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04.22.14

Woman We Love: Edith Wharton
One of my favorite writers is Edith Wharton (b.1862- d.1937) writer of such classics as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Her graceful prose is rich on characterization, atmosphere, observation and wit — a reader is immersed into the worlds she creates, intimate with the heroines she creates. The characterizations of her heroines are embedded in my brain and I like the women I design for to aspire to live life as such: grand, with passion, style and grace.
For some of Edith Wharton’s most memorable quotes as depicted styled her modern-day heroines, please see the Black Tie Collection lookbook, Literally Lovely.

Woman We Love: Edith Wharton

One of my favorite writers is Edith Wharton (b.1862- d.1937) writer of such classics as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Her graceful prose is rich on characterization, atmosphere, observation and wit — a reader is immersed into the worlds she creates, intimate with the heroines she creates. The characterizations of her heroines are embedded in my brain and I like the women I design for to aspire to live life as such: grand, with passion, style and grace.

For some of Edith Wharton’s most memorable quotes as depicted styled her modern-day heroines, please see the Black Tie Collection lookbook, Literally Lovely.

04.21.14

Jean Paul Gaultier
If you’re in London, you must see the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican! I saw the show last fall at the Brooklyn Museum and was amazed.   I’ve always admired Gaultier and his designs, and the show is beautifully-executed reminder of his creativity, wit and influence.

Jean Paul Gaultier

If you’re in London, you must see the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican! I saw the show last fall at the Brooklyn Museum and was amazed.   I’ve always admired Gaultier and his designs, and the show is beautifully-executed reminder of his creativity, wit and influence.

04.05.14

Site We Love: Cereal Magazine

Beautifully simple, like a breath of fresh air.
Cereal Magazine

Site We Love: Cereal Magazine

Beautifully simple, like a breath of fresh air.


Cereal Magazine

04.02.14

Carrie Schneider: Reading Women

At the latest Armory Show in NYC I was delighted by a series of portraits by Carrie Schneider, Reading Women. From the artist:

To create Reading Women, I asked 70 female friends - mostly artists, writers and musicians - to each sit while reading a book of her choice, written by a female author, in her own home or studio for the duration of two hours using side-by-side photographic and video cameras. There is something rare about the depth of concentration experienced while reading, and it’s this moment I’m after: when the sitter loses awareness of the camera - and any semblance of a pose - forgetting her cultural performance.

Sarah reading Gail Scott (My Paris, 1999); Michelle reading Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943)

Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Carrie Schneider: Reading Women

At the latest Armory Show in NYC I was delighted by a series of portraits by Carrie Schneider, Reading Women. From the artist:

To create Reading Women, I asked 70 female friends - mostly artists, writers and musicians - to each sit while reading a book of her choice, written by a female author, in her own home or studio for the duration of two hours using side-by-side photographic and video cameras. There is something rare about the depth of concentration experienced while reading, and it’s this moment I’m after: when the sitter loses awareness of the camera - and any semblance of a pose - forgetting her cultural performance.

Sarah reading Gail Scott (My Paris, 1999); Michelle reading Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943)

Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

03.29.14

Irfan Onurmen
 I highly recommend the exhibition of Irfan Onurmen at the C24 Gallery in NYC. The portraits from his “Gaze Series” are made of layered tulle on canvas. Beautiful!

Irfan Onurmen


I highly recommend the exhibition of Irfan Onurmen at the C24 Gallery in NYC. The portraits from his “Gaze Series” are made of layered tulle on canvas. Beautiful!

02.28.14

Peter Lindbergh
If you’re in Los Angeles you should definitely stop by the Fahey Klein Gallery to see the Peter Lindbergh exhibition … one of my favorite photographers, his photographs of women are strong, cool, classic.

Peter Lindbergh

If you’re in Los Angeles you should definitely stop by the Fahey Klein Gallery to see the Peter Lindbergh exhibition … one of my favorite photographers, his photographs of women are strong, cool, classic.

02.10.14

Urban Fragility
In Paris, there is a street artist who draws with chalk, Phillipe Baudelocque. I was lucky enough to come across his work, I say lucky enough because it is fleeting - transient - if it rains, it washes away. I feel it is a lesson in not holding onto things, and fashion is a bit like that: you do a show and then move on.

Urban Fragility

In Paris, there is a street artist who draws with chalk, Phillipe Baudelocque. I was lucky enough to come across his work, I say lucky enough because it is fleeting - transient - if it rains, it washes away. I feel it is a lesson in not holding onto things, and fashion is a bit like that: you do a show and then move on.

01.20.14

Birds of a Feather

While home in New Zealand, I visited with Niels Meyer-Westfeld —- an artist and husband of a dear friend Deborah. Niels is working on a book about New Zealand birds and his workplace is a charming studio in Wellington with an inspiring view of the ocean. I love the detail in his pictures and can’t wait to see them compiled in the final book…

12.20.13

Inspiration: Aunt Bridget

In addition to my mother, I’m lucky enough to have another creative, independent woman in my family:  my Aunt Bridget.  As a young woman, she moved from New Zealand to London in the 60’s to train with the Royal Ballet and was truly a woman who embraced the time with style and grace.  As she told me, “there were so many excuses for dressing up:  premier parties,  cocktails on the lawn with Princess Grace and Prince Ranier followed by BBQ on the hills above Monaco at Nureyev’s villa.”  She shopped at Carnaby Street, King’s Road, Biba, Kensington Church street; and was always surrounded by enthusiastic, creative people.  An amazing woman, a huge inspiration!

11.01.13

Street Art
I’m always so inspired by the creativity at street level:  not only street style, but art as well.  New York has been treated to some wonderful new street art via Banksy recently, and last time I was Paris I was lucky enough to run into some works by Phillippe Baudelocque- my favorite street artist.
Phillippe Baudelocque

Street Art

I’m always so inspired by the creativity at street level:  not only street style, but art as well.  New York has been treated to some wonderful new street art via Banksy recently, and last time I was Paris I was lucky enough to run into some works by Phillippe Baudelocque- my favorite street artist.

Phillippe Baudelocque

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