Most Eye-Popping Fashion Plates (2010)

Vanity Scoiety, Gazelle

Nothing is more welcome in the clubs than someone who's willing to throw convention to the wind and go over the top with blinding ensembles night after night. Even if they're just doing it to nab attention—and they're not—that kind of dress-up mania provides gratification for all the clubbies who left the house hoping for a free fashion show. The two best at this game? Vanity Society—a milliner and member of the Imperial Court who tosses together hats, facial drapings, and makeup effects to create human art—and Gazelle, a Brazilian-born scene queen who does the very same thing, but in different colors and arrangements, which make him seem like an Animal Planet escapee done up for a continual Carnaval. Both combine eccentricity, history, and homespun inspiration to create looks that make New York the kind of mad tea party worth attending on a regular basis. Together, they've helped suck the complacence out of clubbing while doing more to help finance the accessories industry than anyone since the Rockettes.


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