After a Fashion
Be there or Be Cher.
It was an amazing collaboration that included the work of many fine hairdressers and make-up artists. The workhorses of Pink and Wet salons were there in force, as well as the talented and devoted Kathy Miller and crew from Maximum FX. A number of the designers received calls the next day about the availability of specific pieces (Gail has a client interested in her spectacular gold dress to wear to Istanbul to a party hosted by Jean-Paul Gaultier). But, lest you think it was all accolades, a few negative comments also surfaced -- we'll suppress names to protect the guilty. "The organization of the tickets was a mess, and the door people were inexperienced." "It was very difficult to tell the designers' segments apart; there was very little clear definition as to who you were seeing." "I'm a grandmother and was shocked at some of what I saw." "The guys at the end looked like they were from an escort service." (Wait, is that a compliment?) "The chicken-on-the-head sequence left trash on the stage." "The emcee needed rehearsal." "The lighting was terrible." "The pace dragged badly at the beginning of both acts." One oddly flattering comment came from an anonymous source, "It made the Club DeVille show look like a high school talent show." A lovely compliment, but one to which I take exception. Club DeVille shows are legendary entertainment of the highest order, but they are primarily about retailers -- an entirely different ball game than original design.
WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT Fasten your seatbelts -- on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (presumably in honor of your Style Avatar's birthday), Club DeVille's triple-threat Abigail, Nathan & Michael present the eagerly awaited, never-to-be-missed, "Best of Austin"-winning, semi-annual Fashion Extravaganza. Starring the mercurial Emily and emceed by Joel Mozersky. Be there or be Cher. Wait ... Cher was in their last show. Oh well, just be there.
TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 19), Neil Diaz and Atomic Cafe present their second Fashion/ Fantasy. This was a pretty fun little show last time and has every possibility of becoming the serious alternative fashion show of Austin, but if experience means anything, it will start very late, run very long, and be hot as hell. Doors open at 9pm.
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