Tuesday, April 29, 2003

The "Goddess Exhibition":

Nicole Kidman last night on the "red carpet"

Editor-in-Chief Marilyn Kirschner and photographer Randy Brooke were on hand to cover the opening gala for the new "Goddess Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Read Marilyn's FULL REPORT HERE or for just our photo coverage please CLICK HERE TO START SLIDE SHOW.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Oh my 'God'(ess):

Tom Ford at the press conference

The 'Party of the Year' got off to an early start this morning when Tom Ford, the man of the hour, who will act as one of the co-chairs, along with Anna Wintour and a true, bonafide 'Goddess' Nicole Kidman, put in an appearance at the Costume Institute for a press preview of the Goddess Exhibit. Looking dapper as usual, Tom fielded questions from reporters and greeted fashion insiders like Hamish Bowles at the three hour reception. It seems obvious that this event will generate as much if not more excitement and publicity, than the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis themed exhibit several years ago, or the Versace installation. With all the publicity surrounding the soiree, it seems evident that those stellar names in attendance will take the theme 'Goddess' very seriously when pondering what to wear. (Of course, many of those names already think they are Gods and Goddesses anyway!)

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Webby Awards Party.bomb:

The Mercury News reports organizers of the 'Webby Awards' have canceled their annual San Francisco event after a six-year run. The "Oscars of the Internet" as the organizers like to so humbly call themselves still will be announced June 5 via the web. But show organizers said they have been hit by a number of troubles, including the lousy economy, and now, travel fears related to war and SARS.

The reporter for The Mercury News went on to to say "that during the tech boom, the event created so much buzz that New York tried to steal it from San Francisco. But more recently, dot-bomb humor became its hallmark."

All we can say is good riddance.
Evins Communications and IT Managment in New Partnership:

(Press Release):NEW YORK, N.Y., April, 2003 – Evins Communications, Ltd.(“EVINS”), and It Management Global Corp. (“ITMG”), have forged a strategic partnership to provide marketing communications and public relations services both to established brands as well as to emerging brands. The announcement was made by Mathew L. Evins, Chairman and CEO of EVINS and by Janet Mick, Founder and President of ITMG. To ensure an integrated and cohesive partnership, ITMG has moved into EVINS’ offices on Madison Avenue. The two agencies, however, do not presently intend to combine their respective infrastructures, account personnel or clients.

The two firms, which worked together on several successful projects in the past, have joined forces to be able to service both iconic and established brands as well as incubator and emerging brands in the American marketplace. EVINS is well known for developing and implementing sophisticated marketing communications and public relations strategies and tactics for iconic and established brands. ITMG, Soho’s most creative marketing public relations agency, has an established reputation for creating and executing guerilla marketing communications and innovative public relations strategies and tactics to position incubator, emerging and trend brands in the American marketplace. Both agencies also have extensive expertise in launching and developing international brands and products in North America.

For more information contact:
Evins Communications - Naomi Burton Isaacs/Extension – 19
Phone: 212.688.8200/Fax: 212.935.6730 Email: – naomi.burtonisaacs@evins.com
IT Management Global Janet Mick, President
635 Madison Avenue, Suite 1402 New York, NY 10022 v 212 941 5595
Warehouse Sale at Boudoir New York:

(advertisment) Boudoir New York, a women's wear boutique in NoLita is having a sale May 2-4 from hours 12-7PM. The past Spring/Summer 2002 and Fall/Winter collections will be 70% off. Boudoir is located at 244 Mulberry Street (between Prince & Spring Streets). For more information call 212-963-9925 or visit their website at www.boudoirny.com

Friday, April 25, 2003

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show:

The Metropolitan Pavilion is the place to be today and tomorrow for what is always one of the best places to find anything your heart desires (in the vintage world, that is). The line was forming well before the opening hour (1pm) and the crowd descended on the booths like locusts.

