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After Dark

DARLING DIARIES: ELECTRIC LADYLAND

The Intimate Confessions of Darian Darling

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Dear Diary,

As per our last discussion, I informed you that I would have to split my entry into two, simply because I just did too damn much tonight. Well, I didn’t lie. After my trip to LaChapelle Land, feeling just a wee bit tipsy from all the free champagne I consumed, I ventured off to my other favorite land in NYC: Ladyland! This glam rock fashion party, thrown by Kelle Calco and the Colored Boys frontman Kelle Calco, has been going on for nearly a year. Held at the swanky Hudson Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, this weekly Thursday night party draws a very hip and very well-dressed downtown art crowd, in search of a little upscale glamour. While I’m all for a dive bar that smells like piss and stale beer, I sometimes also like to sip from a champagne flute and not a plastic cup. I’ve been a Ladyland regular since it’s inception and took up promoting/hosting duties soon afterward.

Arriving to the Library Room promptly at 11pm, I made my way through the throngs of hot rocker dudes and the scantily clad girls that love them, past the fireplace, towards my table I share with my nightlife partner-in-crime Tommy Hottpants. I found him lounging on our oversize leather couch, in full tribal face paint, spirit stick in hand, a look which he describes as “Papua New Guinea Realness.” Perfect! Ladyland has been a pretty popular and packed party since it started, but when New York Magazine voted us “Best Glam-Rock Club” in their 2011 “Best of New York” issue, the party has been a rager! What people seem to enjoy is that Ladyland has a nostalgic 70’s NYC vibe, with a Warhol-esque cast of characters and an unpretentious attitude. Where else in the city can you find leather clad rockers, Wall Street suits and a gender-bending queer crowd all co-existing in rock’n'roll harmony?

The Toilet Boys’ Miss Guy got the night started right with an awesome DJ set and can always be counted on to play a little Hole and Blondie, which is always fine by me. Kelle and Ian El Dorado took over the decks around 1:30 and tag-teamed classic rock anthems as per usual. My vodka and whiskey bottles were free-flowing and I proceeded to get all my guests gorgeously wasted…enough to have a battle dance in the middle of the floor to Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.”

So many members of the NYC glitterati made an appearance like punk goddess Debbie Harry of Blondie, goth-glam prince Kayvon Zand, Mike Furey from Dangerous Muse, Queen of NYC nightlife Susanne Bartsch, rock cabaret performance artist Breedlove, crooner Brian Newman, and The Dirty Pearls’ Tommy London and Marty E. Concussion.

Around 3am, after our comp bottles ran dry, Tommy and I split and took a small crew down to The Box on the L.E.S….and what happens at The Box STAYS at The Box.

Sweet dreams, Diary!

XXX
DD

Darian Darling is a lifestyle blogger, international beauty/style guru, professional party girl, homemaker and personality living in New York City, and these are her DARLING DIARIES:

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Written by Darian Darling

Edited by Tyler Malone

Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

Design by Marie Havens

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Darian Darling, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Debbie Harry & Miss Guy, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Breedlove, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Crowd, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Lindsay Lowe, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Susanne Bartsch & Kayvon Zand, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Tommy Hottpants, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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The Jocelyn, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Richard Kennedy, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Crowd, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Kelle Calco, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Marty E. Concussion & Tommy London (of the Dirty Pearls), Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Miss Guy & Kelle Calco, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Laura Desiree, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Michael T, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Nikki Dangers, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Tara Foxx & Dani Baum, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Ian El Dorado & Kelle Calco, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Leigh Gerber, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Ky DeGreggorio, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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Tara Foxx & Jayne Meyers, Ladyland Party at the Hudson Hotel, NYC, June 2, 2011, Photography by Ash Fox / Courtesy of Darian Darling

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