming CW show Hart of Dixie. She plays a Southern belle with a flair for drama and ladylike frocks.
Down the road at Riff Raff's, Rag & Bone's after-party was a casual kind of blowout. With the elbow-to-elbow quarters and thumping music, David Neville jumped on a banquette to dance. Marcus Wainwright joined him. "We're done and it's the weekend," Wainwright said above the din. "I've got two small kids so I'm going to spend it with them. They haven't been happy. They don't understand why I've been so busy."