Saturday, December 20, 2003

That Vintage Season: Happy Holidays from Resurrection Vintage

To celebrate the holidays, one of the most celebrated vintage shops - Resurrection Vintage (www.resurrectionvintage.com, 217 Mott Street NYC and 8006 Melrose Avenue- LA) is holding their 4th annual Holiday Toy Drive through December 24, which serves to ‘Give the gift of reading to NYC & LA Kids.’ All you have to do is bring in a new children’s book, and you will receive 15% off all vintage clothing purchases.

And speaking about books, they have also installed a large selection of rare books on fashion (1940-2000), under the category of ‘Eye Read’. Included in the inventory are books on such fashion luminaries as David Bailey, Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Antonio Lopez, Ossie Clark, Christian Dior, Yves St. Laurent, Zandra Rhodes, Balenciaga, Irving Penn, Mary Quant, Paul Poiret, Paco Rabanne, and more. For a complete list of titles, click on to www.resurrectionvintage.com.

Happy Reading and Happy Shopping!

- Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Press Launch of ebay's Online Style Magazine:


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A press luncheon was given yesterday at the Mandarin Oriental hotel to celebrate the launch of www.ebay.com/personalstyle ebay's first online style Magazine. The lunch was hosted by Constance White who is the style editor of the magazine.

About 75 people showed up in spite of the bad weather. Among of the better known fashionistas in attendance were author Tiffany Dubin, designers Stephen Burrows, Adrienne Landau, and Yeohlee, Robin Givhan the fashion editor of the Washington Post, and fashion stylist Philip Bloch (he is also a contributor to the magazine)

For more information contact Anna Ossowski at Kaplow Communications 212-221-1713 or Constance White at cowhite@ebay.com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Results of Doyle New York's Couture Auction:

The top lots from the December 10 couture auction, along with the prices, are as follows:

Lot 555: YSL for Dior Jacket: $23,900.

Lot 464: Fortuny Black and Ivory Coat: $14,340.

Lot 462: Chanel Beige Manteau: $10,157.50

Lot 495: Revillon Leopard Coat: $8,365.

Lot 712: Lacroix Ballgown: $6,871.25

Lot 594: Norell Empire Gown: $6,572.50

Lot 622: Giorgio di Sant'Angelo Mesh: $6,572.50

Lot 478: Schiaparelli Navy Dress: $5,975.

Lot 494: Maximillian Broadtail Coat: $5,676.25

Lot 708: Blass Feather Baby Doll Dress: $5,676.25

Lot 709: Blass Ostrich Baby Doll Dress: $5,377.50

Lot 835: Hermes Tan Ostrich Kelly Bag: $5,078.75


the next auction is to be held on April 21, here are some early highlights:

The spring 2004 Couture auction features numerous exquisite examples of both American and European fashion design and construction. From the personal collection of the Marquesa de San Damian is a selection of couture from the early 1960s, including Givenchy’s backless bulb dress, a unique floral beaded Pucci shift dress, Dior couture ensembles from autumn/winter 1961, a jeweled bodice gown and metallic striped pant suit from Valentino's first collection, and other inspired outfits by Balenciaga and Chanel. From the estate of designer Pauline Trigere are items from her private museum collection, among them a pearl embroidered champagne satin halter dress from 1950 and a floral print cotton beach ensemble. English designer Ossie Clark, celebrated in a recent retrospective at London’s V&A Museum, is represented by an early 1970s black chiffon wrap long dress with a Celia Birtwell tulip discharge print. Also featured is Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s early 1980s grey wool stylised Crombie double-breasted coat for World's End. American luxury is represented by Galanos, Norell, Giorgio di Sant Angelo and Claire McCardell among others. A highlight of the early pieces in the auction is Paul Poiret’s rare shimmering metallic weave lime and gold shantung aba, an example of which is illustrated in Poiret by Yvonne Deslandres. In addition, the sale includes handbags by Hermes and Pucci, cases by Louis Vuitton, and a fine assortment of costume jewelry, accessories and world textiles.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Too Much Information?

Talk about too much information. Yesterday’s New York Post featured a column in Page Six, ‘Kimora’s computerized closet’, where we were all treated to an in depth description of some of Kimora Lee Simmons’ personal possessions and other ‘inside’ information- which had been recently reported in Harper’s Bazaar. I for one, could not only care LESS about any of this, but it succeeded in reinforcing my already negative opinion of this publicity crazy, egotistic, materialistic, self involved, and over the top wife of Russell Simmons who not only fails in her attempts to design (in my opinion), but who also tends to show a bit too much of herself in public (a recent shot of her at some gala had her looking no better than a common- though expensively dressed- street walker). Ugh!

