Patricia Field, who is not known for subtlety in her styling or personal sartorial choices, threw a Disco Valentine's Ball Friday night at Capitale in NYC. To get everyone in the mood for Valentine’s Day, she invited her fabulous friends to come in costume, preferably red.
Drag queens, lots of T&A, and a fair amount of Harajuku-esque dressing set the scene--this was not about tasteful fashion. Trojan was one of the sponsors, so you can only imagine what sort of debauchery was encouraged. The costume contest winners--for “Sexiest Couple,” “Sexiest Single,” and “Best Costume” were awarded trophies and a $4,000 shopping spree.
Patricia Field hired go-go dancers to entertain and get the crowd in the mood. She also dressed them--we spotted metallic snake skin bras, transparent harem pants, shiny pasties, and thongs--lots of thongs.
Field partnered with UK-based makeup brand Illamasqua to give the dancers appropriately dramatic faces. Kim Anderson for Illamasqua created avant-garde harlequin girl faces on 14 dancers. It took 45 minutes and about 13 products to get the look.
(You can find Illamasqua’s new collection, Colour Collision, at Sephora now. The standout is the Intense Lipgloss in Succubus--a perfect shiny red that won’t immediately run off your mouth because it’s pigmented like a lipstick. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s truly a glorious red. Two hours into the party, it hadn’t budged from the dancers’ mouths.)
After waiting about an hour and a half, Pat Field’s arrival was greeted by frenzied enthusiasm from her band of merry elves. She was wearing a hooded red metallic dress and an orange fur jacket. Her famous red locks were hidden under the hood, but there was no mistaking her.
We jostled our way up and asked her if she had heard about the Sex and the City prequel rumors. “I heard a rumor today,” she told us. When asked if she would do it if they wanted her, she told us (with some degree of irritation): “Oh, I don’t know. Really, I don’t know. Maybe I would, maybe I wouldn’t. I didn’t see a script. You don’t just jump and do something without any information. That’s a crazy question.” Possibly, but it’s interesting to contemplate. And designers she’s seeing this week? Richie Rich and Betsey Johnson.
She was then grabbed by a woman decked out in blue lace and feathers. After deciding we were too under-dressed for the occasion, we drifted outside with the melodic strains of the Jackson 5 in our ears.