Alexander Wang’s sweat-inspired runway show Saturday evening was clearly more than just a fashion statement: later that night in a basement space in the far reaches of Chinatown, Erin Wasson and Alice Dellal hosted a perspiration-drenched dance party for the designer that drew a crowd of his beloved ODMs (that’s off-duty models) like Behati Prinsloo, Julia Stegner and Noot Sear.
Wang began the night in a black Hooters T-shirt (“We tried to go there after the show, but they wouldn’t give us our reservation so we went to McDonald’s instead,” he said), but soon stripped down to one of his signature gray tanks and joined the hordes dancing up a storm around a mini, blue-lit runway, waiting for the much ballyhooed surprise performer.
She was worth every bead of sweat: at 11:45 p.m., Foxy Brown took the stage in the designer’s hot pink minidress, telling the roaring crowd, “They put me in jail for a year and my cell was full of Alexander Wang,” before rapping hits like “Candy,” “What’s Your Heaven” and “Hot Spot.”
Turns out Brown was celebrating more than her self-described “good friend” Wang’s collection: it was also her birthday.
“When he asked me to perform and told me it was going to be Sept. 6, I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to give you that!'” she laughed after her half-hour set. Don’t expect to see her all over the front rows in the coming days. “I don’t whore myself out for fashion.” And though it was her first performance since her release from jail earlier this year, Brown didn’t suffer from any stage fright.
“I’m a beast on the microphone,” she declared, as a VH1 television crew filmed her for an upcoming reality show. “I was more nervous about busting my ass in these 6-inch Yves Saint Laurent heels.”
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