The After Party: Kelela, Karl and Some Burg­ers

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The in­side of a tent in Cen­tral Park was trans­formed into “CC’s Diner,” re­plete with ban­quette booths and two Airstream trail­ers.

BY MAX­INE WALLY PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY STéPHANE FEUGèRE

A burger joint is the last place you’d ex­pect to see Kelela and six backup dancers per­form her ethe­real, dreamy mu­sic on stage. But that’s what hap­pened on Tues­day night when Chanel took over Cen­tral Park. For the after party fol­low­ing the brand’s Métiers d’Art show at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, the mu­si­cian gave a sur­prise show in the park, in­side a tent that had been con­structed just for the event. The in­te­rior was trans­formed into “CC’s Diner” — Karl Lager­feld loves a the­matic set — re­plete with wooden and striped leather ban­quette booths and two Airstream trail­ers that held bars serv­ing sig­na­ture drinks. Milk­shakes, fries and cheese­burg­ers — which one guest of the party tried to or­der rare, to no avail — were on of­fer. Amid all this, Kelela emerged on stage in white, wear­ing Chanel’s sig­na­ture jacket and a beret. She sang “Bluff,” “Bet­ter” and more, all with plenty of re­verb and echo. Guests cheered hard when she and her dancers vogued and hit death drop after death drop. Her fi­nal song was punc­tu­ated by two glit­ter can­nons that pro­pelled sil­ver con­fetti into the air.

Mod­els from the show, back in their street clothes, were still rock­ing the elab­o­rate, An­cient Egypt-in­spired eye makeup from the run­way as they danced on a plat­form in the mid­dle of the room. Phar­rell Wil­liams — who also walked the show, but was scrubbed clean of his eye­liner — sat in a booth with his wife, He­len La­sichanh, ges­tur­ing em­phat­i­cally about his burger. Dressed in a hunter green puff coat, he got up to give Suzy Menkes a hug. Lager­feld was in the booth next to them, sit­ting with his fam­ily.

Lily-Rose Depp cir­cled the party, as did Lily Allen, Theophilus Lon­don and Jerry Se­in­feld. Se­in­feld had at­tended the show with his wife, Jes­sica, but at the after party, he found some friends to chat with while Jes­sica was at the bar.

“The art of com­edy is a game,” he was over­heard say­ing to the cou­ple. “Truth has noth­ing to do with it.”

Lon­don, mean­while, ex­plained he was back in the stu­dio and he’s pro­duc­ing for Mi­ley Cyrus. He’ll be on her next sin­gle.

“You can put that out into the world,” he al­lowed.

Rewind about three hours, be­fore the show: Janelle Monáe, Ju­lianne Moore, Mar­got Rob­bie, Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Sofia Cop­pola and Pené­lope Cruz made their way down the red car­pet. Cruz, who re­cently was picked to be fea­tured in Chanel’s Cruise cam­paign, ex­pressed her awe at the fash­ion cal­en­dar and the churn of work the brand puts out to ac­com­mo­date it.

“I don’t know how [Lager­feld] can han­dle so much pres­sure and do so many things at the same time,” she said. “The amount of col­lec­tions that he does in one year. I am al­ways ask­ing about the sched­ule: How many hours?

“All the peo­ple who work with him, all the women that are [in the ate­lier] sewing the dresses and spend­ing the most amount of time [work­ing], they all love him,” she added. “That says a lot about the per­son that he is.”

Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Pené­lope Cruz and Lily-Rose Depp.Sofia Cop­pola Rowan Blan­chardMar­got Rob­bieThe scene at the party. Caro­line de Mai­gretJanelle MonáeJu­lianne MooreThe scene at the party.

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