Saturday, September 28, 2002

It's Official!

Miuccia has spoken... In the collection she showed for Prada in Milan yesterday, she singlehandedly endorsed and put her seal of approval on satin, shine, color, and the sportswear influence (which were trends on New York catwalks as well). I think the retailers should all have smiles on their faces- thinking about how upbeat the store windows and displays will look come spring. By the way, her collection also helped clarify for me why Ralph Lauren's overly vintage-y, distressed, and somewhat 'old' fashioned show was not the highlight it seemed to be for so many....(do we really need to see big brimmed straw hats?) Since we are firmly ensconced in the new millennium, there should be more of a modern aesthetic.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

This wonderful image of Andre Leon Talley reminds me of my favorite Andre story. It was YSL's second-to-last couture show and the writing was on the wall...the faithful were bursting into tears right and left. When the two companions flanking Andre began to bawl, he drawled, "Now stop that you bitches...you're makin' ME cry!"
Andre Leon Talley

No wonder Andre Leon Talley didn't have time to check that his fly was buttoned up all the way....not only was the larger than life Vogue Editor at Large covering the shows for Vogue, he was appearing on numerous segments of Metro Channel's Full Frontal Fashion (where he was the only commentator oozing knowledge and enthusiasm for what he was seeing), acting as stylist for Sandra Bullock (who was sitting front row center at Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan), and also serving as consultant to Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons on their Baby Phat and Phat Farm collections. Oh, and I forgot one more 'duty'----according to Anna Wintour in her Editor's Letter for October, he gives the 'best dressed editor' clothing and wardrobe advice as well. Phew.....with a schedule like that, I'd forget to do a few things as well!

You gotta love him for his moxy, and his wonderful comments....the best, as written in WWD on Monday, was that if he knew a picture of him sitting with his fly unbuttoned was going to be published, he would have put a "big old diamond broach there."

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Cathy Horyn: A Little Dazed or Just a Blind Eye?

"...Within an hour of each other on Saturday night, they (Ralph Lauren and Miguel Adrover) effectively closed the New York Spring 2003 Collection." - so says Cathy Horyn in today's New York Times fashion section.

Effectively closed Cathy? I am sure all the designers who showed on Sunday, September 22: Haneza, Taiza, Jared Gold, Manuel Fernandez, Yuma Topeka, Jiwon Park, Karma, Marshall Leigh, Esterban Cortazar, Miho-Miho, House of Fields, Zam Barrett, Mongane Le Fay, Tess Giberson. Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Tokyo Street, Cedella Marley, Victor de Souza, Nigel Hamill, Fashion Monster; and Monday, September 23rd: YM Megan Denim, Todd Thomas, Maggie Norris, Simon Duncan, Geova and Charlotte would have something to say as to when the shows effectively ended.


Ralph Lauren Sued for Making Low-paid Sales Clerks Buy his Clothes:

From AP via CBS News: "Forced to spend up to a third of their annual income on Ralph Lauren fashions to keep their jobs, Polo employees are suing the fashion giant for its uniform policy. The complaint was filed Wednesday by Toni Young on behalf of other unnamed plaintiffs and claimed Ralph Lauren's Polo stores require sales representatives to purchase and wear the latest clothing line from the retailer. Young's attorney Patrick Kitchin said she has spent more than $35,000 over five years on Polo clothing to meet the retailer's uniform requirement. Young, a sales associate with Polo's San Francisco store since 1997, makes approximately $22,000 a year, Kitchin said. Of that, Young spent between $8,000 and $10,000 on Polo fashions.

A spokeswoman for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York said the company does not comment on pending litigation. Click here to read full story.

Monday, September 23, 2002


Photo of Shalil Upadaya, who managed to get
into every coveted show, even gaining front
row or second row seats----without an invitation
or press credentials (click on image for larger view)


The Joke's on Us:

In response to Christine Suppes' question, "what's wrong with this picture?" Plenty! There's a lot wrong from the way I see it, and the joke is really on us! Shows that started almost one hour late (including The House of Fields- thanks to Britney Spears' arrival), shows that should have never been staged (of which there were many...who needs a show for a few ragged t-shirts, where the members of the audience look better than the runway?), blaring music that is so loud it HURTS (is that to take your mind off the painful clothes that are being presented?), waiting around all day for something good (invariably, the most worthwhile collections were the ones shown at 9 pm), and....seeing a cartoon character (with no show credentials or tickets) grabbing front or second row seats! No wonder I am exhausted and frustrated after Fashion Week! For the record, Christine, I agree about Donna Karan.....I don't think it is the best time to be showing such a retro vision complete with platform shoes---I can't wait to see Donna traipsing around town in those! Oh well, of course, she doesn't have to take subways, or run for a cab- she has a car and driver at her disposal.

