One of the first guests to arrive was Willem Dafoe, which was fitting given that it was his wife's movie everyone was gathered to see. Was he a fashion guy, we asked? "I just did the men's show in Milan for Prada. I was on the catwalk and modeled," he told us. But male modeling aside, Dafoe told us that his wife is the more fashionable of the two. "She's Italian. I'm just an idiot from the Midwest."
Weaving our way among the guests, we spotted an elegant Mia Wasikowska, the new face of Miu Miu, clad in a gorgeous navy dress with a jeweled collar and belt. Did she find much overlap between acting and modeling? "I know when I'm acting how important the clothes are and how much information the costumes give me about my character so it's sort of the same when you're modeling," she said. Before we could ask her to elaborate on what character she embodied for Miu Miu (judging by the photos, a Spanish doña perhaps?), Ms. Wasikowska gave an apologetic glance before being whisked away by photographers clamoring for a shot.
As we neared the door, we caught sight of society darling, Harry Brant, coming in. A Fashion Week fixture, we were curious what the policy was on going out on school nights. "The deal is, if I maintain straight As, I can go out on a school night occasionally," he told us. Does he have a curfew? "Yes. Always." What time? "I couldn't say." Why not? "Because you'll twist my words! My curfew depends on the evening. I [can go out] only if it's a big thing. It's not like I'd be able to go to a club! No way."
Leaving Brant, we passed by Jenna Dewan-Tatum and a press-shy Channing Tatum. "I don't know if one of us is more fashionable [than the other]," Dewan-Tatum said equitably when asked which of the two had better style. Around the corner was Max Minghella who told us that this was his "only [fashion] event this week" and that he thinks "Prada has a knack for putting together very tasteful events." How diplomatic! "I'm British. We're trained to be diplomatic," he said.
After all that diplomacy, we were in need of a straight-shooter to talk fashion. Enter Bryanboy. After mostly positive remarks about the shows ("I'm obsessed with Derek Lam"; "Peter Som was great"), the blogger finally let loose and ranted about what street style trend he hates. "Chunky platform shoes! Are you wearing them? I'm so over women who are wearing shoes that weigh more than they do. I just don't like it," he said. "I think it's time for women to wear more feminine shoes, something more classic. None of this seven/eight-inch brouhaha madness."
All of this fashion was wearing us out so, in search of some zaniness, we quickly honed in on Fabrizio Goldstein, a.k.a. Fat Jew, for some repartee. So what brought him here, we asked? "I'm into Fashion Week although I prefer the Fall Couture [shows]. Nah, I'm just kidding. I heard somebody say that. Basically I hear people talk at these parties and I repeat what they said," Goldstein told us. "In all actuality, I love it. 'Cause here's the thing: there's lots of people with nice cheekbones and a lot of finger foods although not enough people dance at these things. What's up with that? I've been known to take my shirt off to spice things up." Oh has he? "I always think I can pied piper it like if I take off my shirt [other people will too] but then no one does." And, alright, we supposed we'd ask Goldstein a fashion question. What trends was he liking on the ladies? "Listen, layering is a yes. Anything with a drop-crotch, yes please. But I'm really not particular. I'll sleep with anyone. Is that what you're asking me? It doesn't really matter what you're wearing. If you have okay teeth, I'm fine with it."
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