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“It’s really been a labor of love,” said Jason Wu of his new sublabel, Grey Jason Wu, a lineup of casual ready-to-wear meant to accompany his main collection. On Wednesday night, the designer toasted its launch with an intimate dinner for a few of his friends — Zosia Mamet, Martha Hunt, Miroslava Duma, Sofia Sanchez de Betak, Constance Jablonski and Julia Garner among them — at Spring Place. “[Grey] is about dressing my friends. I look around at my friends in their 20s and 30s, and they’re looking for clothing with substance, but there’s not much out there between designer and fast fashion. Grey is very casual but still elevated, elegant and feminine.”

Hunt Slonem was also on hand to help celebrate. For the label’s debut collection, Wu reimagined the artist’s famous bunny paintings into prints and embroideries that decorated a few knits and silk chiffon dresses in the collection. “I’m the sign of the rabbit, which I found out one night at a Chinese restaurant,” Slonem said. “I’ve been painting bunnies for 45 years in some form. … They’re like my warm-up paintings. I paint like, five or six bunnies every morning. It really gets you going. Also, I live with 60 live parrots.”

For dinner, Wu tapped Laila Gohar, the chef — or “food designer” — behind Sunday Supper, the food and design community based in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The table, anchored by a bread sculpture centerpiece, included unusual additions to standard cutlery: a paintbrush and a pair of bonsai scissors. “This is a salad that you have to cut into your plate using the scissors,” Gohar explained to the crowd. “I encourage you to interact with all of the food. Have fun with it.”

One dish was served on an oval wooden painter’s palette with sauces artfully dolloped to mimic paint. Model Shu Pei Snapchatted her way through the meal, squeezing a lime into one of the courses — a sweet palate cleanser drink — and watching in delight as it changed color. “This was the most interesting fashion dinner I’ve ever been to,” said Hunt, who showed off her long, leggy frame in a navy blue minidress from Wu’s debut Grey collection. “It was so delicious. Once that fish came out with the phyllo dough [branzino en croute], I was like, ‘OK, this is what I’m talking about. I can get down with this.'”

“How many times have you been to a dinner with people you don’t know and everyone leaves before dessert?” Wu said as guests enjoyed the final course, which included a fruit tart, edible “perfume,” yellow watermelon and pitaya, also known as dragon fruit. “I wanted this to be authentic and fun.”

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