Depending on your musical taste, there was a perfect New York Fashion Week kick off party for you somewhere below 14th Street last night. Theophilous London was playing at the W in Union Square, Lissy Trullie and the Wu Tang Clan held court at Milk Studios and The Kills conquered the Boom Boom Room.
Yes, we did say Wu Tang and Lissy, perhaps the most insanely rad double billing since that duet with Shakira and Beyonce. The invite said 10PM and it may have been the first time we arrived on time mid-Fashion Week. An excruciating line of eye-rolling downtown darlings was already spilling out onto 10th Avenue and a slew of frustrated bouncers were extra miserable thanks to the ice-cold weather. Inside, the gallery was filled with biker jacket-clad cuties and off-duty, ready-to-party designers, editors, and leggy models like Waris Ahluwalia, Johan Lindeberg, Pamela Love, Heidi Mount, Jourdan Dunn. And if downtown cool kids don’t tickle your fancy, there was also a working wedding chapel with a faux Elvis on hand to marry you and a camera (of course) to snap Facebook pics all night long.
But the real celebration took place when fashion favorite Lissy Trullie, who releases her anticipated full-length LP in March, and her good-looking band hit the stage and started playing a killer cover of Hot Chip’s “Ready For The Floor.” Clad in an enviable girlie grunge number, and tossing that strawberry bob like a madwoman while going at it on the guitar—in heels!—Trullie whipped the crowd, including Adrien Grenier and Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta, into a tizzy. “This will be the only time I ever open for Wu Tang Clan. And it’s awesome,” she said.
On the way out, we ran into Theophilus London who filled us in on the secret to his sartorial success: self-studding. His vintage biker jacket and black, shredded Ksubi’s were all studded by Theo himself, paired with Jordan Sixes. As for his fave designers? “Ummm… Givenchy is cool,” he mumbled. (What he’ll wear to spin tunes at Rebecca Minkoff’s after-party at the Darby tonight, we couldn’t say.)
Less than two blocks away another (newly) redhead rockstar was whipping her hair across the stage, too. The Kills played a solid set at DeLeon’s Fashion Week kick-off party at the Standard for a crowd including a very shaggy Penn Badgley, girlfriend Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, Olivia Wilde and a platinum Lindsey Lohan.
We’re not sure how the week will beat day one, but looking forward to finding out!