Yet another video gem, this time from the 1930's, full of amusing predictions by American fashion designers on what the well-dressed man and woman would be wearing in the year 2000. So inventive, so sexist, so unintentionally funny!
Monday, November 30, 2009
If you are looking for some unique jewelry pieces this holiday season, be sure to check out Brooklyn artist Perry Gargano and his cuffs, belts, rings and other creations, in both silver and gold, featured in all kinds of shapes and details, including hearts, skulls, birds, and elephants. This heart cuff alone flew off the shelves after being featured in Lucky Magazine earlier this year. Check it out!
In the age of technology, some designers have jumped on board and some have avoided it, much to their own marketing detriment. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have long embraced changes and have since become loyal Twitter participators, brought us the online luxury magazine www.swide.com and of course, their superchic ecommerce site www.dolcegabbana.com. In a recent interview they discussed their technology loves and hates. Among their favorite websites? BryanBoy, The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè and Tommy Ton’s pictures from his blog Jack & Jil, the Italian, River Blog (www.river-blog.com) and Perez Hilton!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
This was bound to appear on here eventually. Casablanca, the 1942 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman who star as ex-lovers thrown together in Casablanca during WWII. Rick, an exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightclub in town, and discovers his old love Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a Resistance leader, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country - but will he?
Over the years, we have seen Madonna collect men like she collects hit records and recent boy toy, 22 year-old Brazilian model/DJ Jesus Luz, is no exception. Somehow he has managed to get a NY Times article devoted to him, revealing nothing we need to know except for “I don’t talk about my girlfriend” which is no fun at all. (Especially considering a year ago he was earning about $500 a day as a model in Rio de Janeiro, but after he landed a shoot with Madonna for W magazine he suddenly signed with Ford Models, escorted Madonna to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Ball in the spring, appeared on the runway for Dolce & Gabbana in Milan, enrolled at a D.J. school in Manhattan and in no time has landed high-profile gigs.) But in the world of Madonna, here today, gone tomorrow, so this slideshow of Madonna's Man-tourage over the years is a must see.
Another week, another App. IPhone beauty apps allow you to check your makeup, shop for products or browse through stores while sitting at home or on the go. Using facial recognition technology, you can find your perfect color match or replicate the looks of famous faces. Countless beauty-related app developers for iPhone and iPod Touch devices are hoping these will have mass appeal and translate to lucrative partnerships from within an estimated $43.2 billion beauty industry in the United States.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Ah, the vintage commercial. That is if you consider 1979 vintage, in which case I'm older than I thought! A fresh crop of Chanel No.5 commercials are popping up on youtube which warrant a visit, given you can handle the terrible "share the fantasy" tagline. Or better yet, visit this other 1970 gem from Chanel. Luckily, the new ad campaign is on track with the wonderful Audrey Tautou. Coco would approve!
Exploring Betsy Bloomingdale's new exhibit of 60 Haute Couture outfits (assembled over more than 30 years to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles), the WSJ's "One Woman's History of Haute Couture" offers a splendid slideshow of her most prized creations. The notorious socialite donated outfits from couture houses like Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Dior, Courreges, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Some history on Haute Couture: Haute couture was born in the high fashion houses of Paris and London in the 19th century, when wealthy women sought a season's wardrobe from a designer like Charles Worth or, later, Madeleine Vionnet. Each item was made to the client's measurements. In France, laws dictated that all garments were to be sewn by hand domestically. Eventually, French designers began to routinely sell designs to American department stores, which made copies for their own customers. But high society ladies continued to head to Paris twice a year to designer's atelier to place orders.
