Here’s the fashion scoop for summer and you heard it here first from Da General, inspired by today’s Sparkle Video. Its starlettes, the lovely ladies of Dynasty, are dressed in all-white featuring shimmering spandex accented by metallic gold belts. This super-chic look is destined to take over dance floors everywhere Soldiers, because nothing says summer like being inside a cavernous dark disco while flashing lights and laser beams reflect all over your fabulousness. And that’s what we call “Satisfied”.
IF MY SOLDIERS COULD SEE…
Today’s Sparkle Video is truly epic and not because of the star. While Linda Clifford looks gorgeous in her flowing kimono style dress, fabulous hair and makeup as she’s belting out her classic, “If My Friends Could See Me Now”– something else is a-brewing. Yes Soldiers, something else. Besides all those required elements of dazzle that we love like flashing lights and laser beams, there’s a Disco Spaceman in the background! Sparklingly mirror-tiled from head-to-toe, he steals the show and at 1:03, he goes for it. He’s hip-thrusting like a madman behind Linda to the point that she almost disappears, but she doesn’t and I want to scream, “Linda, move out of the way!” And she knows it too and towards the end, the camera pulls in closer while they dance it out for total screen domination.
SPARKLES IN PARADISCO!
Today’s Sparkle Video answers the question, “What planet will you visit once space travel becomes available for civilians?” Paradisco of course! You know, the planet where leggy Dalida-like goddesses in glittering catsuits host showstopping parties night and day. In fact, there is no night and day, just endless swirls of fun and everyone wears metallic gold from head to toe accented by glorious sparkling sequins. And because this planet’s atmosphere naturally emits a billowing fog, there’s a never ending supply of disco smoke, which means a never ending supply of fabulous! Who’s coming with?
It’s about time I let you in on a little secret. Whenever I see the words “German TV” as part of a video’s title, I know that there’s an outstanding chance that it’s going to be chock full of fabulous outfits and today’s Sparkle Video is no exception. While Abba has always been known for their splendidly over the top costumes, the ensembles worn for this performance of “Waterloo” have got to be their most showstopping ever. Spandex, satin, sequins, metallics, mirror tiles, glittering instruments, space cuffs, platform shoes and even a magical CAPE. I’m so out of breath already and then some freakazoid dressed like Napoleon shows up. Soldiers, what we have here is called a KABLAM!
Today’s Sparkle Video features more from Top of the Pops in what has to be one of the most exhilarating guest appearances ever. Here, the legendary group Imagination performs their classic “Flashback” with many of the dazzling effects that Sparkle Videos require. Shimmering “half-outfits” baring much-much skin, a stage of flashing lights framed in a totally 80’s palette of purple and turqwuaz and a fancy editing style that kicks in on the chorus all adds up to make this a truly exceptional moment in time. The equally sparkling audience and gyrating hips swirls are extra details that put this one so over the top for me that I’m having a bit of trouble coming down!
STAR FLIGHT SPARKLE!
I’m a big fan of Legs & Co videos which feature a troupe of lovely ladies dancing to the hits from the TV show, Top of The Pops. However, a lot of times their costumes fall short of fabulous, but not in today’s Sparkle Video! Someone was channeling Flash Gordon or Larry LeGaspi or both when they designed these dazzling gold metallic numbers complete coordinating hat, gloves, booties and most importantly – cape! They look like heavenly golden stewardesses who have landed their spaceship on earth, ready to bring close encounters to a dance floor near you. Their performance of Earth, Wind & Fire‘s “Star” is nothing short of magical, complete with dreamy “rainbow” light effects. But it was 1979 after all, the year of disco, so they had to deliver. I’m just hoping that Sir Richard Branson sees this and takes the hint, because this is the only outfit that will do for a cabin crew if I’m ever getting on a ride to space.
BACK IN THE SPARKLE GROOVE!
Once you get past Paul Stanley‘s shirtless rock n’ roll intro, today’s Sparkle Video is abuzz with visual delight featuring a bedazzled Ace Frehley. Performing the classic “Back in the New York Groove” with his glittering light-up guitar, Ace and the Kiss crew are the perfect example of why the Sparkle Army loves both kinds of music: rock n’ roll and disco. Aside from loving the sounds, the reason is that both genres use the required elements of fabulous, such as show-stopping outfits and a stage of filled with flashing lights, which is the only way true Superstars roll.
Yes Soldiers- I’m back! Back in the Sparkle Groove- yeah!
MISTER METALLIC MOONLIGHT
Today’s Sparkle Video is a gem beyond sparkling gems, featuring the gorgeous Asha Puthli who’s making an appearance on Stryx (that other-worldly, space-tastic Italian television show from the 70’s). She’s a magical vision to behold as she slinks into view wearing head-to-toe metallic gold. Making it even more fabulous is the sultry disco beat of “Mister Moonlight” which dramatizes her flowing wings adorned by glorious space cuffs. Yes Soldiers, what you are seeing is bonafide LeGaspi couture complete with his trademark trapunto quilting! The combination of her flawless beauty and his dazzling outfit design makes this video so dazzling, it’s- as they say- “everything“.
SPARKLE DOWN SOLDIERS!
Get ready because today’s Sparkle Video is gonna take you there! And by “there”, I mean KABLAM! Witness Rick James and band “Throw Down” in the most dazzling way possible, which is by looking like glamorous spaced-out-sparkle-sluts. I really can’t say it enough Soldiers, but this is exactly how superstars are supposed to look. Spandex, metallics, sequins and glitter are all holding court on that stage, including the background singers who are rocking “dancing-school fabulous” accented with cheek contour for days. It’s true perfection indeed, but then top it off with gobs of billowing smoke and there you have it: KABLAM!
In honor of my own “Teenage Rampage” last night celebrating the Fourth, today’s Sparkle Video features one of my all-time favorite bands, The Sweet. Soldiers, this is the way rock stars are supposed to look: Head-to-toe metallic fashion with a good dose of embellishments, fabulous hair and lots of attitude. All of this extra dazzle exemplifies the glam rock period which I’m hoping returns to the stage soon because when I pay for a concert ticket, I want the FULL SHOW. Seriously, if I wanted to stare at jeans and t-shirts, I could just go stand in The Gap for free, am I right?