Golden Globes 2014 Jan13

Golden Globes 2014

The 2014 awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globe Awards, and as always, Hollywood turned it out. Red was a big color last night, as well as the ubiquitous black. My choice for best dressed (hands down) goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren… talk about a fashion moment! Other favorites included Cate Blanchett (always perfection!),  Juliana Margulies (loved the silhouette and the styling), Zoe Saldana (risky, but super cool), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (simple but classic). As far as worst dressed is concerned, I have my opinions – but why bother? Here are some of my favorites, and maybe even a few not so favorites… Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta   Anna Gunn in Donna Karan Naomi Watts in Tom Ford   Emilia Clarke in Proenza Schouler Jennifer Lawrence in Dior   Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn   Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé Jessica Chastain in Givenchy   Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney   Emma Roberts in Lanvin Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen   Kristin Chenoweth in Aiisha Ramadan Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead   Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein Olivia Wilde in Gucci   Taylor Schilling in Thakoon Lena Dunham in Zac Posen   Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez Emma Watson in Dior   Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren Amy Adams in Valentino   Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera   Maria Menounos in BCBG Max Azria Sarah Hyland in Georges Hobeika   Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung Elisabeth Moss in J. Mendel   Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera Sandra Bullock in Prabal...

Lisa Pomerantz Oct30

Lisa Pomerantz

As an interior designer, I am always interested to see the myriad of ways in which people give new life to their furniture and interiors. Sometimes it can be as simple as a coat of paint, a new piece of art, or rearranging the furniture. And sometimes it can be slightly more complicated. For example, I am starting to tire of my living room sofa – a Christian Liaigre tuxedo in a neutral shade – perfectly chic and understated, but I’ve just grown a little weary. I’m starting to think about having it reupholstered, and really need to bite that bullet… as I know that new fabric will give it the pick-me-up that (I think) it needs. In 2008 Elle Decor photographed the Chelsea townhouse of fashion executive, Lisa Pomerantz. Five years later, the family has moved uptown, and their new, duplex apartment is featured in the magazine’s October issue. Both apartments are beautiful, and well-appointed – but what I enjoyed most was seeing how different and fresh things can seem with some new upholstery, or simply by shuffling them around a bit. Here are the photos for comparison – first is the current apartment, and then the family’s previous, downtown home.    a view of the master bedroom – love that Trewin Copplestone painting!   the living room – calming, understated, and super chic.    the master bedroom – aside from PETA, who doesn’t love a coyote fur throw?    the dressing area – a Swedish desk, and a Danish chair.    the study – love that vintage rocker, and the astronomy prints!   stainless steel countertops in the kitchen – simple and so utilitarian.   great versatility in the dining room – and always love a Wegner Wishbone chair!    the bedroom of...

Emmys Fashion Sep22

Emmys Fashion

Red carpet fashion is always my favorite part of any awards show, and the ladies of Hollywood really turned it out for tonight’s Emmy Awards. In terms of trends, I didn’t notice anything that seemed terribly new. Jewel tones were still quite big – from rich reds and burgundies, to stunning shades of purple, blue and green. Perennial favorites black and white, as well as some pretty pastels were also well represented on a night that, all in all, had very few fashion missteps. My votes for best dressed include January Jones in Givency, Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein, Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier, and Kate Mara in J. Mendel. Here are some highlights from the evening. Oh, and the absolute highlight of the night was Merritt Wever’s acceptance speech… positively genius! Check it out here. Julie Bowen in Zac Posen January Jones in Givenchy   Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Laura Dern in Naeem Khan   Carla Gugino in Georges Chakra Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang   Michelle Dockery in Prada Heidi Klum in Versace   Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang Linda Cardellini in Donna Karan   Alyson Hannigan in Marchesa Mindy Kaling in Georges Chakra   Maria Menounos in Zac Posen Tina Fey in Narciso Rodriguez   Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren Edie Falco in Escada   Jessica Paré in Oscar de la Renta Mayim Bialik in Oliver Tolentino   Sarah Hyland in Carolina Herrera Anna Chlumsky in Badgley Mischka   Vera Farmiga in Theyskens’ Theory Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano   Amy Poehler in Basler Amanda Peet in Erdem   Morgan Saylor in Honor Elisabeth Moss in Andrew Gn   Julianna Margulies in Reed Krakoff Taylor Schilling in Thakoon   Kate Mara in J. Mendel Kerry...

