The Date: Sept. 10, 2007
The Venue: Arena, near the Bryant Park home of Fashion Week
The Bar: Top-quality open bar, and the VIP section got the free equivalent of bottle service
Freeloader hasn't received many Fashion Week invites -- was it something we wore? -- but Us Weekly took care of us this week when it hosted fashionistas and their fans at the cavernous Arena club, a short walk from the runway tents in Bryant Park.
The party was already packed by 7 p.m., with plenty of attention paid to the people picked as the 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers, especially surprise selection Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
It fell to Editor in Chief Janice Min to explain his appearance on the list. "New Yorkers of all stripes took a look at him and said, 'Nice suit,'" Ms. Min joked. A mocked-up Us Weekly page projected on the walls reported, "Mayors: They're Just Like Us!" A fake cover showed the mayor in a hot tub with Britney Spears above the headline "My Twisted Night With Brit."
When Mr. Bloomberg took the stage, however, he claimed he had only one piece of fashion advice: "Don't wear red socks to Yankees games." He also said he's framing the article that calls him stylish.
Others tapped for the list lingered happily in the VIP section, which provided tables stocked with full-size bottles of Svedka vodka, mixers and ice. Overly hip DJs the Misshapes were there, as were the very stylish Tim Gunn, Elle Editor in Chief Robbie Myers, Padma Lakshmi, Charlotte Ronson, Richard Kirshenbaum and Sam Champion. Unfortunately Freeloader never spotted Donny Deutsch, of whom Us Weekly wrote, "This Madison Avenue power player gives business casual a fashionable and sexy twist."
The graphics projected on the walls occasionally flashed ads for party sponsors, which led to the only discordant moments of the night -- whenever the projections made the walls into promotions for Nestle Crunch Crisp, Pepperidge Farm and Cheez-It. Maybe the idea that models should look healthy, even look like they eat food regularly, has more traction than we knew.