A quick scan of the room: Anna Sui, Patricia Field, Gabi from threeASFOUR, Kembra Pfahler, Inez and Vinoodh, Agyness Deyn (radiant in her day-glo sequined Sprouse jacket), and Marc Jacobs all in black with a splash of color from his Sprouse Vuitton leggings. The scene was fittingly neon-hot as the downtown all-stars came out in full force for the opening party for the Stephen Sprouse exhibit at Deitch Projects last night. The show, a mix of his eternally cool punk fashions, towering neon rock ’n’ roll paintings, and a spectacular tableaux of Polaroids, could have held our attention all night.
We tore ourselves away from the wall of iconic Deborah Harry images to go see her in the flesh at the after party. “Here’s for all you fashion people,” quipped Ms. Harry, launching into Blondie’s deliciously catty classic, “Rip Her To Shreds.” The Sprouse favorite performed several of her greatest hits, as neon pink “Stephen Sprouse” and “Louis Vuitton” signs lit up the sides of the venue and the leopard-print-emblazoned VIP back bar, where Marc Jacobs held court. Amid a flurry of Polaroid snaps, we asked him what the iconic designer would’ve thought of the night. “Sprouse,” he said, “would have been proud.”