“I look like a giant.” Karolina Kurkova was peering over a photographer’s camera to closely examine the picture he had just taken of her. The model all 5-foot-11 of her had just entered New York’s Casa Lever for a dinner hosted Tuesday night by Massimo and Ferruccio Ferragamo in honor of their new Fiamma bag and ad campaign. “The Ferragamo family is a great family,” said Kurkova. “I always think that it’s special when the business is run by the family.” Kurkova weaved through the crowd to meet up with the bevy of models posted near the bar Jessica Hart, Anne V, Julie Henderson, Martha Hunt, Laura Love and Lily Aldridge among them. The rest of the crowd included Indre Rockefeller, Louisa Gummer, Sophie Auster, Lauren Remington Platt and Harry Brant.
Aldridge was still feeling the effects of the previous evening’s Costume Institute gala and subsequent after parties. “It was so much fun,” she gushed, giggling slightly. “She’s hung over,” offered Hunt.“I had the best time,” Aldridge continued. “I loved hanging out with my girlfriends and dancing.” Just a few feet away from the professional models, the faces of Ferragamo’s campaign Princess Melusine Ruspoli, Lola and Stella Schnabel, Anika Poitier, Hanayo Nakajima, Jacqueline Beaurang, Langley Fox Hemingway and Mariel Hemingway took in the wall-to-wall images of the family-focused ads.
The Hemingway mother-daughter duo stuck together throughout the evening. “This was actually our second or third time modeling together,” said mother Hemingway. “It was amazing,” said her daughter, sporting a naval-exposing Ferragamo crop top. “It’s not like I got on set and was like, ‘Who are you?’’ The mother continued feigning fake disgust. The daughter took the bit a step further, taking on an exaggerated Brookyln-esque accent. “‘I don’t even know her!’” she laughed. “It would have been really funny if we were actually fighting on set.” But mom said they never really fight. “She wasn’t a rebellious kid,” she said. But what about her daughter’s ever-changing hair color, now a jet-black with emerald green tips? “Oh, I don’t think that her hair is rebellious,” she said, with a stamp of mom approval. “It’s just cool.”