This week I’d like to talk about the AMAZING, outlandish fashion in one of my all time favorite films, PARTY MONSTER! This particular film has a very special place in my heart because I used to work for one of the former Club Kids, Richie Rich of Heatherette…If you aren’t sure what a Club Kid is, let me explain this film and you may get a better understanding.You see, Party Monster is a film that details the true story of the rise and fall of infamous New York party promoter and drug-addled "King of the Club Kids," Michael Alig (played fabulously by Macaulay Culkin).It’s based on Disco Bloodbath, the memoir of James St. James which details his friendship with Alig, that later fell apart as Alig's drug addiction worsened, and ended after he murdered Angel Melendez and went to prison. I know, INTENSE!
The New York club scene of the 80′s and 90′s was one of the most turbulent periods of self-reinvention in human history. Together, Michael Alig and James St James pioneered a sub-cultural revolution that sweeps across America and even parts of Europe and Asia.Despite the excessive use of drugs and Alig’s terrible crime, the movement was a profound and significant success on so many levels. Art and fashion were irreversibly transformed by the club kids. They were huge components of this movement, and everyone could invent themselves as they pleased (the group was notable for their elaborate and outrageous costumes). Fashion was frivolous and conceptual: a means for opening up a creative dialogue about the world.Check out the incredible gallery of photos and see for yourself! As you can see, there were no rules...and that's the way it should be!
Jessi Jae Joplin is known best as the lead singer of the pop/rock band The Ruckus. With her wild and crazy personality, amazing stage presence (and style to match), Jessi has blown away audiences across Southern California - performing at legendary venues like The Viper Room and The Mint. She also directs and produces her own music videos (featuring talented stars such as VMA nominee KREAYSHAWN, Hanna Beth, Bebe Zeva, Skip Arnold and Whitney Moore). Aside from her band, Jessi is an active fashion journalist and creator of the vintage clothing store "The Fabulous Stains." She currently serves as a featured editor for BUZZNET and contributes to the Lazy Bones Vintage blog (by Audrey Kitching). Jessi even has previous experience working alongside the fashion designers of Heatherette, in the Fashion Editorial Department of JANE Magazine and for the style editors of E! Online. Jessi strongly believes that music & fashion go hand in hand, is highly influenced by bands like No Doubt and Blondie, and is ready to take the industry by storm.