There was a gun — in the form of a stripper pole — in the first act at The Westway on Friday night, the scene of Rag & Bone’s after party. The club’s owners, Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman, recently told WWD that the leftover poles at the former gentleman’s club on the Westside Highway are secondary to the space’s main purpose as a bar. So the club seems fated to host plenty of guessing games until the pair decide how much go-go-ing is actually going to go down. Or at least it did on Friday. The DJ, who spun Nineties-vintage strip club fare including Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin'” and Ginuwine’s “Pony,” didn’t do anything to tamp down expectations. Guests hoping that Jon Hamm would reprise his appearance at the label’s men’s wear show earlier in the day had their hopes dashed, as the turnout was largely employees and friends. Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville received well-wishers as they made their way through a crowd that included Aziz Ansari and several of the models from their women’s show.
The club’s sound system answered all questions around 12:30 when it blasted the first familiar drum kicks of Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Two dancers took the catwalk and were quickly topless. The crowd seemed mostly amused, though, since after 45 minutes or so attention spans started to drift towards coat check and whatever other excitement the night would hold.