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A topless mermaid, Lady Bunny, sexy hunks and uptown hipsters rock Houston's Night Circus

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57 Shannon Hall, from left, Marcus Sloan, Fady Armanious and Todd Ramos at the Night Circus party January 2014
Shannon Hall, from left, Marcus Sloan, Fady Armanious and Todd Ramos at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
41 Marie and Bill Wise, from left, with Vivian Wise at the Night Circus party January 2014
Marie and Bill Wise, from left, with Vivian Wise, Velvet Slipper Divine founder, at the Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
31 Keri Forster and George Lancaster at the Night Circus party January 2014
Keri Forster goes heels over head for George Lancaster at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
45 A mermaid at the Night Circus party January 2014
This fetching mermaid was the talk of the town at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
26 Holly Waltrip and Mickey Rosmarin at the Night Circus party January 2014
Holly Waltrip and Mickey Rosmarin at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
49 Milton Townsand at the Night Circus party January 2014
Milton Townsend shakes a leg at the Night Circus party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
63 Stuart Rosenberg, from left, Kyle Dutton, Allison Bagley and Fidel Garza at the Night Circus party January 2014
Stuart Rosenberg, from left, Kyle Dutton, Allison Bagley and Fidel Garza at the Night Circus party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
55 Sara Dodd and Don Mafrige Jr. at the Night Circus party January 2014
Sara Dodd and Don Mafrige Jr. at the Night Circus party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
54 Rosanne Rogers, from left, Vicki Rizzo, Jeff Shell, Ally Shell and Mauir Oliver at the Night Circus party January 2014
Rosanne Rogers, from left, Vicki Rizzo, Jeff Shell, Ally Shell and Mauri Oliver at the Night Circus party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
46 Mike and Veronica Curran, from left, Vivain Wise and John and Rita Maddon at the Night Circus party January 2014
Veronica Curran, from left, John Madden, Rita Madden, Vivian Wise and Mike Curran. Photo by © Jenny Antill
40 Love's First Kiss at the Night Circus party January 2014
Prince Charming plants a big one on Snow White at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
28 Jacy and Grant Cooper, from left, Kady Smalley and Vivian Wise at the Night Circus party January 2014
Jacy and Grant Cooper, from left, Kady Smalley and Vivian Wise at the Night Circus party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
35 Lindsay and Matt Sturm at the Night Circus party January 2014
Lindsay and Matt Sturm dig into giant pretzels at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
14 Decor at the Night Circus party January 2014
Rebekah Johnson used 3,000 yards of fabric to create the Night Circus atmosphere. Photo by © Jenny Antill
17 Don Mafrige Jr. and Rebekah Johnson at the Night Circus party January 2014
Don Mafrige Jr. and event designer Rebekah Johnson at the Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
9 David Solis, from left, Libby Cagle and Gregory Fourticq Jr. at the Night Circus party January 2014
A selfie with David Solis, from left, Libby Cagle and Gregory Fourticq Jr. at the Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
8 Cristin Tran, from left, Kodi Roberts, Lady Bunny, Vivian Wise and Matt Matthews at the Night Circus party January 2014
Cristin Tran, from left, Kodi Roberts, Lady Bunny, Vivian Wise and Matt Matthews at the Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
13 The venue at the Night Circus party January 2014
An acrobat on swath of fabric, performs above the crowd venue at the Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
4 Babette at the Night Circus party January 2014
Babette, the sexy Airstream trailer cum party central at the Night Circus. Photo by © Jenny Antill
57 Shannon Hall, from left, Marcus Sloan, Fady Armanious and Todd Ramos at the Night Circus party January 2014
41 Marie and Bill Wise, from left, with Vivian Wise at the Night Circus party January 2014
31 Keri Forster and George Lancaster at the Night Circus party January 2014
45 A mermaid at the Night Circus party January 2014
26 Holly Waltrip and Mickey Rosmarin at the Night Circus party January 2014
49 Milton Townsand at the Night Circus party January 2014
63 Stuart Rosenberg, from left, Kyle Dutton, Allison Bagley and Fidel Garza at the Night Circus party January 2014
55 Sara Dodd and Don Mafrige Jr. at the Night Circus party January 2014
54 Rosanne Rogers, from left, Vicki Rizzo, Jeff Shell, Ally Shell and Mauir Oliver at the Night Circus party January 2014
46 Mike and Veronica Curran, from left, Vivain Wise and John and Rita Maddon at the Night Circus party January 2014
40 Love's First Kiss at the Night Circus party January 2014
28 Jacy and Grant Cooper, from left, Kady Smalley and Vivian Wise at the Night Circus party January 2014
35 Lindsay and Matt Sturm at the Night Circus party January 2014
14 Decor at the Night Circus party January 2014
17 Don Mafrige Jr. and Rebekah Johnson at the Night Circus party January 2014
9 David Solis, from left, Libby Cagle and Gregory Fourticq Jr. at the Night Circus party January 2014
8 Cristin Tran, from left, Kodi Roberts, Lady Bunny, Vivian Wise and Matt Matthews at the Night Circus party January 2014
13 The venue at the Night Circus party January 2014
4 Babette at the Night Circus party January 2014

The Corinthian has played host to loads of nighttime extravaganzas but seldom has the atmosphere been more deliciously decadent than at the Velvet Slipper Divine Night Circus. The invitation-only bash, brainchild of entrepreneur Vivian Wise, rocked with the spins of notorious DJ Lady Bunny and soared with the antics of aerial silk acrobats.

Several hundred friends of Vivian partied beneath the "circus tent," created from 3,000 yards of fabric, as imagined by Bergner & Johnson Design's Rebekah Johnson.

The liquid focal point of this circus was the central bar where the bottomless drinks flowed while Snow White snoozed above on an elevated platform. (She was later awakened with a kiss from Prince Charming.) But, of course, all eyes were on the topless (with the exception of demure pasties) mermaid, who lounged on the edge of the party scene just down from the soft pretzel station. Butter, cinnamon, original? 

This off-beat soirée doubled as a coming out party for Babette, the Airstream trailer at the center of Velvet Slipper Divine. Parked out back and with security guards in place, Babette was open for business, a collection of glittering fashion accessories on display for sale and a duo of hunky gents serving Cristal. If there were a fire code for Airstreams, it would have been broken on this night as the alluring boutique on wheels was quite the hit.

Among the eclectic collection of guests, Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan stepped out on the wild side, Sloan in lion's costume and Hall as the top-hatted ring master with whip in hand. At the opposite end of the guest spectrum were Marie and Bill Wise, parents of the party host and major investors in the Velvet Slipper Divine concept.

They were among the guests perusing the photography exhibition and the Marrakech-style boutique where wares from several luxury vendors were offered. Part of the proceeds from the evening are earmarked for Bering Omega Community Services.

The spirited party throng included Chris Goins, Jacy and Grant Cooper, Mickey Rosmarin, Don Mafrige Jr., Debbie Festari, Carolyn Farb, George Lancaster, Holly Waltrip, Isabel and Danny David, Lindsay and Matt Sturm, Sara Dodd, Gregory Fourticq, Libby Cagle, Rob Rutherford, Mauney Mafrige, Liz Gorman, Nick Espinosa and Carlos Meltzer and on and on.

P.S. Babette is available for party rentals and Vivian Wise will help with the planning and execution. To join the party, click here.

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