Saturday, October 30, 2010


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Sixty years ago, the house of Cardin was founded and a legend was born. At eighty-eight years old, Pierre Cardin is a living legend who still has a lot of creativity to unleash and still has something to say about fashion. Friday night, Cardin let his voice be heard at the showing of his Spring 2011 collection at Milk Studios. Racking up about two hundred outfits, the word collection may be a gross understatement. The show and the music were a bit slow paced for that kind of volume which resulted in a forty minute runway presentation.

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“I wanted to do something different,” Cardin said. Well, he did and he always has. That’s what makes him so unique. He has always pushed the envelope in terms of design by disregarding the practical and conventional. This collection stayed the course crossing the boundaries of “normal” or “standard.”

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The show seemed to progress chronologically through the decades, but it jumped around a bit so just when it felt like a pattern had been established, an unexpected transition happened (like the modern day Marie Antoinette oval-shaped hoop skirts). One look that was repeated throughout the show was the “Barbarella” unisex unitards modeled side by side on a male and a female.

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A student of architecture before he found his place in fashion, Cardin’s love for geometry remained intact and the circle shape took center stage. Grommets poked holes in boys’ and girls’ chests, layered hoops created funnel shaped shift dresses, angled ruffles ran like Jupiter’s rings around the body.

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Some dresses were draped and cut in a way that created an orblike shape. Cardin used color brilliantly. His palette ranged from shocking pink, intense teal and slicker yellow to muted midtones and neutrals. Somehow, it all worked.

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Overall, the show was a fun, colorful and avant-garde mix of shapes and fabrics. In other words, it was very Cardin. When it came to accessories, Cardin did not disappoint. Each hat, handbag, sunglass and necklace was more interesting than the next. Bags came in all shapes, but usually jumbo size while sunglasses were sleek and robotic. The millinery was so magnificent that even the “plunger” cap looked adorable.

Stacy Lomman with Mr. Cardin at the reception

Afterward, Mr. Cardin posed for some photos and made an appearance downstairs at the cocktail reception. He looked energized and happy, but perhaps a bit nervous. “What are they saying?” he asked. Only good things.

-Stacy Lomman

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fashion Group International's 27th Annual Night of Stars: "The Globalists"

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OMG! Just when you think the Fashion Group International may have finally run out of superstars and iconic figures to honor for their annual Night of Stars Gala (after all, they’ve been finding new and worthy names for the last 27 years), they come up with yet another deserving and celebrated list.

Marisa Berenson & Pierre Cardin (All photos: Randy Brooke for

This year, they used “The Globalists” as their overall umbrella, giving new meaning to global warming. And not just because it was so unseasonably warm and balmy outside, but because inside Cipriani Wall Street, the invited guests were basking in the warm glow of super stars, icons, and legends from the worlds of fashion, beauty, entertainment, and architecture. Let’s face it, you don’t get more iconic than the ageless Pierre Cardin who was given his Board of Directors Legend Award by the glorious and also ageless Marisa Berenson. The très magnfique iconic model looked dazzling in a fabulous architectural dress, one of many of the famed designer’s creations that will be presented at a formal runway show at Milk Studio tonight.

Jennifer Connelly & Nicolas Ghesquiere

And then there was Nicolas Ghesquiere, one of the fashion world’s most revered and respected designers, who was awarded his Superstar Award by the gorgeous Academy Award winning Jennifer Connelly, a muse and loyal customer; beauty ‘legend’ Frederic Fekkai was awarded his Beauty Award by Calvin Klein; ‘Brand Visionary’ Diego Della Valle had dear friend Richard Gere, took the stage to do the honors - this was also one of the more entertaining moments of the night; Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza and Albert Kriemler for Akris were the Star Honorees for Fashion - presenters were Anna Wintour & Bee Shaffer in the case of the former, Stefano Tonchi for the latter;

Lookonline editor Marilyn Kirschner

The Entertainment Award went to Janie Bryant (Presenter - Simon Kneen); the Architecture Award went to Rafael And Diana Vinoly (Presenters - Calvin Tsao & China Machado); Corporate Leadership Award was presented by Anna Sui to Glen Senk for Urban Oufitters; the Lord & Taylor Fashion Oracle Award was handed to Nina Garcia by Michael Kors; and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was there to give his dear friend Evelyn Lauder, the Humanitarian Award.

