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Check Out The New Richard Bernstein Shop
My good friend Rodney Kizziah with The Estate of Richard Bernstein has created an amazing shop featuring the work of Interview Magazine cover artist and airbrush legend, Richard Bernstein. These limited edition prints and movie star masks are genius and to-ta-lly gorgeous. GET IT SASSY!
Ultimate gift alert! Git em. Give em. Git another one for yourself. GO!
Get it, Sassy!
Halston – Directed by Dan Minahan – starts May 14th on Netflix
“TO DO LIST: Withdraw $40,000.00 for orchid bill – Don’t forget to send Thank-You Kaftan to Dan – Try, really try to invent something entirely new by midnight tonight. “
Gian Franco Rodriguez is all Victor Hugo. This performance is 100% approved by BillyBeyond.com. ☑️
Krysta Rodriguez as Liza is a tour de force, singing in her own voice and dancing as Liza you will be convinced, amazed and most of sucessfully entertained by her magnificent display of talent. To put it “simply,” Ewan McGregor is Halston. He lives. You’ll die.
Amazing with a “Z.”
Rebecca Dayan plays Elsa. There’s only two Peretti’s. Elsa, and Rebecca as Elsa. She’s so gorgeous that she’s hard to see and hear at the same time. Anticipate rewinding. This level of beauty deserves multiple replays. Encore de Dayan!
“Yes, I’m still holding for Dan…hello?… ( muzak sound cue ) Halston… Halston…calling for Daniel Minahan…”
Rory Culkin plays Halston’s bestie, the late Joel Schumacher. Good hair, right? May I just throw out a beauty note here please? The make-up is timely perfection. You can all relax.
I wouldn’t say David “played” Joe Eula. It’s better to say he embodied him. It’s more than a portrayal and it’s spooky-good. (David Pittu is Joe Eula, famed fashion illustrator and Halston’s creative director.)
Gee, I wonder who choreographed all the runway scenes?
That’d be me. There will be turning, running, smiling finales avec complex pivots as well as several split-doubles and yes, the rumours on the runways are true. We do split a triple in episode four. Models, prepare for your masterclass.
Halston, the limited series premieres on Netflix on May 14.
These images were released on what would’ve been Halston’s 89th birthday (he died of AIDS complications at 57 years old, in1990. RIP.)
Hopi Squash Blossom: The story behind Princess Leia’s hairstyle
After news of Carrie Fisher’s untimely death spread, fans took to social media to pay tribute to the film star.
Amidst the outpouring of grief, one image was repeated again and again: little girls, their hair in two perfect “cinnamon buns”, smiling for the camera.
Fisher was, of course, much more than the role she won aged 19, yet Princess Leia – and an iconic hairstyle – have come to symbolise the actress, author and script doctor.
Fisher took it in her stride, telling Time Out in 2014: “I am Leia and Leia is me. We’ve overlapped each other because my life has been so cartoony or superhero-like. By this age, it would be ridiculous if I had a problem with it.”
But what is it about that particular hairstyle – which only appeared in the first film – which has sparked so many imaginations over the years? And where did it come from?
According to Brandon Alinger, the author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, the buns do not even appear in any of the concept artwork done for Leia in the preparation of the film.
In later interviews, Star Wars creator George Lucas said he looked to Mexico’s female revolutionaries, or “soldaderas”, who joined the uprising at the start of the 20th Century.
“I went with a kind of south-western Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico,” Lucas told Time in 2002.
The hairstyle was first worn by unmarried Hopi women in Arizona
It makes sense to look to such a band of women when creating a character far removed from a traditional princess awaiting rescue.
“George didn’t want a damsel in distress, didn’t want your stereotypical princess – he wanted a fighter, he wanted someone who was independent,” Fisher explained to the BBC in 1977.
The Squash Blossom as a Symbol of Fertility
There is only one problem with Lucas’s claim. Female Mexican revolutionaries are not known for their hairstyles – or certainly not hairstyles of that sort.
“As much as I would like to say that Princess Leia’s hairstyle was based on the ‘soldaderas’ from the Mexican Revolution, this was probably not the case,” Tabea Linhard, author of Fearless women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War, told the BBC.
“If you take a look at photos from the period, you see women with long braids, some wear hats, on occasion they cover their hair with a shawl.
“Conditions on the battlefields were harsh, and the women’s task included carrying supplies, taking care of all the men’s needs, serving as spies or smugglers; some also participated in battle.
“So a hairstyle like Leia’s probably was not a convenient option.”
However, the hairstyle does appear to have roots in North American history.
Kendra Van Cleave of Frock Flicks, a website which reviews the accuracy of costumes in historical dramas, told the BBC that while such buns had been fashionable in medieval Europe, the “most obvious” inspiration is the “squash blossom” style worn by women of the Hopi tribe in Arizona.
She said: “This consists of two side arrangements which aren’t actually buns – they’re more loops of hair.
“The hair is parted in the centre, then wrapped around a U-shaped ‘hair bow’ made of wood. The hair is wrapped in a figure of eight pattern, then tied at the middle and spread out to create the two semi-circles.
“This hairstyle became more widely known in the early 20th century due to photography,” says Ms Van Cleave, who adds it saw a revival in the 1920s.
Yes, this hairstyle is called the squash blossom whorl, and it is the traditional hairstyle for unmarried girls in the Hopi tribe.
Groove Is In The Harmonies
The Puppini Sisters!!!