I spotted hot young designer Behnaz Sarafpour combing the aisles hoping to get some inspiration (I assume), and Barneys New York's Simon Doonan showed up bright and early in order to hand deliver an enlarged cover of his new book, 'Wacky Chicks' to the booth of one of his wacky chicks - vintage dealer Sunny Chapman, who rated a mention, and whose collection is always worth checking out. What was she selling in the first hour? "Small mod vinyl bags, 60's coat and dress sets, several Geoffrey Beenes, some B.H.Wragges from the 60's, floaty chiffon dresses both long and short, and not much jewelry".

Amid the colorful, eclectic mix of clothing, bags, accessories, the dealers who stood out were Vicki Haberman, who had a Versace black leather motorcycle jacket decorated with gold buckles (a perfect example of the tough chic look that has inundated the runways) in addition to several Chanel cardigan coats; Eevalinna, the Floridian who always has some of the most colorful clothes and best straw bags; Foley & Corinna, whose assortment is always right on; What Comes Around Goes Around, who had among other items, a rare Pucci terry cloth 'poncho' from the 60's in beautiful shades of browns and orange; the fabulous assortment of bags - including some great ladylike crocodile and alligator purses, well priced, at Equator Studios; Joe Sundlie, who was selling several very mod looking items (including a pair of darling black and white Mary Janes); Barbara Kennedy, who had already sold a silver lame maillot from the 40's'; Metropolis- whose varied assortment always grabs my eye; and Ina Davidson's Buy-Gone Days, who was displaying a very chic and rare Erte black and white suit tfrom the 30's that was being sold with an Erte book illustrating the very same design.

By the way, an acquaintance of mine who happens to be a vintage dealer, told me that he attended the Andre Leon Talley book launch at Bergdorf Goodman this past week, and apparently, everyone who ate something there got sick! Surprising for such a tony store!

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Guest Op-Editorial from Christine Suppes, Editor of Fashionlines.com:

A Letter to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs from the President of France:

To Dominique de Villepin
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mon cher
You have been like a son to me, but sometimes even the most gifted of children go beyond the bounds of Cartesian rationality, not to speak of Anglo-Saxon common sense. My telephone now rings constantly. The complaints of hotel keepers, owners of vineyards and producers of luxury goods have one uniform outcry: "Where are les Americains?" They all give me the same message: "Jacques, we love you, but we all know that in these times, even for the best of Gaullists, les affaires must come first." The president of Madame Coco's once thriving enterprise has gone so far as to say, "If things don't change, they'll be calling us Chunnel because the business has gone underground."

And unfortunately, they continue by talking about you. "Just as we love you, Jacques, we love your pimpant foreign minister, even if his shoes and his valise always seem to have an Italian griffe. It's fine to let him talk and say the things he loves to say for the glory of France, but really Jacques, does it make any sense to let him say it in front of our best clients? We were wonderfully pleased to see that he has been spending time in Damascus and Cairo. After all, it isn't fashionable now to send them arms. But we can certainly send them the glory of France. And perhaps most importantly, our most important clients, les Americains will not be visiting there these days."

Mon Dieu, Dominique, you can see mon probleme. But I have la solution. You won't be happy with it, but it will have some advantages that I will mention. I am asking for your resignation as Foreign Minister, but appointing you as my personal envoy to the Middle East. As you and I both know, and the poor Americains do not, Damascus and Baghdad were the great centers of learning in the 9th century, three hundred years before Paris became the new center of philosophy and theology and the shores of America were occupied by le peau-rouge. Who but you could expound with equal facility politics and poetry? Who knows, you may soon be carrying in your valise your own translation of The Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam, or, to maintain the Cartesian image, your commentary on the mathematical philosophy of Ibrahim ibn Sinan.

Please call as soon as you reach Damascus. I eagerly await news of the young king.

I'll miss you more than you know, but as always and forever, Viva la France!

19th Annual Fashion/Beauty Industry Benefit by Citymeals-On-Wheels

( advertisment ) One of the most popular and well attended annual fashion benefits is being held this coming Monday May 5th at 6PM-9PM: at Martini's Restaurant, 810 Seventh Avenue. This year the honorees are Joan Kaner, Neiman Marcus and Mikki Taylor, Essence Magazine.

Come for the gourmet cuisine buffet & raffle and it is all for a great cause. A lot of fashion's biggest names support and show up for this event. The ticket price is reasonable so why not join the fun? Tkts: $200, Citymeals 212- 687-1234; 289-0420. (Must present ticket for admission).

