5 posts tagged "Studio 54"
Word broke this morning that nightlife king Ian Schrager, the mind behind Studio 54, will partner with Rizzoli to share tales of the iconic club with a new coffee-table book, due out next year. As Schrager so pithily put it, “If the hunter does not tell the story, the lion will.” We can only hope that said hunter plans to air some juicy tales about Bianca and Mick.
Few designers can list the struggling metropolis that is Detroit among their muses. Vicki Sarge is one of them. “You can take the girl out of Detroit, but you can’t take Detroit out of the girl!” quipped the jewelry designer, a Motown native, by phone. Though she decamped to London circa 1985 (and to New York before that), Sarge spoke to us during a recent visit to her mother’s Detroit abode. “I never wanted to live here,” she admitted. “But the amazing roots that I have here from my youth have stayed with me the whole time.”
While you may not know her name, you’ve most certainly seen the over-the-top, often dark-tinged baubles Sarge designed during her nearly 40-year tenure at celebrated bijoux brand Erickson Beamon. Together with her co-founders, Karen and Erik Erickson and Eric Beamon, Sarge adorned countless celebrities (Madonna, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga among them), collaborated with a bevy of designers (like John Galliano and Dries Van Noten), and transformed “costume jewelry” from a dirty secret to a coveted accoutrement.
But four decades in the same gig is a long time—especially for someone like Sarge, whose colorful path to accessories stardom included a job as the coat-check girl at New York’s Mudd Club (Keith Haring was the creative director at the time), spells as a regular at both Studio 54 and London’s Taboo, and a stint working in the Jim Henson Company creative department, where she got to do some “Muppet stuff.” So last year Sarge struck out on her own to begin a new chapter.
The resulting collection of costume jewelry is an intriguing fusion of the designer’s tongue-in-cheek approach to opulence, and her memories of the Motor City. “In the sixties and seventies, Detroit was a really great rock ‘n’ roll place,” Sarge recalled. She credits Iggy and the Stooges—who used to play at her high school dances—with making it as such. “My girlfriend had sex with Iggy after a concert once,” she mentioned casually. “But the music was just this raw sound that could only come out of Detroit. It was really great.”
Sarge explained that the “cool casualness,” and rocker vibe of her line—now in its second season—come from her hometown. But what about Fall 2014′s vibrant red flowers, shimmering crystals, and tribal ear cuffs? “Well, there are glam-rock bits there, too,” Sarge conceded. Surely her wilder days in Eighties London, during which she partied with John Galliano and her close friend Stephen Jones, have wiggled their way into her subconscious, too. “But it all comes from my soul, so it’s authentic me: bold, clean, beautiful, and a little edgy.”
In addition to Sarge’s sophomore solo effort (above), which made its debut during London fashion week, the designer crafted jewelry for Erdem’s Fall show and is working on an upcoming project with hairstylist Sam McKnight. She also hints that a second store (her first is on London’s Elizabeth Street) might be on the horizon. As far as stateside stockists go, the collection was picked up by Net-a-Porter right off the bat (it should be mentioned that Sarge also worked with Mario Testino on his Peruvian capsule for the e-tailer), but the designer hasn’t officially introduced her range to the U.S. market. That unveiling is reserved for a forthcoming spring event with Birmingham, Mich.-based retailer Linda Dresner and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. “Detroit has given me a hell of a lot—at the very least, my attitude comes from Detroit—and I want to give something back,” offered Sarge. What’s more is that a few of her fancy London friends might tag along for the party. “Stephen’s always telling me he wants to come to Detroit,” she said. Looks like the hatter finally has a good excuse to make the trip.
While London Town is paying tribute to eighties clubwear, New York is revisiting the late-night antics of Studio 54. To mark the final leg of its exhibition “Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced,” which closes on July 28, the Museum of the City of New York will host “Studio 54 and Beyond,” a discussion of New York’s 1970s club scene. The museum has invited the likes of Vanity Fair‘s Bob Colacello (formerly the right-hand man to Andy Warhol, editor of Interview magazine, and author of the publication’s infamous nightlife column, “Out”), restaurateur Richie Notar (who once served as a Studio 54 busboy), and club regular model Pat Cleveland to reminisce. Considering the laundry list of artists, literati, celebrities, fashion personalities, and all-around characters who frequented the hot spot, we imagine the panelists will have plenty to talk about.
“Studio 54 and Beyond” is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, July 17. For tickets, visit the museum’s Web site.
The Doors Of Studio 54 Reopen, Grace Kelly The Barbie, Oprah And Ralph Lauren Join Forces Again, And More…
The wild nights at Studio 54 are long over, but a new show hosted by Marc Benecke, who manned the door, and Myra Scheer, a former assistant to Steve Rubell, will bring the club to life once more. The show, which makes its debut Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Channel 15, will host guests who frequented Studio 54, including Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Pat Cleveland, and Stephen Burrows. [WWD]
Barbie is paying tribute to Hollywood starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly with three collectible dolls as part of the Barbie Collector series. The dolls come with some of Kelly’s most iconic looks, including the blue gown she wore in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, her wedding dress, and a floral black dress she wore at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. [Vogue U.K.]
The fashion world went nuts when Oprah scored an on-camera interview with Ralph Lauren (the designer’s first in decades) during the final days of her show. As it turns out, that was just a warm-up. On October 24, the two will take the stage at Lincoln Center for a benefit gala, which Oprah will host and lead a conversation about Lauren’s life and career. [WWD]
Spin dedicated its September issue to artists and style, featuring St. Vincent front woman Annie Clark on the cover. To preview her new album, Spin will host a soldout August 25 show on the roof of the Met—the first concert to ever be held on the museum’s rooftop. [Spin]
Snap, snap, snap. If you’ve made the New York City party scene at any point in the last 30 years, chances are you’ve had your picture taken by Patrick McMullan. Now a fixture of the media-industrial complex, with a key photo agency bearing his name, six books to his credit, and several standing magazine gigs, McMullan has come a long way from his days as a social gadfly who toted his camera around every night because it gave him an excuse to be out. That was back when being out meant being around the likes of Andy Warhol and being at places like Studio 54, so who could blame McMullan for wanting to capture as much of Manhattan’s good old bad days as he could? Details—then a local nightlife rag—gave McMullan his first regular job covering the party circuit, but it was Interview that made McMullan’s reputation as the go-to guy for shots of movers and shakers out on the town. This month, Interview celebrates the 20th anniversary of McMullan’s photo column in the magazine with a special insert dedicated to its archives, and tonight, they’re throwing the man with the golden camera a star-studded party at Elaine’s. Hosts, to name only a few, include Marisa Berenson, Mary Boone, Cornelia Guest, Iman, Debbie Harry, and Liza Minnelli. Here, McMullan gives Style.com the lowdown on two decades of late nights.
How did you wind up with a column in Interview?
Well, it’s funny, because now Glenn [O’ Brien] is back at Interview, and he was the one who got me the job. I knew everyone over there—I’d been doing this and that for the magazine for a few years⏼but in ’88, the guy who had the nightlife column decided to quit. Glenn was working at Interview back then and he recommended me for the job.
I imagine that must have been a pretty taxing gig, at first. Was it hard to adjust your schedule?
Well, I’d been doing a similar thing for Details, and anyway, the whole reason I got into shooting at parties was because I wanted to go to them. My friends would invite me places and I’d bring my camera, and then, I had this kind of illness for a while that kept me cooped up, and when I got better, I was even hungrier to be out of the house.