You know you’re at the right party when you find yourself on a rooftop sandwiched between Sarah Burton, Anja Rubik, and Olivier Theyskens, sipping champagne and talking shop with some of the best and brightest of both art and fashion.
Chelsea’s Hotel Americano was abuzz last night for Net-a-Porter‘s cocktail party and dinner – no wonder, since just about everyone from art stars to fashion’s glitterati are in town this week for big name events. The event was held in honor of New York’s inaugural Frieze Art Fair, a four-day art extravaganza on Randall’s Island previously held only in London, showcasing works from top international galleries, however we’re sure the event’s already-impressive guest list was bolstered by the coincidence of Monday’s Met Gala.
The circumstance meant that fashion folk like Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Roland Mouret, and Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis mingled with art cognoscenti as curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and collector Valeria Napoleone.
We asked Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet about why she thinks the fashion and art worlds that mesh so well together:
Well, I think it’s all about creativity, being bold, and doing something that has never been done before and also remembering that there is a market for it. I think there’s a perfect fusion, or rather intersection between art and fashion. Also I think the very forward-thinking, artistic people in fashion are inspired by art and I think that some artists are certainly inspired by pop culture. And many of the same people that are buying high fashion are buying and collecting art so actually it’s a wonderful fusion and I think having everyone here tonight at a party to celebrate both is perfect.
Massenet, carrying the most lethal of Christian Louboutin handbags, admitted that she would be forgoing the Met Gala Monday night in favor of a trip upstate, but we’re looking forward to seeing many of the other attendees hit the red carpet tomorrow night, including all-around wonder woman Jenna Lyons. She will be attending the event with J Crew‘s head of women’s design Tom Mora and will undoubtedly steal the spotlight on the red carpet. This, after all, is one event where being six-foot-five in heels is entirely de rigueur.
Lyons had some supportive words for Lana Del Rey, the occasionally polarizing singer who will be hanging on the handsome arm her 2011 date Joseph Altuzarra come Monday night:
I watched a video of hers today that was just beautiful. I think, in all honesty, she’s partially just young and coming into her own. I think it’s hard – this is a big, scary industry sometimes. I wish her the best and I hope she’ll do well. Having had my fair share of questionable press I have nothing bad to say.
Well there you have it! Met Gala, here we come.
Check out some fashionable snapshots from the night below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
[photos courtesy Net-a-Porter]