Sunday, September 22, 2002

Groucho Marx: Fashion Seer?

Groucho, where are you now that the New York Spring 2003 collections so desperately need you? The running theme—clothes for the country club you’d never want to belong to—calls forth Groucho’s most beloved quip, “I’d never join a club that would have the likes of me as a member.” Let’s face it:
1. country clubs are American
2. dissent is American
3. satire is American
4. short golf skirts with combat boots is American

Question—what is wrong with this list? (Just asking).

Anna Sui and Cynthia Rowley made so-called country club clothes for the girl who makes a demand appearance with her tongue in her cheek when she’s not sticking it out of her mouth. Fair enough. Michael Kors has always excelled in making country club clothes for his American clients who are still hanging out with old time eighties Euro Trash and Hollywood Wannabes. OK, no problem. Donna Karan has her girl dressed up and waiting for her WWII GI to return home from the Pacific. Point taken. Calvin Klein dipped back into the pastel satin eighties for some visual “feel good” to what—take our minds of major looming world crises? And is it just me, or do others feel that Kate Spade makes clothes that look like they are for over thirties women who are still taking money from their parents?

Who else saw the Women’s Wear Daily headline a while back, “How War with Iraq Would Affect Fashion”? This is a very serious question. Design houses are already scaling back on logo products. If you want a giant CC on your handbag, Chanel will get it for you, but most likely they now have more discreet models on display. Who will care about logo products if we go to war? What will happen to the luxury market? During World War II, Paris, without haute couture just became another European city coping. Imagine Paris today, minus the brisk luxury trade. It’s a sad, sad image.

Here’s a scenario for you: Marc Jacobs bands his legions of young fans together during the dark days and comes up with “The New Look”, which takes over the world of fashion and makes Marc a hero in New York, Paris, London, Milan, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and Bombay. He doesn’t do the country club look, he doesn’t do Euro Trash and all the girls, be they university students, out in the job market, whatever, adore and embrace him. Kind of like now, but with more emphasis on “a place in history.”

I leave you with the ultimate Groucho-ism: “Any man who says he can see through women is missing a lot.” Uh, he WAS talking about clothes, wasn’t he?

Christine Suppes
Editor
www.fashionlines.com

Friday, September 20, 2002

I completely agree with the advice on how to get into shows. Go directly to the design houses if the press office is being obtuse. Sooner or later, the company figures out they want and need good coverage. In my case, covering Paris fashion, I have learned that the companies of Versace and Stella McCartney are completely consumed with and by celebrity. I have learned to leave them alone-- I no longer consider either a story. Would this change if I found a ticket in my mailbox? I'm not sure. They have been pretty rude many times.

Gianni Versace made my wedding dress many years ago, before he was famous. I'm sure if he were alive, things might be different. But then maybe not!
More On How to (Or Not) Get Into Fashion Shows:

You think it is hard getting into the top shows? Think again; it is all who you know not what you do. I met a well known fashion writer this week at the Perry Ellis show who covers the shows and syndicates her column in over 30 newspapers across the US. She cannot get invites to many of the top shows and parties going on this week. At the same time the close relatives of the publisher of a major New York fashion publication are given tickets not only for themselves but their friends to attend all of the top shows and parties.

Much of the problem lies in how the fashion pr firms and in-house agencies decide who gets what. Let's be honest and say that it is not too difficult to put together an A-list of top editors, retailers, celebrities, and other VIPs' who everyone wants at their show. Everybody knows who these people are and you need little more than a mailing list to reach them. However once you go beyond the A-List of people who everybody wants the criteria varies widely as to who else gets a ticket. In many cases tickets are used by designers as a way of cementing relationships, payback for services rendered, past friendships or given out by the publicist to their band of fellow travelers, relatives, or just plain good friends who he or she thinks makes a "good mix" at the client's event. Each pr firm has a particular group of fashionable or pretty people it can call upon to fill up the room. Hence the expression "rent a crowd".

