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Richie Rich's Villionaire: JWOWW + Richie Sings + Banana Hammocks

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When Jersey Shore bruiser Jenni "JWOWW" Farley is the most refined looking of the bunch (in relative terms, of course, considering she was desperately in need of a nude g-string and Petal Tops) and Johnny Weir looks as if he emerged from a glitter shower in a Flintstones loincloth, you know you're all up in a Richie Rich party. Or fall/winter 2011 Villionaire runway presentation. Or musical performance extravaganza. It's all semantics at this point, really. A rabid mob scene of ticket holders and VIPs gathered in a mad crush outside the Hammerstein Ballroom beforehand — we heard at one point even Patricia Field was caught in the scrum — just to get a piece of the bacchanal about to unfold inside.

Before we begin, we fortunately (unfortunately?) were not witness to the offending exposed penis, but we definitely were treated to a glimpse of pubes, plus countless sequined banana hammock-encased man-bulges of various shapes and sizes.

The eclectic show opened up with an interpretive dance routine backed by an opera singer and harp playing duo, both of whom were dressed in "Haute Couture Gowns" by design director Angelo Lambrou. Next up, the nattily-outfitted Harlem James Gang treated the a audience to their 20's-influenced hip hop sounds and dance talents. Finally, the fashion portion of the show kicked off with Tinsley Mortimer (again, we feel like we see her more than our best friends these days) in a baby doll confection of deconstructed layers and big poufy curls strutting to "Tryouts For...Human Race" by Sparks.

Now let's be honest, people don't really go to a Richie Rich affair for the clothes (although, kudos to Richie for selling tickets to benefit DoSomething.org and CookiesForKidsCancer.org), so to sum it up: lots of bustiers, lace-overlay, deconstructed (and at times lopsided) diamanté, long and layered disco gowns, ripped tights and, oh, a giant pretzel (look for that in the video). It's definitely fun to note that all of the 37 initial looks were named after a musical artist, ranging from Bessie and Holliday to Gibson and Tiffany.

There were actually two runway presentations, book-ending a totally campy disco-esque musical interlude starring electro-pop upstart The Official Hank, with special guest Richie Rich. To give him credit, Richie did look like he was having a blast and it is hard to sing live...You be the judge.

To close out the show, Tinz started the final walk (full video below) and we have to say that she probably had the best runway strut of the night. The girl is a natural. Then JWOWW closed down the party by walking out with Richie and rocking a sheer asymmetrical diamanté cocktail dress, architectural wedges and a modern take on a Jersey Shore-pouf updo.

The night was a completely random fashion and music spectacular, which would appropriately end with us realizing that the Rod Stewart look-alike behind us really was Rod Stewart. We so wanted to ask him about his thoughts on the myriad of blinged-out tight briefs since he has been known to sport a snug pair of pants back in his day. He is a legend though and had every right to rebuff us, which he did.

"No, no quotes. You can take a picture though. Hurry, act fast!", he exclaimed and took off like he was an apparition from the 80's leaving us fumbling with our iPhone camera app in a cloud of glitter dust.

WARNING: Depending on your workplace sexual harassment guidelines, this may be NSFW.

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