Fashion events usually involve caloric intake whether via Champagne or tiny yet deadly versions of comfort food. But it was quite the opposite last night at Anya Hindmarch’s Meatpacking District studio, where a small but brave and be-legginged group, including Poppy Delevingne and Gossip Girl Nicole Fiscella—all wearing the cute racer-back tank pictured here—gathered for Anya’s Gym Class. It’s the stateside extension of the weekly Pilates classes that the accessories designer offers her London staff as a life-balancing perk. The session was led by trainer Lacey Stone, who teaches at Equinox and also offers an intensive four-week Booty Camp. The highly motivational Stone is like the gym teacher who might have had you not forging doctor’s notes, enthusiastically doling out high-fives while turning your legs into petrified wood through jumping squats, shuffle sprints, and other means of torture, er, exercise. All survived and, dare I say, had fun. The deceptively delicate-looking Fiscella impressively won the push-up challenge, with 20 real push-ups and 25 girly ones. Afterward, the glistening and glowing group sat down with Nu-Train founder Heather Bauer and her team, who offered advice on what to eat at some of your favorite restaurants. At the Waverly Inn that included whole steamed artichoke and salmon fillet, both without butter. Hmm…perhaps it’s worth trading a session with Stone for the macaroni.
The professionally fashionable are a notoriously crafty lot when it comes to store parties; the majority of us would never deign to leave without a gift bag and have probably eaten or drank our weight in booze and shrimp cocktails at some point in our careers. (Hell, I’d go to the opening of a Joyce Leslie store in Hoboken if there was reward waiting for me.) Keeping that in mind, you’ll understand why Anya Hindmarch’s spring preview at her Meatpacking District showroom yesterday afternoon was such a big hit with ladies who like to be pampered. Not only was she offering food and drink (and we’re talking classy kinds at that, like tea sandwiches, Champagne, and lime Jelly Bellys), but there was also a manicure station and the possibility of picking out some of Hindmarch’s adorable handbags. But with swag comes choices: Poppy Delevingne didn’t know if she should get widow’s-gray nail polish or hooker red, but this being the Meatpacking District and all, where hookers ran the late-night scene, she went with the latter. Zani Gugelmann left early to buy some gum, claiming she had had one too many cucumber-and-salmon sandwiches. And in the middle of it all was Hindmarch herself, wheeling and dealing her selection of luggage, totes, purses, and envelope clutches—the bag business that, as she herself is still surprised to say, she started 22 years ago. “Can you believe it’s been that long?” she sighed. “I started it when I was 18, and I’m still at it.” She’s finally taking a break this weekend. With her husband and daughter, she’s headed out to the Hamptons for the very first time. While she said she’s pleased that she’s missed the summer crowds by going after Labor Day, she’s not excited about the weather. Before co-hostess Bonnie Morrison could even point out the benefits of a beach drizzle, Hindmarch cut her off—”You can’t sell a British girl the benefits of rain!”