Soho’s Greene Street has become quite the retail destination of late (Saint Laurent’s and Warby Parker’s new stores come to mind, and Proenza Schouler is moving in later this year). Last night, designer Clare Waight Keller was the guest of honor at Chloé’s new shop on the block, which opened in February. “Soho is back!” shouted DJ Mia Moretti over the cocktail-hour chatter. Later, at the Locanda Verde dinner, Waight Keller said, “I think it’s all happening right here. It’s like a two-mile radius of all of Paris coming together.” Asked about her summer plans, Waight Keller told Style.com that she’ll be splitting her time between Europe and California. “We’re doing all the surfing areas, so we’re going to the beach in Malibu.” So is there a surf range in Chloé’s future? “I need to do one!” Waight Keller said. “But we’ve got great swim. I can tell you that.”
Waight Keller was far from the only designer being feted on this busy Tuesday. At Omar’s La Ranita, in Greenwich Village, Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson toasted their Frame Denim collaborator Karlie Kloss, who has added designer to a résumé that includes model and cookie entrepreneur. The styles in the Karlie Forever line are inspired by Kloss’ difficulty finding jeans long enough to fit her endless legs. File under #supermodelproblems. Uptown at Bergdorf Goodman, meanwhile, Roland Mouret was in from London and sitting down to supper with loyal stateside fans such as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Linda Fargo, and Leslie Fremar. It turns out customers don’t just come to Mouret for clothes. At his trunk show earlier in the day, Mouret had bumped into a client who had recently bought two paintings from an exhibition the designer had hosted at his Carlos Place store.
And on to Chelsea, where Barneys’ Mark Lee was celebrating the store’s ten-year partnership with Proenza’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. At least one editor in the crowd, Glamour‘s Anne Christensen, was wearing a piece from the designers’ first major show, in 2003. “The clothes hold up,” Hernandez said. “You know, we made them all ourselves. We had cutting parties, where we’d invite our friends over and hand them a pair of scissors.” It was champagne and small plates that were being passed around on Lee’s balcony.
—Katharine K. Zarrella and Staff