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April 19 2014

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To The Spinner Go The Spoils

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At last night’s Brooklyn Ball at the Brooklyn Museum, the mood was properly medieval: In an enormous rotunda, heaping platters of meat (whole beasts, really) were the dinner for those brave or strong enough) to saw into them: 150 rabbits, nine legs of beef, two whole pigs, a host of turkeys. And this was after the dripping cheese-head hors d’oeuvres, drinks dispensed via taps installed on painted canvases, carrots to be pulled from soil beds in one room and washed in water-filled vats in another. And there were Chloë Sevigny, Patrik Ervell, Philip Crangi, John Currin and Rachel Feinstein Currin, and DVF chowing down.

But at the Opening Ceremony sponsored after-party on the museum’s ground floor, the atmosphere was carnivalesque. Barkers manned booths set up by designers chosen by OC’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Band of Outsiders sponsored face-painting. Slow and Steady Wins the Race had marshmallow target-shooting; the reward, a pair of binoculars (to improve one’s aim, I guess). 3.1 Phillip Lim had fashion drag queens dispensing advice: Drag king Karl Lagerfeld seemed more approving than the real Karl might’ve been, but a drag Donatella pronounced the buttons on my tuxedo shirt too shiny and remedied the problem with a smart leather Lim bow tie, the label’s limited-edition party favor (pictured, left). And following a why-not striptease performance by three burly guys set to a Nate Lowman DJ set, I had my chance to spin the Opening Ceremony prize-granting wheel of fortune. Through providence or prowess, I came away with the top prize: a Rodarte pencil set, complete with Cobain erasers and Cecil Beaton case (pictured, right). School’s in! (And, in case you’re wondering, Chloë got a travel toiletry kit.)

PLUS: Click here for our complete coverage from the Brooklyn Ball.

Photo: Steven Torres

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