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Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Dressing up part two: Dead Pop stars

We gave you some options for dressing up involving some of pop’s most aesthetically creative characters currently reigning this here world, so in the spirit of fairness and equality it’s only right we look at those who once did reign put no longer do due to death. Yes, it’s not Hallowe’en quite yet, but some of pop’s brighter stars should be brought back to life for the Pop Stars Party this Saturday 29th September to shine brightly once more.

Jackson. So many looks. It’s all a result of us watching him grow up in public and his face maturing. Nothing to do with him chopping it up / trying a new nose out every six months etc. Nothing at all. Choose whichever Jackson you want to be – the key elements, depending which Jackson era you’re channeling – are a selection of the following:
Afro;
Spangly glove;
Fedora;
Dances that focused heavily on a crotch grab;
White socks and loafers;
Kicky-out leg;
Vajazzled military jackets;
Small boy(s);
Jesus Juice.

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Whitney. Taken from us too soon. She burst into our lives in the early 80s with a whippet-thin figure, a beaming smile of splendid teeth and a belting voice that could knock you sideways. She had hit after hit after mega hit and wailed her way to everyone’s hearts. Then she met Bobby Brown, got into crack, sported adult nappies and was sadly taken from us. Let’s not dwell on that bit, especially the nappies. Soils the memory in so many ways. Here she is in happier times. Oh Whitney!

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Freddie. The Queen front man and possibly the greatest ever front man the world of pop and rock has ever seen. Brilliantly pompous, unafraid of dressing up or acting the clown, supremely entertaining and a command of the microphone stand to it’s full phallic connotations – his charisma, energy and sheer star quality was never less than 100%. Can you tell we like him a bit? Sorry Adam Lambert, but there really is no contest. Queen sans la Mercury should just STOP NOW PLEASE. We miss him the most probably out of this parade of the dead. SIGH

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Winehouse. She had some voice, but by heck she didn’t half have a troubled time of it. Being followed about by paps all day probably didn’t help much when you’re a bit lacking in the self-esteem department and only nipped out for some milk. But what she lacked in self-worth, she made up in soulful, melodic, honest-pop, whacking great big hair, myriad of tats, boosted sales of RImmel’s eye liner and impressive fag smoking. You can imagine she would have aged brilliantly, wise cracking about young pop upstarts as she got older. Like Elton, but with her own hair. Her own MASSIVE hair.

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Having joined the 27 club like Amy and a host of other dead musicians, Kurt Cobain enraptured a legion of angry teens sulking in their bedrooms with his angst-punk-pop, creating grunge, donning cardigans, making an anthem for a generation and then departing from this world via violent methods. He hair never looked that clean and he probably never washed his jeans, but then he was the accidental focal point of “grunge” therefore dressing like a slick city gent probably wouldn’t have lent it that much cred, so full marks for the commitment. His bedsheets probably could’ve walked to the washing machine themselves.

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Pop Stars Party – number one dress up get ups!

The next Guilty Pleasures in London town hits KOKO on Saturday 29th September when we’ll be celebrating those music idols at the Pop Stars Party! YAY.

Tickets and info over here

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For those who like to dress up to get the full GP experience, then we thought we’d give you a helping hand in the inspiration stakes with some picks from the pop world’s iconic looks. So let’s do that now shall we? Ok good.

Prince has a wealth of looks to choose from depending on how much effort you want to make. Start with drawing on your face:

Or maybe you feel a bit flouncy. Bit regal perhaps. Not unlike Prince himself. Well maybe the velvet suit and puffy shirt of the Purple Rain era is what your looking for:

Or maybe you’re feeling brave and want to go the full monty. Pants, suit jacket and a bit of eyeliner should do it then:

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Beyoncé next. Yeah we know, it’s not that easy seeing as she’s majorly hot, so may need to get down the gym to have the confidence to pull this off. Or just a job lot of booze and industrial quantities of weave off the market and you’ll convince yourself you ARE her.

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Like to titillate men? Have insecurity issues? Always flirting outrageously because you’re trying to fill a dark, empty void in your life? Yeah, us too. Let’s dress up like a schoolgirl Britney then and make it pervert o’clock!

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Now this one is perfect for those who work in, or have associations with the meat industry. Or just buy a lot of meat. Wrap yourself in the carcass of a dead cow and you’re totally set. You’ll stink too, but at least you’ll be able to do a nice Sunday Roast the next day. Ok, maybe not nice. A roast though at least. Of sorts. See Gaga is practical after all!