In an incredibly brazen move (and rather nonsensical in this economy) a new European label called VonRosen has decided they get to choose a selected group to sell its clothes to. One must be invited or apply for membership by sending an e-mail message describing themselves and why they would like to shop there. Seriously. David Von Rosen, the 33-year-old founder of the label, claims he has received 10,000 requests since starting the site and has granted access to only 1,500 people. In total, he has sold about 4,000 items, which is not exactly hot cakes. Rosen’s argument for being choosy is that big luxury brands (VonRosen is not exactly Chanel, fyi) have opened so many stores around the world that the only requirement for entry is a credit card, which makes them feel a lot less exclusive. Well, last I heard that was called business strategy, so good luck to VR!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Fuse.tv has created a great online extension of its television channel, a place to see music videos, artist interviews, TV shows, get free song downloads, contests, news, tours, photos, wikis, blogs and more. The "On the Record" series is particularly interesting, most recently with interviews with Jay-Z, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, here speaking eloquently about equality: "It's always wrong to hate, but it's never wrong to love." Amen, sister!
Time to get shopping! Today is one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year in the U.S, as the day after Thanksgiving is know as 'Black Friday'. According to the National Retail Federation, 134 million consumers are expected to be on the prowl for low prices and those can't miss deals. And to those people (like myself) who simply cannot deal with hoards of aggressive shoppers, may I suggest staying at home and cruising online for excellent bargins instead? Good luck to you!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Footwear junkies can know try their hand at design with Steve Madden and Zappos.com teaming up to bring you the Sole Search contest, in which contestants compete to design original footwear. The three finalists meeting with Steve Madden in New York and/or Las Vegas where the winning design will subsequently be produced under the Steve Madden label.
Though the pattern of the recession has been to close stores, lay off workers and reduce inventories to a bare nub of excitement, there are a fresh crop of independent stores changing how the game is played. With lower storefront rents to contend with, some designers have taken control, carved out a niche and forged ahead to relate to today's consumers. This is indeed uplifting news! Support local talent! Check out the NY Times multimedia here.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Want Fashion? Well, there's an App for that! Fashion brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Ralph Lauren have released new iPhone apps that allow users to browse collections, watch runway footage and in the case of Gucci, mix their own music. Take a look.
For the first time in the more than 150-year history of Paris haute couture, fine jewelery will meet exquisite clothes to create a new ‘luxury week’ for the spring/summer 2010 season. The leading Paris couture houses, such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy , and Jean Paul Gaultier, together with Giorgio Armani Privé, Valentino and Elie Saab, will be joined by some of the most renowned jewellery houses in the world, including Boucheron, Cartier, Chanel Joaillerie, Chaumet, Christian Dior Joaillerie, Mellerio dits Meller and Van Cleef & Arpels. Paris' haute couture week will begin on January 24th and goes until the 28th, the day that the fine jewelry/haute couture creations will debut.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Attention Gentlemen: Alton Lane has seen the future and apparently in involves robots custom making your suits. Aiming to mix hand tailoring and futuristic black box computing, one simply steps into their booth, hits a button, and emerges with their digital avatar will be staring them in the face, patiently waiting to be sent to one of Alton Lane's overseas tailors. Decide on suiting choices (lapel style, number of buttons, type of fabric, etc.), so that their tailors can get to work hand-cutting the garment to the suit robot's exacting measurements. Three weeks later you'll have your suit and for under $500.
Just when you thought they couldn't fit anymore merchandise into their packed stores, Forever 21 is translating its warp speed runway-to-rack formula to beauty with the launch of the brand love & beauty. Products will cover lips, eyes, nails, face, fragrance, and assorted tools and accessories like cosmetic bags, tweezers and brushes, with all products remaining under $10.
Monday, November 23, 2009
In accordance with American Thanksgiving this week, it seems appropriate to make a positive & thankful playlist. And while on the topic of 'listening', take a look at Story Corps, which is an important audio archive project where individuals can honor and celebrate one another’s lives, making November 27 the national day of listening. So enjoy you family & friends this week...and food. Lots and lots of food!
