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Downtown, Barneys New York feted Proenza Schouler’s foray into handbags. And where designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez go, a tribe of cool chicks follow. Mary-Kate Olsen, Chloë Sevigny, Vanessa Traina, Amy Greenspon and Julia Restoin Roitfeld packed into Il Buco for an Italian feast (in line with the group’s partying reputation, there were shots of tequila and a lot of smoke breaks).

Two days after the presidential election, McCollough was getting into the spirit, calling their bags “democratic. You can be a size two or size 26.”

This story first appeared in the November 10, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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