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

A 'Goldin' Opportunity:

Anne Dee Goldin is a third generation furrier (Goldin Feldman was founded by her two grandfathers) who is intent on bringing a modern point of view to her company. Having already established herself through her thoroughly modern and signature mixes of the practical and luxurious, she has just launched her first accessories collection.

In addition to the disarmingly lightweight quality of the pieces (actually, 'weightless' is more like it), everything seemed to be designed with the idea of form and function and maximum practicality. The group that was on display in her showroom included a large selection of hats, fur collars, 'small' furs like boleros, vests, capelets, and shrugs, and sporty activewear such as the ski inspired hooded and fitted zip front parkas. ( By the way, she told me that small pieces are what's selling).

Best of all, Anne Dee has paid much attention to details (as they say: "God is in the details"). While many pieces are unlined, where there are linings, they are done in surprisingly bright solids or in whimsical and colorful prints. Many pieces reverse, and boast outer shells that are made of water resistant nylon.

Standouts included her 'to die for' and incredibly flattering pink powder puff coyote group (I especially loved the hat); the 3/4 sleeved red fox and stone marten collarless jacket with oversized buttons; the handsome 'Larchmont' duffle coat in tan canvas with leather trim; the pearlized silver, copper, or bronze metallic trenchcoats, bomber jackets, and matching 'crusher' hat; the silver fox collar lined in scarlet that can be worn at least three different ways; and her Chanel inspired wool boucle tweed fitted jacket and matching scarf trimmed with a 'fringe' of pale pink coyote (see photo above).

She is located at 150 West 30th street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10001, the telephone number is 212 239 0512, and the email address is: goldinfeldman@aol.com
Timba Loca Party & Benefit: Tuesday, April 29th, from 7pm until 11pm:

(Press Release) Timba Loca will be a vibrant, colorful Latin-themed party hosted by Lynda Lopez to celebrate life and good health, with a focus on Cuban music and dancing. The evening will include three floors of food, music and dancing. There will be fabulous, high-profile feature entertainment by Ballet Hispanico, Yerba Buena and Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, free dance lessons (salsa, merengue, mambo and tango) an auction, a raffle of exciting prizes, and VIP tables with decor by renowned designers. We expect 600 people to attend.

Proceeds raised from Timba Loca will allow the Center to research complementary, traditional and alternative remedies with rigor and integrity so that physicians have the evidence they need to incorporate them with conventional therapeutic options. Proceeds will also help the Center to expand its educational programs to make this more inclusive approach to healthcare available and understandable for both consumers and professionals.

Timba Loca will be held at Angel Orensanz, a beautiful New York landmark that evokes a dancehall in Old Havana. Angel Orensanz is located at 172 Norfolk Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets on the Lower East Side.

Tickets to Timba Loca are sold at the following levels:

•$10,000 Principal Sponsor Vice Chair Table/s (10 tickets) – entitles purchaser to specially designed VIP table at the event
•$5,000 Benefactor Vice Chair Table/s (10 tickets) – entitles purchaser to a VIP table at the event
•$1,000 Sponsor Tickets (2 tickets)
•$500 Patron Ticket/s
•$300 Supporter Ticket/s

For ticket information, please contact MF Productions at 212 243 7300. For press information, please contact Stephane Jaspar at 212-228-5555 or stephane@nadinejohnson.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

It's About Time:

Finally, 'gloves' were given their due in The New York Times ('Front Row' by Ruth La Ferla: "Gloves make a comeback, all style if not substance", April 22). I have been talking about the return of the glove for well over one month- as soon as the fall/winter 2003 shows were over, and I recently mentioned that I was completely surprised that Cathy Horyn did not single them out in her wrap up report done last month.

Actually, it was a no brainer. I knew gloves were destined to be one of the most talked about 'new' (or should I say 'new/old') accessories right after seeing them used in such a thoroughly young and modern way on Miuccia Prada's Milan runway.There is an entire generation of young women who have never given a thought to wearing gloves other than keeping one's hands warm in the dead of winter, but now they are as much a part of the whole picture as anything else one wears.

