Thursday, June 27, 2002

SURVEY OF YOUNG ADULTS' FAVORITE WEB SITES

(Received via e-mail) NEW YORK, NY June 27, 2002--Reflecting the special interest orientation of the Internet, young adults have thousands of favorite Web sites according to the Zandl Group, a New York-based trends research firm.

By category, the favorite web sites of young adults, ages 18-24:

GUYS
Search Engines/Portals 15%
Sports 11%
Entertainment/News 9%
Porn/Fetish 9%
Sophomoric 9%
Shopping/Auction 8%
Community 5%
Cars 5%
Games 3%

GIRLS
Entertainment/News 26%
Community 21%
Shopping/Auction 10%
Search Engines/Portals 9%
Games 4%
Sports 2%

Source: 1000 young adults, ages 18-24, who are members of the
Zandl Group Consumer Panel, a nationwide network of
3000 young people between the ages of 8 and 24.


GENDER DIFFERENCES

Based on their favorite Web sites, many guys approach the Internet as a
source of adventure, mischief and information. For girls, it's more about
community, gossip and shopping. For girls in search of community, for
example, it can be about staying connected (e.g. hotmail.com), family ties
(e.g. myfamily.com), ethnic identity (e.g. blackplanet.com) or even getting
married (e.g. theknot.com).

MISCHIEF

Nearly one in five guys admitted that his favorite Web site was devoted to
porn or sophomoric humor (and traffic to these sites indicates that many
more are joining them in their transgressions). When some guys should be
working or studying, they may be found at:

Clubjenna.com
zooass.com
Bangbus.com
bmezine.com
XXL-Lolitasex.com
rotten.com
Buns.com
stickdeath.com
Nakedbitches.com
pointlesswasteoftime.com

"Babes have always been a sure-fire way to catch the young male eye, which
is why they remain a fixture in advertising and promotions," noted Irma
Zandl, president. "But to catch the attention of guys accustomed to the
uncensored titillation in cyberspace, the approach will have to become more
hardcore. A bikini will no longer be enough."

ABOUT: The Zandl Group provides trend analysis and
marketing direction for businesses and advertising agencies
including The Coca-Cola Company, Bacardi-Martini,
General Motors, Bath & Body Works and BBDO. The
Zandl Group also publishes THE HOT SHEET, a bimonthly
trend report covering developments in the youth market,
including lifestyle, entertainment, fashion and food/beverages.


CONTACT: VISIBILITY Public Relations
Len Stein 212.777.4350
lens@visibilitypr.com

Friday, June 21, 2002

"Keep On Plugging Jared!":

We wish we had a dollar for every time Jared Stern, gossip columnist of the New York Post mentions his guy pal Paolo Zampolli in one of his columns. Today on PageSix.com Jared writes all about some "bitter feud between outspoken ID Models mogul Paolo Zampolli and powerful Pier 59 studios head Federico Pignatelli." And after some boring and confusing explanation why the feud may or may not be settled, Jared finds a perfect place to slip in the plug that ID Models are regularly booked by Conde Nast, Hearst, Victoria's Secret, Patrick DeMarchelier and Peter Lindbergh. Jared then gives Paolo Zampolli and his agency a third plug in the same article. This one is about Zampolli's agency's top model Ana Hickmann being booked for the Victoria's Secret's new Very Sexy TV commercial.

We have nothing against giving a friend a plug now and then. But the amount of plugs Stern has given Zampolli begins to call into question the "integrity" of the column and the columnist.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Zoozoom.com Wins 2002 'Webby Award':

New York based fashion website Zoozoom.com has won this year's 'Webby Award' in the fashion category. Lookonline.com has long considered this site to have the best original fashion editorial spreads of any fashion site on the web. Zoozoom.com has gradually gained recognition for not only stunning fashion & beauty imagery, but for a highly sophisticated site design. It is particularly interesting that Zoozoom's editorial does not need to be bolstered with the usual celebrity gossip, blind items, scandal or recycled news content that other fashion sites seem so obsessed with these days.

Congratulations Kelly and Mak for a job well done!
Suffering for Beauty

Last week, Cathy Horyn reported on the success of Tom Ford's Mombasa bag for YSL, one of the most sought after handbags of this season. Editors were reportedly given the trophy by Tom personally, and it has been seen dangling from shoulders of many of the 'best dressed'. Well, there's a flip side to this, giving the term 'suffer for beauty' new meaning.

