antonio lopez cocktail party at the leslie lohman




host Robert W Richards with guests at the Polaroid set up stage




me and Snoogy Brown

I attended the opening reception party for the El Museo del Barrio for ANTONIO LOPEZ: A Photo Cocktail Party. It was a pop-up installation at The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art’s satellite space, The Prince Street Project, celebrating the 1979 legendary party hosted by Antonio Lopez and his creative partner Juan Ramos at New York City’s Robert Freidus Gallery. The event was hosted by Cynthia Powell and Robert W Richards, and attendees revived the scene atmosphere when Antonio and Juan invited party-goers to pose for a large-format polaroid camera and the images were immediately displayed on the gallery walls. I loved the photo I took with Snoogy Brown. Today is the last day of this exhibit, if you want to know a little more about this iconic fashion illustrator. The show, although small, is marvelous and inspiring….and yes my photo is there on the wall somewhere !



Snoogy Brown, Patrick McDonald, moi and Christopher Tipper Stevens

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man of the hour: daniel lismore





If you think this winter storm is major, that’s because you dont know yet that the fashion tornado Lismore; for Daniel Lismore, is slowly arriving in the US. Tonight his exhibit “Daniel Lismore – Be Yourself, Everyones Else is Taken” opens in Atlanta at SCAD FASH.
To describe Daniel is easy and complex at the same time; easy because he is so tall and opulent that you can’t help to notice his presence from very close or from across the room; and complex because his looks are so harmoniously over the top, that his eccentric approach to style and fashion will at least take your breath away. The last time I saw Daniel was in Paris, last year I think, when we talked about how awesome it was that he was on H&M ads all over Asia.
If you want to know more about him, well my darlings just check a story piece about him on Vogue.



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by Gazelle Paulo

“pages” by linda simpson at clampart





Paul Alexander and Linda Simpson
Opening Night at ClampArt of  “PAGES” by Linda Simpson
NY 04/03/2014

       When I arrived in the NY scene in 2003, at a very early time I had the privilege of meeting Linda Simpson during a shooting gig for the Ricki Lake show. I was the new face in a room filled with established names like Lady Bunny, Princess Diandra and Harmonica Sunbeam among very few others. They were all nice to me, but because I spent more time talking to Linda Simpson, my first impression of her was the one who stayed solid after all these years; I remember her being elegant and generous. Little did I know back then that she was a writer, producer and publisher of the magazine “My Comrade” among many other hats she glamorously wears with her sharp sense of humor. She is the real deal !!


         Linda Simpson is still elegant and generous; “PAGES” is a homage to her transgender dear friend, Page, who passed away in July 2002. Page’s spontaneous shots were captured by Simpson’s 35mm cameras, it is a beautiful work of documentation of the stylish Page. The exhibit opened this past Thursday in Chelsea at ClampArt Gallery, and all the New York beautiful people and art crowd attended in full force to support Linda’s tribute. The show runs till May 17th. The book “PAGES” is indeed a treat, and it is available at and at the gallery. It’s a must !!


* Linda Simpson, moi and artist Scooter LaForge


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stroke exhibit at the leslie lohman museum

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artist and curator Robert W. Richards in a beautiful jacket by artist Scooter LaForge
private reception for STROKE
Leslie Lohman Museum
March 27th

Last night I attended the private press opening reception for the exhibit STROKE curated by artist and my dear friend Robert W Richards, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.

         STROKE spotlights original 80 illustrations of  25 artists who made work for gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s; artists like Antonio (Antonio Lopez), George Stavrinos, Richard Rosenfeld, Tom of Finland and Kent among many others. It is indeed a celebration of gay art specially selected by the talented Robert W. Richards.


        This exhibition will be on view from TODAY till May 25th(2014). Please find more info about it on the link below:


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    by Gazelle Paulo
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simply isabeLLa blow







         If you pass by London and fashion is really your passion, then it is a must that you should attend the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore exhibit at the Somerset House. I finally had the chance to check it out. Isabella started her career in fashion in the 80’s as an assistant to Anna Wintour at Vogue.


          The show is a beautiful homage to Isabella’s life and fashion legacy, it is like a trip into her life; you can appreciate pieces made for her by fashion designer friends Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy. Full mannequins are wearing complete looks worn by Isabella, from Dior to Jeremy Scot…you will fall in love all over with Isabella, especially when you get so close to so many hats and shoes, and some of her legendary looks.