In fact, gloves are a relatively easy and inexpensive way to update what you have and make your time old staples look newly elegant and glamorous - for both day and night. And just think about this: you won't have to invest as much time and money on getting that perfect manicure! Chipped nails? No problem. Just find that perfect glove.

"Audrey Hepburn: The Beauty of Compassion" Event Raises $500,000:

To honor Audrey Hepburn's spirit of compassion and continue her mission to help children in need throughout the world, the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Parfums Givenchy, Town & Country magazine and Sotheby's organized and held last night a special evening, "Audrey Hepburn: The Beauty of Compassion." Proceeds from last night's event went to "All Children In School," an Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund initiative benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF educational programs. This ten year campaign is aimed at giving 120 million children in developing nations access to quality basic education, including the skills and knowledge they need to survive. Two thirds of these children are girls. The event included cocktails, an exhibit celebrating Miss Hepburn's life and career, a limited item auction of her personal belongings, and an exclusive dinner in Sotheby's Bid Brassiere.

The exhibit was a series of time capsules which represent Miss Hepburn's passions - her family, her love of the arts and beauty, her film career, her style, and her humanitarian work. All of the items, including drawings, letters, photographs, clothing and accessories, movie costumes and memorabilia, and video and audio clips, had been selected by the Audrey Hepburn Estate and curated specifically for this event. This is the first time such personal items of Audrey Hepburn's was shown in the United States.

The hottest item of the evening was Audrey Hepburn’s black crocodile “Kelly” Hermes handbag together with one pair of mid-length black, leather gloves. Bidding opened at $1,000 and bag sold for a staggering $36,000. The auction ended with a surprise item – Audrey’s brown crocodile “Kelly” Hermes handbag with one pair of mid-length brown, leather gloves. Although Today Show host Matt Lauer was out-bid by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey, who took the bag home for $25,000, he did walk away with a Balthus drawing that was given to Audrey Hepburn by Balthus in the summer of 1971. His winning bid was $7,000.

Other highlights included a Hubert de Givenchy ball gown, hand-embroidered in San Gallo, Switzerland, designed specifically for Audrey Hepburn for the film Funny Face which brought $17,000 and her Louis Vuitton beauty case which sold for $23,000 after a fierce bidding battle.

Monday, April 21, 2003

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

FRIDAY APRIL 25th 1:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
SATURDAY APRIL 26th ~ 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
BETWEEN 6th and 7th AVE. ADMISSION $ 20.00

(Press Release) Come meet artist, filmmaker and vintage dealer Sunny Chapman (Booth 8), one of the 14 wild and wonderful women profiled in best selling author Simon Doonan's latest book Wacky Chicks: Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women. Quoted in a feature article about Wacky Chicks in the May 2003 W, Doonan says " Wacky chicks use style as a missile-defense system. Radical Style gives women power in the world, and authority." In the Sunday April 20 New York Post article Doonan says "People say that style and fashion are veryoppressive to women. But the reality is that fashion and interior design have created what social workers call safe space for wacky chicks to do their thing."

Among the astoundingly creative, wacky women in the fashion world, Doonan lists Coco Chanel, Pauline Trigere, Betsey Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo and Donna Karan. Speaking of Donna Karan, here's what she has to say about Simon "Simon is a male Lucille Ball." (a book jacket quote). Also on the book jacket is this quote from fabulously funny and wonderfully wacky Sandra Bernhard "Once again, Simon Doonan paints a madcap landscape, filled with colorful characters. Well, you know, he's a funny man." If your inner wacky chick is longing to live la vida loca, let Sunny give your wardrobe some wacky panache with a witty piece or two from her eccentric collection.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

'Easter Parade':

Well, it was not quite like the idyllic Easter Parades of yore, or the 'Easter Parade' as seen in the iconic movie by the same name. I haven't attended an Easter Parade in several years, but decided to do so this year partially because the weather was so inviting. It was basically a sea of poorly dressed slobs, tourists, gawkers, and the predictable and expected 'takes '- but there were some bright moments. A young, adorable girl clad in a jeans jacket and a birdcage with a real bird chirping inside (see photo above); an elegant and very fashionably attired young woman (see photo) in a pastel cheongsam, elbow length gloves, and parasol; a few over the top and funny bonnets and corresponding outfits (see photo). Not surprisingly, the most 'dressed up' of the crowd were a pair of cross-dressers (see photo) who looked as if they had been studying recent runways and decided to pile it all on at once. Ahh, Spring in New York!

