Navigating the crush of revelers at Phillips de Pury on Park Avenue for the Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld- and Andy Valmorbida-curated Richard Hambleton Giorgio Armani-sponsored retrospective on Friday night was not for the faint of heart, as the influx of guests turned an unseasonably warm day absolutely tropical.
Lauren Hutton wore sneakers and a woven leather knapsack and photographed the works she liked. Nearby Ellen von Unwerth got her picture snapped by a bevy of fans. “Normally I’m the one taking the pictures,” she laughed.
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Alexa Chung, Claire and Virginie Courtins-Clarins, Caroline Sieber, Bar Rafaeli and Catherine McNeill were all there too, as was Doutzen Kroes, looking remarkably svelte post-baby.
“You’re sweet. But I did have a baby, I promise,” Kroes laughed at friends expressing disbelief. “It’s about the good atmosphere,” Roitfeld said with a laugh, when asked about the success of his parties. “People want to come. I don’t think you can explain why in an easy way. There’s just good energy here. And good art. Richard [Hambleton]’s coming to the after party, too.”
Valmorbida agreed: “Come to the party, it’ll be chill.”
As it turned out, the extremely-well attended second leg at Indochine was not chill. Not even a little bit. Theodora Richards was unbothered by the packed house, shimmying behind the DJ booth in a Mark Fast open-knit cat-suit as DJ Nick Cohen spun the Rolling Stones.
“I wish I could wear it every f-cking day!” Richards said of her ensemble, which was essentially more skin than stretched spandex thread. Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo perched atop a banquette with Anouck Lepere, Nicky Hilton and Brandon Davis, while Tamara Mellon held court on the other side of the restaurant near Sante D’Orazio and Stavros Niarchos. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and beau Robert Konjic briefly embraced on the front of a fire truck for photographers, while her mother Carine Roitfeld and partner Robert Restoin did a similar routine inside.
Margherita and Jennifer Missoni swirled through, as did Richard Chai, Olivier Zahm, Vito Schnabel and Waris Ahluwallia. Mary Kate Olsen was also briefly visible amidst the mélee. And then, there was Lindsay Lohan. Did she want to chat about fashion week?
“No,” the actress breathed, applying lipstick in the reflection of a piece of cutlery. “I don’t think so.”
Hambleton himself relaxed in a nearby banquette.
“He was the most important street artist of the 80s,” Vladimir Restoin Roitfled explained. “Drug use destroyed the lives of so many of his friends, so he sort of…went away for a while…but, now, he’s back.”