Some Good Old-Fashioned Fun at Adam Kimmel + Carhartt Celebration

Martin Marks

It seems as though everything -- and I mean everything -- gets celebrated during the course of Fashion Week, and towards the end, this weeklong marathon of champagne, canapé, and Kanye tends to produce symptoms one generally associates with a bad case of the flu. But when an invitation arrived for a celebration of the collaboration between Adam Kimmel, the American-born and Italian-studied menswear designer, and Carhartt, the workwear manufacturers, into the night I went.
Last night, with a row of motorcycles lined up outside -- a nod to Dan Attoe, the artist who inspired Kimmel's fall 2011 collection -- Don Hill's played host to a throng of well-wishers that included  actor/Kimmel's wife Leelee Sobieski, filmmaker Ethan Coen, magician David Blaine, photographers Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, and Mario Sorrenti, model Irina Lazareanu, and Purple magazine's Olivier Zahm.
Though the room was heavily populated by artists and editors, when Hank Williams III, the heavily tattooed grandson of Hank Williams, took to the stage, the crowd closed in tight. Backed by a cowboy-hat-wearing, no-prisoner-taking band that included fiddle, upright bass, banjo, and lap steel guitar -- essentially, everything short of a moonshine jug -- Hank III played a set of psychobilly that extended well past the four-song-maximum one usually associates with performances at DH. 
As Hank III and band started up on "The Devil Is My Friend," a girl in a red hipster jacket climbed atop a couch and began a frenetic rock-out that soon encompassed most of the people within her arm's reach. A waitress navigated through the crowds, fetching forth trays of Milwaukee's Best. A guy in the corner started making out with his girlfriend.
Right before I left, a fashion editor took me by the hand, did several twirls, and said, in an excited tone, "They're really playing a show here!" She was genuinely enjoying herself. How appropriate it felt, at that moment, to finish up the week with a chaser of fiddle playing and beer drinking, with a night of good, old-fashioned fun.


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