Fashion Characters Flock to Weekly Hollywood Hotspot Diamond Dogs

Steven Meiers
David LaChapelle

The weekly rock party at Bardot draws David LaChapelle, Theory's Oliver Theyskens, stylist B. Akerland, designer Loree Rodkin and makeup artist Kathy Jeung in its second outing.

In the second week of newly reestablished rock night Diamond Dogs, all kinds of famous fashion characters were drawn to the scene at Hollywood's Bardot on Thursday. Bryan Rabin's weekly party is a mix of 70s and 80s glam rock, a Clash concert and a hipster scene out of a Nan Goldin photograph. Rabin produces it weekly with Ian Cripps and Kelly Cole -- who also has his own denim line.

The evening started out innocently enough at 10 p.m., with the DJ cranking out namesake David Bowie and other rock tunes in the sultry club. With red seats and black walls, it sort of resembles a Parisian opium den -- or what we would imagine an opium den to look like.

The pace picked up when legendary fashion photog and video director David LaChapelle (Madonna, Tupac, Britney Spearks, Eminem) climbed up on the go-go box, and shook his money-maker for a good half hour. (Later on, he was replaced by professional dancers.)

Madonna's stylist B. Akerland arrived in her gorgeous goth, as did jewelry designer to the stars Loree Rodkin, Theory designer Olivier Theyskens, Donovan Leitch, and famed L.A. original club producer Amanda Demme -- who now works as a photographer.

Gwen Stefani makeup artist Kathy Jeung wore a long blue stole and dragged it glamorously on the ground behind her, while producer Annabel Schofield arrived with L.A.'s best shoe designer Jerome Rousseau, wearing a pair of his sky high heels.

But when Louis and Claude Simonon showed up, all the attention went to these young, long and lean sons of Clash bassist Paul Simonon, one of the most gorgeous and most photographed men of the 1980s. Louis and Claude, dead ringers for their smooth dad, have already been shot for Prada by newly named YSL designer Hedi Slimane.

All in all, this is the perfect den of iniquity for those who like a little retro and fashion people-watching with their clubbing. There are more Bowie and Mott the Hoople style haircuts on guys here than on the Kings Road in 1978.

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