Fashion shows used to be just that, fashion shows. But nowadays, in our celebrity-obsessed culture, the stars are almost more prominent than the clothing being presented by the designers. The models are barely memorable anymore. And is that is not enough, the parties and soirees have become even hotter thanks in part to the turbo boast of celebrities. Just look at the recent the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. It was a Who’s Who of hip hop, Hollywood and high-society. Check out some of the highlights through the red carpet mania and strobe lights. Which celebs rocked it best? Let us know.
Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend hosted a cocktail party at Barney’s New York for Andre 3000’s clothing line Benjamin Bixby. Attendees: Genevieve Jones, Veronica Webb, Vivica A. Fox, celeb stylist Phillip Bloch.
LL Cool J launches a new clothing line with Sears at a cocktail party at The Bryant Park Grill. Clearly the ladies love cool James and so does everyone with a digital camera, video camera and camera phone. Funk Master Flex kept the music hot while the fans swarmed and swooned over LL.
Jay-Z hosts an Artful Dodger party and fashion exhibit in a The Chelsea Art Gallery. Attendees: Beyonce Knowles, Maxwell, Ashanti, video director and photographer Anthony Mandler, Universal Mowtown’s Sylvia Rhone, choreographer Fatima Robinson.
Herve Leger by Max Azria shows at the tent in Bryant Park and delivers the goods with a finale of bandage swimsuits worn with shades and high heels. The Hottness!!! Attendees: Joy Bryant, Leonor Varela, Kate Mara, Maria Sharapova.
Estelle performs at Calvin Klein’s 40th Anniversary Party.
Russell Simmons’ Argyle was a front row extravaganza. Yo paparazzi, watch the shoes, I have three more events tonight!!! Attendees: Aubrey O’Day and D. Woods of Danity Kane, Bow Wow, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Mel B., Sean Paul, Warner Music Groups Kevin Liles, Bethann Hardison, choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson.
Prada’s “Fallen Shadows” Party in Soho. Flashing lights, velvet ropes, red carpet, rockin’ music and an eclipse of stars: Attendees: Kanye West, Jessica Alba, Robin Thicke and wifey Paula Patton, Cassie, Zoë Saldana, Perry Farrell, Heather Graham, Ne-Yo, Claire Danes and more…
Dean and Dan Caten or DSquared2 launched their new fragrance Wood on the rooftop of their accessories show room over looking Manhattan and the Hudson River: Attendees: Marc Jacobs, Zoë Saldana, and Ryan Leslie.
Tommy Hilfiger’s front row was hot and so was his collection shown at New York’s Lincoln Center. Attendees: Michael Pitt, John Legend, Hillary Swank, Diane Kruger, Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather, DJ Cassidy, O’Neal McKnight.
Kimora Lee Simmons closed fashion week with a bang at the Roseland Ballroom and a sizzling after party at the newly renovated and posh Plaza Hotel. GIANT was a sponsor! KLS was cozy with her man Dijmon Hounsou and keeping it ab fab!!! Attendees: Maxwell, Serena Williams, John Legend, Andre Leon Talley, Teyana Taylor, O’Neal McKnight, Denise Rich, LeToya Lockett and Evan Ross.