This is very much in the mold of musicals like Hairspray and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – both shows in which Kinky Boots‘ director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell had a major hand, it should be mentioned. Like them it’s a splashy, colorful, drag-filled joyride of a show, with a soft-sold message of tolerance that never gets in the way of high-energy production numbers. And like those shows, I predict Kinky Boots will be a big fat hit (if I had to guess, I’d say bigger than Priscilla, not as big as Hairspray).
Jackie – a theatrical dissection of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the myths surrounding her – is without a doubt the best high art solo performance piece I’ve ever seen or read. And, because of love affairs with high art and solo performance, I’ve seen and read more of those than you might think.
How much longer can we call rising stars MS MR underground? Not much longer I think – may they puke glitter all the way to the top (you’ll see what I mean)! Video after the jump.
The FASHION FOCUS street team had lots of this and that happening on the day of Ladyfag’s hell-of-a-marketplace called Pop Souk, but you can breathe sighs of relief because we made the time just for YOU! Held at the biergarten outside of The Standard Hotel in the meatpacking district, this event was very busy and very unique.
A variety of vendors with wares from the fluffy, to the strappy, to the feathery, to the leathery…. There were artists of all sorts, exactly what one would expect to find at any Ladyfag function. I saw a few familiar faces as I made my way through….
Michael Magnan (representing himself)
Alberto Cortes (representing Martin Keehn)
Cesar Hidalgo (and those cookies were DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Rafael Melendez (representing himself and the beautiful art- TSHIRTS AVAILABLE TOO!)
Omar Alexander and friend
Zana Bayne and the Dingy Disco boys! (representing Zana Bayne)
and Will Automagic giving the beats to the shopping freaks
and then there were these unfamiliar, yet pleasant, faces that I needed to capture…
SO, this time we’ll leave it at snapshots. Team FASHION FOCUS kept it light and easy this time. Wanna be a vendor at an upcoming Pop Souk? Use your channels to contact Ladyfag and make it happen. Your work will definitely be showcased in a comfy environment!
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Abercromie and Fitch dominated the teeny bopper market for a solid 13 years, but it looks like the one time safari and camping gear producers turned sex appeal paradise might have lost its flare.
Bloomberg Businessweek has the raw facts.
U.S. revenue at Abercrombie’s namesake stores and its Hollister chain slipped 2.5 percent in the first half of fiscal 2012, and the retailer is bracing for lower sales in the second half at stores open for more than a year. Abercrombie, which declined comment for this story, shuttered 71 U.S. stores in its most recent fiscal year, and in February said it will close another 180 through 2015. It now has 1,055 stores worldwide.
Abercrombie is counting on new customers overseas, where it opened 47 locations in its most recent fiscal year and its styles remain fresh and popular with many teens. Still, sales at non-U.S. stores open at least a year plunged 26 percent in the second quarter. Explains Martin Lindstrom, author of Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy: “The pipeline of coolness is disappearing, and once it dries up, then they will dry up.
Abercrombie execs blame the economy for its woes, brand consultants say it also has failed to change with the times. Today’s teens aren’t shelling out hundreds of dollars on clothes just because a company features half naked models in its ads. The new generations are looking for more individuality and less uniform-like fashion lines.