In a NY Times article a few weeks back, journalist Sarah Maslin Nir decided to explore "The Decline and Fall of the Bachelor Pad" as it pertains to NYC real estate. In a city where everything changes in an instant, one moment you could be living in a Soho loft, the next you could be sharing a studio sublet in Brooklyn. Take a look to see what these gentleman have done with their spaces in light of certain "economic changes" by checking out the multimedia slide show.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It is time for some Marilyn Monroe! In perhaps her best movie, 1959's "Some Like It Hot" (though "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is a pretty close second") Marilyn, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon were directed by the famed Billy Wilder in this screwball comedy of epic proportions. Two struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and try to find a way out of the city before they are found and killed by the mob. The only job that will pay their way is an all girl band so the two dress up as women and while Curtis falls for Monroe, he can't tell her his gender, and Lemmon has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer. Hilarity ensues ;)
With the holidays right around the corner, the NY Times released their annual holiday movie guide to help navigate you through the onslaught of new movies. Clooney's "Up in the Air", Almodovar's "Broken Embraces", Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" and yes, even "New Moon" are on on the hot list. And don't forget the new film "Nine" is right at the top, with a stellar cast who was recently on Oprah. Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Kate Hudson - Oh my!
At first, it was Celebrities designing clothing, and now the next "to do" are accessories. Last week it was announced that Alicia Keys will introduce a jewelry collection called The Barber’s Daughters at a temporary shop at Collette Blanchard Gallery at 26 Clinton Street in Lower Manhattan. The store will be open on Monday and Tuesday only to help generate buzz among the public and retailers for the brand’s fall 2010 launch, though this seems like a risk in this economy. And not to be outdone, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt are also launching a high-end jewelry design with Asprey via a capsule collection of gold jewelry and silver accessories called The Protector — and inspired by the snake. All net proceeds from sales will go to Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.
Friday, November 20, 2009
How does she do it? Heidi Klum and her post-baby body (she gave birth to a daughter five weeks ago) led the parade at the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, which returned to New York with some fresh faces after four years on the road. Also this year, an online model search started earlier this month and is now down to two contestants, one of whom will be chosen by the public to appear in the televised version of the fashion show that will air Dec. 1.
Looking for some artistic inspiration? Then make sure to visit the (relatively) new NY Museum of Arts & Design. Not only is it a slick & stylish space, but it functions like an ultra modern museum including the cell phone guided audio tour. Currently, "Ghost Stories: New Designs from Nendo" is on display, as is a fantastic jewelry collection of pins ("Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection) in which Albright's collection from her travels around the world as Secretary of State supply personal stories behind the gems.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Karl Lagerfeld is pulling out all the stops in anticipation for his new store in Shanghai, opening November 25th. He has built a special website and just released some new photos with one of his favorite models, Baptiste Giabiconi. This is just one of many Designer stores set to launch in Shanghai over the next few months. Get ready to shop China!
If you are a fan of Director Tim Burton then you will surely delight in his grand new exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The man who brought us his unique vision in movies BeetleJuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd will be on display in a two part exhibit on both his drawings and his films from Nov 22-April 26, so be sure to stop by.
If you are familiar with indie designer Rachel Antonoff, you are no doubt familiar with her quirkie photo & video ad campaigns. To promote her spring collection, Antonoff recruited pal Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development's Maeby Fünke) and brother Jack (who's in the bands Steel Train and Fun), for a new video homage to 80's cult classic Teen Witch. Look for it soon! And in other news, the designer’s just created a dress for Target’s Red Hot Shop so grab it fast!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sarah Jessica Parker talks about SATC and her new twin baby girls in December's Elle. SJP tends to sell a lot of magazines, which may irk Anna Wintour over at Vogue after it was announced that Elle pulled ahead of Vogue this year in terms of ad pages. Wintour & the CEO shrugged it off, giving various excuses, claiming they would instead concentrate on Vogue's web presence. So in a BIG move, they recruited none other than Blue State Digital, which masterminded Barack Obama's online campaign, hired to work on Vogue.com business and editorial sides, focusing on reader and subscriber outreach. Let's see what happens because VogueTV.com isn't that fab...yet!
