Friday, November 28, 2014

All Wrapped Up: Idina Menzel and Bloomingdales Holiday Window Celebration


Idina Menzel
(Photo: Isabelle Erb)

A crowd gathered in Beacon Court at the Bloomberg building in New York City late Monday afternoon, just before sunset.  They were eagerly anticipating a performance by one of Broadway’s brightest stars, Idina Menzel.  Bloomingdale’s was about to deliver a holiday gift to the city in the form of a free concert featuring Menzel and dancers from the Broadway techno light show, iLuminate. Menzel took the time to meet many of her fans earlier in the day at Bloomingdale’s when she signed copies of her new album, Holiday Wishes, in the store.  The day’s festivities are all part of Bloomingdale’s All Wrapped Up holiday campaign.  The store is using the symbol of the classic Mylar bow to communicate the spirit of the season in everything from gift giving to giving back.

 This year, Bloomingdale’s has established three ways to give back through a marketing program that benefits the Child Mind Institute (CMI).  Their collectible Little Brown Bear is back for 2014 and $2.00 of each sale goes to CMI.  A percentage of the sales from a specially designed Little Brown Bear Charm Bangle from Alex and Ani and a collection of holiday gifts designed by Michael Aram will also be donated to the charity.

iLuminate
(Photo Isabelle Erb)

Just as night was falling, the show got underway.  The concert was also streamed live on Live Nation at Yahoo.com/Live. The opening performance by illuminate combined state of the art special effects with fast paced choreography and a pulse-pounding soundtrack. Finally it was time for Menzel to take the stage.  The much celebrated, TONY award-winning actress has garnered additional fame of late for her performance of the song, Let It Go, from the mega hit film, Frozen.  Menzel, wearing a black fur jacket and slim black pants, immediately added a touch of intimacy to the outdoor scene, chatting casually about herself and waving to the fans gathered in the office windows above.  She performed selections from her new holiday album and, to the delight of her fans, closed the show with the afore mentioned hit from Frozen.

Store window
(Photo Rhonda Erb)

Following the performances, everyone made their way to Lexington Avenue to see Bloomingdale’s holiday windows and enjoy treats from the Coolhaus food trucks. This year, the store’s windows give onlookers an interactive experience, featuring games based on the holiday Gift A Bow theme.

- Rhonda Erb

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Monday, November 24, 2014

To Be or Not To Be "Sexiest Man Alive!"

A Highly Rewarding Title...

Chris Hemsworth 2014

People magazine recently chose the "Sexiest Man Alive" for its December issue, a decision that was greeted with much anticipation and attention. This was one of the most important news stories of the week, right up there with immigration reform, and the progression of ISIS. The country often waits with bated breath as to whom will receive this coveted title with numerous debates in social media as to whether the person chosen was worthy of the distinguished honor. This year's choice, as I am sure most of you know, was Chris Hemsworth, who graces the cover with a "Saved By the Bell" 1980's haircut and what appears to be a nagging neckache judging by the position of his hand. A brief view of his bulging pectoral muscles is visible along with his hairy arms and some come hither stubble. He looks like a younger version of Brad Pitt, who has graced the cover twice, so it is fair to say this was a predictable choice. For those who were hoping to see an unconventional hottie such as Steve Carrell or Jim Carrey, since sense of humor is considered "sexy" by so many females, you are out of luck.

George Clooney 2006

Moreover, if you were awaiting a groundbreaking cover featuring a gay Neil Patrick Harris or a former slovenly Chris Pratt, as no gay man or fat or formerly fat man has ever appeared on the cover, you must be very disappointed.  If you were expecting to see a gorgeous Asian or Latino man you are going to be unhappy, since the only minority to achieve a front page tribute is Denzel Washington-way back in 1996. If you like older men and were anticipating an octogenarian such as Clint Eastwood or a septuagenarian like Jack Nicholson on the cover-think again. This cover is mostly reserved for Anglo-Saxon white males, between the ages of 27 and 56, who are over 5'10" inches, ( except for Tom Cruise who comes in at 5'7") have full heads of hair, and muscular physiques that are Harlequin cover quality.  Additionally, these men are mostly noncontroversial, not too intelligent and somewhat enigmatic, a tabula rasa that we can project our fantasies onto. While most of the news outlets jokingly report on this nonevent event, what most don't realize is how important this is for People's overall advertising revenue, and how pivotal this honor can be in advancing the career of the celebrity who receives it. Consequently, the decision process is conducted with meticulous precision, accompanied by months of discussions by top People brass as well as focus groups and research studies to determine the perfect pick.

