Terry Richardson prowled the New York Midtown nightclub Club 39 dressed as a rabbi at the Halloween Tea Dance and Revue he co-hosted with V Magazine on Sunday night. The photographer shot the most recent covers of the magazine, which were displayed on monitors across the room. The covers showed models with their faces slashed with neon paint, usually with their arms draped around each other’s shoulders.
Richardson was accompanied by Harry Bernstein, who was draped in a nearly identical costume. Female partygoers had been grabbing fistfuls of their fake beards all night and showed no signs of stopping.
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“I don’t know what it is!” Bernstein shrugged. “Ladies apparently love rabbis?”
A bevy of the cover girls were also on hand as hosts of the party: Joan Smalls, Candice Swanepoel, Sui He, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Bambi Northwood-Blyth. Much like their cover images, most had painted faces. Some were rendered almost unrecognizable by their costumes, like Smalls in costume as Cheetara. Smalls and Swanepoel both manned the DJ booth later in the evening.
“It’s just fun,” Swanepoel laughed of the fete from her perch near the stage. The Victoria’s Secret angel was admiring Lady Bunny’s wig, which almost grazed the ceiling. “Who doesn’t love dressing up?” she asked. “It’s Halloween. You get to be someone different.”
Alber Elbaz was also there, just returned from Boston due to the inclement weather.
“The snow,” Elbaz groaned of Saturday’s storm. “I was stuck.”
Richard Chai was surprisingly relaxed, considering he was wrapped in a straitjacket while mugging for photographers next to Phillip Lim and his gigantic wooden fan. How was Chai planning to drink with his arms out of the equation?
“I’ll figure something out,” the designer grinned, making way for the bar.