Iris Van Herpen wins the ANDAM

posted by on 2014.07.04, under articles of interest

A prestigious fashion industry jury, led this year by Xavier Romatet, has awarded the ANDAM 2014 Grand Prize to the Dutch designer for her Fall/Winter 2014 collection Biopiracy, combining craftsmanship with technology, biology with physics and the real with the artificial. The First Collection Prize was awarded to Sébastien Meyer, founder of Coperni. Continue reading “Iris Van Herpen wins the ANDAM” »

Splattering of tailoring at Givenchy

posted by on 2014.06.28, under articles of interest

A  four-seat Cessna airplane was dissected and strung over the circular catwalk at Givenchy, exploding in four directions, an installation by by Dutch artist Paul Veroude. Was it a signal of the military undercurrent in Riccardo Tisci’s spring men’s wear, full of multi-pocket aviator jackets dangling ripcord zipper pulls? Or was it perhaps symbolic of a young designer stretched to the limit? Continue reading “Splattering of tailoring at Givenchy” »

Echoes of Armani

posted by on 2014.06.25, under articles of interest

MILAN — When performers start titling their efforts “whispers,” “memories” or “echoes” — like the“Echoes of Armani” show Tuesday — you can usually expect the farewell tour.

Giorgio Armani, on the other hand, isn’t going anywhere. As he has said many times in the press, Mr. Armani, who turns 80 in two weeks, probably will work until he drops. And he will continue to comb through his fertile back pages for ideas, motifs and gestures that have kept him in the game since the 1980 film “American Gigolo” and the body-hugging power suit.

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Men’s Wear Week of Themes and Variations: Gucci, Calvin Klein, Prada and more, all the news from Milano.

posted by on 2014.06.24, under articles of interest

MILAN — For a moment at the beginning of Bottega Veneta show on Sunday morning a baffled spectator got the impression Giorgio Armani had taken over Tomas Maier’s brain. The first grouping of Mr. Maier’s slouchy knee-length pull-on pants was right out of the Italian master’s playbook. All you needed to complete the impression was an Armani beret.  Then the show corrected course and Mr. Maier established again why he has been so successful designing for a house whose customer turns left by reflex when boarding a planeContinue reading “Men’s Wear Week of Themes and Variations: Gucci, Calvin Klein, Prada and more, all the news from Milano.” »

I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel

posted by on 2014.06.22, under articles of interest

There’s an alarm on the door leading to the roof of the Hotel Chelsea, but the sound it makes is so quiet and pitched so high, somewhere between a dog whistle and an old-fashioned kettle on the boil, that it took me a while to realise we had tripped it. “There are cameras everywhere,” Sherill Tippins warned, but if anyone on the staff had noticed us, they didn’t object. Continue reading “I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel” »

Ayahuasca: A Strong Cup of Tea

posted by on 2014.06.16, under articles of interest

On a recent Friday night, a dozen seekers in loose fitting attire, most in their 20s and 30s, climbed a flight of steps of a mixed-used community space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. After arranging yoga mats and blankets on the floor, they each paid $150, listened to a Colombian shaman and his assistant welcome them in Spanish and English, signed a disclaimer, and accepted large plastic takeout-style containers for vomiting.

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The Sex Appeal of the footballer: Who will be the next David Beckham?

posted by on 2014.06.08, under articles of interest

Really sexy. Super-foxy. I mean, that body.

Go ahead and ask a few men’s wear designers and fashion editors about the star players in the World Cup in Brazil, and they aren’t talking about who’s going to score the most goals or which player is the best attacking midfielder in Group B. No, all the talk is about who’s got the best face, the best hair and that tight body that’s just right for their clothes. Continue reading “The Sex Appeal of the footballer: Who will be the next David Beckham?” »

The Tisci Look

posted by on 2014.06.05, under articles of interest

Since taking the helm of Givenchy in 2005, Italian-born designer Riccardo Tisci has brought a distinct vision of beauty and unity to the iconic French maison. He has assembled a team of collaborators (including Mariacarla Boscono, Marina Abramovic, makeup artist Pat McGrath, hairstylist Luigi Murenu, and Kanye West) that he considers nothing less than family. With next year marking a decade of Tisci’s iconoclastic reign as creative director of the brand, we look back at the masterful way he has used beauty to represent the Givenchy tribe. Tisci’s Spring/Summer collection found inspiration in the intersection of Japanese and African tradition, topped off with exquisitely constructed crystal face masks engineered by McGrath. Employing 1,500 crystals per face, beading, sequins, glitter, and two types of paint overlaid with a piece of sheer black netting, the futuristic, abstract tribal masks took three hours to apply. Continue reading “The Tisci Look” »

The New Palm Springs

posted by on 2014.05.31, under articles of interest

It was Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs — or the Dinah, as it’s known — five days of Sapphic revelry that every April draws some 15,000 women from around the country to this sun-washed city 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. On Saturday evening, however, the hottest ticket in town may not have been the L Word Pool Party, but a relatively low-key cocktail reception hosted by the Palm Springs Art Museum to benefit its new Architecture and Design Center. Continue reading “The New Palm Springs” »

Lunch with Eddie.

posted by on 2014.05.26, under articles of interest

Lunch with Eddie Izzard is a unique experience for several reasons; not only does the comedian and actor have a razor-sharp intellect and an iconoclastic sense of the world, he’s also very cordial. Complementing his dapper black sports jacket and jeans were his long pointy nails, painted a deep scarlet with a British flag drawn on his right ring finger. Continue reading “Lunch with Eddie.” »

Reflections in multiples of two

posted by on 2014.05.20, under articles of interest


On September 30th they took away the velour canopy Louis the XVI bed they put it on a truck and out it went.

I was happy to see it go it was a closing of a chapter in my life that among other things it included you.

Out of all the people to meet you had been the one sent from heaven for me. Continue reading “Reflections in multiples of two” »

Elle Fanning speaks with Scarlett Johansson

posted by on 2014.05.12, under articles of interest

Elle Fanning has literally been acting for longer than she can remember. Chancing into a bit part in the 2001 Sean Penn vehicle I Am Sam before she turned two, Fanning followed her big sister Dakota into Hollywood with prestigious film work almost right off the bat. Early roles included The Door in the Floor (2004), Babel (2006), Reservation Road (2007), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Continue reading “Elle Fanning speaks with Scarlett Johansson” »


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