Night Vision

Night Vision

Photographed at legendary nightclub Le Palace, a new roving party dubbed Kaliente is re-energizing Paris after dark, seen here through Alain Mikli shades.

Photographed at legendary nightclub Le Palace, a new roving party dubbed Kaliente is re-energizing Paris after dark, seen here through Alain Mikli shades.

Photography: Antoine Harinthe

Styling: Thomas Davis

Text: Devin Barrett

This article appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands May 3rd. Pre-order your copy now at shop.vmagazine.com

Le Palace was the Parisian answer to Studio 54. It was similarly formative, and undeniably inimitable. The club celebrated a unique marriage of regulars—the young and rising with the older and eminent, the known with the unknown. It was this combination of minds, styles, and attitudes that surely sparked the resulting cultural output for years (even decades) to come. The legendary space soon established itself as a watering hole for the likes of Mick Jagger, Yves Saint Laurent, Prince, Kenzō Takada, Grace Jones, Karl Lagerfeld, and Issey Miyake. DJ Michel Gaubert got his start at Le Palace playing a soundtrack of Rick James, Devo, Talking Heads, Yma Sumac, and Public Image. “Le Palace was special in that Paris had very few nightclubs and that it was the first major night playground to open its doors,” recalls Gaubert. “The time was also appropriate as it was March, 1978 at the height of the disco and punk era. The policy of Le Palace was to welcome everyone who had ‘it.’ People of all kinds of backgrounds were dancing next to each other, creating the most fun melting-pot ever seen in a club.”

Today, Kaliante—spearheaded by Luka Isaac, Pandora Graessl, and a crew of creatives—is reimagining hallowed hotspots like Le Palace, orchestrating a new wave of memorable nights. Born out of the spirit of collaboration, and soundtracked by “current and future” techno, the monthly party series combines a myriad of intriguing locations with lighting, set design, and sound curation. Freedom after dark is hard to come by in the age of the Internet and social media, but this pursuit of social liberation in condensed cities is exactly what inspired the Kaliante collective’s unique community. “Kaliante [is] a mirror of the pulsing new generation in Paris,” they explain in a collective statement. If Le Palace’s golden age existed at the height of new-wave glamour, its second iteration is slightly edgier in spirit: “Kaliante is rhythm. It’s an energy, a way of being and living your own life—this inner fire of decadence and warmth. Mixed communities experiment dancing without the prejudices of sexuality set in stone.”

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FROM LEFT: PANDORA WEARS TOP AND EARRINGS Y/PROJECT, PANTS PALACE, SUNGLASSES ALAIN MIKLI X ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER EDWIDGE JEWELED NOIR MIKLI/SWAROVKI CRYSTALS + GREY, LUKA WEARS TOP VINTAGE, PANTS GMBH, SUNGLASSES ALAIN MIKLI X ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER NOIR MIKLI + BLACK SATIN MIRROR
Credits: Makeup Karin Westerlund (Artlist) Hair Rimi Ura (Walter Schupfer Management) Talent Luka Isaac (Kate Moss agency), ali latif (next models), aaliyah hydes (marilyn models), Pandora graessl, kira lillie, Ambre Hazlewood, Ophélie Cozette, Fiona Radszuhn, Dustin Muchuvitz Set design César Sébastien  Casting director Remi Felipe Art Direction Mathieu Selvatici  stylist assistant louis portejoie Hair assistant yui hirohata  Location Le Palace Club

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