Jean Laporte 101
Jean Laporte was among the first to offer an alternative to mass perfumery by founding L’Artisan Parfumeur in 1976. He made it famous, then left it in an attempt to revive the true art of perfumery. In 1988, Jean-Francois Laporte founded the house of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, inspired by the great French perfumers of the 17th and 18th century. Perfumes and perfumed gloves is what he sold in his boutique on Rue D’Opera, Paris. He used a secret antique process that permanently embedded an enduring fragrance into the fine skins which he made his gloves from. Amazing. The house of Jean Laporte is owned now by Jean-Paul Millet Lage, who was taught by Jean Laporte. After leaving his second successful project, Jean Laporte continued his way futher to the roots of perfumery. He founded Le Jardin du Parfumeur in Burgundy (according to Denyse Beaulieu).
Jean Laporte couldn’t abide the compromises between art and comercial perfume-making. He narrowed the meaning of niche perfumery until he came to its very source- a blooming garden. Jean Laporte, as a true artist, made his way without advertizing…ever! His talent didn’t need the attention of the masses, but being so bright, he always enjoyed it. Thanks to him, we now enjoy great L’Artisan Parfumeur creations, the most celebrated of them being Mure et Musc, popularized in New York City by “the Elsa Maxwell of the East Village,” the late John Badum.
Jean Laporte. The finest fragrances available, quite simply.
What Are You Working On?
What are YOU working on? What am I working on?…None a ya business. I’ll tell you later. What’s this?
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Add this new-way news blog to your daily net walk. David Byrne is in charge so you can be sure you’ll be entertained, treated like and adult and possibly even inspired.
The Fiber Optic Museum
The Fiber Optic Museum is only a CLICK away.
New York City Has Installed Public Runways For Practicing Models
While many enthusiastic runway hopefuls are happy about the program, a certain group of retired, semi-retired and never-going-to-retire-ever models are warning against the possibility of being hit by a bus.
“For God’s sake, girls…puh-lease don’t model across the white safety line!” advises former New York City fashion model, Billy Beyond.
Did You Say Yes Today?
You better start getting used to it because it’s the only way to get through this year. Say, ‘yes’ messter.
I’m saying yes to fake Rolexes. You can too for only $29.00. That’s the first doable price I’ve heard of all year.
2020; Say, “Yes”
Are Christmas Cards Fine Art?
They are now. Don Allcorn’s annual best Christmas Card ( should I have said, “holiday greeting?” Why is hard to be politically correct? Shouldn’t it be easier? – they need to make fairness easier than unfairness then I think it might have a chance.) has taken the printed posted greeting and raised it up to the level of fine art… all within one an easy to open envelope! Is he a magician? No silly, he’s an artist. He’s also an architect and my old college buddy and Susan’s brother! Duh! Don Allcorn people…remember that name. Anyway, when I easily opened the envelope the first thing I thought was, “That was so easy to open.” Next, I instantly recognized the contents as being fine art. ‘But how?” you are probably not asking yourself…Let me learn you now, a simple rule of identification should you one day wonder, “Is that art fine?”
If it’s in a frame, it’s fine art.
Very simple really. No frame? Not fine art….for the most part anyway…I mean there’s always Yoko Ono and making holes in the wind type of art stuff…but this little rule right here will keep what’s fine and what’s not pretty clear. BUT you must also remember that just because some art is not fine, that does not mean it is not good art….or bad art….or expensive as fuck art…or actually just garbage….that’s the rub.( no, Scott Covert’s paintings are the “rub”…riiiiiiight?????? – yuck yuck yuck) – NEVERMIND.
I like that textural fine art frame with that fine furniture in “Claridge Carbon” by Modernica seen in the photo above. That’s looking fine. I’m seeing a design rule here…
Fine is fine with Fine.
…honestly these marvelous ideas just come right out of my fingertips and onto the keys of this computer…they really do…they completely bypass my brain. Hmmm. Fascinating….yeah, I know! OK, here comes another one right now….
Art is a mystery. Don’t try to solve it. It’s not called Rubik’s Cubism, kids.
Take these wise words of easy to remember wisdom and use them! I give these things to you my twelve to fifteen readers.
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays to you all…I totally slept through the whole week this year. Ooops. Missed Christmas. So what.
I had pictures of holiday windows to post and funny gift ideas and all kinds of Xmas blogging to post….but I didn’t even download the pictures off my phone. Fuck it. Who cares.
I Am So Reddy
because in case you haven’t seen this update on Helen, better check it now. How amazing…
And once again, may I ask – WHAT’S HER NUMBER? I need to ask her a few things….seriously…anybody? Helen Reddy’s number in Australia … no? anybody?…PLEASE??????
The Holiday Window Reviews Are Back
And they’re shittier than ever this year. They are more mean spirited than drunk Cardi B and more bitter than Campari with Campari in a Dixie Cup. Oh there’s so much to hate and so many reasons to read this year…and people too…everyone one of you fools is fair game this season, sistahs. Uh huh. Its gonna be Ughs up in here…
Yep. And that aint nothing.
Im talking about broken escalators and lots of complaining to the managers. Oh there will be video. Oh yes…this year we are ruining everything and we are not stopping until we see tears. Its going down, grilla. Pray you don’t see me near the clearance aisle cuz queenie’s coming cunty this year. For Christmess, and qwanza and chanukka, those St Judes Hospital money grubbers and for those Salvation Satan’s Army homo hating Suckwads too. Uh huh. Silly String. That’s what there’re getting this year. Silly String at a very close range. Taste the string Sally’s!!!! Hahaha. Let the holiday begin. Watch ya back, bitches. Im right here.