Allison Siegel's recent endeavor into pottery is proving to be a success from the word go. Her ceramic ring holders and jewelry plates are delicate but lasting and o so sophisticated. She gifted me the below before we visited the Brooklyn Museum for my fourth (!) viewing of the Gaultier exhibit.
Sometimes all it takes for a design to emerge is a small cutting of trim. And so was the case for a CONCEICAO leather bralette I designed. The trim: Elastic with a clear faggoting center.
After tea cakes and a mind altering latte at Rose Bakery on the main level we ascended 7 floors then walked our way down through exactly what a department store should be: filled with beautifully tailored clothes and a respectful friendly staff. Scatter enough abstract eye candy to keep all shoppers happy and there you have another Kawakubo masterpiece.
I saw this show last year in Montreal and am ecstatic to see it again here in NYC. JPG has long been one of my favourite designers and this show did not disappoint. Some (crotch) shots below.
They're here, they're fierce, get used to it.
Rick Owens challenges notions of beauty times a thousand and turns the fashion elite upside down with his real-lady stepping runway show.
In case you didn't know, plaid will be everywhere come Fall/Winter 2014. Whether 90s grunge, punk rock, preppy or Brit; a tad of plaid will do your body good.
While sorting through the late great Theresa Bright's sewing things last weekend, I came across this vintage how-to brochure on sewing plaids that may just come in handy for a DIY project. Brought to you by Dan River Mills in Danville, Virginia. Danville has a rich history in American manufacturing. The factory was recently demolished. Watch the implosion here.
There is a perfectly curated fashion exhibit at MOCA NYC going on right now. I am ashamed to say that until very recently, I had never been to the Museum of Chinese in America in China Town. Thank goodness that fashion drew me in because the permanent collection was magnificent. Next time you are standing in line at a Soho sample sale or slurping noodles at Hop Kee, take an extra hour and explore this museum. Small yet powerful. Some images from the FRONT ROW exhibit:
Steven Tibaudo fills a much needed niche for sophisticated bow ties in luxe fabrics that are pre-tied. I have the pleasure of seeing his fab head to toe looks on a weekly basis at work and am mother-hen- proud of his achievements thus far. Gay husband or not, I fully support his vision of adding class and taste to the mainstream. Price points vary from $35-$55 and custom orders are welcome. Need 10 matching bow ties for that bachelor party in Vegas? Done. Always wanted a white kidskin suede bow tie with black polka dots? O wait that’s me! DONE.
Steven can be found selling his bow ties at the new LIC flea on Saturdays this Summer. The entire collection is also available online. I visited the flea and Mr. Tibaudo one afternoon...
Ladies of a certain age (kick-ass that is) turned it OUT at the Metropolitan Museum Ball last night. No surprise those who lived through punk really embodied the spirit on the red carpet. Below are a few of my faves. Photos courtesy of vogue.com, GETTY, style.com.
I met up with my former assistant and friend Timmy Johnson yesterday at the Museum of the City of New York to check out the Stephen Burrows exhibit. Walking into the space transports one into the 1970s disco scene replete with jersey dressing and coke-skinny bods. I loved every inch of Burrow's rich colors and lettuce edge hems. Suggestion: Take the trip to 103rd and Fifth then stroll around Central Park where the Magnolias are in full bloom.
Skip to 1:24 and 6:10 to see the collection and my win.
The second CONCEICAO capsule went down the runway in Charleston. The fashion panel named me winner for the night (!) which means I will show twelve looks on Saturday night along with Christian Siriano. Here is the designer profile video.
This morning started off ever so relaxing with a 2 mile run in a woodsy trail just across the street from my hotel. I'm about 15 minutes from my final model fittings and line-up selection. I am especially excited to style 1 outfit to be shown to a fashion panel including Fern Mallis. The question is, to leather or not to leather? As I am unable to add images to this blog via iPad just yet I will be posting pics on Facebook and Twitter instead. Thanks everyone for getting me through Fall 2013!
My dear and very talented friend Christina DeSmet has just re-launched her website DESMITTEN
Minimal aesthetic, PROJECT-de, DIY tutorials... Congrats to her and the new streamlined design which should make all of you want to peruse, ogle and buy!
Motley indeed! Every season street photographers capture the ever evolving upward stylings of fashion conscious men. People take note. Fellas are turning it out! It's a happy day in fashion land thanks to the blokes who appear on today's blog post. All photos by Tommy Ton.
1: variegated in color <a motley coat>
2: composed of diverse often incongruous elements <a motleycrowd>
I spent last weekend in Charleston, South Carolina attending preliminary meetings for Charleston Fashion Week.
The Post and Courier snapped myself, Kass Ishmael and Josh Ratliff at the CFW party. Charleston's City Paper wrote about it HERE.
The joint was packed with all types of out and about New Yorkers including a guy sporting a white fur Kangol and dunks, some dude with a big ball tattoo on his neck and a fabulous beauty in an emerald green floor length gown - o wait! That was Paloma Perez. Doll.
We lounged like VIP, drank mescal and 1/4 danced to some hits. All in all a very decent Monday night.
You could almost see the tumble weeds blow across the grand expanse of the new H&M store in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle this evening.
Bad for biz but great for the 2-3 of us shoppers who were a bit tipsy (or was that just me?) Alas, I skipped the faceless watch and jumbo white jacket but did buy a deconstructed pinstripe number which I am too sleepy to take pics of right now.