Fecal Matter DJ'd a Demented Brooklyn Rave

You could never lose Fecal Matter in a crowd. To describe their look as "distinctive" would be an understatement on par with calling BTS stans only a "little obsessed." The Montreal-based pair's Instagram is peppered with photos of bug-eyed onlookers and bewildered gawkers doing double takes at their alien-like appearances. Adorned in '90s rave-inspired couture and enhanced with prosthesis that would feel at home in an H.R. Giger horror orgy, this exact unmistakable blend of the freakish with the fashionable has made Fecal Matter the perfect choice to DJ the latest installment of Play Now!

The brainchild of nightlife legend, Susanne Bartsch, and after-dark starlet, Linux, the sixth edition of their joint party took over East Williamsburg's 3 Dollar Bill for an extraterrestrial extravaganza. The old and new guard of New York's club kid scene converged in a bacchanal that made the Met Gala's take on Camp look like as sanitized as a Disney movie. Icons like Amanda Lepore rubbed elbows with throngs of adoring fans wrapped in PVC skirts and cat-eyes painted past their ears while Fecal Matter's raucous sonic mix of hardstyle, gabber, and terrorcore soundtracked the evening. Other notable guests included PAPER favorites McLayne YcmatPauli Cakes, and Possessed

Relive the night of demented debauchery, below.

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“Going Out” is a column celebrating the legacy of our founder, Andy Warhol. Long ago, in the disco ball-refracted days of The Factory, Warhol’s Interview chronicled the comings and goings of the downtown scene, spotlighting its ever-eccentric populace in their favorite dimly lit haunts. For our inaugural edition of “Going Out,” Ernest Macias followed Susanne Bartsch across the Williamsburg Bridge to experience Level 6 of Bartsch’s monthly video-game inspired fête, Play Now! 

This magazine was founded by a person obsessed with interesting people, famous faces, and parties. Interview has chronicled, over the span of 50 years, the birth, and rise, of NYC nightlife. Going through a 1988 issue featuring George Michael on the cover, I came across a photo of Bartsch in a disheveled blonde wig during her days as hostess at the infamous Copacabana. It only seemed fitting to kick off this nightlife column with one of her parties. Although much has changed since the Copacabana days, one thing remains: Bartsch’s adoration for all things weird — and the will to have fun. Of course, Saturday night’s alien-filled Play Now! 6 at East Williamsburg’s 3 Dollar Bill was no exception.

I’ve thought long and hard about how to describe the monthly party hosted by Bartsch, along with self-described downtown “it” girl Linux. But then again, attempting to describe a Bartsch experience is like attempting to describe how sand feels under your feet at the beach. Her parties are the type that make people say, “you had to be there.” And it’s true; you did have to be there to get the full Play Now! experience. How to explain nightlife icon Amanda Leporestretched out in all her glamour, posing for the eager iPhone cameras of today’s Club Kids, dressed in latex and tule-wrapped dresses? “That’s what’s so cool about Play Now,” Brooklyn-based designer Jamil Moreno, told me. “Obviously we’re not celebs, but for a moment we get to feel that. It’s not ego, it’s a high.” How to explain Fecal Matter (“Matieres Fecales”), the Montreal-based high-fashion alien couple who gave a dirty DJ set to a roaring crowd? How to explain all of that, especially after, at one point, the evening’s guests were asked to hold off on recording or taking pictures? What followed was a performance, that simply put, was a handful to watch. Bartsch knows a thing or two about parties; after all, she’s been throwing them for three decades. As the world keeps evolving and transforming under our very feet, the patron saint of nightlife, has made it her goal to provide spaces where creative souls, ghouls, and small town kids from Texas can throw on a pair of heels, add a little glitter, and express themselves. Interview went out and captured the night — with Polaroids of course. Because what else would Andy do?

Source: https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/...

