The annual Harper’s Bazaar Icon Party is back with a bang
There’s no place like home – or as New Yorkers call it, Bloomingdale’s. “It’s one of the happiest places on the planet, isn’t it? Michael Kors asked as he walked up the escalator. “A landmark,” echoed Heidi Klum, pointing to the scene. The New York Sanitation Department agreed, at least according to the only garbage truck that drives around the block and honks, because what’s more in New York than going to work and realizing you stumbled upon the biggest red carpet around?
It all happened at Harper’s Bazaarthe annual New York Fashion Week gala, the Global Icons Party which celebrates the image makers and change makers who shape style today. Celebrating our four September covers, the event occupied the first three floors of Bloomingdale’s flagship location. But some things just can’t be contained, and a big party is part of it…which might explain why Julia Fox jumped the velvet ropes to pose with a clique of transfixed teens on 59th Street, or why Jared Leto smiled at Lexington Avenue as he gazed into the store windows as if looking at the Sistine Chapel. (The actor faced the Louis Vuitton section, so fair enough.)
“You really have box come here and love fashion, right? asked legendary stylist June Ambrose. “You can be among people who love style as much as you do.” Ambrose wore a daffodil dress from Marc Jacobs’ runway collection. “At first I thought about channeling Dorothy Dandridge. She was so chic. I thought it would be iconic to be Dorothy Dandridge, but in sneakers. And then I realized I was wearing a yellow dress in New York. I am a taxi, she said laughing, but a very dear.
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Just then, Cultivated–ish ingenue Justine Skye stepped out in an azure dress by Raisa Vanessa that perfectly matched the Fiji Water bottles that surrounded her…before she was surrounded by several selfie dogs, because Cultivated-ish is a delight and so is she.
Downstairs, Christian Siriano and Drew Barrymore raided the Casa Magazine stand’s candy stash until, as at real Casa Reviews downtown—they bumped into a friend. In this case it was real housewife Lea McSweeney. “Excuse me sir!” she bellowed. “Can you tell me if I’m wearing this dress, can you?” Of course, it was a Siriano dress. Of course, she wore it well. Of course, that was an excuse to take more Twizzlers, because look, free candy is almost as good as a dress, especially during Fashion Week.
“I’m always so hungry this season!” exclaimed Dove Cameron, who arrived in a breathtaking Balmain creation. “Still! Do you think I should bring a croissant to the Altuzarra show tomorrow, just in case? (The answer is obviously: “Yes, but only if you bring enough for the whole class.”)
Designer Cynthia Rowley has his show on Tuesday, but she still made an appearance “because it’s Bazaar, How could I not?!” she smiled. “Anyway, I’m always inspired at amazing parties. Like, it’s a place that’s iconic to New York. But I grew up in the Midwest and no one was more iconic to me than Barbie. I had the original, the one with the black and white swimsuit. And now I’m like, wait, what if we made the Barbie swimsuit in real life, and put it on the catwalk?” Tommy Hilfiger’s show is on Sunday, but his icon is a little closer to home. “You’re looking at her,” he said, nodding to his wife Dee. Everything got soft and gooey after that, but maybe that’s because tiny sundaes went through the crowd.
Then there was a “surprise” ensemble from Jack Harlow – perhaps Fashion Week’s worst-kept secret, which is saying something – that was fiercely fun and drew a tangle of current runway deities. (Ebonee Davis, Lineisy Monteiro and Faretta Radic among them) on the dance floor. But there was also a real Dance Dance Revolution game where the fashion pack dared to stomp in sync…and in those giant Bottega Veneta boots. Wow. Other games in the arcade area included Miss Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and an impromptu Skee Ball tournament that was dominated (like, destroy) by Stanford student Phoebe Gates. “I used to play it all the time when I was little!” she exclaimed… but this time she did it in a Balmain dress and heels. Ms. Gates has shared that her ultimate icon is Stella McCartney, due to her goal-oriented style mission, but we wonder if she’s aiming for the title herself, as her liquid liner was immaculate.
Around the corner, a Related Group claw machine drew a steady crowd of friendly kids striving to earn stuffed animals, gift cards and the admiration of their peers. (Superior gun and Insecure idol Jay Ellis, Euphoria the Angus Cloud riddle, and Gossip Girl dream date Evan Mock were all on stage.) “My favorite video game designer is Tetsuyo Namura,” said Chandelier author Raven Leilani. “I consider him a style icon because he dresses his characters in those angular zippers and biker jackets that make them look so cool. This,” she smiled, glancing at the crowd, “it’s a bit like that.”
As Broadway stars Patina Miller and Jane Krakowski made their way to the bar, Gucci muse Alton Mason greeted them… in a full Spiderman costume. “I had to do it,” he deadpanned. “I’ve been saving the city from the bad guys all day. It’s a real honor to serve New York, but when I came home to change for this party, I had to keep the Spider costume because I realized I had nothing to wear.
“Her beauty and her brain don’t go together.” -William Shakespeare