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Heads Up!

Philip Treacy Salon at Bergdorf Goodman

Almost nothing symbolizes the welcome arrival of spring in New York (well, for a certain well heeled segment of the population that is), like the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, which takes place in, and benefits the Central Park Conservancy. Always scheduled for the first Wednesday in May, which this year falls on May 7th , the event, which is marking its 21st anniversary, is also celebrating the 150th birthday of the Park.

Around 1,000 or so of the best dressed ladies about town (who pay anywhere from about $350 to over $2000 for the privilege of attending) don their best suits- and their finest hats- for the yearly occasion about which has been said, “it never rains”. Those looking for the perfect chapeau happen to be in luck this week, as one of the world’s most celebrated milliners, see photo of Philip Treacy, is in New York, holed up on Tuesday and Wednesday on the 4th floor of Bergdorf Goodman, where he is personally fitting those who want to make a ‘heady’ statement. Afterwards, the hats will be ensconced back on the main floor in the hat department.

The salon was made to look as whimsical and fantastical as Philip’s hats, headbands, and handbags, which boast Andy Warhol icons, flowers, butterflies, feathers, and jewels (see photo above). They range in price from a mere $75 for a Teflon coated baseball cap from the pop art Andy Warhol group (I of course, loved all the ‘Marilyn’ items - see photo) all the way up to $2,855 for an enormous white straw hat with sculptural black organza flowers. There is even an eye catching Swarovski encrusted fedora, which though for display only, can be ordered (they couldn’t even estimate the price tag on that number).

While I was there, a woman who was planning to attend the Frederick Law Olmsted Luncheon, was tempted to try on several of the over the top styles, and I asked her if she was choosing the hat first- then the outfit, or vice versa. She replied that she was going to wear either a white Chanel suit (which would look good with anything really), or a Pucci dress (in which case she would select something solid to match). Like I said, this event is serious business!

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Radar Magazine Party

Last night was the New Creator/Radar Magazine Party by Henri Bendel & M.A.C. Cosmetics hosted by Maer Roshan, Candace Bushnell & Ed Burstell and celebrating designers Alice Roi, Emma Cook, Hamish Morrow, Valeria Siniouchkina and Vasseur Esquivel.

About 400 mostly twenty-somethings & nothings were crowded in to sip cocktails, watch videos of the designers' fashion shows and celebrate the long awaited debut of Radar Magazine. The crowd was the usual mix of suspects and posers: everyone from Michael Musto, who paraded himself around all night with his mini-entourage in tow; Papermag Mickey Boardman looking his usual splendid self, Lizzy Grubman without her car keys, to those two guys of dubious media credentials who live for nothing else but to attend every event where the drinks are free. Best moment of the evening: Rose Hartman being denied entrance. Best quote of the evening came from the head of a top fashion pr firm: "Who is Maer Roshan?"

Founder of Radar Maer Roshan, who showed up with Tina Brown, says Radar "will noisily demand its place at center stage (and) will fearlessly cover celebrities..." Fearlessly cover celebrities? We still don't know whether to laugh first or cry over that statement. Anyway, as Tina Brown is so fond of saying and we reminded her of when we spoke to her last night start-ups are not for kids. She laughed at us and walked away while being unrecognized by most everyone in the room. But we do wish Maer good luck. And if not good luck, then more funding.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Spring Has Sprung at Eye Candy:

One of my favorite shops and one that always lives up to its name is Eye Candy, located at 329 Lafayette Street 10012 (212 343-4275). I paid a visit over the weekend, and it literally cried out,‘Spring Has Sprung’. From the jam filled windows complete with oversized ‘flowers’ to the eclectic offerings inside which includes mod 60’s costume jewelry and tiaras, shoes (check out the clear plastic ‘Cinderella’ pumps), hats (for men and women), handbags (like the quirky butterfly emblazoned white wicker version), and flower printed clothing (I especially liked the 60’s floral sundress). And in a season where gloves mark the return to 50’s elegance, they always have some of the best around. It must also be noted that their prices are very very reasonable!

