A good-looking crowd of Vancouverites elected to put on their Tuesday Best (lipstick, heels, an exaggerated shoulder) last night and head to The Room at the Bay rather than sit at home in sweatpants glued to the Obama-Romney battle royal. What lured them away from CNN? Two other men, Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti and women’s designer Sébastien Peigné, plus an exhibition of out-of-this-world dresses from the archives.
The handlebar bustier from George Michael’s “Too Funky” video, the black dress Demi Moore donned in Indecent Proposal, a gown from the Fall/Winter ’97-’98 Couture collection akin to iridescent insect armour and scores more had a number of jaws locked in permanent drop. Guests included former principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, Chan Hon Goh, senior vice president Patricia Abergel, designer Jason Matlo and stylist Helen Krispis. Those who didn’t land an invite to the event still have a chance to see the pieces up close and personal—they’ll be sticking around for a week.
The U.S. election was never far from everyone’s minds though. During a private dinner at L’Abattoir following the party, Nicola Formichetti yelled “Obama!”—declaring sweet victory just after dessert—and all his dining companions cheered.