Last Night's Parties: Day One Of Fashion Week Brings Out The Most Fashionable NY'ers

by Mara Siegler · February 11, 2011

Fashion Week has officially started and there were a flurry of presentations and parties last night. Kanye celebrated mens designers with GQ, Jessica Alba played ping pong with Susan Sarandon, animal lovers celebrated PETA with Tim Gunn, and so much more. Take a look below to get your fashion fix.

Waris Loves You Launches New Accessories Line [More photos HERE]

Where: The Wooly

Who Was There: Aziz Ansari, Waris Ahluwalia, Tara Subkoff, The Citizens Band, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Olivia Wolfe, Irina Lazanreau, Eric Adolfsen, Cory Kennedy, Chiara Clemente, Lola Schnabel, Alexander Dexter-Jones, Nick Zinner, Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter, Mickey Boardman, Peter Davis, Minnie Mortimer, Ali Wise

Other Details: DJs Nick Zinner and Mr. Alexander Dexter Jones spun the launch party of Waris Ahluwalia's new accessories line. A man of all trades, Ahluwalia is iconic as a designer, actor, artist, fashion muse and style icon. The party looked like a movie set as The Citizens Band sauntered around in feather headdresses and embellished leotards. Guests kissed, drank and posed for multiple group photographs. With parties like this, who doesn't want Waris to love them?

GQ Celebrates Fourth Annual Best New Menswear Designers in America

Where: Ace Hotel

Who Was There: Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Aziz Ansari, Tommy Hilfiger, Jessica Alba, Jim Nelson, Michael Bastian, Daniel Flaherty, Ben Hill, Billy Reid, Robert Geller, Alexander Wang, Brad Goreski, Kristian Laliberte, Arthur Kade, Nick Schonberger, Michael Macko, Christopher Brooks, Jeff Dorsman, Alex Catarinella, Madeline Weeks, Penn Badgley, Yigal Azrouel

Other Details: The trifecta of Kanye, Kid Kudi and Aziz Ansari is one that we'd love to be a part of. Models, designers and musicians alike joined together to celebrate new menswear designers at the iconic Ace Hotel. Reports Racked: "The Ace's lobby was transformed with a series of lighting rigs and centralized groupings of existing furniture on which six models representing each line posed for the full two hours. The set-up allowed the very, very long list of guests to travel along the full perimeter of the room—having access to a beer bar, a full bar, a variety of butlered-around nibbles, a very busy coat check. Fabulous in theory—difficult in reality: There were ten million people there, and they definitely started to get punchy! " [Via]

RETNA: The Hallelujah World Tour, presented by Andy Valmorbida & Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld [More photos HERE]

Where: 560 Washington Street

Who Was There: Chris Brown, Andrew Bevan, Amanda Hearst, Pierce Jackson, Carine Roitfield, Julia Restoin Roitfield,  Alessandro Codinha, Anuschka Senge, Angela Simmons, Brian Atwood, Arden Wohl, Bettina Prentice, Caroline Winberg, Eddie Borgo, Jamie Rosenthal, Irina Lazareanu, John Magzalcioglu, Katherine Keating, Kyleigh Kuhn, Kate Schelter, Lauren Rae Levy, Louise Rowe, Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter, Minnie Mortimer, Peter Davis, Olivier Zahm, RETNA, Stavros Niarchos, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

Other Details: The fashion crowd took a brief break from brand presentations and runway after parties to check out the first New York solo presentation of RETNA. Roitfield and Valmorbida presented the graffiti show in collaboration with VistaJet and Bombardier Aerospace. Andrew Bevan and Teen Vogue had a camera crew in tow as they filmed for their new TV show. Take a look at more photos HERE.

BAMCINEMATEK Presents "The SUSAN SARANDON Picture Show" - After Party [More photos HERE]

Where: BAM, Spin

Who Was There: Susan Sarandon, Jessica Alba, Morgan Spurlock, Joan Jett

Other Details: Susan Sarandon's greatest were screened at BAm followed by an after-party at the actresses ping pong club spin. Plenty of A-listers were in tow with jessica Alba Tweeting: : “Met 1 of my heroes 2nite at Spin NYC Susan Sarandon!… She’s everything. She is the coolest woman ever. And she kicked my butt in pingpong!” Take a look at more photos HERE.

The Cinema Society with Altoids & Grey Goose hosted a screening of "Cedar Rapids".

Where: SVA Theater, Millesime (at the Carlton Hotel)

Who Was ThereEd Helms, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Isiah Whitlock Jr (cast), Alia Shawkat (cast), director Miguel Arteta, Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas, Jill Hennessy, Spike Jonze, Taraji P. Henson, Steve Guttenberg, John Cameron Mitchell, Mark Indelicato, John Hamburg, Tom McCarthy, Fabrizio Moretti & Binki Shapiro

Other Details: The film cedar rapids focuses on a stunted adult that goes on a business trip and discovers himself via wild antics and sexual partners. Ed Helms proves his comedic timing in the Hangover wasn't just a fluke as he delivers a hilarious performance in the flick. Plenty of people came to the after party where they dined on chicken and pasta as a band played jazz music in the center of the room. Even Fern Maillis, the head of NY Fashion Week cleared part of her busy schedule to stop by. [Via]

Duckie Brown After Party

Where: Avenue

Who Was There: Steven Cox, Daniel Silver, Steve Gold, Chad Thompson, Craig Hanson, Deborah Demello, Cole Mohr, Kay Goldberg, Julianna Hall, Dale Toogoob, Francis Lane, Marrissa Bando

