Fanfare: Frick Museum drops jaws with boudoir inspired party, lingerie show
Ace Hotel. Nine to midnight. Wear your sexiest nightwear.
The invite came from the Frick Art Museum. The whiplash came courtesy of the girls, the models, the ones sitting at the bar an hour beforehand. Sheer bras. Garters. Thongs. Having cocktails. Perusing the menu. You know, just hanging out.
“You wanna share some lamb meatballs?”
In the lobby, eyeballs were rolling out of sockets. People stared. Could not stop. And then, the guests started to arrive. Silk. Satin. Fishnets. Teddy's. Thigh Highs. Plunging. Hiked.
“When you throw a party at the Ace and ask them to wear lingerie, they're going to wear lingerie,” said the Frick's Jen Rogers.
Adorning the Boudoir: A High-Fashion Nightwear Party was a nod to the museum's latest exhibit, “Undressed,” celebrating the history of fashion in underwear and on loan from London's Victoria & Albert Museum. A few weeks ago, the opening party caused tongues to wag. But this one?
Red lights. An upper balcony lined with flickering candles, the same you'd light before folding hands and bowing head.
“There might need to be some prayers after the girls go on,” said Anne Stone.
Around 10 p.m., everyone gathered near the runway. Waited. Wondered.
And then, it started.
Seduction. Teasing. Removing. Writhing. Grinding. Smiling.
Jaws dropped. Eyes wide. Oh. My. God, they said. Shocked. Enthralled. Appalled. They loved it. They hated it. They had to look away. But they couldn't stop staring.
Spied on Nov. 10: Frick director Robin Nicholson, David Onufer and Paul Purdy, Anna Baird, Tori Mistick, Jamie Gainer, Emily Hannon, Alison Falk, Rennick Remley, Justin Angelo.
Lingerie by Pulchra Intimates.