backstage at the susaNNe bartsch vogue italia fashion shOOt











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.

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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 😀


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

Freak Chic
by Gazelle Paulo

fashion underground: the world of susaNNe bartsch




*Wedding gown by Thierry Mugler

** a look at one of the many installations of “Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch”

*** so happy to see this ensemble by my dear friend Richard Torry

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the exhibit Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, then you must do so; it is not only inspiring but overwhelming. There is so much style, fashion and love in this show featuring the exquisite  wardrobe of the truly original Queen of the Night, who can indeed give a haute-couture feel and look to any party or event. There are about 100 ensembles signed by established high fashion designers or cult figures who have dressed Susanne Bartsch throughout these years. You can indeed take a close look at the wedding “gown” of Susanne, created by Thierry Mugler; indeed a legendary piece.

The opening night was extremely busy; from Calvin Klein to Norma Kamali, everywhere you turned you would see an iconic personality; Yes, that was RuPaul, yes, that was Stephen Jones, yes, that was Michael Costiff…
Scooter and I dressed up as “Fashion Underground Spies” to honor Susanne. It was indeed a special night.
The show runs till December 5th, and you should visit the FIT Museum site for the visiting hours







*Scooter LaForge and moi, Susanne Bartsch and Stephen Jones (photo by Robin Souma)

** Moi and Scooter LaForge; incognito spies on New York Times

*** Scooter, Susanne and moi

**** the dream guest list of Susanne Bartsch

***** The book Fashion Underground

****** “Happy Valley” party photo on the book…can you see me with my apple headpiece? 😀

Freak Chic
by Gazelle Paulo

haLLoquEEns presented by momaps1 & susaNNe bartsch




Scooter LaForge and moi will be at the biggest Halloween Party in New York City. Together with visual artists Muffinhead, Gage Ofthe Boone and One-Half Nelson. For sure it will be a blow out of major proportions. Did you see the list of Hosts and Special Hosts above?? Fantastic !!!

HALLOQUEENS – Haunted Warehouse is is the awesome Halloween extravaganza brought to you by  MOMAPS1 & SUSANNE BARTSCH


For more info check: SUSANNEBARTSCH.COM




by Gazelle Paulo
Gazelle Paulo also writes for TheBlot Magazine