What a surprise when, at The Curve Lingerie show last month, I bumped into two young designers who were just beginning their careers when they worked with me in a past life. Now, several years later, Courtney Newman and Erica Paul have propelled their personal retro style into a showcase of glamorous lingerie for women who are blessed with sexy curves. Inspired by the vintage under-things worn by burlesque stars in the 1920’s, Dirty Dolls is a collection of bras, panties and shapers for hard to find sizes. Searching for an artist that would reflect the brand profile, my first reaction was the glam rock style of the modern pop sensation, Katy Perry. Little did I know that, in fact, she had personally purchased … Read more
Winter has definitely taken its toll. This beautiful picture, taken just one week ago from my living room window, belies the devastation that this season’s storms have wielded in much of the country. Buried under blankets of snow are fallen trees and broken electrical wires interrupting the everyday pace of life. I think we are all ready for a change. So when I saw this delightful image of spring percolating through the melting snow in my yard this weekend, I realized that very soon I could shed all these layers of clothes and break free of winter’s confinement. That, of course, means bathing suit season, which brings a whole other set of issues to the feminine mind.
Searching for the perfect swimsuit can be quite … Read more
I have been watching the Olympics for the past two weeks, mesmerized by the audacious athleticism that seems to be part of the Winter Games. Although this event is, without a doubt, the premiere international gathering of the world’s sporting elite, Canada’s declaration that they will “own the podium”, has enabled the friendly rivalry between the USA and Canada. The United States leads the medal count in a sport’s arena usually dominated by European skill and training and Canada holds the record for Gold Medals. There is something to be said about competing on home soil, being cheered on by faithful fans. Although there have been extraordinary performances by many of our global partners, the American and Canadian sub story has contributed to a … Read more
My grandfather traveled from Russia to America at the age of 12 looking for a better life. His quest ended in Ohio as the owner of an upscale dress boutique from which he travelled to New York several times a year to search for the newest fashion ideas to satisfy his stylish customers. His passion for innovation and instincts for saleable items fueled the growth of his retail legacy. He had a merchant’s heart. I wonder if I inherited his merchandising DNA. From the moment I started my career, my greatest thrill has been the discovery of a new product and the belief, somewhere in my gut, that presented correctly, it would generate profit. I have always referred to it as “the thrill of the … Read more
Last month, while walking through the fashionable Marais neighborhood in Paris, I saw this incredible wedding dress featured in the window of a bridal boutique. This symbol of innocence and purity is superbly executed in the newest fashion trends. How French! Several months ago, I wrote a blog on Eternal Seduction in which I proffered Concepts Paris’ spring 2010 trend predictions: poetic architecture, airy lightness, soft focus and the importance of the color white. Here, I was witness to this vision artfully translated into a piece of fashion sculpture. Its creative design, rendered in white, is an affirmation of virtue with the promise of new possibilities. Fresh, clean and exquisitely constructed, the dress embodies the meaning of chic: sophisticated, classy and amazing.
The color white, … Read more
No tale better expresses a little girl’s dream of lasting love than that of the handsome prince wakening the beautiful princess from her long dark slumber. On a personal note, I was never very taken by this illusion, but, I have to admit that the age old story, filled with fairies and witches, wedding court scenes and rambling bushes protecting an empire for 100 sleepy years, was definitely a gift for my imagination. So last Thursday night, when I saw the NYC ballet presentation of Tschaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, I was definitely enchanted by the extraordinary staging, exquisite costumes and phenomenal choreography of Peter Martin’s ballet masterpiece. But much more compelling was the subtle, delicate strength and grace of the dancer’s movements. Ballet is … Read more