NEW YORK — “You can actually feel the building shaking,” said Francisco Costa of the loud music that filled the massive party space on the top floor of the rebuilt 7 World Trade Center. It was an apt observation, given that the party, held by Calvin Klein Thursday night, offered a real jolt of energy. The booze flowed, the celebrities all showed up (sans handlers!) and when DJs the MisShapes threw on Justin Timberlake‘s “SexyBack” around midnight, the entire guest list headed for the dance floor.
“I’m actually going to do a cameo in Cameron Diaz’s new movie,” boasted a miniskirted Lindsay Lohan, who had just flown in from London and hit the party without boyfriend Harry Morton. “It’s a secret. You’re the first to know.” Then she began to do a little jig.
Nearby, the week’s most ubiquitous presence, Mischa Barton, was sitting on a banquette, trying to escape the circling photographers. “Ugh! Go away!” she barked. Despite the stress of constant paparazzi attention, she was enjoying her fashion week. “It’s so much fun. It’s designers I really like and have a relationship with,” Barton said, before doing a bit of corporate endorsement. “I came to support Keds, which did a show with Nanette Lepore. I’m really happy about that.”
Hostesses Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalia Vodianova and Drew Barrymore did multiple hugging sessions with Costa. “I am just enjoying being at a Calvin party, considering I was once a young, awkward girl with fashion posters on my wall,” said Barrymore.
On a nearby armchair, Naomi Watts was busy hugging her main squeeze, Liev Schreiber. In between smooches, she goofed around with a bowler hat, even trying it on Costa.
Of course, the day’s partying had started much, much earlier, with afternoon champagne at Rockefeller Center and more music from the MisShapes as Tory Burch presented her spring line. While her sons took DJing lessons and photographed the models with their camera phones, socials such as Brooke de Ocampo, in New York on business with Phillips de Pury, Jennifer Creel, Renée Rockefeller, Jamee Gregory and Lauren duPont, stopped by to say hi and take a twirl on the rooftop garden with a stunning view of St. Bartholomew’s Church. Chris Burch was also on hand to lend support to his wife, despite their current split. “I think it looks beautiful. Tory did a great job,” said Burch.
Later, Zac Posen celebrated his fashion show with a party, hosted by Amy Sacco, in a tented disco dome at the Soho Grand Hotel. “They’re about to turn on the balls,” exclaimed the excited designer. “I’m going to dance all night.”
He knows how to draw a loyal following, too. Posen posse members Margherita Missoni, Theodora and Alexandra Richards, Arden Wohl, Gretchen Mol and Mary-Kate Olsen all showed to support their friend. But don’t dare ask any of these folks if they were Posen show neophytes. “I’ve been to four,” pointed out an insulted Camilla Al Fayed. “I’m a legend!”