DARLING DIARIES: FIRST ENTRY
“EPISODE I: DON’T YOU WANT TO LEARN TO BE GLAMOUROUS?”
Friday, April 22, 2011
I’ve never been good at keeping a diary, as I always seem to fail at being able to update it on a regular basis. I have several journals from my youth that have sat in a drawer, collecting dust, with a few scant pages filled out. Imagine my surprise when legendary nightlife photographer Patrick McMullan and the crew from PMc Magazine proposed keeping a diary of my filthy flaxen adventures and NYC nightlife escapades! I contemplated the idea for a moment and realized it would be a great idea. I go to so many fabulous parties, drink my body weight in champagne and wake up in the morning with hazy recollections of the previous nights events. It will be lovely to look back and be able to read about how they all ended! By now it’s the 22nd of April, so it is of course way too late to begin with January, but since my life is a never ending stream of late nights and booze bottles, I couldn’t possibly begin at the beginning anyway!
At 7:30pm tonight I found myself walking down my street in Queens, wearing a mini-dress made entirely of plastic laminated ostrich feathers, a floor-length fur coat and rhinestone encrusted 5” stilettos. For some reason people were staring. By the time I reached my photographer friend, Veronica Ibarra’s house a block away I’d already caught the attention of several neighbors. One was an older gentlemen, who literally stopped dead in his tracks, mouth agape, eyes bulging, and cleared the sidewalk to make way for my arrival. Who said chivalry is dead? Veronica greeted me at the door in a vintage 70’s dress spangled with sequins and buggle beads, teal velvet Margiela ankle boots….and no eyebrows. This is why we are friends. We were dressed in such understatedly casual attire because we were going to a movie. Actually, it wasn’t just a movie, it was the premiere of the IFC documentary Beautiful Darling: the Life and Times of Candy Darling, Warhol Superstar. It’s an amazing and inspiring yet sad film about the pioneering transsexual actress and NYC icon, who’s life was cut short by tragedy. Veronica and I actually won tickets to said premiere, after having entered a photo shoot we did in a “Capture the Spirit of Candy Darling” contest, which was a recreation of Candy Darling’s scene at the climax of Paul Morrissey’s Women in Revolt (1971).
When we pulled up to the IFC Theater on 6th Ave in our cab (coincidentally the old Waverly Theater, where Rocky Horror audience participation first started in the 70s), the sidewalk was abuzz with moviegoers anxiously awaiting the glamorous viewing. Much of the older crowd (well ALL the crowd actually) did double takes when Veronica and I appeared, as we were looking quite like a modern day Candy and Jane Forth, serving them up serious Warhol Superstar realness. The sold out premiere was attended by some of the Factory scenesters like Corey Grant Tippen, author and playwright Robert Heide, and of course Jeremiah Newton, Candy’s best friend and producer of the film. After the screening, the films director James Rasin and many of the participants conducted a lovely Q & A session, recalling even more fond memories of dear departed Candy.
After the show we headed to the after party, held at Michael T’s “Wild Ones” party at White Noise, where the dangerous open vodka bar awaited. Yeah, it’s a tough life. White Noise is a fairly new rock-n-roll lounge on Ave B and 13th. Veronica and I had never been but as we arrived we realized that it was the old Mings, where Veronica and our dear friend Lady Starlight had thrown a heavy rock disco party,“Heavy Metal Soundhouse” in 2007! The place had received a well-deserved makeover: dramatic black walls, seductive red lights, opulent sofas, bejeweled cattle skeleton heads behind glass. Nothing says filthy glamour like skeletal remains and a bedazzler. Michael T DJed a great downtown NYC junkie rock-n-roll inspired set circa 70-79 and the free booze flowed heavily into the night. I spent some time talking to Robert Heide, who is a fellow pop culture/toy collector and enthusiast, and I must say he was quite smitten with me. We talked about Candy and how much I would have loved to have met her. He was convinced she would have loved me and that we would have been great friends. Imagine all the hair and makeup tips that could have been swapped? After a perfectly glamorous evening, I have managed to take my drunk ass home in the rain to peel myself out of my plastic dress and pass out in my makeup.
Good night, dear diary. Until next time.
Darian Darling is a lifestyle blogger, international beauty/style guru, professional party girl, homemaker and personality living in New York City, and these are her DARLING DIARIES:
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Written by Darian Darling
Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
Design by Marie Havens
“The Darling Diaries” Logo by Hayley Heartbreak
Ostrich Feather Dress, Page 4, Designed by Hally McGehean / Courtesy of Darian Darling
Page 1 / Cover:
“The Darling Diaries” Logo by Hayley Heartbreak
Page 2 / Collage:
1: Robert Heide, James Rasin & Darian Darling “Beautiful Darling”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
2: Veronica iBarra & Darian Darling “Warhol Superstar Realness”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
3: Guests, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
4: Eric Motika, J. David McKenney & Darian Darling “aMUSE me”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
5: Darian Darling “Always take time to smell the roses”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
6: Darian Darling “Street Dreams”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
7: Michael T “Hey Mr. J”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
8: Jes Leppard “Rock’n Roll never looked so beautiful”, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
9: Fab Footwear, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling
Darian Darling infront of stretch Escalade limo with the two gawking onlookers, NYC, April 22, 2011, Photography by Richard Kennedy / Courtesy of Darian Darling