Of course designers are free to decide who they want or do not want at their shows - after all it is their show. However many designers give a degree of latitude to a pr firm they hire to handle the front of the house - the press and others who will be send invitations. Most of the abuse comes from certain pr firms who play favorites. Once a given publication or individual is never invited by one of these firms to any event being handled by them, they are blacklisted. It makes little difference what their status in the industry is, or that they are invited to every other top show or event, once you are out - you are out. Again, it is not that the designer does not want you, it is the pr firm that is pulling the strings to keep you out. How many times has it happened that once a client changes pr firms all of a sudden you are again included on the guest list?

For lookonline.com we have been blacklisted by Nadine Johnson and more recently Pierre Rougier of PR Consulting. Their behavior toward us has been arrogant and at times bordering on the abusive. No matter what the event, large or small, important or not we not only do not get in, our faxes and e-mails are routinely ignored. It is their way of keeping us in our place by not responding. They are telling us we are not important enough to even warrant a reply much less a courteous one.

Of course the flip side of the situation is once publicists deny access they have no additional leverage. Once a publication or individual complains about being denied access the usual thing you hear from others is basically "that's just sour grapes". Of course the others who say that are usually on the invite lists themselves. The only way around the problem is to go straight to the client. Avoid the pr firm entirely as they are not necessarily working in the client's best interest. Start sending letters to the CEO of the company, advertising director, or head of in-house publicity. explaining the situation and how their best interests are not being served. Believe me it works. The one thing publicists do not want is bad pr about them going to the client. If you are persistent, you can get a change of heart, if not of the mind, of the publicist and get yourself back on their press list.

Finally the point is not everyone is or should expect to be invited to every event. However, consideration should be based on merit not hubris. A fair shake is a reasonable expectation.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

You heard it here...

Unless a miracle happens, I have a feeling that Lars Nilsson will soon be out of a job. The disastrous showing of the spring/summer 2003 Bill Blass collection, at the Celeste Bartos Forum, reminded me of Steven Slowik's inaugural launch...which left front row habitues speechless (and I don't mean speechless in the good way). Andre Leon Talley, for one, had the look of disbelief on his face, Joan Kaner seemed to be nodding off, and Anna Wintour left the show and headed straight to the Starbucks on the corner of 6th avenue and 42nd street (with two burly bodyguards in tow). I guess she needed a positive JOLT after that one. What were they thinking? Even top models like Erin O'Connor were unrecognizable thanks to the bleak make-up and silly hair styling (the artsy, fartsy interlocking 'headbands' were ridiculous!)

Fashion Week continued with a schedule that was truly impossible. Thanks to Catherine Malandrino, who showed at the 79th street Boat Basin Cafe (all the way over on the West Side Highway), Jill Stuart was an hour late, and many did not make it in. And getting over to Marc by Marc Jacobs was almost impossible. As beautiful and serene as Malandrino's setting was (it was like taking an afternoon vacation...sailboats on the Hudson, the wind and the breeze, and a great steel band accompaniment), it was an exercise in pure ego...it was as if she was saying to the other designers..."I don't care about you guys, I just want to satisfy myself."


Backstage at a Fashion Show:



We went backstage this week at the Bill Blass show to document some of the work the makeup artists and others do that go into producing a major New York fashion show. The following photographs by publisher of lookonline.com Ernest Schmatolla are an attempt by him to give you a sense of what it is like backstage before a major show. We thank Bill Blass Ltd. and publicist Ian MacKintosh for giving us access.

Click here for makeup and the media; the table is set; a makeup artist's tools of the trade; the importance of concentration but don't forget toes count; and other pressing needs; while fashion icon Elsa listens; and a model wonders what it is all about.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

How to get into a Fashion Show, Cont'd:


Okay, this is the deal...the first few days of Fashion Week proved that while many shows claimed to be all filled up, with no seats available, that was simply not the case...there were extra seats even at 'coveted' presentations by Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Luella Bartley (which started almost one hour late- thanks to DKNY), and even at Oscar de la Renta.

