Hang your head out the window and soak up the summer, as the scenery flies by. These canine car lovers are loving their rides!
In the mid-1970s, a former ad salesman Gene Buckard (yes, Buckard) opened a store in San Diego whose name, Brawn of California but it wasn’t until he began mailing catalogs that Buckard’s company took off under the name International Male. By 1993, IM had moved into the mainstream as a pop culture punchline with their pirate look “Puffy Shirt”, inspiring a classic Seinfeld episode.
Gay men just MAY have been waiting for those quarterly mailings, specifically for the “UnderGear” section in the back. In 2009 International Male became known officially as UnderGear, but they never make the leap to a big online business the way so many other catalogues did. Michael Kleinman, editor of The Underwear Expert says,
“Years ago, brands didn’t sell direct to consumer online. As the years went on, if you had to choose, you’d buy from a discounter. Amazon does a huge underwear business.”
UnderGear suffered the death of a thousand corporate cuts and today they are reduced to just discount items and a mere ghost of their former image on Facebook. It’s a sad-face ending to an iconic brand. But if you saved your vintage catalogues they can be auctioned on eBay for upwards of 2 figures (like $11). Former Olympic star, FKA, Bruce Jenner was once a cover guy, so take a look to see if you’ve still got that one. Cha-Ching!
Yes, 5,000 people, all dressed in white, got together for the world’s largest outdoor popup restaurant in NYC last night. The location was a secret until the last moment. Guests for Tuesday’s Diner en Blanc (that’s french for Dinner in White, y’all) showed up at one of 24 designated spots where the secret venue was disclosed. Then, dining and dancing and drinking and talking at Pier 26 on the Hudson River in Tribeca. It was BYO–everything, including food, booze, tables, chairs –even silverware and candles. Of course, there were no waitstaff, so they had to clean up after themselves too. Each participant pre-registered for the event, and paid $30. It all started in Paris in 1988 and has expanded to 60 cities on five continents, but organizers say the one in New York is the largest with more than 125,000 people signing up this year.
Yesterday marked the 75th “birthday” of Bugs Bunny who is one the most beloved and iconic cartoon figures ever. He was the leading figure in Warner Brothers‘s Looney Tunescartoon stable, but prior to his first official appearance prototypes of the character were tried out in several films. The template for Bugs and Elmer Fudd‘s relationship, in which the dolt was always topped by the clever bunny was set early on. Bugs could also have been the first cartoon drag queen superstar too. He was never shy about wearing women’s clothing or trying to seduce Elmer or any other man. ConDRAGulations, Bugs! You're looking GOOD for 75! Watch.
What if you organized a parade and NO ONE came? Anthony Rebello was the blogger/ organizer behind the Heterosexual Parade at Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Saturday. Over 2,000 people were invited on Facebook to attend the event. It was created
“in the name of equality [and] equal rights … to celebrate our right to be heterosexual, and to encourage younger heterosexuals that they should be proud of their heterosexuality.”
Less than 200 people said they were coming, but in the end, just one person showed up. Rebello himself.
In a June 27 blog post on his website, Smile Me A River, Rebello lamented marriage equality. The post came just one day after SCOTUS’ decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide:
I think it’s a trend. A cry for attention. From your government, a distraction. For $. I have previously stated how I feel about marriage in this post: MARRIAGE I have also created an event: Heterosexual Parade Gay Mafia? Maybe animals should be allowed to get married? Would they govern and tax them too? While they’re at it, how about equal rights for insects? In my opinion, there is a difference between a man and a woman. If you can’t appreciate those differences, you can’t enjoy those differences. I don’t agree with boys turning into girls, and I don’t agree with girls turning into boys. The word/meaning of “Pride” doesn’t belong to the gay/lgbt community, it belongs to everyone. That includes us good old fashioned straight people. The way I see it, in my opinion, some boys never turn into men, and some girls never turn into women. What a shitshow. “Welcome to the other side of the rainbow” Really? No thanks.
Rebello blamed the lack of turnout on the negative response from the LGBT community. Yeah, right. It was a gay conspiracy.
(via Huffington Post)
The Four Seasons restaurant has been in the Seagram Building since 1959. (My first New York City job was a host there in 1980, btw) Now the power lunch institution apparently has an end in sight. Aby Rosen purchased the landmark building in 2000 and has had it in for the restaurant ever since. He stirred up a battle with preservationists (and others) last year when he pushed to have the restaurant’s iconic Picasso curtain removed and proposed changes to the landmark interior (he was denied any changes except replacing the carpet). Rosen said at a press conference, according to the New York Times;
“We are not desecrating. I think we are respecting and celebrating. Their lease is up in July, so they’re out…If something was designed in 1958 and it’s not as functional in 2015, you ask for a change…I’m going to restore the Four Seasons back to its glory. I love the guys but their time has passed, and sometimes something great needs to go. It’s not a museum.”
He has now struck a deal to replace the Four Seasons with a new restaurant from the men behind downtown hipster hot spots Dirty French, Santina, and Carbone. This news isn’t exactly a surprise. Rosen had made it clear that he was unlikely to renew the restaurant’s lease when it expired and was asking $3.68 million a year in rent! Now, Rosen will be a partner in the new restaurant from chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, and their business partner Jeff Zalaznick. They’ll reportedly take over the space when the lease in July of next year.
The chefs have tried to assured the crowd of regulars that the new restaurant would continue to suit their power-lunching needs. Zalaznick said;
“We’ll make them that salad. We’re not trying to upset the standard. We’re trying to improve it.”
