The sartorial spirit of Thierry Mugler, the enfant terrible of 1980s French fashion, came to life at the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday for the opening of the designer’s retrospective. Habitués of the city’s nightlife and fashion underground channeled his over-the-top style. Many wore vintage Mugler or fanciful outfits of their own creation.
Also on Tuesday, Air Mail, the newsletter started by Graydon Carter, celebrated the Downtown Set — its list of 50 young scene makers — with a French-fries-and-martini party at the Odeon sponsored by Celine. It felt like a Vanity Fair party of yore, with free cigarettes and media types trading gossip (minus Fran Lebowitz).
Pioneer Works, the arts and science incubator in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 11 with a festive dinner and after-party; the dress code was psychedelic dream. And the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled the portraits for this year’s gala honorees, including Serena and Venus Williams, Ava DuVernay and Anthony S. Fauci. One guest carried a bag that read: “Fully Vaxxed.”
‘It’s called lenticular fabric. It’s based on queer semiotics, specifically around cruising in bathrooms. The silhouette is modeled after a toilet seat.’ — Brandon Chu at the Mugler exhibition
‘I wanted to do neon as something different and to stand out. There was a black light so my outfit was glowing the whole time, and I loved it. I thought it was really chic.’ — Memphy at the Mugler exhibition
‘Those are gloves that I had sewn together. I was inspired by Mugler’s idea of cutoff shapes. It stayed on all night, for the most part.’ — Fabiana Gomez at the Mugler exhibition
The Most Dressed features great outfits from up, down and all around town.