With all this talk of the upcoming lottery being the largest jackpot in history it got me thinking –as it does everyone- what I would do, if I won, with the portion of my winnings allotted to fashion. Some designers come to mind but then again, no amount of money could purchase the ease I would intend to have wearing certain pieces. Confidence is key when putting on a look. There is nothing more unattractive to me than someone who looks uncomfortable or unsure of themselves because of their outfit. BUT, if in fact in this dream lottery land clothes came with attitudes of their own, I would wear…

Haider Ackermann like Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

Pants like Emanuelle Alt

Emmanuelle Alt

Chanel à la Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

Street Style like Daria wearbowy

Daria Werbowy

A red lip like Linda Fargo

Linda Fargo

Black like Rei kawakubo

Rei kawakubo

Hats like Brigitte Bardox

Brigitte Bardot

Céline like Gaia Repossi

Gaia Repossi

Skirts like Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld

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Film by Nicolas Guevara

The short film above was the product of a very spontaneous idea my friend Nico and I had one night when discussing how we would contribute to NYU’s Gallatin School’s fashion show. The event took place on February 1, 2012, and this year’s theme was gender in the fashion industry. Rather than designing looks for the evening’s runway show, which unfortunately is neither of our talents, we chose to make a short film interviewing industry professionals discussing the role of gender in the art world and fashion industry. We were so lucky to have gotten the chance to speak with such amazing leaders in their respective fields. A big thank you to Eddie Borgo, Chadwick Bell, Keegan Singh, Roxanne Lowit, Eric Fischl, Andrew Bolton, and Julius Poole for their participation. Check out the piece above.

Liu Bolin - With Gaultier

Monday evening marked the opening of Liu Bolin’s latest work exhibited at the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery located at 462 West Broadway in Soho. Bolin is a Chinese artist/photographer dubbed The Invisible Man due to his style of painting himself into the background of his photographs to the point of being almost nonexistent. Bolin was also the master behind the Lost In Fashion spread in Harpers Bazaar’s March 12 issue where he painted the likes of Angela Missoni, Alber Elbaz, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maris Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli into fashion-inspired backgrounds. The party on Monday was hosted by Gaultier and Glenda Bailey to honor of the unveiling of the fashion photographs full scale. In addition to the four prints from Bazaar, the Eli Klein Gallery is also showcasing highlights from Bolin’s already momentous career. See if you can spot The Invisible Man in the below…

Liu Bolin - The Invisible Man

Liu Bolin - The Invisible Man

Liu Bolin - The Invisible Man

Liu Bolin - The Invisible Man

Liu Bolin - The Invisible Man

In case you missed Bolin’s Lost In Fashion spread check out the images below of Angela Missoni, Alber Elbaz, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maris Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli. All four photographs are hanging in the Eli Klein Gallery.

Liu Bolin - Angela Missoni

Liu Bolin - Alber Elbaz

Liu Bolin - Jean Paul Gaultier

Liu Bolin - Maria and Pierpaolo

A'maree's Newport

After a ten-day hiatus in the form of a trip to the West Coast I am finally back home and slowly returning to my New York routine. Although it was hard to leave California with so much left to see, it was comforting to come back to equally blue skies and warm weather. Amid my LA venture I spent a few days with my best friend at her home in Newport. I had always wanted to experience the OC, if not for the beaches than for the A’maree’s.

There are only a handful of boutiques in the US that are comparable to the European high fashion powerhouses like Dover Street Market and Colette; A’maree’s is one of them. I spent time with the owners, Dawn and Denise, last March in Paris and felt foolish being such a fan of their store without ever actually stepping foot in it. Rest assured, I can now speak from experience that it is everything I imagined. The newly renovated space is suspended over the marina complete with portholes on the floor (see above). Dawn and Denise have stocked their palace with goodies from the likes of Alaïa, Comme, Céline, Dries, Lanvin, Rick Owens, Margiela and The Row. I especially loved all the amazing jewelry and interior pieces. Everything looks so fresh when seen in such a naturally beautiful and stimulating environment.

Urban Zen Furniture

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

I love the exposed bulbs in these chandeliers that line the store

A'maree's Newport

Amazing skin pieces

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

The best of SS12 Céline shoes

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

A'maree's Newport

I am typically not a fan of boutiques that serve food but this open kitchen is an ultra chic solution to satisfy hungry shoppers

A'maree's Newport

Golden Goose sneakers

A'maree's Newport

A’maree’s is located at 2241 West Coast Highway in Newport.

The finale of my Kérastase trilogy has finally arrived. Thakoon was the third show I covered backstage for Kérastse at New York Fashion Week. The inspiration behind the collection was Audrey Hepburn, and to compliment the clothes Thakoon worked with hair guru Odile Gilbert to create a look that was both polished and elegant, with a bit of an edge. Odile crafted very sculptural hair made up of a small chignon with a sharp, asymmetrical part. To achieve this look, the Kérastase experts used Volumactive Mousse and, everyones favorite, Double Force Hair Spray. All you need are a few Kérastase products and you can look like a FW12 Thakoon girl even before the collection hits stores.

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson

Eddie Borgo’s geometric jewelry designs have always reminded me of the work of one of my favorite artists, Olafur Eliasson. For Spring 2012 Visionaire co-founder, Cecelia Dean, was the perfect choice to model a collection that epitomizes the intersection of art and fashion; Borgo cited the work of Robert Mapplethorpe as a primary source of inspiration during his design process. The spring campaign video that launched in early February on EddieBorgo.com and on Style.com brought back such fond memories from the Eliasson exhibition in 2008 at MoMA entitled Take Your Time. Eliasson uses severe shapes and colors to engage and captivate the viewer. Borgo’s short film used these techniques to produce an equally beautiful and mesmerizing effect.

Eliasson’s Color Tunnel at MoMA

Olafur Eliasson Color Tunnel

Eddie Borgo stills…

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson

Eddie Borgo - Olafur Eliasson