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The Art of Style

The Art of Style

I finally made my way to The Met to see the Jacqueline de Ribes ‘The Art of Style’ exhibit before it closed this past weekend. Who is Jacqueline de Ribes? Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, an internationally renowned style icon whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the twentieth century. A muse to haute couture designers, de Ribes had at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality. Ultimately, she used this talent and experience to create her own successful design business, which she directed… Continue Reading »

IRIS: A Life of Style & Substance

IRIS: A Life of Style & Substance

How I have not watched the documentary about the style icon that is Iris Apfel sooner baffles me. FYI – it’s available on Netflix. Add it to your queue. This documentary is inspiring on many levels. Who is Iris? At the age of 94 years old, Queens native Iris Apfel has lived a life of an American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon. In the documentary she mentions that everything she has done she never intended to do. Hmph, isn’t it funny how life works? At her first job at Loehman’s department store she was told by Mrs. Loehman herself, “Young… Continue Reading »

DIFFA Dining by Design

DIFFA Dining by Design

I attended the Architectural Digest Home Design Show this past weekend. Lots of interior design inspiration and great talks given on the NYTimes Panel Discussion from the best of the best in the industry.  My favorite part of attending this show every year is the DIFFA Dining by Design showcase which raises money for AIDS Awareness. Enjoy these photos I took of  the inspiring tablescapes designed by Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Barneys NY, Essie and more… And the winning design went to the students of FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) who were inspired by the story of Pinocchio. They created… Continue Reading »

Inspiration: Artist Will Cotton

Inspiration: Artist Will Cotton

I figured I would start off the week with some inspiration from my favorite artist Will Cotton. Cotton is an American painter known for mixing baked goods with fashion. He bakes EVERY single confectionery treat, photographs the subject and then paints the image. Total eye-candy. You may all ready be familiar with Cotton’s work and not even realize it. He was the Artistic Director for Katy Perry’s California Gurls music video. He then went on to create the album cover for Teenage Dream. I was blown away with his work in New York Magazine’s Spring 2013 Fashion issue featuring Elle… Continue Reading »

The Perfect Holiday Tree (For Me)

The Perfect Holiday Tree (For Me)

Can we take a moment to admire this festive book tree? Last night my friend Lisa Kobs hosted a wonderful holiday party in Harlem. I know bibliophiles such as myself would appreciate this as well as a few photos of the stylish guests who attended. Cheers! (…and yes, this holiday season calls for a matte red lip)

StyleWeek Providence

StyleWeek Providence

StyleWeek Providence happens twice a year; August and January. It was to my delight to find out they were showing the Spring 2013 collections while I was in town last month. Being a New England native I was excited to see what these local designers had to offer. I must say I was really impressed and came away with a few favorites. Hope MacDonald Spring 2013 consisted of gorgeous floral prints in stunning pieces. The collection was styled to PERFECTION. The mix-and-match look is here to stay, by the way. Not only could you incorporate her pieces into your wardrobe… Continue Reading »

Inspiration: Street Art

Inspiration: Street Art

Last night I finally watched Exit Through The Gift Shop which received great reviews from everyone I know. This documentary on street art is inspiring – and a bit hilarious during some parts.  The artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey (who is the artist behind the iconic Obama 2008 ‘Hope’ poster image) are featured in the film. I’ve always been drawn to street art/graffiti here in New York. I find it interesting and indeed a piece of art.  After watching the documentary it reminded me how much I want to incorporate this fantastic art work into a photo shoot I style at… Continue Reading »

Wisdom from Fashion Icon Daphne Guinness

Wisdom from Fashion Icon Daphne Guinness

Last week I went to check out the Daphne Guinness exhibit at The Museum at FIT. It is amazing. Not only is her wardrobe a piece of art but her words of wisdom I took away from the exhibit were inspiring (…yes, I took notes).  Here are a few of my favorites: “I don’t do event dressing because every day is an event.” “Fashion today is becoming more beige. By that I mean everyone and everything is starting to look the same – almost a Mao uniform. We should be flying the flag for individuality.”  “I like structure…with a bit… Continue Reading »