Friday, September 30, 2016


Entryway to Mad Hatters: New York Hats & Hatmakers at City Lore Gallery in the East Village

Fans brandishing ball caps, the religious donning yarmulkes and the fashionably elite flashing handmade headgear share a statement piece across cultures, causes and contexts. Headgear--as a tangible means of illustrating identity and expressing individuality--is the focus of City Lore's Spring presentation Mad Hatters: New York Hats & Hatmakers. Curated by Abby Ronner and Tom Van Buren, the history of New York City is quantified through the history of the hats on display. Keep reading to have a look...

Thursday, September 29, 2016


 Subway windows at 

Full disclosure, I've again arrived at the annual aging ritual. In isolation, I can't say much is different today than the same day one year ago. Absent significant standouts, two lessons learned have surreptitiously surfaced: the overarching importance of surveying the "big picture" ahead of impulsive indignation and accepting accountability for decisions. Looking at Coach's Fifth Ave. windows this Wednesday, note the adapted changes of this recreated Subway scene. While each milestone in life may be fleeting, enjoy each occaisonal pause and accept the onward movement. Keep reading to see the remaining shots of Coach's windows... 

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Sheltered by shoes, bunions + heel spurs + ingrown nails + assorted afflictions plague the shoe-wearing population, with 70-80% suffering from podiatric predicaments. In a thoughtfully crafted assemblage, Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum examines the perils and pragmatism of 19th century style through Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th CenturyUntil January 2017, visit the top floor to see surprising samples of the risks and rewards of contrived couture, from the lens of both consumers and producers. Keep reading for a look inside... 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Dior Soho

Time is of the essence as "Meeting waste" becomes a matter of the moment at work. Elimination of excess time spent as a passive participant is the path to efficiency in execution. Seemingly the concept of 'Fashion Week' can be categorized as a realm of rationalization. With a shortage of time (especially time spent traveling between shows), the high cost of revelry and an abundance of technology, is the hype and hoopla worth it? Especially as "exclusivity" has evolved into social pervasiveness? Your thoughts? Keep reading to see a the bags in Chanel's soho store... 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#NYFW 2016: KUHO

Kuho presentation at the Supermarket (393 Broadway)

Stripes, solids and spots are on featured special at Supermarket this past Wednesday. Layered looks in subtle, circus-inspired styles introduce South Korean brand Kuho to the North American market. Designer Hyunjung Kim's simple silhouettes deliver "an emphasis on flawless luxury, comfort and functionality, each season offers up effortlessly cool, minimalist pieces that often find their roots in the creative sphere." Part of Samsung C&T Fashion Group, Kuho commands a $90 million business via 66 retail stores overseas. Keep reading to see sample looks... 

Sunday, September 18, 2016


 Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra at their JCRT Plaid Listening Party Pop Up, 350 Bowery St.

Fashion has its fair share of fair-weather friends and foul mannered fiends. Yet, the attitude and animosity that fuels my decisive exit from the industry is strangely absent from the mien of Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra. From initial encounter, good naturedness and rested acceptance command respect and leave me pining after their strategy for balancing industry survival and success. As the pair embarks on a new adventure, I'm excited to see what's next. The way forward is paired with a look back at musical inspiration. This week and next, JCRT tartan and tunes are packaged in a pristine popup on Bowery. Keep reading for a look inside... 

Saturday, September 17, 2016


High Hair Multicolor Makeup at Trompe L'Oeil

Details dictate depth of design. Looking back at the Spring/Summer 2017 shows this New York Fashion Week, the ladies of Trompe L'Oeil complement colorful clothing with a mixed palette of multicolor maquillage. The running rainbow raccoon eye is by far a favorite, balancing the floral fantasy evident in Trompe L'Oeil's fashion flavor. Keep reading to see more from designer Rajitha Prakruthi...    

Friday, September 16, 2016


Jessica Van at NYFW, CAAFD runway show Sunday, 11-September at Artbeam

Muted monotony makes for mellow moments. On September 11th, the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) presents the I'MPOSSIBLE collective showcase at Artbeam featuring Ponyo Porco, Jessica Van and Laison by Aurelia Santoso. All three designers present a strong first US showing, with different takes on Spring/Summer 2017. Keep reading for more...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Marco & Maria; Jewelry by Cheryl King and Shoes by Emmy London at Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC

This past weekend, Netflix brought me Andrew Rossi's The First Monday in May. Reminiscent of a prior calling, I relate (on a smaller scale) to the angst of condensed timelines and apogee of anticipation, as the documentary recounts the making of the MET Museum's China Through the Looking Glass exhibit and opening gala. To summarize success: marvelous parties rely on meticulous planning. Organized like a high profile wedding, exclusivity and exquisiteness officiate a marriage of couture and celebrity. This week's windows at Kleinfeld Bridal seem fitting, post documentary. Keep reading for a look inside...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


No Turning back! Art Hearts Fashion presents Sanja Bobar at the Angel Orensanz Foundation

Of the countless categories of functional fashion, bridalwear spans the style horizon. Ladies in love look stunning in short, sheer, sequined or suiting on their 'special day.' This Fashion week, Art Hearts Fashion presents Sanja Bobar at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, the evening of September 12th. Sashaying down the runway, sexy silhouettes of silk, sequins and lace are flawlessly set against the backdrop of a former synagogue. Keep reading for sights straight from last night's show...