Susanne Bartsch is New York City's Queen of the Night for a Reason

A Swiss-born London transplant, Susanne Bartsch arrived in New York in the early 1980s and opened an eponymous clothing boutique in SoHo to showcase avant-garde British designers such as Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. Before becoming New York City’s “Queen of the Night,” her first foray into event planning from the fashion industry was her first fashion “extravaganza” as she calls it, London in New York. Since then, she’s been immortalized in a Netflix documentary about her life, Susanne Bartsch: On Top, been credited as kickstarting RuPaul’s career, and hosted some of the most fabulous parties New York—and the world—has ever seen.

Her first party took place in 1986 at an underground club below the Chelsea Hotel, where she still resides today. The weekly parties became a downtown fixture for New York City’s misfits, who she cites as her eternal icons. She tells L’Officiel USA that the kids who create extravagant looks out of very little, or “self-couture,” as she calls it, are her inspiration. And they’re the type of people you’d see at a Susanne Bartsch party, along with fashion industry insiders such as Marc Jacobs and superstars like Brooke Shields and Madonna.

Bartsch’s best-known bash is perhaps 1989’s Love Ball. The star-studded party came about as a way to celebrate life and support those affected by HIV/AIDS, which killed many of her friends in the 1980s. On the disease, Bartsch said in an interview:  "It's the most important fight I ever fought. While much progress has been made since then, the disease continues to disproportionately affect underserved communities. The fight continues." There have been two editions of the Love Ball, 1989 and 1991, and this year, Bartsch is teaming up with the CFDA to host its 30th anniversary. Love Ball III will benefit the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust.

Susanne Bartsch will never get tired of what she does. “I get invigorated with people’s good vibes.” Seeing the feeling of pure joy on the face of her events' attendees is priceless to the legendary New Yorker.

How would she describe the city in one word?

“A Vitamin B-12 shot!” she exclaims with a witty smile. The entire city’s high energy drives her creativity, but when asked to choose her camp, she sides with downtown. “I’m a Chelsea Girl! I’m the last one standing at the Chelsea hotel, baby.” According to Bartsch, what makes a New Yorker is to be comfortable with who you are and what you’re doing. She cites her favorite saying about the city for reference: “Monday there’s always a deal, by Friday it’s falling apart, but by Monday there’ll be another one and if you can handle that, you’re a New Yorker.”

Indeed, the way Bartsch turned tragedy into hope in the face of the AIDS epidemic and raised millions for the cause is a testament to her deserving title as an iconic New Yorker.

Source: https://www.lofficielusa.com/pop%20culture...

Susanne Bartsch Models CHENG's Fall 2019 Collection

It's no secret that in addition to being a NYC nightlife fixture, Susanne Bartsch is one of the scene's most stylish legends. So it only makes sense that the icon is starring in the new campaign for one of the city's rising talents.

Following in the footsteps of BCALLA, the Blonds, and Jean Paul Gaultier, Cheng-Huai Chuang's CHENG is launching a Fall 2019 collection inspired and modeled by the one and only Bartsch. Known for her over-the-top, flashy style complete with ample embellishments, beads, and sequins, the collection features a brazen set of looks that are undeniably fabulous and club-ready. Not only that, but according to the press release, other influences for CHENG's collection include artists like Richard Lindner and Andy Warhol, as well as the aesthetics of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

Check out a few of our favorite looks for CHENG's Fall 2019 collection, below.

Source: http://www.papermag.com/susanne-bartsch-ch...

Susanne Bartsch Announces 30th Anniversary Love Ball With CFDA

On a site like PAPER, Susanne Bartsch needs little introduction. The New York City nightlife icon, known to her admirers as Queen of the Night, has been curating glittering parties and fostering spaces for NYC's underground creatives for nearly forty years now. The story of her legacy and influence was recently told in the documentary, Susanne Bartsch: On Top which is available on Netflix

Aside from her status as fashion and nightlife icon, Bartsch is also an activist who's raised millions for AIDS over the course of her career. She hosted the first ever "Love Ball" AIDS benefit, one of the first events of its kind, in 1989, raising $400,000 at a time when the fashion and entertainment industries were being brutally affected by the disease, and nearly all elected officials and doctors were ignoring it. Over the years, Love Balls would go on to raise over $2.5 million for programs for victims of HIV/AIDS.

