British-born, New York-based designer Keanan Duffty got a silver safety pin in his cap last night when the Sex Pistols launched their U.S. reunion tour at Jones Beach near New York City dressed head-to-toe in clothes specially made for them by the award-winning designer.
To celebrate his deal to outfit the legendary punk rockers throughout the multi-city tour, Duffty hosted a packed afterparty for the band and several hundred guests at Serena, a nightclub in the basement of the Chelsea Hotel on 23rd Street in New York. The hotel became infamous in Sex Pistols history when the band’s now deceased former bassist, Sid Vicious, murdered his girlfriend Nancy Spungen there in 1978.
Attended by Sex Pistols band members Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon), Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Glen Matlock, as well as the singer Moby, the affair saluted both the band and Duffty’s new retro-punk, rock-’n’-roll inspired designs. Many guests wore Duffty clothes or other punk-inspired outfits.
"The show was fantastic and it was great fun being backstage," said Duffty of the concert.
Duffty may soon be furthering his association with the band: he is currently in talks to design an officially licensed Sex Pistols shoe.
(Christopher Blomquist, US Features Editor)