China Machado

By the way, speaking of ageless, in an industry (actually, I should say industries: both fashion and entertainment), where it’s seemingly all about the young (being young, staying young, looking young), it was interestingly a night which proved that many things (and many people) do get better with age and being 70, 80, or 90 hardly means it’s all over. At 88, Pierre Cardin was the ‘coolest’ guy in the room and China Machado, the exotic 60's supermodel and Avedon muse, turned Harper’s Bazaar Senior Fashion Editor (whom I worked with at Harper’s Bazaar in the 70’s), looked positively radiant.

FGI's Margaret Hayes

FGI President Margaret Hayes began by lauding the “12 extraordinary talents - Globalists in fashion beauty and architecture - who inspire us to act globally". Then the always amusing and unique Simon Doonan took the stage and asked, “What is a globalist”? “I have no idea” he jokingly answered but said that because they are all in the media spotlight, they could all use a personal mantra to help them ‘cope’. Inexplicably, he decided to ‘award’ each honoree his or her own personal mantra, inspired by the Jersey Shore nicknames: Nicolas Guesquiere - the Prince of Paramus; Albert Kriemler - Tan Jovi; Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough - The Condition; Rafael Vinoly - Bones; Diana Vinoly - The Body; Frederic Fekkai - The Operation; Diego Della Valle- The Tricep; Janie Bryant- The Opportunity; Evelyn Lauder - Kookie, Pierre Cardin - The Impact; Nina Garcia - The Paris Hilton of Trenton.

Linda Fargo fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman

After dinner and dessert was served, the awards began. These are some highlights of what followed:

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour

- Anna Wintour on the team of Proenza Schouler: “You make a bag everyone knows yet everyone wants”. “You may be sitting at the ‘grown-up’ table but you are still the sweet young talented kids we first met” (daughter Bee enthused, “your designs are instantly cool”.)

- Mayor Bloomberg telling the assembled crowd that Evelyn Lauder, a member of FGI for 20 years who “led the charge in the war against cancer” and has raised about “35 million - this past year alone”, is “impossible to say no to - don’t even try”.

- Diana Vinoly on her rather hard to miss green layered chiffon Issey Miyake dress: "To mix fashion and architecture, I chose a "building of a dress".

- Richard Gere talking about what a fabulous, warm person and good friend Diego Della Valle is, saying it was a “very special evening” and then joking “I think I just bought 26% of Saks tonight- the check’s in the mail.” “I don’t know about fashion but thanks to Calvin Klein I know about black t shirts and white underwear. And I know about shoes. Diego gave me a pair of brown suede shoes (with those little nubs on the bottom) and I nursed them for 10 years. I agreed to present him with this award tonight if he promised to give me another pair of shoes. Hopefully they will last at least 10 years.”

Evelyn Lauder

- Marisa Berenson telling the assembled guests that it was an honor to celebrate “60 years of an amazing and immense career and life.” “Pierre Cardin has always said that taste is not enough - you have to be touched by grace and have style”. He has no boundaries or limitations. His name radiates globally on everything. His passion is limitless. He is a wise man and completely free man. He has always made the most of everything.” (For his part, Pierre Cardin took to the stage speaking quickly and only in French).

Calvin Klein

- Calvin Klein describing Frederic Fekkai as a “rare combination of talent and charisma”, citing his “good looks, and “that sexy accent”. “He had a very specific vision for his business and he made it happen. No one has a more stellar clientele. He’s like Warren Beatty but with a better accent” (that got the most laughs of the night). He spoke of the “complete and utter magic of his talent” - the ability to “make women look amazing” and quoted him as saying “When I run my hands thru a woman’s hair, I have a sense of who she should be.”

