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Bananas vs. Cherries Act One PHOTOS!

Bananas vs. Cherries Act One PHOTOS!

Thanks to everyone who came out to DROM on Saturday, March 10 for Bananas vs. Cherries. It was a super fun night and the underdog Cherries (ladies) brought home most of the trophies! (Yay, team #cherryontop!) Anyway, here are some pics from Act One. Ready for more? Click here.

Photos: Veronica Toone

Awkward Holiday Party PHOTOS!

Awkward Holiday Party PHOTOS!

On Saturday, December 9, we threw an Awkward Holiday Party at The Triad. Our intrepid guests braved the 3-inch snowmageddon and were rewarded with a super fun evening that included naughty reindeer, naked elves, drag ballet and the placing of legos into some very intimate places. Here are some photos from act one.

Ready for act two? Click HERE. And thanks again to all the performers, our awesome audience and everyone who bought raffle tickets to support Pets for Vets. We raised over $300!

Until next time!
xoxo

Great ExPETations

Great ExPETations

As you may know, Pets for Vets is a national nonprofit that pairs shelter dogs with returning veterans to help them deal with PTSD, depression and other post-deployment issues. Here are some videos explaining more about their mission and introducing you to some of the vets and pups they’ve helped.

*sniff* Is it getting a little dusty in here? Just me? Okay, fine.

Anyway, we’d love for you come out to The Triad Saturday night for Awkward Holiday Party, where we will be raising money for the NYC-Long Island chapter of Pets for Vets. Tickets start at just $15! (LIMITED TIME OFFER! Use promo code JINGLEBALLS to save 15%!)

You can also donate to Pets for Vets NYC-LI directly via PAYPAL.

But we really hope to see you on Saturday!

Awkward Holiday Party, December 9 at The Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd Street, NY, NY, 10023, 212-362-2590. Doors at 9; Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. 

xoxo,
LFF

Decadent Photos!

Decadent Photos!

Finally! Here are some photos from Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque. From Dandy Dillinger’s 1920s showgirl fabulosity to Candy Applebottom’s 2010s tribute to staying connected, we traveled through time on Saturday, April 22 and never looked back. Thanks to everyone who came out to The Triad and made the voyage so fantastic.

1920s

Dandy Dillinger kicks us off with an ethereal number reminiscent of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

1930s

Ruby Mechant gives us some 1930s glamour with just a touch of Italian sass.

1940s

Spicy L’amour blows her bugle for the boys “over there.”

1950s

Shimmy LeCoeur shows us the devil in disguise with her tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

1960s

Hellz Kitten asks the age-old question, “will you still love me tomorrow?” with a shocking twist at the end.

1970s

Munroe Lilly loves to love us and takes another little piece of our hearts.

1980s

Luscious Lane revisits the Cold War with a “pop” of color.

1990s

Tutu Toussaint gives us montage of the best ’90s hip-hop.

2000s

Twinky Boots takes the red pill with his tribute to the Matrix.

2010s

And finally, Candy Applebottom lights up our world with her sassy futuristic moves.

Behind the scenes:

Photos: Veronica Toone

 

Fashion Flashback Friday: The 1980s

Fashion Flashback Friday: The 1980s

When you think of ’80s fashion, you probably think big, bright and bold. There was no one-size-fits-all when it came to style, although most of the clothing seems to have been one size: large. You could be preppy, yuppie, punk, hip-hop – possibly all within one outfit.

Let’s explore some of the trends that made the ’80s the ’80s.

Power Suits

Although the phrase “power suit” conjures images of douche-bros with slicked back hair (oh who are we kidding, we totally have a crush on Gordon Gekko), the power suit was also the uniform of the ’80s working woman, from Diane Keaton to Melanie Griffith (and of course actual non-fictional people).

Get me the head of Darryl Hannah

Made popular by designer Giorgio Armani, the power suit – for both men and women – featured broad shoulders and wide lapels. For men, a crisp shirt with banker stripes, suspenders and a classic silk tie completed the look. Think Gekko of course, but also Judd Nelson in St. Elmo’s Fire or Richard Gere in American Gigolo.