And more to the point, professional show-goer - Shalil Upadaya, who was the center of attention by the paparazzi a year and a half ago (solely because he came decked out in outlandish outfits in black and white and animal prints...all of his own design), has absolutely NO press credentials, and is not even a fashion designer, like he once claimed (actually, he told me that he did not even fax requests for shows)...But still, he is not only allowed into the tents, gaining access to almost every show, but gets a GOOD seat to boot!

How? Very simple, by his own admission, everybody (particularly the security guards) know him, and because he makes such an individual fashion statement, he is welcomed into the tents! Speaking of Shalil...today, he was decked out in a graffiti printed cotton ensemble, which matched his Stephen Sprouse graffiti printed Louis Vuitton bag from seasons back...Speaking of logos, Pat Field, a fashion heavyweight, sported a basic black suit with accents of white, chrome yellow, and orange (her hair), and she carried a Fendi logo purse. And to think- The New York Times just ran a front page article on the rise and fall of logo bags, decreeing them 'over'. I guess some would take issue with that (I certainly do).

From the early look of things on the runways, these are the trends that keep showing up: lots of white, 60's inspired retro looks which seem to take their inspiration from Courreges and Pucci, the shirt (polo included) is being glorified- used extensively for day and especially, for night (look for the elongated polo or shirtdress to be the 'big thing' for spring/summer evenings....And there is also a continuation of the feminine, beautiful, soft blouse, looking especially good when paired with simple, slightly mannish pants. What else? lots of shine, beading, and luminescence. And it's still 'all about' the mix of elements.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Ginia Bellafante is in Need of a Reality Check:

Ginia writing in today's New York Times column 'Front Row' gives Fern Mallis all of the credit for setting the fashion week show schedule but, in reality, she is at times as much the problem as the solution. Less than half of all the fashion shows and events going on this week as part of New York's Spring 2003 are being held at the 7thonsixth venues. In fact, most of the ongoing hard work in clearing times and dates for all of the shows, parties, store openings and press events associated with show week - including those at Bryant Park - are being handled by Fashion Calendar. There seems to be an epidemic of collective amnesia among many in the fashion press when it comes to crediting Fashion Calendar for their hundreds and hundreds of hours of work to clear dates and times for over 200 events going on this week.

Saturday, September 14, 2002

MANHATTAN VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOW
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. (bet. 6th and 7th Aves.)
Friday, September 20th, 1PM - 7PM
Saturday, September 21st, 10AM - 6PM


Discover Fashion Week's biggest secret, The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. The end of Fashion Week promises a show of the nation's best collection of vintage clothing. Fifty prestigious dealers will display and sell a vast array of high style fashions from the 1850's through the 1970's. You'll find gold lamé on printed chiffon, peasant embroidery on cottons, coats and leathers, and floral appliquéd, sequined and hand painted circle skirts.Come join the hunt where top designers get their inspiration.

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RunwayNews.com and Floss Magazine Present
Urban Fashion in New York


One day. Four shows. Seventeen collections.
Saturday, September 21 from 1:00-7:00
At the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Broadway and 48th Street)
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Join RunwayNews.com and Floss magazine on Saturday, September 21 at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel for Urban Fashion in New York, an all day extravaganza of
urban style. Urban Fashion in New York will feature the Spring 2003
collections of all the top urban brands: Mecca USA, Avirex, Outkast Clothing,
Davoucci, Indigo Red, Becca Swim, Icon by Kani, FJ560, Azzure, Mecca Femme,
Sergio Valente, Pelle Pelle, Marithe + Fracois Girbaud and Evisu. Also
featuring hot, sexy looks by Bathhouse by Bernard Moore, Playboy Swimwear and
Bebe Swim and special guest appearances by Glenn Lewis, DJ Envy, Fat Joe, R&B
duo Best Man and more throughout the day. For press passes to the shows or
any further information, please contact Ahysha Donaldson at 212.683.7525 or
ahyshad@hotmail.com and please specify which show you'd like to attend.

Urban Fashion in NY

At the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Broadway and 48th Street in Times Square)

Saturday, September 21

1:00 Show--FJ560, Outkast Clothing, Davoucci, Mecca USA

3:00 Show-Indigo Red, Avirex, Icon by Kani, Becca Swim

5:00 Show-Bebe Swim, Azzure, Mecca Femme, Marithe + Fracois
Girbaud

7:00 Show--Playboy Swimwear, Pelle Pelle, Sergio Valente,
Evisu

Press Contact: Ahysha Donaldson
Nancy Hirsch Group
212.683.7525 or ahyshad@hotmail.com

Thursday, September 12, 2002

New York Fashion's New Reality?

