The second half of New York fashion week is what really separates the sheep from the goats. Anyone can party over the weekend—it’s those who keep coming back Sunday through Thursday that really mean business.
First up Sunday night was a trio of designers’ post-show parties. Prabal Gurung threw his usual cocktail fete at the Top of the Standard with a performance from Lewis Del Mar. Across town at a quiet dinner in the Standard East Village’s penthouse, Bono congratulated his wife Ali Hewson on her latest Edun show. “It’s Valentine’s Day and all and so I just wanted to say you did something incredible,” said the rock star. The best party of the night, however, was hands-down Jonathan Simkhai’s boozy, sweaty dance fest at Up and Down, which drew in the likes of Charli XCX and Vashtie.
Monday night, the only party that mattered was Jeremy Scott’s. After so many years in business, the designer still has a hold on the pulse of culture, as evidenced by the abundance of young club kids dying to get in. The party was, after all, in the brand-new Flash Factory in Chelsea, a renovation of the old Shadow nightclub space. The venue boasts 10,000 square feet of pure techno heaven and was filled wall-to-wall with Scott’s fans from all walks of life. The crowd ranged from Caroline Vreeland and South Korean pop sensation CL, to Adam Selman and Ellen Von Unwerth. This was a party worth braving Monday’s blizzard. “I always love that moment after the show when everything is done and I can enjoy with my friends,” said the designer.
Speaking of having a finger on the pulse of culture, Wednesday night’s big bash was a DKNY celebration of Dao-Yi Chow’s and Maxwell Osborne’s Fall 2016 collection. Two seasons in to the designers’ tenure, it’s interesting to see how the brand is positioning itself — this party was decidedly cooler than anything we might have associated DKNY with in the past. It was a private show with rap/pop sensations Big Boy and Phantogram at Irving Plaza. All in all, it was a refreshing way to taper off NYFW’s party circuit.
That, of course, brings us to Thursday night. There’s a lot of turmoil in the air with respect to the role of New York fashion week, so perhaps it was fitting that The Box celebrated its nine-year anniversary on Thursday, the last night of NYFW. Many fashion editors may have already been halfway across the Atlantic en route to London by this point, but downtown’s party fixtures were out in full force and effect, Amanda Lepore, Andreja Pejic, Rose McGowan, Dev Hynes, and Junglepussy among them. So despite the ongoing question about the future of NYFW, one thing is for certain: partying in New York City is here to stay.