The ‘Andy Warhol of Instagram’ throws star-studded Fashion Week party

Donald Robertson and Iris Apfel at the launch of “Donald.”

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Bergdorf Goodman celebrated Robertson’s book with a window instsallation.

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Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, Martine Assouline, Donald Robertson and Iris Apfel.

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Donald Robertson has come a long way since he was asked to leave art school.

These days, he’s a fashion-world darling. The artist, who’s also a creative director for Estée Lauder, has teamed up with everyone from J.Crew to Giles Deacon to Carine Roitfeld. He’s been dubbed the “Andy Warhol of Instagram” and counts Beyoncé as a collector of his work.

So it’s no wonder chic New Yorkers cleared their schedules — in the middle of Fashion Week, no less — to celebrate Robertson’s new tome, “Donald: The Book” ($85, Assouline), at Bergdorf Goodman on Monday night.

For the soiree, Robertson decorated the iconic department store’s fourth floor with painted pizza boxes, the artist’s trademark lip prints and pages from his book. The party drew a starry crowd, including Dorinda Medley, Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Iris Apfel.

Still, Robertson hasn’t managed to impress everyone.

“So how about this,” the Toronto native tells The Post at “Donald’s” launch party. “You get a book with your freaking name on it, and you send it home to your mom in Canada, and she says, ‘Well, it’s a shame about the title . . . It’s not a great time to have a book called ‘Donald.’ ”

“Screw you, Ma,” he says, jokingly.

Robertson takes her point, but doesn’t think the coincidence is so bad. Perhaps it will remind people there’s another kind of Donald — “a message of hope.”

The artist’s new book depict his most famous works and his process, with quotes interspersed from his fashion-world fans.

Robertson’s known for his poppy lip prints.

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One of Robertson’s 2014 images for The Printed Dog magazine.

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A page from Robertson’s book, depicting an invitation to an event at Eric Firestore Gallery.

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The father of five does have one thing in common with the president: He’s a family man. When told by the publisher that he needed a “famous art world person” to interview him, Robertson tapped his college-aged daughter, Drue. “I said, ‘I have the perfect person . . . and there will be no licensing issue.’ ”

His art follows a similar pattern: His 3-year-old twins, Charlie and Henry, are just as famous as their father’s art, thanks to Robertson’s regular Instagram posts about the mischievous duo.

Sadly, the adorable towhead brothers were absent from the Bergdorf party. But fans can’t say they weren’t warned. “I just don’t want any of you wasting the subway fares thinking there will be more than me there,” the artist wrote on his Instagram ahead of the event.

It seems he was sufficient.

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