August 21 2014

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because patti smith performed


By Friday night, New York fashion week had reduced itself to a blur of rain, Champagne, and nude-colored clothing (at least I think that was a trend—at this point, I can no longer be sure). So what better way to cap off the week than with rain, Champagne, and naked emotion? Mother Nature, damn her, brought the rain; Costume National took care of the Champagne, hosting a party in honor of Steven Sebring’s film Patti Smith: Dream of Life. As for the naked emotion, Patti Smith herself saw to that. Along with clips from the film, the party promised a poetry reading by the icon—but Smith seized the mic for an impromptu performance of a few classic tunes, instead. “Damn,” murmured Danny Masterson, who along with Bijou Phillips found himself less than a foot away from the stage as Smith opened with the song “Grateful.” Thanks to the intimate environs of the soon-to-open Costume National store on Mercer Street, however, “Dancing Barefoot” and “Because the Night” managed to blow away even the last stragglers coming in the door, among them Loden Dager’s Alex Galan. “I’m so glad it’s over,” Galan said after the performance, referring not to Patti (of course), but to fashion week. “I’m totally exhausted.” Designer Camilla Stærk, also in attendance, seconded that motion. But then, she was already gathering inspiration for next season. “Patti Smith,” she mused. “Fall ’09, maybe?”

Photo: Bennett Raglin/WireImage

Dept. of Culture