Thirty years later, Bartsch is still fighting, and throwing fabulous parties. In collaboration with The Council of Fashion Designers of America, she'll present the 30th Anniversary Love Ball this summer, on June 25 at Gotham Hall, benefitting the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust. MAC Cosmetics, which founded its Viva Glam campaign in 1994 to benefit AIDS (donating the full sale price of its line of Viva Glam lipsticks to the MAC AIDs fund) will sponsor the event.

The evening, which promises a slew of celebrity attendees, will be emceed by Pose star, Billy Porter, and feature "six categories that allow members from the Ballroom community, celebrities, and nightlife icons to compete for a one-of-a-kind trophy." Love Ball III will also commemorate the legacy of Hector Xtravaganza, "the Grandfather of Ballroom" and a close collaborator of Bartsch's, who died at age 60 last year.

"It's the 30th anniversary of The Love Ball, which I created to celebrate life, to show support for people living with HIV, and to unite people to fight AIDS," Bartsch says. "It's the most important fight I ever fought. While much progress has been made since, the disease continues to disproportionately affect underserved communities. The fight continues."

PAPER editor-in-chief Drew Elliott will help curate the event, along with Ballroom scene fixture Jack Mizrahi, drag performer Kevin Aviance, creative ambassador for Barney's Simon Doonan, celeb event legend Simon Huck, KCD, Vogue and designer Zaldy.

The ball will round out PRIDE month, which this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Purchase tickets ($25-$10,000) to Love Ball III here.

Source: http://www.papermag.com/susanne-bartsch-lo...

The Queens Must Produce an Iconic Susanne Bartsch-esque Party in the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Sneak Peek

Latrice Royale is back in the mother-tucking house and ready to slay the competition but the jury is still out on how Latrice will do. There’s a mixed record for girls ru-turning to the competition and then being sent right back home.

In a sneak peek for an all new RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Latrice is welcomed back into the competition with open arms and given the task (or prize?) or splitting the girls into team for their next challenge: creating a legendary party in the style of nightlife icon Susanne Bartsch who put motha RuPaul on way back when.

Latrice pairs the girls up: fashion queens Naomi Smalls and Valentina, season 10 squirrel frans Monét X. Change and Monique Heart, and veteran professionals Trinity the Tuck and Manila Luzon. Latrice decides to join the latter and the girls get to planning. Will Naomi and Val’s subversive Club 96 serve them? Or confuse them? Will Monét and Monique’s Black Hole make them gag? Or make them gag? Will Trinity, Manila, and Latrice’s V.I.Bee. impress? Or will the buzz die down?

Find out on a brand new RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Friday at 8/7c.

Source: http://www.vh1.com/news/371971/queens-prod...

Susanne Bartsch, David Barton Host Annual Toy Drive: SEE PHOTOS

Legendary party organizer Susanne Bartsch invited to this year's Toy Drive bash at her ex-husbands new TMPL gym in the West Village. 

Frankie Grande, Sonja Morgan, Marc Jacobs were among the many familiar faces rounding out the guest list for this year's extravagant party.

Check out all the best moments from the 2018 Bartsch Toy Drive straight from Daniela's Lens below:

4:30 p.m. at Patch HQ
We are celebrating the Holiday Season at Patch tonight! Everybody gets a present, and there is a lot of food, wine, and fun.

7:30 p.m.
I had lots of food, wine, and more wine. Probably a little bit too much wine. My next event is only a few blocks away. Let's do this.

8:00 p.m.
I'm at 125 7th avenue, and there is no party. I recheck the address. Then it starts raining, of course. I'm a little tipsy. I walk both sides of the street up and down multiple times, but I can't find the place!

8:07 p.m.
There is the reporter from the New York Times! 

"Where is the Susanne Bartsch party?" I ask him. 

"It's south..." he says. "We are west."

Uh oh. When will I ever get these things right?! But I don't feel too bad, because the NYT made the same mistake and they are the some of the smartest reporters on the planet, right? We hop in a cap.

