[Editorial note: This article was written by our friends at Debonair Magazine. They also submitted the photo that is featured here.]
Debonair Magazine hosted their “Lost In The ’90s” event this past Saturday at Arctica Bar in Manhattan. The 1990s extravaganza was to support and shed light on author Frank Anthony Polito’s latest novel of the same name, “Lost In The ’90s.” Polito released the book a month ago in April.
Attendance was high, as the best dance music of the ’90s emanated through the NYC bar. Other surprises floated around the establishment, such as neon friendship bracelets, ring pops, pop rocks, and even bubbles. Fans of the book and Debonair readers alike were treated to a scene much like that of a high school dance from another place and time. The walls were plastered with ’90s memorabilia and the energy was up.
Debonair Magazine had created a custom drink menu just for the event; the drinks included 1990s favorites such as the fuzzy navel, sex on the beach, watermelon shooters, and blue motorcycles. Each drink was named after a specific chapter in Polito’s novel. Wes the bartender had drinks pouring freely until the last possible minute.
The author donned a Keith Haring t-shirt and an authentic chain wallet; editor-in-chief Joseph Federico looked like a reincarnation of Kurt Cobain himself … white sunglasses, ripped jeans, and and a Nirvana band t-shirt.
The icing on the event’s cake was an artisan chocolate giveaway, provided by Luxx Chocolat (luxxchocolat.com). As members left the event, they got to take home a box of 4 treats; the individual chocolates were named after 1990s songs. Our personal favorite was the “Nirvana” candy, which was made out of Jagermeister, Red Bull, and black Hawaiian sea salt. Readers can take home their own little piece of the 1990s by ordering a Luxx Chocolat box here.
Debonair Magazine wasn’t quite done yet; male model Walt Szyamnski had attended the event as Polito’s main character, Kurt. What a sight it was to see Polito’s character come to life in a rugged white t-shirt and ripped jeans!
In our opinion, we give both Debonair Magazine and Frank Anthony Polito an “A+” for hosting a truly debonair event. We wouldn’t have been able to get “lost in the ’90s” without them.
“Lost In The ’90s” is available for order on Amazon.