According to the article, in addition to her 49,000 square foot mansion in Saddle River, N.J. complete with 15 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a 15 seat screening room, she has an “eye popping assortment of jewelry” (including a 25 carat Asscher-cut diamond that “looks like you’re wearing a light bulb on your finger”), owns two Bentleys, a Mercedes SUV, a Range Rover, and is “eyeing a new Ferrari”, has “the world’s biggest collection of Louis Vuitton bags and so many clothes- including 300 pairs of jeans and piles of Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Chanel shoes- that she’s having every item in her closet catalogued on computer”. She also has five maids, four assistants, two live-in nannies, a chef and two drivers, and her trainer, hairstylist, and makeup artists are on call. How’s that for some sobering information? I guess you can say that she almost single handedly keeps the fashion and beauty industry in business.

-Posted by Marilyn Kirschner


Saturday, December 13, 2003

7thonSixth's "The Daily" Going Online:



We hear from an inside source that "The Daily" a tabloid magazine published daily during 7thonSixth fashion weeks both in NY and LA by IMG is now set to go online with an all-year-round internet edition. Brandusa Niro, the editor of "The Daily" has been anxious to get an online version of "The Daily" up for some time. As many of you may remember, Brandusa was the original editor of Fashionwiredaily.com who was fired over a year ago after a change in management at the website. Perhaps this is going to be a little pay back time as she seems set to compete with FWD.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Spring Has Sprung:


Luella Bartley Leather Satchel

Well, on 56th street, anyway. Neiman Marcus just unveiled what they consider to be ‘the best of Fashion Accessories for Spring 2004’ at the Chambers Hotel, hosted by Ken Downing, Vice President Corporate Public Relations and Sandra Wilson, Accessories Fashion Director. As usual, the duo set up camp in one of the modernist hotel’s suites, filling the rooms not with furniture, but with the shoes, scarves, bags, jewelry, and lingerie that they feel strongly about for the coming season.

What a nice treat on a dark rainy December day, to walk in and view the colorful and appealing prints and patterns (including florals, butterflies, an array of eye- catching and graphic versions from the house of Pucci, and Prada’s Venice travel prints); a well edited selection of Tanner Kroll and Luella Bartley bags (including the latter’s must have, classic, and timeless luggage leather satchel - see photo above); couture quality sports inspired shoes and bags (“sports are an entire category” proclaimed Ms. Wilson) which also included some really chic Chanel sneakers and some of the new and well priced offerings from Juicy Couture; linear and long drop earrings from Filigrani, Jose Barrera and Miguel Assis; and a very seductive display of girlie/romantic lingerie (especially corsets and bras) by La Perla, Bas Bleu, and Cadolle that are quite frankly, too pretty to hide. Of course, that is precisely the point- this season is all about underwear as outerwear, as seen on some of the most influential runways around the world- not the least of which was Proenza Schouler who did it in a completely un-vulgar way.

What else is high on Neiman’s list? The color yellow (all shades), shades of green (from grass green to offbeat lime and chartreuse), black and white (as in spectator shoes and bags) nude and flesh toned accessories, exotic leather and snakeskin, and let us not forget - gold and anything else that sparkles, shines, and glitters ( see photo ) . In fact, spring will be a time to shine if Neiman’s has anything to say about it (as of course, they always do).

-reported by Marilyn Kirschner


Monday, December 08, 2003

COUTURE, TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES AUCTION



Featuring Two Centuries of Important Fashion
by the World’s Legendary Couturiers


Auction: Wednesday, December 10 at 10am
Exhibition: December 6 – 8
Contact: Clair Watson
212-427-4141, ext 603
couture@DoyleNewYork.com

(catalogue notes) In 1983, Doyle New York pioneered the couture and accessories auction category, and over the last twenty years has grown to become the world’s premier auction house offering vintage couture. The December auction will feature among its highlights the personal collection of Martha Phillips and Lynn Manulis, the owners of the legendary Park Avenue boutique, Martha. As one of the foremost arbiters of fashion for two decades, the store introduced many designers to the American public, including Valentino, Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo and Patrick Kelly, in addition to highlighting such prominent designers as Norell and Galanos. This extraordinary private collection from Palm Beach features over 200 designs dating from the 1960s through the 1980s and includes exquisite creations by Valentino, Norell, Galanos, Stavropolous, Chanel, Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo, Halston and many others, as well as handbags by Chanel and minaudi√®res by Judith Leiber. One of the collection's highlights is a stunning one-of-a-kind crystal encrusted evening gown by Norell.

