Sunday, 6 April 2014

Who's Drag Race?

Apparently Jonathan Ross is looking to produce a UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race, with UK DJ and Drag Queen, Jodie Harsh. Has a more bizarre statement ever been typed?

RuPaul her/himself

RuPaul, our favourite legendary drag performer and all round super star, the former face of MAC Cosmetics, the TOP UK 40 (OK, #39) recording artist, shoe designer and confectionery connoisseur produces and hosts the best reality TV show in the world, RuPaul's Drag Race. (For those who don't know, it's basically America's Next Top Model for Drag Queens.) But, what would it look like on British shores, let's imagine for a second.

So, firstly there's no runway, as we don't say runway unless we're at Heathrow. It'd be a catwalk, which is helpful for puns related to pussy.

There'd be no Santino Rice, sad times, but maybe reality TV's favourite homosexual fashion designer would step into the role, i.e. Henry Holland?

There'd be no Michelle Visage, even sadder times, but maybe TV's favourite is-she-actually-a-man person would step into the role, i.e. Denise Welch. 

There'd have to be a challenge relating to northern Drag's roots in Working Men's Clubs. Contestants would channel the likes of Foo Foo Lamarr and Lily Savage with piercing wit and shit loads of sequins in front of crowds of working class blokes who would probably be heckling them. Yes.

There'd always be someone from the Republic of Ireland that no one could understand, in the same way that there is always someone from Puerto Rico that no one can understand, in the US version.

Jonny Woo

There'd be a bearded lady, because London's East End likes a bearded lady.

There'd probably be less plastic surgery.

There'd be quite a few cocks-in-frocks, because tucking isn't as wide spread (lol) a phenomenon in the UK as it is in the US.

There'd almost certainly be less fish and more gender-fuck.

Must-see guest judges would include, Sharon Osborne, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Simon Cowell, Alan Carr, Keith Lemon, Jane McDonald, Barbara "Rita from Corrie" Knox, Matthew Todd, Elton John, Barbara Windsor.

Whatever it looks like, it'd be unmissable. And to all the pessimists, if it fails majestically, we always have RuPaul.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Markain of Huntley Homme, interviewed

Huntley Homme, fashion for the modern homosexual. No, this ain't leather gear and nipple clamps, but something a little more, on-trend.

Based out of Melbourne, Markian and his partner James are the power couple behind this newcomer to the etail landscape and I got to bend Markian's ear about all the important things.

Rambler: Why gay fashion? 
Markian: I don't think there is enough of it out there. I know there are some amazing people out there creating beautiful work, but if you do an online search for gay fashion a lot of the t-shirts are just so clich├ęd and uninspired. I'm all for wearing your pride, but I wanted to share a more creative and expressive way to do that. Our prints are a mixture of hand drawn sketches, digitally created art or a mixture of both. 

Rambler: What's your background? 

Markian: Styling and photographing womenswear fashion. I've spent years making girls look hot and I'm thrilled to be able to share some of that love with the boys now.

Rambler: Who is your customer, are they club kids, students, queens, all of the above?

Markian: Definitely all of the above, I'd like to think there is something in there for every gay. We had a big sale from Russia last week and I couldn't help thinking that if he wore some of the t-shirts publicly he could be arrested for “gay propaganda”. Our y-front sweat pants and some of the more graphic prints are sure to turn a few heads, but there are also some more subtle pieces that you can wear every day, no matter where you live and what the political climate is. 

Rambler: Who is your favourite RuPaul's Drag Race contestant and why?

Markian: I've got to give it to Courtney Act this season. I'm only 2 episodes in and I may be a little biased as she's a fellow Aussie, but girl knows how to work it. My all time fave would have to be Ongina from Season 1. She always stomped the hell out of that catwalk and I love how she rocked her shaved head.

Rambler: Kylie or Dannii?  

Markian: How can you ask me that, they're both from my hometown Melbourne! I'm Team Kylie but I do have a big soft spot for Dannii. I wish she would stop judging singing shows and actually start singing again. 

Markian of Huntley Homme

Rambler: Boxers or briefs?

Markian: I'm a brief boy all the way.

Rambler: What's next for Huntley Homme?
Markian: The main focus for now is getting our name out there. I've had the opportunity to connect with some amazing photographers and stylists that I really admire, so hopefully you'll be seeing those collaborations come to life in the near future. My partner James and I are already working on the next collection so stay tuned. 

Rambler: Any celebrity clients as yet?

Markian: Not quite yet but fingers crossed. We've reached out to a few people and I would love to see that come to fruition. There are definitely some guys we want to get our hands and clothes on. 

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Garuda, by Elvis Jesus

DJ Gareth Emery will release Garuda, a limited edition t-shirt featuring the trademark elaborate print style Elvis Jesus customers have become accustomed to.

See this video of Gareth visiting the Elvis Jesus HQ in Manchester (where I used to work!) and starting the design process.

Featuring a Union Jack, to commenorate Gareth's heritage, the words "The silence shouts so loud" on the inside hem, images of vintage stamps to represent Gareth's love of travel - the print works like a tattoo of Gareth's past, present and future.

The 200 t-shirts will be sold exclusively on and Gareth will play an exclusive event in Las Vegas to commemorate Elvis Jesus launching in the USA.


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Ultimate Facial, no, really!

I'm not exactly a facial kinda gal. I know what you're thinking, "give over, you've been getting facials since you could crawl on yo hands 'n knees!" Well, let me tell you, this visage is au naturale. 

Which is precisely why it needed a facial.

