Janet Jackson and Julia Fox kick off New York Fashion Week

The chic is back in the week.

After years of New York Fashion Weeks being more gloomy than glamorous — even before it was toppled by the pandemic — this season’s event seems to be showing signs of A-List life.

Fashion’s biggest week technically kicks off on Friday, but stars like Janet Jackson and Julia Fox are already ahead.

Jackson kicked off NYFW at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, where Harlem’s Fashion Row and LVHM honored her with the “Icon of the Year” award.

Issa Rae, Sergio Hudson and Robin Givhan were honored earlier in the evening at Harlem Fashion Row’s 15th Anniversary Fashion Show and Style Awards at the General Grant National Memorial in Harlem.

Unlike her fellow nominees, Jackson received her award fashionably late at the afterparty because “I literally just came from London,” she told the crowd.

Celebrity stylist Wouri Vice dressed Jackson in Off-White FW22, the late Virgil Abloh’s latest collection for the brand. Miss Jackson was later spotted partying with Amanda Lepore and Susanne Bartsch at the latter’s weekly “On Top” party in Le Bain.

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Jackson wore an Off-White dress from Virgil Abloh’s latest collection to receive her “Icon of the Year” award.
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Meanwhile, downtown indie fashionista Julia Fox partied at David Rabin’s American Bar, where her branding manager Kendall Werts celebrated the fifth anniversary of his talent agency The Jeffries.

Werts’ client Evan Mock played tunes at the event, and George Wayne and Aoki Lee Simmons – the daughter of Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons – were also in attendance.

Werts told us the party “felt like Studio 54”.

Julia Fox
Fox was in town to celebrate the fifth anniversary of her brand manager Kendall Werts’ agency, The Jeffries.
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And the parties have only just begun.

On Thursday, Fotografiska organizes two parties. Gigi Hadid and Diane von Furstenburg will host British Vogue editor Edward Enninful’s book launch dinner and after-party at the venue’s Veronika restaurant.

Photographer David La Chapelle will also host friends including Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Doja Cat, Paris Hilton and Daphne Guinness for his “make Believe” exhibition. The party will take place throughout the museum and Chapel Bar, we’re told.

Edward Enninful
Gigi Hadid and Diane von Furstenberg present British Vogue editor Edward Enninful’s book launch at Fotografiska’s Veronika restaurant.
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And of course party mayor Eric Adams has to participate in all fashion actions. We hear he’s throwing a CFDA party with Anna Wintour at Gracie Mansion on Thursday. Wintour is also expected at a dinner in Indochine hosted by Dior’s Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs on Friday night. We hear that Saint Laurent and J. Crew have also bought out the restaurant for events.

Fashion icon Grace Jones is also making a party appearance this week. The superstar is celebrating a new Boy Smells candle named after her at the Public Hotel.

Bose also hosts an event featuring a musical performance by The Strokes and designer Heron Preston.

The Daily holds its annual Fashion Media Awards, which always bring out both media and star power. Busy Philipps is hosting this year’s event. The fashion publication will also host a bash at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour is expected to attend several events, including parties hosted by Mayor Eric Adams and Marc Jacobs.
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Harpers Bazaar will hold its glamorous Icons event and change location from Plaza to Bloomingdale’s this year. Jack Harlow will perform.

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