The fashion week party scene officially kicked off last night. An impromptu, mid-day celebration ensued for many at the debut of Kanye West’s collaboration with Adidas Originals. The show, designed and produced by West-favorite Vanessa Beecroft, attracted a front row full of powerful friends, including Anna Wintour, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and more Kardashians and Jenners one could name – although one member of the West clan was not pleased. Kanye’s daughter North was carried out during the middle of the show by her grandmother, no thanks to the booming bass of the new single released by the rapper during the show. Backstage, a table laden with champagne was at the ready as guests filtered in to congratulate and lobby for their own pair of coveted Yeezy Boost sneakers with the musician-turned-designer. Fellow rapper A$AP Ferg danced with creative director Virgil Abloh when he received his pair of sneakers in his green room.
After an outfit change, Nordstrom called upon fashion editor-turned-designer Caroline Issa to debut her latest collection of “luxe essentials” at West Village outpost Claudette. “I’m incredibly lucky that they asked me to collaborate on a new line called Nordstrom Signature x Caroline Issa,” the woman of the hour said. “Nordstrom is kind of legendary, and with legendary customer service. How could I say no? And they asked!” Guests enjoyed a Moroccan meal, fitting with Issa’s recent inspiration trip to Marrakech. “I’m a Carolina Issa super fan,” blogger Garance Doré gushed at the dinner’s close.
To work off dinner, many opted for a disco at – of all venues – Pacha NYC where V Magazine hosted their bi-annual fashion week party, full of surprises. The crowd pleaser was, of course, Nile Rodgers. The legendary songwriter and performer chose to play only the hits he wrote himself, and there was certainly no shortage of options. Rodgers was joined on stage by model Karlie Kloss sporting an appropriately disco-era white jumpsuit.
The evening came to a close with a duo of parties in the Meatpacking District. The first at The Gansevoort Meatpacking Rooftop where Essential Homme scored retro rapper Chingy to perform his hits. Actors and menswear favorites Joshua Sasse and David Bernon where there, and fitting with the retro theme, Paris Hilton even made an appearance with boy toy-boyfriend, River Viiperi. Needless to say, the Peroni Nastro Azzurro flowed freely. I then came across Justin Bieber again (sporting the same outfit – a red leather moto jacket) at Up&Down, where I was once again shoulder-checked by the pop star at Tommy Saleh’s always epic NYNY party. While some parties flop, Saleh’s bi-annual festivus never fails to disappoint, and attract hoards of partygoers looking to crowd the front door with hopes of hopping the velvet rope. Luckily, we made it inside! “It can be simplified in the fact that it’s a perfect party when most people go home with new fun memories, then mission has been accomplished,” Saleh said. “For a party to be successful, the door management is crucial. While it needs to be tight, it also needs to be polite and respectful to the attendees. The party has to have the right mix of different types of people too. Fresh new faces and old staples.”