While the melding of so many different personalities and styles is what makes a place like Club 57 magic, the work of Keith Haring, Steven Sprouse and Leigh Bowery made a lasting impression on me, and their work seems more relevant than ever today.
If you're anything like me and have an undying need for every new beauty product that hits the shelves and has a limited amount of cash to spend, I know how it feels to get a new product that disappoints.
When the weather starts heating up during this time of year, it encourages each of us to refresh and update our image. To help us through this metamorphosis of change, these fabulous beauty products give us the extra power to create the results we're seeking.
We are telling them that their natural faces will distract people, that being pretty is necessary regardless of circumstance, that performing femininity in exactly the right way isn't just helpful, it's essential.
These cultural conceptions of beauty raise many questions for me: What's wrong with having evidence of life on one's face? Why is it deemed more attractive for a person to look like she just came back from a week-long vacation in Panama?