The fifth night of partying for NYFW began with Stacy Bendet’s opulent-as-usual presentation. The powerhouse designer, known for scrapping runway shows in lieu of presentations fueled by cocktails, was joined by a set of chic youngsters including Sofia Richie, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Caroline Vreeland. “I wanted to capture this period of late-60s, early-70s in London, and this crop of sort of Bohemian people who migrated between London and Marrakech,” Bendet said.
Rush hour migrators later got an eyeful of the fashion week media crush at Zac Posen’s takeover of Grand Central Terminal. Model Alek Wek participated in the cover-up of secret show-closer Naomi Campbell, who was unknowingly hidden off in a separate dressing room away from the backstage madness. “I’m opening and closing,” Wek said, though we all later found out she was fibbing thanks to a show-stopping strut in a massive, shimmering pink gown. Campbell was joined backstage by Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and Full Picture PR’s Desirée Gruber, whom she plotted with about their next trip to Cannes. They are slated to host a start-studded charity benefit aboard a yacht.
“I actually love those really grimy parties,” Chrissy Teigen said earlier at the Donna Karan runway show. “Where the fashion people really just let loose.” Luckily, this was the case at Purple Magazine’s fantastically French blowout at The Standard East Village. It all began unknowingly with a dinner co-hosted by Rag & Bone at the hotel’s eatery, Narcissa, named after owner Andre Balazs’ cow at his upstate New York farm. Balazs was there, in addition to Uma Thurman, who dodged the cameras, rocker Kim Gordon, DJ Mark Ronson, Johan Lindeberg, PR power player Mandie Erickson, and model Bella Hadid. Purple Magazine Editor Olivier Zahm then led a train of fashion packers to the hotel’s underground club scene, where Brooke Candy, the ATL Twins, Madonna-favorited dancer Lil’ Buck, and Pioneer Works honcho Dustin Yellin danced with a gaggle of model friends. Zahm was on hand to snap his signature black and white party portraits.