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Debbie Harry Performs at the Mercer Hotel for Marc Jacobs Party

The designer's new Prince Street store was celebrated with a party at the Mercer Hotel, where Debbie Harry and Shygirl performed.

wwd.com – 19th October 2023

By Leigh Nordstrom

Marc Jacobs and Debbie Harry – NINA WESTERVELT/WWD

There’s just something about a Marc Jacobs party. The designer, who Wednesday night was celebrating the opening of his Prince Street store, had taken over the lower levels of the Mercer Hotel — Sartiano’s and Submercer — for a late night party. It was a familiar location for Jacobs, whose husband Char Defrancesco brought him there for a surprise birthday party back in 2018.


Debbie Harry performed on Wednesday, toasting her “one way or another brother,” Jacobs. The room, which included Lil Uzi Vert, Tommy Dorfman, Jenna Lyons, Kelela, Richie Shazam, Anok Yai, Ladyfag, Selah Marley, Hilary Taymour and more, stilled as Harry descended down the stairs, dressed in black and white polka dot tights and gloves and a black and white Marc Jacobs logo minidress.


“Hi everybody, so nice to be here with you all tonight and celebrate with Marc,” she said, as the crowd cheered back at her. “Woo!”

Harry performed a two-song set, “The Tide is High” and “One Way or Another,” drawing Jacobs onto stage with her at one point.

“We’re gonna launch that flagship,” she told the room.

Prior to the Blondie singer’s performance, English rapper Shygirl took the stage for two songs, including her single “Cleo,” warming up the crowd.

“Did we come here to party?” she asked the room. “Did we come here to look cute?”

It wasn’t even 11 p.m. yet, but based on the cries back to her — and the many Marc Jacobs looks in the room — the answer was a resounding, “Yes.”


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