This may just end up being the beginning of the end for the space. Perhaps it will attract a hip new crowd but might also be that no one can make a success where there once was one of the most celebrated restaurants in the world. Rosen bought the building from the Seagram’s family who built it. Edgar Bronfman, son of the Seagram’s founder said in a statement:
It is fitting that one of the greatest cities in the world is home to one of the greatest modernist buildings ever built, the Seagram building, hailed by the New York Times as the single greatest building of the 20th Century. Central to the greatness of agram, is the space known as The Four Seasons restaurant. I have proudly been a part of its ownership for the past 25 years.
At the Four Seasons, we have sought to carry on our commercial operations while always respecting and preserving Philip Johnson’s vision for the space. That has been extremely challenging for the past decade or so as our restaurant first dealt with the economic consequences of the financial crisis of 2008-9 and then with our landlord, RFR, who refused to indicate its willingness to renew our lease, making our investment in capital improvements impractical at best.
I acknowledge RFR has the right not to renew The Four Season’s lease. But what is at stake here today is not the fate of a restaurant. What is at stake here is whethe ownership trumps preservation, whether deceptio riumphs over transparency, nd whether the wealth, power and influence of a building’s proprietors an trample oth h fundamenta integrity of an historic space and the commission created to protect and preserve such spaces.
I submit that not only are RFR’s proposed changes wrong, but they are most assuredly only the beginning of the changes RFR will make. Why do I say this? Why should we distrust RFR? Well, if past is prologue, we need look no further than the episode of Le Tricorne. Why is that great Picasso stage curtain no longer hanging? imply because Mr. Rose of RF wanted “that Schmatte” out of “his” building. To justify its request for its immediate remova, RFR laimed falsely there was an urgent, critical need to repair the travertine wall behind the urtain. As we all kno by no, no such repairs have commenced, because no such repairs are, or ever were, necessary. If that weren’t enough to compel great caution if not outright skepticism regarding RFR’s plans, RFR, displaying utter contempt for both architecture and due process, recently cut into the bronze pillars in Seagram’s lobby to facilitate the hanging of Mr. Rosen’s personal artwork. capricious and disingenuous owner for whom the end justifies the means, makes for a very dangerous owner.
Mr. Rosen and RFR have demonstrated they will do whatever they want and say whatever it takes to obtain whatever they seek. Which is why this commission is so necessary and vital, and why today’s hearing is of historic importance.
Mr. Rosen has said he wants his successor restaurant to be ‘a really cool place.’ I hope it is, and that Philip Johnson’s original vision plays host to another successful restaurant for the next 56 years. But whatever establishment commences its operations in the future, it is critical that this commission ensures that its owner does not sully or compromise a space that for almost six decades has remained true to itself; true to the original, extraordinary and I pray, enduring vision of Philip Johnson’s great masterpiece.
Well, you can see from these pics, it has an undeniable vintage swingles, sexy bachelor pad vibe, regardless of its provenance. There’s an “alleged” Howard Hughes connection at this pad in Trousdale Estates –according to Realtor.com;
“It is rumored to have once been one of the many properties of American business magnate Howard Hughes”
(P.S. It’s not the only one). Who cares who lived there before, NOW it’s got a sunken living room with built-in sofas, fireplaces, four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wetbar, pool and spa, and an upper-level deck with an outdoor fireplace. It’s all controlled by iPad and comes fully furnished with a pool table and your own private gym too. What more do you want?
We’ve seen him as your favorite Disney Princesses, swinging on Miley‘s Wrecking Ball and in lots of other pop culture moments. THIS though is the ultimate Nicolas Cage pop culture touchstone. He’s everyone from David Lynch to Einstein to Princess Leia and E.T.. Apparently, it IS Nic Cage’s world –we just live in it.
As you know, Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump recently gave out Lindsay Graham‘s cell phone number on TV so, we’re pretty sure he’s OK with you having his office number. It’s his office number and they are likely closed weekends (maybe even early on summer Fridays) so, you might have to leave a message to let him know what an excellent job you think he’s doing to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!
Ingrid Sischy, 63, former editor in chief of Interview and a highly regarded writer on culture in general, died Friday morning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of breast cancer. Everyone in the art fashion and publishing world knew Ingrid. New York is not such a big town really, especially when it comes to culture and Ingrid was at the center of it for 35+ years.
One of the best and admired editors and writers that straddled the fashion and art worlds, Sischy was born in South Africa and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was editor of Art Forum from ’79 to ’87 and was a photography and fashion critic of the New Yorker from 1988 to 1996.
In ’97, Ingrid became a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and wrote cover stories about Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart, as well as big feature stories on John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons and Jean Michel Basquiat.
She served as editor of Interview from ’89 to ’08 with her partner, Interview president and publisher Sandy Brant. Graydon Carter wrote a wonder tribute for Vanity Fair today where he said this;
“She shared her life with Sandy Brant. In the beginning they were editor and publisher of Interview magazine. Over the years their relationship became more personal, and once together, they became inseparable. It was rare to see one without the other. At the end, they had been together for 25 years, and married for the last couple of weeks.”
I worked at several of the same publications that Ingrid worked at, like Vanity Fair, but never at the same time. She and Sandy lived right around the corner and I would see them from time to time on our corner. We had many mutual friends in common but I can’t say I knew her well. Her name came up recently with regard to a specific project and it was generally agreed, she knew her stuff but she could be a tough cookie. She was a well-respected as a cross-pollinator of culture and she was a New York fixture in the same way you might think Fran Lebowitz is. They really don’t make editors with her knowledge like that anymore. She’ll be missed. (Photo, Gasper Tringale)