News - 2014 : January

Jan 13 2014
SNEAK PEEK at the next all-new episode of American Pickers!
Will KISS super fan Frank finally complete his dream collection? Find out in an all-new episode, Wednesday at 9/8c on HISTORY!

Jan 12 2014
KISS Crashes Milan Fashion Week At John Varvatos Show

The Huffington Post | By Ellie Krupnick

In case you thought Fashion Week was boring or stuffy, here's Kiss to remind you fashion is still rock and roll.

Gene Simmons and the rest of Kiss made a surprise appearance at Milan Menswear Fashion Week on Saturday, popping up at the end of the John Varvatos show. Walking the runway with the designer, the Kiss guys made their signature tongues-out faces and got the audience on its feet for a rendition of "Rock and Roll All Nite."

Partying with a '70s rock band isn't a run-of-the-mill occurrence at any Fashion Week show, especially in the typically staid Milan. But Varvatos has always been known for his connections to the music industry, famously setting up a store in what used to be the famed CBGB club in New York. At Saturday's show, Simmons praised Varvatos' clothes for their rock elements.
Jan 12 2014
John Varvatos Turns Kiss Into 'Rock 'n' Roll Gentlemen' for New Campaign

Face-Painted Rockers Will Be Featured in Print Ads and Short Film

By: Meredith Derby Berg

Fashion designer John Varvatos has landed his self-described heroes, rock band KISS, as the extremely made-up face of his spring 2014 collection advertising campaign, inspired by one of the band's most iconic album covers.

"The idea was to do something that was against the grain, groundbreaking, and disruptive. KISS are all of the above and that's what rock 'n' roll is supposed to be," said Mr. Varvatos via email from Milan, Italy. He called the band "super heroes" and said creating the new campaign has been a highlight of his career—and of his life.

The feeling is mutual. "John Varvatos is the epitome of rock 'n' roll fashion and we couldn't be more honored to be a part of his legacy," said Paul Stanley of KISS in a statement.

The campaign announcement was made Saturday by Mr. Varvatos during his show at Milan Fashion Week and followed by a surprise KISS performance at the end of the fashion show. The spring collection, as described by Mr. Varvatos, is "a return to elegance" with dressy looks featuring texture and intricate tailoring in tall and sleek silhouettes.
Jan 12 2014
MILAN — The John Varvatos show generated the biggest buzz of the Milan men's shows so far with a surprise appearance by Kiss at the end of his show. Backstage before the show, the designer talked with Women's Wear Daily about superheroes as inspiration and the reason he's working with the rock 'n' roll legends. WWD: What were some of the inspirations for the collection?

John Varvatos: I wanted to give a superhero sense to the show. Every guy, at some point growing up, wants to be a superhero. And fantasy can be reality. But the collection isn't grungy. We were thinking if [the band members from] Kiss got married, what would they be married in?

WWD: What superhero did you want to be?

JV: I wanted to be Superman. And Kiss. They were my superheroes.

WWD: Fantasy: How do you make saleable clothes on the back of that?

JV: I had been wanting to do a fantasy show, with clothes that everybody wears. And the models all want everything. I'm psyched.

WWD: How long will Kiss be here, and what else are you doing with them?

JV: They flew 17 hours here [from the U.S.] and arrived at 11:00 pm[on Friday night]. They're leaving on [Sunday morning]. Last year, we filmed a video at our store in the Bowery. We invited 250 people, and all we said was that we were recording a music video. No one knew who was performing, and they left their phones at the door and had to sign an NDA. Kiss played for two hours - an entire set. It was amazing, and it was the smallest venue they had played in 40 years. In Milan last summer, they played to an audience of 35,000 people - and that was one of their smaller shows in Europe. They have played to 60,000 in Helsinki and 100,000 in Tokyo. And the audiences are young.
Jan 12 2014
By John Parks |

Ken Sharp is one of my favorite authors, having written numerous great rock books including “Behind The Mask”, considered by many to be one of the most definitive books written about KISS. Sharp recently returned to the subject, with the cooperation of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, to release “Nothin To Lose, The Making of KISS” which delves even deeper into the real beginnings of the soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame icons. I recently caught up with Ken to talk about the creation of the book and more; read on….

Legendary Rock Interviews: Hi Ken, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Your earlier KISS book, “Behind The Mask” was very well received by the fanbase and I think considered even more of a KISS “Bible” than KISSTORY. I really doubted you could equal or top it with your latest book here but they are both truly great books. Did the reaction to “Behind The Mask” influence you or drive you while working on “Nothin To Lose”?

