What: Moët & Chandon and VH1's "Be Fabulous" party to celebrate the new season of VH1's The Fabulous Life
Where: Kstreet Lounge
When: Thursday, November 30, 9 p.m. -11 p.m.
Who: Mostly friends and friends-of-friends of the promoters. And one guy who was caller #10 on Mix 107.3.
Food: Mostly seafood appetizers, including lobster in tangerine sauce served in shot glasses, salmon skewers, and shrimp.
Drink of Choice: Flutes of Moët & Chandon Champagne, obviously.
Scene: The night turned out to be more of a promotional event for the Moët & Chandon "Be Fabulous" ad campaign than it was a promotional event for VH1's "The Fabulous Life," but wherever endless and free champagne is involved these minor details are quickly overlooked. Glasses of champagne lined the fully-staffed bar from end-to-end and were also offered by waiters mingling around the lounge with silver trays and Moet bottles studded in Swarovski crystal. DJ George Bucur kept the atmosphere chic, playing everything from Michael Jackson and Annie Lennox to a Britney-Shakira mashup. Party-goers had the opportunity to pose for photographs with a beautiful blonde model poised on a shiny black vespa, but by far the biggest spectacle were the two models wearing dresses tiered with illuminated Champagne flutes. After all, champagne is more delicious when it's glowing.
Weird Observation #1: Although the place was packed with flat screen TV's, including some imbedded in the table tops, none were playing footage of "The Fabulous Life." A Baby Phat fashion show does not "The Fabulous Life" make.
Weird Observation #2: One of the models donning a champagne-tiered dress promptly changed into jeans and sneakers and walked back through the club with her Whole Foods grocery bag when her 20-minute gig was up. Way to ruin the magic, champagne girl!
Evening Highlight/Lowpoint: Like the real-life celebs featured on the VH1 quasi-documentary, we got to experience what it's like to have your 15 minutes of fame cruelly torn away when we were kicked out of the VIP section of a party that had no discernible VIP's. The fickle photographers who had at first adored us turned apathetic blind eyes when we were denied cushy seats in the back corner. It drove home the evening's theme: "fabulous" can't exist without the red velvet rope of injustice.
Bold Face names: 0 (out of 5)
Swankiness: 3 (out of 5)
Food/Drinks: 3 (out of 5)
Exclusivity: 2 (out of 5)
Total Score: 8 (out of 20)
Photos of the champagne dress and Vespa-modeling model below.