Transforming the Stephan Weiss Studio into something of a runway show, longtime Victoria’s Secret photographer Russell James celebrated the launch of his latest book and exhibition, Angels, in the West Village on Wednesday night. The tome captures runway veterans such as Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr, and up-and-comers like Kendall Jenner and Martha Hunt posing nude— tastefully of course — in exotic locations. ”It was so easy and natural,” said Lily Aldridge of the collaboration. ”Russell is one of my best friends, I love him and we shoot together all the time, so it was a very organic process. We would shoot bits here and there between the Victoria’s Secret shoots and got to do it with all of our friends, which made it very special. I think it turned out beautifully!”
As partygoers enjoyed champagne and a sneak peek at the new models’s new portraits, guests including Donna Karan, Hugh Jackman, Ben Stiller, and Richard Branson trickled in to join the festivities. Throughout the night, more of James’s subjects arrived to honor his work, including Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Candice Swanepoel and Martha Hunt.
Meanwhile, at the Diamond Horseshoe, Us Weekly kicked off its annual fashion week fete honoring the Most Stylist New Yorkers of 2014. Among this year’s honorees were Jamie Chung, Today Show host Matt Lauer, blogger Emily Weiss, as well Victoria’s Secret’s own Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge, who managed to pop by the event before heading to James’s celebration.
Finally, to celebration its recent NASDAQ listing and the culmination of New York Fashion Week, Wilhelmina Models gathered its beautiful clientele for an exclusive after party at New York’s Location 05. Among the models in attendance were Coco Rocha, Robyn Lawley, Soo Joo, Cindy Bruna, and newcomer Ella Richards, whose sister Alexandra, also served as DJ for the night. The celebratory event included a live performance by Nick Jonas, along with set by Randy Jackson’s latest discovery, North of Nine.
Get the full look at last night’s biggest events and the models that attended in the slideshow below!
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