Get Dressed to This: Speakeasy

15 Sep

inside Ella Lounge

In the past few years, the speakeasy theme has been a growing undercurrent in the NYC club scene, particularly because NYers don’t seem to like to dance, but certainly love to drink. Some places handled this charge poorly, failing economically due to too much concept and not enough content or just a pathetic reliance on theme but not pulling in a crowd that was down to play perpetual dress-up. Fortunately, there are places like Ella, which has outlasted what was once just a trend and seems to be in it for the long haul.

Part of Ella’s appeal is that despite its speakeasy appearance (all the way down to the bartender’s outfits), it remains modern by way of its fabulous DJ bookings. With a Wednesday night party c/o of Nicky Digital et al for SMILE and several other regular nights, they retain their style without losing an edge. One other such person who contributes to Ella’s continued relevance is NSR, whom we profiled as one of our first interviewees here at Retail DJ.

Though still MCing, he DJs quite a bit as well, and thank goodness for it. His style is diverse and incorporates several genres, almost a must for DJs nowadays, but something that he does naturally. NSR has a regular night  at Ella (Fridays), so be sure to check him out. In the meantime, here’s a little taste of his set (this time around, of the light, nuevo disco pop variety) with a modern take on speakeasy chic. Get dressed to this . . .

The Music

NSR – Live @ Ella

Live @ Ella by iamNSR

(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

The Outfit


1. Mischen Silk Gold 3/4 Sleeve Cocktail Dress, eBay, $184 USD


2. Kathryn Kerrigan Ames T-Strap Pump, endless.com, $179 USD


3. Ribbed Lurex with Gold Tights (in black), Urban Outfitters, $14 USD


4. Vintage Evita Peroni Beaded Hand Bag, eBay, $35 USD


– Retail DJ

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