"The door will be a total s**tshow," I say. We are both concerned that we'll have to fight our way in. 

8:14 p.m.
We arrive, and there are a hundred people outside. I jump out of the car as fast as possible. It's every one for themselves, now! I make my way through the crowd. "I'm press!" I say as if this explains anything. But I'm so confident and determined everybody lets me through right away. That was easy.

8:22 p.m.
Sonja Morgan and David Barton are here!
David is the owner of the TMPL gym empire. The TMPL West Village is his newest location.

8:24 p.m.
It's a cyclops!

8:31 p.m.
Michael Musto is wearing an ugly holiday sweater!

8:32 p.m.
Frankie Grande takes selfies all night long!

8:41 p.m.
David Barton and Frankie Grande
Very impressive abs!

8:42 p.m.
Aliana Lohan, younger sister of Lindsay.

8:44 p.m.
Marc Jacobs and Susanne Bartsch.

The place is a gigantic new gym. And it smells of gym and cigarette smoke at the same time which is very confusing. The primitive part of my mind is trying to put it together - and fails. Am I supposed to get healthy here or party my brains out? 

There is an open bar, and the crowd is getting wasted. This might be the first time I've ever seen people doing shots and smoking in a gym.

8:45 p.m.
Party your brains out.

8:48 p.m.
Definitely, party your brains out!

9:02 p.m.
These two have a look!

9:13 p.m.
Marc Jacobs and friends.

9:15 p.m.
I love the color coding!

9:21 p.m.
Frankie Grande and Sonja Morgan!

10:01 p.m.
The place is huge! I almost can't find my way out of the locker room labyrinth. When I finally figure it out, a new guest has arrived.

It's Amanda Lepore!
She tosses her pink fake fur coat on the floor and gets in a pose — everything for a good picture.

10:11 p.m.
Amanda Lepore is giving an interview.

Source: https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/s...

David Barton and Susanne Bartsch Host a Star-Studded Toy Drive in Time for the Holidays

With Christmas about a week away, the time to snag presents for loved ones and others is fast approaching. But over the weekend, David Barton and Susanne Bartsch hosted their annual holiday party, this year a toy drive which brought out the likes of Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco, Norma Kamali, and Steven Klein.

Inside Barton’s TMPL West Village gym were both festive revelers and club kids, all of whom brought donations to bring some holiday cheer to children across the tristate area. Guests in their finest then grooved on the dance floor; the evening was a celebratory occasion that lasted well into the early hours.

Source: https://www.vogue.com/article/alan-cumming...

‘Mockingbird’ Opens on Broadway Last week’s parties also included Susanne Bartsch’s toy drive and the premiere of “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Gym Dandies

A far less button-down crowd turned out Friday night for a toy drive organized by Susanne Bartsch and David Barton, reviving a two-decades-old tradition that took a hiatus. It was held at Mr. Barton’s new Greenwich Village branch of his gym, TMPL.

Michael Musto, the night life chronicler, described the thumping club music and colored lights bouncing off the weight machines as “Liza Minnelli’s rec room on steroids, and whatever ecstasy is left from the ’90s.”

Guests, who donated toys for admission, included Alan CummingSonja Morgan from “The Real Housewives of New York City”; Frankie Grande,a YouTube personality; and Amanda Lepore, the transgender performer.

“We brought 150 toys,” said Marc Jacobs, who attended with his fiancé, Char Defrancesco. “We literally researched the most popular toys for boys and girls, and stayed up until 3 in the morning, mad over-ordering.”

Mr. Jacobs wore a reversible Vetements plaid trench coat, while his betrothed sported a Jesus-print ensemble by Supreme. The couple has a wedding date, April 6, but declined to disclose any details. “Just expect a lot of wardrobe changes,” Mr. Jacobs said.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/19/style/t...

Susanne Bartsch, David Barton Bring Back Annual Toy Drive

Susanne Bartsch and David Barton are bringing back their annual toy drive to help underprivileged children and teenagers in the Tristate area.

