By Jonathan Borge
Feb 17, 2016 @ 11:45 am
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Though the Paris debut of Miu Miu’s fall 2016 collection is still a few weeks away, the brand gave busy fashion editors and muses alike a reprieve from the chaos (and many cocktails, to boot) of fashion week Tuesday night at New York's EN Japanese Brasserie. The occasion was a celebration of Miu Miu Women’s Tales, a series of films that reach to empower women and boost femininity. For the 11th installment, director Naomi Kawase debuted "Seed," an adventurous, fictional tale of a girl’s trip across Tokyo.

So did the film provoke inspiration for the crowd? Absolutely. For model Emily Ratajkowski (who lent her downtown edge to a plaid jacket, cropped top, high-waisted miniskirt, and thigh-high boots), there’s one writer she turns to for motivation. “She passed away, but her name is Lucia Berlin. She’s an incredible writer. I really recommend her short story collection,” Ratajkowski told InStyle. “That’s just so hard for me because there’s so many different women from all kinds of disciplines and worlds that inspire me everyday.”

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As for how Miu Miu managed to keep fashion week’s insiders out until midnight, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor put it best. “What do I not love about Miu Miu?” she said. “Miu Miu is my favorite brand across the board. I love everything. I love their clothes and their accessories. It’s like such a fun brand and their clothes make me really happy.” de Cadenet Taylor, who said the party was the highlight of her week, also explained that her mom, talk show host Amanda de Cadenet, is the one she turns to for inspiration. “There’s a lot going on about talking about women’s issues and it’s really—my mom is a huge advocate for that, actually. She’s really great with that, so she’s really inspiring to me.”

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While the jam-packed crowd imbibed on Champagne, gin-fueled cocktails, carefully crafted gimlets, and Japanese-inspired bites, you could tell the fashion was at the top of everyone’s mind. “I went to do the fitting for this party and just going into their showroom, there’s something so old school, but also really, really beautiful about the collection and the way it’s presented,” Ratajkowski added. “It’s fun to be in New York in this space that’s normally a restaurant. It’s a great night.”