"It's a collaboration," Gwen Stefani said of her unique ensemble, a NASCAR-inspired black-and-white getup at the after party held at the Rainbow Room, before adding, "I have a big role in it. "
"I have a stylist," admitted Lisa Marie Presley, who was sitting at a banquette wearing sweatpants and Converse sneakers and looking bored. "Her name's Jessica Paster. When I'm busy, I can't possibly deal with what I'm going to wear."
Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran was standing by the bar waiting to order a dry martini. On his left was Victoria Silvstedt, a blonde Playmate of the Year; on his right, a brunette who held up a lambchop, which he took a bite out of.
He bussed one of them on the ear. Then a smaller brunette at the bar began to flirt with him. "I was feeling left out," she said with a little smile, before identifying herself as Bridget, no last name given and none needed. Le Bon gave her a little peck on the ear, too.
Of course, he, too, has a stylist these days.
"Her name's Marjan," LeBon said. "M-A-R-J-A-N. Want to meet her?"
That same night, at an empty loft space by the West Side Highway, DKNY Jeans hosted a party to celebrate the launch of "Director's Series," which is a compilation of the music videos of directors Mark Romanek, Stephane Sednaoui, Anton Corbijn and Jonathan Glazer.
Standing in the back, Cecilia Dean of Visionaire was unconvinced the widespread use of stylists is about anything more than making things more efficient. "Can you imagine being on tour?" she said. "I think they have to have people because they just don't have the time."