Far Out! Fashion

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The 1970s was an era filled with rock and roll, hippies, and catchy expression. As a result, old trends cycle back inspired by the carefree and light attitude of the time. Shows and movies, like “The Waltons” and “Annie Hall” also helped revolutionize fads. From flowing floral dresses, “Saturday Night Fever” attire, to the rustic bohemian chic comfort, the fashion world revolves around the time period more than any other period.

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Tomorrow Night! Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview

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So far I have been able to visit the exhibit and attend the screening for Versailles ’73 documentary in which he is highlighted. Unfortunately, I have to miss this very exciting event, but wanted to share it with you all just in case you are free and able to attend!

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Image created. Photo credits: mcny.org and stephenburrows.tumblr.com/

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May Blog Review!

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Another month has gone by in the blink of an eye… we are literally halfway through 2013! Can you believe it?  We had some fun and exciting blog posts during May, so here’s my list of the top 10 highlights of last month.

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Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution Screening Event Review

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You may remember the post that I wrote about “Versailles ’73”, after I saw a short  clip of the documentary streaming when I attended the Stephen Burrows “When Fashion Danced” exhibit at the mcny.org. It still baffles me that I had never heard of this historic “runway showdown” which took place only 40+ years ago. Well, I was even more surprised a couple of weeks ago to receive an invitation to attend a screening event to view the film! So, you can imagine my excitement to RSVP (ASAP..lol!).

(L) Almost showtime, taking my seat. (R) panel - Mikki Taylor, Pat Clevland, Alva Chin, Charlene Dash and Deborah Riley Draper.

(L) Almost showtime, taking my seat. (R) Discussion Panel – Mikki Taylor, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chin, Charlene Dash, and Deborah Riley Draper.

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How Punk Went From Street Fashion to High Fashion

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On May 9th, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened its doors for its latest fashion exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. Curated by the Met’s Andrew Bolton- with a helping hand from Givenchy’s own maestro of punk, Riccardo Tisci- the exhibition explores the intriguing journey of punk from its subcultural rebellious and anti-social roots to being an integrated part of our fashion industry.

Punk is also an integrated part of New York and London’s fashion heritage. While we Brits feel we have a deep affiliation with punk, after all it is a movement that was undeniably born in London’s King’s Road, the truth is that punk actually originated in New York with bands such as Richard Hell and the Voidoids and the Ramones. Malcolm McLaren, the man who taught Vivienne Westwood everything she knows about punk (well, almost), even credited his infamous look for The Sex Pistols to Richard Hell.

Richard Hell, one of the original New York punk rockers, in his signature look: ripped t-shirt and spiked hair. Image courtesy of www.patrishka.wordpress.com

Richard Hell, one of the original New York punk rockers, in his signature look: ripped t-shirt and spiked hair. Image courtesy of www.patrishka.wordpress.com

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The Great Gatsby – My Movie, Music, and Menswear Fashion Review

I have not been this excited to see a movie in awhile. It made me smile just to see all of the trailers, which I felt were so visually hypnotic… and so crazy good. As you now know this movie is now in theaters nationwide as of Friday, May 10th. I was originally going to write a post about The Great Gatsby before it came out, but decided I could speak to it better once I had actually seen it.

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Throwback Thursday: Versailles ’73 – The Runway Battle

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Today’s Throwback Thursday post is going way back. I decided to highlight the main event that has been recognized many times over as the “Moment in history that changed the course of (fashion) history”.  We can now have a front row seat to the show that became known as the American Runway Revolution!

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I danced with Stephen Burrows.. and Michael Kors!

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One of my goals for 2013 is to attend more fashion shows, events and exhibits. So, when a friend of mine told me about the Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced retrospective exhibit, we made immediate plans to check it out. I went this Sunday and it was absolutely perfect!

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As we entered the exhibit there was a striking image of Grace Jones in one of Stephen Burrows, early designs. The feeling of excitement came over me as I then noticed soul dance music from the 60s & 70’s playing over the loud speakers. Continue Reading

Fashion truly an art?!

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One of the oldest Italian fashion house’s created history this week, by taking over the arcades of Louvre, and running the first ever fashion show in the 900-year old world famous building.

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This is one event that captured my attention, as the debate of weather fashion is an art has been going on since centuries; and this was the perfect answer to it, portrayed in the most unbelievably aesthetic manner. The 140 metres long runway in the temple of fine art was by far, the longest for a Paris show.  The audience included Hollywood celebrities Hillary Swank, Frieda Pinto and Fan Bing Bing from China, who were given a private tour of the exhibition before commencing the show.

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The fashion house unveiled their latest collection that Giornetti designed in shades of pale stone, to keep the palette in coherence with the Louvre and Paris. Slouchy leather trousers with flat boots clearly brought out the Parisian aesthetic and then there were more Italian mini dresses formed major part of the clothes collection. The crochet short dresses definitely were my favorite and without a doubt the highlight of the show were the heritage of the brand, gladiator sandals, and thigh high boots in snakeskin with various embellishments.

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The brand Salvatore Ferragamo, is an 84-year old fashion house, that has always been associated with art and culture.  It is also considered the first fashion house to establish a link between celebrities and fashion. It is said that screen siren Marilyn Monroe and Greta Grabo were pivotal in bringing a mere shoe repair shop from California to a leather star shoemaker.

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At the event, Ferragamo’s creative director, Massimilanio Giornetti, explained to the audience the early links between Leonardo Da Vinci and Salvatore Ferragamo, and that the latter also studied the anatomy of feet to understand the function of the shoe and appearance and make sure he produced something that was wearable. The brand’s motto that makes it so successful, is “beauty with functionality”.

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Salvatore Ferragamo has been one of my favorite brands for shoes and bags! I can truly vouch for the confidence and faith, that all us fans across the globe have in the groundbreaking future of this iconic fashion house.  This magnificent event is just the beginning of their cutting-edge potential.

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Take a walk through Fashion History!

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In my opinion, Summertime in NYC is the best time to truly experience the city… especially when it comes to taking in plenty of FREE activities 🙂 One great activity that would be the best of both worlds, involves learning  historic info about one of the fashion capitals of the world, while enjoying sightseeing around the Big Apple – The Fashion Center Walking Tours!

On this guided walking tour lead by Michael Kaback, a licensed tour guide and true “gamento“, who has worked in the industry since 1965. The tour is listed to be 1 1/2- 2 hours depending on size of group, open showrooms, Continue Reading