The scariest part of stylist and Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti’s Friday night “Zombie Panda” Halloween party in New York? The prospect of not getting in. The line outside the Westway was long by 10:30, and the best shot of getting through was a costume worthy of Formichetti himself—the sexy kittens, vampires, and zombies of normal Halloweens didn’t hold much sway. The host himself was wearing a vaguely military getup with blacked-out panda eyes. “A few years ago my friends started calling me ‘Nicopanda’ and the name sort of stuck. It became this extended version of myself as an ‘avatoon’—which is an avatar/cartoon,” Formichetti said. (Much-tattooed pal Rick Genest, a.k.a. Zombie Boy, became part of the panda avatoon family, too—he’s the titular Zombie Panda.)
After a performance by The Black Soft, Greg Krelenstein from the Misshapes took over the sound system, spinning pop favorites from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and of course, Lady Gaga. Before it became a dance floor, the Westway stage played catwalk for the evening’s best dressed. CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite looks.
Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, Thakoon Panichgul, the Threeasfour trio, and Marc Jacobs’ betrothed, Lorenzo Martone, were among the hosts at last night’s New Museum Next Generation cocktail party. And true to the event’s name it was a fresh crowd, although not necessarily Younger Than Jesus, the show that’s closing there this Sunday. In keeping with the theme, OMG cocktails were being served on the museum’s glass-walled seventh floor. The vodka, agave nectar, and sparkling water concoctions were named after the, ahem, hottest piece in the exhibit, Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas’ OMG Obelisk, a black column exclaiming OMG on top in blue lights, with steel pipe torches emitting flames on either side. Not that most of the guests would’ve known. The clouds had parted after a rush-hour storm, which meant that the galleries were mostly empty. The MisShapes’ Geordon Nicol and Greg Krelenstein, et al. preferred the terrace’s sunset rays.
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