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Michael Boris Previews Collection

Michael Boris claims he knew that he wanted to design since the age of 6. Though he never studied fashion design, he did win a scholarship to New York City's Trap Hagen School of Design where he studied illustration and at the ripe age of 20 (he is now 43), opened his first clothing store in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Though he currently owns and operates a business located at 16 east 79th street (212 452 0138 by appointment only), and a store in Rhinebeck, it seems likely that his presence will also be felt at retail. Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus, in addition to a select group from the press- and of course his customers- were on hand at an informal cocktail party and showing of his spring/summer 2003 collection, which took place in the modern, art filled Park Avenue apartment of one of his customers. It was a treat, and oh so civilized, and was the perfect venue for his elegant, classic designs that as he admits, are not necessarily "reinventing the wheel." And that is not his aim. His aim is to make "beautiful clothing."

It is also not cheap. Prices retail from about $690 for a blouse and $4800 for a dress, and go higher for select items. It was fun seeing past modeling stars like Liz Lee and Marianna (still looking beautiful as always) and standouts included the white wool gabardine trench coat photo with black skirt, a silk toile jacket worn with corset top and black gabardine trousers, a brocade mandarin collar crop top shown with a brown organza cargo pant photo, and the white stretch cotton fitted shirt with olive double faced satin skirt with cargo pockets (see photo at top).

The models also wore some simply stunning diamond & sapphire jewelry provided for the show by the Vivid Collection, 592 Fifth Avenue. One necklace alone was valued at over a million dollars. Publicity for the event was handled ably by Ian MacKintosh and his staff of ILIAD Communications & Production.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Pieces of the 'Puzzle':

Considering the strange, perplexing, and puzzling times we are currently in, I suppose it shouldn't have been surprising that the second highest price for an item of clothing at today's Doyle New York Couture Textiles and Accessories Auction did not go for a Norell, a Fortuny, a Dior, or a Worth, but for a rather moddish 'Rare La Multirobe Puzzle Dress'. What was most interesting about this number, which was estimated at fetching between $1,800 and $2,000 and ended up at $7,000- was that it was made of approximately 250 chocolate brown vinyl puzzle pieces from which you could design your own dress of choice- thanks to an accompanying set of directions. The highest price was $8,500, which went for a 60's Yves St. Laurent sequined mini dress, which far exceeded its estimate of $3,000-$5,000!

Monday, April 07, 2003

A Sign of the Times:

Fashion Group International held its Fall/Winter 2003 American & European RTW Audio-Visual Presentations today and boy, is it ever obvious how the current world situation has effected us. Not only did attendees have to present photo id's before entering the Time & Life Building where the event was held, but once inside, the lobby resembled an airport more than an office building - we all had to put our bags through a metal detector conveyer belt.

The twice yearly presentation, which serves to talk about the season's biggest trends, also has a post slide show panel discussion with a group of the industry's pros....moderated by somebody different each time. Today's 'guest' moderator was Ralph Rucci, who admitted he had never attended one of these events before. Among the topics of discussion were the effect of world affairs on the business of fashion, how magazines mix fantasy and reality, how they 'edit' each season, what the stores feel will be their 'best bets' going forward, and more. You can hear more about it during this coming week's New York Industry Fashion Report.
Subject: Funny...

Here's a good quote from Chris Rock that puts some things into perspective!

"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S.of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon.'

Need I say more?"

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Review of Roberto Dutesco Exhibition

Sarah Valdez reviews fashion photographer Roberto Dutesco new work "The Wild Horses of the Sable Islands" a photo exhibition hosted by The French Cultural Association at the United Nations. A fashion photographer shooting horses? Click here for the full review.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Only in Hong Kong?

Atypical masks for atypical pneumonia in an atypically unique city

(The following article was posted on March 27th by gweilodiaries.com We are not sure if it is fact or fiction but either way it is pretty funny.)