Ken Sharp: Thank you John, first of all. To answer your question, not particularly. I’m even happier with “Nothin To Lose” to tell the truth. I’m really proud of “Behind The Mask” but this is a whole different entity because “Behind The Mask” covered more of a wide gamut of time where “Nothin To Lose” basically covers a three year period from 1972 to 1975. To be honest, I might be a little more proud of this one than I am “Behind The Mask”. I think because of its focus and its wide swath of various voices that tell the story, it’s something I’m really proud of . I do think it succeeds at bringing you into that world to the point where you really feel like a fly on the wall as you see the band deal with the trials and tribulations they face while reaching the top of the mountain.
Jan 11 2014
The official John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2014 campaign video featuring rock icons KISS.

Jan 11 2014
View KISS behind the scenes photos from new John Varvatos campaign shoot at
Jan 11 2014
Story by Samantha Conti and Miles Socha

LICKETY SPLIT: Gene Simmons, the tongue-flicking member of rock band Kiss, has no problem that pop star Miley Cyrus has been copping his act. “Anybody has the right to stick out any appendage they like,” he said backstage after the John Varvatos show in Milan on Saturday night.

Simmons and his band mates certainly lapped up the attention after they came out for a bow, surprising the usually staid fashion crowd, who rose to their feet and sang along to the 1975 anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
Jan 11 2014
By Jean E. Palmieri

John Varvatos is giving new meaning to the expression: dressed to kill.

The designer has turned to the legendary rock band KISS — who will be inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April — to be the face of his spring advertising campaign. The ads, which were shot in black-and-white by rock photographer Danny Clinch in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, were inspired by the group’s Dressed to Kill album. The performers were photographed in full makeup wearing Varvatos suits.

Although it’s no surprise that Varvatos would use rock stars in his advertising — for 19 seasons he has turned to entertainers ranging from Jimmy Page and The Roots to Green Day, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick and Alice Cooper. But Varvatos took it one step further this time, bringing the band onstage for a surprise performance at an after-party following his fall fashion show in Milan on Saturday to reveal the collaboration.

Stephen Niedzwiecki, founder and chief creative officer of Yard, Varvatos’ agency, said: “Throughout the years, John and I have always tried to work with musicians who are iconic, but not necessarily on the tip of your tongue or someone you would expect in a men’s fashion campaign. KISS was known for a specific style as a band. Not only were they innovative and break through with their music at the time, they were also style icons. KISS’s sense of style not only inspired future musicians, but John and creative people of all types. And its been important that every person we’ve shot over the years represents both a breakthrough figure in the music industry and, style-wise, has created a point of view for themselves. KISS’s look wasn’t something you could wear to a Bar Mitzvah, but if you asked people what the band looked like, they would certainly be able to tell you. They created this spectacle in music and had an overpowering sound and sense of showmanship, but at the same time were really well-educated, smart men with successes outside of music.”

A documentary-style short film that was conceived by Yard and directed by Clinch is also premiering on Saturday. The three-minute film highlights another surprise KISS concert at the John Varvatos Bowery Store, once the home of the famed CBGB’s nightclub, last fall.
Jan 11 2014
By John Jannuzzi

Here's a dispatch we didn't expect to see from our team in Milan. KISS just walked the finale at the John Varvatos fall 2014 show. It's a little jarring to see them in traditional menswear, but we're not mad at it.

Jan 11 2014
Photo by Regis Colin Berthelier for Now Fashion

Check out the models in full KISS makeup walking the runway for John Varvatos at the Milan Fashion show.

CLICK HERE to view more photos from NOW FASHION .
Jan 11 2014
Just found this cool KISS video on Youtube (thanks to a post on Twitter!) It's a rare clip of the band from 1990 ( Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick ) joking around taking turns on the acoustic, harmonizing and impromptu interviews for French TV in New York City at the HOT IN THE SHADE tour rehearsals.

Hope you enjoy it.

Mike Hayes

Jan 11 2014
On this day in KISSTORY - January 11, 1999 , KISS appeared on the American Music Awards.

Jan 11 2014
Thanks to Nik Commons ‏for sharing this photo of a KISS van spotted in North Queensland, Australia.
Jan 10 2014
The LA KISS Hair Guitar Contest at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA with Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley on 1/7/2014 during intermission of the LA Kings vs. Minnesota Wild NHL game.

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