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Performance Art ala Drag

7 May

Detox in Black & White Candis Cayne w/ Detox on Drag Race Red Carpet

When I was first introduced to the gay scene in the mid-80s, drag queens were all older men in heavily sequined-mother-of-the-bride type of gowns…at least that’s what the scene was in west Texas. They were always fun and sassy with their facial stubble coming out after midnight. I could always appreciate their creativity and risk taken to dress up.

As pop culture awareness has grown to include greater drag influence, the stand out icon in this contemporary field is surely RuPaul. RuPaul’s Drag Race tv show has seemed to reinvigorate drag and taken it to a new audience and new level of artistry. I could write on and on about the topic, but what I wanted to highlight was the ensemble of Drag-Race contestant, Detox, which took her to a sort of performance art level at the show’s recent finale. She created a black and white photo look on the colorful red carpet and stage; it was visually challenging and provocative. If this was done by someone like Vanessa Beecroft or even Cindy Sherman (I could see it), it would be all over the art world.

The level of creativity on the Hollywood red carpet has really dwindled in the past decade as fashion blogs and fashion tv have insulted unique style and created fear in the ego driven actors and musicians that would have taken a creative fashion risk back in the day. I think for now the Drag Race red carpet is going to be more interesting than the Oscars, but as history proves- drag will be influential on the mainstream and I look forward to seeing that happen soon.

Art is constantly expanding in its definition and Detox really created an artist achievement that I felt I had to recognize. Work that red carpet girl!

Madonna’s PopUp Personal Collection @ Macy’s in LA!

23 Apr

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I wish I was in LA right now, not only for the margaritas at Marix, or the sun shining down on me as I hike Runyon Canyon, but to see Madonna’s personal costume collection at Macy’s in Century City! There is a short 2 hour pop up show of her outfits this Thursday April 25th from 6-8pm. She apparently chose the pieces with a little help from her stylist/costumer and old friend and boss of mine, Arianne Phillips. This is all to boost and promote the Material Girl collection, which is a pretty brilliant idea if you ask me. Let me know if you go and see the show. I’m sure it will be jammed packed at Century City all day, but it will be worth it if you’re a Madonna devotee (i.e. the gays).

Check out the link to read the full article in WWD:

http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/an-immaculate-collection-at-macys-6901887?src=facebook%2Fshare

 

Under Boob- fashion forward or slutty?

10 Jan

Today I noticed all the online articles raving over Beyonce on the cover of GQ Feb 2013. I clicked on to check it out. I do love Beyonce and she does look amazing in the shoot. She’s sexy & her body’s phenomenal- especially after having a baby recently (which was a key point in many reviews). What annoys me about all this press is that years ago when I was working with Xtina, she was dragged over the coals because of her outfit she wore to the MTV Awards 2002  was deemed skimpy(aka slutty) and showed under boob -gasp. I remember in the fitting she pulled up the scarf to show her under cleave and I laughed and did a “no-no that’s too much” disapproving nod. I was surprised when she came out on the red carpet with the under boob look. I was thinking “Aye Dios Mio, she’s going to get fashion-killed over this”- which did in fact happen. But it was also a time when her outfits were kinda “fuck it-I’m having fun” and fun we were having, even with the bad press. Plus I love hooker-couture…it’s amusing and it upsets all the fuddy duddy fashion people.  Cut to 11 years later and Beyonce is in some sort of mini-short-thong and crop top showing her under boob cleavage and being praised. I know it’s part timing (fashion has progressed & accepted slutty), part Americas darling (everyone loves Beyonce…Christina not so much), part attitude portrayed (yes we know Christina is a bitch), and part editorial-vs-redcarpet (do you dare wear that in public?); but I find it slightly annoying still. The press is the press and I guess that’s one reason I started my blog so I can express my views, which are usually contradictory to the main stream press (I always love the Worst Dressed best). My last comment is on why does every “celeb mom” do a sparsely dressed magazine shoot after they had a baby? It’s a little sad that they feel they have to prove to the public that they are still sexy even though they are mom’s. But that’s a different topic. I have to give stars to Beyonce because she always looks stunning & I have to give Christina a star too because she started the look.

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Golden Globe Fashion-Fashwon Review: only the cool dresses

16 Jan

I have been to the Golden Globes many times and it’s one of the most fun fun award shows around. Let me clarify that I have worked the Golden Globes, not actually been invited. I think it’s because the show & the parties are all in the same building and I have to say that it’s much more relaxed than the Oscars. People have more fun at the GG’s, where at the Oscars you need passes for every 5 feet and sometimes they expire by 12noon or 2 pm or 5 pm, and everyone thinks they are so important. Ugh! So I enjoy the Globes very much…once at the InStyle party I enjoyed it waaay too much, which is a story only to be told after a few pitchers of margaritas. Now lets talk fashion…I mean “fashwon”! It was one of the best fashion award shows I’ve seen in a long time, but still it looks like everyone just wears the same dress over and over; the strapless, the one shoulder, the drape, the ruching…it all looks too familiar. This time around I am only concentrating on the dresses I thought were cool. No “Best” or “Worst” dress from me cuz in 2012 I am doing my best to give love to all and not create bad karma because I have my fill already…although….no, I’m not going to do it. I am going to do categories which will start with:

1) WORK IT & COMMIT! These ladies had severe fierceness and didn’t give it up one second.

