The above slideshow contains 51 party photos, all but four of which were taken by Peijin, who got glammed up for the occasion (we’re assuming it was for the occasion). He’s not the only one who got into the spirit of me-decade decadence: There was Ann, whose pink leggings earned her three tickets to Saturday’s White Heat Party at the Dynamic Crystal Yacht Club; Tom, whose Rick Ocasek look was good enough to win some sexy men’s underwear from MANifesto; and finally, Laura, from Manchester, England, whose Cyndi-Lauper-inspired outfit was impressive — but, honestly, we awarded her the bottle of Solid XS Vodka, donated by Freelance, mostly because we got the feeling she would beat us up if we didn’t. (And ladies, before you send us angry emails, Shamus was ineligible for all awards because he is a Shanghaiist contributor.)
It wasn’t until after the awards were doled out that we noticed this duo, who, for the effort they put into their outfits, certainly deserved more than the Shanghaiist T-shirts they received. Alison and Stephanie are visiting Shanghai from LA … and they packed clothes specifically with the Shanghaiist 80s Happy Hour in mind (they were using the most recent Lonely Planet China guide book, which naturally recommends Shanghaiist, and then they logged on and learned of the 80s party … and, really, who can resist an 80s party?). But that is not the best part of the story: Alison won their Shanghai/Beijing vacation on — you guessed it — The Price is Right. She also won a lawnmower and, yep, a brand new car (which she later sold on eBay). She managed to do all this even though she spun a 65 on the Big Wheel and underbid by about $20,000 in the Showcase Showdown. (If it seems like Shanghaiist has watched quite a bit of The Price is Right, you are right. In the 80s.)
We actually saw Stephanie and Alison again today at the fabric market — sometimes this city of 20 million can feel very small. Alison, we are willing to bet, was the only party goer Friday night with an IMDb bio. Come to think of it, based on her Friday night showing, she’d be the perfect lead if they ever decided to do a The Debbie Gibson Story feature film, although something tells us such a project is unlikely.
Thanks to Freelance and everyone who showed up Friday night! We’ll have details about the next Shanghaiist Happy Hour soon. Anyone up for a 90s party?