Friday, August 30, 2002

Small Things Make a Big Impression:

(From Shiseido via Kaplow Communications): Beauty, fashion, and art become one in Shiseido Studio's upcoming exhibition "Games, Toys, Small Things and Hair and Makeup by Susan Chianciolo (a former fashion designer, who gave it up to enter the art world, is known for her quirky abstract art and a "do it yourself" philosophy). The interactive art exhibition will be on display Monday September 16th through Wednesday September 18th at the Shiseido Studio in SoHo, New York.

Featuring various small items from the artist, the exhibit is also open to the public to put on view their own handiwork. Anything can be put on display, so long as it is small and handmade.

The original exhibit, entitled "Small Things and Games" was showcased in the past at the Deep Gallery, Paris and Gallery 360, Tokyo. Renamed and revamped for New York, "Games, Toys, Small Things and Hair and Makeup" is an eclectic art exhibition that collectors, art lovers, fashionistas and New Yorkers alike will enjoy.

For more information call Shiseido Studio, 155 Spring (between Wooster and W. Broadway) at 212-805-2300.

My Full Frontal 'Moment':

Of course I was flattered when I was asked to appear on a segment of MetroChannel's Full Frontal Fashion....as somebody who lives, eats, and breathes fashion, I admit I am sort of 'hooked' on this almost 24 hour a day show that deals with my favorite subject. The whole event was quick, went off without a hitch, and all involved could not have been nicer, nor more professional. The show's host (who interviewed me) is Brooke Alexander. The former model who is entrusted with moving the show along with ease and wit, is straightforward and engaging, and immediately made me feel at ease. I would do it again in a minute (should they ask)!

Oh, and by the way, if you missed yesterday's program, it will air again tonight between 7 and 7:30.

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Can Your Ever Be Too Chic Or Too Vulgar?

Not according to those fun loving "preverts" over at Hintmag.com. In their continual and often successful quest to draw attention to themselves by being the "bad boys" of on-line fashion media their latest Terry Richardson interview is a new low (or is that high) for them. The homepage of hintmag features a photo of Terry Richardson in what appears to be a "tongue in something more that a cheek" sexual act being used as the cover of Lee Carter's interview with the photographer. So much for treating women as sexual objects and talk about in your face editorial! All we can say is too bad the interview itself is pretty much of a snore.
(On September 2nd they removed the offensive photo and replaced it with a silly one. I wonder if it was anything we said?)

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

We Could Have Told Them So:

Stefanie Olsen Staff Writer, CNET News.com August 26, 2002 reports: "A group of investors in women's Internet media network iVillage has filed a class-action lawsuit against Merrill Lynch and analyst Henry Blodget, its former Internet guru, for securities fraud. The suit alleges that Blodget misled investors with biased reports during the Net's boom days. The move follows a $100 million settlement between the New York Attorney General's office and Merrill Lynch, which agreed to pay the settlement and to revamp its research department to resolve charges that it had duped investors by publicly promoting stocks it privately bad-mouthed. "
Bargain Town:

I must admit, I never really gave much thought as to where Cathy Horyn shops...something that she revealed in today's New York Times article, "Unabashed Wal-Mart Shopper Speaks". As an inveterate 'bargain' hunter, who routinely combs thrift stores and flea markets, I hardly find it surprising that a fashion insider, who can admittedly buy and wear pretty much whatever she wants, finds it satisfying and gratifying to shop at such an un- 'fashioney', un-chic place like Wal-Mart. (By the way, the best part of her article were Joe Eula's colorful, expressive illustrations, which added a touch of class). By coincidence, one of the lead headlines in today's WWD is "Wal-Mart Falls Short For Week", so I guess the mass market chain in having the same problems as other retailers around the country.

And by the way, speaking of bargains, and thrift stores......if you want a real bargain, get yourself over to Godmother's League Thrift Shop on Third Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets.....everything is 30% off, and yesterday, I came across a pale mink button front cardigan sweater- cashmere lined- with the label 'Ben Thylan Furs'. It is in impeccable condition, with the pelts soft and supple, will fit a small size, and it is marked at $175. Unfortunately, by the time you read this, said item will probably have been sold! Oh well, keep hunting.....

Monday, August 26, 2002

Guide To Getting Into a Fashion Show:

We get a lot of subscribers as well as many others asking us each season how they could get into one of the New York RTW shows. And while we provide our members with a daily schedule of fashion events with contact phone and fax numbers and a PR directory of Who's Who in NY Fashion PR, there still remains the problem of getting an actual invitation. A few years ago (March 1998) Laurie Schechter wrote a piece for us just on that topic. Read Laurie's advice - it is as true today as the day it was written - on what are the best strategies to get you into a show : http://www.lookonline.com/getin.html.

