Fashion Week Spring 2012: The Scene – Starring Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, and More
Barneys celebrated its collaboration with Carine Roitfeld for Fall 2011 with a Fashion Week party on Saturday. And who but the creative Roitfeld would have thought up a karaoke party with Anna Dello Russo, Stefano Tonchi, and Valentino belting out pop songs inside a former strip club?
The former French Vogue editor raved about her latest gig: working with Barneys. “For me, the most interesting part is I worked in an artistic way with Dennis Freedman,” she said. Roitfeld seems impressed with how Freedman displayed her image in the store’s windows: “I’m really still under emotional shock about these windows,” she added.
Next up was Prabal Gurung’s party at the new hot spot Double Seven. The designer said he was feeling great. “I’m happy the show is done, and happy I’m here,” he said before hitting the dance floor to DJ Mia Moretti’s tunes.
Elettra Wiedemann and Irina Shayk dropped by to toast Gurung, as did Brad Goreski, who, though it was well after midnight said he wasn’t tired. “I stayed in last night,” he explained. But never fear, Goreski will now be everywhere at Fashion Week—his boyfriend was leaving town the next morning.
On Sunday, the always-cool Y-3 show drew Samuel L. Jackson, Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt and—yet another basketball player in a front row!—Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard.
The well-muscled Howard said he’s just started getting into fashion. “Next year the all-star game is in Orlando, and I thought it would cool to have a fashion show there with Y-3,” he said.
Also at Y-3 was Peaches Geldof, sitting on top of her boyfriend. “I didn’t get a seat for him, so I’m sitting on his lap,” she chirped as her rocker guy peeked out from behind her to wave hello.
Later on Sunday, backstage at Tommy Hilfiger, Petra Nemcova waded through the pre-show chaos with fiancé Jamie Belman. “We met through mutual friends; our best friends are getting married in November, and they put us together. So it stays in the family,” Nemcova said.
She showed off her engagement ring, which Belman said was from Hatton Garden jewelers in London. “I took a bit of a gamble [choosing the ring], and she said she was happy, so that’s good enough for me,” he said. The two will wed next June in England, and she’ll wear Marchesa.
Also roaming around backstage were Malin Akerman, Abbie Cornish, Corinne Bailey Rae and requisite NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who explained why he was attending the women’s collection: “I missed the men’s show. Tommy’s a good friend, so I wanted to show my support.” The affection goes both ways; Anthony said the Hilfiger duds he had on were a gift from the designer. Not a bad way to shop.
For more celebrity action, check out our Front Row Report.