Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by Roisin Murphy, who is slowly but surely branding herself Stateside as a style icon-meets-nouveau diva.

If you’ve followed her since the Moloko days it was always apparent Murphy had the vigor to make it on her own and she has finally come full circle with the bevy of Manhattan’s fashion conscious embracing her, as was apparent at the Kai Kuhne after-party at The National Arts Club in Gramercy.


Amidst the dimmed lighting reflecting off stained glass windowpanes, decadent décor and opera blaring, Murphy strutted in an oversized fur coat shielding a black and white-striped tunic dress which draped perfectly over her slinky figure – very 1940s film noir. Despite the fanfare of blinking camera bulbs and glitz among her, Murphy played a superb six-song acoustic set that was almost as vivacious as her extravagant shows. With celeb supporter Kanye West and his entourage in the audience, the night became even more high profile. Murphy included the best off her latest Overpowered, from the title track, opening the night with “Let Me Know,” which still didn’t lose its dancefloor grip, covering Handsome Boy Modeling School’s “The Truth” with a nod to some hip hop, finally ending the night (and thankfully not losing her breath) with an airy rendition of “Primitive.”


For a moment I thought West was going to crash the stage and duet, but alas he didn’t and continued singing along with the rest of us, allowing Murphy to be the center of attention that night. –Andrea D’Alessandro