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Saturday, February 13, 2010

When gorgeous blogger Ondo Lady asked me to write about my New York style icon in honor of Fashion Week, I instantly knew that I would be writing about Sally Randall. With Ondo Lady’s permission, I’m republishing the post I did for her blog here:

When I think of my New York style icon, I flash back to 1985, when New York magazine dubbed Sally Randall “the downtown demimonde’s girl of the minute.” The article portrayed Sally as a new Edie Sedgwick, with all of the glamour, greater ambition and without a propensity to nod off and set the Chelsea Hotel on fire.

Sally on the cover of Patrick McMullan's so80s book.

While Sally was flitting around Manhattan, I was growing up in Mahwah, N.J., with two goals: to become a journalist and live in New York.  I diligently read the New York Times to prepare for journalism, but I spent more time poring over publications that covered the downtown club scene, including the original version of Details, the Village Voice and the East Village Eye.

Photo courtesy Danceteria's MySpace page

Sally was the doorman at the club called the Palladium. She was also an artist, writer, singer, actor, model, party promoter and designer.  She had drag queen style, with winged eyeliner, huge hoop earrings, Rockette leotard, gold platform shoes, tall velvet turbans, silver spandex, body paint, and wigs of all colors, including white. To this day, I see Lady Gaga in certain looks and think, “Sally Randall.”

Photo courtesy Danceteria's MySpace page

I made it to New York in 1986. I made it to the Palladium (though Sally was gone) and I even made it as a journalist for over a decade. Now I’m a jewelry designer. A few months ago, I teamed up with other designers for a sale. Among the participants were the Brungers, a husband and wife who do knitwear. The Brungers are Andrew and Sally…Sally Randall Brunger. A journalist turns into a jeweler and an It girl turns into a knit girl. You never know what’s going to happen to you in New York City.

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12 Responses to “Sally Randall, New York Style Icon”

  1. violetville says:

    what an amazing story! i love these photos and totally get the gaga.

  2. janettaylor says:

    She is unique!

    ♥The newest giveaway by Gemma ends tomorrow.♥

    Hurry up!

  3. sharon rose says:

    Hi there-wow, what a small world indeed, I can see the Lady Gaga comparisions!!

  4. Joy D. says:

    I read this orginally and learned about someone completely new. She was one outrageous woman.

    JD
    iplayfaves.blogspot.com

    ps. Will you be attending the IFB conference this year? If so hope to see you there.

  5. Marian says:

    I loved this piece that you wrote for Ondo Lady so much! Love Sally Randalls look. I do see Gaga in her looks too! Fearless!
    xoxo
    marian

  6. stacy says:

    oh, danceteria! the good old days!

  7. Hiyaluv says:

    wowza! crazy how life comes full circle sometimes! such a small world.

  8. thanks for sharing…I enjoy the glimpse of people’s life…your a very interesting person by the way…that’s a good thing.

  9. She’s got a great look. Thanks for the introduction. Can we see a Wendy Brandes version soon??

    I got my Teenie Genie, she’s great! And I’m definitely bringing my SmacEnroe to LFW, if there’s a good place to get stares it’s at a fashion event!

  10. enc says:

    A knit IT girl. What a hoot! The circle of life keeps turning.

    (I’m tired, I’ve got nothing.)

    But I love the connection you made.