Courtney, Karlie, Carine… and Valentino singing karaoke.

by faran krentcil

Jeremy Scott already gave us a nod to surrealism with his Dali-inspired collection for Swatch. But last night at The Westway, a different kind of surreality took shape.  It was a real-life clash of high and low, where taco trucks and stripper poles surrounded the most powerful (and most outrageous) names in fashion.

The occasion was Carine Roitfeld's collaboration with Barneys New York, and the official activity was karaoke.  That meant Margherita Missoni and Julia Roitfeld belted out '80s Euro pop songs (from Italy and France, respectively) while Valentino serenaded an awestruck crowd with Frank Sinatra's "My Way."  Meanwhile, Courtney Love hit up an ice cream truck parked across the street, Jared Leto and Mary-Kate Olsen skirted the dance floor, and Doutzen Krous stopped traffic (literally) when she walked across the West Side Highway in a blood red evening gown.

Upstairs, it felt a little more "normal," as Carlos Quirarte and his ever-caffeinated posse perched on beat-up couches and raided Alexandra Richards' purse for lip gloss and lighters, while DJs spun the usual mix of flashback anthems (Tom Petty?!) and oldies ("Do You Love Me" always manages to be the 2 AM crowd pleaser.)  But when some blessed soul cranked "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel through the speakers, absolutely everyone - evening Daphne Guinness - shut up and danced.

Oh, and there were fabulous outfits, too...

Carine Roitfeld

Roxane Mesquita

Anne V.

Courtney Love

Karlie Kloss (in Miu Miu) and Toni Garnn

Natalie Joos


Daphne Guinness