Between the bustling new-dressed crowd, the throng of people eager to say the right name at the door, and the lack of central air conditioning, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what made Rihanna’s annual afterparty so hot this year. Hosted at nightlife mogul Rickie Akvia’s new spot, Davide, guests were transported away from the typical dark club clad in disco lights to a dreamy underground escape with several candle-lit rooms to explore.
Feather pampas draped over the vaulted ceilings, and a very branded and themed Fenty pink American flag radiated behind the bar and DJ booth. On the decks, Hank Korsan has spun remixes of classic RiRi tracks from “Pon De Replay” to “Pour It Up” when the artist arrived. Ditching her Balenciaga couture number for a tie-up black tee and see-through maxi skirt, Rihanna strolled in fashion late to her own party and slipped into a side room adorned with overflowing greenery behind patio doors that really looked more like a posh apartment in the 8th arrondissement and less of a posh VIP room. Of course, her boyfriend, A $ AP Rocky, who now wore an ERL graphic tee paired with a furry shoulder bag was by her side.
Early to arrive at 1:00 a.m., Lil Nas X showed up with his gang on a party bus, exciting the growing crowd of fans who spilled out onto 9th Avenue. Shortly after, Chance The Rapper was spotted inside, still looking stylish in his custom Ralph Lauren suit. Outside, Instagrammers posting their verified followers were quickly turned back at the door to make room for A-list participants.
Party goers including hot couples like Yasmin Wijnaldum and Thomas Doherty; Talita von Furstenberg and Rocco Brignone; Ella Emhoff and GQ Samuel Hine, mixed with singles like Brandon Lee Thomas and Victor Cruz. Mary J. Blige, Cara Delevingne, Hunter Schaeffer, Naomi Osaka, Alton Mason, Sza, Lili Reinhart, Teyana Taylor, Megan Rapinoe, Rosalía, Tommy Dorfman and Vogue Cover star, Lorde.
Sweat and cigarettes were plentiful on the dance floor, as were the fabulous after-party looks that were definitely too hot to bear. Models like Vittoria Ceretti, Anok Yai and Meghan Roche reclined on plush white sofas tucked away in alluring alcoves, perfect for trading secrets of the Met Gala. Clusters of candles filled every nook and cranny of the cave-like space, creating an effortless sexy vibe from room to room. Through an exposed brick archway, the Williams sisters took control of the back bar, dancing with the likes of Imaan Hammam, Russell Westbrook, Lewis Hamilton and Migos’ Quavo all night long.
Bartenders served D’ussé cocktails and poured nothing but bubbles from magnum bottles of Jay-Z’s Ace of Spades champagne, of course. At around 4:30 a.m., A $ AP Lou of A $ AP Mob took the main stage to keep the party alive with Megan Thee Stallion, Jeremy O. Harris and Winnie Harlow until dawn. It’s safe to say that Queen RiRi can bow out for this wild night.