Bill de Blasio, Here’s Some Nightlife Ambassadors For You: Susanne Bartsch, Dapper Dan, Lion Babe, and More

Nightcrawlers - Revel Rebels - November 2017
Photographs by Terry Richardson, Styled by Clare Richardson

Earlier this year, New York City announced plans to appoint a so-called “nightlife ambassador,” a government figurehead who would liaison between the city and whatever hotspots are left in town, including music venues. Well, people had opinions about who should take up the job. The good thing about New York is that there’s no shortage of candidates to take up a gig promoting gotham’s nightlife. For instance, consider the rebels in W‘s November issue: Susanne Bartsch, Dapper Dan, Eddie Huang, Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, Young Paris, Heron Preston, Cuba Tornado Scott and model and musician Hirakish. Pictured at Paul’s Baby Grand in SoHo, they are New York City nightlife at its best. So, bust out the sequins and put your party shoes on. We’re going to forget the world’s worries and dance till the break of dawn.


From left: Louis Vuitton jacket and top. Stella McCartney coat; Maria Canale earrings; Falke tights. Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jacket, shirt, and pants; David Yurman necklace. Alexander McQueen top and pants; Kat Kim earrings; (necklaces, from top) Shay, Mitchel Primrose. Burberry coat; Spinelli Kilcollin earrings; Agent Provocateur garter belt; Falke stockings; model’s own necklaces, rings, and bracelets.


From left: Diane von Furstenberg dress; Tom Ford top; Stella Luna boots. Diane von Furstenberg top; 3.1 Phillip Lim pants; Kenneth Jay Lane earrings. Dundas by Peter Dundas jumpsuit; Bulgari earrings; Rockins scarf (worn as belt).

Get Down

Joining a cast of models at New York lounge Paul’s Baby Grand are (clockwise from top left) chef and TV personality Eddie Huang, artist and equestrian Cuba Tornado Scott, designer Heron Preston, nightlife fixture Kyle Farmery, and musicians Young Paris and Hirakish.

From left: Tom Ford top and skirt. Versus Versace jacket; Moschino pants. Gucci shirt and pants. Middle row, from left: Paco Rabanne top and skirt. Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress and shoes. Heron Preston jacket, pants, and hat. Yves Salomon coat; Giorgio Armani jacket; Pallas pants. Back row, from left: vintage Helmut Lang top from David Casavant Archive; Proenza Schouler pants. Zadig & Voltaire dress. Beauty note: Skin worth celebrating starts with Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream.


Lion Babe singer Jillian Hervey boogies down with Huang.

From left: Marie France Van Damme bodysuit; Giorgio Armani gloves. Giorgio Armani jacket; Armani Exchange shirt; Huang’s own necklaces.


From left: Paco Rabanne top and skirt. Ports 1961 sweater. Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress and shoes; Lynn Ban earrings. Vintage Helmut Lang top from David Casavant Archive; Proenza Schouler pants. Zadig & Voltaire dress.


Preston kicks it with model and It girl Paloma Elsesser.

From left: Heron Preston jacket, pants, and hat. Berluti jacket; 
Joseph pants; Bulgari necklace; Elsesser’s own bra.


From left: Givenchy dress, gloves, and tights. Givenchy coat, bodysuit, and mask. Beauty note: For locks as bright as your frock, try the One by Frédéric Fekkai the Brilliant One Color Shampoo.

Smooth Operator

Harlem haberdasher Daniel Day, aka Dapper Dan, is the man of the moment. Aside from ­starring in Gucci’s fall ad campaign, he’s also working on a collection with the brand, reopening his New York boutique, and has a few custom-designed pieces currently featured in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”

From left: Balmain dress; Mitchel Primrose necklace; Jimmy Choo boots. Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress and shoes; Isabel Marant earrings. Day’s own clothes. Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress; R.J. Graziano earrings; Tom Ford boots.


Day wears his own clothes.

Meeting in the Ladies’ Room

Young Paris, who just released his third EP, Let Me Love You, takes the party to a more intimate level.

Clockwise from left: Yves Salomon coat; Giorgio Armani jacket; Pallas pants; R.J. Graziano earrings; Jimmy Choo shoes; Farmery’s own rings. The Kooples jacket; Alexander Wang shirt; Iro skirt. Louis Vuitton jacket and turtleneck; Falke tights. Versace coat; Faith Connexion pants; Anne Sisteron earrings; Fernando Jorge ring (middle); Young Paris’s own watch and rings. Stella McCartney coat; Maria Canale earrings; Falke tights. Beauty note: You’ll 
be saving face with Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Psycho.


Hermès bodysuit; Gucci pants; Bulgari earrings; Stuart Weitzman sandals.


Susanne Bartsch (left), whose fabulous wardrobe dating back to the 1980s is currently on view at the Tampa Museum of Art, maintains her status as queen of New York nightlife.

From left: Bartsch’s own clothes. Moschino jacket and pants; Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane necklace. Rachel Zoe Collection dress.


From left: Alexander McQueen jacket, bodysuit, and pants; Butani earrings. Burberry coat; Scott’s own hat, earring, and necklaces. Ports 1961 sweater; Moschino pants; Hoorsenbuhs necklace; (rings, from top) David Yurman, Rebus.


From left: Louis Vuitton jacket, shirt, pants, and boots. Louis Vuitton coat and shoes; Spinelli Kilcollin earrings; (necklaces, from top) Mitchel Primrose, Shay; Roule & Co. ring; Falke tights.

Cuba Rising

Scott cuts a striking figure straight out of her grandfather Ridley Scott’s iconic film Blade Runner.

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC coat and belt; Spinelli Kilcollin earrings; Falke tights; Scott’s own hat, necklaces, and rings.