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Olivier Zahm’s recipe for the perfect fashion week party? “I need my friends, the people I work with, and also beautiful ladies,” the Purple magazine founder said, taking in the crowd at the dinner he hosted at Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny’s new restaurant, Kenmare, Sunday night.
This story first appeared in the February 16, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
And there were plenty from each category in attendance, thanks to revelers such as Chloë Sevigny, Terry Richardson, Jefferson Hack, Irina Lazareanu, Waris Ahluwalia, Tallulah Harlech and Zac Posen, as well as new parents Leelee Sobieski and Adam Kimmel, for whom the event provided a welcome excuse to step out sans little Louisanna. (It was Valentine’s Day, after all.) “Our baby nurse had the last three days off and now she’s back on,” Sobieski explained, borrowing her fiancé’s iPhone to show friends a video of their baby, sleeping and smiling.
Daphne Guinness’ late arrival, on the arm of David LaChapelle and with a cane-hobbled André Balazs in tow, made for the evening’s most dramatic entrance, dressed as she was in a mesh face veil, intricately embellished bodice and dress and a feathery accessory whose function was indeterminate. It turned out her outfit was an homage to Alexander McQueen.
“This, Lee gave me,” Guinness said of her gold bodice. “And this looked all right underneath, and these I made. Then I put on three necklaces and a veil. I have no idea [what I’m wearing]. And I’m not being coy.”
Post-dinner, the seemingly tireless Zahm and his crew headed to the Purple after party at the Gramercy Park Hotel. “I don’t have to wake up in the mornings. It’s very simple,” said Zahm of his late-night stamina secret. “Plus, you know, when you get old you don’t need so much sleep.”