Everyone’s Talking About the Interview x Emporio Armani Party
There was a lot going on in New York City on Tuesday night: the VMAs, a Mets game, a full slate of fashion shows. But we’d humbly suggest that the best gig of them all was the Interview x Emporio Armani party, where friends and enemies of the magazine gathered on the second floor of the Bowery Hotel to drink, dance, gossip, smoke, and thumb through copies of our September Issue, featuring cover girl Olivia Rodrigo. The pop star happened to be just down the street getting her flowers at the VMAs, stoking rumors she might make an appearance. Adding fuel to the fire was the mob scene at the door, where New York’s most iconic bouncer Markus Kelle held down the fort with sass and grace. The morning after, our senior editor Taylore Scarabelli got pumpkin spice lattes with photographer Quentin Belt to debrief about what’s been called—impartially, of course—”the party of Fashion Week.”
TAYLORE SCARABELLI: How are you feeling after last night?
QUENTIN BELT: Last night was hectic, but I love a scene, I love a mess. I love all of it.
SCARABELLI: No one could get in.
BELT: Nope. It was the party of Fashion Week.
SCARABELLI: I had to put my phone on silent because it was blowing up and I was having anxiety.
BELT: So many people were texting me. They were like, “I thought you said I could say your name.” I was like, “I never said that.” Also, I heard that Jeremy O. Harris couldn’t even get in, and that’s a full-on mistake.
SCARABELLI: That was tragic. The rumor was that our cover star was on the way. People were like, “Olivia Rodrigo’s security is so crazy, so they can’t let any more people in.” I was like, “That is so not true. But I love it.”
BELT: I did see Markus, the most fabulous door person in New York, get into a screaming match with a woman who couldn’t get in. She was like, “Why are you being so fucked up to me?” And their response was, “Last time you got fucked was by genetics.” I died.
SCARABELLI: Oh my god.
BELT: They’re a genius. I also heard a rumor that Gabriette was coming, and that’s who I stan right now. But Mel told me that she had left that day.
SCARABELLI: I did see Dylan Mulvaney.
BELT: Dylan Mulvaney was there. Sasha Colby was there, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. That was a gag for me. And I saw Fashion Week and Barbie star Hari Nef.
SCARABELLI: Yes. And Moses [Sumney]. Our social editor asked him for a video and he just laughed.
BELT: Me and Moses had a conversation about The Idol. He said it was a lovely experience and he’s happy he did it.
SCARABELLI: We need to talk about my friend, who will not be named, who had an incident with Mel Ottenberg.
BELT: Listen, I don’t understand what world you live in, where you think Mel Ottenberg is Diplo. They look nothing alike. They are both white men, and I guess from a distance you could be like, “Whoa, that’s the same person.” [Laughs] Anyway, the dolls were out in full effect last night and they all looked so beautiful. Stand-outs for me personally were Alaska [Riley], Gia [Love], and Dara, of course. And there’s something about Grey [Hoffman]. I see Grey from across the room, and she’s so majestic and beautiful, it’s insane.
SCARABELLI: She has a warm energy.
BELT: There was also this boy who’s going around. He’s like the slightly queer Machine Gun Kelly. He has long hair. His name is Jonas, I think.
SCARABELLI: Oh, yeah. Show me the pics.
BELT: He is very, very, very good-looking.
SCARABELLI: Did you get an Armani gift bag?
BELT: I did get an Armani gift bag. Oh my god. Whitney Port was there. She looked good. I also had a conversation with Cory Kennedy. We used to have beef. She was like, “Who are you?” But I was like, “I just came over here so we can squash the beef.” She was like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about, but sure. The beef is squashed.”
SCARABELLI: The shade I love it.
BELT: There were a lot of hot, queer adjacent boys, which I love.
SCARABELLI: What was in the gift bag?
BELT: The gift bag was an Emporio Armani and Interview t-shirt. I got a size large. Hopefully it fits. I will definitely be wearing it. Also, you know who was there? I think he’s the most beautiful man in New York City. And in my opinion, he’s the most talented photographer outside of me.
SCARABELLI: Who is that?
BELT: We’re not going to mention his name. He works for Vogue a lot.
SCARABELLI: And Interview, sometimes.
BELT: Does he really?
BELT: Ethan James Green. Beautiful king.
SCARABELLI: And Claire [Sullivan] in her tutu top.
BELT: Claire in her tutu always turns it out.
SCARABELLI: Love it.
BELT: The girls were tearing it last night. Oh my god. DJ Physical Therapy—I feel like he’s the first straight man in New York I had a huge crush on.
BELT: So here’s the tea. They weren’t letting anyone in. My friend from the SSense team came and I was like, “Listen, I don’t know what to do, but I know there’s a staircase around the back. It’s called Staircase B.” Him and his friends got in like that.
SCARABELLI: Oh, wow. I wish I knew. Sorry, girls.