Brad Pitt 1995

It might be safe to say the Noble Peace Prize winner is chosen with less forethought than this title.  The Sexiest Man is a critical juggernaut in the overall profitability of the magazine contributing 3% or 30 million dollars to the revenue of the magazine.  Moreover, because the issue falls out at the end of November, just before Black Friday, it is highly significant to advertisers who spend the bulk of their budgets to reach pre-holiday shoppers. Celebrities who flippantly discuss this title as if it is some trivial event should be chastised for their ignorant evaluation.  A review of past winners reveals that this title is a momentous occasion in a career, with most of the cover boys going on to win Academy Awards, hefty paychecks, and mega stardom. So despite all the mocking sneers, this honor is one that is noteworthy and impactful, as proven by the upward career trajectory of past winners.

Mel Gibson 1985

The award, which originated with Mel Gibson in 1985, supposedly came to realization when the Gibson story was being readied and one of the editors exclaimed, "Oh my God, he is the sexiest man alive," to which another responded that would make a great cover title and hence the birth of the "Sexiest Man Alive." For numerous actors the Sexiest title has been a precursor to Academy Award nominations and honors beginning with Mel Gibson who went on to win 2 Academy Awards for "Braveheart" in 1995. Denzel Washington who was accorded the Sexy honor in 1996 subsequently won an Academy Award for best actor in 2001. George Clooney who was sexiest man in both 1997 and 2006 went on to win 2 Academy Awards in both 2005 and 2012. Brad Pitt who also appeared on the cover twice received 2 Academy Awards in 2006 and 2013 for two films he produced. Ben Affleck who was on People's cover in 2002 won a 2012 Academy Award for directing "Argo."

Matthew McConaughey 2005

In 2005, People took a risk by putting Matthew McConaughey on the cover after he had just come off box office flops "Sahara" and "Two for the Money," and it turned out to be the third-best-selling edition ever. Furthermore, McConaughey went on to win an Academy Award in 2014 and is considered one of the most bankable Hollywood actors. Bradley Cooper who was considered a somewhat controversial choice in 2011 after being pigeonholed as the "Hangover" guy, has received two Academy Award nominations since 2011 and is currently considered an accomplished and talented thespian. Even Channing Tatum, who was a 2012 winner, has achieved stratospheric success and is currently directing a movie. Admittedly, Harry Hamlin, Mark Harmon and Nick Nolte, all "Sexy" alumni may not have been the most successful bunch, however, over a 29-year period, factoring in the vagaries of Hollywood, three letdowns are not that bad.


One might incorrectly deduce that these sexy men might remain decadent bachelors, availing themselves of the throngs of female admirers knocking on their door-however, this is not the case. Many have gotten married after the title was granted to them including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Reynolds and Adam Levine. Levine and John F. Kennedy Jr, were the only non actor cover boys in the bunch with the choice of Adam being a debacle as his issue sold less than 1 million copies on newsstands. Similarly, the Johnny Depp and Ryan Reynolds covers sold at or below average; however, the Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, and Hugh Jackman issues sold briskly. Some more "Sexy" trivia: the only year the sexiest title was not doled out was in 1994, and the only couple to receive this honor was Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford. Furthermore, cover stars Patrick Swayze and John F. Kennedy Jr. were the only 2 cover stars to die however, more than a few have been arrested (that Nick Nolte mug shot was anything but sexy). I would like to lobby People to strip someone who has acted in an unsexy manner of the title forcing them to live in shame for failing to fulfill expectations.

Ryan Gosling
Photo: US Magazine

Perusing this month's issue of People with Chris Hemsworth I must concede he is a highly attractive specimen who is probably giving a lot of the female and male readership a nice "Rush" (also a title of his movie). While he is not super famous he has been in some successful movies such as "Thor" and "The Avengers" and has some box office draw. Aside from a couple of squinty eyed provocative poses with his 80's hairdo sweeping the corners of his face while clad in tight t-shirts and foolish looking cowboy gear, the photo shoot is relatively covered up with no bare abs or buttockses on display (take note Kim Kardashian). Hemsworth is only required to answer a smattering of degrading questions such as: "What do you sleep in?" "Who was your first kiss?" and "Who was the first person to call you sexy?" (the last question was a doozy especially when he answered his drama teacher-uh oh). Recent rumors have circulated that Ryan Gosling has turned down this title numerous times perhaps out of fear of objectification and ridicule and I implore him to rethink his decision. Firstly, he has not had a box office hit since his debut in the 2004 "The Notebook." And more importantly, being included among the ranks of Cruise, Pitt, Clooney and Jackman, whose careers have flourished after the bestowal of this honor, is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it is about time this title receives the respect it so rightly deserves.





