Love Ball 3 Reveals Lineup of Judges

This year’s Love Ball 3 has lined up its roster of judges. Dita Von Teese, André Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs, Char Defrancesco, David and Phillipe Blond, David LaChapelle, Janet Mock, Kevin Aviance, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Miss Lawrence, Patrick Starr and Teyana Taylor are confirmed to be judges for the event.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Susanne Bartsch have teamed to bring Love Ball 3 to Gotham Hall in New York on June 25. The event, being held during World Pride, seeks to raise life-saving funds for the CFDA/Vogue HIV/AIDS Initiative at the New York Community Trust.

The night will feature six categories that allow members from the ballroom community, celebrities and nightlife icons to compete for a one-of-six, one-of-a-kind trophies designed by notable contemporary artists.

Billy Porter, the Tony- and Grammy-award winning actor, singer, director, composer and playwright and star of “Pose” on FX, will serve as the ball’s master of ceremonies.

Additional judges will be added in the coming weeks.

In 1989 and 1991, Bartsch, event producer and fund-raiser, presented The Love Ball at Roseland Ballroom in New York. The benefit mixed high fashion and celebrities with the ballroom community from Paris Dupree’s drag houses in Harlem. Love Balls 1 and 2 funded more than $2.5 million for programs for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Sponsors of Love Ball 3 include MAC Cosmetics. With its Viva Glam campaign, MAC has worked with celebrities such as Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Sia, Mary J. Blige and Ricky Martin to raise more than $500 million for HIV and AIDS programs worldwide. Additional sponsors are Lyft and Skyy.

Tickets can be purchased online at eventbee.com/v/loveball3#/tickets.

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The Love Ball Is Back with Billy Porter, Marc Jacobs, and Janet Mock

The third Love Ball fundraiser will boast a lineup of judges that includes Dita Von Teese, Andre Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs, Janet Mock, and more, organizers announced today. The night will also host Billy Porter as the master of ceremonies.

30 years after the first Love Ball, Susanne Bartsch returns, now with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, to put on the latest iteration of her blockbuster event. Started as a fundraiser for those affected by HIV/AIDS, the exhibition ball combines the energy and vibrancy of the ballroom scene with the star wattage and high paying donors of the fashion and nightlife scenes, having raised over $2.5 million in the past. And now, with the ballroom community squarely back in the spotlight, the fundraising has started up again.

This new Love Ball will also include judges Teyana Taylor, Jack Mizrahi, David and Phillipe Blonde, David LaChapelle, Kevin Aviance, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Miss Lawrence, Patrick Starr and Char Defrancesco. The panel falls in line with past judging line-ups for the event which combine notables from a variety of New York City social sectors.

“For the judges, we wanted to have a diverse group of notable individuals coming from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, the arts, music, and ballroom culture,” a spokesperson for the event wrote to Out in an email statement when asked whether there would be more members of the ballroom scene added — Miss Lawrence, Mizrahi, and Aviance are all of the scene. “We are working on further additions to our judges panel to be announced at a later date.” The representatives went on to clarify that legends and icons from the community would be hosted by the CDFA at a table during the event. The first two Love Ball events hosted the likes of Naomi Campbell, Iman, Brooke Shields, Thierry Mugler, and Talley.

As an exhibition ball, the event will host six categories that will be open to a pre-approved list of competitors from ballroom as well as other personalities. The categories and the list of performers were created in collaboration with Mizrahi, Aviance, the late Hector Xtravaganza as well as the “major houses of today’s ballroom scene.” The set up, while it doesn’t reflect the most “authentic ball,” is one that is regularly used for exhibition balls in an effort to show the community’s culture in a way that’s organized, streamlined, and digestible for an outside audience.


On social media, the event has been criticized for its ticket prices. Tickets are currently priced at $1,000, $4,000, and $10,000 which include the tickets, sometimes a table, as well as dinner and an open bar. All of this will be made possible by support through sponsors like MAC Cosmetics, Lyft and Skyy. Some have said these prices would keep out the ballroom scene from which the event is based on. Organizers clarified to Out that $25 tickets will be made available directly to the ballroom community. This price is similar to any major ball in America today.

“The goal of the evening is to raise as much money for life-saving programs targeting underserved communities,” a spokesperson said. This money will go towards the CFDA / Vogue HIV/AIDS Initiative at the New York Community Trust, where HIV/AIDS organizations can apply for the funds to affect change.

Love Ball III is on June 25th hosted at New York City’s Gotham Hall.



Source: https://www.out.com/news/2019/5/23/love-ba...

Teyana Taylor and Janet Mock Will Judge Love Ball III

Back in February 2019, it was announced that Susanne Bartsch, alongside the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) would be reviving the now legendary fundraising party, The Love Ball, for its 30th anniversary. The event, which raised millions in funds during its two previous incarnations in 1989 and 1991 for those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, was one of the first large-scale fundraisers of its kind for the issue. 

