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NYFW: Opening Ceremony Threw a Downtown Dance Party

Humberto Leon and Jessica Alba

Guests — including Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba — busted a move alongside designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.

“Where’s Spike?” inquired Jessica Alba at the Opening Ceremony afterparty Sunday night. “He left,” responded co-designer (with Carol LimHumberto Leon of director and OC favorite Spike Jonze. It was close to midnight on the fourth day of fashion week — and for the rest of the guests, the night had just begun.

“So weird — we were coming, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I used to live down the street.' I did this weird indie [film] and lived really close,” said Alba, clad in Opening Ceremony. “This space is rad.”

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The unexpected location — China Chalet — an inconspicuous Chinese restaurant in the deserted, late-night streets of the Financial District, is a longtime favorite of the designers: “It’s like being back in the old days,” said Lim of the packed, hip-hop-thumping dance floor. “It’s so fun.” And what was she looking forward to most tonight? “Just a lot of dancing,” she said, before disappearing into the darkness.

And dance, they did. The party kept strong past 2 a.m., and Alba, who stayed close to Leon, could be found letting loose on the laser-lit floor.

“The show was so fun, really amazing. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Leon earlier in the night. Front-row faces included Alexa Chung, Kylie Jenner (with boyfriend rapper Tyga) and Rosario Dawson, who also showed up in support (as did Solange Knowles, Rose McGowan and a slew of models and downtown scenesters, including Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, Laura Love, Ashley Smith, Jesse Jo Stark, The Misshapes' Leigh Lezark and Zac Efron's current flame Sami Miro).

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“Opening Ceremony feels like home,” said Dawson, with Studio One Eighty Nine co-founder Abrima Erwiah by her side. “I love seeing their shows. Everything they do always has a richness. They’ve got this whole family, and once you’re in, you’re in.”

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