Thursday night found chic revelers slipping past the hostess’ desk at The Lion and upstairs through a concealed door for a private dinner to celebrate Teen Vogue’s new collaboration with the British online retailer ASOS. Discount cards for the site—launching later this month—were passed out along with flutes of Champagne, as plans of attack for the busy week ahead proved a popular topic for the several front-row mainstays invited to the gathering: some bemoaned early wake-up calls while others the unavoidable traffic.

VV Brown, fresh from touring the US with indie-pop darlings Maroon 5, proved her fashionable resourcefulness, pairing her ASOS ensemble with a headband that she divulged had once been “a thong! No one believes me! I made it today.” The singer swapped relationship tips with Sky Ferreira, another young songstress, and eagerly discussed her excitement over the next day’s live performance for Teen Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out block party in the West Village.

“I love New York,” Brown sighed, “but I am so excited to go home to London and rest on Sunday! I’m going to surround myself with British food, music, everything.”

Gossip Girl starlet Jessica Szohr chatted with Chanel Iman and a very charming Henry Holland over the three-course meal, though Szohr confessed to being unaware of the latter’s UK-based fashion label, House of Holland. “You’re a designer?” Szohr wondered aloud. The two quickly repaired the situation by making plans to rendezvous during London’s fashion week later in September.

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