- Lieba Nesis

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lookonline Celebrating 20 Years On-Line

Press Release: Gala Cocktail Party Sunday, December 7th Celebrating Lookonline.com's 20 years online from 2PM-5PM at place to be announced. Contact: Ernest Schmatolla 212-734-9747

The "Godfather" of Fashion Websites

Original Invitation to the 1994 launch party
Over 800 attended the event at Sony Plaza

Lookonline.com is the longest running on-line fashion publication (of any kind) in the world. Before there was Style.com, Hypermode.com, FashionInternet.com, NYstyle.com, Fashionmall.com, Elle.com, hairnet.com, Hintmag.com and even Fashion.net, there was us. We have not always garnered the attention, funding or notoriety of some of these fashion sites, but those in our industry, who have followed Lookonline's development over the years, know we helped pioneer the use of the Internet in providing real-time coverage of fashion events, regularly scheduled video reports, fashion blogs (DFR: Daily Fashion Report has been in blog format for almost 14 years and is recognized as the first fashion blog), market reports, editorial cartoons and original runway and event photography long before there were sites like Style.com or Fashionweekdaily.
Our guiding editorial principle: "It is not how many people read us but who reads us that counts"
Since our official launch was on December 1, 1994 as a dial-up service (does anyone even remember what a BBS service is or was?), the Lookonline has been on-line "officially" for 20 years. Our first subscriber was Harper's Bazaar in 1994,, but it was not until December of 1994 we began a website (hosted under another domain name) in addition to our BBS site. Later in 1995, we discontinued our BBS service and concentrated on developing our website using our own domain name 'lookonline.com'.

I want to personally thank our many contributors who, over the past 20 years, have helped support our site. First and foremost my editor-in-chief, Marilyn Kirschner, whose fashion expertise and determination has set the tone for our editorial coverage. And former editor Bernadine Morris for many years lending her name, expertise and guiding hand. Also special mention goes to Randy Brooke, an exceptional photographer who is always there when we need him; and Diane Clehane for providing us with first class coverage of major fashion and entertainment events. Also special thanks goes to Susan Sommers for her timely suggestions including coming up with the name "Lookonline".,

Kudos to our senior writers, Rhonda Erb, Lieba Nesis and Laurel Marcus for their great work covering the many shows, parties, press events and special assignment reporting required to give our editorial greater depth. Also a special shout out to photographers Udor Rothenko and Isabelle Erb; writers Stacy Lomman, Tricia Kenney, Eila Mell, Melanie McKinzie, Adriene Weinfeld-Berg, Alexander Erb, Anna Bayle, Muriel Geny-Triffaut, Logan Bentley Lessona, Tobin Levy, Sally Lourenco, Sarah Valdez, and Laurie Schechter for their past contributions and to Grace Mirabella, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue, for hosting our first three 'Master of Fashion Video Interviews'.

Additionally, I want to thank our sponsors Ty Yorio of Citadel Security Agency and Eddie Mullon of FashionGPS for their generous support. Finally, a special thanks to my wife, Deborah Brumfield, who all these years has sustained me in my efforts. Without her, none of it would have been possible

- Ernest Schmatolla

New York Fashion Kool-Aid

Shirtstorm: A Tempest In A Science Lab?

Mr. Matt Taylor in offending shirt
(Photo: AP)

Many years from now (or knowing how the internet works, maybe tomorrow) the time we are presently living in will naturally acquire a moniker. I propose: "The era of the Global Attire Apology." Lately it seems that sartorially speaking, we are a culture of extremes that just can't be pleased. No matter how ill advised an item of clothing or an entire outfit may be, should we be shamed into apologizing for it? My first case in point would have to be the aptly named "Shirtstorm" brought on by one particularly clueless British physicist, Dr. Matt Taylor. This no doubt brilliant, yet tatted-up-with-sleeves-and- thigh design-of-the-Rosetta-mission, man managed to engineer the comet landing of the Philae space probe but couldn't figure out that a bowling shirt printed with voluptuous scantily clad women toting space guns (even though it was made and gifted to him by a female friend) might send the wrong message to those on earth, particularly the increasingly verbal Gamergate and Tumblr feminists who are, shall we say, "having a moment."

