Madison Avenue is not your typical late-night party scene. A route to a rowdier downtown destination, sure, but the site for a full-on, blowout bash starting at 10 p.m.? Not so much.
That is, until Fendi gets involved. On Thursday evening, the fashion powerhouse brought the party uptown, to its freshly minted store, for a late-night cocktail celebrating its eyewear collaboration with Thierry Lasry. The fete was appropriately dubbed “Midnight on Madison.”
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The party also served as something of a New York homecoming for the fashion flock, having spent the better part of the last two months hobnobbing around Europe. “How are you?” Devon Windsor squealed upon spotting fellow model Josephine Skriver, enveloping her in a giant hug. The duo stuck close together for a majority of the evening, leading a makeshift model Rat Pack — Caroline Corinth, Megan Williams and Mijo Mihaljcic in tow. The gangly gang traipsed around the store’s interior, pausing every so often to pose for photos. “I need to stop going to parties with models,” one mere mortal said under her breath as the group drifted past.
Fernanda Ly, the latest entry into the “It” model club, following her show-stealing debut at Louis Vuitton, chose to fly solo for most of the evening. The pink-haired beauty stuck close to her agent, taking in the scene. “It’s amazing,” she said of post-fashion-week life. “Everything has been crazy. It’s been pretty much [nonstop]….I have no idea what’s next.”
The party also teemed with perennial partygoers Leigh Lezark, who pulled double duty as DJ and cohost, Hanneli Mustaparta, Tali Lennox, Laura Love, Cleo Wade and Becka Diamond, as well as designers Yigal Azrouël, Jonathan Simkhai and Baja East’s John Targon. At one point in the evening, the partier-to-square-footage ratio seemingly proved too much for the store’s internal fire alarm, causing an interlude of flashing lights and incessant beeping. “Party’s over,” Windsor said, before turning back to her conversation, unfazed by any real potential danger.
The problem was quickly remedied as the crowd congregated on the main floor to take in the evening’s main event: a performance by up-and-coming pop-funk duo Lion Babe. “Why isn’t Kanye [West] performing?” mused one guest as the first few beats played. Alas, fashion month is truly, officially over.