Bettina's Take: Wednesday's Fashion Week Parties


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Camilla Belle at the Schultz store opening.

Fashion Week parties abounded last night. As I can't cut myself into little pieces I had to limit myself, sigh...

I started out at the Town & Country party celebrating Editor In Chief Jay Fielden at Crown. The venue was changed the day before, because Crown's sister restaurant, Bill's, wasn't quite ready. Judging by the success of Crown and The Lion, it will be a tough reservation to get when it opens its doors. I spotted Armani's Graziano De Boni, who always has a humorous and uplifting word to say, as I came in. I missed publisher Valerie Salembier, Anne Hearst and Alexandra Kotur, but I did see Alex Lind Rose, and Ivana Lowell, who joined me for the rest of the evening.

Next, I stopped in at the packed opening of the Schutz store at 655 Madison Avenue, a Brazilian brand that makes shoes in almost every color and design combination. Camilla Belle stopped by the opening in a floral printed silk chiffon Oscar de la Renta gown. I can't wait to wear my exquisite metallic snake skin platforms.

I finally moved on to the piece de resistance, Brian Atwood's blow-out at the Four Seasons. Atwood has also opened a store at 655 Madison (great news for shoe lovers). The party was a celebration of Atwood's new boutique, and a kick-off to his latest ad campaign.

The stellar guest list included Iman, Nate Berkus, Hannah Bronfman, Jennifer Creel, Donna D'Cruz, Frédéric Fekkai, Christopher Getty, Zani Gugelmann, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Genevieve Jones, Dayssi Kanavos, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Katie Lee, Ryan Lochte, Tinsley Mortimer, Ghislaine Maxwell and Rachel Zoe. The pool room was bathed in a purple glow studded with the reflections of a disco ball amid tall palm trees. A video of Atwood's sexy new campaign, starring Candice Swanepoel, was broadcast in a constant loop on stacked monitors.

The De Leon tequila special cocktails flowed, and fashion friends caught up after their summer breaks. It was a wonderful reunion. Some went on to the Top of the Standard to continue the revelry, others stopped there to save their energy for the insane weeks ahead.

And so it begins.