Bright Lights, Big City: Scenes from the Museum of Arts & Design's FLUORESCENTBALL

Yasha Wallin

Proving that New Yorkers own more than just black dresses, the city's creatives came out colorfully clad last night for the Museum of Arts & Design's annual young patrons gala: The Rare Earth's FLUORESCENTBALL. Guests, dressed in their best neon greens, pinks and yellows included co-chairs Waris Ahluwalia and Tyson Beckford; Alison Brie; Mazdack Rassi; Eddie Borgo; James Rosenthal; Sam Shipley; Christian Cota; Anne Grauso; Robert Geller; Bliss Lau; Elizabeth Sulcer; Dani Stahl; Laura Bellafronto and Kristian Laliberte. In a bright orange suit Casey Spooner was hard to miss, as was artist Slava Mogutin in fuax neon glasses and an airbrushed bomber jacket. Becka Diamond rocked fuchsia eyebrows, while PAPER editor at large Peter Davis showed up in lime trousers. Party goers went back and forth from the museum's seventh floor where art by Jen Kao, Rogan Gregory, Kenzo Minami and others was for sale, with proceeds benefiting the museum; to the second floor, where DJs Paul Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick & Chrissie Miller and Chelsea Leyland kept the crowd entertained. The evening finished off with Sevigny playing a rousing set of '50s hits, with the last ones standing demonstrating their best swing moves -- a spirited way to end a colorful evening.

Photos by Sameer Kapoor

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