Let’s kick off the year with a little girl power, shall we? That’s what HBO set out to do last night, when the network premiered Girls to hundreds of loyal fans at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Allen Room (the network premiere is January 12). Wherever you turned, you ran into a star Girls fan—we bumped into Seth Meyers and Lauren Bush Lauren riding the escalator, shared an elevator with Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet and spotted New Girl‘s Max Greenfield and Tyra Banks smizing from across the lobby. But not one person in the huge crowd could steal the spotlight away from the night’s glowing stars—the four Girls themselves, Lena Dunham (in Rochas), Jemima Kirke (in Geminola), Allison Williams (in Dior), and Zosia Mamet (in Saint Laurent). “We have the best cast in the entire world,” Dunham told the crowd before screening episodes one, two and seven. “They’re hot, they’re funky, they’re keeping it real.”
Keeping it real is how the party went down, too. A full replica of a New York City subway took over the lobby, complete with a tile Girls logo marking the stop. Inside the car was a map pointing to Hannah-approved places, like The Horvaths’ Hotel Room, Hannah’s OCD Attack, and Ray’s Coffee Shop. Large beams showed off the very quotable and soon-to-be-viral sayings from the show (“It’s really liberating to say no to the s*** you hate”). Upstairs featured manicure stations, a photo booth, and makeovers. And in the grand ballroom, the cast laughed and clinked their celebratory glasses overlooking Columbus Circle, with Jemima Kirke grooving in a ethereal white gown, a one-of-a-kind piece her mother designed for her label Geminola. It was a far way from when we last saw the crew partying in a warehouse party in Brooklyn, but this was real, and a lot more fun.
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