Fashion people have a reputation for being able to strike a pose, but that sometimes comes at the expense of spontaneity. Thankfully, a party at a small nightclub on the west side highway thrown by Barneys New York for former French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld, proved that these sorts of people can sometimes let loose.The event was held to celebrate the release of Roitfeld's new coffee table book, Irreverent, and many of the biggest names in the industry even did Karaoke. Simon Doonan sang "Nasty Girl," changing the lyrics in an homage to the woman of the hour ("Carine Roitfeld is a nasty, nasty girl.") Roitfeld and Anna Dello Russo did back up on a friend's rendition of "Careless Whisper" (they were delightfully horrible), and eventually Valentino even took the stage to serenade the crowd with "My Way" and "Unforgettable." The way Roitfeld explained it to us, the party was just another part of her larger attempt to make the fashion world a more exciting "less politically correct" place. "Fashion has become a big business," she said. "I'm very happy about this, but I think it would be better if it was a bit more irreverent."
What does she think about Marc Jacobs possibly going to Dior, we asked. "I think he's a brilliant art director and stylist, you have to have the shoulders for the job, but I think he's got them. I think he would be a very good choice." Still, she wanted to send a message to her friend John Galliano, who on Thursday was fined 6000 euros in French court for making anti-semitic remarks. "Keep making dresses John! He's a big tal-ant!" Could she see editing another magazine? "Maybe," she said. "I'm thinking about my next dream team."