The famed French restaurant Caviar Kaspia's New York pop-up, whose run ends this week, has seen its fair share of fancy events and fancy-dressed patrons since it opened its Spring Place last December. But on the Monday of New York Fashion Week, the pop-up was not filled with the jewels and furs typical of its usual clientele but, rather, leather. And lots of it.
For its biannual fashion week dinner, Frame founders Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson took over the restaurant to celebrate the brand's fall collection, presented earlier in the evening. Gathering over baked potatoes topped with caviar were Frame's "friends and family," as Torstensson described the crowd, which included Rachel Zoe, Cass Bird, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Rosen, and lots and lots of models. Outnumbering the civilians in the room, the catwalk contingent included Doutzen Kroes, Emily Ratajkowski, Laura Love, Lily Donaldson, Andreea Diaconu, Carolyn Murphy, Jeanne Damas, Georgia Fowler, Erin Wasson, Anja Rubik, Angela Lindvall, Natasha Poly, and Toni Garrn. Whew.
"This is not a fashion week dinner—everyone here, we know," Torstensson said. "We design for the people that surround us, and as it happens, that includes models."
With such a genetically-blessed guest list, Torstensson and Grede would not just use any old place cards, right? No, at the Frame dinner, you found your seat thanks to the leather vest with your name emblazoned across the back draped over the chair.
"It's our fashion gang," said Torstensson. "Leather is cool—it has nothing to do with the collection, it's just a fun thing. We wanted to give everyone something they can wear outside of their big coats."
The motorcycle jackets come after last season's denim "Fashion Tour" jackets, which soon became ubiquitous on the streets throughout all four cities. "Our background is marketing, so the plan was it should take off," Torstensson said of the original blueprint. And by the looks of delight on the model's faces, it would seem stage two of total street style domination was a success. By the time the dessert of berries and creme fraiche hit the tables, Kroes, Donaldson, Love, and Damas had slipped into their vests and proceeded to take plenty of snaps in the restaurant's famed mirrored ceiling. Marketing experts, take note.
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