Monthly Archives: February 2009

About Candy Darling

Candy Darling Make Up Tips

Look closely at the picture above and get some make up tips from Candy. And watch the trailer to the upcoming documentary about Ms Darling, including a short interview clip with John Waters.

She was baptized James Lawrence Slattery in 1944 but reinvented herself as Candy Darling in the late 1960s after leaving suburban Long Island for the streets of the West Village, a place in the back room at Max”™s Kansas City and a role as muse.

She hung out with artists like Andy Warhol and crossed paths with musicians like David Bowie. The filmmaker Paul Morrissey put her in two of his movies. Lou Reed wrote the Velvet Underground song “œCandy Says” with her in mind and included a verse about her in his “œWalk on the Wild Side.”

It was as a teenager in the summer of 1966 that Mr. Newton first met Candy Darling, a self-styled transgender glamour girl. (…) The two soon became friends and roommates, living together in Manhattan and Brooklyn until 1974, when she died of Hodgkin”™s lymphoma at 29.

(…) In 1997 his remembrance of his friend, “œMy Face for the World to See,” was published. And more recently he began working with others on a documentary, “œBeautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar,” which he said was scheduled to be shown in theaters and broadcast on the Sundance Channel near the end of this year.

More at NY Times via Lady Bunny

Earlier: Candy Darling Quotes

HoTnuTs HaXn

Hotnuts Ham Hocks

Saturday, February 28
The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W.
$5 cover, free in drag

Performance by M 27’s
Hosted by Mary Messhausen
DJs Jaime Sin and produzentin

We’re very excited about this months Hotnuts Ham Hocks. The M 27’s will have their stage premiere as a duo & Mary is preggers. Finally, I get to dj with Jaime again, after our December date didn’t happen (thanks Oprah).

Broken Embraces Teaser Trailer

Below are the first 30 seconds of the new Pedro Alomodovar movie, Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces). The film was shot in Madrid and Lanzarote last year, featuring Penelope Cruz and Rossy de Palma (yay!).
Premieres are scheduled for Spain in March, Germany in August, North America in November. Hopefully, we’ll get it a bit earlier in Toronto with the TIFF in September.

Earlier: From the set of Broken Embraces

Hats: An Anthology

Stephen Jones, the renowned milliner, has an anthology of his work coming up at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The show runs from February 24 to May 31.

For the occasion SJ has designed a paper hat. You can download the step-by-step instructions (pdf file) from the V&A website.

Watch the interview & documentary below. It’s brilliant, with behind the scenes in the workrooms and examples of his work done for Boy George, Visage, Princess Diana, Dior, Comme des Garcons, you name them.

Earlier: Stephen Jones perfume

Pink Kitty

Remember that you can never have enough pink beauty products. I believe there are over 5 million shades of pink out there, why not have them all?
When the Hello Kitty x Mac Cosmetics line was announced, I knew I had to get the most poppin’ colours. I guess Mariah already has the full line, she is such a Hello Kitty fan.

Pink Kitty Shet

Also watch the commercial below, where the model crawls through fluffy pink wormhole. Not sure what that will remind you off?

Easing into Family Day

We celebrated Family Day with a party in the gay village at Straight. Mary wore her amazing stuffed toy scarf and of course I was happy to wear a Mary dress. Margot did my make up and we were ready to go.

Between my dj sets Mary and I got acquainted with a couple of cute boys. However, we couldn’t decide on whom to start a family with, so we ended the night like we always do: eating. Yummy.

Thanks to the Eva Christina’s for inviting us over.
Check out the pictures (NSFW) after the jump.

Chopped & Skrewed: Proddy & Mary

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MMM in M on M

The Maison Martin Margiela exhibition at the MoMu in Antwerp closed its doors at the beginning of February. Now, it seems to travel to Munich.

The show is going to be at the Haus der Kunst from March 20 to June 1: “in verschiedene sektionen unterteilt, gibt die präsentation einblick in die stilmittel und kreationen des “mmm” sie bewegen sich zwischen müll und märchen”. It doesn’t sound quite as funny in English: “the presentation provides an insight into “mmm” stylistic devices and creations; they shift between garbage and fairy tales”

I’m not sure why Munich has all the luck. Last October, they got the first German Margiela boutique on Maximillianstraße. Na dann, pfürti!

