Fashion Week Fall 2011: Making the Rounds

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Karolina Kurkova at the Hervé Léger Fall 2011 show.

On Tuesday we made taxi drivers rich rushing from one fashion event to the next.  Everybody was shocked when Karolina Kurkova lifted her skirt at Hervé Léger—only to reveal she’d put it on over a dress. But Kurkova doesn’t embarrass easily.

“I lost a shoe during the Victoria’s Secret show,” she said. “But I don’t look at it as an embarrassing thing. It makes the whole experience kind of fun. You know, it’s the show that you want to look the best, the sexiest, the most amazing, and I lost my shoe. I couldn’t believe that happened to me, but it makes it real. Things happen, you roll with it.”

A parade of models gathered at Pranna, but there was no runway at the launch party for the Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit Issue. Irina Shayk said she cried when she found out she got the cover. 

“It was totally a surprise for me, and I just was super happy. I called my mom—my mom cried too, and my sister,” she said. Her boyfriend, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, reportedly joined her at the party but left Shayk to bask in the spotlight for her big moment.

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Chloë Sevigny with Waris Ahluwalia.

John Legend accompanied his swimsuit model lady Chrissy Teigen to the launch party; the Grammy winner also joined Teigen at her photo shoot in the Philippines and ended up in the magazine (fully clothed, he assured us). Other SI swimsuit models on hand included Brooklyn Decker, Hilary Rhoda, Esti Ginzburg, Julie Henderson, and Anne V.

Then we huffed it over to Halston’s presentation at Cedar Lake in Chelsea. Designer Marios Schwab said his inspiration began with a “whisper of seduction” in the air. 

“I wanted to pay tribute to the women who were wearing Halston for so many decades, and portrayed it so well, whether it’s Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo or Anjelica Huston; there are all these really great women who represented it so well.”

Finally, it was time for the Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts dinner celebrating their collaboration with Waris Ahluwalia—and boy, were we glad, because who had time for food during this busy day? Ahluwalia’s friends, including Cynthia Rowley, Chloë Sevigny, Tara Subkoff, and Olivier Theyskens, mingled in the breathtaking Downing St. space until well after midnight.