If Paper magazine has anything to say about it, in New York City nightlife, the drag queen is king. And so, a gaggle of such characters, hipsters, and fashiony folk-about-town gathered for the magazine’s annual Nightlife Awards last night at Marquee. With the irrepressible Chelsea Handler as hostess for the evening, the mag got to handing out awards for the best in downtown nightlife culture.
Categories included Best Club Song (Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” took home the title for that,) Best Party (Shade), and Best DJ (awarded to DJ Kitty Kash, who just happened to be spinning the event.) The crowd took it all while in sipping vodka-something cocktails as they puffed on electric ciggies, which were being steadily handed out through the night. It seems these days no fashion event is complete without the presence of electronic cigarettes, obviously capitalizing on the fashion set’s collective addiction to nicotine.
After all the prizes were doled out, Ciara, (Paper magazine’s unfairly gorgeous September issue cover girl) took the stage for a performance. She was a definite crowd pleaser, singing a catalogue of her greatest hits; “1,2, Step,” “Goodies,” “Body Party,” and more.
In the midst of all the madness, we got to chatting with Handler, who, in spite of her hostessing duties, says she doesn’t really indulge in NYC nightlife when she’s here. “I usually end up having a party at the hotel where I’m staying,” she told us. Her attire for such intimate, impromptu affairs? “A ball gown, what else?”
As for whether Handler’s been getting into the Halloween mood this year… well, not so much. “I hate Halloween,” she told us. “But this year, I’m going to a party because I decided I’m going to start liking Halloween.” Never too late to turn things around, we guess. Oh, and her costume? “A better looking version of myself.” That’s the spirit.