First started in the mid-Nineties, the holiday event has not been held for a few years. The Dec. 14 event will be held at Barton’s new TMPL gym in the West Village at 125 Seventh Avenue South. Bartsch and Barton will have added support from this year’s hosts Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Steven Klein, Alan Cumming, Cindy Sherman, Char Defrancesco and MILK. New nonwrapped gifts get guests in the door and the first holiday drink is on the house. This year’s toys will be donated to children through Lincoln Medical Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, MountSinai Hospital, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, My Sisters Place and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, according to Jonathan Bee, who is instrumental in helping to get the games, dolls, makeup and other gifts to the underserved.

Recalling the early days of the gift-giving party, Bartsch said her son Bailey was just a boy. (Now he is 24 and lives next door.) “It was partially because we have a son and we really wanted to do something to help. A friend of ours is also very involved with a children’s center and he said, ‘There is always a shortage of toys. Kids don’t get any gifts. It’s a problem. People think there are too many, and then there isn’t enough,’” she said. “We said, ‘Why don’t we have a celebration? If we do it at the gym, we don’t have to pay for anything.’ It just really came together from hearing there was a need for these toys.”

More than 25,000 toys were collected during one of the first annual events, Bartsch said. “There were mountains of toys. There were more than 2,500 people and people brought more than one toy. It was about uniting and helping. People really enjoy going to buy a toy. A lot of people don’t have children, they don’t even have families. You could see from people’s faces that they were enjoying themselves. They wanted to show the toy they bought. Marc Jacobs comes as the host with bags and bags of toys like Santa flying through the sky. There is such a beautiful feeling all around. We just gave people a chance to help kids. It just kind of became an institution.”

Bartsch said she totally agrees with Charles Eames, who once said, “Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the prelude to serious ideas.” The “Queen of the Nights” own playfulness is being used for a monthly “Play Now!” at # Dollar Bill in Brooklyn. And her “Bartschland Follies” cabaret continues at the McKittrick Hotel.

Regarding her own childhood leanings, she said, “I was obsessed with dolls, which was so weird. When I was really small, I always said, ‘I want to be a baby nurse.’ In a way, I have this motherly thing in me.…I pick up all these creatures who don’t have support. But I’m not interested in having babies or making babies at all. I think there are too many people in the world. But dolls were my obsession when I was younger. Then my father made us a beautiful dollhouse. Dolls and a dollhouse were what I played with all the time. And board games.”

Source: https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoop...

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4” Guest Judges Include Ciara! Gus Kenworthy! Susanne Bartsch! Rita Ora! Francis Bean Cobain! and MORE!

VH1 just announced the guest judges for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, and – hold onto your wigs! – its a veritable cornucopia of fabulousity!

In addition to show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews, this season’s guest judges include Jenifer Lewis, Ciara, Kacey Musgraves, Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Zoë Kravitz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Susanne Bartsch, Ellen Pompeo, Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman, Jason Wu and Erica Ash.

The series will return to the runway with supersized 90-minute episodes on Friday, December 14th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1.

The 10 competing super queens will hold nothing back to impress the judges as they vie for a spot in the coveted “Drag Race Hall of Fame” and a grand prize of $100,000. The previously announced queens include: Farrah Moan (Season Nine), Gia Gunn (Season Six), Jasmine Masters (Season Seven), Latrice Royale (Season Four and “All Stars” One), Manila Luzon (Season Three and “All Stars” One), Monét X Change (Season Ten), Monique Heart (Season Ten), Naomi Smalls (Season Eight), Trinity Taylor (Season Nine), and Valentina (Season Nine).

To celebrate the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” Logo will be airing a week-long marathon of every episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” Starting on Friday, December 7th, at 10:00 PM ET/PT, the marathon will run until December 14th at 8:00 PM ET/PT, leading into the new season’s premiere.

Source: https://worldofwonder.net/the-rupauls-drag...

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Kunst @ Elsewhere

Step fully into the queer club scene at Kunst, which has been popping up at different venues across the city since 2013. Started by Susanne Bartsch and Gage of the Boone, the event celebrates the artistry of nightlife with all kinds of DJs, performers, drag personalities, and ~lewks~. Musicians this time include Katie Rex, JT Almon, Amber Valentine, and Mazurbate; hosts like Pepto Dismal, Muffy Queen, Empty Pools, and Homosinner will be circulating all night.

