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All the best parties from the first half of New York Fashion Week

BY TODD KINGSTON PLUMMER

PEOPLE  -  FEBRUARY 14

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The secret to a full week of fashion parties is to pace yourself. But given this season’s robust party schedule, pacing is proving to be a challenge. Whoever still thinks partying is dead in New York City clearly wasn’t on the list anywhere good this week.

Tuesday night began with a dinner—graciously underwritten by Jo Malone—in celebration of Paul Andrew’s men’s shoe launch. It struck that ever-elusive mix of deeply chic yet surprisingly low-key. Guests like Hilary Rhoda, Reed Krakoff, Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman, and stylist Micaela Erlanger gathered at the soon-to-open Pasquale Jones on Kenmare Street to nibble family-style on flatbread pizza by candlelight. “Doing men’s has been a dream of mine for a long time, and it has been a journey getting here” said the designer. With the free flowing wine and sincere conversation, it was one of those evenings where you blink and suddenly it’s midnight. For a few hours, guests forgot about the vortex of fashion week to-do’s ahead. 

Things began warming up the following night when MyTheresa and Aquazzura threw a bash in Paul’s Cocktail Lounge at the Roxy Hotel (formerly Paul’s Baby Grand at the Tribeca Grand Hotel; these things change so quickly in NYC). A stacked guest list including Jaime King, Aymeline Valade, Laura Love, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, and Jessica Joffe prompted MyTheresa fashion director Justin O’Shea to joke, “There’s not enough guys here. I need someone to drink whiskey with!” Meanwhile, Aquazurra founder Edgardo Osorio was holding court, confirming his warm personality is just as charming as his must-have shoes. We caught wind that an Aquazurra New York flagship is currently in the works.

No fashion week is complete without at least one funky store opening. This season’s went down on Thursday night at Gentle Monster, the first American outpost for the Seoul-based eyewear label. Emily Ratajkowski and Chanel Iman ran around the store goofing around and posing with the brand’s supercool glasses.

Way uptown, designer Lisa Perry hosted an exquisite dinner in her sprawling apartment on Sutton Place, which was positively dripping in pop art. Leandra Medine, the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, and a smattering of fabulous art collectors turned out to toast Perry’s new “Scintillator” clutch. What’s so scintillating about it? The bag, created in collaboration with Leo Villareal, is a metallic box clutch with twinkling LED lights inspired by the Villareal-designed LED wall in Perry’s guest bathroom. “I walked back and forth past it a lot, and I thought, You know, this could be an incredible evening bag,” said Perry. “Other people see art, I see a bag!” The bag ($2,995) has already sold out at Barney’s, but fear not: they saved two to be sold at Barney’s new Chelsea location opening to the public on Monday.

And if those first few nights got the blood pumping, things reached a boiling point on Friday night. First stop? Omar’s for a Bergdorf Goodman dinner celebrating the buzzy new handbag line Les Petits Joueurs. But it wasn’t Empire’s Serayah McNeill (that would be Tiana on the show) that made the tables of fashion editors squeal. At every seat was a mini LPJ bag just big enough for a lipstick and a credit card. 

Friday’s main attraction was the Dazed 100 party sponsored by Calvin Klein’s #mycalvins campaign. It was a raging warehouse party located perhaps a little deeper in Bushwick than some fashion folk were used to. “Literally, where are we though?” said a few models at the door. But getting the party set out of its comfort zone is exactly the kind of memorable NYFW experience we’re begging for. Guests raged until well after 2 AM before trekking back home.  There was, after all, a Paul Andrew presentation to see at 9 AM.

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