L.A. Fashion Week: Paul Smith Nails It, CFDA sails it, and Katy Rodriguez Tails it All

Never mind the fashion shows. What’s dominating the calendar this week are the parties, upwards of three or four worthwhile fetes each night. Tuesday’s trifecta began (at least for us) at Morton’s in West Hollywood, where the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed up with InStyle and Net-a-Porter to launch the worldwide initiative of the CFDA’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign. Natalie Massenet, the innovative founder of Net-a-Porter.com, came in for the event from London, where she now lives. But it’s L.A. where she grew up. “I’ve got so many friends to visit when I make it here, and I can never stay for long,” she said. New York-centric CFDA is hoping to make more friends in L.A., too, which is why it staged the event here. Next stop was just up the street, on Melrose Avenue, to the giant pink box that is the Paul Smith emporium. Sir Paul also swooped into town for the night. But he capped a day of rallying the team and touching up the store with a film screening of the 1986 cult fave “Withnail & I”—in the parking lot. The space was converted into a chic living room al fresco, with all kinds of clear plexi and black woven furnishings, candy filling mirrored bowls and, thankfully, plenty of heaters. There was also outrageous nonstop Brit fare from Patina.
The film is crazy good with crazy British style (Andy even teased Sir Paul following the film that now he knew where he got the inspiration for most of the line. Paul loved the comment.) The crowd, most who stayed through the entire screening, was just as great:
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