In celebration of tonight’s Chinese-themed Met Gala, Vogue magazine held a very chic pajama party this weekend at the Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown where guests dined on dim sum and dressed in Chinese-style pajamas as they posed for pictures. Of course, no Chinese-inspired Fête would be complete without an obligatory dragon and some parading in the street. Naturally, such revelry was a feature of the event, with guests dancing and throwing confetti in the narrow Chinatown streets towards the end of the affair.
On hand for the party was a gaggle of fashionable beauties, including models-of-the-moment Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Ireland Baldwin. Xiao Wen Ju, Constance Jablonski, Alexa Chung, will.i.am, André Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles, Mickey Boardman and more were also in attendance. Guests donned silky printed PJs and robes, pairing their otherwise comfy attire with some fancy footwear.
Ahead of tonight’s festivities, Anna Wintour sat down with The Cut to talk about her career, her political concerns, the social media boom and more. Wintour discussed the Costume Institute and this year’s exhibit which was inspired by China’s rise in the global luxury market. “It’s not just for fashion connoisseurs,” she says. “People are not just whizzing by. They are really studying, they are looking at the captions, they’re standing back, and they’re spending real time in there. I think that’s because Harold [Koda] and Andrew [Bolton] put the shows in extraordinary context.” As we’ve mentioned before, the subject of the exhibit, the idea of China influencing fashion as told through a western lens seems a bit problematic, but hopefully tonight we won’t have to see actresses and models twirling on the red carpet with chopsticks in their hair tonight.
Wintour also touched on her relationship with Michelle Obama during the interview, whose presence Wintour seems extremely grateful for. “It’s been wonderful, from the fashion industry’s point of view, to have a First Lady who’s so supportive of our industry,” she said. “I think previously, with the exception of Mrs. Kennedy, Washington has been a little wary of fashion and what it means. I think there was a mindset down there that being interested in clothes and fashion and how you look might equate you with not being a serious person. But she’s been a real force for fashion without in any way not being interested in so many other things.”
See images from this weekend’s Vogue PJ party in the gallery below.