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EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES: Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais usually make elegant clothing for a host of uptown ladies, but on Tuesday night, there were a lot of naked bodies in their Garment District studio. The duo was celebrating the opening of its newly expanded space and the first in a series of Ruffian Gallery events with a fete for painter Nick Weber.
The nudity was thanks to Weber: He is known for images of hard-core pornography depicted with classical painterly techniques. Guests, including “Saturday Night Live” cast members Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis and alum Rachel Dratch, calmly sipped Kirs while taking in canvases showing ménage à trois and more staid female nudes (one of the latter shows Jonathan Safran Foer’s wife, writer Nicole Krauss). Weber, a Stanford grad who also has patrons for his more traditional portraits, explained that he gets his images from online porn sites — which has led to some odd situations. “I used to have it all on one credit card,” he said. “But then I got worried it might get stolen. So I called the credit card company and asked to cancel the card. The man got very flustered and started saying, ‘But sir, you have some subscriptions on here you might not want to cancel.’ He had to read each one to me over the phone. I said ‘Yeah, cancel it all.’ I think it was more embarrassing for him than for me.”
“Late Night”-bound Jimmy Fallon divined on-air potential from the evening. “We should do your fashion show on my show,” said Fallon to the design duo. “That would be hilarious.”