Now, The Love Ball is back with a bang; on June 25, 2019, Love Ball III will be held at Gotham Hall and benefiting the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust. That's not all, though, because the judges for this year's huge comeback are nothing short of legendary.

The full roster of judges includes Dita von Teese, Andre Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco, David and Phillipe BlondChristian SirianoDavid LaChapelleJanet Mock, Kevin Aviance, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Miss Lawrence, Jack Mizrahi, Patrick Starrr and Teyana Taylor. If that's not enough to convince you that this is going to be a trophy-snatching event for the ages, Billy Porterred carpetsuperstar and cast member of Pose on FX, will be the ball's Master of Ceremonies. Why y'all gagging so?

The panel is incredibly well-assembled, considering its members are some of the most renowned masters of art, fashion, and music. Judge Teyana Taylor's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., was heavily influenced by and in conversation with Ballroom culture, most evident in the track "WTP," which featured a vocal sample from the revered Octavia Saint Laurent, ripped from the film Paris is Burning. Ballroom legends, like Jack Mizrahi and Kevin Aviance, and post-millennium LGBTQ+ stars, like Patrick Starrr, also fit the bill perfectly.

A spot at the judge's table, while coveted, presents the stars with the difficult task of judging the Ball's six categories. Ballroom legends and celebrities will compete in the categories for the opportunity to win exquisitely designed trophies from the world's premiere contemporary artists. Those wishing to see the action up close can purchase tickets here, and for $10,000, you can bring your entire House.

Read more about Love Ball III and its mission here.

Source: http://www.papermag.com/teyana-taylor-jane...

Love Ball 3 Reveals Lineup of Judges

This year’s Love Ball 3 has lined up its roster of judges. Dita Von Teese, André Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs, Char Defrancesco, David and Phillipe Blond, David LaChapelle, Janet Mock, Kevin Aviance, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Miss Lawrence, Patrick Starr and Teyana Taylor are confirmed to be judges for the event.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Susanne Bartsch have teamed to bring Love Ball 3 to Gotham Hall in New York on June 25. The event, being held during World Pride, seeks to raise life-saving funds for the CFDA/Vogue HIV/AIDS Initiative at the New York Community Trust.

The night will feature six categories that allow members from the ballroom community, celebrities and nightlife icons to compete for a one-of-six, one-of-a-kind trophies designed by notable contemporary artists.

Billy Porter, the Tony- and Grammy-award winning actor, singer, director, composer and playwright and star of “Pose” on FX, will serve as the ball’s master of ceremonies.

Additional judges will be added in the coming weeks.

In 1989 and 1991, Bartsch, event producer and fund-raiser, presented The Love Ball at Roseland Ballroom in New York. The benefit mixed high fashion and celebrities with the ballroom community from Paris Dupree’s drag houses in Harlem. Love Balls 1 and 2 funded more than $2.5 million for programs for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Sponsors of Love Ball 3 include MAC Cosmetics. With its Viva Glam campaign, MAC has worked with celebrities such as Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Sia, Mary J. Blige and Ricky Martin to raise more than $500 million for HIV and AIDS programs worldwide. Additional sponsors are Lyft and Skyy.

Tickets can be purchased online at eventbee.com/v/loveball3#/tickets.

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/love-ball-...

The Love Ball III Announces Celebrity Judges

Dita von Teese, Andre Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs and Char Defrancesco, David and Phillipe Blond, David LaChapelle, Janet Mock, and Teyana Taylor are among the many judges of this year’s Love Ball. Meanwhile, Billy Porter will act as the Master of Ceremonies. Members from the Ballroom community, celebrities, and nightlife icons will compete in six categories for one-of-a-kind trophies designed by some of today’s most notable contemporary artists. The event, put on by the CFDA and Susanne Bartsch, raises money for the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust. The Love Ball III will be held June 25th at New York’s Gotham Hall. Click here to purchase tickets. Additional judges will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Marc Jacobs, Dita von Teese and more to host Love Ball 3

The third Love Ball fundraiser will take place in New York on June 25 and boasts a lineup of judges that includes Dita Von TeeseAndré Leon TalleyMarc Jacobs, David and Phillipe Blond, David LaChapelle, Janet Mock, Kevin Aviance, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Miss Lawrence, Patrick Starr and Teyana Taylor. The event seeks to raise life-saving funds for the CFDA/Vogue HIV/AIDS Initiative at the New York Community Trust, and will feature six categories that allow members from the ballroom community, celebrities and nightlife icons to compete for trophies designed by notable contemporary artists. Billy Porter will serve as the ball's master of ceremonies. 

Source: https://fashionista.com/2019/05/rei-kawaku...

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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SUSANNE BARTSCH, FECAL MATTER, AND A BUNCH OF ALIENS TAKE OVER BROOKLYN

“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.

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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.



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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.

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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...