Wednesday, October 22, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

"Love is in the mail" at Kleinfeld, 20th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

The passing of Oscar de la Renta perpetuates a steady sunset of "classic" designers I grew up admiring. A heartfelt, handwritten letter from CEO Alex de la Renta and stepdaughter Eliza Bolen explains, "He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms." This week's windows at Kleinfeld remind me of Oscar, his visionary bridalwear and ballgowns, and his legacy of dressing women for celebration and new beginnings. Keep reading for a closer look...

Monday, October 20, 2014

DEATH BECOMES HER : A CENTURY OF MOURNING ATTIRE @ MET MUSEUM

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Black ball gowns and bereavement become the focal point of Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, the new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Originally an exploration of the "little black dress," the idea has since evolved to showcase the glorious garb of grief during 19th century Europe and America. Melancholy mannequins in white wigs wear mourning attire, many of which are exhibited for the first time. Visit the Anna Wintour Costume Institute at the MET Museum from October 21st to February 1, 2015 to enjoy the ensemblage of death's ritualistic étiquette and fashion. Keep reading for a look inside Monday morning's press preview (Please be patient as the photos load!)...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE VISIONARY WORLD OF VOGUE ITALIA EXHIBIT

Celebrating 50 years of Italian Vogue, Peroni and Vogue present: The Visionary World of Vogue Italia

As Milan Fashion week drew to a close September 22nd, Vogue Italia extended a fashionable farewell by fêting its 50 year anniversary with star-studded fanfare. Continuing the celebration overseas, Peroni Nastro Azzurro co-sponsors The Visionary World of Vogue Italia, an exhibit documenting the impact of Vogue as a leading voice in Italian style. Carefully curated by Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, the weeklong exhibit features 30 behind-the-scenes videos of influential icons. With few days remaining, stop by Industria Superstudio in the Meatpacking to hear Olivia Palermo explain her secret to style and Christian Louboutin speak about the sensuality of his shoes. Watch brief films of A$AP Rocky, Dita Von Teese, Oliver Stone, Poppy Delevingne, Baz Luhrmann and more from Vogue's video archive. The exhibit will run until October 22nd at 356 West 12th Street. Keep reading to view photos...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

IFB LINKS A LA MODE : WEEK of 10/17

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Hay rides and cider have infiltrated weekend activities. Pumpkins and apples fall victim to seasonal pies and picking. What's your favorite fall treat? In between baking, brunching and other fall-themed festivities, take a minute to review this week's IFB Top 20 (including my piece on the Maryland to Murano exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Chanel, Spring Street Soho

Third quarter earnings have been released, but the 1.8 million making news for Chanel has little to do with balance sheets. In fact, the sizable flock of followers attributed to Chanel's Instagram debut Monday proves the popularity of the brand's "cool girl" style. This week, midriff-bearing, tweed jacket wearing mannequins show that comfort comes in choice colors. Keep reading for a look at this season's sporty-chic styles and Chanel's signature tweed wrapped sneakers...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MARYLAND TO MURANO : NECKPIECES AND SCULPTURES BY JOYCE J. SCOTT

Neckpieces & Scupltures by Joyce T. Scott @ Museum of Arts and Design, Lazy Girl Neckpiece (2007) [photo courtesy MAD]

At the masterfully accomplished hands of Baltimore native Joyce Scott, glass beads become a soapbox for cultural commentary. Scott builds dynamic neckpieces visualizing socio-political narratives of poverty, love, sex, stereotypes and African/American history. This Fall, the Museum of Arts and Design presents Maryland to Murano: Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce J. Scott featuring 34 neckpieces, 3 beaded wall-hangings and 13 Murano glass sculptures with beaded elements by the celebrated artist. The exhibit runs from September 30, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Keep reading for more on the exhibit and my conversation with Joyce Scott...

Friday, October 10, 2014

FABERGÉ : JEWELLER TO THE CZARS @ MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

 Fabergé Workshop, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg (1912)


My honey and I drove up to Montreal last weekend, to escape the stress and scenery of NYC… and in search of poutines. Though we missed out on the curd-and-gravy-smothered potatoes, the 7-hour trip amounted to a dinner at Joe Beef, Octoberfest tastings at Atwater Market and a visit to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts for a fantastic Fabergé exhibit. The dinner was unparalleled, the market was refreshing and the exhibit--keep reading for a glimpse inside...  

IFB LINKS A LA MODE : WEEK of 10/10

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Fall is in the air--and so are sneezes and sniffles and sore throats. Feeling a little under the weather? Fight off a case of forlorn feelings with fur-lined fashions or a festive   footwear. Feel better by staying in for a day. Take the time to rest up and read up on this week's IFB Top 20 (including my interview with designer Kirst Ward!)...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

American Apparel, Lower Broadway

California cool hits the windows of American Apparel, Lower Broadway. Trading tank tops for turtlenecks, modest mannequins sport solid-colored sleeves. Shapes and sharp lines contrast the comfortable cottons. What are you wearing this transition season?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LOOT 2014 @ MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN NYC

"Come in--the water is lovely" ring by Helen Noakes

Finding 'unique' in an endless selection of jewelry purveyors has become the proverbial diamond in the rough. This week, at the discriminant palette of curator Byrna Pomp, strands of brightly colored felt legoes meet wire-form flowers and laser-cut leather in a tightly curated showcase of unconventional ingenuity. Running from October 6-10, LOOT 2014 at the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) features 50 jewelry designers representing 23 countries in a weeklong exhibition and sale. Keep reading to see some stand-outs...