Raf Simons and Todd Snyder Host Parties for Males's Fashion Week – New York Times

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By MAX BERLINGER

Instantly after Todd Snyder’s runway present on Monday night time, which opened the newest iteration of New York Fashion Week: Males’s, the benches have been whisked away and changed by waiters carrying trays of appetizers.

Parties can say lots concerning the designer model internet hosting them, and this one was comparatively flashy for this lesser-recognized trend week — even when the person of the second was there solely briefly. Thirty minutes after the present ended, Mr. Snyder left Cadillac Home and was headed to the airport to fly to Italy for work.

Nonetheless, the musician André 3000 was there, as was the actor Matt Bomer, although he wasn’t chatting with reporters. Avocado and squid crostini have been washed down by Champagne and vodka by the fashionable crowd, who wore a variety of streetwear and preppier outfits, reflecting Mr. Snyder’s go-to aesthetic.

Sean O’Pry, certainly one of trend’s high male fashions (and star of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video), took a break from the runway to sit down entrance row. Mr. O’Pry is harnessing his social media reputation (612,000 Instagram followers) as an “ambassador” for the three-day displaying of males’s put on collections on behalf of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

“Actually, it’s so loopy, I don't know what I’m doing,” Mr. O’Pry mentioned, steely blue eyes flashing, and sporting a white Todd Snyder bomber jacket. “But it surely’s a blast.”

Danny Miller, frontman of the musical duo Lewis Del Mar, which carried out throughout the present, was fielding effectively-wishers. “Everytime you’re performing in an area that’s so brightly lit, you are feeling very uncovered,” he mentioned. “What’s cool is all of the fashions and the crew backstage. They’re very excited.”

A extra intimate get together came about on Tuesday night time, following Raf Simons’s “Blade Runner”-inspired assortment, proven to a standing crowd in a again alley Chinatown market close to East Broadway. Mr. Simons, who's the artistic director at Calvin Klein, nonetheless places out his personal males’s put on model. And in contrast to the blowout that marked his debut present for Calvin Klein in February, Mr. Simons hosted an off-the-cuff feast for 100 or so associates at Bacaro, a cavelike Italian restaurant on the Decrease East Aspect.

Plates of juicy steak, decadent risotto and a a lot-talked-about tiramisù have been laid out for associates who included Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, the mannequin Hanne Gaby Odiele and the singer Lissy Trullie. This being a trend get together, a lot of the meals went untouched.

Revelers in observe pants and graphic T-shirts danced to digital music performed by the D.J. Justin Strauss, whereas a small crowd of people who smoke gathered exterior within the sweltering warmth. Luka Sabbat, Ashton Sanders of “Moonlight” and Nic Galway of Adidas have been noticed on the dance flooring and in varied basement nooks, chatting with associates sporting Mr. Simons’s avant-garde designs.

“I feel that Raf is a revolutionary in each approach, man,” Mr. Sanders mentioned on the bar upstairs. “He’s at all times been forward of his time.”

At 2 a.m., the gang thinned out, however these left, together with Mr. Simons and his boyfriend, Jean-Georges d’Orazio, have been dancing to thumping music with little inhibitions. In any case, it was simply associates.

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