Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

At this point I think it is safe to say that we are all craving spring. So try not to be too envious that Terry, our wine expert, is reporting this week from the sunny Caribbean. Go ahead Terry, make us sigh.

photo courtesy of la samanna

February is a great month to get away and enjoy the sun, surf and of course some fine wine. When you love wine like I do, one of the most important work/vacations you can have includes being able to drink good wine and champagne. If that isn’t part of the deal, I would just as soon stay home.…

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Hopelands

Hopelands

As I was reading many blogging friends’ pieces the past week or two, I was continually reminded of one of my favorite homes that seemed to encompass many of the themes I was encountering. Hopelands, a charming French country style home in Rhode Island has been a favorite ever since I originally saw photos of it. Although it is a historic waterfront estate on one of Newport County’s most beautiful avenues, it is understated in both style and size, especially in comparison to some of its more illustrious Newport neighbors. As you can see above, a cobblestone, linden tree – lined drive leads to the white washed brick house.…

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Rembrandt Remembered

Rembrandt Remembered

There are many museum exhibits in New York that I’m dying to see. One that just opened last week is “Rembrandt and His School,” at the very lovely Frick Collection. This is one of my favorite museums, housed in the beautiful Carrere & Hastings neoclassical building from 1914 that was once Henry Frick’s home. For a small museum, they have an impressive collection of Old Masters, bronzes, porcelains, and furniture. Rembrandt was Henry Frick’s favorite artist. As a railway magnate, he reputedly said “railways are the Rembrandts of investment.” Like Frick, the Dutch art historian Frederik Johannes Lugt also admired and collected the works of the Dutch artist and other European art, including a near-complete set of Rembrandt’s prints, eventually creating the Fondation Custodia in Paris to contain it all.  …

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Miniature Mania

Miniature Mania

photo of Oregon State Beavers by Greg Keene

Have you ever seen a photograph like this – where it looks like the people or objects are miniature? I’ve often wondered about them and recently did a bit of research. As a little Sunday bonus post, I thought it would be fun to look at this specialty photo feature. Tilt shift photography is a method that uses special lenses to overcome the restrictions of depth of field and perspective that normal lenses provide and miniature faking is one of the most popular applications of this technique. Here are some interesting examples of this fashionable special effect.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Milly

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Milly

You always know you’re going to have a good time at the Milly show. The enthusiasm and upbeat energy was palpable on Wednesday as people took their seats. And the show did not disappoint. Michelle Smith said her inspiration this time ’round was French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, whose brightly colored graphic, and sometimes controversial work for Vogue, Bazaar and companies such as Charles Jourdan was legendary. Considering Smith’s love of color and time spent in France, it is understandable that she would be attracted to the sexy and alluring work of Bourdin.

Against the beautiful backdrop of monochromatic trees, the jewel toned collection came down the runway.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Nanette Lepore

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore, with her daughter Violet, looks happy for a reason.  With a renewed spirit, her fall collection reflected a lighter attitude. In fact the first part of the show was indeed ethereal and almost heavenly with the all white feminine layered looks.

This was one of the few shows where I saw narrow pants but the fall themes of sheer, fur and layering were evident, making these light white layers work for fall.

Lepore’s feminine boho vision was in full force in this collection, offering many long flirty flowing dresses matched with interesting knits.

There were also some more tailored pieces.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Michael Kors

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Michael Kors

Michael Kors pulled out all the stops today for his 30th anniversary show in the mobbed Theatre at Lincoln Center. And what a show it was – a true event. It featured high-style glamour reminiscent of the 70s but with an updated minimalism – all very Kors – luxe dressing at its best. As the models worked the catwalk to the disco soundtrack, we witnessed oodles of draped jersey, sequins, silk and fur rocking the runway. This show paid homage to Kors’ career and his “polished but easy” wearable styles –  because as he says, it may look beautiful on the runway, but if no one is wearing it, then it isn’t really fashion.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Tory Burch

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Tory Burch

Tory Burch didn’t do a runway show but rather a presentation that circled around the catwalk with pauses for people to get a better peek and take shots. But it all proceeded at a rather clipped pace so it was a good thing that they repeated the procession several times for people either coming and going out of the very crowded studio or staying for multiple viewings like me. Burch described her collection thus – “Fall is inspired by the play of American sportswear and English country dressing – outdoorsy feminine and textured.”

There were indeed many plaid and tweed pieces, mixed with a variety of textures and colors as above.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Lela Rose

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Lela Rose

Lela Rose chose as her inspiration for this collection contemporary German artist Gerhard Richter. I thought this a very interesting choice. It was I’m sure his manipulation and obscuration of imagery that she was after for the fabrics she created, but I couldn’t help but wonder if she was also fascinated by the fact that Richter is so hard to pin down stylistically.
Abstract Painting, 2005, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery

She seemed to be stretching her wings a tad with this collection. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but just as Richter always refused to be labeled, it made me consider whether Rose was trying to expand her range here as well.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Derek Lam

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Derek Lam

Yesterday I was delighted to be back at Lincoln Center for the fall 2011 fashion week shows with my friend Linda Levy, whose husband Peter is in charge of the successful venue at Lincoln Center. Sunday started off with a bang at Derek Lam. Following on the heels of his beautiful pre-fall French inspired show, he proved that he is definitely on a roll. He presented his collection with a quote from George Balanchine “there are no new steps, only new combinations.” And he elaborated on this with the adaptation of new fabrics. Created by combining raw materials in new ways, he has added substance and loft to these fibers.…

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