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Fashion Week's Rocking, Writhing Entertainment

The Kills, a modern dance troupe, and an African choir were among the acts that filled runways and parties.

September 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT

Prada sounded off the first night of Fashion Week with a concert by the Raconteurs.

Prada Takes a Page From the VMAs
Prada got in the rock mood with a music-focused party on the first night of Fashion Week inside its SoHo emporium. Fresh from their performance as the house band at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Raconteurs—the band that would rather not be called the side project of the White StripesJack White—played for some 600 guests (who chowed on a menu from Creative Edge Parties that included Corner Bistro burgers, milk shakes, and Krispy Kreme donuts). Screens within the store displayed a live feed of the concert for guests who couldn’t make it front and center to the store’s wall of steps, which made for an obvious seating choice.

Cinemax and Bette Inspire Dancers as Models
The presentation for Grey Ant’s spring/summer 2007 collection at the Altman Building showcased more than just the Grant Krajescki-designed clothes. Inspired by the back cover of the 1976 Bette Midler album Songs for the New Depression and the erotic film—and cable channel staple—Emmanuelle, Krajescki brought in the Los Angeles-based Hysterica Dance Company to perform a specially choreographed routine that comprised the bulk of the show. Wearing Grey Ant attire, eight dancers writhed, pirouetted, and gyrated to music by electronic artist Work and Aphex Twin. Ojala Ltd. provided show production and People’s Revolution handled front of house production.

Gap Choir Channels Charitable Message
Gap celebrated the launch of Individuals: Portraits From the Gap Collection, a book of photos used in its ad campaigns, at Eyebeam on September 12 by bringing in the Shining Century Choir from Lesotho, Africa, to perform a five-song set. The 25-member group of garment factory workers tied to the event’s charitable cause: The proceeds from Individuals go towards programs helping African women and children with HIV and AIDS. The Los Angeles-based firm A Squared Group erected a small stage for the performance and decorated Eyebeam with more than 250 Gap portraits on its walls and on four 10-foot-tall photo blocks and totem poles.

Brit Mags Bring Garage Rock
A 35-minute set from rock band the Kills supplied a sexy, swaggering vibe when British publications Another Magazine and Dazed & Confused partnered with jewelry designer David Yurman for a private dinner in the penthouse at Milk Studios—and an after-party in the venue’s ground floor gallery. Another’s cover girl Kirsten Dunst hosted the evening. Plug produced the event, and Seventh House Public Relations handled press.

Models Strut Alongside Live Musicians
On the last day of the fashion shows at the Altman Building, N’Dea Davenport of the jazzy and soulful band the Brand New Heavies, donned an outfit from designer Afshin Feiz and performed during the collection’s presentation. Poised on low blocks in the middle of either side of the runway, Davenport and bassist Andrew Levy entertained the audience with songs from their new album. (Feiz is a fan of Davenport’s and asked her to perform at the show.) People’s Revolution provided front and back of house production for the Altman shows, and Ojala Ltd. handled production for the runway show.

Mark Mavrigian, Anna Sekula & Courtney Thompson

Posted 09.20.06

Photos: Randy Brooke (Afshin Feiz), Courtesy of Prada/Getty Images (Raconteurs), Jeff Thomas/Image Capture (GAP), Courtesy of Seventh House Public Relations/Patrick McMullan (the Kills)

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