HIGH LIFE: The High Line park project, due to open this month, is already shaping up to be a favorite among fashion types. Following last year’s 40th anniversary bash there, Calvin Klein Inc. is now planning an encore of sorts. On June 15, Calvin Klein Collection will host the official after party for the High Line’s Opening Summer Benefit Gala. Dubbed “First Party on the High Line,” the post-party will take place within the first section of the High Line to open, between Gansevoort and 20th Streets. “The High Line is the most important new public space in Manhattan, and a visionary, contemporary concept for a park,” said Malcolm Carfrae, CKI’s executive vice president, global communications. “We are proud to continue the association we started with the High Line for our 40th anniversary last year and celebrate the opening with this first party on the newly finished park.” The after party is in support of Friends of the High Line, and proceeds will go to the operations and maintenance of the park.
While this is a post-bash to the benefit at Chelsea Piers, which is honoring Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone and Edward Norton, it is likely to feature a heavy fashion turnout. It’s also the night of the 2009 CFDA Awards, and honorees and nominees, including Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli, who is nominated for the Menswear Designer of the Year category, are expected to trek down from Alice Tully Hall. Even CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg could make an appearance at the after party, as she and her husband, Barry Diller, appear to be big fans of the High Line project. The New York Times’ Web site reported on Monday that the duo is making a $10 million donation to the High Line.