Telfar's White Castle to China Chalet: Last Night's Restaurant Ragers
As the breakneck (and breakbody) pace of MADE Fashion Week began to slow yesterday, the end was in sight for the small army of people who’ve disappeared into the labyrinth of another week of runways and presentations. The weather warmed, people loosened up their buttons, and by the time the final model left the Telfar runway, all talk turned to afterparties. Last season, Telfar Clemens revived the spirit of New York’s OG club kid Michael Alig and his infamous 1989 McDonald’s rager for the most insane party of fashion week. He took over the White Castle in Times Square as part of his ongoing collaboration with the fast food restaurant, raging hard with cups of vodka in a DJ booth on the front counter. The only feasible way to double it for this season? Open the basement and give the artsy club kids double the space to dance their hearts out. People twerked on tables, sweat and fruit punch from the soda dispenser coated every surface, and a man almost fell on me while trying to get on top of a garbage can—and that was before we even went into the basement.
After a quick trip downstairs, the party flooded out of the doors and into cars to speed through the streets of Manhattan to restaurant hop, hitting an afterparty for the afterparty. The next locale, tucked deep in the bowels of the city’s financial district, was the classic party spot China Chalet. The unassuming steps that lead upstairs to the fabled Chinese restaurant are familiar to partiers from around the city, who’ve spent many drunken nights smoking under the pink neon lights. The space has always been a go-to, but it’s recently become infiltrated by the fashion world as well. Last night, the restaurant played host to young designer Shan Huq’s afterparty for his Tila Tequila-inspired collection (tonight, it will play host to Vaquera‘s Fall/Winter ’16 show).
As music ripped from a Quentin Tarantino film played, a host of characters including Hari Nef, Gitoo, Alexandra Marzella, David Moses, Zoë Bleu, and more violently swayed to throwback jams that were the soundtrack to our early 2000s dreams. Dese Escobar, Shan & Clarke, Christine Moonie, and more kept the jams going for hours, as more than a few overpriced drinks were spilled. When so much of fashion week revolves around being seen and looking your best, sometimes all you can do is party hard in a restaurant while Vanessa Hudgens’ voice rocks your body.
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All photos shot exclusively for Milk by Andrew Boyle.