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Opening Ceremony, Jean Paul Gaultier Throw Bashes

The holiday season got ribald Thursday night.

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Claire Danes and Humberto Leon

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The holiday season got ribald Thursday night, when a pair of downtown holiday parties had the cool kids exercising their Christmas cheer and a good dose of sexual energy.

The street-chic darlings at Opening Ceremony anchored the evening with a late night “X-Mas Party” at the soon-to-open Westway on West Street. Greased-up exotic dancers of both sexes stripped down to their Santa G-strings in the former gentleman’s club and shook their moneymakers for a crowd that included Joseph Altuzarra, Jen Brill and Chiara Clemente. A dressed-down Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy rose above the melee, opting to split cigarettes and spy on the bump and grind from a makeshift VIP perch behind the DJ booth, near Spike Jonze. Alexander Wang’s arrival was marked by a crowd-dividing conga line, as the designer’s companions joined hands in a chain as they crossed the party and made already-inhibited movement through the rooms impossible until they had settled in a corner.

Despite the balmy atmosphere inside the club, most guests opted to retain their shabby-chic fur coats, Pendleton-print wool capes and even some chunky knit beanies. More than a few nonprescription frames fogged up in the haze. As the night wore into the wee hours, the paid entertainment made way for the more adventurous guests, who, eager to ditch their urban flannels, took to the poles and halfheartedly shed some layers, to the delight of their friends.

The scene was a touch more sterile in Tokyo on Friday, where Jean Paul Gaultier arrived at the opening party for his new store in the city’s Ginza district in a space suit, complete with padded boots and a glass helmet.

“Welcome to my new planet,” Gaultier exclaimed while mugging for the cameras.

“Tokyo is truly fabulous and very inspiring,” he said of his more terrestrial surroundings. “Everything is inspiration. And you feel so comfortable. At three o’clock in the morning you can walk [around outside]…it’s unique.”

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