New York Fashion Week—also known for those in the industry as a month filled with “no sleep, bus, club, ‘nother club, ‘nother club”—is in full swing. While the fall 2023 season officially kicked into high gear on February 10th, there were plenty of presentations, parties and dinners leading up to the full five-day main event. In fact, the stars descended upon Manhattan early to toast Paco Rabanne’s new fragrance, FAME, with a party attended by the face of the perfume, Elle Fanning. Meanwhile the second annual 15 Percent Pledge returned to the New York Public Library for a Black Tie, Black Designer affair. Emily Ratajkowski managed to make several appearances—from a Cult Gaia cocktail party to an event honoring her as the face of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb perfume—all before NYFW even began. Here, find a roundup of all the best soirées happening in the fashion world this month—which we will be attending into the wee hours of the morning. Check back here often as we update you with the latest.
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LaQuan Smith knows how to throw a rager. Every New York Fashion Week, the designer known for putting his own personal touch on all things sexy-fashionable hosts a party for the ages—and this season was no different. On Monday, following Smith’s fall 2023 runway show at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, Lil Nas X, Teyana Taylor, Alton Mason, and many more trooped downtown to the Silver Lining Lounge, a piano bar in the Lower East Side, for drinks and dancing.
Ezra William, Prabal Gurung, Tina Leung, and Jason Wu were on hand to represent the House of Slay.
And Ice Spice, arguably one of the most prominent queens of New York Fashion Week this season, performed—hitting a stage that’s usually occupied by a jazz pianist and a crooner.
The next night, Ms. Spice could be seen at Tommy Hilfiger’s New York Fashion Week dinner-slash-bash at The Nines, another new restaurant in Noho that also has a real piano lounge vibe. Here, Hilfiger poses in a Yankees hat—no doubt a nod to Ice Spice’s Bronx beginnings.
Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline posed for photos in a shin-length denim skirt, white button-down, and the pièce de resistance: a bold red lip.
Fashion favorite Charlotte Lawrence took up her post in front of a grand piano to perform a selection of her songs, along with a cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Meanwhile, over at Casa Cipriani, Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough toasted their stellar fall 2023 collection with a party that doubled as a celebration of Karen Elson’s fashion week residency at the ultra-private NYC restaurant and club.
Elson performed in the Jazz Café, then urged guests—Natasha Lyonne and Jeremy O. Harris among them—to keep partying in the adjacent Living Room. Talk about an intimate affair.
When Lingua Franca Founder and Designer Rachelle Hruska MacPherson was looking around at potential new office space for her knitwear line, she noticed that her budget was about the same as the rent for the West Village home were she had raised her children. The pencil marks where she had marked their height as they grew even still adorned a bedroom doorframe. So, she decided to move back in. This time as a businesswoman. The space now hosts the brand’s design studio, offices and showroom, but MacPherson also plans to host cultural events including talks, readings, and an occasional party.
The first party, naturally, was to celebrate the space’s opening during New York Fashion Week. Maye Muske, Karen Elson, Huma Abedin, Nate Berkus, Jeremy Brent, Lauren Bush Lauren, Sloane Crosley and more showed up for the event, which felt more like an intimate house warming party than it did your regular fashion week open bar.
Emily Ratajkowski put an evening spin on the big pants trend to attend a celebration of her new role as the face of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb fragrance at the Manhattan hotspot Jean’s on February 9.
Cindy Bruna wore a look from Viktor & Rolf’s fall 2022 couture collection to toast Emily Ratajkowski as the new face of the brand’s Flowerbomb fragrance.
On February 8, Wales Bonner celebrated the launch of Stay Cool Bar, its month-long takeover of Nordstrom NYC’s Broadway Bar. In partnership with BLACK DISCOURSE, the night featured a performance by Ragz Originale and a DJ set by Nolly Babes.
Guests including Antwaun Sargent, Tyler Mitchell (both in Wales Bonner) and Jeremy O. Harris (pictured) mingled at the intimate cocktail party.
Inspired by the Wales Bonner SS23 Horizon Blues collection and open through the end of the month, the Stay Cool Bar nods to the “Afro-Atlantic spirit and European notions of luxury,” and includes a public archival lounge in partnership with Adanne Bookstore, prints from Saman Archives and a looping one-channel assemblage film by BLACK DISCOURSE and Nolly Babes.
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Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Emma Roberts pose with Charli XCX who performed at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York Fashion Week kickoff party at The Jazz Club in Manhattan.
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Julia Fox, fresh off walking in Alexander Wang’s show, caught up with with DJ Mazurbate at the Saks Fifth Avenue party on February 8, 2023.
The first Saturday in February belonged to the The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala. Founder Aurora James, shown here, held the second annual event at The New York Public Library to celebrate the organization’s efforts toward closing the racial wealth gap in our economy and uplifting Black business owners. Gala attendees included industry leaders, pledge takers, and innovators across fashion, design, beauty, retail and entertainment.
Models Ashley Graham and Karlie Kloss stopped by in complimentary hues of green.
Model Veronica Webb had the honor of presenting the Pioneer Award to the legendary model and advocate Bethann Hardison for her trailblazing career and activism in the fashion industry.
Sophia Roe served as the culinary creative director and a host committee member for the Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala and curated a delicious menu for the evening—featuring crab cakes, short rib, and apple crumble.
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Lori Harvey wearing a Laquan Smith dress.
Paco Rabanne kicked things off with a celebration of its new fragrance, FAME, at Lotte New York Palace on January 26. Elle Fanning, pictured here with Lameka Fox, stepped out into the chilly night with her signature sleek blonde hair and a green turtleneck Paco Rabanne gown, gathered at the waist with a sparkling clasp detail (Fox’s look was by the designer as well).
Guests including the singer Isabella Peschardt, shown here in a sequined mini dress by Paco Rabanne, sipped Champagne, took photos, and mingled in the beautifully designed space filled with the scent of the new fragrance—which bears notes of jasmine, mango, and incense.
Japanese-American model Mona Matsuoka was on double duty, handling the decks in a mirrored two-piece Paco Rabanne look as guests danced the night away.
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