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Alexander Wang particularly excels in taking something on the edge of the popular culture—duffle bags, A$AP Rocky, gas stations—and catapulting it into the spotlight of cool. So when the millenial of the decade picks the decidedly uncool South Street Seaport mall as the scene of his after party dripping with celebrities and the collective "downtown" of global culture, you know something's afoot.
Style.com reports that Wang's team "had taken over two floors of the touristy mall... the closed-up shops advertised closeout sales, and the lower levels had a Dawn of the Dead feel. [Upstairs was] the throbbing center of a Shibuya-inspired fun house: nail salon, video games, kitschy handouts, and black lights turning blond hair green."
The event marked the end of an era for the Pier 17 mall, which closes today for demolition. Once rebuilt, the mall will boast a green roof, two food markets, and the clout of once hosting an Alexander Wang after party, if only in a previous life.
· Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang throw a pair of ragers [Style.com]
· Chronicling The South Street Seaport's Post-Sandy Decline [Curbed NY]
· Finally: Pier 17 Shops Will Be Able to Stay Through Summer [Racked NY]