Debi Mazar Instagrammed these super-glam pics of her and Joey Arias (“Betty Page loves us both!”) and fashion power couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo at the Broadway smash After Midnight NY (with special guest star Fantasia Barrino!). Both pics are simply TOO GORG. That’s what New York is about, kids.
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The celebrity clusterfuck known as New York Fashion week merrily rolled along this weekend. This is what I witnessed on my Instagram feed (as I sat home eating Milanos): PAPER mag’s Mr Mickey writes “Ya know, hanging with @justinbieber at @openingceremony,” Courtney Love posted this pic of her and Gaga at the V party, supermodel Doutzen Kroes crows: “Epic Moment #lindaevangelista photographing me on the street,” Rachel Zoe and the inimitable DVF at Rachel’s FW Show, Colton Haynes writes: “Wit my supermodel beauty @brittsnowhuh … we r makin the most of our time away from @tylerl_hoechlin … but wish he was wit us! #DVF #nyfw,” Misshapes deejay Leigh Lezark has a “fashion cronut” at Opening Ceremony, Courtney hangs with Paris and Nicky, front row family Julia Restoin and mom Carine Roitfeld, Joey Arias and Lady Bunny flank Mao Padilla, Mao hangs with the world’s most fabulous octogenarian Iris Apfel, the legendary Bill Cunningham, and Janice Dickenson outside the DVF show.
Drag Queen Joey Arias and theater queen Liliane Montevecchi
Performance artist and drag legend Joey Arias comes to the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, Friday, February 22, for a performance of his acclaimed cabaret show Lightning Strikes, presented by the Fold. ”Borrowed from the title of a Klaus Nomi song, Lightning Strikes marks the first collaboration between New York icon Joey Arias and acclaimed singer/songwriter Kristian Hoffman – both of whom were close friends and collaborators of the late German counter-tenor. [Nomi and Arias famously backed up David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979 and the two were close friends up until the time of Nomi's death. Hoffman wrote some of Nomi's signature songs ('Nomi Song,' 'Total Eclipse,' 'Simple Man') and did the arrangements for others.] In addition to a Nomi song or two, Lightning Strikes features a mix ’70s rock anthems, popular standards, original material and Arias’ signature ‘channeling’ of Billie Holiday.” Tickets available here.
Some New Yorkers remember the songs and times of Donna Summer. (via The New York Times)
Howard Rosenman, movie producer: “There was one night at the Saint. Do you know that club? It was a planetarium on Second Avenue in the East Village and at around 3 o’clock in the morning, suddenly from the stars, out came this woman. And it was Donna Summer. She sang one of her songs and the dancers went totally insane. People were tripping out of their minds and there she was. I can’t remember the song. Maybe it was ‘Dim all the Lights.’ Or else it was ‘Bad Girls.’”
Terry Sherman, a Saint DJ: “Donna Summer did not perform at the Saint. She wanted too much money.”
Jellybean Benitez, D.J. and executive producer at “Studio 54 Radio,” at Sirius XM: “You had this woman moaning and groaning, like she was having an orgasm. And it went on forever. But no one seemed to mind. You’d just play that record and turn the lights off. Seventeen minutes was enough time to fulfill a lot of fantasies.”
Patricia Field, clothing designer and stylist: “Her music embodied that era. Dancing and drugs, it all went together like a beautiful salad. I was never that heavy a drug user. But poppers I used to enjoy when I was on the dance floor shooting for the stars. I was having a mad love affair with a woman named Dorothy that lasted a year and a half. We’d go to 12 West together and dance and get lost. We loved ‘Love to Love You Baby.’ ”
Stephen Burrows, fashion designer, Studio 54 regular: “People would be on the balcony at Studio 54 actually doing it while that song was playing.”
Joel Schumacher, film director: “I was doing a lot of speed. We were all out of our minds. Sweat and Speedos and Donna Summer and gorgeous beauty and being wrecked out of our brains. That’s what it was all about.”
Joey Arias, performance artist: “It became a ritual when that song came on. Find that person in the club you could go home and sleep with. Or make love to. That new partner. That’s what the ‘last dance’ was. It was the last chance for love, so go on the dance floor, shake your booty one more time and make sure you find that person. And you usually did. And then you’d pass out, and wake up and do it all again.”
Karen Erickson, a founder of Erickson Beamon: “I moved to New York in ’79 and I went to Studio 54 all the time. There was Andy Warhol and Halston and Disco Sally and Rollerina, and there was no difference between who was famous and who was not famous. If you were there, you thought you were famous. Everybody would be sitting and drinking and having a good time, and when ‘Last Dance’ came on, you’d run to the floor. To this day I hear that song and I want to start spinning around.”
Diane von Furstenberg: “ ‘Last Dance’ was the song of that era, and of course it actually was the last dance. It was a moment of freedom that was never to be repeated again because there was no AIDS, and that makes all the difference.”