MMM MoMu Catalogue

Lollhouse

We watched the premiere of Dollhouse, the new TV series by Joss Whedon, he who created Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

The show centres around dolls or actives, who get their mind erased and a new personality imprinted before a new assignment. Echo, the main doll, develops a self-awareness in her wiped state. Might that get her in trouble?

The actives live in a hidden facility called the Dollhouse.

I really hope the Dollhouse turns into Lollhouse soon, a lesbian Dollhouse. There were glimpses of it in the first episode: Echo got a little close to her doctor. And at the end, she is rescued by an extra tough dyke colleague. Welcome to the Lollhouse!

Echo gets wiped
Echo gets wiped

Getting cheeky with the doc
Echo gets cheeky with the doc

Enter the butch dyke
Another doll, lets call her butch dyke, comes to Echo’s rescue

The Castro in the 70s

The fun East Village Boys has an excellent post about and by photographer Dan Nicoletta, a friend and photographer of Harvey Milk and the Castro of the 70s. Below are just three pictures out of many. Make sure to head over to evb.

Nicolatta

“(above right) Divine terrorizing the Trockadero Dance Club, October 29, 1978. He had just thrown an entire cake into the audience, nailing many, and was on his way to the other side of the stage to tear down the Trock”™s other white and silver faux palm trees. I guess he didn”™t like the decor. This was just after his starring role in John Water”™s, Female Trouble.”

uuuuuhhhh hot
Castro Street cruising, August, 1976

The recently released “œMilk: A Harvey Milk Pictorial Biography“, foreword by Armistead Maupin, introduction by Lance Black, the screenwriter of the film “œMILK”. It features many photographs by Dan Nicoletta.

(via omgblog)

Three Toronto Must Sees Siehs

So, this week is a bit crazy, the social butterflies have to rush to several events every night. Below is just the tip of the iceberg.

IMAGINE, THERE: Three Contemporary Mythologies

assume vivid astro focus, Oliver Husain, Terence Koh
Curated by Kevin Hegge (iFag)
Exhibition runs February 13 to March 13, 2009
A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W. (Richmond & Spadina)

The opening reception is tonight, Friday February 13th from 7-9pm
I’m very excited about this. Come to The Dollhouse and get your mind erased.

Oliver Husain's Pfau

Funkaesthetics

Justina M Barnike Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle
February 12 – March 23, 2009
Sorry, the opening reception was yesterday

Curated by Luis Jacob & Pan Wendt
With work by Pedro Bell, Leigh Bowery, Free Dance Lessons (Paige Gratland & Day Milman), Fergus Greer, David Gwinnutt, Nick Knight, Will Munro, Adrian Piper, P-Funk, Salvatore Salamone, Sun Ra, and Stephen Willats.

My favourite pieces are the Leigh Bowery costumes, the original Funkadelic cover drawings, the Will Munros and the Sun Ra in Egypt movie. Watch it NOEW (seems to be a double feature Egypt & Italy on youtube, but whatevs):

The Sexual Aberrations: Part One

Plays until Sunday, 8:00pm, The Chamber at Buddies

This play is written and directed by my friend Alex Wolfson (gay) and it is the absolute winner at the Rhubarb festival. The three actresses should get a Tony nomination. I adore them. Of course, I knew I would love everything about the play as soon as I saw the Trompe-l”™Å“il set design by the dearest Bojana Bobo Stancic.

Performed by Amy Bowles, Lindsey Clark and Liz Peterson
The Sexual Aberrations: Part One is the first in a series of three plays based on the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality by Sigmund Freud.

Before

After

The Disco Files

The Disco Files 1973-78 is a new book by Vince Aletti and djhistory.com, to be released April 20 (pre-order here). It sounds very much like a new nerd bible, containing Vince’s weekly reports from New York”™s club scene, his magazine articles, 800 club and DJ charts and tons of record reviews.