Remember last year after 9/11 how fashion editors and designers said fashion was becoming more sober and serious in outlook in the wake of the disaster? Well one year later, in just the six days from September 17-22 covering the New York Spring 2003 market week, there will be over 220 shows, parties, store openings, and assorted press events going on. According to Fashion Calendar, this is the busiest 6 day period they can remember.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

A Note From a Friend:

Just a message to let all New Yorkers know we are thinking about you.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

ASHASTYLE:

NEW FASHION SHOW VENUE FOR DESIGNERS DURING NYC's SPRING 2003 FASHION WEEK


(Press Release from ASHA): ASHA, the fashion production company, is producing a brand new fashion show venue for New York's Spring 2003 Fashion Week entitled ashastyle. This new 2-day venue at the popular Times Square Studios, is the place to be to catch the shows for hot fashion designers' Mark Montana, Atil Kutoglu, B Michael and Carlos Campos. The dates for this new fashion event will be Friday, September 20th and Sunday, September 22nd, 2002. A great perk is that the Street Level Studio at Times Square Studios, is just blocks away from Bryant Park at 1500 Broadway and 44th Street!

Ashastyle offers designers all the standard show production services to assist in preparing for a successful show. The Street Level Studio (where they shoot Good Morning America) will offer an intimate setting with enough capacity for 200 guests This unusual runway environment is extraordinarily unique because glass windows wrap around this corner studio, inviting the general public to view an exclusive show. This is a fun, new destination for New York's Spring 2003 Collections!

Our exciting designer shows are as follows: Friday, September 20th Mark Montano at 5:00pm and Carios Campos at 9:00pm. On Sunday, September 22nd - B. Michael at 4:00pm and Atil Kutoglu at 8:00pm. Three of our designers, Mark Montano, B. Michael and Atil Kutoglu are all associate members with 7th on Sixth for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Redken 5th Avenue NYC, a major sponsor of Ashastyle, will be providing their team of top professional hair stylists to design unique hair creations for each designer. Redken will also be giving out great Redken goodies... their best new hair care products. For all press inquiries, contact Hope McGrath at ASHA, 917.351+1395.

Monday, September 09, 2002

Chic Bargains:



The eternally chic and elegant Carolina Herrera, was host at a tea and sale of her vintage clothing at Sotheby's. The event, which benefited Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and was held on the 10th floor of the famed auction house (with an outdoor garden as backdrop - see photo above) featured some of Carolina's timeless evening gowns (circa l982 to present). The assortment, which featured many of Ms. Herrera's signatures (feather trim, tuxedo detailing, black and white, razor sharp tailoring, important necklines, etc.) were wonderfully priced....many were $150-$200...a few exceptional pieces went only as high as $500. Now, that's what I call a bargain!

I asked the 'Best Dressed' designer, what I could expect to find at next week's spring/summer 2003 show, which is scheduled for September 18th...she didn't want to give too much away, but did say it would be "elegant but exotic", and quickly pointed out that this didn't mean peasant blouses would appear on the runway (as we all know, they are OVER!!!!!).

For the record - I could not agree more with Robin Givhan.....The Williams sisters are amazing athletes, and obviously have an eye and love for fashion. Many of their designs on court have been terrific, and very appropriate. Serena really got it wrong this time...unlike big sister Venus, whose pleated all American number was right on the money!
Robin Givhan Takes Tennis Star Serena Williams to Task for Her Outfits:

Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan in her August 30th article A Tight Squeeze At the U.S. Open said the tennis champ had a "propensity to select fashions more appropriate for a working girl of a different sort" and "The afternoon of (Serena) Williams's bejeweling at the company's Fifth Avenue showroom, she wore an orange crochet hussy dress modeled after something that Wilma Flintstone might choose. The low-cut dress, with its embroidered bodice, had a hemline that looked like it had been gnawed by Dino."

Robin has been getting some grief over her criticism of Williams but as far as we are concerned, her point is well taken! Read the entire article here and make up your own mind.


