Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: A Fashionable New FX Series?

Poster_Tile_SDRRWe might have just found another show to deliver our alternate clothing costuming fix. With Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Game of Thrones consistently delivering and Zombie’s littering the AMC landscape, the interesting costuming choices in our T.V. show series watching isn’t lacking. But Denis Leary’s new FX half hour Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as much offers a bracing taste (and ear full) of the realities of the music business as it does a great variety of cool clothing.

Jerina San Juan is in charge of costume designs here and she has her work cut out for her. First of all, there are plenty of flash backs (even in the opening credit sequence of Leary’s character Johnny and his band The Heathens performing…in all their 80’s onstage regalia.) Then there is the task of dressing those wanting to still be stars presently (like Leary’s character and his wife/backing singer “Ava” played by Elaine Hendrix), John Corbett’s “Flash” dressing cool to his age, (he’s still rockin’ and popular as the guitarist for Lady Gaga) and having to outfit the true babe of the band (and youngest member) Elizabeth Gillies’ “Gigi” Johnny’s daughter who is seen more often in cleavage baring cool tops.

Can a half hour occasionally dramatic but usually broad comedy about rock and roll survive in this day and age of Ray Donovan, Louie and Ballers? Are the Leary co-written songs here strong enough to be believed? Will we get to see more rock stars then just Joan Jett (she pops in at episode 3) Dave Grohl and The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli (Leary claims he’s really only friends with these three rock stars, but said he’d love to have more cameos if the show lasts.)

For now we have Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and some very hip styles of leather, denim, spandex and dare we hope, some latex, coming in our future.


Laverne Cox Is Naked And Making History…Again

laverne-cox-768Nude models in magazines still seem to take center blog space; you’d think by now we’d have all gotten our fill of naked men and women…or at least tittering about them. Still Kendall Jenner showing a little nipple in the current issue of GQ, Selena Gomez’s stripping in V Magazine makes news, as if this is the first time a celeb/model/reality star has flashed a little breast flesh or booty. But there are times when a naked body does cause a stir and more than just because the person in question is appearing nudity. In fact, maybe the nude is making news for the right reasons in the current case of Laverne Cox’s nude shot in the latest issue of Allure.

In what has come to be known as the magazine’s annual nude release, Allure is featuring actresses from T.V. and movies in its May issue. Jordana Brewster, Katheryn Winnick, Sandrine Holt are all naked in the magazine which pops up on stands he end of this month, as well as Cox, who’s nude pic is causing the most stir. The African American Cox appears on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” has been nominated for an Emmy and actually does sport a beautiful body to be celebrated.

She is also a transgendered woman.

As Cox says about this historic shoot she first balked at: “Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true.”

On “Orange Is the New Black,” Laverne played Sophia Burset and was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy for that role. She also was the first transgendered person to appear on the cover of Time.