Saturday, November 17th, 11 p.m. // Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave., Brooklyn // Tickets: $20

Source: http://gothamist.com/2018/11/12/nyc_events...

Who Can Even Remember New York’s Wildest Halloween Parties of All Time?

The problem with revisiting vintage New York, that period in the not-so-distant past when the beau monde divided their time between Manhattan, Fire Island, and the social pages, is that many of the key players cannot remember much from their salad days. People not only forget names and dates; in some cases, they’re off by decades (I’m talking about you, Elsa Peretti). As Joel Schumacher, the window dresser turned fashion designer turned filmmaker, once told me of the ’70s and ’80s, “I was a drug addict at the time, and I speak through a drug miasma.”

And this collective haze would appear to be at its foggiest when it comes to recalling the ghosts of Halloweens past. “I wish we had Instagram back then because I really don’t remember much,” says Patrick McMullan, the legendary New York nightlife photographer. “I remember plenty of men dressed as loose women, and that when the alcohol starts flowing, loose can get real loose. But specifics, not so much.”

As with most New York lore, all roads eventually lead back to Studio 54. “Other clubs, like Les Jardins, New York New York, and Area, had Halloween nights, but they were nothing compared to Studio 54,” says Scott Bromley, the Studio 54 architect and habitué. “[Steve] Rubell and [Ian] Schrager threw Halloween parties that were notorious for their bacchanalian splendor. Halloween was always a big production.”

“The decor,” which, Bromley points out, was often done by Kevin Bacon’s sister, Karin, “was sheer lunacy, real theater. Nothing was barred, and everything was magnificent.”

“Halloween at Studio 54 made Halloween on Santa Monica look sort of sober, okay—and that’s pretty wild,” says the party promoter extraordinaire Nikki Haskell. “They really decorated it like a fun house, with all these crazy vignettes. You’d be walking by one part, and a ghost or a guy in a suit drowning in ketchup would come out at you. And then you’d walk around the corner, and there would be snakes running around in little boxes.”

If there is one person to have given Rubell and Schrager a run for their ghoulish money, it’s Susanne Bartsch, the regnant Queen of the Scene. Think of any infamous club of the past three decades—Roxy, Limelight, Palladium, Copacabana, and, yes, Studio 54—and Bartsch has held a Halloween bash there. “There have been some quintessential Halloween hosts such as Amy Sacco, Patricia Fields, and the Baroness,” says the photographer Roxanne Lowit, a nightlife fixture. “But Susanne always put on a memorable show and turned out the best looks.”

“You could say I built my career on Halloween,” says Bartsch herself. “My very first Halloween was at the Red Parrot, up on 57th. But my favorite was when Cher launched her perfume at the first Halloween party we had at the Diamond Horseshoe, under the Paramount Hotel. It’s always a good party when Cher shows up.”

This Halloween, Bartsch is involved with no fewer than four parties, including her takeover of the entire top story at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District and hosting Bette Midler’s annual fundraiser for the New York Restoration Project. (At last year’s event, Marc Jacobs, who, over the years, has dressed as everything from SpongeBob SquarePants to a camel toe, was almost unrecognizable as a female bodybuilder named Stacie.)

Though Bartsch decries the current state of affairs (“All those dreadful mass-market people and their Ricky’s looks,” she sniffs), she applauds the efforts of Allison Sarofim and Heidi Klum. “Allison’s Halloween is very chi-chi, but people really make an effort with the looks, and it’s at that gorgeous home,” she says, referring to the VIP party at Sarofim’s West Village town house, where Valentino might be introduced to Andy Cohen by, say, Cardi B. “And Heidi turns it out.”