- Frederic Fekkai admitted that he wouldn’t “be here without Calvin Klein”, who suggested to Ira Neimark many years ago that he open a Frederic Fekkai boutique at Bergdorf Goodman.

- Michael Kors on Nina Garcia: “Style has been a part of Nina’s life since day 1. Thanks to four best selling style guides and Project Runway, she has “rewritten what a style editor’s role should be”.

- Jennifer Connelly: “I LOVE Nicholas Guesquiere. His designs are timelessly classic and quintessentially modern. He’s a rare and special creature; fun and funny, and just a little bit wicked. He is brave, a perfectionist, and an artist.”

- Nicolas Guesquiere: “I am touched by your words. It’s a great celebration tonight and it’s always great to celebrate fashion. I have the highest respect for the past recipients. Cristobal Balenciaga brought a radical point of view and 80 years later, I am happy to keep this dream alive.”

Tory Burch

At the end, Simon Doonan took the stage and said that he left out Margaret Hayes’ personal mantra: “Last Call”. “Thanks for coming and go home.” And everyone did, with a wonderful gift bag in tow.

-Marilyn Kirschner

Diane Clehane
Madeline Communications

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ann Taylor Spring 2011 ... Light, Bright and Quite Creative

Ann Taylor speaks with a fresh, young voice across the new collection, embracing sportswear, dresses, bridal and accessories. The event location, specifically chosen to showcase the new offerings; i.e., the fantastic, top floor-through space of The Gramercy Park Hotel, filled to the brim with flowers of every size, shape and color, and giving some pretty incredible views of New York City, not to mention all of the champagne and goodies, to invited guests - was a most appropo environment for the pieces on view this time around.

Although there is still the de rigueur, classical feeling here; for which this retailer is well known, there is much creativity and a nod to a new kind of fashion on board. While the full clothing and accessories collection is worth a second look, the capsule bridal line -- absolutely beautiful and definitely affordable for brides of all ages, mothers of the brides and bridal parties -- which, for now, is only available at, is most memorable, encompassing flowing long and short silhouettes, served up in shades of pure white and frosted, pastel-y colors. For those wanting to see and know more about the "Weddings & Events" collection, this interesting part of the website features a peek at the pieces, along with bridal specific topics such as fashion and beauty tips and stories on how to plan a perfect wedding party.

For those more interested in the regular Ann Taylor line, there is plenty to see, buy and wear. An interestng story, dubbed, "Shift Into Neutral" features lots of multi layering, bold prints, rich textures and a chic, new palette of bronze, khaki and black. Focus items, such as cool, trench toppers, streamline jackets wide-leg pants, silk sheaths, slim jeans, and the 'it wouldn't be Ann without a little animal', ikat leopard top, anchor the grouping, alongside short and long tassel and chain-link necklaces, chunky bracelets, leather and utility belts, and platform sandals.

The "At Ease" part of the collection definitely shows a strong military side, in terms of a cleaner, more minimal attitude, Pretty and feminine, this grouping shows structured, utility detailing, married with pretty, delicate fabrications. Although the color palette is on the low-key side, eclectic touches of citrine and soft yellow, for example, add the necessary, bright pop of color. Although there are plenty of nifty pieces from which to pick and choose, and wear alone or layer all together for sport casual or dressy occassions, one of the stand-out ensembles is the canvas motorcycle jacket, metallic shell, antiqued lace tiered skirt and modern sparkle necklace.

"Effortlessly Elegant" defines Ann Taylor's nouveau approach to polished, all-american fashion and stylish dressing-down, via a myriad of prettified prints, rendered in lilac, azalea, and violet themes, minlged with classic navy and white. The luxury touch is seen in the use of spring tweeds, darkened denim, lovely floral dresses, and lightened-up suitings. The signature camp shirt is cast in shiny, new, garden colors.