Stantt Sep12


Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of improvements to the sizing of men’s shirts. Designers have introduced slim cuts, and have even expanded their range of sizes. Yet finding that “perfect fit” can still be troublesome for the majority of guys. Enter the kickstarter campaign of Kirk Keel and Matt Hornbuckle, whose company, Stantt, has set out to challenge the idea of standard sizing, and to reinvent the way that men shop for their clothes. With the use of 3D body scan technology, measurements were gathered from more than 1,000 men (with approximately 200 measurements taken for each one). The Stantt guys then used an algorithm to synthesize the data – creating their smart, new “DataFit” sizing model of more than 50 custom sizes. Your size is determined by just three measurements: chest width, waist size, and arm length (all of which can be easily taken at home). So whether you’re bigger, smaller (moi) or somewhere in the vast between, with Stantt you get a shirt that is individually tailored to your body – but without the cost and time required by your local tailor. Stantt has ideas about eventually expanding beyond men’s shirts, but for now the company is keeping its focus on the basic essentials (most likely found in every man’s closet)… a casual button-down, which for $98 will be available in navy gingham, light blue, and white – and a $68 polo shirt in either navy or white. Tailored, affordable, and made in the USA – it’s a win win! For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign, and help these guys take Stantt to the next level!     Stantt   patent-pending DataFit technology   the button-down, and the polo shirt   details of the button-down (made by a...

Tom Scheerer Aug30

Tom Scheerer

There are a number of decorating and design books that I have been eagerly anticipating, but perhaps none more than Tom Scheerer’s – the first from this brilliant interior designer. Tom Scheerer Decorates (written by Mimi Read with photographs by Francesco Lagnese) will be available on September 10th, but I am fortunate and thankful to have received an early copy from Vendome Press. His approach to decorating has been compared to the likes of Billy Baldwin and Albert Hadley – and while their influence is evident in his work, there is something that is so very singular about a Tom Scheerer interior. Scheerer’s decorating looks a great deal like him. It’s tall and commanding but often quiet. It’s smart, correct, breezy, chic, well-edited – and just a touch eccentric. It balances refinement with all-American ease. Yet it is un-American in its emphasis on recycling, reinventing, and not overdoing things. The expression “decorated to death” never applies. Make no mistake: Scheerer’s clients are plenty affluent (as all decorating clients are). But when you look at a Scheerer room, money is never your first (or second or third) thought. In an age in which houses exhibiting unchecked exuberance, high drama, or conspicuous luxury get all the attention, he has cultivated his own restrained brand of chic, a look he describes as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.” But it is so much more. Mr. Scheerer divides his personal time between the city (with apartments in both New York and Paris), the country (his family’s beach house in East Hampton, and a farmhouse in Maine), and the tropics (a home in Harbour Island, Bahamas) – and Tom Scheerer Decorates is appropriately divided into these three sections: City, Country, and Tropics. In all of these projects you see the hallmarks of his...

Sotheby’s Preview May14

Sotheby’s Preview

This evening Sotheby’s will auction some truly remarkable pieces of both Post War and Contemporary Art. I was able to preview the auction over this past weekend, and was blown away by the magnitude of important works that are part of this catalogue. From Yves Klein to Gerhard Richter, and Jackson Pollock to Andy Warhol – there really is something for everyone… and by everyone, I mean the über rich. We can be guaranteed that there will be a flurry of paddles in the air tonight! Some of my favorite artists that are represented in this sale include John Currin, Cy Twombly, and Joan Mitchell. I don’t necessarily ‘get’ what all of the commotion is over Jeff Koons – and to see the estimates that they’re expecting from his pieces, you’re perhaps scratching your heads as well. I once wrote a paper (as a lowly art history undergrad) on one of Koons’ vacuum cleaners. The professor wrote me a note to say that it was either one of the most genius things that he’d read, or one of the most absurd. I can quite safely assume that it was the latter – but hey, I got an A! Here are some of the highlights, as well as a few of my favorite works from this evening’s auction. Cy Twombly Untitled – 1971 Auction Estimate: 500,000 – 700,000 USD   John Currin Lydian – 2013 Auction Estimate: 500,000 – 700,000 USD   Dan Colen 53rd & 3rd – 2008 Auction Estimate: 600,000 – 800,000 USD   Donald Judd Untitled (91-2 Bernstein) – 1991 Auction Estimate: 6,000,000 – 8,000,000 USD   Yves Klein Sculpture Éponge Bleue Sans Titre, SE 168 – 1959 Auction Estimate: Upon Request   Cy Twombly Untitled (Bolsena) – 1969 Auction Estimate: 10,000,000 –...