It's a busy time of year for auctions it seems. First is was announced the partner of Yves Saint Laurent plans to auction off YSL's personal affects (again). Now, items from Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe will be auctioned off at Sotheby's New York November 21-22, in London at the Kerry Taylor Auctions on December 8th, and then at Sotheby's Paris December 1-2. Items include the iconic Givenchy gown Audrey wore in Paris When It Sizzles, the Chantilly lace cocktail gown she wore in How To Steal A Million, and the ivory bridal gown Audrey had made for her proposed wedding to James Hanson. The dresses are expected to sell for at least £15,000 each (about $25,150), pennies compared to her Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress which sold for $783,541.12 three years ago. This time around, all of the net-profits from the auction will be donated to All Children in School, a foundation supported by the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund that aims to educate 120 million children worldwide. Need a reminder of her glamor and grace? Watch this:
Monday, November 16, 2009
After watching the fun new movie, Pirate Radio, an homage to 60's rock&roll and boasting a killer soundtrack, it seemed a good idea to explore other movies with great soundtracks too. (We will be skipping soundtracks with original scores, ditto with show tunes. Sorry "Sound of Music".) The web is full of "best of" lists but as with movies, there are the "best" (critical darlings) and then there are the "nostalgic." Narrowing it down is nearly an impossible task, so below are just a few samples from superb soundtracks, with a special nod to Director's Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino & Sofia Coppola for consistent amazing musical taste. If you wish to explore more, see Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Telegraph, AFI, or countless others. Everyone has an opinion!
Looking for some new, inspired fashion entertainment online? Here it is at the newly launched Fashionair your new source for fashion and shopping video, backed by none other than Simon Fuller. "Find the latest buys and styling advice in our SHOPPING section, meet the industry insiders in PEOPLE, be inspired by stylish women everywhere in PERSONAL STYLE and get delicious daily updates with FASHION BITES."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
A reminder today of 1940's brilliant The Philadelphia Story and the classy swagger of Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, even when one is drunk. This movie won an Oscar for Mr.Stewart's acting as well as the screenplay, which was originally a play on Broadway. Katharine Hepburn became one of the first actresses to buy the rights to a play (which she starred in), in order to produce the movie and guarantee her casting in it despite her being labelled "box office poison" at the time.
For fans of Current TV (and why wouldn't you be?), you likely already know about "Embedded." This music show is a six part special that "puts you on the ground and behind the scenes with unrivaled access to your favorite musicians. We’ve traveled the world, going beyond performances to bring you the most intimate and unfiltered moments in artists’ lives. When others stop the cameras, we capture the real story of today’s top musicians." And if you are still hungry for more moments with your favorite musicians, like the below clip for Thievery Corporation don't forget about The Black Cab Sessions.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Attention Princeton students! Looking for a new, easy class? You're in luck! Next spring the college will be offering the course: “Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models". The class apparently "explores the life-writing of American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class. How do ethnicity and femininity intersect? How are authenticity and difference commodified? How do women construct identities through narrative and negotiate their relationships to their bodies, families, and nations? This course will include guest lectures by fashion editors and models; discussions of contemporary television programs, global fashion, and cultural studies; and student self-narratives about their relationships with cultural standards of beauty, whether vexed or not."
Now THIS is a party dress and easily the best way to grab attention! Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz of interactive clothing company CuteCircuit have created a dress made out of 24,000 full color LED lights. Currently on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, the "Galaxy Dress" is indeed wearable, using small full-color LEDs the designers say "the circuits are extra-thin, flexible, and hand embroidered on a layer of silk in a way that gives it stretch so the LED fabric can move like normal fabric with lightness and fluidity." The dress is also decorated with 4000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals so it's always sparkling. Wow!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Need some shoes? Before his passing, DJ AM had amassed an extensive collection of kickin' kicks. Now, his love for shoes will serve to benefit a good cause: this coming Sunday, over 800 pairs of the late DJ's sneakers will be auctioned off on eBay, including vintage Nikes, Reeboks, Converse, Adidas, BAPE, and hundreds of limited edition sneakers. Proceeds will go to the DJ AM Memorial Fund with the auction beginning at 4:30pm this coming Sunday, continuing through December 14th at eBay.com/djamshoes.
