By Monday night, fashion week fatigue was beginning to set in, but a swath of models and industry insiders gathered at the International Center of Photography Museum on the Lower East Side for a Champagne break courtesy of W Magazine.
The affair at 250 Bowery was held in celebration of “The Shot,” W Magazine’s talent search for fashion photographers, sponsored by Hugo Boss.
Jason Wu, who moonlights as the artistic director for Boss women’s wear, told WWD that he is pleased to see fledgling photographers recognized for their work. “There’s been a lot of competitions for designers and models, but not really for photographers,” he said.
Wu himself is a photography aficionado — he particularly likes the work of Steven Klein and “obviously” Steven Meisel. “I work with many photographers and they capture something we don’t always see in our own work…there’s a certain light. There’s something about a great picture that is timeless.”
For Wu, who showed his own collection on Friday afternoon, fashion week is not yet over, as he is showing Boss women’s wear on Wednesday. “I have fittings after this,” he said with a shrug, slipping back into the crowd.
The lively, if overheated, upper level of the museum was crammed with models in cocktail attire — Karlie Kloss, sans boyfriend Josh Kushner — along with Coco Rocha and Hilary Rhoda were spotted weaving their way through the packed party.
Rhoda stopped to chat — she loved the denim designs at the Carolina Herrera show Monday morning, and overall is seeing a return to femininity this season — but was sipping water in lieu of Champagne. “There’s parties every night — if I drank every night, I’d be dead,” she told WWD. “Drinking water at parties is the best thing.”
Downstairs, where the bulk of the museum’s current exhibit is housed, was decidedly less crowded — but far better air-conditioned. Party guests used the space to cool off, and dance in front of the mirrors.