2012 November 29

The Hangover Ball Gets To Werk

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(NEW YORK) Paris is Burning came to Union Square for a night at the inaugural W Love Hangover Ball in support of amfAR. Your Daily entered the cozy (translation: sardine-packed) cocktail premises, right outside the W Hotel's Union Square Great Room (aka voguing HQ for the eve) to the sounds of "Heyyyy, queen!" and no less than three salutations of "Grrrrl" being exchanged back and forth. Paying homage to the legendary Vogue balls of the eighties members from the houses of Xtravaganza, LaBeija, Mugler, Mizrahi, Balenciaga, Ninja and Prodigy worked it out in categories such as Vogue Fem, Runway, Male Magazine Face, and Sex Siren. Mickey Boardman, Fatima Robinson, Simon Doonan, Hector Xtravaganza, W's Edward Enninful, and even Fergie served up their own saucy acts as judges mostly giving votes of 9 or 10 to the dancers. The front row, which didn't throw any shade, included Stefano Tonchi, Wendy Williams, Isaac Mizrahi, Anne V., Zac Posen, Richard Chai, Anja Rubik, Anne V., Brian Mazza, Lorenzo Martone, Ana Matronic, Richie Rich, Josh Wood, and Bryan Boy. 

Kelly Osbourne hosted "the freaks and geeks of New York," with Ladyfag serving up her sassy feedback to the audience. Donning a vintage eighties getup (in homage to the decade of voguing) Lily Donaldson divulged to The Daily her two-pronged attack plan for when she has to contend with the very-infrequent hangover (thanks to her genes). "Because I'm English, we tend to deal with hangovers pretty well." Donaldson's main tip for that throbbing morning-after headache? A Bloody Mary, preferably spicy. "Or, tons and tons of water, if you want to be healthy!" We'll go with that first option. Overheard: "Wouldn't it be funny if Anna Wintour showed up thinking this was a Vogue event?" Nobody seemed to give Stefano Tonchi the memo. 

Simon Doonan's accessorizing for the occasion was flashy and sourced from sunnier climes: a necklace comprised of charm bracelets from the Liberace museum in Nevada, and Elvis-inspired sunglasses picked up at a Memphis airport for five dollars. "I couldn't be bothered with the thought of getting a face lift or an eye lift for tonight, so I thought I'd just wear these; the world looks like it's going into soft focus." 

Who won? Everybody! 

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