On November 1st, Starbucks already had their Christmas cups out. A few days later, the drugs stores pulled Halloween candy from their shelves and replaced them with Holiday decorations. This week, a Christmas tree went up at the local grocery store and now today, the NY Times gift guide came out. Sorry to tell you, but there is no escaping the early onslaught of the holiday season. That said, the list is worth a look if only to avoid the crowds that will soon start to appear. Or maybe just to buy yourself something nice ;)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Were you parents awesome? This is the question posed in an NPR article covering the blog My Parents were awesome which has collected more than 3,000 photos of parents from "back in the day." The fashion throughout the eras alone makes it a must see. Submit your own photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
And speaking of Paris...Style.com recently caught up with an American based in Tokyo, an Italian Londoner, and an Aussie during the Spring 2010 collections in Paris. Besides being born stylish, the fashion crowd is a cosmopolitan bunch!
As H&M gets more & more designer savvy, their collaboration launches get bigger and better (see earlier post of Jimmy Choo.) Stella McCartney launched her line with a Gwyneth Paltrow and Dita Von Teese attended bash in an old school house, Matthew Williamson rocked a ship in the Hudson River with Grace Jones and now, Sonia Rykiel will celebrate her collection with a parade and runway show in Paris on December 1. It’ll be in the Grand Palais, home to Chanel’s runway blow-outs, and feature both the lingerie, debuting for holiday and the knitwear which launches next spring.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Of course we all know this iconic image, and again it speaks to the power of photography. Today is Remembrance Day or Veteran's Day, depending on where you live. Pause to feel grateful today to those who came before, promote peace or read some solid articles from NPR, see an excellent photo spread from WWD or remind yourself of John McCrae's famous poem "In Flanders Fields."
As usual, the release of Lady Gaga’s new video for “Bad Romance” has left fashion tongues wagging as she spends the majority of the video wrapped in the S/S10 Alexander McQueen collection. She should get extra props simply for walking in those 10 inch shoes!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Leaving all of her younger counterparts in the dust, 47 year old Demi Moore is W Magazine's covergirl for December and she couldn't look more gorgeous! She also opens up about being one of the most followed celebrities on Twitter (along with her husband, Kutcher) saying: "People are much more interested in what I have to say directly, and that really changed the whole dynamic I have with fans. I can’t impress enough the difference in how people are perceiving me. They’re getting to see who I am." You can follow her @mrskutcher
If you grew up in the 80's, this may have a special nostalgia for you. Remember the days of the mixtapes you got from a crush or an impossibly cool friend? Well, now you can wear those memories and support recycling efforts by purchasing the Improbable Projects Sonic Fabric Necktie, neckwear made from actual cassette tapes. The sonic fabric neckties are a limited-edition project made in collaboration and woven from 50% recorded audio cassette tape and 50% colored thread the fabric is actually audible if you run a tape head over it! Seriously. Check it out in action.
With the season finale of Mad Men last Sunday, many of you will be counting down the days until next season. However, good news for fashion lovers ....First of all, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant has recently alluded to the possibility of a Mad Men clothing line, saying "I'm working on some things right now. I hate to be so mysterious but I can't really say! It would have my name attached to it though." Secondly, for all of you lovers of Don Draper & Roger Sterling style, since October 19th, Brooks Brothers has been selling a limited edition Mad Men suit, also co-designed by Miss. Bryant.