I recently spotted a Mombasa- clad fashion plate neighbor, who always carries the season's must have bag, and she looked contorted in pain. It seems the bag is not only heavy, but the horn handle, which is primarly what sets it apart, functions as a 'torture' device as it perches on your shoulder blade. Ouch! She claims as soon as she finds a buyer, the bag is history.....
CBS to Sponsor and Broadcast Next Victoria's Secret Show


(photo: Randy Brooke for lookonline.com)

FROM LOS ANGELES (Source: Reuters) -
The CBS network has made a deal to broadcast a prime-time special next fall built around the annual fashion show presented by lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret, a CBS spokesman said Wednesday.

The show on ABC last November drew strong ratings but sparked protests from feminist groups and viewer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC later ruled that the ABC special did not breach the government's decency standards, but the ABC network reportedly passed on a repeat performance.

Details of the program are not final yet, but plans call for a one-hour hosted telecast from New York featuring performances by major musical acts, a network spokesman said. No specific date for the special has been set, but CBS reportedly is considering the show for the November ratings "sweeps."

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Eggheads on Fashion: MIT Sloan alumni on business clothing trends: "All downhill since the loin cloth"

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 19, 2002 (Press Release) -- MIT Sloan School of Management alumni split right down the fashion runway when it comes to picking the worst trend in business clothing. 46% identified the trend toward casual dress in the workplace while 43% said a return to formal business attire was the worst trend.

"Casual clothing blurs the distinctions between levels of the organization and erodes the incentive to climb the organizational ladder," said Jeffrey Johnson, SM '85.

But another respondent said the worst business clothing trend was "business suits and neck ties - doctors don't need them to gain respect, so why do other professions?"

The survey, which was conducted in connection with the MIT Sloan's 50th anniversary, drew more than 600 e-mail responses from across the world and from alumni in a wide range of business sectors. About half the respondents graduated between 1950 and 1990, while half left Sloan since 1991. About 20 percent were women.

Some alumni wished the clothing gods would just make up their minds.

Another respondent said the worst development has been casual Fridays. "Make up your mind already - either stay formal, or dump the tie the other four days." The mix of formal and casual has "created unnecessary confusion and added wardrobe expense," agreed Renee Buck, SM '93.

But like the good management students they were, survey respondents also paid attention to detail in citing worst business clothing trends, such as:
* Clip-on belt phone or Blackberry holsters;
* "50-year olds with pony tails dressed in all black (like me)";
* "Expensive designer golf clothing";
* Engraved belt buckles;
* High heeled shoes for women "as proved by any manufacturing plant tour involving catwalks, or a surprise winter snow storm";
* corporate logo wear;
* Bermuda shorts (with suit jackets?) ("They do wear them there, and frankly, men's knees and a suit jacket were never meant to be seen simultaneously.")

One respondent broke his answer into two categories. The all-time worst clothing trend was leisure suits, he said. The current worst trend is tight, Italian suits. But several other alumni said mini-skirts merit top spot in the business fashion hall of shame.

Jeff Magill, SM '85, offered the best perspective. What is the worst business clothing trend? "I think it's been all downhill since the loin cloth," he replied.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

What's next for The New York Times Fashion Section; A Guy Trebay column called "Defrocked Priests: Tough Fashion Choices Ahead"?

Since inspiration for fashion designers often comes subliminally, and often from unusual or unexpected places, with all the recent coverage of John Gotti's funeral, it seems likely that the Mafia - and especially the natty 'Dapper Don' - will be next season's muse. The newspapers can't seem to get enough of the subject....coverage of the funeral and the John Gotti's fashion 'legacy' were constant subjects in the New York Post last week, WWD ran a column yesterday 'Fashionably Late', which covered the fashions at the funeral as if it were Fashion Week, and just today, Guy Trebay's column in the Fashion section of The New York Times, "Without Twisting Any Arms, Wiseguys Influence Fashion", dealt with this subject. (Quite frankly, if you think about it, the fashion world, and the mob have quite a bit in common...as Trebay observed, it's all about ''looking natty while acting nasty"). What's next? A line of clothing with John Gotti's name on it? In this business, nothing would surprise me!

Monday, June 17, 2002

A World of Gossip

So if it is gossip you want, we found the "mother" of all gossip sites: Gossiptimes.com This portal links to "All the Gossip That's Fit to Link": By city, by country, and by category: Celebrity, Politics, Media, Fashion, Film, Music, Adult & Porn, Art, World Business, Mobsters, Royalty, Soap, Operas, Sports, Technology, and Travel. Hundreds of gossip related sites linked. After all you can never have too much gossip!