Property from other collections includes a rare 1920s Orientalist chemise dress by Germaine Couture, an asymmetrical evening gown by Schiaparelli, and a stunning 1953 black satin and velvet evening coat by Charles James from the collection of Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum, formerly Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. The sale will also offer fine costume jewelry, including pieces from the collection of film star Joan Crawford, as well as a selection of American, European and Asian textiles

Friday, December 05, 2003

Lookonline.com Celebrates 9 Years Online:



(Invitation to December 1 1994 Launch/Benefit Party)

Since the official launch on December 1, 1994 as a BBS dial-up service, the Lookonline has been online for over 9 years. In fact, we were a BBS service by subscription first beginning in late 1993 and in March of 1995 we began a website (under another domain name) in addition to our BBS site. Later in 1995 we discontinued our BBS service and concentrated on developing our website using our own domain name lookonline.

Our official launch was a party/benefit called "CyberTaste" for the "Charge Against Hunger" program from American Express and Share Our Strength on December 1, 1994 (see above invitation) The event was held at Sony Plaza at 550 Madison Avenue in New York. Over 850 members of the press & public attended the opening that featured 13 chefs from top New York Restaurants serving their signature dishes; a designer auction, wine tasting, desserts, and a live Jazz orchestra. According to officials at Sony, it was one of the largest, if not the largest event ever held to this day at the Sony Plaza's Atrium. Major Sponsors for the event included American Express, Food & Wine Magazine, Tourneau, Romana Sambuca, Coca Cola Bottling Company of NY, Georgette Klinger, Colorite, and Sony Plaza.

Lookonline.com is the longest running online fashion publication in the world. We have not always garned the attention or notoriety of some other sites, but those in the industry who have followed our development over the years know we helped pioneer the use of the internet in providing real time coverage of fashion events, regularly scheduled video reports, market reports, editorial cartoons and original runway and event photography long before there were sites like Style.com or Fashionwiredaily.

We again want to thank all of our many contributors who over the past 9 years have helped our site grow and prosper. We will continue to work hard at improving the site.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Launch of BergdorfGoodman.com:

(Press Release) NEW YORK, December 3, 2003 - Bergdorf Goodman, the premier specialty retailer, has unveiled www.BergdorfGoodman.com. The highly visual, informational site enables customers worldwide to experience the excitement that's been at the heart of Bergdorf Goodman's traditional in-store business for 103 years.

The new site contains three key fashion areas. The Men's and Women's sections, which draw primarily upon images from the Bergdorf Goodman magazine, include a sampling of designer Collections, as well as pages devoted to shoes, handbags, beauty, jewelry & accessories and decorative home. The third area, titled Very Bergdorf, showcases key items and launches an exclusive selection of gifts as presented in the 2003 Holiday gifts catalog. The content of the site will be updated regularly to reflect the schedule and the arrival of new collections.

Each page of the new site includes an area where consumers can request the Bergdorf Goodman magazine, and sign up to receive Bergdorf Goodman news via e-mail as well as special invitations to designer personal appearances and trunk shows. A complete listing of events - including dates, times and locations - can be found in a designated Events section, where consumers can RSVP directly to any of the events listed.

For more information contact: Lisa Carparelli, 212-484-7634

eBay's First Online Fashion Magazine:

There will be a special luncheon Wednesday December 17th to celebrate the launch of "Personal Style" a new online fashion magazine edited by Constance White for eBay. Constance is a 14-year veteran of the fashion industry. Most recently she was a correspondent and the fashion news anchor for Metro Tv's Full Frontal Fashion. White was founding fashion director and a contributing writer for Talk magazine. Prior to joining Talk, she was a style reporter for The New York Times. Previously, she was Executive fashion editor of Elle magazine. She has also written for Essence magazine, The International Herald Tribune and British Vogue.

For more information about the lunch or to RSVP call Lindsay Reich at 212-221-1713.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Registration for OLYMPUS FASHION WEEK

The Fall 2004 Collections
FEBRUARY 6-13, 2004


It is, can you believe, already that time again to register for the upcoming New York RTW shows. Go to WWW.OLYMPUSFASHIONWEEK.COM and click on "press registration". Registration deadline is December 19th, 2003. For more information or questions contact Jacquie Kelleher at 7on6prod6@IMGWORLD.COM,