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Are you a captain of a ship? Do you know a sailor? A construction worker? A cowboy? A Red Indian? And a er, sex man? Well you guys just need to come in your usual gear, money saved for booze as you’re obviously the Village People:

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When pop stars go wrong is always a good look. None more so than in the case of Robbie Williams when he went crackers and left Take That, hung out with Oasis, dyed his hair peroxide blonde and got fat. It was the making of him. Not sure if his liver agrees though. However, still totally would.

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Queens of the 90s, the Spice Girls ruled the roost and powered the way for girl pop after enduring the bore of boy britpop and corduroy being fashionable. They all had their own look which can be easily replicated in a Peacocks store near you! Ok they’re a bit more hi end now, but to begin with it was change from £20 including shoes.

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Or just come as Rihanna. Don’t wear much except whacking great big shades and crackers hair. JOB DONE.

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Monday, August 13th, 2012

Desperately Seeking DISCO

So as you know, we’re having a party next week. Not just any old party with some people you didn’t really want to see, a plate of soggy sausage rolls and some pound shop balloons. HELL NO. More a cinematic spectacular full of glitz, glamma, razzle-dazzle and MADONNA on Saturday 25th August at London’s glorious Troxy!

It’s the very first cinema party from GP and we are rolling out the red carpet to salute the star of the party: Desperately Seeking Susan.

The film takes centre stage as performers, djs, dancers and more take the stage in turn to dazzle, wow and excite you until you simply cannot take it any more and unleash yourself on the dancefloor and disco dance yourself daft until morning.

So what to expect? Well for those that haven’t seen the film, you’re in for a treat. It’s Madonna’s debut on the silver screen and she doesn’t disappoint. She doesn’t exactly act either, but we don’t expect that. We want her to be sassy, wear brilliant outfits, be a bit cocky, dance a bit and just be MADONNA please.


That’s good. Keep doing that.

Besides, there’s a stand out support cast of acting excellence around her. None more so than from her co-support, Rosanna Arquette as Roberta. She goes from comfortable-but bored surburban housewife married to Gary Glass, a hot tub salesman.


Roberta and Gary in happier times.

Then after an obsession with the personal ads featuring a romance between Madonna’s Susan and her boyfriend, she goes to track down Susan in New York, but after spying her going into a shop to buy some boots, she winds up with Susan’s jacket, getting a knock on the head and then winds up thinking she is Susan.


Don’t look at the boots Roberta! That way lies head-knack and amnesia!


Oh too late. But we must say you do look better.

From then on a great big mess of jewel theifery, attempted murder, mega confusion, amateur detective play, terrible stints at being a magician’s assistant and DANCING. Just a regular Saturday night then.

So how will we be bringing this to life? In an all out multi sensory extravganza! We have food! We have drinks! We have visual delight! We have dressing up! We have it ALL!


We’ve got much tastier food on offer so you don’t need to just eat Cheez Doodles. Although they are nice

Before the film, you will be invited to take your seats (email groupbookings@guiltypleasures.co.uk to find out how to reserve a table for your group) for the pre show warm up. A bit like the Superbowl show you get in America. Like Madonna did this year. Oh WHAT a coincidence!

Said pre-film show will be a somewhat uproarious, but ultimately AMAZING show featuring some of London’s premier cabaret stars dressed as multi Madonna’s, in a catwalking, musical celebration Madonna OFF where the winning Madonna will be crowned the Queen of Madonna’s for the night. But which one will take the top prize?

Will it be Like a Virgin Madonna?

Pointy-knockered Blonde Ambition Madonna?

Gothic, spiritual Madonna?

Leotard-clad, flicky hair disco Madonna?

Or raunchy, sauce-pot Madonna?

We’ll find out on the night. But one thing’s for sure, it won’t be this one:


Boring U rated Madonna

You can dress yourself up in (my love) the 80s dressing up trash box and get that New York 1985 vibe by wearing all your clothes at once as long as they’re made of lace, net, or are stretchy, puffy, flouncy and your hair is backcombed and dried-out from over dye.

If it’s all getting too much and you need to turn to God – not unlike the good lady herself – then fear not for Father Oates will be on hand to take your confession, send you back on the road to spiritual salvation via his wise words and penance of Holy Vodka. Just don’t try and mount him a la Madge. He is a man of the cloth and should not be lead into temptation!


No humping in the booth! Jesus is watching!

Then watch the Troxy transform into Danceteria as djs Sean Rowley and Anna Greenwood play out the party in a mega discotheque of brilliance of all your favourite GP hits with an NYC 80s vibe.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets and get Into The Groove!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Beach party dress up discount – wear less FOR less!

Escapade in Camden Town are offering our GP KOKO Beach Party revellers 10% off their costumes for this month’s party so if you need something fabulous to wear at our holiday indoors, then step this way and see what they’ve got on offer.

Select your items and use the code BIKINI at the checkout and savings will be made. See, THAT’S how the Big Society works Dave.

