The whiskers of Hurricane Dorian brushed against New York Fashion Week last Friday night, sending wind and rain to greet hundreds of coifed partygoers who turned out for the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party at the Plaza Hotel.
Now in its sixth year, the black-tie affair aspires to be for fashion week what the Vanity Fair party is to the Oscars. “The inspiration is to make a beautiful party with beautiful girls and everybody is fun,” said Carine Roitfeld, the fashion editor who puts together the annual fête.
But it often feels more like a never-ending red carpet. In fact, so many guests were waiting to be photographed that a two-track system was instituted: V.I.P.s like Janelle Monáe, Zendaya, Christy Turlington, Vanessa Hudgens, Troye Sivan and Charlie Puth were whisked in front of photographers, while lesser models and influencers had to wait their turn.
Just before 9:30 p.m., a gust of wind sent the 60-foot-long step-and-repeat toppling onto the glut of internet celebrities, who shrieked like extras in a disaster movie. Fortunately, no influencers were harmed in the making of this Instagram Story.
Inside the packed Grand Ballroom, it was shoulder-to-shoulder tuxedo jackets. The celebrity wattage seemed down from last year, when Cardi B threw a shoe at Nicki Minaj.
Alicia Keys performed at 11:30, as her husband Swizz Beatz, Shailene Woodley, Nicholas Braun (who plays cousin Greg on HBO’s “Succession”) and Jameela Jamil danced in the crowd.
Vape fumes filled the air and discarded champagne coupes rolled underfoot as Dorian continued to bang on the windows like a thwarted crasher.
Prince of Parties
Alexander Wang may have stopped showing at fashion week, but he has not given up his customary Saturday-night bacchanal.
To celebrate a handbag collaboration with Bulgari, Mr. Wang took over the defunct Henri Bendel space at 712 Fifth Avenue, and transformed it into fantasy department store called A.W. Bulgari’s, with big-hair mannequins and pink gin cocktails.
The party was so hot and crowded, the fire department parked an engine outside, bathing a crowd of hopefuls mobbing the velvet rope in red and blue light. Following a head count by fire marshals, the police shut the door sometime after 10 p.m.
Already inside were stars like Tiffany Haddish, Hailey Bieber, Dylan McDermott and Dua Lipa. Among those left outside were the evening’s entertainment: Normani, Rick Ross and Wale.
Mr. Wang, who arrived earlier, was in his element as the prince of parties, talking up his capsule collection in between air-kissing models and artists including Offset, Soo Joo Park, Sofia Richie, Nicole Scherzinger and Coco Rocha.
“Bulgari is a lifestyle brand, they’re in fine jewelry, they’re in hotels, they’re in fragrance and beauty,” Mr. Wang said. “I love that they gave me complete creative control to reimagine their Serpenti collection.”
By midnight, the fire department relented and Mr. Wang introduced Normani, who performed two songs from the mezzanine, including “Motivation.” By then, the pink gin had worked its magic, and someone threw a wig at Mr. Wang like a bouquet. “Yaas,” he said. “One wig snatched.”
Afterward, a diverse V.I.P. crowd that included G-Eazy, Kehlani and Migos sauntered down to Le Chalet, the faux après-ski lodge at nearby Saks Fifth Avenue, where the after-party continued into the wee hours, safely out of sight of the F.D.N.Y.
Donna Karan left as chief designer of her eponymous company in 2015, but that didn’t stop her from showing up at St. Ann’s Warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront on Monday night.
A projection on the Brooklyn Bridge announced the occasion: the 30th anniversary of DKNY, the casual clothing line she founded that was synonymous with ’90s New York fashion.
“I’m surprised it’s only 30 years,” Ms. Karan said, wearing a billowing black halter top, one brass earring and four chunky wood bangles. “I thought it was much longer than that, like 40 or 50.”
Well, the brand is certainly older than many of night’s guests. Nina Agdal, a 27-year-od model, said she discovered DKNY in Denmark when she was 12. “For me, it represented New York,” she said.
The Martinez Brothers, the party’s D.J.s, recalled growing up in the Bronx with DKNY T-shirts and jeans. “When I was 13, I had an all-white T-shirt with the DKNY logo,” Chris Martinez, 27, said. “I used to wear that everywhere.”
Kendall Jenner, 23, entered with an entourage, but left after 20 minutes. Perhaps she wanted to avoid Sophia Hutchins, also 23, who has been spending a lot of time with Caitlyn Jenner.
Just after 11 p.m., Cara Delevingne introduced Halsey. “Five years ago, all you” — expletives — “would have been too cool to talk to me,” Halsey said between songs.
The party wrapped just before midnight, with waiters circulating tequila shots in red plastic cups. Outside, Ms. Karan took pictures with fans against a DKNY-branded vegan ice cream truck, as the Brooklyn Bridge glowed with a testament to her legacy.
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