Last Night's Parties: Celebs Wear Red For Heart Truth, Elton John & More Toast Bill Clinton

by Mara Siegler · February 10, 2011

Some 20 celebrities donned red for the runway, bloggers got their own fashion line, Nicole Richie brought a bizarre crowd to Bergdorf's, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar taught kids a valuable lesson and much much more. Let's find out what happened last night.




AMFAR New York Gala To Kick Off Fall 2011 Fashion

Where: Ciprianis Wall Street

Who Was There: President Bill Clinton, Diane von Furstenberg, Sir Elton John, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Carol Alt, Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Biver, Rose Byrne, Yves Carcelle, Georgina Chapman, Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, Blake Lively, Anna Wintour, Alan Cumming

Other Details: The who's who of New York was out last night at Cipriani's for amFar. Elizabeth Taylor was supposed to headline but could not make it for unspecified reasons. Bill Clinton was toasted and Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick took the stage to sing "Friends," like they did years ago at amFar's first benefit. [Via]

DeLeon Tequila and MAC & MILK Celebrate New York Fashion Week FW11 [More photos HERE]

Where: Milk Studios

Who Was There: The National, Antwan Duncan, Allesandra Braun, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Andres Altamirano, Joaquin Johnson, Liz Sweiger

Other Details: DeLeon Tequila and MAC hosted an intimate performance by the National at Milk Studios.@ wasn't happy about the late start time: "If the national doesn't go on soon, I may or may not keel over and fall asleep on the floor of milk." noticed the strange fashion: "watching the national play a fashion week party at milk. so many people wearing sunglasses indoors at night," You can take a look at photos HERE and get more details (ie-why the National are totally the fashion equivalent of jeans and a hoodie) HERE.

The HEART TRUTH'S Red Dress Collection 2011 - Runway

Where: The Theatre, Lincoln Center

Who Was There: Allison Sweeney, Dania Ramirez, Denise Richards, Dita Von Teese, Eva Amurri, Eve, Gayle King, Giuliana Rancic, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Julianne Hough, Melanie Griffith, Suzanne Somers, Taraji P. Henson, Audrina Patridge

Other Details: More than 20 celebrities took the runway wearing red to encourage women to take action to protect their heart health. Matthew McConaughey sat front row as he supported his girlfriend and baby mama, Camila Alves, as she strutted a look by Kaufman Franco. Natasha Bedingfield closed the fashion show with an acoustic version of 'Strip Me.' [Top image Via]

Where: BAR III Pop Up Shop

Where: 156 5th Ave

Who Was There: Solange Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Alice Callahan, Andre J., Becka Diamond, Andrew Bevan, Andrew Mukamal, Kristian LaliberteJane Aldridge,  Elizabeth Spiridakis, Leah Bourne, Rumi Neely,  Joshua Kissi, Alexandra and Theodora Richards

Other Details: Blogs are (weirdly) in fashion! Last night the pop-up store for Bar III, a Macy's exclusive men's and women's collection, launched. The clothes are  based on the blog style philosophies of Fashion Toast, Sea of Shoes, Feels Like White Lightning, and Street Etiquette. [Via]


Where: Bergdorf Goodman

Who Was There: Nicole Richie, Kristian Laliberte, Louise Rowe, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Vanessa McDonald, Allie Merriam, Jonathan Cheban, Melissa Berkelhammer, Cory Kennedy, Cassie Coane, Andrew Bevan

Other Details: Bergdorf's Women's Fashion Director Linda Fargo stated, “It’s a frigid out. Only someone as hot as Nicole Richie could bring everyone out tonight.”  Cory Kennedy, of Cobrasnake fame, was there, having moved to NYC. Full Frontal Fashion reports that as guests listened to Cassie Coane spin Miley Cyrus and West Coast rap, Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan mused, "This crowd is very bizarre and interesting.”  There was also a party crash by a very hungry someone with an affinity for mini cheese burgers that was escorted out by security. [Via]

Fashion SCOOP NYC's Fashion Week Kick-Off

Where: Scoop NYC's Soho Boutique

Who Was There: Scoop shoppers and fans

Other Details: The Grungy Gentleman hooked up with Scoop in Soho to throw a Fashion Week kick off party complete with lots of shopping and open bar. [Via]


