In his haste, Pierpaolo Piccioli parks his Mercedes on the bias across two parking spaces at the train station in Nettuno—just as the Rome-bound that we were meant to catch whistles out of the station. Just how often does he miss that train? Piccioli cranks the car into reverse, and we bound on through the flat Roman countryside at breakneck speed to catch the same train before it arrives a couple of stops down the line.
In a column today, the NRO's inimitable Kathryn Lopez claims that the country is really against gay marriageby quoting a young woman named Carrie Prejean — have you heard of her? See, even after Proposition 8, all the outstanding defenders of marriage were so sad because the gays were still winning. Then they were rescued!
During the Golden Age of Hollywood in the s, actors and actresses shot to fame—but only if they tailored their images to the demands of the big studios. For LGBT actors, that often meant marrying a person of the opposite sex. The early 20th century represented a unique time for LGBT people in the country.
Plainly stated, fashion as we know it today would not exist if not for the creativity and influence of people in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ stylists, designers and fashion personalities alike make up the heart of the industry. The history of fashion and its intersection with queerness goes far beyond this small sampling. News Politics Entertainment Communities.
It's no surprise that of all the great gay fashion designers to have declared their sexual preference in recent years, including Versace, Tom Ford, Dolce and Gabbana and Giorgio Armani, Valentino should be the last to come out. The "secret that is not a secret", as Valentino's business partner Giancarlo Giammetti puts it, is splashed across an article on the multimillionaire Italian designer in the August issue of Vanity Fair. It's no surprise he's late because being out on the leading edge has never been the style of the designer who burst on to the fashion scene in and quickly established himself as the favourite of the ladies who lunch.
Giancarlo Giammetti stands at a bar in the terminal of Ciampino Airport, in Rome. He orders an espresso, drinks it quickly, and, as he walks away, makes a discreet motion for his bodyguard to pay. Strikingly handsome with coal-black eyes and a mane of silver hair, Giammetti is dressed in a tan traveling coat, a black suit, black ankle boots, and dark glasses.
C adogan Square is one of Knightsbridge's premier addresses, but it looks like a Dickensian slum once you step inside Valentino's door. To enter the Italian designer's empire is like walking into a parallel universe — one of infinite aesthetic perfection, where everything is in high definition and even the twin open fires seem to flicker in flawless symmetry. Courtiers glide about soundlessly, leading me to a room the size of a tennis court, furnished with objects that almost certainly cost more than the average annual salary.
Here, a gown that resembled a quivering cloud of blush-pink feathers; there, sumptuously draped garments of dusty rose and red silk. There was little point in overthinking the assortment of references on display: Molly Bloom and the court of Versailles, Ziggy Stardust and classical mythology among them. Opera coats and dresses were covered in pictogram-like satin piecework depicting Pegasus and Perseus, Leda and the Swan, Europa and Taurus.
He was an early pop icon, and a sex symbol of the s, who was known in Hollywood as the " Latin lover " or simply as "Valentino". His father, Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fedele Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella, was Italian ; he was a captain of cavalry in the Italian Army, later a veterinarian,  who died of malaria when Rodolfo was 11 years of age. As a child, Rodolfo was indulged because of his exceptional looks and his playful personality. His mother coddled him, while his father disapproved of him.