The chic is back in the week.
After years of New York Fashion Weeks being more dark than glam — even before they were hit by the pandemic — this season’s event appears to be showing signs of A-List life.
Fashion’s biggest week technically starts on Friday, but stars like Janet Jackson and Julia Fox already have a head start.
Jackson kicked off NYFW at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, where Harlem’s Fashion Row and LVHM honored her with their “Icon of the Year” award.
Issa Rae, Sergio Hudson and Robin Givhan were honored earlier in the evening at the Harlem Fashion Row 15th Anniversary Fashion Show and Style Awards at the General Grant National Memorial in Harlem.
Unlike her fellow nominees, Jackson received her award late at the after-party because “I literally just flew in from London,” she told the crowd.
Renowned stylist Wouri Vice dressed Jackson in Off-White FW22, the late Virgil Abloh’s latest collection for the brand. Miss Jackson was then spotted partying with Amanda Lepore and Susanne Bartsch at the latter’s weekly ‘On Top’ party at the Bain.
Meanwhile, inner-city independent fashionista Julia Fox partied at David Rabin’s American Bar, where her head of brand Kendall Werts celebrated the fifth anniversary of her talent agency, The Jeffries.
Werts’ client Evan Mock performed tunes at the event, and George Wayne and Aoki Lee Simmons — the daughter of Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons — were also on stage.
Werts told us the party “felt like Studio 54.”
And the celebrations are just beginning.
Thursday, Fotografiska organizes two evenings. Gigi Hadid and Diane von Furstenburg will host British Vogue editor Edward Enninful’s book launch dinner and after-party at the site’s Veronika restaurant.
Photographer David La Chapelle will also welcome friends including Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Doja Cat, Paris Hilton and Daphne Guinness for his “Make Believe” exhibition. The party will take place throughout the museum and Chapel Bar, we are told.
And, of course, party mayor Eric Adams must participate in all fashion actions. We learn that he will be hosting a CFDA party with Anna Wintour at the Gracie Mansion on Thursday. Wintour is also expected at a dinner at Indochine hosted by Dior’s Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs on Friday night. We learn that Saint Laurent and J. Crew have also bought the restaurant for events.
Fashion icon Grace Jones will also be making an appearance at the party this week. The superstar will celebrate a new Boy Smells candle named after him at the Public Hotel.
Bose is also hosting an event featuring a musical performance by the Strokes and designer Heron Preston.
The Daily will hold its annual Fashion Media Awards, which always showcase both the power of the media and the power of the stars. Busy Philipps is hosting this year’s event. The fashion publication will also host a party at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Harpers Bazaar will hold its glamorous Icons event, changing location this year from The Plaza to Bloomingdale’s. Jack Harlow will perform.