Coming Up in September on Lookonline:

Our Editor-in Chief Marilyn Kirschner (who along with lookonline was just featured on a segment of Full Frontal Fashion TV) will be attending the New York Spring 2003 collections, and she will have both a video report and a major market report on the shows for our members with all original photos from the shows by photographer Randy Brooke. Our contributing editor Bernadine Morris, the former senior fashion writer of the New York Times will have a special profile of a major fashion personality also for members only. Diane Clehane, our contributing entertainment editor who writes for both TV Guide and People Magazine is preparing an exclusive report on celebrity style and finally our art critic Sarah Valdez who is an associate editor at Artnews Magazine will have a review for us of the upcoming Richard Avedon exhibition - see press release below - this month at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richard Avedon: Portraits
September 26, 2002–January 5, 2003
Special Exhibition Galleries, The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor


From The Metropolitan of Art Press Release: "Although Richard Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer, his greatest achievement has been his stunning reinvention of the genre of photographic portraiture. Featuring approximately 180 works, this exhibition will span the artist’s entire career, from his earliest portraits in the late 1940s through his most recent work. At the core of the installation will be a powerful group of portraits of many of the key artistic, intellectual, and political figures from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, including several large murals, perhaps the grandest photographic portraits ever staged. Also featured will be boldly scaled photographs from the ambitious series "In the American West" and a poignant sequence of portraits of the artist’s father taken shortly before his death. Avedon’s portraits of artists and intellectuals of the last 20 years, including John Cheever, Roy Lichtenstein, and Harold Bloom, complete this artist’s collection of individuals who have shaped our world."

Friday, September 06, 2002

Eleanor Lambert's Press Luncheon Cancelled:

For the first time in many, many years New York fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert will not host at her elegant home on upper Fifth Avenue members of the out-of-town press for her twice yearly buffet luncheon. For those of us who always enjoyed the civil company and wonderful roast ham that has become a traditional part of these luncheons, we will miss it greatly.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

"Candy's Dandy":

Candy Pratts Price that "real world" shopper over at Style.com is at it again. Our favorite shopping "Queen of Excess" has a new selection of "must haves" for Fall. This time the subject is brooches. Drop on over to Candy's column and see what she thinks would just be perfect for you to wear. Candy advises "its been a black season so give yourself a lift with a big brooch". Big does not just refer to the brooches size. The Fred Leighton Diamond horseshoe brooch is $65,000, the Bulgari gold and diamond pin a mere $13,000, and if you have few extra bucks burning a hole in your 401K buy a "Comet" platinum and diamond brooch by Chanel for $195,000 - it would be just perfect.

I don't know about you, but we are going right over there an get one of those Chanel brooches for the wife - no maybe two so we can give one to mom also. I am sure Candy would agree they would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas. But remember, when you call to place your orders, tell them Candy sent you.

Wednesday, September 04, 2002



The Photographer Lucian Perkins Extraordinary Runway/Show Photos:

Lucian's website Runwaymadness.com is not to be missed. The photographer's reportage photos of on the runway and backstage simply elevates runway photography to a near art form. "The unexpected runway moment, the candid dressing-room expression, the steely eyed scrutiny of the front-row denizens. Runway Madness is a personal invitation to New York's infamous Fashion Week." The feel and beat of the shows is all there in these pictures.

Lucian received a Pulitzer Prize in photography in 1995 and a World Press Photo of the Year in 1996. He is a staff photographer for the Washington Post who has covered many world and national events - as well as the New York fashion shows for more than a decade. I met Lucian almost ten years ago when I was shooting the New York shows freelance for Nancy McKeon, then fashion editor of The Washington Post Magazine. He is a good friend of The Look On-Line and has even provided a link back to our site.

Monday, September 02, 2002


"Imitation Inc":

A very interesting article from Folio about Gallagher Paper Collectibles the store and the man who owns it Mike Gallagher. "This store below the street houses a dizzying archive of vintage magazines — everything from 100-year-old Harper's Bazaars to a complete collection of Flair, a lushly produced magazine from the '50s". But the buzz about Gallagher's has less to do with the actual stash and more to do with who's been in to riffle through it". Many of the biggest names in fashion have at one time or another been seen going through the stacks searching for ideas and inspiration. Click here to read the full article written by Greg LIndsay.