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Drinks After Work
A Busy Round of Post-Show Parties

Photo: Patrick McMullan

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Shalom’s Got Soul
Milan fashion week may be a few weeks away yet, but partygoers heeded Italy’s siren call Friday night at Vogue Italia and Peroni’s fête for 50 Years of Italian Style, a photo exhibit of fashion’s bella gente on view in Chelsea through February 4. On hand to support hostess Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann was Shalom Harlow, still coming off her high from working the catwalk for Thursday’s Earth Pledge FutureFashion show. Harlow not only looks like the definition of a fashion icon, she can apparently articulate it too: “A woman who knows her own self and isn’t afraid to portray the good, the bad, and the ugly of who she is, and bare her soul to the camera as a witness.”

Friends in High Places
“There are so many good-looking girls here,” said hairstylist Michael Angelo as he surveyed the crowd that had gathered on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel Friday night for fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s after-show party. Indeed, the room was packed with PYTs like Olivia Palermo, Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen, and Mamie Gummer. Asked why she thinks all the cool girls in town love her feminine creations, Fetherston demurred, “I think it’s the fact that I don’t think I’m cool at all.” Right. Up next for the designer? “Oh, I’m flying to L.A. on Sunday to shoot a short film for my collection. The last one starred Kirsten Dunst. This time, we’re using Zooey Deschanel.”

Burnin’ Down the House

David Neville, co-designer with Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, was ready for a cocktail at the label’s after-show party, co-hosted by, at the Box on Friday night. “For the last few weeks it’s been blood, sweat, and tears,” he said. “So I think I’m ready for a different fluid: beer.” Neville and his makeup-artist wife, Gucci Westman, had the forethought to warn their babysitter that it might be a late night. And that it was. Even a brief evacuation when the fire alarm went off (apparently a candle in one of the bathrooms had burned too low) didn’t put a damper on the evening’s up-for-anything party spirit. Said Ally Hilfiger as the curtain went up for the X-rated cabaret show, “A real fire would have been the least weird thing to go down in this place.”

Low Blow

“It’s the perfect venue for me,” Alexander Wang said during his smoky, sweaty, music-pumping after-show party on Saturday night at the Lower East Side club the Annex. “Sure, it’s a little hot, but this could not be more fun. Besides, who doesn’t want to bump against these hot bods?” Indeed, all three levels of the venue had dance floors a-bumping with the likes of Noot Seear, Byrdie Bell, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Margherita Missoni, and Nate Lowman. Erin Wasson, Alex’s stylist-muse-neighbor-friend, played hostess in one of the more progressive comfort-couture looks we’ve seen lately: a tank top under an Alexander Wang bustier with baggy paint-splattered sweatpants and killer heels. “This is my version of high-low,” she said. “But this is real low: This isn’t fashion paint—this is from when I did the walls in my bathroom.”

— Alison Baenen (Vogue Italia/Peroni), Derek Blasberg (Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang), and Evelyn Crowley (Erin Fetherston)