âHonestly, itâs so crazy, I have no idea what Iâm doing,â Mr. OâPry said, steely blue eyes flashing, and wearing a white Todd Snyder bomber jacket. âBut itâs a blast.â
Danny Miller, frontman of the musical duo Lewis Del Mar, which performed during the show, was fielding well-wishers. âWhenever youâre performing in a space thatâs so brightly lit, you feel very exposed,â he said. âWhatâs cool is all the models and the crew backstage. Theyâre very excited.â
A more intimate party took place on Tuesday night, following Raf Simonsâs âBlade Runnerâ-inspired collection, shown to a standing crowd in a back alley Chinatown market near East Broadway. Mr. Simons, who is the creative director at Calvin Klein, still puts out his own menâs wear brand. And unlike the blowout that marked his debut show for Calvin Klein in February, Mr. Simons hosted an informal dinner party for 100 or so friends at Bacaro, a cavelike Italian restaurant on the Lower East Side.
Plates of juicy steak, decadent risotto and a much-talked-about tiramisÃ¹ were laid out for friends who included Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, the model Hanne Gaby Odiele and the singer Lissy Trullie. This being a fashion party, much of the food went untouched.
Revelers in track pants and graphic T-shirts danced to electronic music played by the D.J. Justin Strauss, while a small crowd of smokers gathered outside in the sweltering heat. Luka Sabbat, Ashton Sanders of âMoonlightâ and Nic Galway of Adidas were spotted on the dance floor and in various basement nooks, chatting with friends wearing Mr. Simonsâs avant-garde designs.
âI think that Raf is a revolutionary in every way, man,â Mr. Sanders said at the bar upstairs. âHeâs always been ahead of his time.â
At 2 a.m., the crowd thinned out, but those left, including Mr. Simons and his boyfriend, Jean-Georges dâOrazio, were dancing to thumping music with little inhibitions. After all, it was just friends.