Monday, July 30, 2007

Stacey Estrella


Now here's someone who barely made an appearance on this blog, seeing as how she got eliminated from the show just as we were launching the blog last year. Stacey has a new collection for her 'Estrella' line, which will be available this fall.


More pictures here.

We only really like the bottom two and even then, the one on the left looks way too "Jackie in Dallas" to us.

We also found an interview with her where she discusses her couture collection here:

"Okay. Break it down for our readers who are not well versed with the fashion business lingo.

SE: The haute couture, or "one of a kind" pieces, generate limited income because they are time-consuming, expensive to make and limited to very few orders.

Standard ready-to-wear is "manufactured to inventory", which involves high cash outlay, high expense, large production, and high risk because you don't know which items will sell in advance and you lose money on the items that don't. In these early stages of my company, my production strategy is "made-to-order".

I make a collection of samples that customers can choose from. They select swatches and silhouettes, we take their measurements and make their garments.

There is no inventory risk because I only manufacture when the customer has placed an order. And my design integrity remains intact because I've invested in defining the silhouettes, colors, textiles, construction details, and trims, in advance.

In simple terms, one must balance their haute couture business with the other areas of their collection that are accessible to a wider audience in terms of design and price in order to build their business."


Goce ($2,750) by Estrella Couture


Brisa ($1,950) by Estrella Couture

We like the couture line much more than her ready-to-wear, but are people willing to pay that much for a designer that no one's heard of? Good luck with that, Stacey.

(Estrella Line photos: Fashion Forward)
(Estrella Couture photos: Mona Brooks)

Musical Monday: Thoroughly Modern Millie


Yes kids, it's Thoroughly Modern Millie! Because we just can't seem to get Julie Andrews out of our systems - and because it's one of Lorenzo's favorite films and he pouted and stamped his feet to get his way! Kidnapping! Sex slavery! Offensive racial stereotypes! And Carol Fucking Channing, bitches!

Hit it, Julie!



After her little Jazz makeover, Millie meets Miss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore, of course) outside the Priscilla Hotel for Girls. Miss Dorothy is virginal, sickly sweet, and dumb as a box of hat pins.

Inside, Millie introduces Miss Dorothy to the Priscilla's "house mother," Mrs. Meers, who is done up in full on chinkity-chinese drag for some reason.

After checking in Miss Dorothy, she goes to the back room and drugs a girl before locking her up in a laundry basket. Fun!

Then she asks her two outrageously offensive stereotypes (a nearly unrecognizable Pat Morita and Jack Soo, billed as - we kid you not - "Asian 1" and "Asian 2") to take her away, hissing at them in a jaw-dropping "ching chong" patois. Oh, how the audiences must have laughed at that in 1967.

How much alcohol do you think Morita and Soo had to drink in order to suppress their dignity and get through this film?

Meanwhile, Millie and Dorothy are tap-dancing their way up to the 12th floor.

Later, at a "social dance" (are there dances that aren't social?) Millie and Dorothy meet Jimmy, who is really pushy and nerdy. Lorenzo's had the hots for him for 25 years.

Jimmy leads the color-coordinated crowd in the Tapioca Dance, which he just made up and which, this being a musical and all, the entire crowd masters in seconds.

The local lesbians do not approve.

Proving how modern she now is, Millie agrees to have sex with Jimmy in his roadster, but informs him that she's interviewing for jobs as a stenographer and intends to marry her future boss. "Modern" = "slut," apparently.

The next day, she meets Trevor Graydon (the gorgeous John Gavin,) on a job interview.

She plays it cool and gets the job.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Meers is pulling a Snow White on Dorothy.

Luckily, Millie, freshly moist from her job interview, happens by and prevents Dorothy from eating the posioned apple, reminding her that they're going to a wedding later.

Next, the "Jewishy" wedding scene. We say "Jewishy" because everyone keeps mentioning that it's a Jewish wedding and, aside from the yarmulkes and the glass breaking, this is unlike any Jewish wedding we've ever seen. Julie confirms her shiksa status by trilling some song in yiddish and then the scene ends and we never see any of these characters ever again.

Plot is not exactly a primary consideration in this picture.

Next, we're in a plane with Millie, Jimmy and Dorothy for some reason.

Carol Channing makes her big entrance by flying by in another plane and screaming "RASPBERRIES!" for no good reason while managing to drink Champagne in an open cockpit.

Did we mention that the plot makes no sense? Well it doesn't.

Carol plays Muzzie Van Hosmere, a wealthy socialite who's invited Jimmy to a party at her estate. Julie wears an outfit left over from The Sound of Music.

