Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Strike a pose


Mrs George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin


Amy Adams


Anne Hathaway


Mrs Justin Trousersnake, Jessica Biel


Sarah Jessica Parker


Penelope Cruz and friends

From The Hollywood Reporter:
In September - just weeks before he passed away on Monday at the age of 82 - [we] named Oscar de la Renta one of 2014's most influential red-carpet designers. And that he was, with his graceful, modernly elegant gowns making an astounding 54 appearances on red carpets during the past 12 months.

"I feel very lucky to work with such extraordinary women. It is a tremendous honour and a great pleasure. My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her best. If I have made a woman feel beautiful, then that would be my ultimate contribution," [he said].
Favourite designer of such disparate bedfellows as Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Nancy Reagan, Mr de la Renta - an emigré to Spain from the Dominican Republic in the early 50s - was one of the world's most successful couturiers, eclipsing even his mentors Balenciago and Lanvin to preside over a $200m international empire.

He will be sadly missed by the ladies of the red carpet at events the world over.


with Audrey Hepburn

To mark his passing, here's a little something from two ladies of fashion, RuPaul vs Madonna:



Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (22nd July 1932 – 20th October 2014)

More Oscar de la Renta over at Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Get used to it



Just because...

Featuring the eternal house fave here at Dolores Delargo Towers, Tel Aviv's premier drag superstar Uriel Yekutiel, here's another fantabulosa video promo for local club night Arisa - featuring a song by someone called "Margalit Harris" (I got that name courtesy of Google Translate, so it is likely to be inaccurate; there is indeed no information on an artiste of this name "out there"), the message of the song is basically "This is not Europe, it's Israel, it's the Middle East, it's a mess - get used to it."

Enjoy!



Needless to say, I love it.

Camp? Moi..?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Now I shout it from the highest hills



It may be a week off for me - I'm currently on a flying visit to the Boys in Essex - but I haven't forgotten that it's a Tacky Music Monday!

Fitting the bill perfectly, here's a double dose of today's birthday girl (and bless 'er, she only died three years ago after giving a lifelong service to the gays of Britain) Miss Kathy Kirby!

[Both clips are from a 1983 Channel 4 show called Unforgettable. I don't remember it.]

Let Me Go Lover:


Secret Love:


Unforgettable, indeed.

Have a good week, one and all!

Kathy Kirby (born Kathleen O'Rourke, 20th October 1938 - 19th May 2011)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat no more



Sad news. From >The Huffington Post:
Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.

Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as "Operator" and "The Boy from New York City." They went on to win multiple pop and jazz Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, 1985's "Vocalese," earned a whopping 12 Grammy nominations.
I adored The Manhattan Transfer as a youngster - all stylish outfits and classy harmonies, they seemed to inhabit that unattainable world typified by Brideshead Revisited and Mapp and Lucia, of Art Deco and Transatlantic liners, cocktails and Jazz hands, a world I still aspire to - and their utter stylishness is typified by this, my fave:

Chanson d'Amour


Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat, indeed.

RIP

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Trannies, Mayors and Three Flying Piglets



As my regular reader might already know, we are staunch supporters of LGBT History Month (held every February) - especially that which takes place in Camden and Islington boroughs, already acknowledged to be the biggest of its kind in the world.

And so it came to pass that this morning - unheard of for me on a Saturday, my traditional "lie-in" day - I hauled my weary body out of bed to join a sizeable gang of fellow volunteers at the shiny new Granary Square development (in the heart of the former wasteland at the back of Kings Cross Station, on the Grand Union Canal) at some ungodly hour to take part in the filming of a video to promote History Month 2015. And what fun it was, too!



Butch, bitch, queen or dyke, tranny or trans, young and old, assorted Mayors, there was a mad variety of bods assembled on the fake-grass-carpeted steps, all holding up placards to spell out the various messages associated with History Month and its aims. We were choreographed, rearranged, up, down and thereabouts - but all done with great humour by our Master of Ceremonies Paul from the community film group Three Flying Piglets.

In the end, he and the crew seemed ecstatic with what we had all achieved, we all gave ourselves a round of applause, and buggered off to the pub. (From whence I have only just returned...)

The video itself won't be formally released till the end of November, and I can't wait to see it!

Here's a reminder of last year's:



Camden LGBT Forum

Friday, 17 October 2014

Take me in your arms and rock me



Oh. Thank. Heavens. That week is finally over...

...and I am on leave for a week! Yay!

I am in such a joyous mood, I feel I really should don some huge flares, a jacket with a huge collar, and freak on down with some very frenetic dancers, in wigs - like Sunday's birthday boy Mr George McCrae (he's 70 years old)!

Here's the song without which the whole célébration de la discothèque every weekend here at Dolores Delargo Towers would not exist, Rock Your Baby:



That song is 40 years old... Thank Disco It's Friday! Have a funky one.

Ah-aaaaaah, yeah
Take me in your arms and rock me
Ah-aaaaaah, yeah
Take me in your arms and rock me
Ah-aaaaaaaaaaaah!


Indeed.

George Warren McCrae, Jr. (born 19th October 1944)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Telly time machine



So, what was on telly on the day you were born?

If you are in the UK, a new search facility of the newly-digitised back issues of Radio Times will tell you!

I searched, and found this was the evening's line-up on the date I was born 51 years ago in August:

17.25 : FRANCIS DURBRIDGE PRESENTS - "The Desperate People", starring Denis Quilley, Hugh Cross, June Ellis, David William and Shirley Cain.

17.50 : THE NEWS
17.55 : TODAY'S SPORT, introduced by Alan Weeks.

18.00 : JUKE BOX JURY, with chair David Jacobs and panel members Carole Carr, Ted King and Barbara Windsor.

18.35 : THE THIRD MAN - TV adaptation starring Michael Rennie and Jonathan Harris.

19.00 : WELLS FARGO - the adventures of Special Agent Jim Hardie, played by Dale Robertson.

19.50 : THE DICK EMERY SHOW, with guests Joan Sims, Gary Miller, The Springfields, Mary Millar, Rex Garner and the Cliff Adams Singers.

20.35 : The Saturday Film - THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK, starring John Payne, Rhonda Fleming and Dennis O'Keefe.

22.15 : THE NEWS

22.25 : MAIGRET - classic crime series, starring Rupert Davies.

23.15 : Close Down

With that much entertainment on offer, you'd need to be in bed early.

Check out the BBC Genome Project for yourself - it's fun!

More about the venerable Radio Times in my blog back in 2011.