-Angelina Jolie in Versace…ok, I said I wasn’t going to do give a “Best” dressed but if I was going to…she might be it. She is the queen of the red carpet. I do wish that someone would ask her who she’s wearing and she would say “Ver-sayse”.

-Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann. Anyone who wears Haider Ackermann is the coolest person ever. Hopefully one day I can afford an ebay 75%off sale Haider Ackermann item like a button or a piece of string, which is all I can afford. You know Tilda is just the coolest regardless of what she wears, but I love how her whole look is committed to itself.

-Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci. She just knows how to work a piece of art on the red carpet. She really needs to give posing lessons to other un-named-bad-posing actresses on the red carpet.

2) I AM SO HOT IN THIS DRESS! These ladies are showing of their sexiness and feeling their sexy selves in a perfectly designed dress that transforms their public persona.

-Michelle Lea in Marchesa. Now Michelle Lea always dresses well for the red carpet, but here she is sizzling. She knows she looks amazing! I love that she took a chance with this partially sheer sequin dress.

-Emma Stone in Lanvin. I think of Emma Stone as a cute cool chick, but here she is sexy chic. She is giving fashion confidence.

3) SWEET N’ CHIC: lovely ladies giving fashion.

-Zoey Deschanel in Prada. Zoey is the ultimate cute girl and here she has taken it to a new fashion level. Her sixties inspired hair and make up (by Makeup artist Jorjee Douglass) go excellent with her custom made Prada retro-y dress.

-Romola Garai in Alessandra Rich. I don’t know who Romola is or the designer Alessandra- but I do now! What a great collaboration of “sweet & chic”. Romola is my new fave actress & Alessandra is my new fave designer.

-Busy Phillips in Temperely London. I love Busy in Cougartown and I love that she wore Temperely. She is so darn cute and this dress has a cool California chic feel that suits her perfectly (which is ironic because its a British designer). I wish she was my best friend…but only if she’s like her Cougartown character.

4) FANTASTIC DRESS: these are designs I just am in love with.

-Diana Argon in Giles Deacon. Super amazing cutting edge fashion. She looks great, and I hate to say it, but wish her hair/makeup/accessories matched a little little bit better with the dress. I love that she is a risk taker. This is a piece of art.

-Georgina Chapman in Marchesa. She IS Marchesa and represents is perfectly; soooo gorgeous.

-Jessica Chastain in Givenchy. I love this dress. I love her curves…not in love with her hair, but it’s ok since she is such a great actress & I love red heads.

There are a few others that I would put as some kind of honorable mention like Claire Danes & Charlize Theron, but I’ve been on this for a while now and I’m tired. I give big fashwon (you have to say it like you’re from texas, instead of saying “fashion”) star to all the above ladies & designers & stylists & hair & makeup. Thanks for being so fab!

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Designer Trish Summerville Talks Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo Fashion!

7 Dec
Yes she’s gorgeous, and she’s my BFF: its Trish!

Designer Trish Summerville Reveals H&M’s Secret ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Connection (Video)
Source: hollywoodreporter.com If you’re a big fan of David Fincher and are dying to see his The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo when it opens on Dec 21, you may already know that the film’s costume designer, Trish Summerville, has designed a small collection of hard core neutral separates for Swedish retail clothing giant H&M – leather jacket, wool coat, skinn

American Music Awards 2011- a Fashion Tragedy…no stars

23 Nov

I’m sorry to say that my first post is about the very recent American Music Awards that was one of the worst red carpet fashion shows ever. I am only posting 2 pictures…no one else is worth mentioning. So the first pic is Justin B and Selena G: please, am I supposed to take these 2 seriously…maybe if I was pre-teen! Why does the stylist for these kids want to play dress up with them?? They look like they are in the junior high production of some James Bond movie. Poor Justin’s jacket doesn’t even fit him. Then there is the best dress of the night…but it looks horrible on the lady wearing it. Kimberly Perry (I have no idea who she is) is wearing a gorgeous Bottega V dress, but bless her heart, its too much for her. You got to learn how to work it Kimberly. Next time first watch ANTM or some RuPaul’s Drag Race. Not to mention that Emma Stone already wore the dress to the MTV awards…stylist needs to give you a discount. Everyone else was ok or blah. I do love Jennifer Hudson and now she’s skinny, but her dress looked like a leftover JLo dress. No stars for anyone.