Friday, August 23, 2002

THE MUSEUM AT FIT CELEBRATES DESIGNER ARNOLD SCAASI

The Museum at FIT will spotlight the work of a designer known for mixing brilliant colors with flawless draping and superb shapes. On view October 15, 2002 through January 4, 2003, Scaasi: Exuberant Fashion - A Celebration of an American Couturier will feature more than 80 exceptional evening gowns and cocktail dresses Arnold Scaasi has designed for such notable figures as Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Joan Rivers, Elizabeth Taylor, and Barbra Streisand.

Scaasi: Exuberant Fashion covers nearly half a century of work and was assembled with the cooperation of the designer and curated by Ellen Shanley, curator of costume, The Museum at FIT. "The show, which spans his entire career, is mostly about eveningwear, clothes for galas, and other significant events," says Shanley. "Scaasi's clothes are designed to make an entrance. His use of fabrics and materials of bold colors and daring combinations of color in unique shapes are breathtaking... You can see why some of his clients have stayed with him for decades!"

Throughout his career, Arnold Scaasi has urged women not to be afraid of dressing boldly. He believes that clothes should enhance a woman's figure, lift her mood, and make her feel good about herself. "I design clothes that will flatter the female form," he says. "I am definitely not a minimalist designer! Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear." The Museum at FIT salutes his vision and his lifetime of unique work.

THE MUSEUM AT FIT
The museum is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27 Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays. Admission is free. For museum information call (212) 217-5800. For further press information contact the Office of College Relations at (212) 217-7642 or press@fitsuny.edu. Visuals are available upon request via mail or email.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Easy Come, Easy Go:

The vintage 'craze' shows no signs of letting up, with customers reportedly still seeking one of a kind, unique items, and designers still looking for vintage 'inspiration'. But while a Didier Ludot boutique is set to launch at Saks Fifth Avenue in early September (in case you don't know, he is the well known Paris based vintage expert, whose shops there have become meccas for those in search of past Chanels, Diors, Schiaparellis, Puccis), there is one recent casualty- Henri Bendel is closing their Resurrection Vintage Boutique. When I made a trip to the store recently, the Resurrection section, which was once a large shop on the 4th floor- and is now a Rick Owens boutique- was moved to a small corner, and has dwindled down to a rack of 'on sale', picked over items. As a salesgirl told me, "the customers just weren't looking''. Let's hope Saks fares better with their new venture.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

PBS News Hour Highlights New York Times Magazine Feature 'Babes in Coutureland' as Exploitative:

Tuesday Night's PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer featured a segment by Anne Taylor Fleming reporting on the sexual exploitation by our society of young girls. Ms. Taylor specifically highlighted photos from the New York Time's Magazine feature article 'Babes in Coutureland' citing it as a prime example of the media's exploitation of young girls. It looks like we are not the only ones who found style editor Amy Spindler's taste once again open to question.

Below is our original July 28th posting:

New York Times Fashion Editor Amy Spindler Continues to Cross Over the Line Between Cutting Edge Fashion Editorial and Bad Taste:


(click on image to enlarge)

I am hardly a prude, and believe firmly in creative freedom of the press. But in light of all the recent publicity surrounding the rash of kidnappings, sexual molestations and murders of young girls, I must say I found a few of the pictures in today's New York Times Magazine, ('Babes in Coutureland' ) which illustrated the 'I wanna look like Mom' trend a bit disturbing. Talk about bad timing, Spindler does it again!

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Apparel Chains Expand Entertainment Ties

(Edited by Susan Nunziata Published by EPM Communications
Ira Mayer, Publisher http://www.epmcom.com/ )

Fashion and entertainment have long made comfortable companions but in recent months the lines between the two have become less distinct, as surfer-chic apparel retailers Vans and Quicksilver start entertainment divisions while tween-girl chains such as Limited Too and Wet Seal turn up the volume on entertainment-related promotions.

Meantime, many apparel-related entertainment promotions tie in with music, movies and TV programs are also getting the star treatment at retail. And the links are far more extensive than a few posters and logo-decorated t-shirts and hats scattered in the racks.

Limited Too is launching a "Lizzie McGuire"-branded fashion line inspired by The Disney Channel cable TV program, while Vans promotes the Universal film "Blue Crush" with an in-store contest and Payless ShoeSource expands its relationship with Miramax for its "Spy Kids" shoe line. Saks, Inc.,joined the fun with its first entertainment-related promotions, including a Warner Bros. Scooby-Doo film tie-in last May and an upcoming promotion in its Proffitt's chain with the Epic Records act 3LW.