After the outcry reached a critical mass and basically overshadowed the scientific achievement, Dr. Taylor decided to make an apology on a Google hangout where he cried and called the wearing of the "offensive" shirt a "big mistake." And what was he wearing for that appearance? He took one out of the "Mark Zuckerberg Normcore Uniform" playbook and wore what I'd like to call, the "hoodie of shame" although it had the Rosetta logo on it making it completely appropriate. See Video click here to play In an interesting twist of further "misogyny," a similar shirt known as "Gunner Girls" with the same fabric as the objectionable one, quickly sold out online and has been placed on an eight week reorder. See website here.

Dr. Taylor has been accused of promulgating the "good old boys" network of science or STEM, however it doesn't seem to have phased his female colleagues at the ESA (European Space Agency) who probably just know him as a quirky guy perhaps along the lines of Doc Brown in "Back To The Future," who wore Hawaiian shirts. Otherwise it seems likely that one of these women (or even a slightly media savvy male) might have suggested he "rethink his wardrobe" especially for an important TV appearance, much like Julia Roberts as mini skirted Erin Brockovich was told to do when she joined a law firm and needed to be taken seriously. (Of course, she wasn't having it and retorted that her boss might want to "rethink" his ties and that as long as she had "one ass instead of two" she would continue to wear what she wanted).

Urban Outfitters Kent State Sweatshirt

Other recent apologies have come from several mass market clothing chains who either employ morons or sick jokesters. Examples of these are the Urban Outfitters Kent State red tie-dyed sweatshirt which resembled a bloodied mess reminiscent of the shootings there in the '70s and a Zara's children's striped shirt emblazoned with a large yellow star recalling a holocaust prisoners uniform. Both companies apologized once outed for any "unintended similarities" to that which they were compared and quickly withdrew the errant items. In an apparent attempt for a quick laugh which was supposed to be renamed before going live online, Walmart had to eat crow for featuring a line of plus-size Halloween offerings as "Fat Girl Costumes."

Katy Perry

Then there are the "cultural appropriations," those who don an outfit indigenous to another culture than their own ie. Katy Perry in Geisha clothing for her performance of "Unconditionally" at last year's American Music Awards which was termed "racist." It's ironic that Madonna did that many decades ago and it was just called art or a tribute. Similarly, Selena Gomez took heat for wearing a sparkly bindi (a Hindu religious ornament) during a performance of "Come and Get It" during the MTV Movie Awards, also last year. To my knowledge, neither of these performers ever addressed the backlash and I don't think they should as it seems clear that these performances were both beautiful and done in a spirit of honoring the cultures that they were accused of "appropriating." Is it too farfetched to think that a woman wearing a fabric with an animal print will soon be accused of "species appropriation"?

I suggest that the logical conclusion is that we all start apologizing for everything we've ever worn that could be construed as offensive, off-color, insensitive, tacky or just butt-ugly. I'm sure that there are plenty of bad prom dresses, leisure suits, bell bottoms, "obscene" fish ties--hell, how about any of the fashions from the entire '80s, that we should be doing penance for. A friendly reminder: brace yourselves for those soon-to-be trotted out abysmal yet campy, hideously ugly Christmas sweaters that someone should be atoning for.

Roselyn Sanchez 

On the other hand, I wonder what it says about those who leave off an article of clothing particularly undergarments, as well as donning entirely sheer dresses (Rihanna at the CFDA Awards, Roselyn Sanchez at the Latin Grammys, Kim Kardashian just about every day) that they never feel contrite. This is the last offshoot of the "wardrobe malfunction" as demonstrated by Janet Jackson who may or may not have meant to expose her breast to the entire Super Bowl audience, thereby coining the term and the 5 second broadcasting delay (which will most likely be deployed during Iggy Azalea and J-Lo's "Booty" performance this Sunday at the AMA's).

