So as it turns out, everyone loves photographer Mick Rock. CATM Gallery in Chelsea opened it’s doors and let the spring heat in last night with the private preview of Rock’s latest installment: “The Legend Series” – A collection mixed with old and new, iconic prints converted to pop art, pop art converted to iconic prints.
An impressively stocked bar brought our attention away from the color wash, but only for a moment – “Holy shit that’s Lou Reed!” remarked a partygoer in line behind us – and, holy shit, it was, in fact, Lou Reed. Wrapped in an embrace with Mick, posing for a PMc photog, Reed appeared casual, calm, collected, a surprising feat considering how hot it was in the small space.
John Varvatos popped in to cut the line for pictures taken with Mr. Rock while Paul Johnson Calderon worked the room in his new Sisqo (yeah … “Thong Song” Sisqo) hair-do. Why were we so hot? The Observer took a moment to bond with Maxim editor Seth Porges over our shared sweat soaked situation.
The party floated on till it became high time to make the nightly pilgrimage to Nur Khan’s Electric Room, where Scott Lipps seemed to hold a competition to see who could be photographed with the largest amount of beautiful women on his arm (no surprises here.) Nick Marc & Justine D. accompanied by Tennesse Thomas manned the DJ decks, keeping the (mostly leather clad) crowd grooving for the night.
And oh yeah, Cuba Gooding Jr.