As the last few yellow bricks start falling into place, we had a few minutes to catch up with another of our fabulous NO PLACE LIKE HOMO hosts: King of Couture, Kyle Farmery. Known for his signature androgynous, ultra-glamorous style, Farmery’s career began at the ripe age of 12 when he was taken under the wing of legendary personality and trans icon Amanda Lepore. This comes as no surprise; like Lepore, his stunning looks harken back to classic beauty and high fashion runway and editorial styles from decades past. Over the years, Farmery has been labeled a club kid; but iconoclast seems a better fit for him. His style savvy and knack for creating timeless looks prove that he is a veteran in the field, and put him in a different category from your average well-dressed partygoer. What does come as a surprise, however, is his age--Farmery is just 22--but, his style shows a maturity beyond his years.
DRØME: How old are you?
Kyle Farmery: 22, with a very old soul.
D: Where are you from?
KF: Apparently I'm a rare breed, I'm a native New Yorker.
D: How long have you been performing?
KF: I started going out to clubs when I was 12 or 13... Ever since then it's been a show. Ha.
D:How would you describe your performance style? At your core, what’s your vibe?
KF: Although I have done actual performances in the past, I currently am not performing. I sculpt and illustrate my persona to give off the illusion of a show. I like my image to command attention when I walk into a room.
D: What have you been up to recently?
KF: I was just in LA for the first time, doing an event for MAC Cosmetics, and then I came back to NYC for one night before heading out to Vienna for the 2017 Life Ball AIDS charity event. Now I'm catching my breath before NYC Pride 2017!
D: What's your idea of the best night ever?
KF: I like to be anywhere with fabulous lighting, chrome or mirrored objects, great music, and experienced photographers.
D: What's the best party you've ever been to?
KF: Life Ball is my favorite annual event. It's so overly glamorous, and all for a great cause.
D: You've put together a ton of sickening looks over the years, which one was your favorite?
KF: Thank you! Honestly, I have no clue. I did love my Marilyn Monroe x Andy Warhol / Amanda Lepore x David LaChapelle halloween look from last year... I had to much fun getting creative with spray paint and colorful makeup. It's not everyday that you get to paint your face pink with yellow hair!
D: I'm curious as to how you start to conceptualize a look. How do you turn out a look under pressure?
KF: I usually base the look around 1 object or article of clothing and then take it from there. If I have a new pair of heels, or fabulous earrings, I base the outfit around that and see how I can work them into my silhouette or color story.
D: Where do you find your biggest inspiration?
KF: I love to look at old runway shows...particularly Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Alexander McQueen. I'm a sucker for a perfect silhouette.
D: If you could party anywhere in the world, where would it be and with who?
KF: Well I'd have to say in NYC with the most fabulous people in the world... Oh wait, that's what we're doing!!! ;)
D: What are you wearing to the DRØME party?
KF: I NEVER ruin a surprise, how unglamorous!!!
For more about Kyle, you can follow him on Instagram: @KyleFarmery
NO PLACE LIKE HOMO, DRØME's inaugural Pride party, will take place on Sunday, June 25th at Good Room in Brooklyn. You can buy tickets here.
Get to know one of our other hosts, Nicky Ottav, here.
In the making of DRØME we hope to showcase a community of doers and nourish an attitude of empathy in a world that teaches us to pass judgment rather than practice kindness. The stories, images, and people shared in this magazine are an amalgamation of perspectives often overlooked or explicitly excluded from art and media worlds. The dearth of diverse identities and viewpoints within the arts is harrowing, especially for a young generation that is fighting its hardest to overcome conservative notions of order ultimately practiced as acts of discrimination against the very people and things we find most inspiring. In DRØME, the featured creators and creations encourage us to never shy away from who we are and what we want. Each artist, in sharing their story, embodies their own definition of agency. Against a mainstream ideology that indoctrinates patriarchal, capitalist, and hateful theories turned into policy, the artists in our first issue represent the ways in which art can take power back from society's denigrating control.