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Milton Glaser teams up with Mad Men

10 Mar

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If you are not familiar with  Milton Glaser now is the time to catch up. Mr. Glaser was extremely prominent in advertising graphics during the 60′s and 70′s The champion of “instant recognition” his bold statements have become iconic.

2-milton glaser logos - Google Search - Google Chrome 3102014 105102 AMHis minimal approach created some of the most familiar logos in the world of advertising, many of which are still in use and as fresh today as they were decades ago.1-milton glaser - Google Search - Google Chrome 3102014 104939 AMThere is no mistaking the psychedelic influence of the late 60′s, hence the new partnership with the creative crew who are responsible for the production of  Mad Men The series became extremely popular due its depiction of the goings on in a high powered advertising agency. A cross-generational success due to the number of Baby boomers who remember it well and the 30 somethings who still can’t believe that smoking , drinking  and fraternizing was common place during work once upon a time. I really miss those days of press type, hand done layouts and cocktails for lunch.

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Time and fashion move on, as it must for Mad Men as well. It will be interesting to watch the Sterling agency move forward into the past. The question is. How far can they go? Will they push into the 70′s? and what happens when they are asked to take on the publicity for big shoulders of “Dynasty” in the 80′s.

The New York Times Article,

Milton Glaser….

Mad Men…

The Red Carpet Project.

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1-oscars 2014 - Google Search - Google Chrome 332014 62654 AMThe Red Carpet has become the most anticipated fashion event of the year, right up there with Fashion Week. Never underestimate the carpets influence, it both follows and dictates the current styles and colors that are considered “fashionable” by those of us who rarely have the opportunity and the funds to really “dress”

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Last nights presentation was very entertaining, due to Ellen’s informality in mixing with the celebs, taking selfies ordering pizza and occasionally hinting at her orientation. Pharrell’s rendition of ” Happy” was wonderful, as was Bette’s rendition of “Wings” I still adore Midler and she looked terrific. Pink’s performance of “Rainbow” was flawless, especially when you consider that all of Garlands children were in the audience, a heavy responsibility to say the least.


Leto’s acceptance speech was touching and completely unrehearsed, I was very impressed. Lupita stole the show, she is so lovely and honest and unspoiled by her recent fame.20140303-053530.jpg

All in all everyone attending was beautifully put together. The gowns were all beautiful due to minimal black, pastels were in abundance. The men’s attire was by in large classic, thank goodness the bow tie tux is back, the vest showed up as well. The blue tux and white dinner jackets were a welcome addition to the men’s choices.

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Want to play? Check out the inactive review of past Academy Awards Fashion

Dries Van Noten, “Curating Inspiration”

2 Mar
Dries curated an exhibit in Paris at the Museum of Decorative Arts. “Curating Inspiration” Pulling together his own work along with that of other designers, he visually demonstrates the elements that inspires the garments.
Would love to see this, but that is not going to happen. Here’s the link

Oscar Weekend

1 Mar
It’s here again, the Oscars. Just like many others, I really didn’t get a chance to see any of the films that were nominated. No matter, I’m only really interested in the gowns and tuxedos worn at the event. I’ll watch the films after I see who wins. Here’s a wonderful compilation of the gowns worn by all the best actress winners since the first awards ceremony in 1929. A handy tool in case you fallen asleep before they finally get to the best actress category, like I inevitably do every year.
Mediarun  has done the work by putting together this infographic of all the gowns that have been worn by Best Actress winners since the first year the Oscars were held in 1929. Great job guys!

Times they are Really Changing

25 Feb

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Banana Republic has launched a same sex campaign using real couples, Nate Berkus and his fiance Jeremiah Brent and are they ever cute.

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Other retailers are “coming out” as well….take a look at Buzzfeed..

Fashion for real guys…

20 Feb

Paris is fake snow

This is a refreshing approach. Having reviewed most of the recent mens shows, comprised  of  South Sea barely clad Polish boys with 29 inch waists, asymmetrical  Japanese over coats worn by androgynous waifs and the most absurd of all retro coats modeled after Jackie Kennedy’s three-quarter sleeved, huge buttoned, pastel confections, for men? I don’t think so [at least not for me] I loved Jackie but never wanted to be her.


All he needs is the sun glasses


Alexandre Mattiussi, the Designer of the Label Ami has the right idea for the American man.


Yes, after the show they ate pizza

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Remember those “school boy” shades?

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Real guys all shapes and sizes, a trend that seems to be occurring more and more, as designers opt for a broader audience.

More Shots

New York Times….

Lanvin St. Honore

18 Feb

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Simply perfect, always leave it to the French.  Lanvin’s early Spring windows are stunning, simple, chic and I’m jealous. this is exactly my favorite type of display. The COLORS are luscious, After having done display for years I understand the use of packaging. I cant tell you how many times I’ve resorted to bags or boxes. It’s always been the Display mans last choice [due to lack of budget or concept] Budget was not a concern for Lanvin and look what a great set of window they produced.

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Dsquared2 Men’s Fashion ..Bali Hai will call you..

