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Just across the street, MACcosmetics, not computershas a surfeit of sparkle to get you in a party mood. Gold metallic false lashes"they're way funky theatrical lashes," according to a resident makeup artist, are $8.50; copper glitter eyeliner that would likewise crank up the celebratory quotient is $16. Before we leave, the clerk recommends the shop across the way, a place called Albertine that has been open only a week. "It's funky! It's bringing the East Village over here!"
And indeed, Albertine (13 Christopher) has lots of hand-made one-of-a-kind fashions by young designers. "I like things that are a little bit quirky; I like to mix," says Albertine's owner, who plans to introduce fresh stock every few weeks. The day we visit, the merchandise includes a dress that does double duty as a top by employing those drawstring ribbons seen everywhere this season, from the $10 stores on Broadway to the runways of Junya Watanabe. A white mini with black ribbons doubles as a tube top; an all-black version is either a baby-doll dress or a long skirt. ($168, but it is two for the price of one.)
If Albertine is only a week old, the Loft (89 Christopher) has been around longer than most any business on the block. (Most, but not all: The Northern Dispensary has been on Christopher since 1825; Edgar Allan Poe had an earache treated here.) Anyway, the Loft hails from the mid '70s and features sexy sportswear like a tattoo-printed net sleeveless tee ($50) that was surely inspired by the work of that out-and-proud designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Matching bottoms, which are either swimsuits or the world's smallest short shorts"Go-go boys love them!" the clerk tells usare $42.
"We're big in the leather fetish crowd," says the sunny fellow behind the counter at London Fetish (84 Christopher), where there is something even skimpier than those faux-Gaultier shorts: an adjustable leather jockstrap with the police or fire department logo strategically placed front and center. But then again, there are lots of people for whom a leather cop jock will never strike the right note. For these revelers, we suggest a trip to Second Gift (74 Christopher), where there is an abundance of merchandise in those same rainbow hues that did so much for Marlo's hair. Not only do we see a jaunty sun visor with a row of multi-colored lights that really twinkle ($7, battery included), but there is also a multi-colored feather fan ($15), a feather mask ($12), and even a full fluttery wing-spread ($75) to make you look like the seraph who crashed through the ceiling in Angels in America.
So you're all set. You're wearing the baby-doll skirt-dress and the light-up visor, but how will you find your significant other in the crowd? At Detective Store International (173 Christopher), a block from the river, there is, along with the bug detectors, telephone scramblers, metal detectors, audio jammers, and cameras disguised as teddy bears, a two-way wristwatch communicator ($90 each, and you know you need two) with a range of a mile and a half, so you can tell your partner, "I'm at the pier!" while he or she is still dancing down Fifth.