I haven’t worn a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors since I was in 5th grade, and used to trade one of my purple shoes with my friend for her pink one so we could be like Punky Brewster. But this weekend I found a great excuse to pick up a pair of sequined Chucks that I’ve kind of had my eye on for a while. I was invited by my friend Jed at Converse to step out to the Tux With Chucks Prom on Friday night at Studio B. Along with a few of our good friends, including artist Michael Schall who designed the 100 Pipes Chuck Taylors for the Converse 1HUND(RED) artists series this year, and Brian Carr, of New Jersey based t-shirt line Solid Threads, we laced up our Cons, got fresh dressed like a million bucks, took some kooky prom pictures and got down to the tunes all night.
Studio B was decorated with balloons, streamers, and adolescent-style hand made banners to give just the right touch of high school steez to accompany the raging tunes from the bands Crocodiles and The Japanese Motors. Finger On The Pulse DJs with Matty Royal provided tunes ranging from good old motown jams to 80’s new wave, recent house jams and Baltimore Club. The youthful prom goers came through in outfits varying from totally decked out with ruffles, frills, corsages, cummerbunds, vests and bow ties, to plain party casual and lined up in droves to take digital prom pictures provided by Death + Taxes Magazine. I stayed true to my actual black and shiny senior prom aesthetic from ages ago and paired my new sequined black on black high top Chucks with an awesome vintage dress I picked up a couple of months back at a thrift store, a black elastic and patent leather belt to cinch it just right, a frilly red tulle slip from Patricia Field to give that baby some big prom volume, and a silver bow tie for my hair.
After bouncing around on the dancefloor for a couple of hours with my friends and Jelly NYC‘s Sarah Hooper, the only thing I felt the party was missing were some slow jams. But considering I came without a date, I guess I got off easy, since I had no desire to cuddle up to this dude who aggressively jumped into one of my prom portraits, called himself “Wheels” and alternately tried to make out with me, lick my neck, and invite me out for ice cream. Wheels, if you’re out there reading this, the answer to all of your questions is still no.
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