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On Monday evening, when all the makeshift leprechauns and Erin go bragh’s had tucked into bed with a post-St. Patrick’s Day parade hangover, the downtown Manhattan crowd was just getting started.
Trading in green beer and four-leaf clovers for coconut water and tequila, Zani Gugelmann, Jessica Stam, Tennessee Thomas, Dustin Yellin and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden converged at Hecho en Dumbo, which is actually on the Bowery in Manhattan. The cause was Arden Wohl’s latest collection of vegan shoes for Cri de Coeur, which the scenesters took in while noshing on a buffet of vegan tacos and guacamole. “This is so great. For people to come out for vegan fashion is amazing,” Wohl said. “A lot of girls look beautiful and are wearing the shoes tonight.” She flitted around the crowded room in a Zac Posen cocktail frock and a pair of translucent and bow-adorned heels from the collection, greeting just about everyone who walked by. “I’m so excited,” she said, pausing every now and then to catch her breath. “Do you know my friend Rachel? She’s amazing.”
Everyone was amazing; everyone got an air kiss. On cue, Nicky Hilton, herself in a pair of buckled mary janes by Wohl, sidled up to the guest of honor. “Talk to Nicky, she’s amazing,” Wohl exclaimed before moving on to her next round of hellos. “I’ve known Arden since high school,” Hilton explained. “I went to the all-girls school [Convent of the] Sacred Heart and she went to Dalton a few blocks away.”
Without so much as an introduction, Eleanor Friedberger, best-known as the lead vocalist of the band the Fiery Furnaces, struck the first chord on her Fender and launched into the first of the night’s two musical performances. Ariel Pink followed. Recognizing Friedberger’s deep croon, Wohl quickly beelined to the front of the room and claimed a seat next to Cory Kennedy atop a stage-adjacent banquet. “I’m so excited that she’s performing,” Wohl gushed. “She’s amazing.”