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|It was the opening night of Steve Strange and Rusty Egan's new club, The Playground, based - for the moment - at The Lyceum in The Strand. The hip reputation of the entreprenurial duo was enough to attract London's image-conscious in their droves. / Honey / March 1985
London got a much-needed new Saturday night-club venue this week when Steve Strange and Rusty Egan opened The Playground at The Lyceum in the Strand.
Much of the world was there - if only out of curiosity - all dressed up and eady to play along with a bewigged steve in white furn fur coat and white Andy Pandy playsuit
Revealed in all their glory under ( by an obliging Paul Rutherford from Frankie Goes To Hollywood who unbid the buttons at the back of his playsuit ) was a red t- Shirit and Calvin Klein Y-fronts ....
It was a night for real fashion victims with fantasy and extravagance in body-adornment - especially make-up - reaching new heights of exotica. Baby dolls were a popular choice of girl singers and rent boys, worn with thigh-high black patent boots a Tesco carrier bag for holding the essentials.
Among the fashion people there was Stephen Jones accompanied by his Maid-Marion-in-blue assistant Sybille; a vaguely Byronic Tom Gilbey; the everychic Monica Chong in black velvet and diamante, style-setter and Mud Club owner Philip Sallon in Hawaiian flower garlands, and designer Dean Bright in embroidered velvet.
The Playground will be on at The Lyceum every Saturday until it finds a permanent home . . . in central London and hopefully by May according to Steve Strange who wouldn't say any more, feeling he had revealed quite enough for one night ! / Drapers' Record - March 1985
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