John Varvatos Celebrates Fashion Week With The Roots!
Despite the plethora of Fashion’s Night Out Parties taking place all over Manhattan, there was no place I would have rather been then the colossal clash of fashion and music that was the John Varvatos Fashion Week Party on The Bowery. While it’s a well known truth in both the fashion and music worlds that Varvatos parties are always a packed house, filled to the brim with a stylish crowd, celebrities, and some of the most legendary music artists, no two of his parties are ever the same. Varvatos said of the night’s guest band, the legendary Roots crew, “Incredible. It’s something about the Roots being true musicians—they filled the room with pulsing energy, the likes of which we have never had. This was historic.” As one of the party’s lucky attendees, basking in stage-side glory, I couldn’t agree more.
The night began inside the red carpet room, which in true Varvatos fashion, was surrounded by walls decorated with rock n’ roll portraits of artists such as The Rolling Stones, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, and Led Zeppelin’s lead-singer Robert Plant. Stars who attended included: Chace Crawford, Amare Stoudemire, Hayden Panettiere, Miss Jay, Heidi Klum, Emma Stone, Kelly Bensimone, Corinne Bailey Rae, George Kotsiopoulos, and Rose McGowan!
Inside the former-CBGB’s, which bands like Blondie and The Ramones used to rock back in the 70′s, its character was certainly preserved with the black walls littered with rock keepsakes. Under over-sized decadent chandeliers, I joined the crowd and rocked out to the first act, Grammy award-winning artist Gary Clark Jr. Often known as today’s “savior of the blues, Clark in accompaniment with his band, got the party rolling with rhythm & blues infused rock ballads. After Clark Jr’s set finished, he eventually joined The Roots on stage for what would be a lethal collaboration of today’s finest rock and blues artists. ?uestLove, famed drummer of the Roots said, “We’ve worked with John Varvatos before and we are very happy to be here jammin’ with him again.”
Opening with “How I Got Over”, a single of last year’s “Wake Up” LP, The Roots thrilled the crowd and personally saw to it that nobody stopped dancing. A few songs in, everyone went crazy when surprise guest Corinne Bailey Rae joined the band on stage and performed Erikah Badu’s soulful hook from their song “Baby You Got Me”. To the delight of all the rock n’ rollers, the crew also covered classic’s ” Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses and “The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. At one point guitarist, Captain Kirk Douglas, slowed things down with an acoustic break down, using his high-pitched vocals to elate the audience with songs like Donna Summer’s sexy “Love to Love You Baby”. Rounding out their set, The Roots left the crowd with their classic song ” The Seed 2.0″, and one of the group’s percussionists, Frank Knuckles, emerged from back shadows of the stage and demanded the crowd raise their arms, jump, dance until the music stopped. When the performance ended, Varvatos joined the band on stage and thanked them for their musical graces.
All in all, the party was perfection from beginning to end, and vindicated the Wall Street Journal’s claim that “This was the sought after party of the night.” From the artists who lit up the stage, to the overall atmosphere, the John Varvatos party was the ultimate place to paint the town red on Fashion’s Night Out!
Lauren Valenti is founder of fashion and music website, TheVogueVibes.com as well as a Contributing Editor to MyFDBlog during fashion week.