I had dinner once with Ottavio, Rosita and Angela Missoni, then just a teenager, in Los Angeles sometimes around 1978.
What struck you about the man, besides his stature and his carefree attitudes and good looks was the simplicity and elegance of expression that spoke volumes about the man that had invented Italian pret a porter and revolutionized the knitwear business. . Continue reading “The Lion in Winter: saying goodbye to Tai.” »
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Bob Dylan has had more lives than a cat of Egyptian extraction, on July 25, 1965, as he plugged in his 1964 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar at the Newport, Rhode Island Folk Festival, freewheeling’ Bob Dylan became Bob, the rock ‘n roll man. Continue reading “Bringing it all back to Dylan” »
A month ago today Vidal Sassoon past away in his home in Los Angeles. He had been battling leukimia for some time. I met Vidal briefly at his home in Bel Air on the occasion of my brother Luca’s wedding to his daughter Catya in 1984. Continue reading “Remembering Vidal” »
Much has been said and written about The Ramones, they are often cited as the first punk rock group. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, they were a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom. Continue reading “The Worst Band ever…” »
The Last of the Supermodels. She ended an era. And then started another one. There’s something really special about Kate. She is a casual philosopher. She knows everybody. And if she doesn’t know everything, she knows a lot-about a lot of things. She’s bewitching and witchy-wise. Here’s some of the wisdom. And some of the wit… Continue reading “Being Kate” »
In a series of self-portraits, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld channels one of her icon and the one person that for me personally defined feminine beauty, screen legend Romy Schneider. Continue reading “Channeling Romy” »
After the Black Eyed Peas’ lukewarm Super Bowl halftime show last year, the Super Bowl people are dipping back into the lately preferred bin of showbiz creatures and enlisted Madonna. Rumors of the Madge-time show percolated late in October, although Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. were in the mix at that point, which isn’t something the official announcement mentions. But in the event of a Minaj-less halftime show, Madonna’s at least is set to team with Cirque du Soleil. Continue reading “Will Madonna have a wardrobe malfunction?” »
Yesterday in London the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the career of Oscar®-winner actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Continue reading “Celebrating Vanessa” »
They all say you are not the one for me.
You are too old, too spoiled,
Too proven, too mean.
They say that you have been
There and back and in between.
How easily you despair,
How easily you tear. Continue reading “Goodbye sweet Loulou” »
Few people in Fashion have had the impact and the resolve of the legendary Diana Vreeland. The Paris-born fashion doyenne began her career editing Harper’s Bazaar in 1936. “The first thing to do is to arrange to be born in Paris,” she once said. “After that, everything follows quite naturally. Continue reading “Ugly Little Monster” »
I used to have some stationery resembling the one that Gaga used to blast out against the Extreme Critics Fundamentalists of the Fashion Industry…Don’t know where it went, but I am glad it finally turned out in a form of a memo by Lady G. Continue reading “Critical Gagaism” »
One of the most highly decorated Allied secret agents of World War II, Nancy Wake, has died in London aged 98. Continue reading “Nancy Wake: Beauty will save the World” »