Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld kicked off the New York fashion whirlwind with a fete worthy of those Roitfeld genes, partnering up with Phillips de Pury and Giorgio Armani to toast Richard Hambleton, the man once christened the Godfather of Street Art. He still lives in the East Village to prove it.
Despite the gritty pedigree, the crowd was definitely more Madison Avenue than Avenue C, but with a name like Roitfeld, you can expect the best of the art and fashion set. Guests included Carine and daughter Julia for familial support (close families are tres chic), Mary Kate Olsen (sans Ashley), fresh off her triumphant runway show for The Row, Anna Dello Russo, Alexa Chung, Lauren Hutton and more A-list models than backstage at Alexander Wang. No one appeared to have any morning commitments as the soiree kicked into high gear in a fizz of champagne and air kisses that made the venerable auction house seem like the second coming of Studio 54.
After the mandatory art rounds, guests made the trek over to the legendary Indochine, which is becoming a surprise contender as the new after-party hot spot—very retro. The door crush was as expected with the A-listers squeezing by in small packs (you know it’s a good party when even top photogs have a hard time getting in—but we won’t name names). Those lucky enough to get inside could rub elbows, among other body parts, with Gotham’s best. The night trailed away with enough artful debauchery to last an entire week—so it’s difficult to imagine this was just the topper for day one.