Behind the Velvet Ropes

There has never been—and will never be—another nightclub to rival the sheer glamour, energy, and wild creativity that was Studio 54.

A New Year’s Eve party at Studio 54 attended by Halston, Bianca Jagger, Jack Haley Jr, Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol. Photograph: Life Images Collection/Getty

At Studio 54, sex, celebrity and, infamously, open drug-use worked in tandem to create a hedonistic nightlife playground that hasn’t been replicated since.

As Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager presumptuously sees it, there have been exactly two pivotal cultural events in the 75 years he’s been alive: “Woodstock and Studio.” In his aptly named book “Studio 54,” Schrager dives into the history of his infamous New York hotspot. The nightclub’s wild parties made headlines around the world.

Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 in New York City in the 1970s. Photo : Photo Credit: Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images

Yes; we know.  No; we cannot repeat that.  However we can have a Studio 54 Fashion Extravaganza here in Palm Springs making headlines of its own. Held not in a nightclub; but in a temple no less. Temple Isaiah Jewish Community Centre was the place to be on a Sunday afternoon where it was as glamorous as it gets.  The mood was vibrant, the energy vivacious and there was whistling and hollering from the audience while models shimmied up and down the runway to disco hits of yesteryear.  The next best thing to not being at the actual Studio 54!

Brenda Cooper + Mitchell Karp
Mitchell with Claudia Reid (Palm Springs POV) and disco deejay.

Sponsored by Mitchell Karp (owner of Mitchell’s Palm Springs –  a place to find the best curated vintage and iconic designers in shop) and emceed by Brenda Cooper, Emmy award- winning stylist to the stars. Among her portfolio she was responsible for all the styling for Fran Drescher,  on the CBC long running series “The Nanny.” Brenda’s book “The Silhouette Solution” is a well thought out method for helping all women find their authentic style.  Speaking of which…

friend Tammy perfectly wearing Norma Kamali
with friend Ramona
Ramona fittingly picked me up in her ’71 Corvette Convertible
Kathy and I were told we could be sisters. We are the Golden Girls.

While Andy, Bianca and Halston were missed, we did experience the best disco music along with some wine, and a vibe created by some gorgeous models wearing clothing to die for…keep scrolling.

Love Live Disco, Dancing, Daring Glamour and Desirability no matter where you live!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All clothing available for purchase here at Mitchell’s:

http://brendacooper.com/

 

 

 

 

Below an article published on CNN Style about the disco playground where sex and glamour reigned.

Studio 54 remains a topic of fascination some four decades after the club’s opening night party summoned a crowd that included Cher, Tennessee Williams, Andy Warhol and Grace Jones to a former opera house and CBS television studio in Midtown Manhattan.

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/studio-54-ian-schrager/index.html

You can purchase Brenda’s Book here:
https://www.amazon.com/Silhouette-Solution-Using-What-Have/dp/0593139100

Photos: d. king

More Modernism here:  https://modernismweek.com/

 

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