Fifteen years ago, at the height of the disco craze, Gloria Gaynor belted out a promise she's kept. "I Will Survive," she swore in the inspirational dance number that became an anthem for coping with hard times. Since she hit the top of the charts in 1979 with "I Will Survive," disco took a dive in the U.S., but Gaynor's popularity has remained a constant in Europe, where she's continually toured and recorded. Now that disco is on the upswing over here again, the diva is recapturing the spotlight in this country, selling out venues like Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater and putting out two new records. She just released "I'll Be There," a double album, and will put out a gospel recording early next year. And Gaynor's taken on the roles of author--an autobiography is due next year--and actress, gearing up for a television role she says she's not at liberty to tell about yet. The time seems right for Gaynor's U.S. comeback, now that the fashion and music pendulums have begun swinging to a dance beat: Clingy, satiny disco fashions have been heating up the runways; Manhattan's disco mecca of the Seventies, Studio 54, has just reopened, and "I Will Survive," featured on the soundtrack of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," is once again getting heavy play in the clubs and on the radio. "That song was written [by Dino Fekaris and Freddy Perren] as a B-side track," Gaynor laughs. "When I heard the lyrics I thought, this is going to be a timeless song because the lyrics are universal. Everyone who hears it has some experience in their life that they can relate it to." Often fans approach her with tales of courage they've drawn from the song. "They come up to me and tell me that the song helped them through the breakup of an abusive relationship, or a divorce," she adds. Ironically, the song was not originally written about an ill-fated romance of Gaynor's, but rather, inspired by her strength in the face of her mother's death, and her near-miraculous recovery from a spinal injury. Those experiences and others also led to a spiritual change for Gaynor, who, after giving Scientology and Islam a chance, became a born-again Christian--a change that has profoundly affected her music and her attitude toward disco's renaissance. At one point a few years ago, when she first found religion, she shunned the musical genre that had made her famous. "I didn't want to do any music that was going to inspire people to dress and dance in ways that provoked them to sexual immorality or to drink beyond moral control," recalls Gaynor.Now she has a new mandate: "As long as my music is created and performed for the glory of God, it is not secularly sanctified." In keeping with that, Gaynor changed the line in her signature song that went, "It took all the strength I had not to fall apart," to, "Only the Lord could give me strength not to fall apart." "I want people to know where I'm coming from now, so they're not shocked when my gospel album comes out next year," Gaynor says, adding that she's not worried about disco's comeback inciting a subsequent return to the hedonism that lifestyle was infamous for. "I'm hoping that we have learned from our mistakes," she says. "I pray that nothing distasteful will ever be associated again with disco. And if it does, I'm just hoping that my music will serve as a light in a dark place."
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@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)