We’ve chosen somee iconic beach based moments from pop culture as costume ideas for you. We’re good like that you see. Always thinking about you. We do care you know.

Anyway, let’s see what’s on offer and how you can get the look from Escapade. Come on!

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Want to look like you’ve just totally caught the sweetest tube and been riding some cranking waves? Or would you like to know what that actually means? Well you can get that rad surfer drop out vibe just like Sean Penn as Spicoli in Fast Times in Ridgemont High with the perfect windswept and sea-salt knackered hair with this surfer wig.

It’ll make you look like you loll about on the beach all day, smoking doobies and dreaming of the perfect point break. Like, heavy man.

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Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to look into the light. Some people get their chests surgically enhanced for running r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y on tv credits so said chests bounce in an alluring manner at an inappropriate time of the tv day for such busty behaviour. Basically, we’re saying if you want to get that Pammy Anderson lifeguard vibe, then you need this.

Chest is down to you.

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So much life on the beach and none more so in the ocean itself. It’s a whole other world you know. Why not be the prize draw of the seafood platter and come as a lobster? It’s a well spendy bit of protein so everyone will think you’re a bit swanky and the B-52s even wrote a song about one. Ok it was a Rock Lobster but that just sounds even better. Indie mollusc doesn’t have the same vibe does it? Be the king of the clawed aquatic dinners in this get up.

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Do you dream of being a Honolulu Honey, all long flowing locks, grass skirts and a carefree attitude to sleeping around? Yeah, us too. Just like Baby’s sister in Dirty Dancing, you can channel your inner Lisa Houseman with this splendid lei ensemble for that seashell Princess vibe.

Not sure if that’s a real thing though, the seashell Princess. Maybe there is a Princess seashell Barbie. That doesn’t seem unlikely does it? You can be that. Or Honolulu Barbie.

Whatevs.

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What could really eff up our beach party is if a giant aquatic predator swam close to the shore and ate someone. That wouldn’t be very good. But it would certainly be dramatic. So, if you’re in the mood for severing fake arms and generally making women scream, then why not come as a shark to the party? This realistic furry costume is just the ticket. They’ll be screaming in terror at your cuddly fins and teeth. Or wanting to stroke you. That could work to your advantage if your single. Just please don’t actually bite / kill anyone. We’re not insured for maiming or murder.

Thanks.

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Monday, April 16th, 2012

Circus Fancy Dress – 10% off with Escapade!

For April’s KOKO party, we’re off to the Circus! Or rather, we are turning KOKO into a Circus. Either way, it’s all about the Circus with performers of that there world taking to the stage alongside our cast of clowns / djs / dancers to create the biggest show in town! TICKETS OVER HERE

Our good friends at Escapade Fancy Dress are offering our party goers 10% off their range of circus attire so you can deck yourself out in some suitable styles for the evenings revelry. That’s awfully good of them isn’t it?

To claim your discount, quote RINGMASTER at the check out when you’re buying your wares and top togs for less are yours!

Head on over to the site here to see what they have or peruse our selection below to get you started.


Alright? Ringmaster here. Don’t mess.

The Ringmaster is basically the boss of the circus. He holds the whole show together and decides who will perform in his big top. What he says, GOES. That’s why he has a whip. It’s to keep unruly clowns and sea lions in check. So BEHAVE.
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This isn’t a real elephant. It’s a costume

Guilty Pleasures is a cruelty free circus. There’s no performing tigers in high heels and lipstick. A mistake some would say. However there is room for ridicule, so why not opt for this by dressing up as an extremely life-like elephant? If your mates mock you then just get better mates. Or set the Ringmaster and his whip on them. That’ll shut them up.
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Cross my palm with silver, I’ll tell you a load of crap then go and spend it on cheap liquor.

Need a way to make an fast buck? Then dress as a Fortune Teller and tell people their future in exchange for money. 50p to start off, don’t price yourself too high. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be trained or psychic. Just say nice stuff then they’ll probably pay you more. (GP takes no responsibility for promises of riches, swanky holidays and hunky men wanting to marry you actually being a reality)
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Eat your heart out Mr Universe. Check these muscles

Women are so fickle. They make out they’re interested in personality, intellectual stimulation and looks don’t count etc, but see a guy in a skimpy get up and a six pack and they’ll jump on him. So men, take advantage of this and clamber into this strongman costume and see them swarm!
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Clown shoes. As seen on the S/S 2012 catwalks.

Clowns. A divisive profession. Loved by weirdos and terrifying for others. If you feel the full blown clown is too much, then perhaps just opt for a clown accessory. Nose is way too obvious. Shoes are much cooler. You could tell everyone they’re designer. They probably won’t believe you though.
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