NEW YORK — If the barometer of a designer’s cool quotient is measured by the number of hipsters clamoring to get into the after party, then Marc Jacobs is still at the top. After his show Monday night, a horde of downtown twentysomethings, models and a few Marc-obsessed celebrities descended upon 24 Fifth Avenue for champagne and people-watching.
Helena Christensen congratulated Karen Elson on her runway turn — she’s seven months pregnant and had the honor of opening the show. “I’m wearing Marc,” said Elson, with her barely discernible bump camouflaged by a swishy black cocktail dress. “It’s not specially made, though; it just fits, thank God.”
Lily Cole, Tasha Tilberg, Daria Werbowy and Erin Wasson stopped by for a drink, while Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody hid in a corner. But the real stir was created by the official “friends of Marc,” like Sofia Coppola, Anna Sui, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Karen O, who took over a row of banquettes to chat amongst themselves. Brandon Davis, meanwhile, was stuck behind the velvet ropes.
“I’m Brandon Davis, I’m Brandon Davis,” he chanted until they finally relented and let him through the door.
This season’s Lil’ Kim stand-ins came in the form of Dita Von Teese and Jenna Jameson, who posed for chummy pics with Jacobs.
“This year fashion week is not just about the partying for me, I’m really focusing on the clothes,” proclaimed Jameson, who is more famous for not wearing any. Interestingly, the nascent fashion lover hadn’t even been invited to the after party. Nor had she been at the catwalk show, which she decided was “enthralling” anyway. But who can blame her for crashing — Marc Jacobs is the perfect place for a celebrity in search of a photo op.
Speaking of which, Nicole Richie loved the show, proclaiming it “amazing.” “It was like ‘Sleeping Beauty,'” said the wee one, accompanied by her ever-present stylist, Rachel Zoe.
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The stylist’s other client, Lindsay Lohan, rolled in around 11:30 flanked by a phalanx of security guards. She’s had a busy fashion week so far and, as for the rest of the shows, Lohan said she was juggling her schedule, between flying out to do a music video and hosting a dinner with Karl Lagerfeld at some point this week.
Someone grabbed Jacobs and pushed him into the center of a threesome with Camilla Al Fayed and Lohan and the two girls promptly turned in to kiss him on both cheeks. Despite rumors she might walk in Jacobs’ show, Lohan said she’d been hiding backstage to watch. (Although others behind the scenes said the actress and her crew only turned up shortly before the show’s end.)
Despite such rambunctious behavior, Jacobs, for one, couldn’t hide his burgeoning affection for the actress. “I saw ‘Mean Girls,'” the designer said. “I love Lindsay Lohan.”