Nearly 10 years ago, when they had the distinction of being members of the nation’s only known LGBT youth gang called Check It, most members never imagined the group could evolve into a budding fashion clothing business.
But members and supporters say that’s exactly what happened after several of them began organizing an effort about five years ago to produce and sell T-shirts and other clothing items and put together several runway shows.
It was about 3 a.m. when, curled in my perpetually awkward slumber that involves noise and talking for no real reason, I “heard the news today, oh boy.” My lifelong hero, my sun, my moon, the man who fell to earth and influenced every song or band or fashion to which I would cling in dreams and sleep and love and hate was dead. Tony, my husband, was doing a radio show when the update clouded the transom: David Bowie, 69, had passed from cancer just a couple of days after his birthday.
I only mention this because, well, it meant that my skull collapsed and shattered and the ground became a hole. Yes, it’s overdramatic to eulogize a celebrity or an artist in such a sadly choreographed fetal-position cramp, but that’s what I did. I cried in a ball, I pressed words together in my head the same way that Bowie did on small pieces of paper, I made nonsense make sense and I ran to my computer to relive a life I had already absorbed once before. I was an Absolute Beginner once. A Starman. A Hero. A Dead Man Walking.
Those who attended the Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday event for December were in for a treat – they got a sneak preview of the upcoming Trash 2 Trends Recycled Fashion Show, where designers create looks from materials that were headed to the landfill or recycling bin.
The 2016 event will be Feb. 6 at SeaWorld’s Ports of Call. A panel of judges will choose the winners from among 30 designers, and the show is hosted by comedian Doug Ba’aser and Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell. 2016 is the third annual Trash 2 Trends and the event benefits Keep Orlando Beautiful.
Snap! Couture Culture, an exhibit which at once idealizes and deconstructs the notion of fashion and beauty, was Sept. 18 2015 at Snap! downtown Orlando. The event featured high fashion and couture photography, plus live music and cocktails.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
The 26-year-old YouTube star openly wept as she was showered with cheers and applause from an enthusiastic crowd upon arrival on stage at this weekend’s VidCon, the sixth annual celebration of online video.
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As you may have heard, Caitlyn Jenner accepted ESPN’s ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award last night. “The last few months have been a whirlwind of experiences and emotions,” she said, following a 15 minute tribute video that highlighted Jenner’s former career as an Olympic champion.
“I had never met a trans person [before],” she said after making a few jokes about the fashion police coming after her Versace dress.
But Jenner’s tone turned fairly and rightfully serious shortly thereafter, highlighting suicide rates and suicide stories from the trans community. She spoke of the responsibility of the spotlight and the responsibility of the media in highlighting “a very simple idea: accepting people for who they are.” It’s pretty amazing to see this in our times. Please, if you have a minute and a tissue, watch the link below.
You know that married couple that has been with each other so long they finish each other’s… sentences? Well, that is exactly what Mike Hollis and David Lee will be after their wedding this month. The St. Petersburg couple has been together for seven and half years. They feel like they’re already united as one even before they say “I do”.
“We don’t yell at each other, we don’t call each other names,” Hollis says. “We agreed not to do that when we met.”
Giorgio Armani is being criticized after stating in an interview that gay men shouldn’t dress gay.
“A homosexual man is a man 100 percent. He does not need to dress homosexual,” the Italian fashion designer said in an interview with Sunday Times magazine. “When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme – to say ‘ah, you know I am a homosexual’ – that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man.”
Milan (AP)-Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana drew applause for sending a pregnant model down the runway as part of their tribute to mothers, but their endorsement of traditional families in a recent interview unleashed harsh criticism and calls to boycott their label.
The designers, under growing social media pressure, issued a statement Sunday saying their comments in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama supporting traditional families with a mother and a father weren’t intended to judge the choices made by others.
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