Crowd pleaser Coach hosted last night’s Summer Party on the High Line. There we found custom monogrammed luggage tags, Dan Humphrey (aka Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley) rocking some chest hair, and possibly even more exciting (depending on your appreciation for male cleavage): Grey Goose-spiked ice pops.
After accidentally trekking our best shoes through the park’s new water feature–warning: look down or you’ll get soaked–we stumbled upon a rouge-lipped Paz de la Huerta dressed in a black Gucci number and a re-issued Coach bag. It was the Boardwalk Empire star’s first time in the park since its re-opening, “I used to come here as a child before it was the High Line,” she told us. As for the attention her lipstick’s been getting these days, she said, “The whole thing is ridiculous, it has nothing to do with the color of my clothing. Tonight I’m not wearing a red dress, and I would never match this with black lipstick.”
Close by, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine was hastily enjoying said adult popsicles and singing Coach’s praise. Of their 1970’s revival she said, “I think it’s the smartest thing they’ve done since the wooden wedge.” We asked her if it feels weird to share her photos with millions of readers (scarily enough even my frat-boy cousin in Maryland recently asked me if I’ve been keeping up with her blog) and she shared that the big joke of the evening between her and +1 Danielle Snyder (of Dannijo) is that she “never wanted to be another blogger photographing themselves on the High Line.”
Although that kind of personal expression has become rather cliché since the park’s opening in 2009, High Line co-founder Joshua David thinks such inspired creativity is a “great symbol of optimism for the city.” Vogue’s Mark Holgate agrees and appreciates the park’s “collision of New York. You have the cool kids…you have the artists, and there’s the people you know that haven’t slept all night because their makeup is under their eyes.” He described last night’s event as the “perfect New York moment,” and commended Coach for generously underwriting the entire party—allowing the High Line to receive maximum ticket sale profits, something David said will help “pay [everyone from] the gardeners to the people who take out the trash, We just want to get the public all the way to 34th Street.”
From the looks of last night’s attendance (about 700 revelers) you’ll be able to recoup from the bruises of your midtown shopping adventures there in no time—just wear Crocs instead of your prized Charles Jourdans.
Photo: Friends of the High Line’s First Summer Party on the High Line, Presented by Coach Men’s Collection and GREY GOOSE® Vodka.