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A Touch of Fellini at the Moore Debut

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Only Barton G could dream up the Felliniesque gay-themed circus that was the VIP launch of the Design District’s Moore Building and Garden Lounge as event venue.

Last night, we were treated to pulsating House music, shirtless buff bald boy toys and a naked Amanda Lepore, the transexxual oddity whose made quite a career as a commercial commodity for design house Heatherette, cosmetic line M.A.C., and Swiss watch maker Swatch.

It was like we had been transported back to some early 90’s rave party at Limelight in New York City. “It definietly has a Party Monster vibe to it,” said a female friend who tagged along, referring to those halycon days when club kid Michael Alig wasn’t murdering anybody.

Oh yeah, there was also free food and booze, including a dessert bar serving confectious libations like chocolate martinis. We stuck to the Johnny Walker Black on the rocks considering it helped us absorb the sight of David LaChappelle’s favorite tranny muse undress for the crowd.

The party was a preview of the new partnership between Barton G. and developer and art collector Craig Robins, who owns the Moore Building. The idea is to promote the space and the outdoor lounge as a locale for chic events. We caught up with Robins, stylishly dressed in a Mao t-shirt, jeans and black trilby hat, as the evening’s festivities were winding down. “Barton is going to do a phenomonal job,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to doing a lot of international product launches.”

The Moore Building is a spectacular space. Built in 1921 as the furniture showroom space for Moore & Sons, the structure features four floors of arcaded spaces organized around a soaring central atrium. On permanent display in the atrium is the site-specific installation, Elastika, by Iraqi-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid

The Garden Lounge offered us a nice Zen-like respite from the indoor festivities with its shimmering tadpole pools and ambient music. Although we do suggest Robins install misting stations and fans to ease the unbearably humid Miami summer nights. We’d also like to see Barton G switch up the musical entertainment with maybe a house jazz band, a salsa orchestra, or maybe even a garage punk band. Like Eminem once rapped, no listens to Techno. --Francisco Alvarado

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