Saturday, July 3, 2010
After Dark December 1979 (part 2)
When I posted this cover featuring Matt Collins, it was for the Monday's Man post, so I only posted photos from inside the issue that featured Matt. There were two other photos that accompanied the article on the film The Last Resort (AKA Tropic of Desire). The first is a photo of the producer Jerry Wheeler. This was Jerry's first film as a producer, but he had coordinated productions of shows like The Carol Burnett Show and The Red Skelton Show. Jerry was an activist for the LGBT community who sadly passed away at the age 44 from complications of AIDS.
The other photo featured from the film is a great shot of the drag queen/transexual Lola. Just don't tell Eartha Kitt she was playing that part. She swears that she was just playing a woman.
Mary Martin, look out! Sandy Duncan is flying high as the boy who would not grow up.
Peter Pan was hitting the stage with Sandy Dunan, George Rose, Arnold Soboloff and a gang of children to recreate the J.M. Barrie story.
"Puttin' on the Ritz" is the appropriate (if not cliche) title of the fashion layout article by Jack Hyde. Photographer Kevin Higgins shot these photos at the Rainbow Grill. I don't usually get this involved with the fashion layouts, but I had time and room so, first up is John L. Sullivan in a black-dyed beaver coat with natural otter tirm and braided frog closures from Edward Gorey. His girl Friday is Jennifer Karr in a long Bill Blass baby lynx.
Tuxedos with mess jackets in charcoal gray worn by David Peterson and British guardsman red worn by Joseph Leonardelli.
In a standard black-tie tux from Bill Blass' After Six collection, John L. Sullivan wears a black velvet jacket with satin lapels.
For variety, John is wearing a maroon Tiger of Sweden jacket collection with black satin pants.
Jennifer Karr, in a gown by Barney's Penthouse, is flanked by David Peterson and John L. Sullivan in traditional tuxedos by Jeffrey Banks and John Weitz respectively.
John L. Sullivan is wearing a midnight blue (almost black) tux by Hardy Amies that can be worn in the daytime or at night.
This avant-garde Dimitri Couture tuxedo is a mess jacket with a stand-up collar. Joseph Leonardelli is wearing it with a bronze satin shirt, but it just looks like a dated mess to me.
Joseph looks better in this traditional black tuxedo by Ralph Lauren while Dana Sherin contrasts nicely in a red evening gown from Barney's Penthouse.
Russian sable on David Peterson looks great, but I can't figure out if he's wearing a white dinner jacket underneath of if it is white scarf. Either way, it should have been worn with a traditional black tux.
Actually, I am not one to promote furs, but with all the photos that appear in After Dark of fur coats, I can't not write about them. I don't think furs are in style anymore and seeing them now just seems out of place, but looking back to the past, I can see the luxury of wearing one was probably more fashionable.
Finally, Albert Bray was doing pretty well as a model in New York but became a photographer. He likes to photograph people as opposed to places. "People don't last. Maybe sixty years or so. I want to capture them. A landscape will be there forever. And people are a lot harder to photograph. You can do a landscape over and over and end up with the same thing. A person, each time, is different." I'd have to disagree, especially these days with the ever changing landscape as more and more buildings are built and trees are cut down. I'd also have to say that I think two different photographers can take the same landscape and come back with two different photographs. I think it's in the eye of the artist to find something new. In any case, Albert Bray does take great photos and here is the sample of them from the issue.
That's it for this issue, almost. There were a few ads in this issue that I wanted to feature, so I'll do one more post of them.