Gabe Saporta, the Only Straight Man at alice + olivia

Alex Catarinella
Gabe Saporta is the tall, charming drink of water behind the band Cobra Starship. At last night's alice + olivia presentation, PAPERMAG chit-chatted with probably the only straight guy in the room and Fashion Week's official man-about-town. Saporta told us why he likes Fashion Week and its "fireworks," sets those Britney-dissing rumors straight, and explains why dubstep is so last year.

Any favorite shows and parties so far?
My favorite show was the Imitation of Christ show. That was an amazing show. The clothes were amazing, the music was amazing -- one of the better shows. There was something so tasteful about it. The Timo Weiland show was amazing, too.  I went to Timo's party last night, I went to Sky [Ferreira's] party last night. Prabal's party Saturday was awesome. That was so much fun.

You've been everywhere this week. Is it safe to say you're a fashion fan?
I'm really into models. (laughs)  My friend was like, "Wow. Models are great. What an awesome idea." Nah, I'm not that into models. The thing that's kind of cool about Fashion Week -- yeah, free alcohol is always great. But what's really cool is you see these runway shows, they take hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, all this effort, months of preparation. And it's kind of like watching fireworks. It's this explosion that happens in three, four minutes, maybe seven minutes if it's a runway show. It feels like this huge climax of all of these people's work. It's really exciting to feel that energy. Also, there's a lot of presentations this year. You get to be a lot more creative with it and you get to mingle with people. I think the only people who have a bad time at presentations are the models who have to stand in the same place the whole time.

The Britney fans attacked you recently when you tweeted about her new song and its use of dubstep ("Dear Any DJ who thinks dubstep is still cool: please listen to britney spears. K; thx.") Can you clarify what really went down and what you meant?
I'm a Britney fan! But it's really a good symbol of how the Internet has really changed pop culture. At one time, something would start underground and then there would be this curve that kind of happens for it to grow. It kind of hits the pinnacle of consciousness in mass culture and then after that, there's a decline -- it's like a bell curve. The Internet has made it so that curve just doesn't exist. It goes from zero to hundred in no time. Six months ago, dubstep was this underground thing happening, some DJs and the UK knew about it and it was starting to spread and people were trying to find out about it. I thought cool artists would start to incorporate parts of it.  

When Britney grabs it, she's the queen. So I wasn't dissing on her. But she's the one who is that gate to the mass consciousness. So she takes something from underground and brings it to mass consciousness, it's over. Not in the way that it sucks that she did it -- it's over in the way that no other artist can do it, because she did it first. So that's what I'm saying. Someone who prides themselves on being new and different can't do something that Britney did. She took a chance on it which is cool and it worked great, but it's also crazy at how quickly things happened. And the thing that's bad, all these DJs who got into the dubstep thing and knew all about it, they've gotta be like, "No, I knew it before!" Now it's like, "Oh yeah, you're playing that part that happened in the Britney Spears song." So that's kind of what I meant. But that's the thing with Twitter, you have 140 characters -- you can't really express yourself the whole way.

What's next for Cobra Starship?
We just moved into a studio in Manhattan -- I've got a studio in my building, which is awesome. So, we're just gonna be working non-stop. I took off two months, I was in South America for two months. Our new album will probably come out in summer. The hardest thing -- after you've had a little bit success, obviously there's a little pressure to have success again. But I don't wanna do it by repeating myself. I definitely wanna do something that's different. It's easy to do something that's different totally, but how do you replicate that success?

You don't do dubstep.
No, you don't do dubstep. What's the next thing? I definitely wanna know what the next thing is.

Photo by Patrick McMullan 

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