'Signs of Spring" is the name of the game when it comes to an array of jewels, handbags, shoes, and small leather goods. Here, gold gets an antiqued patina; necklaces go shorty short to long, longer and longest; often embellished with a drop pendant or tassel. Case in Point: The big and sensual, burnished medallion necklace, which just happened to be the gift of choice, nestled in the editor's decorated, canvas gift bag at the event. Natural canvas and leather adorn ballerina flats, sandals and strappy high heels. New for the season; the lady bag, complete with chain-link shoulder straps, and all done up in rich, earthy tones.

-Adrienne Weinfeld-Berg

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Panel Discussion Explores NYC Garment District - The Summit for NYC

Expert Panel is Presented at the Municipal Art Society’s Summit for New York City

On Friday, October 22, the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), in collaboration with the Design Trust for Public Space, will host a panel discussion to explore New York City’s Garment District and the importance of preserving this vital hub for entrepreneurship, creativity and commerce. The panel is presented as part of the MAS Summit for New York City, a two-day conference devoted to New York’s livability.

The Garment District breakout session, held at 11:15 a.m. at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, will also highlight lessons learned from international centers of fashion in both European and Asian cities.

Kitty Hawks, Kitty Hawks Interior Design, will deliver the opening remarks. The moderator is Yeohlee Teng, Designer, Yeohlee, Inc. Panelists include: Madelyn Wils, Executive Vice President, NYC Economic Development Corp.; Jerome Chou, Director of Programs, Design Trust; Andrew Rosen, Founder, Theory; and Joe Ferrara, CEO, Ferrara Manufacturing Company.

For more information, visit

WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2010; 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 Seventh Avenue (33rd Street)

CONTACT: Joshua Salter
Linden Alschuler & Kaplan Public Relations

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2010 National Design Awards & Gala

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum celebrated the 2010 National Design Awards with a ceremony and dinner Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual National Design Awards celebrate design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the honorary patron of the 2010 National Design Awards.

The 2010 National Design Award nominations were solicited from a committee of more than 2,500 designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. Nominees must have at least seven years of experience in order to be nominated, and winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation and public impact of their body of work. This year’s jury of design leaders and educators from across the country convened by Cooper-Hewitt reviewed the nominations and chose Lifetime Achievement and Design Mind recipients, and selected winners and finalists in the Corporate and Institutional Achievement, Architecture Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design and Product Design categories.

• Lifetime Achievement: Jane Thompson
• Design Mind: Ralph Caplan
• Corporate and Institutional Achievement: U.S. Green Building Council. Finalists: Design that Matters and OXO
• Architecture Design: KieranTimberlake. Finalists: Lake|Flato Architects and Design Corps
• Communication Design: Stephen Doyle. Finalists: John Jay and Maira Kalman
• Fashion Design: Rodarte. Finalists: Behnaz Sarafpour and Proenza Schouler
• Interaction Design: Lisa Strausfeld. Finalists: Potion and Local Projects
• Interior Design: William Sofield. Finalists: Clive Wilkinson Architects and Aidlin Darling Design
• Landscape Design: James Corner Field Operations. Finalists: Andrea Cochran Landscape
Architecture and Stoss Landscape Urbanism
• Product Design: Smart Design. Finalists: Continuum and Frog Design

• Designer Milton Glaser presented the Design Mind Award to Ralph Caplan
• David Kohler presented the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award to U.S. Green Building Council
• Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor of University of Pennsylvania School of Design presented the Architecture Design Award to KieranTimberlake
• OXO founder Sam Farber presented the Product Design Award to Smart Design
• Editor Cecilia Dean presented the Fashion Design Award to Rodarte
• Designer Nicholas Negroponte presented the Interaction Design Award to Lisa Strausfeld
• Editor Wendy Goodman presented the Interior Design Award to William Sofield
• Dean Stan Allen of Princeton’s School of Architecture to present the Landscape Design Award to James Corner
• Architect Michael Van Valkenburg presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jane Thompson
• White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley presented the People’s Design Award

Richard Meier is the Chair of the Gala. Vice Chairs are Deborah and Christopher Buck, Amita Chatterjee, Becky and David Gochman, Alice Gottesman, Ralph Rucci, Nadja Swarovski and Judy Francis Zankel.

