“Every time she gave a party she had this feeling of being something not herself, and that everyone was unreal in one way; much more real in another. It was, she thought, partly their clothes, partly being taken out of their ordinary ways, partly the background; it was possible to say things you couldn’t say anyhow else, things that needed an effort; possible to go much deeper.”
-Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Over the last decade or so, party coverage has become a key part of any fashion publication’s métier, especially in the online space. There is something about scrolling through party pictures that brings the clothes to life. But a good party story is about more than who was there, what they wore, or what they talked about. It’s about contextualizing the “who-what-where” within the greater tableau of not just the fashion industry, but what is happening in the culture at a given moment.
So that’s why it is my sincerest pleasure to welcome you to The Moment, Fashion Unfiltered’s weekly snapshot of the party circuit.
Our first stop? The Fashion Unfiltered launch party on Wednesday night at the Gramercy Park Hotel terrace. As I’ve said before, fashion suffers from an overwhelming sense of ennui, but that was not the case here. A group of the industry’s most interesting and important creatives came together not to complain about boredom or busy schedules, but to simply talk about our mutual love of fashion. Adam Selman shared his tips on where to buy the perfect pair of men’s overalls while Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary Betty Halbreich talked about the trends she’s feeling for spring. Also at dinner were Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Sophie Theallet, Shelter Serra, Chris Gelinas, Gigi Burris, and Camilla Staerk.
It all came to a head when FU founder Katharine K. Zarrella thanked everyone for coming. “I obviously love fabulous, expressive clothes—especially when they’re black,” she said (the editor wore Comme des Garçons Noir Kei Ninomiya). “But what’s most exciting about fashion for me are the people behind it. It’s the people in this room who have made fashion such a weird, wild, wonderful space…Each and every one of you is responsible for Fashion Unfiltered becoming a reality.”
And if you weren’t at the FU launch party this week, it was probably because you were busy “men’s weeking,” as New York Observer menswear writer Zach Weiss puts it. Now in its second season, New York Fashion Week: Men’s has managed to gain considerable momentum and rally support for a range of brands, from the emerging to the established.
On one end, the week started off with an kickoff party hosted by Dockers, a rager that managed to get a stellar turnout of not just menswear industry folk, but noteworthy dudes interested in dressing well, including Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. He seemed elated to notice that he and another partygoer were wearing the same socks. Also on Monday night, Brian Trunzo and Matt Breen of Carson Street Clothiers dropped the “Clothiers” from their name with a rebrand party and store opening at their new Carson Street store at 20 Greene Street. There's a general sense right now that the menswear sector is booming, and based on the size of their huge new space and the number of painfully cool #menswear dudes in attendance Monday night, it looks like Trunzo and Breen are doing something right.
Wrapping up the week was the Siki Im show, where the rows were filled with not only powerful editors and journalists, but also droves and droves of unidentifiable cool kids who simply called themselves as “stylists.” It’s nice to see that since winning the International Woolmark Prize USA regionals last year, Im has still managed to keep his street cred.
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