When I heard the geniuses behind Sleep No More were partnering up with fashion favorites Giovanna Battaglia and Thom Browne for a new show in New York, I knew I had to see it. I moved my schedule around and made an otherwise unnecessary trip to the Big Apple, just to feast my eyes on the newest immersive theatre act in the city. I knew it would be incredible, but I was in no way prepared for the sheer magic and madness that is Queen of the Night.
In fear that I might give too much away, I’ll say very little, aside from the fact that Queen of the Night decadently mashes together some of my favorite things about life: brilliant acrobatics and theatre, gluttonous amounts of tasty food, daring fashion and old world glamour. The show is a non-stop sensory overload of erotic decadence and will leave you wishing you had eyes on every side of your body.
The evening of naughty delights takes place in the basement of the Paramount Hotel at the Diamond Horseshoe, a 1930’s nightclub that has been newly resurrected since it closed its doors to the public over six decades ago in 1951. Now re-open for guests, it transports the new generation of partygoers back in time to one of the greatest nightclubs in New York City’s history, kept as decadent as it is decaying. Chipping paint, dusty walls and the pulsating energy of the past make the Diamond Horseshoe a venue that vibrates with history, and the perfect backdrop for such a sumptuous performance.
The interactive nature of the show means that everyone’s experience will be different and that the evening is highly personal to each of its attendants. Keep in mind that there may be touching, pulling, or sometimes whisking away into hidden rooms in which whole other realities are taking place. Embrace it. Take the opportunity to exist briefly in another realm, one of role-play and bacchanalian delight. Dress to your eccentric nines, go with an open mind and really let yourself fall into the world around you. It’s the kind of night that will leave you dumbstruck and unsure of what it was that you just witnessed. In other words, it’s perfect.
All photos by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com
- Katherine Aplin
Let’s dance dammit! Our good friends and Dj’s Fuxus and Bryan Sanderson will be giving some deep and playful notes to get into…and I mean get innnttooooo it, people!
In anticipation of the tonight, FUXUS lets loose with close to 40 minutes of his live set recorded live from February 12’s SOULSEEK. Expect a turbo-charged romp through amphetamine-pitched frequencies into a solid block of bass and ’90s electro, closing on a graceful point.
9PM to 2AM
117 Winston St.
Isabella Blow was a rare bird that ignited the London fashion industry, breathing life into a city that had been void of exciting new talents for years. Born into an aristocratic family but forced to work, Blow chose fashion as her life’s calling and brought an intoxicating burst of exuberance to the industry, styling iconic photo shoots around the world and racking up some of the highest bills in fashion editorial history. Perhaps most revered for her incredible ability to choose up-and-coming talents, she unabashedly championed some of the world’s greatest designers before they were anything more than no-named students.
From her famous stripteases across New York City and London to her perpetually lipstick-stained teeth (always Chanel’s Rouge Coromandel) she was wild, captivating, and everyone’s favorite party guest. Known for her outlandish outfits, she paved the way as a taste maker, clapping and hollering in the front row of shows to proudly display her affection for the genius of the designers she loved.
Tragically taking her own life in 2007, Isabella Blow left behind her an enviable legacy and a fantastic heap of clothing, including the entire graduation collection of Alexander McQueen, which she had to pay for in installments, as she could not afford the £5,000 price tag, and enough Philip Treacy to make any girl go wild.
Somerset House in London is currently honoring this visionary with a retrospective, titled Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! which celebrates her life, her friends and her to-die-for closet. London Fashion Week may be over, but the city will continue to pulsate with fashion lovers until March 2nd, when the exhibition closes. Get in while you can.
What better way to celebrate our Happiness Issue ( out now and available here)!
We had a sexy time celebrating our Pre-Valentines day festivities with a Work Burlesque show at Pour Vous in LA. If you didn’t come..you missed out on fire eating, bird cage from the ceiling dancing, chain acrobats, and sophisticated vibes. Not to mention the amazing music by Fuxus and Bryan Weltenbuerger .
Until the next time.
- XO G
It’s really the build up that gets you there…
Start your sexy weekend off with FOREPLAY.
Join The Work Magazine for a night of old French sex appeal; let loose with champagne and Dj sets by FUXUS (WELTENBUERGER MUSIC) BRYAN SANDERSON (WELTENBUERGER MUSIC) while you feast your eyes on the sumptuous burlesque dancers of Pour Vous.
****Cocktail Special of the night FOREPLAY $10*****
«< Cocktail Attire dress code is strictly enforced »>
Please visit http://pourvousla.com/ for dress code details.
We don’t want your fabulous ass left out in the cold.
No Cover but please RSVP : UPDATE@THEWORKMAG.COM
I remember the first time I heard of Edward Gorey. A friend who I always looked up to gave me a book one year. I pretended to know who he was, embarrassed when she said “I mean…you love him, right?” Yes, I did love him—from that moment on.
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an American illustrator, author, set designer, costume designer & all around dark angel. His style of illustration along with remarks on the boring “happiness” of life, has left a huge impression & cult following in the burlesque & Gothic subcultures. This year the Edwardian Ball has the theme of Edward Gorey and “The Curious Sofa.”
If the excuse to dress up isn’t enough for you — imagine total immersion into another time. Oddities, parlor games, burlesque, cabaret & absinthe. This is the perfect description of the night “An elegant and whimsical extravaganza of costumery, carnival, music, acrobatics, dancing and more..”
Click here to get your tickets for the 2014 Edwardian Ball in LA Feb 8th!
The WORK Magazine will be there!
Hot off the heels of the LA Art Book Fair, comes another print-obsessed event, proving that in fact, PRINT’S NOT DEAD. Come out to Highland Park this Saturday, to peruse through the works of local artists, meet new people, and involve yourself in the community around you. All items will be under $40, insuring that you will get to take a lovely new treat home. Bring cash and friends.
We can’t wait to see you there.
Call to Print Artists!
We at The Work Magazine are having an event at the Art Grist in Highland Park (Los Angeles) on the second Saturday of February, the 8th. We are currently collecting artists to sell ANY printed material under $40.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a part of it!
Thursday night was the launch party for our 6th issue and we brought the house down in typical WORK style.
Our Happiness cocktail was flowing, the music was bumping and the dance floor flashed every color of the rainbow. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Honeycut to buy the magazine and celebrate with us.
We had the best time and we know you did too.
The Work Magazine team (L to R): Gloria Noto, Jenelle Campbell, Katherine Aplin
The calm before the storm
Gloria Noto with choreographer, Ryan Heffington
Photo by @camsterdam
Photo by @photobusta
If you couldn’t make it to the party, have no fear! Issue 6 online now and will be in stores by the end of this month.
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