Monday, April 17, 2017

Irving Penn Centennial

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating the life and work of Irving Penn. It is the Centennial of his birth. You may remember some of his photos in Vogue and some of his ads for Clinique. Who would have thought that a kid born to immigrants in Plainfield, NJ would become such a big name in fashion photography? 

He was what we Brooklynites call, a big shot.

Yet Irving Penn, did not see himself in such a way. According to Maria Morris Hambourg,"He presented himself straighforwardly. He never pulled rank."

For a shoot that involved breaking glasses, Penn insisted on Baccarat Glassware. My kinda guy. He photographed artists,day laborers, and tribesmen. His still life portraits are unforgettable.

Cigarette 37


Girl Drinking (Mary Jane Russell

Ingmar Bergman

Mouth for L'Oreal

Single Oriental Poppy

Two Miyake Warriors

The Irving Penn Centennial will be on view at from April 24th thru July 30th, 2017.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

L'Impossible Collective Showcase Fall/Winter 2017

I haven't been to Fashion Week in ages. 

I spent my Valentine's Day at Pier 59 Studios. I saw two designers in one shot. There was also a trumpet player and a violinist. Very unique concept.

L'Impossible Collective Showcase Fall/Winter 2017 featured Sumy Kujon and Chicca Lualdi. 

Sumy Kujon is a Peruvian designer with a strong focus on neutral colors and crocheted pieces. If Edie Beale were a Boho city dweller, this is how she would dress. Knit turbans, floor length caftans, and moss green capes were some of the eye-catching pieces. Buttercream colored shifts and barely there makeup were complimentary. An off the shoulder A-line dress and alpaca fingerless gloves were also stunning.

Italian designer Chicca Lualdi has a more structured approach to her line. This may be due to her strong design background. Chicca Lualdi BeeQueen is a combination of feminine styles and precision. Gio Ponti and Grace Kelly are just some of her influences.  

Some of her designs clothes are made from luxurious silk, cashmere, and satin. Easy opulence would be the best way to describe them. The clothes are not basic by any means. Blush pink shifts and trousers looked comfortable and timeless. The models looked polished, but not overdone. 

The CAAFD (Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers are behind The Emerging Designers Collective Showcase. This great non-profit was instrumental in giving two designers an opportunity to showcase their work. They do outstanding work.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Without these things, you will forced to live on the outskirts of society like an unattractive troll:

Monday, December 26, 2016

RIP George Michael

2016 has sucked major ass. First David Bowie, then Prince, and now George Michael. I am highly annoyed. 

I loved Wham! and I loved George Michael's solo stuff. Still do. 

Can we talk about "Freedom '90" and the impression that it left on me? I was 10 years old. I saw that video and wanted to be Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington: tall with awesome hair and makeup. Still do.

"Freedom '90" was shot in an era when there Supermodels and no Instagram. His videos were so fashion forward. 

I thought "Too Funky" was so original. Thierry Mugler designed my dream pre-teen wardrobe. Only after watching "The Graduate" in 1999 did I realize that this was the film with clips in a George Michael video. My favorite film and one of my favorite songs.

George Michael's music was unapologetic and raw like him. 

Godspeed, George Michael. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Franca Sozzani Is Gone

Franca Sozzani, the editor in chief of Vogue Italia has died.

Her magazine is what I used as a study guide during my Italian lessons. I also loved how through provoking Vogue Italia was because of her. It was sort of like stylized photojournalism.

She will be missed.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Why Is This A Trend?

I really wish fashion writers would stop telling me how to dress like a French girl. 

I know, athleisure is boring to write about. So is this evergreen story. I wonder if French women laugh at us when they see these articles. 

Are they disgusted or annoyed? How do you say, "Get a life" in French. Do they get the feeling that I get when the office copycat comes in on Monday wearing the same exact outfit that I wore on Friday? 

Here are four examples:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

J.Crew Ain't Feeling Too Hot

J. Crew isn't doing to fab. 

Not surprising. The styles are a bit hit or miss. They don't last long. Some of their salespeople tend to fat shame when assisting you. It happened to me in May in the Soho location. 

The short sleeve cotton shirtdress is not worth $70 or $98. I bought it and wore it. I gotta say, not one of my favorite dresses. The office copycat knew it was from J.Crew, which makes me want to set it on fire. 

Good luck fixing yourselves, J.Crew. Dig yourself out of that chambray and Italian tortoise-filled debt.