Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.
Ever walk up to a club feeling ready to groove and get stopped at that dreaded velvet rope with an impartial, "sorry guys, not tonight"? Yeah…uh…us either. But it never hurts to get a little more scoop on the otherwise unknowable doormen and women — the true gatekeepers of the night — since they're the ones that can end your party before it even starts. We spoke to the coolest clipboard cuties at the hottest night spots to take a closer look at what they wear, their fave dance party music, and even how to skip the line and get inside (if you play your cards right!). And believe us, these downtown door divas have seen it all — after parties, after-after parties, and even some stripper catastrophes — and we've got all the dirt on how to make them your new BFFs. They're already ours (right guys?!).
Click through to peep exclusive interviews and photos with some familiar personalities from our favorite NYC hot-spots — you're getting in tonight!
Photographed by Antwan Duncan
If personal style was taught at school, layering would be an advanced level course. When done correctly, piling on separates as fall season rolls around can make an outfit interesting — without looking like you're in a cocoon. Even Kanye is a devoted pupil.
But, this course can be tricky to pass: With so many prints, read
Embodying the expression "head over heels" in a most literal sense, Minna Parikka's fall lookbook really is something else. The collection of images features a tousle-haired model in a perpetual free fall — one of the most graceful, mesmerizing acts of gravity defiance we've yet seen. But, what's being sold here? Ah, read