I was turning a year wiser, and in honor of the great city of New York and of my dearest friends, I decided to resurrect an old Manila pastime of mine: throwing themed parties. I was fixated on the idea of the "Dandy after Dark"---the vision of the dandy tucking away his bright bow tie and donning something darker, ever so slightly loosened up, but still handsomely eccentric. I saw flowers, florals, bandanna pocket squares, and jackets seemingly made out of vellum paper; my friends' amusing takes on the theme made my two weeks of nervous party-planning worthwhile.
lights went dim at the SoHo Grand Club Room
All alone in the city, and bereft of my father's basement parking garage where I usually host my get-togethers, I turned to the lovely ladies at the Soho Grand Hotel to house my little soirée. The Soho Grand's Club Room was perfection: think fireplace, plush leather couches, leopard and velvet pillows, and alcoves, and friendly, snappy service---this is where the dandy would make merry after dark.
covered ankles by Crockett & Jones, exposed ankles courtesy of my winter foolishness
I was conversing with Deanne, but mine eyes were flirting with her Erickson Beamon neckpiece.
all jewelry c/o Occulter. from left to right: Kim ring by Langoliers, Taigi ring by BSPS, Bevel x The Cast skull ring, Solve ring by Langoliers, rose gold-plated hexagonal ring by BSPS
I wore a Black Fleece tuxedo, Thom Browne tuxedo shirt, DIY paper towel pocket square, and a large white rose on my lapel.
a Thom Browne tweed plaid jacket with Why You Mad alligator elbow patches on Austin, and a translucent polyester Thom Browne jacket on Brandon
vintage baggy jeans and Thom Browne saddle shoes on Yo Miyamoto
Yo's dandy take on Tupac, a leopard trucker, and a baby bouttoniere
mixed drinks, mixed hardware, mixed prints
tweed over denim and Chris' new 'do
an interestingly dandy take on workwear: a bandanna pocket square stuffed into a jean jacket pocket on Justin Bridges of Tucked Style
Classic and convoluted menswear converged, conversed,
The ladies came decorated just as lovely.
the braid mohawk and the under-sized academic
the splurge at Alexis Bittar and Mom, get this bag already
green eyes and maroon lips on Sue
Manila lovelies Merryl and Marnee and my tight tight tight tuxedo shirt
DJ Sean Fight Cats' beats shook up our souls
and shattered the glass.
Thanks to all who added a spark to the conversation and shook a bone or two on the floor. And to the Grandlife darlings Lauren, Chenoah, Sam, and Yadira, much, much appreciation!
photography courtesy of An Unknown Quantity by Wataru Shimosato