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..

13 Feb
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

11 Feb
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,

New York Fashion Week

9 Feb
Fall is texture, faux fur, loose knits, netting, embroidery. Multiple layers of fabrics that create color like a transparent watercolor painting (Chanel is right on the money) Fall is beautiful this year. The short jacket over body concious under pinnings, sexy, fun and luxe.

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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Fashion Week Spreads Out

6 Feb


Fashion names star in Apple Mac’s 30-years ad

6 Feb

Mac celebrates 30 years with a creative approach, designers endorse the infinite possibilities of the tool in thier art. 3D printing is changing everything.  Thanks to Fashion and Mash

fashion and mash


Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen is one of several fashion creatives to star in a new ad from Apple, a spot filmed using a series of iPhones over the course of just one day.

1.24.12, as it’s called (for the day it was shot), is a celebration of 30 years of the Macintosh. When the Mac was introduced, it promised to put technology in the hands of the people, Apple says, launching “a generation of innovators who continue to change the world”.

Van Herpen is seen in her Amsterdam studio working on one of her elaborate creations at about 43 seconds in. While many fashion designers work on a Mac these days, she is one of a few who also turns her ideas into reality using a 3D printer.

“Iris van Herpen initially saw the computer as a strictly two-dimensional environment. For someone who often begins the creative…

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The Dollar is the New Quarter

3 Feb

snow day 3

Yesterday it was 48 degrees the snow from previous storm was gone, not so this morning its coming down thick and wet. For a brief moment my thoughts had turned to Spring but now it seems  winter is here to stay. Time for the bread and milk run again. off I went to the “Stop and Go” our local 24/7 junk food resource. OK, bread, half and half,  a can of coffee and a few packets of ramen noodles, that’s all I need to survive the latest assault. Waiting in line I noticed the cashier unpacking new product. Upon closer inspection I saw it was a local favorite Zitner’s chocolate covered Easter eggs. It’s 20 degrees snow is falling and its Easter? I am fully aware that in my profession pushing the next season is simply a matter of course, but REALLY Easter Eggs? I’m not ready for this, even though their butter creams with dark chocolate are heaven.

I asked for a few when she told me that will be 3.67 I was shocked, these used to be 35 cents a piece, now they are 1.19. Oh man! To add insult to injury they shrunk to half the size, [just like everything has of late, even Oreos] I’m just not meant for this world anymore. I hate sounding like my father in the 60’s complaining that his Chevy new was 2.500. “My first used Oldsmobile sold for 100 bucks” he would exclaim. I can’t even imagine his reaction if he knew that  Chevy loaded would be 26.000 today. A price which sounds reasonable to me. Cars are not candy Easter eggs, they don’t shrink with increasing materials costs [just pay more for options you don’t need] To prove my point look at the photo with a quarter next to the egg. Proof positive that a dollar is the new quarter.

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The Rockabillies..

3 Feb
What a great book, terrific photos of retro style advocates. I am totally on board with this mind set. I never left the 50's (except for the 70's when I fully embraced the disco lifestyle.


Super Bowl madness in NYC

1 Feb
Bill Cunningham reports on the Super Bowl.
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