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Wang and his dinner pals (a group that included Behati Prinsloo and Zoë Kravitz) boarded a party bus for the main event at Pier 17. Brilliantly, the designer had taken over two floors of the touristy mall at the South Street Seaport.
It’s about to shutter; the closed-up shops advertised closeout sales, and the lower levels had a Dawn of the Dead feel. Head up a couple escalators, though, and you found yourself at the throbbing center of a Shibuya-inspired fun house: nail salon, video games, kitschy handouts, and black lights turning blond hair green.
Two women dressed as Little Bo Peeps on acid directed the lines, foreshadowing what was to come. Once inside, Wang’s gang headed up escalators, past a year-round Christmas store and frozen yogurt court, to the party which was hosted in conjunction with Shade: Ladyfag & BRCDBR. Under a skylight they found a Harajuku fantasy.
A nail booth with kimono-wearing manicurists applied party goers with Essie nail decals. A TY KU sake bar offered bright green beverages under a sign reading Little Tokyo. A Hello Kitty area doled out boxes of Pocky sticks. And an arcade section was appointed with Street Fighter 4 and Midnight Maximum Tune 3 video games and a Beats by Dre grab-a-prize machine.
But the piece de resistance was a dance floor boasting a laser show and a vodka bar framed by black-lit faux cherry blossoms and a gleaming red archway. Nicki Minaj capped the evening off. “It’s good that this is not like other parties,” declared Eniko Mihalik. “It’s not a fashion event. It’s a celebration.