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Bill Blass: "A Blass Act"

I read with much sadness, that Bill Blass died yesterday at the age of 79. Much has been written about the debonair, elegant man who defined the word, 'gentleman', and whose elegant designs transcended fad and fashion, while bearing his unmistakable 'stamp'. There is very little I can add, except to say that he was truly a class act. When I first met him, I was a very young fashion editor. But even though he was at the top of his game, and a veteran, and 'wet behind my ears', he always made me feel very important by taking time to meet with me. He never made me feel as if I were a 'kid'. He treated everybody the same way, which is not something you can say about too many living 'legends'. Among some of Mr. Blass's well known quotes that were written in today's New York Times and New York Post obituaries, these are my favorites, and captured his lifelong philosophy and true essence: "It's pretentious to be in awe of it. Fashion is a craft and an expression of a period of time, but it is not an art." "Fashion can be bought by anybody; style takes discernment. It has to do with individuality." "Anybody can have fashion. My God, that's up for grabs. But only a handful of people have style." "The secret of living is not staying too long. I have learned when to leave the party." Well, Party on, Bill!

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

New York Fashion News Reports: It Is All Getting Recycled...

It must be a very slow day for fashion news or nobody is in town to do the work. The New York Post is running today some old gossip on Pagesix.com about Calvin Klein calling Joan Rivers names and they are crediting Hintmag.com as the source. The item first appeared way back in the May 29 edition of 'Chic Happens' with no reference by the editors as to where they got the info. Then Metro Channel's Full Frontal Fashion daily 'News Flash' is featuring a report that Fashionwiredaily.com has included Robert Verdi in their report: 'Screen Test: The Best Fashion TV Personalities Worldwide.' as one of fashion's top TV reporters.

And if that is not exciting enough, Fashionwiredaily.com is running a news report on Virginia Smith leaving Calvin Klein (first reported days ago by WWD) to accept a new job with Vogue as Fashion Director. Of course we cannot access the full story, since we do not pay to subscribe to their news service, but if we wait a couple of days the same story will probably show up somewhere in the fashion news sections of Pagesix.com. The New York Post has a deal (among other sites) to regularly post for free access on Pagesix.com what Fashionwiredaily's regularly charges its' subscribers for on their site.
...and around and around and around it goes!

Monday, June 10, 2002

Is Carine Roitfeld's Six Months Up?

Bill Cunningham's 'On the Street' column in Sunday's New York Times, 'Model Guests', was all about the CFDA Awards, diplomatically capturing many of fashion's most powerful people, including American Vogue's Anna Wintour and French Vogue's Carine Roitfeld, among them. Interestingly, while Roitfeld has been knighted fashion's 'it' girl, making her one of the most closely watched figures whose clothing choices are constantly being observed, this was the only picture of fashion's biggest icon. Neither WWD nor style.com included her in their past week's coverage of fashion's 'biggest' night. Could it be that her prediction - as voiced to WWD - that "in six months I'll be out of fashion", has already come true?

Sunday, June 09, 2002

Herman Landshoff: Photographs
June 18, 2002 through July 27, 2002



(Press Release) The Museum at FIT will present a tribute to the life and career of German born photographer Herman Landshoff. Before World War II, Landshoff worked in Paris as a fashion photographer for Femina and Paris Vogue. After emigrating to the United States in 1941, he continued his career during the war at Junior Bazaar and Mademoiselle. Herman Landshoff was a pioneer in fashion photography. Rather than using still posed models, Landshoff experimented with motion by depicting animated models in active, outdoor scenes. Landshoff's photographs capture the essence of life and celebrate the beauty that movement brings to clothes.

"Herman Landshoff: Photographs" is the third in a series of photographic exhibitions based on selected images from the Museum's Photography Collection. On view will be approximately 65 color and black-and-white images from the 1940s, including fashion photography, portraits of famous photographers, and still lifes. This exhibition is curated by Irving Solero, museum photographer at The Museum at FIT.

The opening reception is Monday June 17th from 5PM-7PM at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Avenue at 27th Street. For more information call 217-7642. To rsvp for the event call 217-5955.

Thursday, June 06, 2002

'Stylemakers: Inside Fashion' Book Launch Party a Success:

Bergdorf Goodman & The Monacelli Press hosted a book party for authors Marcia Sherrill and Carey Adina Karmel last night at Bergdorf Goodman. Publicists for the event Ian MacKintosh and Lisa Silhanek got an excellent turnout considering there were a number of other high profile events going on that night. We estimate upwards of 300 people showed up for pink Champagne and dressed salmon balls courtesy of Chambord Liqueur and One Central Park South .

