Brilliant Box

Brilliant Box

How could I not have known about 212box. Designers for the thinking man (the term referring to the unisex global form of man), this is exactly the kind of company I find intriguing. A totally comprehensive firm, they tackle everything from graphic and product design to architecture and  advertising. Their website is a cubic grid of connections to keep the eye and mind engaged, as is their work. You can look at their work on just an aesthetic level and be impressed or you can delve below the surface and be blown away. Take a look at this article in the New York Times about a project that Eric Clough, one of the partners at the firm, worked on and you will have a glimpse into their expansive, creative and dedicated mindset.…

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Gearing Up for the Guys

Gearing Up for the Guys

Some marketers have finally realized that guys like stuff too and are willing to shop online and even spend money just like their female counterparts. Two new sites which have arrived (or are coming soon) are targeted to them or their significant others shopping for them. The first has been getting quite a bit of press because it is being brought to you by the team who brought you the very successful Net-a-Porter, the “world’s premier online luxury fashion destination” – which it is.

Natalie Massenet, the founder of the fabulous Net-a-Porter, earlier this year sold a 93% financial stake in her company (netting her a purported cool 50 million pounds) to Richemont, the Swiss luxury conglomerate which already owns a stable of other luxury brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef, Montblanc, Chloe and more.…

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Marvelous Milly

Marvelous Milly

Although most recent fashion posts have been about Spring 2011, there are many of us still shopping for our fall wardrobes. After seeing the fun spring Milly show, I decided to check out what she was offering for this fall. Michelle Smith’s inspiration had been the chic Parisian left bank girls and the Nouvelle Vague films of Jean Luc Godard (here’s the French poster for the film we know as Breathless).

After three years in Paris at the beginning of her career, working for the likes of Hermes, Vuitton and Christian Dior Haute Couture, this must have been an easy translation for her.…

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Strandbeests

Strandbeests

The credit for this post goes to my son Robert who was the first to show me this amazing video. Since then, I’ve done a little research (what else!) because – well, because that’s what I do. The Dutch artist featured in this video is Theo Jansen,

who creates these amazing creatures which are considered kinetic sculpture. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so watch the video first and then I’ll give you a bit more info. This is actually from a South African BMW commercial – very clever of them to use this.

Jansen has been working on this project since 1990, each generation of “beests” becoming more complex and more self sustaining.…

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Timeless Elegance – The Houses of David Easton

Timeless Elegance – The Houses of David Easton

I just received my David Easton book, Timeless Elegance, today and although I don’t want to spoil it for those of you awaiting your copies, I couldn’t wait until next week to post at least a few images.

The title is apt – Easton has mastered this genre. One image is more beautiful than the next. Some of his more extravagant designs are a bit too over the top for my taste, such as the Kluge’s famous Albemarle House in Virginia, the contents of which Sotheby’s auctioned earlier this year for a grand total of $15.1 million.

photo sotheby’s

But most are lovely and there is no denying that Easton is a supremely talented architect and designer.…

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Eye Candy

Eye Candy

After attending the shows at Lincoln Center, I realized this would be an appropriate post. Now that it’s almost fall, when there seem to be more occasions where I want to look a bit more polished, there are a few simple eye products that can really make a difference. I tend to have circles under my eyes – not puffiness, just some darkness, which obviously can make you look tired and drawn (maybe a little more sleep would help). My favorite concealer by far is the Cle de Peau. Its greatest asset is that it actually works. It has a great texture and comes in four good shades.…

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Barbra Scott Sample Sale

Barbra Scott Sample Sale

You may remember the beautiful preserved hydrangeas I featured in my hydrangea post last month, created by the talented Barbra Scott. Those of you living in NYC will be happy to learn she is having a sample sale on Tuesday, 9/21 – Thursday 9/23 from 11:00 – 6:00. Selections will be 25-50% off retail prices. Custom orders taken on the sale dates will be given a 15% discount. Included will be: Preserved Floral Arrangements, Silk Orchids & Arrangements, Blossom Branches, Moss Gardens, Terrariums, Topiaries. Cash only. Address is: 27 W. 20th St., Room 504, NYC 10011. If you can’t make it to the showroom but are interested in purchasing something from the sale, Barbra is happy to deliver or ship for an additional fee.…

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At the Shows – Spring 2011

At the Shows – Spring 2011

What a fun day I had at the shows yesterday! I’m sure you all know by now that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has a new home at Lincoln Center. Everyone seemed thrilled with the new venue – there was lots more space for attendees, an entire computer “pit” for the dedicated fashion bloggers and evidently much more room for the behind the scenes people – make-up artists, dressers, hair stylists etc. And the temporary structure even created an outdoor garden lounging area which was very popular.

photo: ben widdicombe for stylelist

I had been invited to the Nanette Lepore show (reviewed next), so had always planned on attending yesterday.…

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Michael Kors Spring 2011

Michael Kors Spring 2011

First was Michael Kors. A very popular show, the Theater was jam packed. This show, choreographed to lively renditions of Here Comes the Sun, felt like a slight departure for Kors. Like the back to nature theme of many of the other shows, the collection featured lots of neutrals and spring colors but was not as structured as usual. The shapes felt looser and easier, like an easy summer at the beach, and sported linen and gauzy textures.

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone and Robert Mitra

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone and Robert Mitra

There were great trenches

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone and Robert Mitra

including this spectacular saddle colored leather one

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone and Robert Mitra

This very cool and sexy swim suit – that I don’t quite understand how you swim in

And great combinations of texures

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone and Robert Mitra

None of the usual Kors body hugging sheath dresses or high heels.…

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Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

This show was held in the more intimate Stage, which I really liked. Not to mention, I was sitting across from Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth (not sure who’s in between them).

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for FIJI Water

And there was live music provided by John Forte, which made it feel even more like a special event. You can go to Nanette Lepore’s site to see a video of the show, including the music.

john forte with nanette lepore

Lepore’s clothes are always feminine and flirty and these were no exception. The make up by Mac was wonderful, highlighted by a beautiful lip shade of pinky red, which was a great counterpoint to the colorful collection.…

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