Double the Fun
All the Pics From Two Nights of Topshop Parties
night two: Wednesday marked the second round of Topshop's grand-opening celebrations, and the photographers arrayed just inside the frosted double doors at Balthazar said owner Sir Philip Green had his work cut out for him if he wanted to top Tuesday's festivities. But as soon as the rumor that Jennifer Hudson would be the evening's surprise performer became a reality, it was clear that Green didn't have to worry. Belting out Aretha Franklin's "Something He Can Feel," Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing," and the song that made her famous, Dreamgirls' "One Night Only," the Oscar winner had many in the crowd—which included Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Debbie Harry—swooning with delight. Not least of all Sir Philip himself, to whom Hudson cooed, "You are a genius, because I love Topshop" and "H&M is going out of business." Music to his ears, no doubt. Hudson even got James Blunt, Marc Anthony, and her fellow diva Jennifer Lopez to sing a note or two. The only partygoer she couldn't persuade to join her on the mic was Moss. The supermodel had a good excuse, though: an early call time Thursday morning to cut the ribbon at Topshop's new store.
night one: Topshop is finally opening in New York, and Tuesday night's celebratory dinner at Balthazar, the first of this week's three buzz-generating bashes organized by owner Sir Philip Green, helped ensure his cheap-chic fashion chain will hit the ground running. "I'm not into thousand-people parties where you don't know 900 of the people," the mogul explained as he energetically greeted guests at the door. "And we don't want a riot." Sir Philip may have just that on his hands come Thursday morning, when his 40,000-square-foot Broadway store opens to the public. "One hundred different styles every seven, eight, nine, ten days," he promised the crowd, which included Emily Mortimer, Taylor Momsen, and Karolina Kurkova, before ceding the mic to Mark Ronson and his band the Dap-Kings. (Wednesday night there will be another Balthazar dinner, this one attended by Green's high-profile collaborator Kate Moss, while Thursday promises some late-night shenanigans at the Box.)
Santigold took the stage later, and Jimmy Fallon closed out the party with a surprisingly adept rendition of Sting's "Englishman in New York." Serendipitously, Jay-Z rolled in just in time to listen (poker-faced) to the late-night host's quick remix of "Single Ladies." Saying hi to Michelle Monaghan on the way out, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, who had already "hurt the credit card" during a sneak preview of the store earlier in the day, declared herself 100 percent on board with Topshop and its high-living top man: "This is the Sir Philip that we expect."