Fashion week obligations didn’t put the kibosh on Valentine’s Day activities for a host of editors, socials and celebs Sunday night as they ventured out everywhere from the Lower East Side to the edges of the West Side Highway in search of amorous endeavors.
At White Slab Palace on Delancey Street, Barneys New York celebrated its launch of the Richard Chai Love collection with a “Love-In” that drew Phillip Lim and Jamie Johnson to the restaurant’s packed back room. Harley Viera-Newton and Magnus Berger took turns at the deejay table.
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“The idea is that the collection is love and what a great day to celebrate it with all my friends who are couples or aren’t couples—maybe they will be by the end of the night,” explained Richard Chai.
One half of a couple, Poppy Delevigne, wasn’t letting her boyfriend’s absence get her down.
“He’s in London. Which is why I’m going to party it up,” she said. There was plenty of partying going on at the West Side Gentleman’s Club where The Smile, the new erotic publication Jacques Magazine and Evisu hosted a “Valentine’s Evening to Remember” that more than lived up to its name. Inside the club, a group of G-string-clad (and, in some cases, fully naked) girls danced on a central stage, doing acrobatic-worthy tricks on poles and even letting some audience members join in on the fun. Jared Leto and Nate Lowman took in the show, and Justin Theroux snapped away with his own camera.
Of course, this being a fashion crowd, even with no clothes involved, some guests found something other than the writhing bodies to focus on. “Those look like Fendi’s spring shoes,” said one lady, admiring the girls’ vertiginous footwear.