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Valentino Nods to Brokeback in Milan


Valentino sent out two "gay" cowboys to walk the runway today:

Half way through his show, Valentino sent out two cowboys, holding hands, in jeans, leather ranch jackets and Western hats. The fact that the two models were notoriously active heterosexuals only serve to add a clever in-joke to the image.

Several score of shows into the Milan season and a designer finally makes reference to the movie of the moment, the "gay" western, a somewhat circumspect approach given the fact that the vast majority of creative people in the fashion business, in particular the men's element, are gay.

It is to his credit that Sir Val at the very least addressed the phenomena, a film that represents a significant change in societal attitudes and the victory of some form of tolerance for homosexual union.

The rest of this week's shows can be found here. Enjoy the weekend.

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  1. We now expect, I guess, the models in question to drone on endlessly about how what they did was really about the CLOTHES: "When I saw the leather and denim for the first time, I didn't think, Wow, that's gay. These were just two outfits that needed to be worn..."

    Posted by: Jacko | Jan 20, 2006 8:42:03 PM

  2. I hate it when this happens. Oh, well. Halloween will be interesting this year...

    Posted by: zinc alloy | Jan 20, 2006 9:57:07 PM

  3. Great outfits...that's it. I'm going cowboy to work on monday and nobody can stop me :)

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 20, 2006 10:16:56 PM

  4. Lord, what's next? "Brokeback" the cologne. I can hear the ad now: "For the man who's not afraid to express his feminine side." It's ALL good. In our lifetime, a gay love story that has struck a chord with the mainstream.

    Posted by: Matthew | Jan 20, 2006 10:33:45 PM

  5. Unfortunately, its just another stunt the mainstream finds gay people amusing kinda like those queers on Will and Grace.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 21, 2006 12:02:01 AM

  6. Gee!!! Who the *bleep* are these bitter bitches posting these comments???
    Andy, could you PLEASE delete their (and mine) comments?... It is your blog after all.

    Guys, would you please post your "comments" on: ''... I'm sure that Bush individual would appreciate them.

    Just a thought: Let's try to keep Andy's blog positive for those of us who can still a future with gay ppl in it.

    Posted by: Remi | Jan 21, 2006 2:40:02 AM

  7. OK, I know that Andy more than anyone I know appreciates freedom of expression and would not delete "the" comments... but c'mon guys... Gee!

    Posted by: Remi | Jan 21, 2006 2:48:22 AM

  8. That's funny, I didn't realize the mainstream was so involved in fashion shows and runway models as to be offended by queers gayin' it all up for them. Odd then that I don't see any of the usual suspects picketing Project Runway.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Jan 21, 2006 3:23:21 AM

  9. P.S. Let all gay comments stand as they are. We do not all think alike.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | Jan 21, 2006 3:24:53 AM

  10. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

    Posted by: HisHolynessDPope | Jan 21, 2006 4:07:07 AM

  11. From the news piece: "The fact that the two models were notoriously active heterosexuals only serve to add a clever in-joke to the image."

    What'd I tell ya?

    PS When males are heterosexual, they're 'active'; when male models are heterosexual, they're 'notoriously active'.

    Posted by: Jacko | Jan 21, 2006 7:49:00 AM

  12. They may be notoriously active, but they can also be notoriously passive for $250/hour.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jan 21, 2006 9:30:42 AM

  13. Remi, if you think these comments are negative, they are quite mild compared to the ones posted in "Jay Saddles Up" located just a few posts down. Just look for Jay Leno standing next to a horse equipped with all the “necessities for a gay cowboy.” The horse is outfitted with a pink boa, a saddle with disco ball horn, Louis Vuitton purse, hair dryer holster and a few other goodies including designer accessories. Quite inventive and chic I thought and just one more way to keep the movie in the minds of his TV audience for more than 30 days running. From the comments, you would think that Jay burned some gay men at the stake! Guys take a happy pill and have some coffee before your post…...jeez! Life is a cabaret if you look for a way to put a positive spin on things. And yes, Jay was at it again last night and I hope he keeps it up until the movie goes to DVD and beyond! And I hope that Andy keeps reporting it!

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Jan 21, 2006 10:37:15 AM

  14. As a fashion student, I know the battles between women and gay men. It is harsh. Gay men are winning and will always win.

    Posted by: Justin Allen | Jan 21, 2006 1:43:39 PM

  15. Hurray for Valentino and hurray for his straight models that walked down the runway holding hands in cowboy drag. Bring it on babies because some of us think what you're doing is a ton of fun and we love the entertainment.

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 21, 2006 1:58:16 PM

  16. Remi: I think I understand what you're trying to get at, but being part of one big happy clone family, where we must love all things 'gay' no matter how incredibly awful they may be (QAF, W&G, Reichen (sp?)) seems to me to be a fate worse than forced to sit through the sex scene of BBM again.

    Posted by: PSMike | Jan 22, 2006 4:50:24 PM

  17. Can't wait for the Calvin Klein, "Brokeback Mountain" undies creation.

    Posted by: Bazza | Jan 23, 2006 12:01:50 AM

  18. Thank you, Valentino, for recognizing the perfect opportunity to not only show the world that your fashion reigns supreme, but to also capture and use your political power to show us that the whole thing is no big deal. Gay people are everywhere! And, if you haven't noticed, we're making the world a little bit more liveable.

    There are a lot of bitter queens responding to this, and what I have to say is that you are living in a time when equality is very close to approaching perfection. We will NEVER experience perfect equality, so instead of continuing to complain about anything and everything, savor this moment. Gay people are now being recognized as talented, respectable, and equal people. Stop brooding on negative thoughts sitting at your computer, and lets be productively showing the world what we can do!

    Posted by: kevin | Jan 27, 2006 8:48:20 AM

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