The Marchesa dinner was probably the most elegant of all New York Fashion Week events with a small and select “A List” peppered in the crowd.

The Darby tends to draw in less of the “want to be” crowd in general, in comparison to most venues.  Perhaps the restaurant – downstairs club combination allows for a more discerning or mature audience.  The fact that the venue has live entertainment is also a throw back in time to a more sophisticated era (which venues have seem to lost somewhere in between hip hop and Twitter).  The lovely Kate Nauta performed, taking the crowd’s attention away from Rachel Zoe, Jim Carey and Harvey Weinstein.  You might remember her as the sexy short haired blonde villain (model, actress and singer) in the movie Transporter 2.

Kate NautaKate Nauta performing at The Darby

Wikepedia:  “Marchesa is a brand specializing in high end womenswear, established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.  The brand has been worn by a number of Hollywood actresses on the red carpet including: Penélope Cruz, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez, Halle Berry, Leighton Meester, Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Wilde, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed and Hailee Steinfeld. Sandra Bullock wore Marchesa at the 2010 Academy Awards, where she won Best Actress and was also named among the best dressed.”

Crowd enjoys their dinner at The Darby

No wonder Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be here often (downstairs) when in town.  One funny comment I did hear while refreshing my champagne was “hey, that’s Rachel Zoe next to you.  She is like the hottest person right now.  Everyone wants her at their party.”  I replied, “ok”.