Monday, January 24, 2022

TOO FUNKY


What a weekend. If David and Mitchell didn't give me a hard enough time and send me to my chaise with smelling salts and powders, when then, I hear, fashion designer Thierry Mugler went and got a ticket to Fabulon. This week's mood board is for my love of this talented man. Thierry Mugler was one of the first fashion designers, I feel, of the newer generation of designers, that had an impact on this young gayling. It hit me that his work was of fantasy, but mostly Fashion meets Fetish. Mugler had staged some of the most spectacular fashion shows of his time, gave us silhouettes and lines and fabrications we had not seen before, not to mention notably created the stage costumes for Shakespeare's Macbeth, as well as for Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity. He dressed a myriad of the famous from Diana Ross, Jerry Hall, David Bowie, and Lady Gaga, not to mention the costumes for many of Mylene Farmer and Beyonce's tours and videos. I can't recall a runway show of his that wasn't a spectacle. Over the course of his career, Mugler also had collaborated prolifically with many renowned filmmakers, architects, photographers and artist. But it was the fashion, and as a photographer and director, he made the iconic 1990's video Too Funky with Geroge Michel, that really lit me up, and I am sure gave me a push to years later purse drag.
Manfred Thierry Mugler
December 21, 1948- January 23, 2022

One of my all-time favorite songs and videos to date. It still gives me goosebumps and makes me want to cut a runway. Talk about a cameo smorgasbord. From the top 90's fashion models to the fabulous Julie Newmar and Rosie de Palma, to the legendary drag sensations Lysinka and Joey Arias. I wanted a ticket to that party. And it could have ended with me smack dab in betwix Geroge Michael and Thierry Mugler!!

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  1. Some of his clothes were so out there and then some were so refined "out there." What an amazing talent.

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  2. OMG
    I immediately, IMMEDIATELY thought of you when I read of his passing yesterday. His legacy will live, I'm sure. He revolutionized fashion and his collabs will forever be appreciated.
    2022 is being such a little bitch.
    You will be missed, Thierry...

    XOXO

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    1. All I know is I hope John Galliano isn't going anywhere.

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  3. Interesting, though I have to tell you, I don't know about the one that looks like a spare tire.

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  4. January has been tough on the fashion world alright.

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  5. They year has not been kind, so far. The pace of deaths is unprecedented, I think. Too many. Too, too many.

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  6. The motorbike outfit has the advantage of allowing the wearer to look over his/her shoulder without turning round. I am not convinced that many women would want to wear the tyre outfit which would not command the right response to "does my bum look big in this?" The answer would always be yes.

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    1. LOL! As a black woman and a larger black woman, I can get into that look, as it matches my own spare tire.

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  7. I too remember seeing his work in the vogue and other fashion periodicals and thinking he and McQueen were the two stand outs of a modern age of fashion greats. We just don't see the like of them today, except maybe Christian Sirino.

    And I was obsessed with that video!!!!!

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  8. A wonderful designer who contributed to the original supermodels in the 80s and 90s by subliming them. I actually saw his exhibit in December in Paris and I was blown away.

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  9. While I love me old school European design houses, there is no denying that Mugler was different and had the talent of the greats for the newer generation. Many designers seem to be more disposable now, and seem to not have long careers like they used too.

    And how great was Julie Newmar in that video??? She held her own in that up against the 90's power models. Look how limber she was!!!

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  10. No denying seeing a Thierry Mugler!!! I loved that he married fashion with his kink and fetish side. quite amazing really. Too Funky!!!!! YES! That song always got me in a mood. And it still stands the test of time.

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  11. I'm far from knowing fashion, but when I have seen clips of his shows, I just personally love how all the models legitimately seem to enjoy what they're wearing and what they're doing.

    Of course I love my Angel perfume too.

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  12. Too Funky is still one of my favorite songs of all time. And that video! Perfection!

    I do have the Thierry cologne. Smells sooo good.

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    1. OMG that cologne?
      Heaven. Pure heaven.

      XOXO

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    2. Mine too JM!!!! It stays steadfast in my top 10 songs.

      I never got into his scents though. They don't mix well with my body chemistry. Both in the bottle and others , like Six says, smell heavenly.

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  13. An unusual guy with unusual talent. Do you suppose he wore Crocs... or kissed frogs? And George Michael was the definition of cool. Don’t get me started on Linda Evangelista; they broke the mold with that one.

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    1. I suspect not Mitchell. He may have used them...destroyed them and used them as pieces in a haute couture creation!!!! Im guessing.

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  14. His couture and design aesthetics were jaw-dropping! I always loved seeing the catwalk photos from one of his shows. Shame what he ended up doing to his face, however - he was quite sexy when he was younger.

    RIP, Thierry! Jx

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    1. I agree Jon. Yet another one who had plastic surgery and didn't know when to stop. Most end up looking worst

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    2. I agree with you both. He was handsome before all that. And the steroids. A pity.

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    3. Apparently it began after a motorbike crash that left his nose smashed, but then he got the "bug" and started adding new bone grafts into the mix - and ended up looking like Charles Bronson reflected in the back of a spoon... Jx

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  15. Adore that vid and song. And, if you recall, all proceeds went to fight AIDS. The intro alone is priceless. His fashions were very theatrical. Such a salesman. And good looking. So refined... sigh. I would have let him slap me around something fierce. Sorry to lose him. Kizzes.

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  16. He is so avant garde that till this day the shows look so fresh.

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  17. Don't know a thing about fashion or the people who dictate it. I do, however, like the tire dress. Does it come in tractor size? George Michael has always been a favorite of mine.

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    1. You're very brave Deedles to even contemplate wearing that tyre dress. In my neck of the woods I think everyone would fall about laughing and then I'd feel guilty if that fall took them under a bus (not that we have any buses in our village due to the cutbacks).

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    2. Helen, I gotta be me! I gotta be meeee! Which means, I'd never leave the house while wearing it! However, those who choose to laugh, hurtfully, deserve the track marks of bus tires!

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  18. R.I.P to a Legend and visionary. His designs were so ahead of their time and oozed sex, femininity and opulence!!! His fragrances just as daring and alluring.

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  19. Now Mugler died? 2022 is starting out like shit, isn't it?

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  20. I scolded Mitchell for upsetting you with the you-know-whats for his feet. I'm still appalled.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. What a fun mood board! Thanks! I enjoyed all the pictures and that songs does bring back memories of fun times! Have a great week!

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  22. Quite expressive and colorfully his fashions.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  23. Such a creative and talented designer. Rest in Peace.

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  24. you in bed with Mugler and George Michael...now that would be one wrecked room. and a room filled with kink.

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  25. This is why Thierry’s runways are so loved by everyone. Models are of different age, heights and bodies. And notice how they smile! They have fun! They are not just selling you the garment; they are giving you an experience. And some of his prêt à porter is very wearable.

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  26. Losing so much Talent so early into 2022 is not a good Omen...

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  27. I love those 40's inspired suits - they smoulder sophistication.
    Sx

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    1. some are of almost Baroque inspiration

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