Aletti was the first person to write about disco in an article published in Rolling Stone in 1973. He became a senior editor at The Village Voice, and is currently the photography critic for The New Yorker.

The 30 page pdf preview of the book includes an excerpt of his ’73 disco article and some great pictures. Some of the pictures might look familiar, as they have been published in the other disco bible Love Saves The Day by Tim Lawrence.

The D Files

From an interview with Vince Aletti:

Did people at [Paradise] Garage regard the Studio 54 as the anti-Christ?
To an extent. I certainly did. It was not what we thought this was all about. David’s [Mancuso] idealism was very widespread in terms of the way people felt. I think disco was, to some extent, a movement and a lot of people felt very strongly. And a lot of people got very caught up in what they felt it should and shouldn’t be.

What was the reaction when Studio 54 took off?
It’s hard for me to say, besides what I already said. There’s a scene at the end of the Last Days Of Disco one of the characters has this very idealistic speech where he says disco was a whole movement. It was funny, but it was really true and people felt that. They felt disappointed that the idealistic quality of it was being trampled over, in favour of money and celebrity. As much as disco was glitzy and certainly loved celebrity culture when people came to clubs, there was never a sense of it being driven by that. It was much more driven by an underground idea of unity.

(via disco delivery & more information)

Incest at Straight

Next Monday is Family Day in Ontario. Enjoy the long weekend partying with us on Sunday.

Cameron, who runs the spandex-power Eva Christina party at The Beaver has kindly asked us to co-host a special family themed night at Straight.

Get ready for the some Hotnuts at the gay village.
Bring the family jewels!

Sunday, February 15th, 10pm
Incest at Straight, 553 Church St.

Incest at Straight
Flyer by Cameron

Woods

I’m not so big on indie or rock music. However, Woods is the standout song released on the Blood Bank EP by Bon Iver this January. Dropping all guitars and instruments, Woods is multi layers of R&B a cappella sprinkled with autotune. Sorry, Kanye, this is the new Cher.

According to wiki, the name, Bon Iver, is a corruption of the French “bon hiver” (good winter), or a misspelling of “bon ivre” (good Drunk). Sounds like another hit.

Now, I’m waiting for a slamming deep house remix.

I’m up in the woods
I’m down on my mind
I’m building a still
To slow down the time

Justin Vernon, folk, breakup, band, relationship, Wisconsin, remote cabin, isolation, album, EP, Billboard, iTunes, top ten.

Chit Chat with J

My favourite Canadian designer & friend Jeremy Laing is showing his new Autumn 2009 collection at New York Fashion week, February 15. Head over to papermag.com for a quick chit chat with J.
It will surely be a stunning runway, as another favourite, the dance-disco-house band New Feelings will be playing for the show.

JL Summer 2009
Jeremy Laing Summer 2009

Proddy’s ABC of Online Shopping

As you may or may not know, living in Canada sometimes feels a little bit like living in a fashion desert. After 3 years in Toronto, I have turned it into a virtue. After hours, days, months on the interwebz, I have found my favourite online stores. Of course, I had to select the shops based on their Bernhard Willhelm and Martin Margiela availability.

The list below will give you an unparalleled view on the websites I spend most of my time at. Click. Click. Click. Shopping Cart. Cart. Cart. Buy. Bought. Bought.
And when you find yourself buying from the stores, just think of it as your own personal economy stimulus plan.
Pump the money back into the financial system!

Proddy: Buy. Bought. Bought.

# B Store
Mary introduced me to b-store. We met up in London and paid the b a visit. It was such a pleasurable experience, because the Bernhard truck had just unloaded a couple of Muumuus (pictured above & below). After leaving London, I called Kirk & Matthew a week later and ordered another BW fix. Brilliant service & always some hot shit to look at.

