Where does the hard-partying crowd go between Coachella weekends one and two? A subset had taken their chokers, rainbow-colored hair and high-end streetwear to Old School Gym in New York’s SoHo on Tuesday night, where Marc Jacobs and Safilo were throwing a dance party to celebrate the debut of the designer’s spring eyewear collection.
The party was inspired by Jacobs’ Ziegfeld Theatre runway show, which got reinterpreted in the venue through red strobe lights, the #MJScreamTeam vamping it up on stools in red lingerie — and sunglasses — performers wandering the venue in various states of undress, and shirtless boys passing out boxed single slices of pizza on silver trays, as well as Popsicles and mini-Champagne bottles from carts. Sunglasses hung from a wall of hands — some of which, creepily enough, were real hands — next to a photo booth, but the merch felt like it was beside the point.
The point was dancing, natch. Kate Mara hit the floor with Jamie Bell, where Ladyfag had already been tearing it up for a few hours, and Mia Moretti, Caitlin Moe and Sky Ferreira crept in just shy of 11 p.m. Jacobs himself didn’t make it out for the party — it was a school night, after all — but he sent Milk in his place to serve as host. The drag performer modeled in the designer’s spring campaign. “You may have seen all the trashy comments from people who live in the Midwest,” Milk told the crowd, calling out his social media trolls. “But I don’t care, because I’m doing better than all of them. And so are you!”
He might have been speaking directly to Kacy Hill, who took the stage for a three-song set. The young artist and former backup dancer-slash-model was signed last year by G.O.O.D. Music — Kanye West’s record label, which has released albums by John Legend, Common and Mr. West himself. Hill had a lower-key look than most of the crowd, donning a Swan-jacquard organza blouse and appliquéd jeans from the Marc Jacobs collection. Perks of the job.
A little bit later, compliments were being traded in the bathroom. “I love your hair! It’s fantastic,” gushed one Hood by Air-clad attendee, ogling another guest’s long orange-yellow-green locks.