Richie Rich (designer)
California, United States
Richie Rich is an American fashion designer, television personality, figure skater, singer, actor and author. During the 1990s, he was part of the original group of New York City dance club personalities named Club Kids.
Rich was born in the New York Metropolitan Area and at a young age, his family relocated to San Jose, California where he began studying theater and competing in figure skating.
Early life and discovery
Rich was born in San Jose, and raised in California. The nickname “Richie Rich” derived from the teasing of other children.
Rich began figure skating at a young age with the famous Ice Capades. During his teen years, Rich would sneak out of his house to listen to music at Club I-Beam in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
While training under coach Christy Kjarsgaard Ness, trainer of Kristi Yamaguchi for the Olympics, Rich was scouted to tour as a skating performer with the Ice Capades under the choreography of two-time Emmy winner Sarah Kawahara. Kawahara's choreography subjects include Peggy Fleming, the 2002 Olympics opening ceremony, Will Ferrell in “Blades of Glory” and Margot Robbie in I, Tonya.
Original Club Kid
As a club kid in the '90s and a fixture of The Limelight, Rich created a name for himself attending parties with Michael Alig and DJ Keoki, drawing attention with his theatrical clown-punk makeup and over-the-top outfits that he made himself.
The New York club kids of the late ’80s and early ’90s picked up where Studio 54 left off. Gay kids, trans kids, fashion freaks and art weirdoes all converged nightly in cult Manhattan hotspots like Danceteria and The Limelight. They would wear outrageous outfits and party to thumping house music.
Heatherette was launched in 2001, with a runway show during New York Fashion Week featuring a video by photographer, David LaChapelle, starring Amanda Lepore for a collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. Heatherette continued as a part of the official New York Fashion Week 16 times over a period of 9 years.
Heatherette has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Time, Newsweek, Glamour, Elle, People, Paper, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Trace, W, WWD, New York Times, and others.
On March 20, 2008, a collaboration collection with MAC Cosmetics, called "Heatherette for MAC", was released and includes illustrations of Traver Rains and Richie Rich on the cardboard packaging. The limited edition line included much more than the original collaboration. The full line included powders, lipsticks, eye shadows, eye pencils, glitter, and nail polish.
A*Muse, Popluxe, Villionaire
In 2008 Rich showed the line at the Waldorf Astoria New York Ballroom, titled "Richie Rich", with a guest appearance by Pamela Anderson. Inspired by his longtime friend, Rich and Anderson launched a capsule collection playfully titled A*Muse.
The limited collection included t-shirts and swimsuits featuring images of Anderson and Rich. They launched a fashion tour, titled A*muse, in New Zealand, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Miami, and Chicago.
Rich went on to launch two collections with former business partner and fashion executive, Keri Ingvarsson and with Chris Coffee of Gotham Beauty called Popluxe.
In 2020, Richie Rich was named Fashion Director of virtual beauty club, http://www.beautykween.com .
In addition to appearances on the talk show circuit as a Club Kid, Rich was a featured role as himself on the Ashton Kutcher produced WB series, The Beautiful Life, guest judged on multiple iterations of Top Model (America, Canada, Germany), Project Runway (America, Canada, Germany) and has appeared on various other shows such as MTV's My Super Sweet 16, Made, TRL, VH1's Supergroup, Basketball Wives, The Fabulous Life of... (Pamela Anderson and Nicky Hilton), The Anna Nicole Show on E!, MTV News, Logo TV, the Tonight Show, The Tyra Banks Show, RTL German Television (mini reality series), The Today Show, Good Day New York Live, NBC's Fashion on Ice Live, etc.
|"Love You a Million"||Released: 1994
Format: Vinyl 12"
Label: Unique NY Records Inc.
|Love You a Million (1994)|
Format: CD, Maxi-Single, Vinyl 12"
Label: Swoon Records
Format: CD, Maxi-Single, Vinyl 12", Remixes
Label: Swoon Records
Format: CDr, Compilation, Promo
Label: Defend Music Inc.
|Richie Rich Presents: Celebutante (2008)|
- Meter, Jonathan Van (1992-12-20). "Reborn in USA". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
- "THE INSIDER: HEATHERETTE". NYLON. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
- "MAC Cosmetics - Heatherette for MAC Collection Product Pictures and Photos". Temptalia Beauty Blog: Makeup Reviews, Beauty Tips. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
- BlackBook (2010-02-25). "To A*Muse the Muse: Pamela Anderson and Richie Rich". BlackBook. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
- "Ellen DeGeneres ended the Popluxe by Richie Rich show, walking the catwalk while confetti sprayed overhead". BizBash. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
- Hoo, Fawnia Soo (2011-02-11). "Richie Rich's Villionaire: JWOWW + Richie Sings + Banana Hammocks". Racked. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
- "Richie Rich (3) - Love You A Million". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
- "Richie* - Magic". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
- "Richie* - Collision". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
- "Various - Richie Rich Presents: Celebutante". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
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