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Neil Patrick Harris, Rex Lee, RuPaul, Wilmer Valderrama, and Tori Spelling (don't ask) step out for the LGBT filmmaking community at the Outfest 2011 Opening Night Gala screening downtown; Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Taryn Manning and Maria Menounos snack on sushi and shop bikinis as Melrose gets a new place to snag some sexy summer beach gear with the opening of the Shay Todd flagship—summer is a little slow but not that slow, so get all the pressing details on what went down Thursday in L.A. with today's edition of Last Night's Parties. More»
Lately, with the explosion of electronic music, the underground rave scene has been stirred once again. What it will blossom into, one can't be sure. Here's a short breakdown of the modern rave scene today, from past to present. More»
This weekend, The Times ran a piece about the so-called new club kids. The account seeks to hold in amber the current movers-and-shakers of New York nightlife and attributes the reemergence of these die-hards to the failing economy. But the dangerous juxtaposition may not be as smooth as it first seems. More»
[All photos from this event by DAVID CROTTY for PMc]
So far this year, New York City has been celebrating the punk-disco-eighties era that is Stephen Sprouse with art events and parties celebrating the designer's forever impact on the cultural style of this city. With the release of the Stephen Sprouse Book by brothers Roger and Mauricio Padilha in January, the parties continued non stop spreading across the city from Louis Vuitton stores to art galleries to concert halls and now all the way over to LaLa Land at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. More»
...um tell us something we DIDN'T know! haha
Its always such a pleasure to find others out there who share our bizarre fascination/obsession/love of all things relating to Club Kids (a la Kenny Kenny, Richie Rich, James St. James). So when we saw NYMag's Video Look Book of Theresa Dapra, spotted in Soho recently, we had to share. Theresa is a young girl whose dress was inspired by Party Monster (The cult film that chronicles Club Kids).
We should point out though that our obsession doesn't cover the likes of Michael Alig. Although he was the ringleader and patron, the circumstances of his downfall leaves too much of a macabre taste in our mouths. He just wasn't as fabulous as some of his followers. This girl made our day.
UPDATE: Interview with Richie Rich
From Ice Princess, to Club Kid, to Fashion Mogul, Richie Rich has always been a superstar to us. Many of our friends find our mild obsession odd, but we don't care. Last night, while Kate Hudson was hanging with Ron Burkle at Rose Bar, and Diddy was causing chaos at Goldbar, Richie Rich was giving us goosebumps at Bobo. When we were randomly seated across from the famous diva at dinner, we knew we were in for a treat, and it wasn't going to be from any culinary cuisine. (Full review of the newly opened west village hot spot to follow).
For those of you who are unaware of who Richie Rich is (and it's not the comic character), he's a kid from California that, after training under Kristi Yamaguchi, joining the Ice Capades and touring the world, decided to move to New York and become one of the most fab of all the Club Kids, working at all of the city's hottest clubs while simultaneously starting a career as a recording artist and unleashing various pop singles such as "Magic" and Collision." Those theatrical talents came in hand when he started making his own clothing, which got picked up by Patricia Field. Thus, Heatherette was founded in 1994 (with Travis Rains) and the rest is history. He is still hanging out with the hottest Socialites and Hipsters, but now it's because they all want to be part of his show (Tinsley Mortimer is a regular model for them).
[photo from Patrick McMullan]
But back then, Richie Rich was just a kid trying to find his place in life. The Clubkids were infamous for taking things to the EXTREME. The movie Party Monster is a good documentation of this. Based on the book by James St. James, the film showcases the wild life of the real life "party monsters". The premeire party for the film was held at the infamous Plaid night club (pictured below) and included such guests as Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicky Hilton, Kenny Kenny, and Chloe Sevigny (the old "It Girl" who has grown up a bit, staring on HBO's Big Love and recently launching a fashion line of her own).
Here's a video of the Clubkids that we dug up from the Jane Whitney show in the 90's...(Richie Rich is in there).
Finally, we leave you with a little blurb of the interview that James St. James did for USAToday:
Question: What exactly were all of you trying to achieve in the heyday? Was the club kid phenomenon just a major bid for attention? And was there anything you WOULDN'T do?James St. James: Certainly there was this post-Warholian feel of celebrity for celebrity's sake,a nd we deserved to be famous because we were fabulous. We did have an agenda, though. Drag was to be the norm. Drugs would be the utopian gateway. It all blew up in our faces, of course. But in the beginning we had an ideology.
Sunday, May 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.