Does she ever. For the past 19 years, Klum—who is from a town outside Cologne, the European capital of dress-up parades—has practically owned the actual night of Halloween (Sarofim’s bash is always held the Saturday before) with her A-list party and outrageous costumes. “Even when I was nine months pregnant and about to pop, I still dressed up and had a ball,” she says, referring to the time in 2006 when she went dressed as a gigantic apple with a snake wrapped around her; her ex-husband, Seal, went as Eve after the Fall. Klum’s other legendary costumes include her completely unrecognizable as a 90-year-old version of herself and as the wolf from the Michael Jackson “Thriller” video. The one year she was recognizable as Heidi Klum, she was flanked by five prosthetically enhanced “clones.”

“That was probably the hardest to do because first I had to find five girls who were exactly my height and body type,” Klum explains. “Then they had to be willing to be unrecognizable in a wig and prosthetics all night. For a model, it’s not really that great a gig.”

Though Klum’s party has ballooned in size and become frightfully corporate (it’s at LAVO New York and presented by Party City and SVEDKA Vodka), all eyes will be on Klum and whatever divinely phantasmagoric outfit she has planned. Not that Klum, who caused a stink in the Hindu community in 2008 when she went dressed as the deity Kali, is worried about being PC, even as Megyn Kelly’s blackface controversy plays itself out. “My two rules,” says Klum, “are that you have to make an effort, and that you can never go too far on Halloween.”

And the third unspoken, universal rule? If you can remember Halloween, it probably was a Halloween not worth remembering.

Source: https://www.wmagazine.com/story/best-hallo...

Susanne Bartsch sounds off on the best NYC nightlife

"I Like my bed at home," says Susanne Bartsch, with the longing of someone who never gets to actually sleep. Since the ’80s, Bartsch has worked all night as a mother lion to the most spectacular creatures of the city—fashion designers, club kids, models, performers, drag queens, DJs and late-night icons. Though AIDS, gentrification and social media have changed NYC’s queer nightlife, it seems that Bartsch’s inclusive, outrageous parties will always be a bastion for the next generation of demimonde angels. We asked the immortal scenester about her favorite places to dance, drink and unwind in NYC.

Brooklyn takeover: Kunst at Elsewhere
"I love Elsewhere. I’m actually shocked that I’m going to Brooklyn. I’m not shocked, because everybody’s in Brooklyn, but I never would have thought that I’d end up there. It’s so much more fun over there. Manhattan is a city of real estate lawyers and accountants now. Elsewhere is a cool mix of people. It’s basically a performance venue for bands, but they also have events and parties, and they have a roof and different rooms. I always like places with different rooms where you can catch different sounds. Dance parties, like Kunst, are about dancing, music and the DJs. I always have one show that’s just about music and dancing, not just looks and showing off. Kunst has the looks, but you have the lounging on the roof and then you have the dancing."

High-drama theater: Bartschland Follies
"I have the Bartschland Follies, which is at one of my favorite places. It feels underground when you come into the room to see the Follies, even though you’re in the middle of a place that’s well known. I don’t want to name-drop, but David LaChapelle’s been three times already—he loves it. You come in and feel like you’re part of something massive. It’s like going to someone’s house. And I love the McKittrick’s roof. This is more of a sit-down space to relax—for more of a theater crowd."

Classic space: The Standard, High Line
"I love the Standard, the Boom Boom Room and Le Bain. When I do a party there with the two rooms together, we open up the whole space. It’s really magical to have the dark, red deep of Le Bain and the high-glam, lit atmosphere of the Boom Boom Room. Normally, they don’t open them: They’re closed, and each one is their own entity. But I love having them combined every so often—it’s one of my favorite things."

After the Party: The Standard Grill
"I love this place for late-night stuff. I love their food, it’s cozy, and they stay open late. I often go there after I have an event. I love their onion soup and the fish soup, and the bread is amazing. I don’t really eat [turf] meat, so it’s just the calamari for me.  I don’t have a big-plate favorite there, but they always have a good special."

