The fashion crowd loves a good party, and the Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser and men's fashion show (more on that in a sec) easily falls under the "best" sub-section in that category. Each spring, Jeffrey Kalinsky, the founder of the luxurious Jeffrey boutiques and current vice president and designer fashion director of Nordstrom, rallies his chicest friends to drink, party and raise funds in support of the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV/AIDS, in partnership with ACRIA, the Hetrik-Martin Institute (HMI) and Lambda Legal.
Last night, the eclectic mix of VIP guests included host Zachary Quinto (a.k.a. the millennial Spock and the brilliantly douchey Ace from "Girls"), bestselling author and "Real Housewife of New York" Carole Radziwill (who was "laying low" for the evening), designer Prabal Gurung (who did a drive by and jetted off early) and her eminence Anna Wintour, who just seemed to be having a good time hanging out with her friends.
"I wanted to go out and look at the different lots," Wintour told me, referring to the silent auction items, which ranged from a dinner out with Radziwill's fellow "Housewife" Sonja Morgan to a sick pair of studded Altuzarra cut-out booties. "Are they good? I haven’t had a chance to look at anything, and I know Jeffrey’s very excited about his show."
From experience, I know that a major draw of the evening — aside from being a good cause, of course — is the men's fashion show, which always promises lots of on-trend outfits, and, more importantly, dishy male models and their well-toned pecs, abs and quads.
"Yes, yes, [Jeffrey] told me lots of bathing suits," Wintour said about the impending runway. "Oh, it’s going to be great."
"It’s my first time here," Narciso Rodriguez said. "I’ve always heard about this great party, so I’m eager to see who's here, and I’m impressed with the turnout and look forward to the fashion show. It’s not often we get to see fashion shows. We’re always putting them on."
A returning guest was designer Joseph Altuzarra, who's always guaranteed to grace a Jeffrey Fashion Cares event with his support. "It’s a great energy," he said. "I think people love to be here and I just think it’s a very positive event. I don’t love going usually to events like this, but this is one of my favorites." Speaking of big events, the designer must be in full preparation mode for the Met Gala on May 4. Last year, he pulled double duty, outfitting Michelle Monaghan in fringed burgundy leather and Lea Michele in a gold gown.
"I'm doing lots of fittings," Altuzarra said. "But that’s also a really fun event and I don’t need to stress out about it. A lot of it is an exciting challenge and exciting process to dress someone — and to dress yourself — and to go." So is he allowed to tell me who his date will be?
"No, you have to see," he said with smile. "I hadn’t met her before, but she’s very sweet."