Rococo culture in NYC

Dress to the nines and party like it's 1770.

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“Mozart at a rave” is the truncated description of Matthew Logan’s Return of Rococo parties (returnofrococo.com; $10, with costume $5, next party TBA): What began as a collegiate fancy has evolved into an anachronistic, 1770-Paris-meets-millennial--New York City soiree, occurring at Teneleven bar (171 Ave C between 10th and 11th Sts, 212-353-1011). “I envisioned people hanging out on dirty city street corners, dandied up in powdered wigs, carrying scepters and taking pinches of snuff from fancy boxes,” says Logan. “At night, balls and festivals, with orchestras and all sorts of general debauchery.” The celebrations represent a theme he calls “maximalist with constraint,” which involves celebrating the past with an eye toward the future. Logan hosts each party, decked out in a red coat he bought at a vintage store on St. Marks Place and a 1960s yellow Pop Art shirt. The fetes welcome revelers of all kinds, and celebrate the clashing elements of NYC nightlife. “If the attendees are the soul of the party, the performers are the heart and fire,” Logan says. Past entertainers have included a tightrope walker, burlesque girls and a hula-hooping gaggle called the Gyronaunts. And Logan prefers when guests dress up—“throw anything fancy you can think of together, with a sense of control,” he advises. That being said, it’s all right if you find powdered white wigs a bit too much (or sweaty) for a Saturday evening in Alphabet City. “When it’s too hot, I wear an ascot,” he adds with a laugh.

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