Feeling exhausted from Victoria Beckham overkill? Too bad. Because in addition to her clothes, books, perfumes,etc. Mrs.B has decided that her own modeling experience qualifies her to create a NY based modeling agency with mega-mogul Simon Fuller. Let's hope she let's them eat!
Monday, November 9, 2009
It was recently pointed out that Music Mondays have neglected a very important playlist theme: Fashion! Of course, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of songs that mention fashion but if you cruise the web you will find that selections come up again and again. (And while you're at it, revisit Madonna's "Vogue" video!)
Lady Gaga seems to be gracing the covers of many magazines these days but she recently hit the motherload with a spread in December's Vogue (Though Cate Blanchett is the cover Queen.) Creative & Kooky as always, Grace Coddington has reimagined the tale of Hansel and Gretel, shot by Annie Leibovitz.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This week on "Silver Screen Sundays" is the fabulous Bette Davis in 1950's best picture All About Eve. Here, Miss Davis is at her best in an utterly modern movie that explores the NY theatre scene, a woman's relationship with a younger man, and the struggle of an aging actress with younger ones waiting in the wings. It also features one of Marilyn Monroe's first performances. Rent it today!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
H&M hosted a party in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of Jimmy Choo for H&M, coming to you November 14th. (And be prepared, the shopping rules for the big day are pretty fierce!) What did Paris Hilton and other celebrities say about this latest designer collaboration? Watch here:
According to a recent article in the NY Times, even in the eye of the economic storm, where savvy shoppers have been buying less, the shoe business continues to profit. Shoes? Mais, oui! "The American public, it would seem, cannot carry on without new shoes. Boots, booties, sneakers, pumps..."
Leighton Meester looking lovely in December's Glamour UK. In the spread shot by Robert Erdmann, the Gossip Girl star channels 60's glam and talks frankly about her acting & her recent foray into music. "I'm proud of the work that I've done. I don't care what people label me as. If they want to say I'm an actress, and I should never sing, that's fine. If they know me for my music, because they don't watch my show or my movies, that's fine too. I'm doing what I want to with my life. I just do me."
Friday, November 6, 2009
For all of you fans of The Gossip, you are already aware of the ferocious fabulousness of lead singer Beth Ditto. Judging from her crazy & creative getups at her performances, it is not a surprise that she shares a passion for fashion which she has recently channeled into a new line for Evans, catering to plus-size women. She will no doubt be a success as someone who has been making her clothes out of hand-me-downs and re-working vintage pieces for years.
A few weeks back, the French brought you Chocolate dresses, now Japanese-Brazilian designer Jum Nakao gives you creations out of paper! Made for the Paper Fashion exhibition at the MoMu in Antwerp, these delicate creations were ultimately ripped off the models at the end of the runway show. Poor Nakao...after all that work. Perhaps we should all put more effort into those paper hats we have all made at some point!
If you love The Satorialist and Facehunter, then you will love Garance Dore. The Parisian street stylist photographs people in their everyday fashion moments, just like her enormously talented boyfriend, Satorialist Scott Schuman (who documents her often for his own blog). Her blog is a daily reminder of what great style is all about: Glamour that's effortless and a sort of chic that is more about passion than price tags. Read about their relationship in love & commerce here.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
More Tom Ford. I can't resist! Tom was just featured in the December issue of W Magazine, discussing fashion, love and his upcoming directorial debut for "A Single Man". Says Ford: “Fashion is one way in which we hold ourselves together. Just because I’ve become spiritual doesn’t mean I can’t love crocodile.”
Having already seen the lovely jewelery coming out of the House of Waris, it was a surprise to see the face behind the label in this Month's Vogue: actor Waris Ahluwalia. A favorite of Director's Wes Anderson and Spike Lee, Waris has an undeniable sense of style that he started carrying over in to jewelery design in 2003. His design is inspired by and made in India, where everything is handmade. He says "I want to help preserve their techniques and make them relevant today. It's ok that things take a little time. Craftmanship can be cool."