How do you define decadence in a town saturated in it? If you're Adam Aleksander, the madcap man behind some of the city's most off-the-wall parties, you simply serve cake, all in the spirit of Marie Antoinette of course.
After being approached by The Supper Club six months ago following the success of his Carnival of Ascension dinner parties, Aleksander partnered up with the food enthusiasts for last night's Antoinette-themed pastry party.
Scheming the scandalous soiree, the curly haired mastermind plunged into the world of the Austrian Archduchess, reading her biography and scouring vintage shops for period-appropriate set pieces. When everything had coalesced, including a space provided by uptown brasserie Orsay, all that remained was adding a little debaucherous dazzle.
"I elaborated on the Marie Antoinette concept and created this whole design of a beautiful mess. [The space] is a bright and colorful mess -- like she's been on a three-day bender," Aleksander said, clad in full Versailles-style regalia.
The aftermath of this imagined whirlwind of excess felt like a party-girls' boudoir circa the morning-after, all errant champagne bottles, dripping candlesticks, dusty copies of Goethe, neon-died fabrics and even a four-foot broadsword. There was a towering cake too, as well as an elaborate cutting ceremony, but since TLC’s "Cake Boss" was there filming a future episode, everyone was sworn to secrecy about the delicious details (seriously, they’ve threatened to give everyone the guillotine).
Guests got into the bratty fun afoot, sporting wigs, powdered faces and fake molls while indulging in eclairs and cutting loose to 60s-era French pop and New Order cuts. At one point, two ladies-in-waiting hand fed a very embarrassed-looking male reveler.
"It's all sexiness," Aleksander laughed.
But, in Aleksander's world, it's also all about participation. Not only were guest encouraged to live in the moment (a la Antoinette) last night, but the role-playing started much earlier -- RSVP'd revelers received customized emails 24-hours prior to the festivities describing what character in Marie Antoinette's life they'd be portraying.
"The big breakthrough with this event is that it started right when people RSVP'd,” he beamed.