The Spot: Santos’ Party House (Chinatown) – Big, sweaty, hot bi-level boite with sick sound and killer acts for dancing downtown darlings.
Patron Saint of Style: The Victim of Circumstance girl, the most amazing imaginary girl I’ve ever met, thought up by the creative mavericks behind the Victim of Circumstance line, a division of the contemporary knitwear company Qi Cashmere. Their VOC girl is a made-for-press-releases dream girl, a fake muse who happens to be a freelance fashion photographer living in SoHo and partying at Santo’s, mainly because her hip-hop idol Q Tip from A Tribe Called Quest DJs there (she takes him with a side of Zeppelin and Hendrix). She is also a regular voyeur at The Spotted Pig, Botanica (where she trades stories with Sandy the bartender), the Anchor, and Sweet and Vicious.
Ambiance: Did we mention big and sweaty? Also a loose door good enough for downtown cream like Terry Richardson, Chloë Sevigny, Gavin Brown, and our imaginary VOC girl.
The Look: For Miss VOC, worldly, eclectic and ultra-mixed is her MO. The girl shops at Oak and Opening Ceremony, and she mixes her hip-hop/classic rock look with vintage from Tokio7 and LaGarconne. Light dresses with heavy studded boots, black and white geometric sweater dresses that call to mind Twiggy or Bridgette Bardot, or a unique fringe skirt she wears with a vintage tee tucked in, are perfect for the downtown-meets-musictown Santos’ advocate. A mix of textures and patterns appeals to this everywhere girl, the carefree way she throws on a printed one shoulder dress with heavy leather straps is the epitome of Miss VOC. Artsy details like a Rodarte notebook are important, but her camera is her best accessory.
Get the Santos’ Party House Look: Clockwise from left: ● Shoes: Alexander Wang (available at Opening Ceremony) – $760 ● Shoes: Velvet Angels (available at Oak) – $358 ● Looks: Victim of Circumstance (available in Spring 2010) ● Notebook: Rodarte, Opening Ceremony – $18