Judd Nelson in St. Elmo’s Fire
Richard Gere: just an American Gigolo

Women’s power suits were apparently aimed making women as sexless as possible, with giant shoulder pads and below-the-knee skirts. Add a high-necked blouse and “pussy bow” and you’re totally ready to pass yourself off as an executive and steal Harrison Ford.

Babies also make great accessories. (Diane Keaton in Baby Boom)
Working Girl Melanie Griffith before the tragic plastic surgery

Athletic Wear

“Athleisure” was a buzzword in 2016, but this trend began in the early ’80s. Track suits, made from polyester and rayon as well as velour made their way off the fields and into the mainstream.

They were also popular among swingers.

The aerobics craze, coupled with the popularity of movies like Fame and Flashdance,  made legwarmers a thing, and these colorful tubes – ideally the same color as your Forenza sweater – could be found on young women from Boston to the Bay Area.

Thanks Jane Fonda

Preppy 

Lisa Birnbach’s 1980 book The Preppy Handbook was intended to skewer the upper middle class, but instead ended up inspiring a trend.

Preppy fashion took its cues from New England prep-schools – think khakis, oxford shirts and sport coats (or blazers for women). Leisure wear included brightly colored pants with little designs and polo shirts. A popped collar was de rigueur.

Michael Bowen and Deborah Foreman show off their Valley Girl Prep

Add some pearl earrings and a little alligator (or polo player) on your breast and you’re all ready to party at Dorrian’s Red Hand.

Clothing was conservatively tailored, but came in bright colors, like pink and Kelly green. Tying a sweater around your neck was not unheard of, and if you happened to be wearing a sweater around your neck while appearing in a high school movie of the period, chances are, you’re the bad guy.

Classic ’80s villains

Punk

Punk traces its beginnings to England in the ’70s, where it was seen as “an intentional rebuttal of the perceived excess and pretension found in mainstream music.” Shorter, unkempt hair and dirty, torn t-shirts paired with jeans and a leather jacket replaced the slick, flashy styles of the disco era.

By the ’80s, Punk music had evolved in both the U.S. and UK and so did its fashion. T-shirts with political slogans and customized leather jackets or denim vests became popular.

Anarchy!

Hair was spiked, sculpted into a mohawk or cut really short.

London Punks
This dude is not fucking around

Body piercings and tattoos were in and the Doc Marten or combat boot adorned most punk feet.

Docs

Designers like Vivienne Westwood, Anna Sui and Jean-Paul Gaultier began to introduce punk elements into their lines, which brought many of the styles into the mainstream.

Vivienne Westwood (far right) and her punk-inspired designs

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop originated among African-American and Latin youth in NYC, L.A., Chicago and other inner cities, each of which contributed its own elements.

In the late ’70s, sportswear brands such as Le Coq Sportif, Kangol, Adidas and Pro-Keds attached themselves to the emerging hip hop scene. Its adherents wore brightly colored track suits, leather bomber jackets and brand name sneakers, such as Pro-Keds, Puma, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-stars, and Adidas Superstars.

Heavy gold jewelry – chains for men and big earrings for women – became hallmarks of hip-hop fashion. Other popular accessories included bucket hats, nameplates and multiple rings. Luxury brand names like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci and logos adorned custom-designed tracksuits, jackets and mink coats, made popular in the early ’80s by Dapper Dan, a Harlem-based designer.

Run DMC
Grandmaster Flash
Salt’n’Pepa

Toward the end of the decade, styles began to incorporate traditional African influences, such as the fez, Kente cloth (a textile) hats and kufis (another type of hat). Blousey pants were famously worn by artists like MC Hammer.

Please Hammer, don’t hurt me with your enormous pants

And that wraps up our partial overview of the ’80s fashion scene. We hope you enjoyed it. If you want to learn more, check out the sites below.

retrowaste.com
liketotally80s.com
Wikipedia
complex.com
80sfashion.org

And just for fun, here are some pics of Les Femmes in all their gnarly ’80s glory.

Luscious Lane chilling circa 1986. Oversized Oxford, double socks.
Luscious Lane 1987
Luscious Lane prom pic, 1988
Hellz Kitten looking thrilled for the first day of 8th grade, 1983
Hellz Kitten made it through the year. 8th Grade grad, 1984. Sweet mullet!
Hellz Kitten prom, 1987. Her enthusiasm is overwhelming.
Ruby Mechant (right) and sister, 1986
Ruby looking adorbs in her Popeye shirt, 1983
Ruby Mechant in 1982 – already naked!

