I thought I would surely succumb to Fashion Week-induced exhaustion by 9 o’clock on Wednesday night, but when Carine Roitfeld invites you to a soirée at the Plaza Hotel with the promise of models galore and an intimate performance by Katy Perry, you put on your best available black tie gear and go. The event was in celebration of Roitfeld’s Sept. 2015 "Icons" portfolio for Harper’s Bazaar — the second that she's created for the magazine — which appears inside every issue of the glossy this month. Shot by visual artist Jean-Paul Goude (the same man who conceptualized Kim Kardashian's “Break the Internet” cover for Paper magazine), the portfolio features the likes of Oprah, Dakota Johnson, Mariah Carey, Jessica Chastain and the evening's musical guest herself, Miss Perry.
The dress code for the evening was listed as "Fantasy Evening Attire," and while this is open to much interpretation, many attendees opted for lots of sparkle, volume and sexy cutouts — in some cases, a combination of all three. Milling around the Plaza's ballroom made for excellent people-watching, as most of the guests were frequent Roitfeld collaborators: famous photographers, supermodels, pretty (though dubiously employed) "It" girls and designers who seemed thrilled over the chance to unwind (shoutout to the Belvedere open bar!) after a grueling week.
About an hour before the party ended, Bazaar debuted a behind-the-scenes film that showed how the "Icons" portfolio came together, immediately followed by a short set by Perry, who wore a custom B. Akerlund gown (covered in appliqués recalling fallen autumnal leaves) and an archival Phillip Treacy for Alexander McQueen butterfly headdress. Accompanied by a small symphonic band, she treated partygoers to renditions of hits like "Roar" and "Teenage Dream." I'll admit, I was too sleepy to stick around until the bitter end, but judging by how rowdy the revelers around me were as I made my exit, I'm guessing that for many of them, this was just the first stop of a long night ahead.
Click through the gallery below for a selection of our favorite looks from Harper’s Bazaar’s super-glamorous event.