Entertainment and licensing promotions involving apparel open up opportunities for other brand tie-ins. Nestle's Sweet-Tarts is doing
product sampling on Limited Too's "Passion For Fashion" mall tour, while Payless links with McDonald's and Thermos for Spy Kids 2.

As retail brands look to differentiate their offerings and compete for market share in a difficult economic environment, entertainment tie-ins become more important, says Susan Schroeder of CMI, which developed the Limited Too tour.

For retailers, tie-ins drive store traffic and amass a customer database.Limited Too's entertainment push started with Universal's Big Fat Liar in 1Q '02. The company's catalog, mailed to four million tween girls, prompted them to go to stores to enter a sweepstakes.

For entertainment marketers, retail tie-ins offer an alternative path to consumers. "To be able to have consumers experience Spy Kids inside Payless is important incremental exposure," says Miramax's Lori Sale. Miramax plans an apparel link for The Green Hornet in summer '04.

In music promotions, apparel marketers turn to the stars, with promotions such as a Britney Spears line of roller skates for Skechers. But the avenue is also open to new and developing artists. Says Epic's Lori Lambert, "Apparel marketers finally understand that even if the artist isn't at the top of the charts, being associated with young, attractive, exciting and talented people is going to bring them cachet."

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Len Stein
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Monday, August 19, 2002

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Monday, August 12, 2002

'My Blue Heaven'...

That's what Betsey Johnson named her East Hampton house, and that is what she named her 60th birthday party/spring-summer 2003 fashion show, which was staged there this past Saturday, before approximately 270 fashion pros, friends, and family.

If you weren't already out at the 'East End' for the weekend, it was quite a schlep (the bus from Manhattan which was used to take those city bound fashionistas to the event, got lost on the way to Betsey's house - resulting in another 45 minutes added to the almost 3 hour trek). But I must say, it was well worth it once you got there! The adorable antique filled house was set up with different vignettes throughout each room, where 28 outfits were displayed (ranging from a sweet kitchen scene to one in the powder room that was decidedly 'S & M').

The formal show of 56 outfits was staged around her pool, which was perfect for showing off the many great swimsuits and bikinis. Also on parade were many of Betsey's signature looks: colorful, sexy, bare, girlie, exuberant, with plenty of flounces, ruffles, appliqued flowers and floral prints. The models all wore 'diamante' tiaras, courtesy M&J Trimming.

Betsey has always ended her show with that trademark cartwheel...but this time, in honor of the special occasion, she tumbled right into her swimming pool, blue ruffled and tiered dress and all! Happy birthday Betsey....long live your spirit and joy!

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Two New TV Fashion/Lifestyle Series to Preview This Fall:

(Press Release from Nancy Hirsch Group)

Attention all couch potatoes and fashionistas. Keep your eyes open for two
new syndicated urban fashion and lifestyle television series this fall: 'NGear
, a weekly urban fashion round-up show and Livin' Large, a magazine-format
series which chronicles the lives of the rich, hip and famous. The half-hour
'NGear will be the only place on TV where urban teenagers can find out about
the fashions they care about. Meanwhile, Livin' Large will be an hour-long
cross between Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and MTV Cribs. Male model
Tyson Beckford is signed on to host 'NGear, while Carmen Electra and Kadeem
Hardison will be hosting Livin' Large.

CBS Channel 2 will be carrying 'N Gear and UPN Channel 9 will be carrying Livin' Large. For more information on either show, please contact Nancy Hirsch Group at 212.683.7525 or nancy@nhirschgroup.com

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Jane Seymour, Bargain Hunter

Who can resist a bargain asks Marilyn. Not Jane Seymour! At a recent accessories fair in Manhattan, Seymour came by the booth of some friends of mine who do couture accessories for Lacroix, Dior, Givenchy, etc. She picked out a few pieces, and said, "Gorgeous! This one looks just like me!" about what she purchased. She also asked for a more than 50% discount. My friends later asked me if "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" was a popular show in the States. They were trying to figure out what was going on, and just who she was. By the way, the biggest bargain hunter on the West Coast is Sharon Stone, who has been banned at some spas and salons in San Francisco. At least Seymour offered to pay something!
Penguins and Pearls

