Vault Launch Party

Vault magazine launch party celebrity guests

Paul Solberg, George Wayne, Joe and Susan Manganiello, Roxanne Lowit, Mckenzie Liautaud, Christopher Makos, Barton G. Weiss and Robert VerdiAt the evening’s height, a crane lowered a boxing ring over The Villa.

Glamorous swells, vibrant vixens, society luminaries and erudite raconteurs gathered on May 11 at The Villa by Barton G. for the launch of Vault magazine. A massive reproduction of the issue’s cover formed the entrance to the gala, as more than 250 hand-selected guests walked through the “mouth” to experience a celebration that saw various elements of the magazine come to life.

At the evening’s height, a crane lowered a boxing ring over The Villa.

As creator Barton G. Weiss, editorial director Glenn Albin and executive editor Eric Newill greeted guests, contributing photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg chatted with writers Tama Janowitz and Annette Stark. Legendary shooter Roxanne Lowit roamed the crowd, producing on-the-spot images that were immediately flashed upon a screen high overhead. At the evening’s height, a crane lowered a boxing ring over The Villa’s walls for a demonstration by “Rockstar” Charlie Himmelstein, profiled in the issue, and Alejandro Gamez. Then, as DJ Angel Clouthier spun her heavenly sounds, guests including True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, fashion television personality Robert Verdi, Vanity Fair columnist George Wayne, film director Cess Silvera and musician Kymani Marley enjoyed a lavish Bacardi bar and other beverages from Peroni and Perrier, as well as savory and sweet delicacies created by Barton G. Finally, as some guests headed upstairs to view a clandestine peep show in a Villa suite, others lingered near the famous Thousand Mosaic Pool, where some of the naughtier guests shed their inhibitions (and clothes) as the night raged on.

Vault magazine Rockstar Charlie

Rockstar Charlie vs. Alejandro Gamez

Vault magazine Barton G.

Glenn Albin, Barton G. Weiss and Eric Newill

Photographs by Seth Browarnik/