Rock & Republic Turns Lights Out and Music Up

The label created a clublike atmosphere with slick jet-black surroundings and chandeliers for its Fashion Week show.

February 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST

Thirty chandeliers of varying sizes hung at different lengths and were raised and lowered throughout the show. The house went completely black in the moments prior to the brand’s presentation.

Photo: Courtesy of Stoelt Productions/Paul McKelvey

Rock & Republic fashion show Cipriani 42nd St. Saturday, 02.03.07, 8 PM to 3 AM
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For the second season in a row, Rock & Republic took over Cipriani 42nd Street for its glitzy show, dubbed “Sexy Beast” this time around. R&R president Andrea Bernholtz and C.E.O. and designer Michael Ball gave the space a chic, dark, club-style look by creating a glossy black interior accented with chandeliers and screens with custom-made laminate frames. Event firm Stoelt Productions oversaw the affair, which hosted 1,000 guests. A giant press tent and red carpet accommodated the arrivals of socialites such as Tinsley Mortimer, while other guests enjoyed Cipriani bellinis and hors d’oeuvres such as lamb chops and crab cakes. Three full bars provided easy access to drinks of any sort, and rock ’n’ roll hits played throughout the venue. As the lights dimmed, only the shiny Rock & Republic logo glowed at the back of the runway. Models hit the glossy black catwalk in purple and gold jeans and were joined at the end by Ball, who poured them all glasses of champagne as they danced offstage.

—Kelly Will

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