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As late Saturday night was turning into early Sunday morning, Bryan Greenberg was watching two friends play Ping-Pong on a table set up along the Hudson River. Earlier in the day, the actor, who plays a designer on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” had attended the Alexander Wang runway show. It had been his first front-row experience.
“It was pretty overwhelming to be honest,” he said while very loud music pulsed behind him. “It was so intense. It’s like exactly what you thought a fashion show would be like. You know what I mean? Like from the movies…but, I do think he’s got a vision, man. It’s pretty amazing.”
Wang’s vision and attention to detail had extended to the after party, which took the form of a frat party, and which explained the Ping-Pong table. Another had been commandeered for beer pong. The entire pier had been fitted with Astroturf. There was a keg and a bathtub filled with Budweiser tall boys. Vintage centerfolds hung on the walls. Blowup dolls and Glo-sticks abounded. (A sponsorship from Playstation — the best friend of frat boys everywhere — surely helped offset the cost of turning Pier 40 into Wang Delta Psi.)
Though about as fundamentally opposite in appearance as anyone can get from a frat boy, Wang seemed to be enjoying himself like one as he made good use of the dance floor. When the night’s surprise entertainment, the punky, cultish hip-hop collective Odd Future, arrived onstage around 12:30, Wang stood stage left wearing a sombrero.
“If I happen to come in the crowd and just go wild, and you spill your drink on your expensive-ass shirt that’s probably ugly-as-f--k, don’t be mad at me cause I warned you,” the group’s 20-year-old leader, Tyler, the Creator cheerfully advised by way of introduction. He made good on his promise several times throughout the short set, which also likely marked the first time in history anyone has used the phrase, “My n-gga Alex Wang.”