Wildfox knows how to party. The brand known best for its cheeky upscale tees threw a massive bash Wednesday night at Capitale, a cavernous former savings bank in Little Italy. This was hipster heaven: Dimly lit with boundless micro-brewed beer, bottomless rum-and-cokes, a late-night performance by Williamsburg darlings Chairlift, and the most time-efficient photo booth the world has ever known.
As for the crowd, let's just say--I definitely missed the memo on the hat mandate. It was a mix of cool girls, really cool girls, a few select men wearing either fitted sweaters or flannel, and a rogue, ultra-hip nine-year-old wearing a slip dress I could never pull off. I found myself envying one girl for her fringey cowboy jacket--and no, I hadn't taken anything. Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, The Carrie Diaries' Austin Butler bee-lined for the VIP area with Ashlee Simpson (what do they talk about?).
Oh--and there were clothes, too--though they certainly weren't the main event. Halfway through the night, models decked out in barely-there sequinned mini dresses and tees reading "DAISY" and "I made it through Prohibition and all I got was this lousy T shirt"--along with candy-colored Louise Brooks wigs--had a definite Great Gatsby pajama party moment as they shook and shimmied on platforms to some retro tunes. At the very least, the night was a welcome distraction from the seriousness that can sometimes overtake even the jolliest of editors this time of the season.