i-D Magazine November 11, 2002

SAY MY NAME
LACHAPELLE VIP PARTY

It’s the launch night for David LaChapelle’s i-D sponsored London retrospective and things are going pretty much as expected. From bona fide A-listers to London’s Most Shameless plus a Bowery-esque gentleman with a scary furry face, the crowd is as giddily mixed as the pantomime characters that populate LaChapelle’s photographs, day-glo panoramas that visually assault from every possible space on the gallery walls.

In the main gallery, Elton John is sharing a joke with a generically modified Pete Burns and a GM-free Sam Taylor Wood. On the dance-floor, two brickshithouse gogo-boys in their Calvin’s are warding off potential dance rivals. In the toilet a boy is crying quietly under the sink. And in the, ahem, backroom a young lady is licking – licking – a wipe clean picture of David Beckham in denim cut-offs… It’s the launch night for David LaChapelle’s i-D sponsored London retrospective and things are going pretty much as expected. From bona fide A-listers to London’s Most Shameless plus a Bowery-esque gentleman with a scary furry face, the crowd is as giddily mixed as the pantomime characters that populate LaChapelle’s photographs, day-glo panoramas that visually assault from every possible space on the gallery walls. Naomi stomping on micro lycra wrestlers, Pamela Anderson wearing nothing but gold stars (probably for not for academic achievement), Lil’ Kim Louis Vuttoned to the max, Christina Ricci looking strange and Ricci-like, and more than a few inspirations for Pete Burns’ new look. Like Naomi and the mini-WWF, fantasy and reality were locked into a bloody fight to the death. Fantasy wins hands down. Meanwhile at the party, chief satyr LaChapelle is wailed-in by a gaggle of young pretty things, blue-eyed kids with one eye open on a technicolor ad campaign. More drinks, more celebs; Boy George and – thank goodness, it’s officially a party now - James Gooding. Art, fashion, pop and parties. All proof that sometimes boys just want to have fun too.

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