When you spend the entirety of your seventh and eighth grade years listening to Live Through This and Celebrity Skin on repeat, the news that Courtney Love will be playing a private show at a fashion party to which you’ve been invited is tantamount to having a senior guy ask you to dance at the middle school mixer. Welcome to last night’s party: One Model Management’s 10 Year Birthday Bash.
Held at the Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom, the party featured fashion week’s usual suspects: tall, skinny girls in minimalist (and minimal) scraps of clothing, scruffy looking guys in plaid shirts and leather jackets (yes, still), socially awkward fashion bloggers (that’s us!), and Adrian Grenier.
Love took the stage with her band and the very special addition of One founder and president Scott Lipps playing the drums. Lipps, she promised, was “a fucking amazing drummer.” She then asked for a guitar “and some red wine” but “just half a cup.” (She later asked for the other half of that glass of wine, and drank it.)
Sadly, according to our decidedly non-scientific estimate, at least a quarter of the crowd was still gestating when Live Through This came out and another quarter was far more concerned with looking cool than paying attention to any sort of actually cool things that may be occurring, which left, at most, half of the crowd to cheer, and clap, and scream along to “Violet” and “Miss World”, both of which were (despite her protestations) duly and wonderfully raspily sung by Love.
Love performed for over an hour (including two Rolling Stones covers), though her inter-song banter was almost as entertaining as singing. “How beautiful is my daughter?” she asked the crowd. “Did you see that photoshoot from, like, last week? I’m so glad she never got that nose job.”
But perhaps the most fashion-y moment of the night came towards the end, when Love began coquettishly unbuttoning her black vest. “So, my first piece of swag,” she began. “Was this vest by Calvin Klein. 1990.” She paused to pull it open. “It still fits.”
And for that, at least half the crowd cheered.
P.S. This is a stalker-y photo we took of
Eric Northman Alexander Skarsgard. He was also there. You’re welcome.