Notorious & Notable

Notorious & Notable

One of the events I am eagerly awaiting this fall starts during Fashion Week on September 14th but extends through January 3rd. It is an exhibit at The Museum of the City of New York entitled Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style. Co-presented with the National Jewelry Institute, it “highlights 80 prominent New York women who used their style, talent, or wealth to capture the attention of society and the media. The exhibition features a runway of original attire—much of it created by the most important designers of their times—and an impressive selection of jewelry crafted from the dawn of the 20th century to its close.” Doesn’t that sound fabulous?!…

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Fashion Week Frenzy

Fashion Week Frenzy

This year there seems to be a new level of excitement leading up to this season’s Fashion Week. Not just with the shows themselves, which are sure to be filled with Oscar worthy presentations, but also the many activities planned around these dates. I have already mentioned the opening of the newly refurbished leather goods floor at Hermes and the New York Spaces party, celebrating their picks for the region’s top 50 designers. But many other retailers are also featuring special events, especially on Friday, Fashion’s Night Out.  Almost every designer establishment will be offering something  – this is just a tiny teaser sampling.…

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Put to Good Use

Put to Good Use

Recently the editor’s pick at Jayson Home & Garden, the wonderful Chicago based source for unique modern and vintage furniture and accessories, was its vintage flashlight lamp, crafted from Indian made Everready flashlights from the early 20th century.

It has a great distinctive look that could add character to any number of places. If you think you have a place for one, don’t wait too long – there are limited quantities.

There is a long history of lamps made from repurposed objects and they are to be found in many designers’ repertoires. I love everything Michael Smith does. In a Santa Barbara home, he used a lamp made out of a gorgeous giant Imari vase.…

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Back to School

Back to School

Even though many children have already started school, I don’t think of the back to school season as officially starting until after Labor Day. So in preparation for tomorrow, and in the spirit of gently re-engaging our minds after the summer hiatus, I’ve attached a fun video.

I don’t remember how I found this, but for all of you art history buffs – see how many you can guess without looking at the answers listed at the bottom of the post (no cheating). Here is the information regarding the clip from you tube.

-The video was produced by L’Ogre (www.logre.tv, [email protected])
-And the myspace page of the band: http://www.myspace.com/holdyourhorses…
An entertaining and cheeky music video for 70 Million, hit song by Franco-American band, Hold Your Horses!, offers a wink at art history as band members playfully reconstruct famous paintings in an off the wall lyrical interpretation all their own.…

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The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah

As we gear up for what many of us consider the last weekend of summer, I thought a little farewell to the season would be fitting.

Whether you’re heading to the beach

or planning a lovely meal with friends

or just hanging out at home

I wish you and yours a very lovely weekend.

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The Mona Lisa Curse

The Mona Lisa Curse

I would imagine most of you are familiar with Robert Hughes. The Australian art critic wrote for TIME magazine for over 30 years, has made dozens of TV documentaries, published many books and won countless awards, too numerous to list here. Pictured here in his debonair younger years, Hughes, now 72, always outspoken and sometimes controversial, is indisputably one of the most famous art critics in the world.

He is probably best known for his views on the modern art world, specifically the marketing of artists that started in the 1960’s and had its heyday in the extravagance of the 80’s.…

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The Fab Fifty

The Fab Fifty

New York Spaces, the contemporary home design magazine, has just announced its annual (this is the third year) picks for the top 50 designers in the metro New York area.

As they say, the list represents the old guard and the new stars. The magazine will be having, in a couple of weeks, what’s sure to be a smashing party to celebrate the honorees at the stunning Sicis showroom in SoHo.

Unfortunately I can’t attend but hopefully we’ll get to see some photos online.

All photos © Sicis

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Happy at Hermes

Happy at Hermes

They must indeed be very happy at Hermes since they just reported a 55.2% jump in first-half net profit and said sales could be up 12% over the full year. Wow! Clearly the economy has not been affecting all retail establishments equally. I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t one of the lucky ones contributing to this upturn. But the timing couldn’t have been better since Hermes has just spent a pretty penny redoing their space in their flagship NYC store.

They are redesigning a 2,000 square foot floor which will be dedicated to showcasing their leather collection. Designed by the Parisian architectural firm RDAI, the space will debut on September 14, in the middle of Fashion Week.…

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Bag Bounty

Bag Bounty

This fall fashion season is a winner in every way. The clothes are classic and beautifully tailored and so are the bags. I love the return to elegance trend evidenced by the lady-like structured forms here. I think Grace or Audrey would have been delighted to carry any of these.

There was a great take on day bags in the new September issue of Town and Country. I would happily wear any of these – they are all fabulous.

The other big news in the bag world is the new collection for Tiffany by Richard Lambertson and John Truex. From what I have seen they fit perfectly with this season – understated, elegant and luxe.…

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

So after yesterday’s Emmys post, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a little demaquillage (sounds so much more glamorous, no?).

I have very sensitive eyes, as many people with light colored eyes do. I need sunglasses as soon as there’s even the slightest glare and in the winter I tear as soon as I go out in the cold.

For years I had a problem finding an eye makeup remover that didn’t irritate that area. But all that ended when I discovered Sisley’s Gentle Eye And Lip Make Up Remover. Although Sisley is not an inexpensive line, their customer service is excellent.…

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