There’s a Special Spot in Karl Lagerfeld’s Fashion Flock for Blake Lively

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Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Chanel

At about 9:30 last night, a slow-moving herd ambled down Spring Street. Black-clad and moving at the pace of alpine sheep, they followed a single, fabulous leader: Karl Lagerfeld.

The troupe was moving from a party at the Chanel store to a dinner at the sprawling underground space 82 Mercer. Passersby and paparazzi rushed to the head of the pack to take pictures. The group's ranks swelled to include Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Helena Christensen, and Angela Lindvall. At some point, the crowd became so big it was impossible to spot anything in the center, except for Mr. Lagerfeld's stark white ponytail. "I think this is pretty fun," remarked photographer Todd Selby. "It's like we're in a fashion parade!"

The room mostly cleared out around midnight to head over to the bar at the top of the Standard, where Naomi Campbell enjoyed a drag party, Jessica Szohr dressed like a go-go dancer and Kanye West jumped on the bar to sing "Power." Those who stayed, including Erin Wasson and Alexa Chung (who paired her adorable Chanel minidress with flats), were treated to a frenzied dance party courtesy of Kele from Bloc Party, who at one point did a somersault over a speaker. As the space emptied out, we found ourselves two feet away from a solo Courtney Love. We wanted to ask her what she thought of the show, but then a creepy guy walked by and said something to her. "Get out of my face or I'll beat you in the fucking street!" Love replied. We reconsidered, and walked away.

The room mostly cleared out around midnight to head over to the bar at the top of the Standard, where Naomi Campbell enjoyed a drag party, Jessica Szohr dressed like a go-go dancer and Kanye West jumped on the bar to sing "Power." Those who stayed, including Erin Wasson and Alexa Chung (who paired her adorable Chanel minidress with flats), were treated to a frenzied dance party courtesy of Kele from Bloc Party, who at one point did a somersault over a speaker. As the space emptied out, we found ourselves two feet away from a solo Courtney Love. We wanted to ask her what she thought of the show, but then a creepy guy walked by and said something to her. "Get out of my face or I'll beat you in the fucking street!" Love replied. We reconsidered, and walked away.

See photos of Karl Lagerfeld, Blake Lively, Chanel Iman, and more at the Chanel party.