There were a lot of high profile faces in the crowd including Leon Hall, Kevin Krier, Lauren Ezersky, Peter Arnold, David Wolfe, Hal Rubenstein, William Norwich, Mary Hilliard, Ferm Mallis, Patrick McDonald, Robert Ruffino and Robert Verdi. Look for our book editor Tobin Levy review of this book sometime next week. Click here to read her other most recent reviews.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002

The 2002 CFDA Awards

If I never read or see another article on the CFDA Awards, it will be too soon.....enough already! In terms of whom wore what...from what I have seen in WWD, and on Style.com (see all their 'red carpet' photos here), my pick as 'best dressed' are Cecilia Dean in black vintage Chanel couture, and Anna Wintour, taking a breather from her usual, skinny, slip dresses, who wore a romantic, floral printed, multi flounced mermaid style floor length skirt by her good friend Oscar de la Renta for Balmain Couture, paired with a simple yet elegant black satin Calvin Klein top. By the way, in a recent New York Fashion Report, I predicted that she would not be wearing Prada (and we all know why), and most likely would don something by Oscar. Disappointments included Hilary Swank in droopy (I am referring to both her boobs and the sack style dress) Marc Jacobs, Grace Coddington in boring black tuxedo pantsuit (sorry, but I think something a bit less masculine and dour would have looked better), and Lauren Bush, who wore her own design (which was executed by Tommy Hilfiger). But by far the worst dressed, was Hillary Clinton in an unflattering, big, puffy- sleeved black number, which looked like the dress she wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Ball last spring, celebrating the Jacqueline Kennedy exhibit. Re-hash or not, Oscar should have vetoed that choice. Just a note, I am surprised not to have read or seen pictures of the 'Muse of the Moment' Carine Roitfeld, whose every fashion choice seems to be the subject of much interest.

Monday, June 03, 2002

Fashion's 400 Club

There couldn't be any more controversy or publicity surrounding tonight's CFDA Awards, than there already is. The more scaled down, more intimate event has been the constant subject of articles in all the newspapers. In today's New York Post, the CFDA's new executive director of the designers group- Peter Arnold - was interviewed by Lisa Marsh, and he admitted that because they are celebrating the organization's 40th anniversary, "we want it to be 40 years of people who contributed significantly to the fashion industry." It may be true that "twice as many members will be attending", but the star factor is still of upmost importance....Lauren Bush, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz, who are invited guests, are hardly people who have made 'significant contributions' to the industry, let's face it.

And speaking about the awards, who is wearing what will be the big question, and the subject of countless pictorials. Though I don't know what Anna Wintour has decided on, I can bet the one label you won't see her clad in is Prada....


$5 for Any Bag

I knew I wouldn't find Karl Lagerfeld scouring around the 26th street flea market looking for frocks. As the subject of fellow CFDA Special Award winner Cathy Horyn's piece about the newly svelte designer that appeared in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times, he talked about why his relationship soured with 'bad boy' Jeremy Scott, saying about his designs, "there has to be some work behind it, not 20 dresses inspired by the flea market". Ouch! Actually, that can be applied to many other designers, let's face it. Since it was the day before the CFDA awards, with so many of fashion's international fold here in town, I did expect to find some familiar fashion faces thumbing through the eclectic merchandise (which I didn't).

But, nonetheless, in my search for bargains around town, I did spot a true find.... One dealer, located on 86th street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, had a sign boasting '$5 for any bag'. And while most of the selection was very ordinary, what stood out- considering how 'hot' leopard is right now - were a group of small leopard bags. The two styles - both standing about 6" by 4", and covered in a velour like fabric - look far more expensive, and can be used either as a little day or evening purse, or as a bag inside your larger tote which holds your money, glasses, etc... At five bucks, you really can't go wrong.

Sunday, June 02, 2002



Lookonline.com editor-in-chief Marilyn Kirschner is featured wearing her trompe l'oeil t-shirt (see Marilyn's current 'In the Market Report on' Trompe l'oeil: 'When Fashion Fools Around') for Bill Cunningham's "On the Street" column in today's 'Sunday Styles' section of The New York Times. Of course, this is not the first time Bill has photographed Marilyn. She has appeared in numerous columns of his in the past. But by far the most memorable time was last year's February 11th column during New York fashion week. Bill featured an entire column (18 photos) devoted exclusively to Marilyn : click here to see that photo spread.