Playing with The Virgins


Jessica Stam and Michelle Trachtenberg

In last night’s craze of fashion week party-hopping (one shopping event, one “opening of fashion week” party, and three fashion show after-parties), the obvious stand-out was the party to toast the opening of Mercedes-Benz fashion week at Shang, the newly opened restaurant in the also newly opened Thompson Lower East Side hotel. The champers was flowing freely, and there was a steady stream of seriously delicious hors d’oeuvres coming from the kitchen of Shang. Sidenote: The fried shrimp puffs are to die for and gave me just enough sustenance to keep me going through the night (and I rolled home at 6 am so you know they were good. Also, I ate seven of them. Sigh.)

The highlight of the party was the performance by one of my favorite bands, The Virgins. Kristian Laliberte, one of my besties, was literally swooning at the hotness of the lead singer, who in turn, was singing directly at his current girlfriend, Michelle Trachtenberg sitting front and center and singing along to every song (she knew Every Single Word to every song–that’s devotion).

Also spotted in the crowd: Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow, Christian Siriano, Tyrese, Kellie Pickler, Katie Lee Joel, Yigal Azrouël, Jessica Stam, Eugenia Silva, and Damien Fahey.


The Virgins performing at Shang