Super Furry Party Animals
Jungle meets the boys and girls behind the night that everyone’s calling the best party in London.
As the clock strikes 12 every Friday night, a Victorian bathhouse in Shoreditch dating back to 1895 begins to swim with a crowd of freakishly fashionable and boldly beautiful revellers, young and old, haling as much from the East End as from the far out worlds of fashion and fetish.
Beneath gleaming skyscrapers, DJs, MCs and Special Guests writhe inside giant birdcages, the dance floor heaves, and behind red velvet curtains, fringes, tattoos and champagne compete for space in private booths.
“When you least expect it, you might find an opera singer performing in the toilets,” announces Leo Belicha, a true fashionista and the man behind the magnificent plan that is the Caligula party, “there’s always that element of surprise.”
The same goes for the crowd – and what they’re wearing, from gravity-defying headwear to shoes so high it hurts just to look at them. There’s no dress code, and pretty much everything goes.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Leo has been involved in fashion and parties for as long as he can remember. A stylist by day, it’s his nighttime pursuits that have made him a name in the fashion industry, having organised bashes for the likes of Naomi Campbell, Roisin Murphy and Basso & Brooke.
The Caligula night takes its name from the infamous film of the 1970’s – a veritable fest of Roman hardcore sex and violence – and is hosted by irreverent New York socialite, Andre J. Just 9 months old, Caligula already has the royal stamp of approval from Brazilian Vogue, MTV and TimeOut as London’s best party; asked what it is that makes the perfect party, Leo doesn’t hesitate; “The secret is not to take yourself too seriously. We just want people to have fun – and be surprised.” JD
by Ana Naomi