When I got an invitation to view actress Jane Seymour's new design venture - "Penguins and Pearls" - at the Penguin House, Central Park Zoo, I had a feeling that the 'high' point was going to be watching the penguins being fed their morning meal (well, since I have always loved the combination of black and white, penguins were always one of my favorite creatures). I was pleasantly surprised! Ms. Seymour (janeseymour.com) told the small group assembled for the informal fashion show, that she had a mission...she wanted to create "amazingly affordable, elegant, glamorous" clothing for Middle America, and she wanted to address all ages and sizes. Her new undertaking, in conjunction with Blair Corporation, is a holiday collection which will launch in October, and will be available only through the Crossing Pointe catalogue, and on their website - crossingpointe.com. Prices for both clothing and accessories will retail amazingly, for under $100. The items that looked best were the tuxedo pantsuit with white ruffled tuxedo shirt, a black tuxedo 'lbd' (little black dress), her stretch jeans embroidered with beads and penguin motif, and a group of silk shantung pieces, which included a tailored knee length coat, sheath, shell, and slim pant. Who can resist a bargain?

Monday, August 05, 2002

Manhattan is Better in the Summer!

The best part of spending the summer in Manhattan is how much nicer everyone is. It is not just that there are fewer people around but those that stay in the city during the summer are just sort of friendlier. It only recently came to me why this is so. I think it is because all of the 'Page Six' personalities and their entourages, Vanity Fairies, Puffys, J-Los and other bimbos, Park Avenue princesses, trust fund interns, Condy Nastys, media moguls, and all the other sordid assorted masters of the universe that inhabit our city having left to spend the summer or long weekends in the Hamptons. It is there, in the Hamptons, that during the summer they, these doers, sayers and wannabees, continue their constant (and expensive) struggle to think well of themselves while they annoy but enrich the locals who feed off of them. In the meantime, while the air remains hot, the "hot air" is greatly diminished and it gives the rest of us lesser mortals who stay in the city a brief respite - however temporarily - from all of their sound and significant fury.
Who says the Hamptons are dead?

Every year, we keep hearing how the Hamptons are 'over', 'passe', over-run with city escapees. This past Sunday's 'Style' section of The New York Times was an ode to the Hamptons. It seemed that every article, every party, every picture, celebrated the lifestyles of the rich and famous frolicking on the famed east end. In fact, when I was through reading the paper, I almost felt that its message was that if you were not out there, you were 'nowhere'. Of course, in my opinion, the main reason the city is so great on summer weekends, is precisely because all that crowd is GONE!

In response to my dear friend Christine's question regarding which young American designers would be up to the task of showing during couture week in Paris I couldn't agree more with her choice of Geoffrey Beene (though he is not 'young'). My very short list at this moment includes Marc Jacobs, who has a good eye, and wonderful dressmaking and tailoring skills - as evidenced by his always superb jackets and coats - and Narciso Rodriguez, who is also a wonderful craftsman, and understands cut and proportion.

And though they haven't completely proven themselves yet, a few names to watch for are Behnaz Sarafpour, and the team of As Four...both of whom have small boutiques at Barneys New York, where the items I have seen are couture quality.

Sunday, August 04, 2002

What American Designers Should Show During Paris Couture Week?

One thing is for sure. Federation Francaise de la Couture president Didier Grumbach has thrown open the doors once so tightly closed to American designers. Ralph Rucci was the first American to show during Couture Week with his "Balenciaga Meets American Sportswear" collection, and it was more or less well received. But American sportswear is at the opposite end of Paris atelier concepts, and "Made to Measure" is not exactly the way couture is thought of in France. Donna Karan was a guest at Federation social events held during Couture Week, looking wistful and girlish, while French heavyweights like Christian Lacroix and Pierre Hardy were holding court. Now that Oscar de la Renta has retired at Balmain, (and I am thinking of him as an American), who else is there who could thrive in Couture? Geoffrey Beene would have been a revelation. But as my French colleagues are always asking me what young American designers could do Couture, I would like to pose the question now.
You've Got To Be Crazy?

In today's New York Times Sunday Style section is an article by Ruth La Ferla called Attack of the Summer Interns. Paul Wilmot the director of Paul Wilmot Communications is quoted in the article about what qualifications he looks for in his interns. "Last year he hired Lorenzo de Miranda, who had been introduced by the designer Diane Von Furstenberg and has since been hired by the company as an account executive. 'Diane knew his family,' Mr. Wilmot said. 'Now that's a triple five-star recommendation. You've got to be crazy not to interview that person.' "

But can he type?

Thursday, August 01, 2002

Hairspray is not to be "mist." Marissa Jaret Winokur is a "spritz" of fresh air - a real role model for the curvy girls. And I just couldn't get enough of the divine Harvey Fierstein. The costumes by William Ivey Long were over the top (and around the bottom!) I haven't seen wardrobe like this since pigs could fly! Do yourself a favor and get an extra-hold on tickets now.