J.Lo and Iggy Azalea

Once we went down that slippery slope it seems not a day goes by that some actress/singer can't keep her breasts under wraps or her privates private. They are allowed to show or celebrate the female form whereas it's termed as sexism if a man does it. The fact that they are unrepentant attention whores certainly gets the "haters gonna hate" juices flowing and inspires yet a different type of ire. Where's that spare hoodie when you need it?



- Laurel Marcus

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Apollo Circle Benefit & The Cubism Exhibition - A Perfect Combination


The venue
(All photos Lieba Nesis)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Apollo Circle held its eleventh anniversary gala from 9PM to 12AM in the Temple of Dendur wing at the museum. The Apollo Circle, which was founded in 1997, is a membership group for young friends of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ages 21-39. The black-tie event included dancing, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres with flowers and special lighting illuminating the grand room of Dendur. The funds raised support the Metropolitan Museum of Art's conservation department.

Daisy Yu, Kristi Kirksey, & Ashley Roth

This year the sold-out event was immense with many commenting on the unprecedented crowd. The importance of this evening cannot be underestimated as it gets young people involved in charity work, and gives the museum a way to reach out to future donors and court the progeny of current contributors. The sponsor of the event was Maiyet, the luxury fashion brand which was founded in 2011, and makes ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry, handbags and shoes with an emphasis on masterful workmanship in their products.

Tamara Zhukova & Dmitry Razin

This night celebrated the Cubism exhibition donated by Leonard A. Lauder, and being shown at the museum from October 20-February 16, 2015. The collection contains paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger and Pablo Picasso.  The references to Cubism were omnipresent in the apparel of the night's attendees with numerous women appearing in black & white gowns adorned with square shapes. Furthermore, Maiyet is offering a special collection of scarves in an ode to the Cubism exhibit and there will undoubtedly be numerous references to square shapes in the showings of many designers.

Leandra Medine & Abie Cohen

The crowd this year did not disappoint with their fashion choices, wearing elegant gowns from Badgley Mischka, Valentino, Maiyet and Ralph Lauren. Leandra Medine, from the fashion website "Man Repeller," joined the event as a guest of Maiyet, clad in one of their beautiful red evening dresses. This was Leandra's first time at this affair but she was excited to celebrate Maiyet whose designs she loves because she said, "they are unfussy and highly elegant." Unlike the women who came dressed in multicolored, vivid evening wear, the men were in classic tuxedos with only a select few spicing it up with silver vests and sequined suits.

Tessa Morehouse, &  Steve Karan

There were many on hand to observe the fashion at this significant event with Refinery29 Senior Style Editor Annie Georgia Greenberg in the crowd trying to assess whether the attendees had achieved the ultimate goal of appearing "dressed up with effortlessness." One person who fit this description was Amazonian designer Tessa Morehouse, of the fashion label "Velvet Antler," who was striking in a feathered black dress. Morehouse lamented the absence of women with flair and attitude at this gathering, preferring to play it safe with beautiful and demure attire. Despite the current lewdness displayed at celebrity award shows and in numerous magazines, the crowd this evening was surprisingly modest allowing the beauty of their varied shapes and styles to take center stage.

Sam Kidd, Ruth Mauldin & Samantha Lynch

There were some fashion trends on display that were worth noting. First, black & white was ubiquitous and by far the most prevalent color combination of the evening with few solid black gowns in the group. Secondly, scarlet and blood red was abundant, with dresses lightly accessorized so as to highlight the drama of the gown. Thirdly, white, even in its summery version, remains a viable fashion choice, even for one of the coldest nights of the year. Lastly, women come in all shapes and sizes, and there were many voluptuous women who were dressed in colors and sparkles refusing to remain invisible in black ensembles (thank you Adele and Lena Dunham).

Rachel Besser & Annie Georgia Greenberg

As the clock struck midnight, the crowd began to thin while DJ Brendan Fallis and Hannah Bronfman continued to spin their tunes with a more manageable dance floor.  The attendees were waiving their napkins and yelling the tunes with a friend observing how special it was to dance around in the midst of a 2,000 year old temple.  This evening remains one of the premier events in the social calendar of the elite young New Yorker because it combines history and modernity, not unlike the Cubist collection being celebrated at this unique gathering.