          The collection is owned by Daphne Guinness who saved it from going to auction. All the proceeds from the exhibition goes to the Isabella Blow Foundation, which was set up by Daphnes to fund research for depression and mental illness, and also to finance scholarships for art and fashion students at Central Saint Martins.
You have until March 4th.





gazelle paulo in london


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madmaus with christopher sauvé and scOOter laforge



      By now,  I am sure you are aware that I kinda know the places to be around the world…well, my darlings, tonight the place to be is at the Hotel Particulier for the opening night MAD MAUS, a collaboration show between the great artists Christopher Lee Sauvé and Scooter LaForge … it is a must see event….I might be there also…so don’t be shy and say hi !






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by Gazelle Paulo

greg lotus at the robin rice gaLLery

        Yesterday, I attended the opening night show of photographer/artist Greg Lotus in New York City, at the Robin Rice Gallery. Greg’s work is often featured in Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, L’Uomo Vogue, and W magazine…just to name a few…. so, the show was filled with a chic, cool New York crowd who came to support him. Greg spends his time in Manhattan, Paris and Miami.

        The show has stunning black & white images, some with pop of colors, and also sophisticated colorful fashionable images, models are mostly dressed in glamorous inspired swimsuits from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The mood is classic chic but with a sense of joy. It is a indeed a collection of photographs worth seeing it.

        From Miami, Greg flew in Elaine Lancaster to host the event. Needless to say she looked stunning !




photographer Greg Lotus and his hostess Elaine Lancaster


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  by Gazelle Paulo

converse with kyle brincefield, patricia field & scOOter laforge at the metropolitan museum of art

photos by Hal Horowitz

PUNK: Chaos to Couture, The Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition continues to examine punk’s impact on fashion and high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today…and on that note, this morning another great and private event took place contributing to the success of this famous exhibit !


        Shoe label CONVERSE was the host of a special breakfast gathering at The Met with fashion editors and fashion bloggers where they celebrated punk and Converse; if you know anything about fashion and style you are aware that “Converse All Stars ” were very much a part of the punk movement. The iconic American punk rock group “The Ramones ” famously wore them during nearly all of their public appearances over the bands career.


         The legendady super stylist Patricia Field was the guest star speaker of the event; Scooter LaForge and Kyle Brincefield also spoke about their punk influenced lines, CBGB, Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood … CONVERSE approached artist Scooter LaForge and designer Kyle Brincefield ( STUDmuffinNYC) to create their punk Pat Field version for 50 Converse shoes, both Scooter and Kyle are becoming the hottest pop scene stealers in New York…the shoes created by them were all given as gifts to the special guests. What a treat !

Scooter LaForge, Patricia Field and Kyle Brincefield with Terri Hines and Joy Howard (from Converse)
photographs by Hal Horowitz

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by Gazelle Paulo

alexandre mury major solo show

            In my opinion, Alexandre Mury has been already the next big thing in the art world in Brazil for quite some time now, so it is not a surprise to me that he will have a major individual show at the ” Caixa Cultural ” in Rio, a cultural institution of Caixa, the Brazilian Federal Savings Bank that hosts art exhibits, installations, musical and dance performances, and plays….major !!

            The show ” FRICÇÕES HISTÓRICAS ” (historical frictions) will feature 37 pieces, put together by Vanda Klabin, a very prestigious curator of art contemporary in Brazil. And all I can say is that this will be a huge event in Rio…and of course I will be there to support the artist and my dear friend Alexandre !





” FRICÇÕES HISTÓRICAS ” – Alexandre Mury


Sylvia von Harden, 2011
Alexandre Mury (self portrait)


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by Gazelle Paulo

the flight aTTendant years by lucien samaha

Cockpit and Cabin Crews, Flughafen Frankfurt am Main (The Flight Attendant Years), 1983
by Lucien Samaha

       “The Flight Attendant Years: 1978-1986” is the first show of New York based photographer Lucien Samaha at the Lombard Freid  Projects gallery. 
          I am a great admirer of Lucien’s work who I also personally know. In this show, he invites us into a biographical and nostalgic trip when the lives of flight attendants were indeed considered somewhat glamorous.    
          Lucien worked in the skies for Trans World Airlines ( TWA ), and his documentation of a golden age of travel will be filled with precious ” life souvenirs ” collected throughout his career; from beautiful and intimate images to personal correspondence. No doubt, a lovely and real behind the scenes of someone who was really an insider.
           Parallel to his exhibition, Lucien Samaha will be also setting up a portrait studio at Lombard Freid Projects,  on three consecutive Saturdays after the opening night, to photograph active and retired Flight Attendants IN UNIFORM…so show up ready to work for Lucien’s camera.



 * Mid-Flight Back Rub FCO-JFK (The Flight Attendant Years), 1982
 ** Moonrise Over Lockheed – JFK (The Flight Attendant Years), 1982
 photographs by Lucien Samaha

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by Gazelle Paulo