The astrology of Susanne Bartsch
"I'm a bloody Virgo. But I find Virgo men to be kind of weird, actually. They're very effeminate and very masculine at the same time. I had a couple of boyfriends who were Virgos and they had that male thing about them and they there were very femme and total softies. I'm definitely a top, you know what I mean? My rising sign is Cancer—I'm an organized mess. I have a pile of shit and I know exactly what's in the pile, and where. My son is a Pisces, which is the opposite of a Virgo. He came early, and I wanted to cross my legs, and it was at 11:57! If it had been at 12 o'clock, he would have at least been an Aries. He has all water! They say that Virgo and Scorpio are the two most misunderstood of the signs. They say we're nitpicks, but we like to help people, and we are into the details. But what it really is, and this is what an astrologist told me, is that we see the big picture. When we see things going wrong, we take it apart and try to put it back together to make it more harmonious for the big picture. People don't understand that about us. I'm a classic Virgo in that way."

Source: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/my-new-yor...

Life Lessons From One Of New York's Nightlife Legends

Truman Capote famously said “New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.” And one of the town’s greatest gems is Susanne Bartsch. Dubbed “The queen of the night” for decades she has produced the most uniquely creative shindigs, not only just in New York, but around the world from Tokyo to Paris. Born in Switzerland, this patron saint of style moved to New York City in 1981 and has been there ever since.

Famous for her flair for bringing all kinds of people together, Bartsch provides a place for men and women to escape their everyday lives and have a transformative experience, or at the very least experience a rip-roaring good time. Her latest venture is the pull-out all-the-stops cabaret extravaganza Bartschland Follies. The alluring and intimate show is every Friday in The Club Car in the glamorous McKittrick Hotel, home of the iconic show Sleep No More. Expect a madcap night where the opera meets a high fashion burlesque circus.

Jeryl Brunner: How would you describe Bartschland Follies?

Susanne Bartsch: Bartschland Follies is a modern-day Cabaret. In my humble opinion it is replete with all of the style, wit, ambiguity, sexiness and sophistication that makes the Bob Fosse film [Cabaret] such a timeless classic. There is always something outrageous and unexpected at Bartschland Follies. That is why The McKittrick Hotel is the perfect partner and home for the show. Strangely and eerily as well, the times in which we're living are beginning to feel very ominously like a parallel of Weimar culture. So "Come to The Cabaret!" Or in this case, The Follies! It’s art imitating life imitating art, on an endless loop!

Brunner: In Bartschland Follies you have the most talented burlesque performers. How did you go about selecting them? 

Bartsch: I have built a large network of amazingly talented artists and performers through my various events. And I have been working with most of them for many years. The Follies is my opportunity to share this special community with the community! They are the crème de le crème of the avant-garde performance art and burlesque scene. Not just in New York but in the world.

Brunner: You moved to New York in 1981 after living in London. What did love about New York City that inspired you to stay?

Bartsch: The mix! The energy! The ability to dream a dream and make it a reality. It was a little harder for me to navigate London and do things over there, because it's mired in its own long and epic history a bit. But New York is comparatively new and encourages new people, new ideas, new transplants. New York draws the most artistic and interesting people and you can meet many of them out at a nightclub.

Brunner: What is the best advice that you have received?

Bartsch: My mother told me “Don’t let fear run your life” and "the most important thing is to play the game!" It doesn't matter if you win or lose, what matters is that you DO play.

Brunner: If you are at a party and feeling shy or not so confident and don’t know anyone, what is a good way to break the ice and talk to people? 

Bartsch: You don't really need to talk at a party. Because if it’s good, the music is loud. I think a smile is always a good place to start. Also it never hurts to compliment someone, even if you feel like a tongue-tied fangirl with a huge crush! Who doesn't like to be told someone thinks they are gorgeous?

Brunner: Can you share a few great tips on how to throw a cool party? 

Bartsch: A great space, which can mean anything from a totally posh high-end place to a wacky and wild dive. Good music. A dynamic mix of people and a little drama and star power!

Brunner: How would you describe your style?

Bartsch: Self couture! My style is ever-changing. I like to challenge my comfort level and push my own envelope to keep things interesting. It is definitely body-conscious, vintage, futuristic, whimsical and campy, but polished and chic. All at the same time. These are the elements I like and I like to play with them.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jerylbrunner/...