- Lieba Nesis

Pratt Institute’s Legends 2014


All photos Patrick McMullan Company/Owen Hoffmann
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On Thursday, November 20, I, along with fashion designers Mary McFadden and Catherine Malandrino; Paper Magazine’s David Herschkovits and Mickey Boardman; Elle’s editor-in-Chief Michael Boodro; New York Magazine’s design editor Wendy Goodman; editor in chief of Architectural Digest Margaret Russell; publicist James La Force; Fern Mallis, filmmaker Albert Maysles (his latest is a documentary on Iris Apfel), and many others, attended Pratt Institute’s Legends 2014. Chaired by Pratt Trustee David Waltentas and his wife Jane (they founded Two Trees Management Company), the annual scholarship benefit honors icons of art and design whose “works have helped shape our cultural landscape”. Held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the gala (cocktail reception, dinner and award ceremony) raises funds for merit and need-based scholarships, which is important because 80 percent of Pratt students receive financial aid to pursue their education.

Pratt Trustee, Gala Chair and founding principal of Two Trees Management Company David Walentas, NYFW Creator Fern Mallis

Since their inception in 1990, the Awards have traditionally celebrated those individuals in the worlds of art and design, whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt. Past Legends Awards recipients (individuals in the worlds of art and design whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt) include Laurie Anderson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, David Easton, Pete Hamill, Marc Jacobs, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Meier, Beverly Pepper, David Rockwell, Margaret Russell, Patti Smith, Julie Taymor, James Turrell, Bruce Weber, William Wegman, Robert Wilson, and Eva Zeisel.


Irish Apfel, David Yurman & Kim Hastreiter

There were three very deserving honorees this year: Iris Apfel, David Yurman, and Kim Hastreiter. The tireless 93 year old style icon and interior designer Iris Apfel arrived with Nigerian fashion designer Duro Olowu, who also presented her award. Fittingly, the designer is known for his exuberant use of prints and color, and while this can also describe Iris’s personal aesthetic, last night she was quite subdued in a black Mongolian lamb accessorized with her signature bangles and necklaces.

PAPER Magazine Editorial Director Mickey Boardman,
PAPER Mag Creative Director Drew Elliott, Honoree Kim Hastreiter,
Henny Garfunkel & Albert Maysles

Designer and CEO David Yurman, a sculptor, artist and artisan whose jewelry can be thought of as a work of art, received his award from Paul Greenhaigh, director of the Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts). PAPER magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter accepted her award from Padma Lakshmi, the award winning author, model, and host of Bravo’s Emmy Award winning show, Top Chef.  Speaking of which, you must be living under a rock if you don’t know what’s been ‘cooking’ with Kim and Paper these days. (Does Kim Kardashian and her celebrated high gloss rear end, ring a bell?)

Edgar Battista & Fashion Designer Mary McFadden

I chose a beloved vintage Geoffrey Beene architecturally shaped quilted short coat for the evening, one which never fails to elicit oohs and aahs. (Of course, it’s impossible to think of great design without thinking about the late great designer). And coincidentally, in my mind, Kim and Paper are always inextricably linked. I'll never forget the time I interviewed him at his 57th Street atelier in 2002. I noted that the only magazine he had on his desk, was Paper. He actually admitted that he didn’t look at any fashion publications other than Paper. When I asked him why, he told me “The reason I like 'Paper' is I don't know who the audience is. I know Kim (Hastreiter, its editor and founder) very well and I respect her. She's probably the most open-minded of editors - whatever her magazine is. It's the only one I advertise in, and Kim knows that. I've just taken out a double page for May and I haven't advertised a dress in years. I don't know who her audience is and that sort of fascinates me."



New York Magazine Design Editor Wendy Goodman,
& Artist Alexander Vethers

Their long mutual admiration society was solidified when he wrote her a fan letter in 1988 after Andre Walker wrote an article in the magazine and borrowed a dress from Geoffrey which he proceeded to style in a very “unorthodox way”, which he loved. Still, I could not help but wonder how Geoffrey (the epitome of refined taste) would feel about the Kim Kardashian cover and inside pages, which, according to Ms. Hastreiter, came about with one goal in mind: the staff of Paper wanted to "Break The Internet" with their winter 2014 issue (it hits the newsstands next week). But then again, he was ultra-modern: the ultimate rule breaker with a divinely wicked sense of humor, so needless to say, he would probably love it (or at the very least, “get it”) which is precisely what Kim said, when I posed the question.





- Marilyn Kirschner