To tell you the truth, I've had a handful in my time, but never really considered it my go-to beauty remedy. I mean, you fork out dosh to get cream spurted on your cheeks and then leave looking flushed, confused and cheap. It's not exactly aromatherapy at it's best, now is it?

Well, that was until I had The Ultimate Facial at Skin Health Spa in Manchester. Why is it the ultimate facial? I'll tell you why, it's £245.00, so it better work!

The Ultimate Facial is a four-step treatment targeting multiple layers of your face to condition deep into the skin and leave a long-lasting effect. It was originally developed for an unnamed celebrity client who needed a facial to combat the grime of London, make-up, studio lights and the general filth that smacked up on her face on a day-to-day basis. Now, I may not be a TV starlet (yet), but my face gets it fair share of dirt. Trust.

After cleansing the skin and sloping a lot of lovely creamy stuff on my face, my lovely technician, Dee, began with step one, microdermabrasion. Microscopic crystals were bounced off my skin within a high-pressure tube, not dissimilar to the sucky thing a Hygienist uses to suck up your spit when you're having a scale and polish. Dee worked the sucky-upy-thingie around my face with particular attention to problem areas (of which, apparently, there were a few).

After this, the left over crystals were massaged into my skin along with two other exfoliation scrubs to lift off all the shit Dee had just realised from my mortified pores. Once these were lifted off, an enzyme facial mask was spread onto my skin and left for 5-10 minutes to set. The enzymes work to re balance skin oils and settle any blemishes, depigmentation and general problem areas.

Me, mid-way through my facial. Looking hot.

Once the enzymes had done their work, Dee started the transderm treatment. Transderm is basically a traditional facial, on speed. Cosmeceutical creams and delicacies are spread onto your skin as normal and then an electrical Taser, much like one would see their local Bobby carrying, is pressed onto your face and then, you're subsequently electrocuted.

OK, I'm going overboard. But, it was rather bizarre. Transderm helps get the facial cosmeceutical lotions and potions deep into the skin by penetrating into the layers beneath the surface of the skin with electric pulses. Not suitable for a whole raft of people including diabetics, people with epilepsy and pregnant ladies, the treatment is one of the more radical in the high-street beauty repertoire, but pretty damn impressive too.

Once I'd been electrocuted, Dee finished the treatment with a light facial massage, the fourth step from fugly to fabulous.

I must admit, the prospect of a £245 facial every 2-3 weeks is alien to many, including me, but this was a facial straight out of the ordinary. Plus, the offers and incentives available at Skin Health Spa are pretty unbeatable. OK, so you're paying £245 for the best facial in the world? But, what about if I told you your second only cost £1? If you book before the end of March 2014, you'll get a second treatment (the same as the one you've paid for) for £1. There's loads of offers including the Six Steps to Skin Health package of six treatments worth £637 for £193! Find out more offers available here.

Go forth, discover what it's like to be beautiful.


Saturday, 22 March 2014

SS14 Look Book: 80s Casual

God I love the 1980s. I know everyone does, now that TOPMAN has been stuck there for the past 3 years, but I just love that hey-day American power look. And the boys looked hot.

Having said that, this look isn't hey-day American power, but it has a touch of late 80s high-school jock (read: wannabe cheerleader) about it anyhow.

Cap, Fearless, £2.99, SportsDirect
Top, TOPMAN, £20
Dungeress, TOPMAN £30
HiTops, Converse, $29.99
Wrist strap, Denham, Gift

Not that bloggy is it? Nope, but it's comfy, humorous and just the right side of boyish for a gentleman my age.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Don't Cry For Me Dior

We went to see Evita at The Palace Theatre in Manchester last night. Wow, that woman understood couture.

Madalena Alberto played the musical's heroine, Eva Peron, and Wet Wet Wet's Marti Pellow was the revolutionary-come-narrator. Whilst both performances were incredible, the fashion was deservedly centre stage; as it was throughout Peron's life as the First Lady of Argentina between 1946 and 1952.

The performance inspired me to pull together some Google images of the former First Lady of Argentina. Why not, 'eh?


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Manchester Central Library Reborn

When I moved to Manchester, the boyf went straight to work and so I was left alone to get reacquainted with my birthplace for 6 weeks before I started University; Manchester Central Library became my living room. 

The library is a kind of tradition within my family, my mother attended a Catholic Convent Grammar in Manchester in her schooling days and would complete her homework in the reading room before the 3 or 4 buses back home every night. For me, the library was a source of comfort in a city I barely new, and a source of free internet access in a time when I hadn't got round to getting the flat hooked up. 

After dropping the boyf off at work, I would leave the car, stroll the streets and take it all in, with a daily trip to browse the library's dusty shelves, scan the endless mico-films of old newspapers and even brush off advances from horny Nigerian gentlemen who "want to get to know friends," and would ask me "how much you are?" 

Manchester Central Library is a charming and inspiring place that, if we're all being honest, had got a touch shabby in places. Well, after all, she is an old girl. 

A sneak peak of the reading room at Manchester Central Library. Picture by Mark Waugh

Since 2010, the great hallowed halls of Manchester Central Library have been closed tight, whilst inside, a £48million regeneration project took place, to bring the library back and reinstate it as one of the foremost public libraries of Britain.

On 22nd March 2014, the library doors will open again and to mark the occasion the library are asking all Mancunian mothers-to-be, that just so happen to drop on the 22nd March, to hurriedly send in snaps of their babes for inclusion within a collage of newborns that will be on exhibit within the library.

If you're interested in finding more about what the refurbished library has on offer, click here.