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Inside the Standard Boom Boom Room

Inside the Standard Boom Boom Room

” You are all beautiful ! » As the clock ticks toward 2 a.m. ET, FKA Twigs stands at the bar of the Standard’s Boom Boom Room, surveying a sea of ​​guests celebrating the first Monday in May (May 6), otherwise known as the day of the Gala Meeting.

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“You all live your lives in this strange world being yourself, and I think that’s enough,” the singer said.

You already know that the Met Gala is the cultural event of the calendar year – an evening that’s as fashionable as it is high-profile. But if the party of the year takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s the afterparties that present even more memorable moments. And the Meatpacking District’s Boom Boom Room is known for being the epicenter of the chaotic cool that follows the annual party.

Sporting my best down jacket and polished shoes (Windexed), I ventured out to explore the scene. What I found was a space adorned with massive towers of fresh flowers (the party theme was “The Garden of Time,” after all), and a cavalcade of guests dressed in plant-inspired outfits streaming around midnight amid an effervescent smell of fresh flowers. lilac.

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After stopping to greet party host Twigs, they posed seductively for the camera and left as quickly as they arrived. It was a big day for Cabello, who reportedly wore a 15-pound dress containing 250,000 crystals earlier in the night. She also gained attention for announcing details of her new album. C,XOXO, which comes out on June 28.

Among the Standard’s star-studded crowd were an array of names from Sam Smith to Moses Sumney, as well as Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos and his fiancée, Lauren Sánchez, who held court seated in a corner overlooking the skyline near of the penthouse space. entrance. (I briefly considered asking for a discount on Prime). Elsewhere, A$AP Ferg, Lourdes Leon and Tony Award winner Alex Newell were spotted.

Partygoers were rushing as the 2024 party scene turned out to be very busy: Usher threw a “Secret Garden”-themed party at the Times Square edition that wooed the likes of Ne-Yo, while Mr. Halftime himself then headed to an after-hours party hosted by Richie Akiva at the swanky members-only space Casa Cipriani, where Cardi B (who hosted her own after-parties), Offset, Doja Cat and Teyana Taylor were spotted.

Meanwhile, Apres threw a party with a guest list that included Bad Bunny, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX and Jaden Smith. At an afterparty hosted by Stella McCartney, Rita Ora and Shakira were on the guest list at Casa Cruz on the Upper East Side.

Back inside the Boom Boom Room, the space celebrated its 25th anniversary of Met Gala parties, with FKA Twigs joining a storied history (Lizzo, Cardi B and Katy Perry have all hosted their own parties over the years). years in space). And let’s not forget that it was in an elevator at this party, exactly 10 years ago, that the famous skirmish that inspired Beyoncé’s film Lemonade took place. So yes, this place is historic.

“The Boom Boom Room for the Met Gala after-parties is the place to be, and that’s where it’s always been,” said New York DJ and producer Ty Sunderland, who arrived from Lisbon earlier in the day . “I had to do it, because it’s one of the biggest nights in New York to go out.”

To mark the occasion, Twigs took the opportunity to premiere two unreleased tracks. “Would you mind if I played you a few songs tonight?” » » she teased to the cheers of the audience. “I’m here like it’s a show, it’s not,” she quickly clarified from the top of the bar. “I’m just sharing it with you.” While his last full release was the 2022 mixtape CaprisongsTwigs last released an album in the form of 2019’s Madeleine.

Accompanied by British DJ and producer Koreless (“he’s the best”), Twigs bobbed her head as a pulsing beat flowed through the space, humming lyrics like “call me up” and singing along with the chorus.

“This is my gift to you,” she said into the microphone. “Thank you for following me, thank you for supporting me. You represent everyone. It must have been a boost for the singer, who last week found himself in front of a very different microphone: speaking to the US Senate about the dangers of AI.

At 3 a.m. ET, the 2024 iteration of the party was officially coming to an end; the only guests remaining were drunken latecomers, FKA Twigs crew members, and Boom employees.

By this time, petals from the aforementioned fresh flowers were on the floor and the cleanup had begun. As I went down the elevator, some onlookers were outside on the street below. Now, in the city and in the fashion world, the question inevitably arises: what is the plan for next year?