On April 14th, National Geographic Channel will premiere The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us, a three-night, six-part special event that goes back to the 1980s. Narrated by Rob Lowe and featuring a variety of 80s celebs (and experts!) discussing why just about everything about the era, from the politics and technological innovations to the blockbuster movies, TV shows, and of course, fashion, continues to shape the world we live in today.

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Thursday 03/30
Carlos Mencia from Mind of Mencia @ Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse
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Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. Mencia comes from a humble background, born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent him to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. When Mencia later returned to Los Angeles, he showed such educational prowess that he was immediately promoted to the tenth grade. Soon after, he successfully graduated from Garfield High School. Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named “International Comedy Grand Champion” from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.” In 1994, he hosted the HBO comedy series “Loco Slam” and in 1998 he hosted “Funny is Funny!” on Galavision. Mencia released a comedy album in 2000 called “Take a Joke, America” that showcased his brand of humor. Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, “Outta Time” and “29 Palms” and starred in guest spots on “The Shield” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mencia was featured on “Comedy Central Presents.” Mencia remained busy and after the success of his solo dvd, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, “Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached.” The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. “Mind of Mencia” was executive produced by Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton (“Late Night with David Letterman”). In the summer of 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, THE HEARTBREAK KID (DreamWorks). In the fall of that year Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled “Carlos Mencia Live Presented by Bud Light.” The highly anticipated tour brought Mencia face-to-face with his fans from September 2007 through December 2007. Shortly thereafter, Mencia taped a new comedy special for Comedy Central, “Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced,” that aired in May 2008. Since 2007, every holiday season Mencia has embarked on a USO Tour to the Persian Gulf to entertain the troops serving overseas. For his 2008 trip, Mencia visited Kuwait to host “Operation MySpace,” an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls. The special aired on FX in April 2008. Mencia’s 2009 USO tour had stops in Turkey, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Qatar, Afghanistan, and many other countries. In July 2008, Mencia began his tour, “At Close Range” at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado. The tour was sponsored by Bud Light and co-promoted by Icon Entertainment and Live Nation. Larger than all of his previous tours, Mencia performed in 80 cities across the country. In the summer of 2009, he kicked off a nationwide comedy tour entitled “The Administration of Laughter” which brought him to excited audiences all around the country. In March 2010, Mencia starred in the family comedy OUR FAMILY WEDDING (FOX Searchlight) alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker. In the last couple years, Mencia chose to go back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country – allowing him to share his newest material with smaller and more intimate audiences.
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Don’t miss this totally awesome mini-series featuring fashion icons Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Naomi Campbell. Since Sunday’s still a few days away, we’ve put together a list of eight 80s STANDOUTS that take you from Dynasty glamour to street style ready, all-the-while continuing to influence fashion today. Rad, right? Read on for more 80s and don’t miss Sunday’s premiere on the Nat Geo Channel!

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1. ANNA & THE ZINES: Flashback to 1988! Anna Wintour becomes the editor-in-chief of American Vogue bringing us GIRLS into the MODERN FASHION AGE. Wintour continues to spread her sartorial wisdom and affinity for celebrity, fashion, & the pageboy bob to women across America and the globe. Other zines//must-reads that made IT in the 80s: Women's Wear Daily launches W magazine, Andy Warhol's Interview magazine "morphs into a full-fledged fashion and entertainment magazine," and Gilles Bensimon brings French Elle to the states.
 
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2. THE TRINITY: Naomi Cambell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista

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3. NOW AND THEN//AMERICAN STARS: With the rise of the supermodel and the American fashion magazine (not to mention Uma Thurman!), American fashion reached new heights in the 80s. Major fashion designers Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta transformed their names into global brands, while fashion photographers Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier were establishing their names in the pages of American Vogue, Elle, and other fashion glossies.
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4. DYNASTYY: Sheer kimonos and Joan Collins!! PLUS, GOLD LAMÉ!

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5. PAULO & THE POLAROID: Italian fashion photographer Paulo Roversi defines 80s fashion with the 8 x 10. Pablo Roversi on the Polaroid camera... Interview originally published in Dapper Dan, Issue 4, October 2011.
Roversi: As soon as I discovered this type of film I was enchanted by it. Even now I still feel this wayand I cannot justify the reason. You know how you fall in love with something—maybe it was the colour, the contrast. It became my palette immediately. I also started to work with this camera for its size, the 8×10 format. Taking pictures one by one is a slow procedure. I found my way through this camera— how to work. It was the ideal way to express myself. By now, I know it very well. It has become a part of my skin; my blood. (via)
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6. AUGUST 1981: Vogue magazine covers Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's royal wedding; Diana, Princess of Whales, takes the fashion industry by storm w/her "unerring sense of style that influenced a generation of women." 

Fast-forward a few decades and we're still stuck on royal beauties >> from Kate Middleton to our own American grace Michelle Obama >> women who continue to define fashion's next big name from Sarah Burton to Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu. Style crushes that take the cake!

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7. 80s "THAT DECADE THAT MADE US": Photographer Bill Cunningham takes a look at STREET STYLE in his NYT "On the Street" feature, documenting street style from the 80s t0 present day. New Yorker calls it, "New York's high-school yearbook, an exuberant, sometimes retrospectively embarrassing chronicle of the way we looked." (via)

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8. Rock on Mars: Stephen Sprouse takes on punk rock, wild style graffiti, and street influenced fashion that characterized the downtown New York community in the early 1980s, epitomizing the decades style as we know it today (from Madonna to Debbie Harry)...Stephen Sprouse totally ruled!

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                                         + TEN 80S TRENDS: SO RIGHT, SO WRONG                                            

10. Shoulder pads
 9. Neon EVERYTHING
 8. T-shirt clips & Scrunchies
 7. Tight acid or stonewash jeans
 6. Teased hair
 5. Leg warmers
 4. Jellies sandals
 3. Slap bracelets
 2. Don’t Worry Be Happy
  1. Off the shoulder 

 

 

 

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