The great thing about an awards show, it can safely be asserted, is the fact that people get prizes. There’s a satisfying certainty in that: This year, for instance, it is laid down in stone that Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno took home the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Awards. It is also written in the books that Vera Wang, who later celebrated with a splashy party in the Pool Room of the Four Seasons, is now the proud holder of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement honor. That is fact. On the other hand, they don’t give out CFDA Awards for things like, say, “Year of Retro Relevance” or “Crowd-Pleasing Song of the Night.” But perhaps they should, and if they did, the winners in those categories would be “1993” and “All That She Wants” by Swedish two-hit wonder Ace of Base.
Their preeminence was affirmed at not one, but two CFDA after-parties last night. First up, the one hosted by Swarovski at the Top of the Standard, where guests such as Karlie Kloss and Prabal Gurung grooved to the Base’s synthetic pop stylings, accompanied by live electric fiddle. Odd! But neither more nor less eyebrow-raising than the scantily clad dancers twerking it for the crowd at The Westway, where Carine Roitfeld and V magazine were throwing a party to celebrate Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci‘s capture of this year’s CFDA International Award. In this case, Theophilus London was on the decks—and playing hip-hop, mainly—and guests such as Alexander Wang, Erin Wasson, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were working up a sweat on the dance floor.
The party really caught fire, though, when London spun Ace of Base, at which point Tisci and his date, Jessica Chastain, could be found jamming (sedately) by their seats. Tisci, of course, was in New York, making the party rounds, just last month, when Givenchy sponsored the Met Gala. The vibe at The Westway was rather different, and it seemed fair to ask him: Which soiree was more fun? “Oh, come on,” Tisci demurred. “The Met was spectacular, but it was a celebration of the museum, of the show. Tonight, I got recognition for what I do. It’s two totally different things.” Perhaps the question could have been better settled had it been posed differently: At which party was the song “All That She Wants” played?