New York City was a bustling scene of parties on Monday, May 1, 2023, following the annual Met Gala in New York City, fashion’s biggest night of the year, this year honoring the late Chanel legend Karl Lagerfeld, however, one party seemed to stand out with star power and it’s late night draw.
Diddy, still known to his friends as Puff, a staple in the landscape of New York pop culture, along with notable hospitality legend Richie Akiva, and rapper/singer Doja Cat, hosted the annual Met Gala “The After” party. Richie hosts this staple party year after year to celebrate the highly anticipated Met Gala and the anticipation continues to grow. The exclusive bash held at downtown hotspot The Box kicked off at Midnight and went all night long until 6am with a parade of Met Gala attendees, models and social scene-sters arriving until the wee hours. We hear the bash turned away hundreds of guests not on the list, as the room was filled with the most notable of notable.
The annual late night after party was an ode to the great Karl Lagerfeld. The Box was completely transformed featuring black and white furniture, oversized white Chanel-inspired flowers, chandeliers and table sconces draped with pearls, white floral decor, candles, oversized sleek black gloss candelabras, and full of Karl Lagerfeld inspiration to honor the great Chanel designer.
Back to back Dj sets were performed by Tunez, Hank K and D Nice, with a surprise performance by Teyana Taylor from the overlooking upstairs balcony, as Diddy and son Christian Combs rotated on the mic throughout the night. Diddy spent much of the evening keeping the room stay hyped, with regular shout outs to Doja and Akiva, love to his “hip hop Family” like Mary J Blige, French Montana and Busta Rhymes who were all in tow as well as Usher and Chris Rock. He also had his lady Yung Miami by his side, who rocked a massive Chanel oversized head piece. The dance floor was themed as “Club Love,” with the likes of Jared Leto, Lily James, Usher, Paris Hilton, Marc Jacobs and more, seen socializing around the room.
At 2:30am, a slew of pizzas from Made In New York Pizza were passed around the dance floor by Lagerfeld themed waiters donning white wigs, with a pizza station providing late night recovery on the lower level. At 4am, Neat Burger brought out sliders, fries and tots for partygoers craving another round of late night bites, especially for those later arrival guests.
Celebrities and attendees at the celebratory bash sipped on D”USSE Cognac and Champagne Armand de Brignac, as well as Diddy’s CIROC Vodka and Deleon Tequila. Bottles flowed all night long on the VIP tables and multiple venue bars. Guests at the affair also enjoyed Packwoods PacksPod and pre-rolls.
Names at the exclusive afterparty bash in addition to the hosts Diddy, Richie Akiva and Doja Cat included a who’s who of Met carpet names. Jared Leto, Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Vogue UK’s Edward Enninful, Bee Carrozzini (Daughter to Anna Wintour), Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock, Kendall Jenner, Bad Bunny, Lil Nas X, Usher, French Montana, Offset, Cardi B, Ice Spice, Teyana Taylor, Anitta, Yung Miami, Busta Rhymes, Gisele Bundchen, Emily Ratajkowski, Lily James, Odell beckham Jr. ,Caro Daur, Georgia Fowler, Emilie Silberg, Christian Combs, Ivy Getty, Kailand Morris, A$AP Ferg, Char Defrancisco, Imaan Hammam, Joan Smalls, Trevor Noah, FKA Twigs, with additional models and influencers such as Adelina Novak, Elena, Militsa Borisova, Rachel Winters, Vittoria Ceretti, Sergio Farias, Badius, Fatima Cuellar.
Performers draped in pearls and sexy lingerie from Outside the Box Amusements (The Box) were themed for the Met Gala throughout the space, while Venus et Fleur provided custom letter KL logo florals and accent bouquets for the event with additional decor florals by Patrick J Clayton.
Photos by BFA, Foam Creative and Jocko Graves.