Carol has some sort of spastic fit at the party but then we realized she's just singing.

That night, Julie dances through the halls of the mansion, overcome with the wealthiness of it all...

...when she stumbles on Miss Dorothy sneaking into Jimmy's room.

Even though she already told Jimmy she had her loins set on someone else, she pouts.

Later, she puts on a lot of eye makeup and attempts to seduce Trevor, but because she's Julie Andrews, and therefore about as sexy as, well ... a nun, she fails miserably.

After her embarrassing attempt she foolishly introduces her boss to Dorothy and is totally oblivious to the fact that they're both completely hot for each other.He asks Dorothy out to dinner and a show and for some reason, Millie excitedly agrees to go too.

Later, at the show, Carol gets launched out of a cannon.

No, really.

Then she performs an acrobatic routine with a bunch of Italian stereotypes.

No. Really.

The next day it FINALLY dawns on her that she has absolutely no chance with her boss because he's in love with Dorothy.

Fortunately, Jimmy is there to rescue her when she falls out a window and they rekindle their romance.

No.

Really.

Miss Dorothy goes missing and our little menage a trois finally figures out that Mrs. Meers is drugging and kidnapping girls for a white slavery ring.

"White slavery." How charmingly anachronistic.

Anyway, do they go to the police with this information? Of course not, silly! This is a MUSICAL.

That means dressing in drag, of course.

Mrs. Meers, thinking Jimmy is just a girl with a hormonal problem, drugs him and has him carted off by her stereotypes.

Next stop: Chinatown sex slavery warehouse! Oh, how we wish they had staged a number in here!

Anyway, Millie follows them to the warehouse and for some reason, stops to eye up the local whores. She lights a cigarette to impress them and because the whore warehouse is also a fireworks factory, you can guess what ensues!

Explosions! Pandemonium! Millie escapes with Dorothy and Jimmy and they drive off to Muzzie's estate. Again, for no discernible reason.

At the estate, they dispense with Mrs. Meers and her traveling stereotypes by jumping on trampolines.

No. REALLY.

After the excitement dies down, they all tell Millie that they've been lying to her. Dorothy and Jimmy are siblings and Muzzie is their stepmother. They're RICH! You know what that means, kittens...

Triple wedding! Roll credits!

Christ almighty, this thing didn't make a lick of sense.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Note from Malan

"Darlings how are you?

I hope you are having a brilliant summer. We are having a sample sale this weekend, liquidating our samples for a HUGE!!! surprise! I hope some RunGay readers can come.

Have a great weekend

Best,
Malan Breton

P.S. We are going to be selling some of the celebrity worn gowns as well. A portion of those proceeds will go to charity."


Heidi Ho!

After being pregnant like 9 times in the last 4 years, Frau Seal reminds everyone just why she's called THE BODY in the latest issue of Arena magazine in a spread that was apparently shot on a very hot day. She looks gorgeous! Safe for work, but just barely.







Are those Kayne's shoes she's wearing?

(Photos: Arena Magazine)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Latest From Emmett

Emmett darling, we say this as your friends: always wear your hair short. You look hot in that picture.


THIS SATURDAY JULY 28 2007
BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT WITH
COOL & ELEGANT NEW CLOTHES!

Meet & greet fashion designer & Project Runway alum Emmett McCarthy for refreshments as he offers summer creations from his Nolita boutique and a trunk show of his new Fall collections.


WHEN / WHERE

GLAD RAGS
66 CHURCH STREET LENOX MA 01240 10AM – 5 PM
TEL / 413 637 0088


Oh, and one other thing, poodles: Emmett now has a line of SHOES! We had the pleasure of sitting in on one of his "shoe meetings" and we thought of the dozens of women we know who would have KILLED for the opportunity to sit down with a designer as he's going over his shoe designs with the manufacturer. They're GORGE and they'll be available on his site soon.


UPDATE: We just got off the phone with Emmett and to answer some of your questions:

1)Yes, they will be available on the site.

2)Price point: $175 - $275

3)The ballerina flats will be available in the following color combinations (aside from the ones pictured):
The circle design:
Black leather w/black patent accent
Espresso leather w/tan patent accent
The clover design:
Espresso leather w/red suede accent

Now, warm up those credit cards, ladies!

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Fabulous Kara Janx dropped us a line

"Hi,

Just wanted to send the scans of the recent feature in InStyle Weddings, if you can grab a copy it is on newsstands now for the next few months.

Wishing you health, love and happiness

Kara & Sharone Sohayegh"



What a gorgeous couple!

Fabulous wedding!