It's the understatement of the year to say the New York City nightlife scene is fickle so when a place lasts 30 years, you pay your respects. Last night, New York’s glitterati flocked to Indochine to join M•A•C Cosmetics in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jean-Marc Houmard’s beloved restaurant-cum-fashion clubhouse.

As our cab turned on Lafayette, from a block away, we saw red lights beaming and heard drums beating as we were welcomed in by Chinese dragons. The restaurant's familiar green palms suddenly turned the place into a sexy red jungle. “This is definitely a fire hazard,” I heard John Varvatos comment to another party-goer. Fashion industry veterans were pressed flesh to flesh with glamorous drag queens and club kids as lithe waiters shimmied by with margaritas and bites. No one seemed to mind the crowd, a testament to Indochine’s staying power; everyone was in a happy state of delirium bouncing back and forth between the restaurant and the downstairs club. Amidst performances by Company XIV, DJ Stiletto, Honey Dijon, Donna d’Cruz and many more, we spotted Padma Lakshmi busting a move on the dance floor with Robert Verdi; Genevieve Jones holding court atop a banquette; Lynn Yaeger, Michael Musto & Mickey Boardman kiki-ing in a corner while Andre Saraiva puffed away with that French je na sais quoi. It was definitely a flashback to the beautifully chaotic old school New York of 1984.

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