Other attendees included Elizabeth Ainslie, Adrian Benepe, Brad Cloepfil, Clodagh, Beth Comstock, Niels Diffrient, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Alex and Paul Herzan, Sonia Kashuk, Jenna Lyons,Brice Marden, Nancy Marks, Ingo Maurer, Dinny and Lester Morse, Gigi Mortimer, Murray Moss, Lela Rose, Scott Stringer and Gael Towey.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Store Opening Celebration for Yeohlee Teng's First Designer Flagship Store

Just one month after presenting her Spring 2011 collection at New York Fashion Week, Designer Yeohlee Teng opened last night her flagship store in New York City. As the very first designer store to open in the Garment District, the YEOHLEE Store opening is a testament to Yeohlee’s commitment to the neighborhood. Over two hundred of her friends came out to lend their support - including Fern Mallis, Bobbi Queen, Nanette Lapore, Anna Sui, Valerie Steele, Joan Kaner, Ruth Finley among many others - and enjoy a selection of exotic Malaysian food and desserts.

Anna Sui & Yeohlee

In conjunction with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the Design Trust for Public Space, Yeohlee is a leader in the Made in Midtown movement – a response to New York City’s proposed rezoning of the garment district, and a study of why the fashion industry and Garment District neighborhoods are an integral part of New York City’s economy and identity.

At the forefront of the movement, Yeohlee has advocated to keep fashion thriving in the Garment District - for the sake of jobs and in the name of social justice. Yeohlee believes that proximity and creativity are indelibly linked. For this same reason, Yeohlee made the decision to locate her first store in the district and moved her entire operation into the same building.

The Midtown store will feature key pieces from Yeohlee’s runway collections which she designs for the urban nomad – a term she first coined for her Fall 1997 collection --defining a lifestyle that requires clothing that works on a variety of practical and psychological levels. Yeohlee coined the term Zero Waste to capture the prevailing mood in September 2008 when she presented her Fall 2009 collection. She became the first designer to use zero waste in connection with how clothing can be constructed in a sustainable way by less wastage. Yeohlee’s seasonless clothes will be accompanied by select accessories from some of her favorite brands including recycled rubber jewelry by Kathleen Tucci and footwear by Bensimon.

Leonard Nimoy and Wife

The store is designed by Architect Joerg Schwartz with the intent to use the materials ubiquitous in the Garment Center in a fashion that had not been used before as a back-drop for Yeohlee’s clothing. Galvanized steel studs placed in front of the newly exposed brick wall evoke a space in transition. Another industrial material, black Tyvek, pleated in Midtown, is used to create drapery for the fitting rooms. Valspar paint was selected for its Hi Def color system - Dove White for the soft walls and ceilings, Tempered Gray for the brick wall to offset the galvanized steel studs and Highland Green as an accent on the signage. Yeohlee added a touch of whimsy by randomly replacing damaged grey floor tiles with granite black tiles. The final touch came with the restoration of the 1920’s façade - a first in the Garment District.

Address: 25 West 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York, NY 10018
Phone 212 244 8635 Fax 212 244 6598
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 to 7pm.


Marie Dasaro

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Jersey Fashion Week Debuts October 2010

West Orange, NJ — This fall marks the inaugural New Jersey Fashion Week, a new fashion forum that allows emerging local designers and beauty professionals to showcase their skills to leading fashion industry influencers, beauty experts, potential buyers, and consumers. Held October 11–12, 2010 at the Pleasantdale Chateau ( in West Orange, New Jersey Fashion Week will be unlike any the fashion industry has seen before. More interactive and innovative than traditional Fashion Weeks, it will include not only a fashion runway show, but also an accessories showcase, hair runway presentation, beauty bar, and sponsor exhibitions, as well as awards honoring the evening’s talent.

