Last night Paper magazine threw a bash celebrating the grand opening of Camper's New York flagship on Madison Ave., a shop that actually has been open since last summer. We didn't really understand how a nine-month old shop could be celebrating a grand opening, so we asked. Apparently new Camper boutiques go through a sort of raw trial period—you'll recall this shop was all white walls covered with bits of customer graffiti. Well, now the trial is over. The newest Camper is all red walls, burlap-sheathed lighting, and molded rattan—a lush, interesting backdrop for their quirky main collection as well as the nuts-as-it-sounds Camper collaboration with Bernhard Wilhelm.
Sean Lennon and model-girlfriend Charlotte Kemp were the celebrity deejay tag-team, spinning garage and indie rock (along with a Sean Lennon side project track by Cibo Matto) to a very, very packed crew of Fashion Week faces. Lorenzo Fluxa, founder of Camper, was in town for the party. He asked us if we were wearing Camper, and—blush—we weren't. That said, he was thrilled with the crowd and the space, as were other revelers who might have just been thrilled with the tons and tons of vodka on hand.
Paper magazine was, of course, well-represented at the event. Editor Kim Hastreiter made the rounds as Mickey Boardman (in trademark Lacoste) and buddy Lynn Yaeger (in piles and piles of fur) got trapped posing in front of the tiny step-and-repeat wall. With a crew like that, the crazy painted-suit couple—who seriously crash every Fashion Week event, who we see everywhere, and who are starting to haunt our dreams—start looking a little less crazy.
· RackedWire: Camper's Walls After Four Months of Sanctioned Scribbling [Racked NY]
· Fashion Week Fall 2010 All Coverage [Racked NY]