A few blocks away and over a decade later, Bungalow returned for one more Saturday night in New York City thanks to Gucci. The legendary club, known formally as Bungalow 8, was the Studio 54 of the early 2000s, attracting a star-studded crowd of elite industry names like George Clooney, Naomi Campbell, and even former President Bill Clinton.
Last night, Gucci debuted a disco club just a few doors down from its newly opened Meatpacking District boutique as a tribute to the neighborhood’s nightlife-rooted history. In collaboration with Bungalow 8’s founder, Amy Sacco, the evening felt like a trip back to days when going out was less about getting the shot and more about taking one.
Of course, the iconic “No Vacancy” sign was unearthed for the special occasion, one of many odes to the original Bungalow threaded throughout the evening. The black-and-pink striped couches and leafy palm trees lined lounges were more noticeable touches. In a cozy corner, Sienna Miller, Jeremy O Harris, Tom Sturridge, Alexa Chung, Derek Blasberg, and Lauren Santo Domingo held court while Phoebe Bridgers and Daisy Edgar-Jones were spotted on the dancefloor in full Gucci looks.
Across the room, Iman, Bethann Hardison, and Salma Hayek Pinault claimed prime real estate near the DJ booth helmed by Idris Elba. Face of Gucci’s 25H Timepiece collection and close friend of the house, Elba spun an upbeat mix of throwback tracks and underground favorites. Arm in arm with longtime friend and model Karen Elson, Vogue’s Edward Enninful popped in for a quick drink with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Nods to New York’s late-night food scene, like street tacos and hot dogs, swayed through the crowds before bite-sized cheesecakes were offered for a sweet treat. The cocktail list highlighted after-hours staples from the yesteryears like Cosmopolitans and Palomas but didn’t fail to include today’s most talked about drink, an espresso martini.
From the transportive decor to the electric energy in the room, the evening felt everlasting. Disco, the fabled Bungalow 8 bouncer, even made an appearance. This time as a partygoer himself.