The creative minds behind Bubble_T, New York’s queer Asian dance party.

To hear makeup artist Stevie Huynh tell it, he and his friends (a half-dozen-strong crew of fashion-forward queer Asians) just wanted to go out. “I don’t care if you’re going to a bar in the East Village or Bushwick or Hell’s Kitchen or Chelsea, you walk in and you just feel different,” says Huynh, 33. “There is no Asian nightlife in the city — literally none.” So he and his friends, artists Nicholas Andersen and Vivianne Yi and designers Pedro Vidallon, Paul Tran, and Karlo Bueno Bello (who performs as Bichon), decided to create their own roving monthly dance party catering to creative Asians in the Williamsburg-Bushwick-Greenpoint triangle.

Top imageSTEVIE HUYNHmakeup artist, Fendi shearling coat, $19,500 at fendi.com; Eric Javits hat, $600 at ericjavits.com

PAT XImodel and artist, Versace wool jacket, $2,200 at 647 Fifth Ave.; Ellery fringe slip dress, $795 at ellery.com Photo by Mamadi Doumbouya. Styled by Diana Tsui.

A December Bubble_T party in Bushwick. Photo by Mamadi Doumbouya.
BICHONperformer, Gucci jacket, $9,300 at gucci.com; YUKI JAMESphotographer, Gosha Rubchinskiy x adidas sweatshirt, $240 at Dover Street 160 Lexington Ave; 646-837-7750. Photos by Mamadi Doumbouya. Styled by Diana Tsui.

It’s called Bubble_T (after the Taiwanese drink), and since it began in May, it’s become a fashionable party (Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon has hosted several times; Solange appeared at a December party) as well as a monthly exercise in genre-mixing: beefy Tom of Finland types, New Wave Asian goths, high-concept drag artists. They call themselves the “Slaysians.” As these things tend to go, the party’s become more diverse as its profile has risen; in one night, you can overhear an Asian partygoer griping about too many non-Asians right before eavesdropping on a (clueless) white attendee asking, “Why are there so many Asians?” Bubble_T’s mission is unequivocal, though: It’s here for the Slaysians. “People will tell me, ‘It’s a new experience to see attractive faces that are like mine, and not feel like the only one,’” says Andersen. “That’s a great thing. We want to take this energy and make it more than a party.”

From LeftMAHAL KITAartist and designer; NICHOLAS ANDERSENco-founderConfettisystem Kenzo La Collection Memento denim jacket, $540, and pants, $360, at kenzo.com; Converse sneakers, $55 at converse.com; PEDRO VIDALLONperformance-wear designer, Tommy Jeans coat, $270, and shirt, $80, at tommyhilfiger.com; JACKY TANGcultural engineer, Helmut Lang vest, $395 at helmutlang.com; Calvin Klein Jeans straight-leg jeans, $118 at calvinklein.com; Kangol hat, $45 at kangol.com. Photos by Mamadi Doumbouya. Styled by Diana Tsui.
From LeftANDY BOYCEvideo artist, Helmut Lang parka, $1,140 at helmutlang.com; BAILEY SKYEartist and musician, Helmut Lang parka, $1,140 at helmutlang.com.Photos by Mamadi Doumbouya. Styled by Diana Tsui.
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