African RAINFOREST Conservancy's 20th Annual Artists for Africa Benefit

Where: Prince George Ballroom

Who Was There: Christy Turlington Burns, Spencer Tunick, Gloria Flora,  Carter Coleman, Millen Magese, Beth O"Donnell

Other Details: ARC bestowed the name of a newly discovered frog species from the Eastern Arc rainforest of Tanzania as guests dined in the ballroom. [Via]




Where: MoMa, The Celeste Bartos Theater

Who Was There: John Stossel, Michael Gordon, Phillip Bloch, Eddie Borgo, YaYa DaCosta

Other Details: This documentary follows Vidal Sassoon, the man who "changed the world with a pair of scissors." He worked for 69 years! That's a lot of iconic 'do's including the Geometric, the Wash-and-Wear, the short bob Nancy Kwan wore in The World of Suzie Wong and Mia Farrow's famous pixie cut for Rosemary's Baby. [Via]

World Premiere of Dreamworks "I AM NUMBER FOUR"

Where: Mann's Village Theater

Who Was There: AJ Michalka, Alex Pettyfer, Bella Thorne, Ariel Winter, Dianna Argon, Cody Johns

Other Details: Dianna Argon looked hot in a drape-y, nude frock from Vivienne Westwood Red Label for the premiere. The movie comes from James Frey's writer sweatshop and is the first one of his writer for hire works to be made. [Via]

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR / On The Shoulders of Giants, Special Screening Event with Panel Discussion

Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Who Was There: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Other Details: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar screened his new documentary film, "On the Shoulders of Giants," which tells the inspiring story of the Harlem Rens - "the greatest basketball team you've never heard of." "I wanted to give kids an idea of what had to happen for them to have this game," Jabbar told the Daily News. "They don't really understand everything that went into the emergence of professional basketball. And if you ask most NBA players right now, very few know that the game was segregated." [Via]

And yes, a bunch of fashion presentations happened last night with pretty clothes and beautiful people and celebrity names. You read about those later today in Fashion Files, so check back soon!

MILK StudiosMelanie GriffithEmma Snowdon-JonesJulianne HoughCory KennedyLeah BourneGeorgina ChapmanMelissa BerkelhammerDiane von Furstenberglincoln centerAlan CummingGayle KingRose ByrneAndrew BevanDita Von TeeseDenise RichardsAudrina PatridgeBergdorf GoodmanNicole RichiePhillip BlochAlice CallahanKelly RowlandMatthew McConaugheySpencer Tunickharry belafonteStevie WonderEveCassie CoaneJennifer Love HewittBecka DiamondJohn StosselCarol AltKareem Abdul-JabbarJane AldridgeAndrew MukamalSolange KnowlesTaraji P HensonEva AmurriChristy Turlington BurnsEddie BorgoGiuliana RancicPrince George BallroomAlexandra and Theodora RichardsVidal Sassoon: The MovieSuzanne SomersJean-Claude BiverYaya Dacostachelsea clinton and marc mezvinskyAriel WinterGladys KnightJonathan ChebanMichael GordonThe Celeste Bartos TheaterAfrican RAINFOREST Conservancy's 20th Annual Artists for Africa BenefitSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureKAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR / On The Shoulders of GiantsSpecial Screening Event with Panel DiscussionPresident Bill ClintonSir Elton JohnDionne WarwickWoody Allen and Soon-Yi PrevinYves CarcelleAMFAR New York Gala To Kick Off Fall 2011 FashionAJ MichalkaAlex PettyferBella ThorneDianna ArgonCody JohnsWorld Premiere of Dreamworks "I AM NUMBER FOUR"Gloria FloraCarter ColemanMillen MageseBeth O"DonnellThe HEART TRUTH'S Red Dress Collection 2011 - RunwayThe TheatreAllison SweeneyDania RamirezScoop NYC's Soho BoutiqueFashion SCOOP NYC's Fashion Week Kick-OffLouise RoweVanessa McDonaldAllie MerriamBERGDORF GOODMAN Fashion Week Celebration with NICOLE RICHIE and HOUSE OF HARLOWE 1960Antoine DuncanAllesandra BraunAndres AltamiranoJoaquin JohnsonLiz SweigerDeLeon Tequila and MAC & MILK Celebrate New York Fashion Week FW11Elizabeth SpiridakisRumi NeelyJoshua KissiWhere: BAR III Pop Up Shop