War may have just broken out in Iraq, and a contagious pneumonia is on the loose, but Hong Kong people can't seem to get enough of their beloved designer labels. On Saturday, Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong released a limited edition atypical pneumonia mask, specially for the Hong Kong market, in super-soft Connolly leather with a monogrammed sterling silver clasp. This luxurious and unfeasibly comfortable mask comes with a matching protective case to allow its users to store it away safely in their Kelly bags without contaminating their shatoosh shawls. At a retail price of HK$1,800 (approximately US$230), one would have expected these to be more of a publicity stunt than a serious retail proposition, but by Saturday lunchtime, all 88 limited edition masks had been sold.

Across town in the sprawling Gucci boutique, the company spokesperson said that they would be shortly releasing a designer mask as an addition to their summer 2003 accessories range. She declined to mention details, except to say that it would of course be in black and would incorporate the Gucci buckle. A Hong Kong tai-tai (the local equivalent of ladies-who-lunch) in the store at that time said that she was eagerly awaiting its release and had put herself down on the waiting list, adding "Everyone knows that black is the new Burberry". Burberry, meanwhile, has not as yet brought out a mask and says that it has no immediate plans to do so, but fake Burberry masks can already be found across the border in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, where Hong Kong people and visiting tourists go for day trips to stock up on fake goods. For just RMB10 US$1.25), one can get a surgical mask with a Burberry check trim and some functional yet rather fetching beige elastic earloops. This correspondent bought a box of twenty, and was given a free "men's hold-all", which despite its uncanny resemblance to a toiletries bag appears to be hugely popular with the local menfolk.

All this consumerism may appear to be frivolous, especially in times such as these, but it does emphasize the breathtaking speed at which the fashion industry reacts to the latest news and trends. Mainstream and luxury goods retailers are increasingly capitalizing on current affairs in order to come up with killer fads. And where else to do this than in a city full of fashionistas: as a Hong Kong advertising executive put it, "When you have a cutting edge, never-seen-before virus, you've got to fight it with a cutting edge, never-seen-before mask. Designer masks for designer viruses".

Back at Louis Vuitton, a tai-tai (lady who does lunch) who had bought two of the limited edition masks - presumably one for herself and one for her husband - wandered back into the store yesterday to say how much she loved her new mask and how jealous the other members of her lunch group were. Before speaking she of course had to unclasp the Louis Vuitton Connolly leather mask that she was wearing... and then reached down to unclasp the second Louis Vuitton Connolly leather mask that her pet poodle Benzie was wearing.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Doyle New York to Hold Highly Anticipated Auction of Vintage Dresses, Costume Jewelry and Accessories

(Norman Norrell)

Doyle New York Celebrates 20 Years of Vintage Fashion at Auction: 1983–2003:
NEW YORK (PRESS RELEASE) – On Wednesday, April 9 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Couture, Accessories and Textiles offering hundreds of creations by the world’s most famed couturiers. In addition to an extensive selection of dresses, suits and ensembles, the sale will include important costume jewelry, handbags and accessories, as well as a selection of American, European and Asian textiles. The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, April 5 through Monday, April 7. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

Among the distinguished designers represented in the auction are Chanel, John Galliano, Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Pierre Balmain, Pauline Trigère, Fortuny, Norman Norell, Courrèges, Geoffrey Beene, Galanos and Worth

In 1983, Doyle New York pioneered the evaluation and appreciation of important vintage couture with the auction of the couture collection of socialite Hope Hampton. Since then Doyle has grown to become the world’s premier auctioneer of vintage couture and accessories. Fashion designers, Hollywood celebrities, museum curators, film producers and prominent social figures eagerly anticipate Doyle’s semiannual sales. Last fall, luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue celebrated the enduring artistry of couture in the windows of its flagship store showcasing gowns from Doyle New York’s auction, and by co-hosting a series of Vintage Couture Caravan appraisal days at Saks stores in New York, Chicago, Houston and Beverly Hills.

Linda Donague, 212-427-4141, ext. 208, couture@DoyleNewYork.com