Fashion week is an intense time filled with bright lights, loud music, a lot of flashing cameras, and huge hoards of people. So it makes sense that Larry David, a man known for creating an entire career out of highlighting the horrors of social interaction, would not really enjoy all that much about it.
The front row of shows is usually filled with the likes of models such as Emily Ratajkowski, brand ambassadors, such as Harry Styles and A$AP Rocky at Gucci, and house muses. The STAUD show was no different: Jared Leto was there, while Irina Shayk, Stella Maxwell, Gemma Ward and Paloma Elsesser made up the cast at Spring Studios, overlooking the TriBeCa skyline at sunset.
An unlikely character was also present: that of Larry David.
Guests were pleasantly surprised to see The Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator at the venue, however, he seemingly was not so stoked about the invite. In a video captured and shared by The Cut‘s Emilia Petrarca, David is seen hunched over plugging his ears to block out the loud affair.
The clip immediately went viral with someone on Twitter adding to the hilarity by posting a photo showing David doing the exact same ear plugging manoeuvre at the US Open. To make matters even worse for David, the STAUD runway finale included a surprise fireworks show.
Of course, David’s hilarious response makes sense—this is the man who was relieved and overjoyed to be uninvited to Barack Obama’s 60th birthday celebrations, after all. Speaking to The New York Times, the 74-year-old revealed that after initially receiving an invite to the Martha’s Vineyard party, the former president had to scale back the guest list due to rising COVID cases.
After getting a call from Obama’s assistant, David presumed he was going to be asked to perform at the event, which he says sent him into a panic. “I was pretty glum when I finally called back his assistant,” he told NYT. “When he told me I was eighty-sixed from the party, I was so relieved, I screamed, ‘Thank you! Thank you!’ He must have thought I was insane. Then I hung up the phone, poured myself a drink, and finished my crossword puzzle.”
As for the STAUD show, with a giant yellow disco ball at the end, the affair was reminiscent of an Italian disco. It felt like an ode to the parties to come. The collection was filled with citrus colours and prints (a dress with lemon and orange print was one of the standout pieces), as well as flowing white cut-out dresses and ab-baring two pieces—everything you’d pack for a post-pandemic European vacay.