Guy Trebay

  • PRETTY UGLY: SANDRA BERNHARD’S I’M STILL HERE ... DAMN IT!

    She likes to wear high heels by Manolo Blahnik or Robert Clergerie. She once wrote admiringly of the beautiful bulge of her own calf. She once said of her face that it is sensual and sexual and also “just damned frightening.” She used to perform a cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” She says that she has had to leave many people behind. She once remarked of herself that she rarely feels vulnerable because there is “not time for weakness in life.” She says she believes there is not time enough for vengeance either. She claims that she learned this from studying the mystical

  • STYLE HOUND: ON THE STREET WITH BILL CUNNINGHAM

    IF YOU LIVE IN MANHATTAN, you cannot have failed to see him, a narrow-shouldered and youthful-looking man of 60 riding his ancient bicycle, or perched at street corners, or at the 26th Street flea market, or hovering at a society party in the Temple of Dendur, or kneeling at the runway of the fashion shows that he has covered for almost thirty years. You cannot have failed to see him darting along 42nd Street, halting passersby whose items of clothing seem to him to reveal something about fashion as it’s being formulated moment by moment, a girl with some crazy kind of hair extensions, one of

  • Guy Trebay

    QUEEN FOR A YEAR

    It was Emerson who once grumped that “New York is a sucked orange.” I don’t guess he ever met the drag queen GIRLINA: if he had, he’d have tweaked the difference between being over and being ovah! While an observer of New York street style in 1995 might easily have concluded that the orange was, indeed, sucked, Girlina is wiser by far. She’d point briskly to the fly girl sashaying down the street with her scalp parceled off in Bantu knots; or to the demented fashion nun teetering about Soho wearing Rosa Klebb heels; or to the stud-puppy hunkering around the gym in boxer shorts