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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

The 80s make a comeback in the windows of American Apparel's Howard Street Store

Bouncy babydoll dresses and 80s daisy theme make a coordinated comeback in the windows of American Apparel's Soho store. This week, the ladies of 429 Broadway reach back to the days of high hair, Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank to compound the cadence of casual chic. Add a bit of Brooklyn for high waisted bottoms and cropped tops. What were your memories of the 80s? Let us know in the comments… 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

IFB LINKS A LA MODE: WEEK of 8/14

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Dressing up can drastically debunk a drab day. Pick up a new pattern or put on a vibrant pair of pumps. Toss aside the tiredness and take transformation to a new level. Fashion fuels confidence and fosters positive feelings... What will you be wearing today? While you're thinking about it, have a look at this week's IFB Top 20 posts--including my interview with the fashionable fellas of Costello Tagliapietra….

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Cool clothes and crafted canines fill the 57th St. windows at Bergdorf Goodman

With four legs and a furry pelt, a dog can be quite the steadfast companion, proving faithful, obedient and loyal despite the circumstances. Ancient cultures traditionally associated dogs with death and danger (and the ability to ward them off). Can dogs really see spirits? Whisper warnings? Speak with the supernatural? This week, Bergdorf Goodman stocks its windows with handcrafted dogs and dressed up divas. Looks like the window dressers are gearing up for National Dog Day--Tuesday, August 26th...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Q&A WITH COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra

Apart from their signature "Look" and fresh spin on women's fashion, design duo Costello Tagliapetera share more than a tendency towards plaid and a love of their bulldog Sam. For the two CFDA veterans and award-winning designers, inspiration came by way of their respective grandmothers (both of whom worked for couturier Norman Norell) and grandfathers (from whom came the model of 'dressed up' khakis and plaid). In 1994, a night out at the Sound Factory led to a decade long partnership. Starting with creating custom pieces for clients like Bruce Springsteen, NIN and Madonna, the pair eventually made a pivotal move towards ready-to-wear. In 2003, the Brooklyn based designers created a 12-piece capsule collection for Vogue, which landed an editorial feature in March 2004. Costello Tagliapietra presented their first runway show 6 months later (Sept. 2004) and officially launched the CT label in 2005 with looks made from weightless, wrinkleproof Italian knit jersey. Since then, the success of the brand is evidenced by multiple awards and capsule collaborations, most recently with lifestyle brand Uniqlo. Keep reading for an informative Q&A on success, shared style and special spots... 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Kleinfeld Bridal Salon 20th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues; Claire Pettibone dress

Cravings for candy corn have since been superseded by tendencies towards kale and couscous. Likewise, fried foods are dropping from my daily menu, only to be substituted by garden greens and fresh fruit. Tastes transform, priorities change. One discernible difference between the uninhibited 20s and the mellowing out thirties is the concept of the "ideal wedding." Where once a pure white, floor length ball gown was expected to be paired with an abundant audience, an alter and a banquet hall reception, the desire for all things grandiose has been modified 10 years later, now that I'm in the planning stages. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

PICK ME! PICK ME!


I've been having regrets lately--of having traded creativity for a corporate "career." Given the shift in priorities over the last few years, I miss my design roots. 

So it must be a sign! Over the weekend, I stumbled on an opportunity for a pop-up exhibit sponsored by Whole Foods. I've submitted a proposal and would love the chance to participate in this month-long community exhibit. Part of the selection criteria is dependent on "likes" provided by friends/family/general public on the arthere website. If you have a moment, please register on the a site (you can also sign-in via facebook or twitter and not be required to create a log in), have a peek at the entries and extend a "like" on my project if you agree that my idea will be a good fit.

My project includes an installation of 3-Dimensional squares with a close up photo of an individual and text relating to the person's philosophies and beliefs (samples on the site). The idea would be to showcase the depth of each individual and his/her ability to think outside the metaphorical "box." Your support is much appreciated!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

LIVING NEW YORK, A CROSS-INDUSTRY CONVERSATION

(L-R) Karim Rashid, Prabal Gurung, Joe Zee, Karen Elson, Paul Haggis, Stacy Engman; photo credit Benjamin Lozovsky BFA NYC

From a creative Mecca to a shopper's paradise, New York City is the birthplace of success, a playground for the daring and the resting place of 8 Million seekers, dreamers and industry leaders. To spotlight NYC and its role in the development of a handful of America's top talent, cultural phenom Liberatum partners with the W Times Square to host Living New York--a candid conversation with model Karen Elson, designer Prabal Gurung, Industrial Designer Karim Rashid, Oscar winning filmmaker Paul Haggis and fine art curator Stacy Engman. Keep reading to see how each of these notable names navigate the grit and glory of NYC...  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Lovely in Lavender, Summer Windows at Anthropologie Rockefeller Center


Where rests the wary traveller? Moored in a massive mansion or cuddling in a cozy cabin? Hiding in a bungalow on the beach or stretched out in a sleek city apartment? This week, Anthropologie Rockefeller Center puts a playful twist on colorful living. #AnthroWindows  features fields, flowers, fences and humble habitats some call "home." Which is your favorite?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LUXURY LACQUER BY LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin Windows at Saks Fifth Ave, NYC featuring Loubiville

After twenty-three years of red-sole splendor, the Louboutin brand pushes prestige to a new level. On July 25th, Christian Louboutin unveiled Rouge Louboutin--the first of 30 shades of nail polish--at Saks Fifth Avenue and all 15 Louboutin Boutiques. To promote Louboutin Beauté, the windows at the Saks Fifth Ave. flagship feature Loubiville, an albino metropolis inspired by the shapes and angles of the Louboutin nail polish bottle. Keep reading for the details... 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

MARILYN: THE LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR @ SUMO TRIBECA

 Marilyn Monroe: Grey Fur Session 2 photo by Milton H. Greene (1956); Taken during the filming of "Bus Stop" [photo credit: Limited Runs)

Model, movie star and media sensation, one woman singlehandedly redefined 'sexy' and 'style' in the late 50s. Known to most as Marilyn Monroe, the innocence of Norma Jeane Mortenson became eclipsed by the blonde bombshell persona Hollywood helped invent. Posthumously, Monroe continues to captivate the masses and remains an inspiration to artists and actresses alike today. In a stunning show of 38 never-before-seen photographs, Limited Runs presents Marilyn: The Lost Photographs of a Hollywood Star for five days from July 22-26th at SUMO Gallery in Tribeca. Keep reading to catch a glimpse of the images on view...