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July 29 2014

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It’s a Drag, Drag, Drag, Drag World

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PS1 Dral Ball

Leave it to the queens to do Halloween in style. Last night at MoMa PS1, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim along with Luis Venegas of Candy magazine hosted an art-meets-fashion Halloween drag ball, complete with an old-school pageant. “This is Miss America on steroids,” proclaimed MC Ladyfag before letting the contestants loose on a makeshift catwalk.

Later, Ladyfag explained, “It’s really a celebration of a culture that always dresses up. Most of the people here do this every day. It’s nice for people to stop and think what really goes into all of this all the time—how much work it is being a drag queen!” The work was evident in the hundreds of elaborate, detailed transformations—a sparkling, towering mummy bride; a red-lip-smeared Horn of Plenty; and co-host Melissa Burns as Prince. Also in the crowd: a well-disguised Michael Stipe and Justin Bond. “This look? I wanted to make it a bit Saint Laurent grunge, but at the same time I thought it would be cool to have something that would remind people a bit of Norman Bates’ mother—Norman from Psycho,” explained Venegas of his ladylike, lace-collared flower frock. “You know I come from Spain, so to be in New York celebrating Halloween with a drag ball is quite amazing for me!”

“It’s a total mess, but it’s great!” added Swedish pop star Robyn from beside the tequila bar. “I just think people are having a good time.”

Photo: Charles Roussel

Twice The Fun With Chloë Sevigny And Opening Ceremony

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Apparently, one party per day does not suffice for the Opening Ceremony crew. Yesterday afternoon, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, and Chloë Sevigny collected a typically heterodox crowd to their garden party preview of the new Chloë Sevigny for O.C. collection: Spike Jonze (left, with Sevigny), Kim Gordon, skater Jason Dill, performance artist Justin Bond, and designer Eddie Borgo were among the notables nibbling finger sandwiches as friends-of-Chloë like Rita Ackermann, Lesley Arfin, Lissy Trullie, and Jen Brill modeled the new looks. (The five dress styles, by the way, are named after five of the friend/models, too: Lissy, Lesley, Winnie Wong, Alanna Gabin, and Sophie Aschauer.) Sevigny, in a leopard-print dress and reversible baseball jacket from the collection, noted that she likes to show her clothes on friends, rather than models, because she designs sportswear “that’s meant to be worn by real people.” “It’s not a runway collection,” she said, as Terry Richardson popped off a few impromptu shots of the girls in hot pants. “The clothes are for doing stuff like this, hanging out.”

Sevigny went on to say that the new collection’s vibe was derived from early Benetton and Esprit de Corps, and that the sure-to-be-everywhere printed tights and socks represent the summa expression of an obsession with legwear that dates back to the eighth grade. “I remember wearing a pair of striped tights to the first day of school,” she recalled. “I guess it’s been a thing for me since then.” At that, the clock chimed seven, and it was time for the tea and macarons to be packed away. On to party number two, at Santos, where a bevy of O.C. regulars turned up to celebrate both the collection and Leon’s birthday. Needless to say, the mood was a little less genteel. By midnight, “Edge of Seventeen” was playing and the dance floor was packed. Sevigny was nursing a drink in the corner. And sure enough, she was wearing tights.

Photo: Hannah Thomson

Your One-Stop Shop For A Ton Of Rick Owens

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When Rick Owens ordered the alabaster for his new furniture range, so much was removed from a quarry in Spain that spies—actual spies—were dispatched to Paris to see what was being done with it. The answer, the enormous ton-and-a-half bed that is the centerpiece of his new show of furniture (pictured), is now on view at the Upper East Side gallery Salon 94. “The alabaster is hollow,” Owens explained at the opening on Saturday night. “I mean, can you imagine how heavy it would be if it weren’t?” With that, Owens feigned an expression of shock, similar to the one that crossed select parties’ faces when told the bed’s list price. (Too shocking to repeat in a family fashion blog.) Persons taking a definite interest in the piece included Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden, fashion muse Daphne Guinness, designer emeritus Calvin Klein, and performance artist Justin Bond, all of whom attended the casual dinner gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn hosted after the opening. (Salon 94 is housed in her own home.) Also on hand: producer Hunter Gray, who purchased (!) the bed. “I intend to spend a lot of time in that bed. I plan to die in that bed,” Gray said, musing on his new, and perhaps final, resting place. He should expect a few covert ops at the bed-warming party—once he’s had a chance to reinforce his floors.

Photo: Courtesy of Salon 94

The Tuesday Night After-Party Chronicles, Part II

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When the smoke cleared yesterday, the Rodarte girls had some serious celebrating to do at Grotto, the subterranean hangout on the Lower East Side where they threw their after-party. Anouck Lepère, Justin Bond, and Michelle Obama fashion adviser Ikram Goldman negotiated their way through the bar’s narrow corridors to lounge in the backyard. Back inside, a dance party took shape. Kirsten Dunst was bopping to “The Time of My Life,” and Jason Schwartzman was getting out of character. “I don’t really go out to places where you can’t hear people talking, so this is very bizarre,” the actor mused. “I love this song, obviously.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rodarte