backstage at the susaNNe bartsch vogue italia fashion shOOt

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What can I say? From the very first time Susanne Bartsch and I were photographed together, back in 2004, to be able to be present at many important  events in her super busy social life like the opening of her exhibit “Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch” at FIT. It felt very special to receive an invitation from her to appear at her historic fashion editorial for Vogue Italia shot by Steven Klein, styled by Patti Wilson and make up by Kabuki. For someone who is not a model like moi, it felt amazing, but also it was extra special to be standing next to my friend and artist Scooter LaForge, and yes I was fully dressed in Scooter, from wig to shoes…amazing.
The shoot itself spread over two days at Pier 59 Studios; needless to say it was a lot of fun; I was able to reconnect with old colleagues and meet fabulous people like the incredible Duo RAW from Sweden …yes, I very rarely go out now…unless it is a great event.
The fashion story spread “YES. IT’S ME SUSANNE BARTSCH” clearly pays homage to the queen of New York night life; the concept takes – naturally and evidently – readers to what it means to be in Susanne’s habitat, which is surrounded by her entourage of fashionable hostess and artists who visually take any party to the next level. She is the maestro of her parties, controlling every single detail with the security of someone who has seen it all. It was quite impressive to see the work of Steve and Patti bringing out incredible images. You can see the whole spread HERE.

vogue gazelle

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Personally, it meant a lot to me to be included in this great story. Back in 2006, I was also in a group photo(below) wearing an Apple Monitor headpiece for the “Happy Issue of iD magazine”, when Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch had their favorite artists representing their party Happy Valley, and for that group of clearly amazing people I and Brandon Olson were the only ones at the Vogue shoot above…so I guess my job is done here 😀

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Happy Issue for iD magazine / 2006 – photo by Jesse Chehak

Freak Chic
by Gazelle Paulo

aNNa & kayvon: the weDDing

 

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If the subject of lavishing or iconic New York City nightlife weddings pops up on a dinner conversation, it will have to include the fashion show wedding of Susanne Bartsch to David Barton in 1995, at the Manhattan Center, the lavender ceremony of Ladyfag to Rainblo in 2007 at Club Cain, and the bloody wedding of Julie Atlas Muz to Mat Fraser at the Abrons Art Centre in 2012. I guess, it is safe to say that we were overdue to another big nightlife moment … Anna and Kayvon came to save the day…or lets’ say the night !!!
It was pouring down early late afternoon, when guests started to head their way to New Jersey to the historical Loews Landmark Theater located at Journal Square; the rain delayed a little the ceremony scheduled to start at 6pm …WE (moi, Kyle, Mao and Roger) miraculously managed to arrive few minutes before the requested time. Believe me, if you RSVP it, but didn’t show up, you did indeed missed a marvelous time, a glamorous party, in a room filled with love, where people really wanted to be there…Anna literally rose to the occasion…it was a beautiful wedding, it was over the top but quite classy, indeed a night to remember.
Anna met Kayvon six years ago in New York, in the basement of a goth bar; Anna is from Leary, Georgia (a town of 600 people in a swamp) and Kayvon is from Wilmington, North Carolina although he’s first generation American and his parents are Persian. Anna’s dress was custom made, she wore a veil and gloves with a gorgeous rightstone work by Lincoln Ward. Esteban Martinez did the beautiful bride make up on Anna, and Lorenzo Diaz did the hair on both. Reverend E. Bruce Vaughn, Anna’s daddy, officialized the union. Anna, who is a gorgeous burlesque performer, and Kayon, a musician and performance artist, together have become such a visual force anywhere they go…I am very honored to have witnessed such a special moment in this new phase of their lives, and if you are wondering about which perfect song they danced for the first time as a couple…then listen to it !!

ALL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN with an iPHONE!!

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*cocktail after the ceremony and before dinner

**Anna Zand is hugged by Mao Padilha

***ambiance at the cocktail hour after the ceremony

****Kenny Kenny and Minoo Misairdi

*****Ava Patron

******Amanda Lepore

*******moi, Mao Padilha and Roger Padilha

********Johanna Constantine and Shien Lee

*********Gerry Visco

**********moi with Raquel Reed

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**************Anna Zand and Kayvon Zand

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the gorgeous Kyle Farmery and moi

FreakChic
by Gazelle Paulo