Crazy about the ’80s? Come see Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque at The Triad on April 22.  TICKETS

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See the ’30s through Ruby-Colored Glasses

See the ’30s through Ruby-Colored Glasses

Ruby embodies ’30s glamour

Instagram: @ruby_mechant

The ever-glamorous Ruby Mechant will be on hand to rep the ’30s for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque on April 22.

We spoke with her to learn a little about how she connects with her decade.

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1930s? 
For sure the fashion. I mean…have you seen the beautiful dresses, hats and gloves? Super classy.
Some classy ’30s fashion. (To read more about ’30s fashion, click here.)

Another thing that fascinates me about that era is the phenomenon where bank robbers were considered celebrities.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I’m torn between Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and Amelia Earhart – I mean Bonnie and Amelia are pretty badass.
3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 30’s ?
I did a little bit of research, but there is no way you can find beauties like Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis.

Ruby is just one of the 21st century beauties you will see at The Triad on April 22, so be sure to check back often – ticket info is coming soon!

 

Unleashed Photos!

Unleashed Photos!

Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday, February 18 for Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties! We had a great debut at the Metropolitan Room and raised over $300 for Pilots to the Rescue! (Exact amount to be posted soon.) In case you missed it, here are some photos.

Performers to the Rescue: Ruby Mechant

Performers to the Rescue: Ruby Mechant

Ruby Mechant

Instagram: @ruby_mechant

LFF Co-founder and producer Ruby Mechant is passionate about many things, but rescue animals in particular. Here are some of her “babies” and how they came to be part of her sparkly universe.

In her own words:

Cleo reclines on the beach

My family became pit bull aficionados by mistake. We really didn’t know we were picking up at the shelter Cleo, our very first pit. She lived a very long and happy life chasing cats and squirrels in Lake Como.

Asia with Ruby

 

Asia was a rescue too. Her previous family left her at the shelter at the age of two because they were having a baby and they said she was “too much to handle.” Well, if you don’t know how to train a dog even the tiniest chihuahua can become too much.

The newest edition – Bailey

As to the cat side, here in NYC you can say that Bailey aka ‘Queen B’ (not because of Beyonce, but because the little snitch knows she is beautiful), will take possession of my apartment and begin her residency on Feb 14th. She was abandoned by her previous family because they moved to a building that does not allow pets – so sure just get rid of your cat. Because of that she is a tad temperamental and she has to be the only cat in the house. It’s gonna be a slow journey with her but it’s not the first time that the rescue I volunteer has given me divas. I’m sure she will get used to feather boas and sparkly costumes soon!

Ruby and the rest of the LFF team are working hard behind the scenes to make Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties an amazing show to benefit an amazing organization. Pilots to the Rescue is dedicated to making sure animals like Cleo, Asia and Bailey find their very own Ruby. Won’t you join us on February 18 at the Met Room to support them? Details below.
Unleashed Promo Poster-page-001Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties: $25; Performance is at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, NY, NY 10010, Between 5th & 6th Aves). Call 212.206.0440 or visit MetropolitanRoom.com for more information. Nearest Subways: 23rd Street Station on 1, 2, N, Q, R, F, M, PATH.

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Sweet Nutcracker! promo video

Sweet Nutcracker! promo video

Hi lovers!

In case you missed it, here’s the promo video for our December 10 show at the Triad. This show will raise money for God’s Littlest Angels, a nonprofit that supports orphans in Haiti, and feature performances by Karina Libido, Beelzababe, Ravenessa and Munroe Lilly, as well as some old LFF favorites you know and love.

 

And now that you’re sufficiently seduced, you can buy tickets HERE.

See you at Sweet Nutcracker! next weekend!

xoxo,
HK

Love Me If You Dare Photos

Love Me If You Dare Photos

Hello!

For your viewing pleasure: some pics from our Valentine’s show Love Me If You Dare. All photos courtesy of Dance to Eternity. Head on over to their page to see ALL the photos.

We hope you like what you see. And do stay tuned for details about the next show, Luscious Lane’s Cakeball Masquerade coming to The Triad on April 16. See you there!

xoxo,
HK