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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...

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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...

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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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Prorsum – Fall 2012 Mar04

Prorsum – Fall 2012

Christopher Bailey is always a highlight of fashion week, and his latest collection for Burberry Prorsum is especially great. The house is so well known for its outerwear, and the lineup for Fall 2012 was chock full of gorgeous coats and jackets. For the clothes, Bailey employed a number of Burberry heritage signatures – from rich tweeds and lush velvets, to quilting and epaulets. But what most excites me about this collection, are the fantastic accessories – my shopping wish list has lengthened considerably! I’m already stalking those studded, leather gloves, and the whimsical umbrellas with the carved animal head handles. The camel shawl / cowl neck sweater, and those olive velvet trousers also need to find their way to my closet!                 Photos courtesy of...

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Taylor Tomasi Hill Mar01

Taylor Tomasi Hill

When it comes to fantastic street style, few fashionistas catch the attention of the photogs quite like Taylor Tomasi Hill. And with her runway slender frame, and flaming tresses, it’s not hard to see why. Within the past year the New York editor was named artistic director of Moda Operandi, launched a capsule collection for the Chinese department store, Lane Crawford, and moved into a new, downtown apartment. Taylor is known for her daring personal style – mixing unexpected patterns, textures, and colors with an ease and undeniable sophistication. Her effortless approach to style is just as evident in the home that she shares with her husband, Chase. a bold Eskayel tie-dye wallpaper in the entry   lots of plants and loads of light   a glass covered florist sink serves as furniture in the living room   an old doll mold retrofitted for use as a lamp   a vintage, farm-style table in the dining area   taxidermy (baby chicks) that were picked up at the Armory antiques show   Taylor in the open and airy kitchen   a view of the eclectically arranged kitchen shelves   a vignette featuring a portrait of Taylor by the artist Blue Logan   a specialty hot sauce that the couple has flown in (monthly) from Belize   a favorite Arthur Elgort photograph hangs above the bed   a view of Taylor’s highly enviable closet   Photos courtesy of...

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Oscar Fashion Feb28

Oscar Fashion

I like to think of the Academy Awards as my Super Bowl. For me, the big game is all about the commercials and the half time show. And when it comes to the Academy Awards, it’s all about the fashion. Hollywood stylists are so present these days that red carpet mishaps seem to be few and far between – which can make for a rather boring red carpet! The actual show was also quite boring. For me, the highlights were the Cirque du Soleil performance, and Meryl Streep’s win. She was positively resplendent in The Iron Lady, and I often feel that her genius is taken for granted! Another highlight was Esperanza Spalding’s gorgeous rendition of What a Wonderful World (during the In Memoriam tribute) – absolutely stunning. Take a listen… What a Wonderful World – Esperanza Spalding Here are my favorites from the red carpet… Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli & Livia Firth in Valentino   Viola Davis in Vera Wang & Glenn Close in Zac Posen   Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera & Rose Byrne in Vivenne Westwood   Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen & Meryl Streep in Lanvin   Stacy Keibler in Marchesa & Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel   Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji & Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward   Mila Jovovich in Elie Saab & Li Bingbing in Georges Chakra   Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford & Rooney Mara in Givenchy   Photos courtesy of...

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Whitney Houston Feb25

Whitney Houston

Two weeks have passed since we lost Whitney Houston, and it still seems very strange. Like so many others, I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Whitney over the past fortnight. With a voice like that, The Voice – it’s hard to pick a favorite song. But for me, her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner (at the 1991 Super Bowl) ranks at the very top. What a moment that was! Take a listen… Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner        ...

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Tory in Southampton Feb24

Tory in Southampton

The March issue of Vogue magazine features a beautiful spread on the newly renovated Southampton estate of fashion designer Tory Burch. Built in 1929 by a wealthy industrialist, the house is wonderfully grand – in both scale and design. Following a flood, Burch had planned a remodel of her previous Hamptons property, but quickly fell in love with the romance and beauty of this Gatsby-esque estate. She saw a home where her family could spend holidays, and where her sons could one day bring their own families. Originally built by the architecture firm of Hiss & Weekes, and decorated by society decorator Elsie Sloan Farley – the home’s recent renovation was completed by Tory’s friend and frequent collaborator, architect / designer Daniel Romualdez, and decorator pal Eve Hood. I, for one, have a touch of real estate envy. Check out the gorgeous photos… Tory with her fourteen-year-old twins, Henry and Nick, and eleven-year-old son Sawyer a view from the main drive the poolhouse dining rotunda custom Iznik-inspired panels in the dining room a bedroom featuring floral wall upholstery from Colefax and Fowler the solarium featuring antique, woven chairs from John Himmel the newly restored pool pavilion peeking through the gallery into the wood-paneled library a view of the former ballroom replete with needlepoint chairs, crystal chandeliers, and lively botanical prints Tory’s boys the formal garden, re-created by landscape architect Perry Guillot   Photos by François Halard, courtesy of...

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J.Crew – Fall 2012 Feb18

J.Crew – Fall 2012

New York fashion week has just come to an end, and one of the highlights (once again) was the J.Crew presentation. The Fall 2012 collection marked the first for Tom Mora – the new head of women’s design. Mora had been J.Crew’s wedding designer, but was promoted this past September when Marissa Webb left the company “to pursue other opportunities.” As always there is a wonderful sense of layering, and a plethora of fabulous colors, textures, and patterns. Here are some highlights…           Photos courtesy of...

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Anything Goes Jan31

Anything Goes

Set aboard a 1930s ocean liner, Anything Goes is Cole Porter’s masterpiece – a super fun romp of a musical, starring Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. I’ve been dying to see this show for months, and finally have tickets for tomorrow night. Sutton Foster is positively divine in everything that she does, and her performance as the fabulous Reno Sweeney is no exception. In preparation for tomorrow, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack. Here’s a little taste… 11 – Anything Goes Anything Goes took home three Tony Awards this past June – winning Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, and Best Actress in a Musical for Foster. Check out this video of their awards show performance of the title song –...

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