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I've spent this miserable winter morning poking around the Men's fashion week videos, I found Dsquared2 to be the most entertaining. I guess that due to my age the “South Pacific” theme was both delightful and ridiculous at the same time. The height of my dramatic career was a high school production of South Pacific. Needless to say it did not include “the birth of Venus” portrayed by lounging tightly whitey briefs to the strands of Bali Hai. Yes, I'm still giggling like a school girl at the absurdity at the same time I am pleased that the musical, essentially a tribute to WW2 veterans could be defiled in this manner. We've come a long way, baby.
Aside from those reclining by the tropical pool I really liked the show. While other designers are trying to redefined the shape of men's clothing D is sticking to the traditional. Few American men care to look like Asian androgynous 90 pound weakings. American men just bigger, so give em what they will wear.

OK the “too small jacket” is still the vogue but this to will pass. It's fine if you are 19, but not business like for those who work in professions other than fashion. I really like the fabric, can I get it in a 40 short?
Great looking ensemble, I'd do it in a New York second.
The “mechanic look”
Cool jacket
Always liked the full shorts
It's a fashion show, remember, they had to do a grass skirt some where. If they have real nerve they would have sent Luther Billis down the runway in his coconut shell bra.…the original number Mitzi Gaynor……. Take a look the fashion show

American Hustle..remembering the 70′s

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I graduated from high school in 1970, still a wearing all the trappings of the hippie decade. Off to art school I went. My garb then became a mix of “peace and love” tinged with the art students need for creative expression. Due to the fact that I was poverty stricken my wardrobe was honed from the local thrift shops. In the 70′s the shops were brimming with pieces from the 40′s and 50′s, it was a bonanza of beautifully crafted men’s wear that could be had a dollar or so. My hippie image started to morph into a retro statement ( the word retro did not exist in the 70′s we called it “vintage”) Due to the glut of great clothes from the closets of the previous generation Vintage shops popped up everywhere. Some of you out there might remember companies like “Reminiscence ” they specialized in vintage and vintage inspired pieces.
The Hawaiian shirts from  Reminiscence  were an essential part of everyone’s wardrobe.

All the while this was going on modern fashion was responding to the advent of “Disco” Everything changed by 1975 gone was the thrift shop fashion to be replaced with synthetic fabrics, fashioned into bell bottomed trousers, and the ubiquitous “Nik Nik” shirts, those skin-tight unbuttoned shiny garments that bore images of the “high life” cars, babes and loud abstracts. I remember well the rash of disco window display I was obliged to create. “Saturday Night Fever” in 1976 was the epitome of the era. John Travolta’s white suit is the iconic symbol along with the high-heeled shoes for both men and women, the higher the better.

Who could forget this?

The perfect Nik Nik. I still have mine


The must have

The Jourdan ankle strap

Women’s wear was all about Halston, unconstructed bias cut draping was “De Riquer” for making the scene. The less under garments the better, plunging necklines left little to the imagination. The 70′s were the Baby Boomers decade of abandon, we were in our 20′s and wasted no time expressing it on the nearest dance floor. (Lit of course)

Halston was The designer

America Hustle brings back to life the “look” of the 70′s. The art direction is detailed to the max. The pattern upon pattern is everywhere, the metallic wall papers, designer sheets, the bright polyester suits, the aviator glasses even the old microwave ovens that were the fabric of the 70′s.
A video about the costuming, check it out,

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Old School Glam

6 Feb
Old School Glam

Old School Glam

Way before Paris Hilton there was Mrs. Zsa Zsa Hilton…The Gabor sisters were a glamour trifecta  Zsa Zsa ,Eva and Magda, talk about sister act! It was Zsa Zsa who out shown her sisters, Eva made up for lost screen time when she landed the part in “Green Acres” and Magda was a sensible girl.

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Moulin Rouge.. playing the French coquette

Her acting career thrust her into the limelight, she appeared in a number of films the most famous being Moulin Rouge . My favorite The Queen of Outer Space is the lowest budget camp film of all time. The story of a planet inhabited by a race of Amazon women, led by an evil disfigured queen [who wears a mask] She is hell-bent on destroying all the men on Earth. Claiming that it was wars waged by men that were responsible for her mangled face [sounds a bit like a John Waters film] Of course Zsa hates the queen and conspires with the visiting spacemen to over throw her. The perfect part for Zsa Zsa, she just couldn’t help herself when it came to men.04-zsa zsa gabor - Google Search - Google Chrome 262014 13113 PM

Gabor has been married nine times. She was divorced seven times, and one marriage was annulled. Her husbands, in chronological order, are:

At a social affair, c. 1954 accompanied by international playboy and diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa (behind her, to the left)

Gabor’s divorces inspired her to make numerous quotable puns and innuendos about her marital (and extramarital) history. She commented: “I am a marvelous housekeeper: Every time I leave a man I keep his house. When asked, “How many husbands have you had?”, she was quoted as responding, “You mean other than my own?” While Gabor was still married to Conrad Hilton, she once admitted to having sexual relations with her stepson Nicky, future husband of Elizabeth Taylor

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It was a gift from one of my husbands

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Leopard [probably real] and a Rolls

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Poodles were a mandatory accessory

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The last one was royalty

I’ve saved the best for last “The Queen of Outer Space” for all you Sci Fi aficionados, The uniforms on the space men are the same ones used in “Forbidden Planet”

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