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DANCING QUEEN: Who says nobody dances at parties anymore? The chicest dance party in Los Angeles starts well after midnight in a private club behind the kitchen at the Standard Hollywood. There are no lists; those in the know receive a secret password the day before, to be given to a doorman discreetly positioned in hallway off the lobby (yes, you do need to walk through the kitchen to get there). Former events producer and Nineties club promoter Bryan Rabin (fashion types of a certain age remember him from the club Cherry or from assorted events for Dior, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.) has teamed up with She Wants Revenge frontman Adam Bravin, also known as DJ Adam XII, disc jockey to President Obama, Stevie Wonder and Prince and re-mixer for Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Spinning only vintage disco tunes with a modern edge, Bravin and co. have kept the tiny dance floor packed until past 4 am for the past six Saturdays. So far, the mix has included Olivier Theyskens, Haider Ackerman, Prabal Gurung, China Chow, Dita Von Teese, Rose McGowan, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Crystal Lourd, Adam Lambert and drag queen Constance (who throws his own party Thursdays at Bar Marmont).
“There can only be five of the best from every crowd,” says Rabin. “The space only hold 125 people so it will always stay perfect.” Anyone who has tapped a foot along to the recent chart-topping singles by Daft Punk, Robin Thicke and Bruno Mars that harken back to Michael Jackson in his heyday gets that disco is back. “Today very much mirrors the recession-wracked times in the Seventies when disco couldn’t have been better for the economy,” reasoned Rabin.
And even though it is in Hollywood, celebrities behaving badly are not tolerated. “If a celeb shows up and demands this or that, I throw them out. It feels like the olden days when people couldn’t care less about celebrities. Everybody is obsessed with one thing and it’s the music.”