Other Details: Guests upheld the Duckie Brown mission to "dress men beautifully" as they gathered at Avenue to celebrate his fashion show. Models donned "Duckie Does It With America" tees. [Via]



Where:Tzigan 55

Who Was There: Christian Siriano, Mena Suvari, Sofia Black-delia, Gabrielle Union, Stacey Kaplan, Angelo Brivo, Christina Dimitriadis, James Newman, Drew Jacoby, DJ Manero Spun

Other Details: The clothing at Christian Siriano's show may have been somber but the mood lifted at the after party where the former Project Runway contestant and his friends were all smiles as they caroused at his party. [Via]



Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet Fragrance Launch

Where: Payne Whitney Museum

Who Was There: Douglas Hannant, Alexandra Lebenthal, Montgomery Frazier, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Jean Shafiroff, Barbara Regna, Peter Regna, Michele Gerber Klein, Rachelle Rak, Kipton Cronkite, Gigi Stone, Daisy de Kanavos, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Maggie Rizer, Zev Eisenberg

Other Details: Fashion designer Douglas Hannant came out to celebrate his first fragrance. Rachelle Rak was all smiles and even danced a little bit as she strutted down the carpet.  Tweeted: "A whole lotta air kissing and champagne sipping at Douglas Hannant perfume party. So what's it smell like? Soft florals & pear." [Via]



FENDI Spring 2011 Preview Cocktail Party

Where: Saks Fifth Avenue

Who Was There: Emma Snowdon-Jones, Jill Zarin, Peter Davis, Dalia Oberlander, Kipton Cronkite, Melissa Berkelhammer, Andrew Fry, Ainsley Earhardt, Clay Floren, Maggie Rizer, Gigi Stone, Annie Churchill, Alexandra Lebenthal, Lisa Salzer

Other Details: DJ She Rock and DJ Toni K manned the tables as guests gawked at Fendi's spring collection.

PETA's Fashion Week Bash [More photos HERE]

Where: Stella McCartney

Who Was There: Tim Gunn, Taraji P. Henson, Joan Jett, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth, Katie Lee, Olivia Munn, Lady Bunny, Alex Torres, Gabe Saporta, Caprice Crane, John Bartlet, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, Simone Reyes,

Other Details: Tim Gunn hosted this event that feted PETA at Stella McCartney's Meatpacking store. The designer herself was not in attendance, but guests didn't seem to mind.  There were videos and speeches and lots of talk of cruelty as lady Bunny spun. A woman walked in with a giant fur on and when a PETA-ite complimented how nice the faux coat was, she responded with offense that it was real, clearly not knowing what event she had walked into. She then explained that she was from brazil to the response that "It did not given her diplomatic immunity." She left soon after. Look at more images HERE. [Via]

W Hotels' GLOBAL GLAM Presentation

Where: The Box

Who Was There: Deanna Thomas, Daria V, Michelangelo Lacqua, Kris Norman, George Fleck, Wyatt Grossembauch

Other Details: Eugenia Kim, Mara Hoffman, Twinkle by Wenlan, Clare Vivier, Deepa Gurnani, Noir, Paola Hernandez, I-Luck, Myne, Posse, Shaesby, Sibilia, Catherine Nicole, Yarnz, and Contego Eyewear all created looks ot reflect the W hotel brand in three cities and showed them off last night at the Box. [Via]



The Art of the Guitar: Photography of Jonathan Singer

Where: The Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft

Who Was There: Annie Haslam, Christopher Dukas, Alice McCormick, Jonathan Singer, John Monteleone, Peter Blachley, Bob Gruen, Michael Meier, Stephanie Rooker, Ben Tyree

Other Details:The Morrison Hotel Gallery always gets the best of the best in rock photogrpahy and the newest show is up to par, featuring award-winning Smithsonian photographer Jonathan Singer's images of everyones favorite musical instrument. Mick Rock was in the house which automatically makes this party beyond cool. [Via]

DON HILL'S Thursday Night Dance Party hosted by NUR KHAN, PAUL SEVIGNY & TODD SMOLAR to Celebrate MAC & MILK Fashion Week

Where: Don Hills

Who Was There: Rachel Chandler, Jamie Burke, Todd Smolar, Pernilla Fransander, Sante D'Orazio, Susan Kirschbaum, Harif Guzman

Other Details:Don Hill's was the place to be for Fashion Week last season, hosting Iggy Pop, Courtney Love, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. How this season will play out for the gritty club remains to be seen, but last nigh was a good start. While there were no live bands, there was some amazing music and some ladies in bras and panties dancing on the bar. [Via]

Opening Ceremony Cocktail Party  Swiss Institute

Where: The Swiss Institute

Who Was There: Michael Stipe, Terry Richardson, Michael Vasquez, Ryan McGinley, Ryan Rice, Jack Chiles, Aaron Wong, Tenessee Thomas, Alastair McKinn, Ursina Gysi, Sylvia Farago, Justin Theroux, Summer Brown, Julie Gilhart, Athena Currey, Haidee Findlay-Levin, Piper Marshall, Sara Moonves, Chiara Clemente, Regina Spektor

Other Details:   Tweeted "All the pretties are at the Opening Ceremony party at the Swiss Institute." Karlheinz Weinberger's photos of post war Switzerland's rebel cutlre is currently showing at the Institute. The brand is also doing amazing NYFW coverage on their blog so be sure to check it out.


Where: Thompson LES

Who Was There: Media Elites

Other Details: Social Media has wound down and Fashion Week has taken over. However, judging from the Obliterati party, they rival the well heeled crowd in drinking and having fun. [Via]



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