Last Thursday night, September 19, the Meatpacking District’s lounge The Raven hosted its first of a new monthly installment called Man Ray Noir. "Man Ray Noir" is inspired directly by its namesake Man Ray, an American surrealist artist who spent much of his time in Paris. Creative agency Coco & Pollock envisioned this event to evoke a return to the glamour and excess of 50s and 60s nightlife, and the cultural intermingling of New York and Paris. The Raven was an amazing venue, tucked away in the basement of a building off of Gansevoort St-- just entering the lounge you can tell it’s going to be a good party. The crushed-velvet damask print walls, dim lighting, and secluded corners definitely invited attendees to relax and let loose in an extremely alluring environment.
Guests were encouraged to dress in a film noir inspired way, indicative of the 50’s and 60’s era. Men wore sport coats and lapels, and ladies brought out the little black dresses and pearls. The crowd was young, trendy, but still sophisticated, much like the event. Some of New York City’s best DJs played there last night, including Devon C. Johnson, Luka Son of Wolf, and Elle Dee. A special performance by DJ Dhundee, featuring saxophone player Marcus Miller, was truly an evening highlight. DJ Dhundee beat-boxed in French, which was a unique and amazing treat. DJ consoles were sponsored by Hercules DJ Mixroom. For the first hour of the event there was an open bar, sponsored my Stella Artois, which really got the party started. By 10pm the place was packed, the music was pumping, and you could really see Coco & Pollock’s vision coming to life. If you missed it, you should definitely try to make it next month. The seductive crowd and atmosphere topped with two illustrious cities makes for one unforgettable evening.