The event is open to the public, and attendees will be invited to mingle with celebrity soap stars, athletes, New York and New Jersey fashion and beauty editors as well as notable celebrity stylists and personalities. Tickets can be purchased online at

Donnella Tilery, owner of Donnella’s Closet and a fashion-focused entrepreneur initiated New Jersey Fashion Week as an opportunity to promote and support fledgling talent in a global, innovative fashion forum. Co-founder Jack Panico, CEO of Panico Salon & Spa is an influential celebrity hair and beauty expert. Donnella and Jack masterfully created the long-awaited alliance between the fashion and beauty industries that traditional Fashion Weeks have lacked, putting hair and makeup artistry on the same level as high-end designer apparel. They plan to continue to expand this annual event through perseverance and the untiring application of a visionary approach.

In addition to highlighting beauty and fashion, New Jersey Fashion Week will benefit Susan G. Komen® for the Cure North Jersey Affiliate. The top-tier list of platinum sponsors from New York and New Jersey include the following: Lord & Taylor (offering New Jersey Fashion Week swag bags), Accessories magazine (judging the accessories competition), Yanina & Co fine jewelry designer, New Jersey Life Health & Beauty magazine, Oribe, Goldwell, Elan Sassoon of Sojourn, Wine Sources Selections, Glaceau Vitamin Water Zero, NJ Limo Bus, Affordable Closets Plus, Infomat, America’s Best Limo, Bare Escentuals, Davines, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Sharp Electronics, AICI New York Tri-State Chapter, Magique Studios, Sunrise Cellars, Meredith Models, Party Center, Fashion Group International ( and the Accessories Council (, both of New York, are part of the fast-growing roster of supporters.

For more information, visit or contact the New Jersey Fashion Week team:

Donnella Tilery, CEO Jack Panico, CEO
Donnella’s Closet Panico Salon & Spa Media Dept:
Office: 866-723-5387 ext. 701 Cell: 201-895-4441

Sunday, October 03, 2010

'The Giving Planet' Fundraiser

Bobby Williams & Mariel Hemingway (Photo: Randy Brooke)

Actress and author Mariel Hemingway, organic foods champion, hosted a charity fashion show on Saturday, October 2 together with her partner Bobby Williams. The event raised funds for The a non-profit that engages young people around the world to share their stories through digital media; the group uses technology with young people to foster a new level of cultural understanding. Designers shared their latest looks on the runway.

Design by Jennifer Chun (Photo: Randy Brooke)

The event showcased the latest creations of designers EDUN, Jennifer Chun, Robert James, Emily Sinnott, Sucker Jeans, Taashki, Katherine Kim, Anna Lassiter and Lucinda Robinson. “Unity in Style,” which ran from 6 pm to 8 pm, took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. Actress and UNICEF Ambassador Téa Leoni served as honorary board chairperson.
Styles on display at the event featured photographs by The Giving Planet teens from Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, included jewelry by Nancy Melet and silk shawl creations by Suzanne Silk. The Claudia Eliaza Quartet, a jazz ensemble, provided live entertainment, and guests enjoyed a Ghanaian dance performance. Inspired by organic foods champion and author Hemingway, the event caterer, Great Performances, offered organic appetizers.

Sponsors for Unity in Style included EDUN LIVE, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., Meaningful Meetings, King Fish Media, MyVBO, Inkshot Pictures, Hollis Interactive, Taashki, Groovy Green Livin’, Sarah Martin Photography, H20PRO Shop, Blades Natural Beauty and Surface Hair Products.

For more info contact: Cheryl Duncan
201-332-8338 (o) or 917-981-1842 (c)