Piero della Francesca May10

Piero della Francesca

One of my favorite museums, The Frick Collection recently mounted an exhibition on the painter, Piero della Francesca – who is strongly considered to be one of the most influential painters of the fifteenth century, and of the Italian Renaissance. Piero was also known to be an extraordinarily competent mathematician – as evidenced by several treatises that he penned on geometric study… not to mention his painterly understanding of perspective, architecture, and even figural representation. Of the seven paintings that are currently on display at The Frick, six are from the Sant’Agostino altarpiece (1454–69), “a large polyptych that towered over the high altar of the local Augustinian church and was disassembled around 1555.” As seen from this first image (a reconstruction of the altarpiece) the vast majority of panels are missing. Not part of the exhibition are the second and fourth figures of the main tier, Saint Michael Archangel and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino – which can be found in London and Milan respectively. Very little is known of the missing central panel – which presumably would have been of the Madonna and Child. The seventh painting on display, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels, was also an altarpiece – for another church or a private residence. I included (at the end of this post) my favorite painting by Piero della Francesca, The Montefeltro Altarpiece (Brera Madonna) – which was commissioned by the Duke of Urbino to celebrate the birth of his son. To truly see Piero’s understanding of geometry, look no further than this painting! Although the exhibition is quite small, it is certainly worth seeing – not to mention the absolute treasure trove of other paintings that one can see as part of The Frick Collection. Piero della Francesca in America is on exhibit...

Punk Rock May08

Punk Rock

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (in collaboration with Vogue magazine) throws a big bash every year to celebrate the new exhibition of their Costume Institute. On Monday night the stars were out in droves to attend the gala, an event that is akin to the Oscars for the fashion set. Punk is the theme of this year’s exhibition, and overall, it seemed like a lot of these ladies (and their stylists) may have needed a bit of a refresher on the topic. While a handful of attendees truly embraced the theme, I expected to see much more hardware (studs, safety pins etc.), as well as a few more rips and tears! Givenchy creative director, Riccardo Tisci co-chaired the event, so it was no surprise that he dressed many of the attendees. Aside from Givenchy, black was one of the major trends of the night – as well as a rather odd trend of Italian romanticism that was part renaissance, part byzantine, and all wrong for Monday’s red carpet. Here are some photos of what I found to be the highs (and lows) of the evening. My overall pick for best dressed goes to Sarah Jessica Parker who wore a Giles Deacon dress and a mohawk headpiece by Philip Treacy. Punk: Chaos to Couture will run from May 9 – August 14, 2013.   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon (with Philip Treacy headpiece) Liya Kebede in Alberta Ferretti   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney Nicole Richie in Topshop Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood Madonna in...

Chez Welch May06

Chez Welch

With perhaps limited exception, celebrities homes are beautifully appointed, decorated to the nines, and chock-full of high priced antiques, furniture, art, and accessories. Often times though, their singularity – what makes them them, is lost in the fray. Florence Welch recently opened up her new, London home for Vogue – and while it’s not exactly to my taste, it is so uniquely Florence… that I thought it was worth sharing. Cheerful granny meets boho-chic is perhaps the easiest way that I would describe the home – but it’s full of interesting antiques, art, and objet. Enjoy the quick photo tour! a roll arm sofa – anchored by an antique, Bergama rug   a view of the joyful, avian themed living room   loving the skylight in the bright, airy kitchen   a nineteenth century English mirror hangs above the living room fireplace   an antique, upholstered sleigh bed (an eBay score) in the bedroom   another view of the bedroom / boudoir   love the clean, soothing tones of the master bath   a shot of the stairwell, replete with renaissance tapestries and art   another shot of the granny chic master bedroom   Photos courtesy of...

Ackermann – Fall 2012 Mar06

Ackermann – Fall 2012

Rumors are still swirling about who will replace John Galliano at Dior, and the name that seems to be on the most lips, is Haider Ackermann. Over the weekend the Colombian born, Antwerp trained designer (who was once an intern for Galliano) showed his Fall 2012 collection, and yet again proved that his time has come. Inspired by the colors of Fall leaves, the clothes are super sophisticated, and wonderfully avant-garde. I have barely recovered from his magnificent collection for last Fall, and am absolutely blown away by how beautifully complex his designs are. The use of leather, and his techniques of folding and draping are magical. Here are some highlights from the new collection…                       Photos courtesy of...

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