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Evan Mock, the Pink-Haired Skater and Actor, Turns 25


With his shock of pink hair and bad-boy fashion sense, Evan Mock, the actor and skateboarder best known for playing a rich kid experiencing a sexual awakening in the HBO Max “Gossip Girl” reboot, stands out in most crowds.

But he was more than happy to blend in last Sunday night at the Flower Shop, a retro dive bar and grill on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The occasion? Turning 25.

“It honestly feels really good to just be surrounded by all my crazy friends,” Mr. Mock said between sips of Dom Pérignon.

Wearing a white zip-front dress shirt and black bolo tie (both Prada), he got sentimental as he surveyed the bright-yellow booths filled with East Village skate rats, Hollywood ingénues and childhood surf friends from the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

“This is a real cross-section of all the important people in my life,” Mr. Mock said with a grin, which only seemed to heighten his angular cheekbones. He was referring to guests like his “Gossip Girl” castmate Thomas Doherty; his girlfriend, the photographer Gray Sorrenti; and downtown “It” couple Ella Emhoff, a model and stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, and Sam Hine, a writer at GQ.

As guests dined on cauliflower steaks topped with fried eggs and baskets of fried chicken, the stylist Donté McGuine held court by the fish tank behind the bar. “Evan’s scene is like a big melting pot of everything,” said Mr. McGuine, who wore wraparound Rick Owens sunglasses, a black Vaquera top and six-inch red platform shoes.

“There are all these skater homies here, but then you also have someone unexpected like me in the mix,” Mr. McGuine added. He let out a loud and intoxicating laugh, then snapped open a fan for dramatic effect. Nearby partygoers cheered and whistled in appreciation.

The party also mixed business and pleasure. It was hosted by Hugo Renaudin, 27, a French tech entrepreneur who founded a “web3” start-up called P00LS and plans on bringing Mr. Mock’s subversive social scene to the metaverse.

“We want a really cool set of skaters and downtown people to take web 3.0 as seriously as they do fashion,” Mr. Renaudin said, before heading outside to smoke. “Evan’s fans online want to know what it feels like to be at the kind of places we are standing now.”

As midnight approached, the dance floor began to shake, and Mr. Mock changed into a sleeveless white puffer Prada vest for the night’s sweatier second act. In the basement, a skateboard and a permanent marker was passed around for guests to sign like a high-school yearbook.

It was getting increasingly difficult to manage the hordes of partygoers. A pair of young women in mini dresses turned their heads. “I think he’s one of Ella’s secret-service agents,” one of the women said.

The actor James Cusati-Moyer and the rapper Aminé (who later performed) congregated by the pool table made from cheetah-print cloth. Above them, old episodes of the MTV reality series, “My Super Sweet 16” played on the TVs — a wink, perhaps, at the birthday boy’s own televised portrayal of promiscuous teenage life.

At the bar, Yvonne Force Villareal, whose company Culture Corps curated the art featured in “Gossip Girl” (for both the original and reboot), was having a drink with her 18-year-old son, Cuatro. “This is one of Cuatro’s first social events now that he is an adult, stepping into the public eye,” Ms. Force Villareal said. Next to them, the actress Luna Blaise danced on top of a bar stool, as a house track by Frankie Knuckles boomed.

Nearby, the fashion editor Nicola Formichetti was attempting to discuss the costumes for Lady Gaga’s upcoming tour with the Belgian creative director PJ Mattan, but he kept being interrupted, air-kissing partygoer after partygoer. “I don’t know who any of these people are,” he said, a little bemused.

Mr. Formichetti met Mr. Mock in March during a trip to Marfa, Texas. “Evan and his friends are this generation’s version of Larry Clark’s ‘Kids,’” he said.

As if on cue, a handsome actor wearing a trucker hat and crew-neck sweatshirt cut through the crowd. Mr. Formichetti tapped Mr. Mock on his shoulder and pointed to the young man. “Is that one straight or gay?” he asked.

“He’s straight,” Mr. Mock replied. “Or maybe not. I can’t remember.”





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