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Last week, the in-demand event designer Bronson van Wyck made his first foray into retail with a holiday pop-up space at the West Village vintage shop Overbey & Dunn. A shrine to traditional (read: WASP) Christmas, it’s richly decked out with vintage baubles and antlered taxidermy. There are magnolia garlands by the foot, with the added option of gilding and pomegranates—”an ancient symbol of prosperity and good fortune,” van Wyck explained at the launch party Thursday night, which drew the likes of André Balazs (left, with van Wyck) and Martha Stewart. (“Fabulous,” the entertaining queen declared, admiring a basket of faux-glass ornaments.) Van Wyck’s staff—or “elves,” as he’s calling them—will even deliver you a made-to-measure Christmas tree.
Last night’s “Hold Your Head Up High” fête, hosted by Mariska Hargitay, Bronson Van Wyck, Celerie Kemble, Amanda Brooks, and Moby, benefited the domestic- and sexual-abuse outreach nonprofit WomensLaw.org, so what better anthem could there be for the event than disco evergreen “I Will Survive”? The guest list included Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet, Christopher Meloni, and Helen Lee Schifter, but the real draw was Gloria Gaynor, on hand to “relaunch” her famous single in the group’s honor. In tribute, all assembled were decked out in enough sequins, faux Afros, platforms, and headbands for a visit to Studio 54.
“I never get to see live music in New York!” Bonnie Morrison said as the opening band, featuring chanteuse Laura Dawn and Moby on bass, took the stage. Architect Richard Meier considered dancing, but thought better of it as a crew of guys with feathered, light-up Trojan helmets surrounded him. Onstage, Moby hopped from bass to guitar and then back to bass for the disco diva’s much-awaited appearance. “Let’s do this!” Gaynor cooed before belting out her iconic single. Afterward, Moby chatted about how it all came together. “We all wanted to be part of a band and so we just started playing together,” the musician said. How about Gloria? “Oh, that was random,” he explained. But pretty spectacular nonetheless.