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For his Spring 2016 Ready to Wear show, Alexander Wang showed club kids looks with 90s aestheticism, themes also references by Jeremy Scott and Rag & Bone. Yet it’s not the runway show grabbing headlines, but the controversial Hooters and stripper-themed after-party, that in a year marked by feminism and girl power, seemed not only like a poor PR move, but outright tacky. Celebrating his ten-year anniversary, the party was inspired by infamous Miami gentleman’s club King of Diamonds. Catered by Hooters, signature waitresses in tiny-tees and big hair passed out sliders to guests.

The musical lineup read like a VH1 special on hip-hop royalty – Lil Wayne, Ludacris, A$AP Ferg, Tinashe, and Just Blaze performed. The guest list included Lady Gaga, members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, and Nicky Minaj. Dancers slid up and down poles with fake dollar bills scattered at their feet decorated with Wang’s face. The athleticism of pole dancing is impressive, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with erotic dancing in it of itself, but from the Wang dollar bills to the ice luge and greasy chicken wings, the whole affair was simply tacky.

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