ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2 was a night to remember. The city’s finest came together for a night of experimental entertainment in a dreamy space, radiating with creativity.
The (very strictly enforced) dress code: “leather, latex, fetish, experimental, radical, nude.”
The policy: No photos. No judgement.
Entering Salon El Bosque, in Southwest, security guards covered cell phone cameras at the door with stickers to ensure the privacy of the guests.
Anticipation was sky high for this event. People in Detroit serve looks on a daily basis, but, the strictly enforced dress code gave scenesters an opportunity to indulge their wild side.
The outfits were unbelievable- and the best part- people were completely comfortable to show some skin and respect other’s personal space. I did not feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any point of the party wearing a leather dress, bustier, fishnets and chain choker- I was dressed on the modest side comparatively.
The Salon was decked out in neon lights, art installations, and reflective decorations. The space is HUGE. The party spread across nine rooms, each with a unique feel. The dance floor was home to a luminescent DJ booth and a geometric installation illuminated by black lights.
Farther into the venue, a hall draped in streamers and lit by black light, opened into a performance room. A chain link fence, in the middle of the room, enclosed avant-garde acts; Park Hyun Gi and Allie Freaksnotcreeps. The expansive space was a great place to lounge with friends in a cuddle puddle and connect with new people.
The other rooms were mixed-use; one a bar area, the others, art installations and private spaces.
Pictures and videos were prohibited, so how to capture the truly unique experience and share it with J’adore readers? On the dance floor, in a moment of blissful inspiration, I decided to interview party people for their take on the experience.
First, catch the vibe.
Park Hyun Gi describes her ritual performance and first time visiting Detroit.
In the girl’s room, I ask Mary Anne what makes this party unique.
Amanda Bramble gives her take on the event.
Tiny, the big security guard, was NOT impressed.
Tae Su sums up the night perfectly.
“You can’t find anywhere else like Detroit- especially a heavy underground city like Detroit. There’s no where else like home”
More than just another Saturday night in Detroit, ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2 brought people together In a trance-like space to connect without the influence of social media.
Let your freak flag fly, Detroit