# Corner, The
A sister site to yoox.com, The Corner sells the most recent menswear collections. I’m still not sure why they don’t ship to Canada (yoox.com does). I sent them an email once a month asking about shipment to Toronto but to no avail. I hate them a little bit. What I usually do is get my order shipped to Germany and a friend has to FedEx it to my place.
Another weird thing is that some of the labels are available in European countries but not in the US, for instance Bernhard. So make sure you select different countries to get the whole experience. Make it work.
It looks like they will be getting Walter van Beirendonck for summer. Bernhard, Margiela, Raf Simons, Viktor & Rolf are already there.

# Doshaburi
One of my favourites. Doshaburi is from Japan and they have a shop in Barcelona, where they ship from. When I went to the store last summer, there was always a very friendly Japanese woman working there, helping me with my hysterical questions. One of the best Bernhard Willhelm (men’s only) sites, they carry so many more exciting designers, it would take me months to list them all. Last time I ordered, I got a Bernhard poster / look book thing with my sweater. Amazing. Buy something now!

# Far Fetched
One stop for 20 shops in old Europe. Haven’t gotten anything fetched yet. Can’t be long. B Store is part of Far Fetch, too, so you can actually shop with them twice. Neat.

# Fatal
I love Fatal, based in Minneapolis of all places, but have to say their sale is not the best. Most of the clothing gets reduced by 30% only. But who cares? I got my beautiful & humongous Bernhard pot scarf (picture above & below), that I wore as a dress from them.

# Good Hood
I haven’t personally ordered anything from Good Hood, but I like their site and selections. That’s easy, because there are a couple of Bernhard women’s dresses that I would like to get my mittens on.

# Kron Kron
From Reykjavik. In the summer, they had wonderful dip dye Bernhard dresses. They are sold out now & I can’t wait for the new deliveries. Click them daily.

# Oki Ni
They have some Margiela, Raf Simons etc. The current specialty is the Opening Ceremony Collection by Wong Kar Wai. Get yourself some film shirts.

# Reborn
Based in the old town of Montreal, this is the only Canadian store on the list. Birgit and myself stopped by the lovely store last year & threw some serious dough at the welcoming sales people. My favourites lines here are Bless & Zibskov. Mary loves herself some Complex Geometries. Reborn also has the Six Scents perfume collection; therefore they are the only place in Canada where you can get Wicken 3000.

# Seven
The Bernhard usually sells out pretty quick at this New York store. If you want a specific piece, you need to call them around the time when the new collections arrive and get pictures sent BEFORE they post them to the website. Otherwise, the best stuff is already gone. You snooze, you loose.

# 10 Corso Como
I can’t wait from 10 Corso Como to open their online boutique. Comme des Garcons galore. Went to their shop a couple of years ago, when I was in Tokyo. I want to go again, right NOW.

Proddy: Buy. Kaufen. Acheter.

I haven’t included eluxury.com in the list above as they only ship within the US and you have to use an US credit card. Thank you very much. However, I have to admit, that I ordered a MMM necklace from them last year, and had to use a service company from Florida that bought it on my behalf and forwarded the precious metal to me. There is always a way to get the item you need!

Apart from all the online stores, I can recommend randomly calling Margiela boutiques around the world to ask about products you really need. For instance, my dear friend Mary Messhausen loves the diamond necklace, bracelet and ring (pictured below)! Call them NOW.
I personally like to chat with Colin from the NYC Margiela boutique. He is very friendly and last time I was at the store, his arm was broken, which added some extra cute clumsiness.

Back when I lived in Germany, I only shopped at Heimat. If you’re ever in Cologne, you have to pay them a visit. Andy and Andreas are in charge of my favourite store in Germany & they publish the amazing Mode Depesche, for whom I did an interview with Jean-Paul Lespagnard and other articles.

MMM Diamonds

So now, keep the economy going and buy. bought. bought.

CC

I’m a litte bit late with this, but jut now I saw the pictures below at El Fashionista. In case you were wondering what Roisin Murphy wore during her latest tour and the concert that was streaming on her website, two of the best outfits are by Cristophe Coppens.
CC was trained as a theater director and actor. Started his own fashion line in the 90ties, made hats for Yohji Yamamoto and Guy Laroche and became the milliner of the Belgian royal family.

And now, I also want to carry a deer on my back.
Such an amazing look.

Model in CC

Caught in CC