Last night a Parisian themed dinner for Interview magazine was thrown by MADE Fashion Week with the support of Lexus. The top floor of Milk Studios was entirely transformed into a candle-lit Parisian bistro, similar to Maxime’s the world renowned venue that opened in 1893 and was eventually sold to Pierre Cardin.

Chandeliers hung from the ceiling, long black velvet banquette’s lined two walls while small, round tables filled the room with guests gently elbowing each other as they mingled and took to their seats. The intimate proximity provoked the kind of human comedy that Andy Warhol and Liza Minelli used to experience at Maxime’s back in the day – waiters gingerly balanced extra chairs, platters of oysters, plates of steak or buckets of champagne in their arms as they navigated the crowd that included all of the designers that have shown at MADE Fashion Week.

Soon-to-be bride and Canadian model Irina Lazareanu, who has been in New York all week but was on an exclusive deal to appear in the Marc Jacobs show, discussed the intricacies of trying to throw an intimate, low-key wedding with friends. On an adjoining table, Prism eye-wear and swimwear designer Anna Laub, brainstormed ideas for future presentations. "It has to be fun and unexpected," she said. Following dinner, British band Alt-J played live in the adjoining room while hostess Jenné Lombardo, resplendent in a plunging black dress, expressed her anticipation at taking the MADE Fashion Week formula to Paris later this month.

Photography by Mike Bogart

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