HAPPY SUPER BOWL WEEKEND

Not sure if that's what you're supposed to say, mon chers, but I am not
really about "Who Dat" or whatever that bloody means. I suppose I will root
for New Orleans though. Just because. As pigskin madness has invaded my
town, I plan to lay low and tackle a stack of old movies just aching to be
watched. None will be about football, I assure you.

For those not watching the Super Bowl, check out this pic of my favy fav
Linda E. shot by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue back in 2003.

At least I am in the spirit of things a little bit, non? XO

A NOD TO A GREAT SITE

I have always been intrigued by the "Esquire" man- it's a man of taste and
distinction but it's also not a fussy man- it's a man who loves a custom
made suit but can also make an amazing bloody mary and tell you where the
best caprese salad is in Capri or perhaps where to buy a vintage Indian
motorcycle. It's a man who embodies true style but doesn't try too terribly
hard...another source that embraces the sort of chic "every man" ideal is A
Continuous Lean (Michael Williams). I love his take on the world and how he
embodies true style peppered with American ingenuity and the grit of Steve
McQueen. There is no doubt about his bloody mary making skills or his
ability to curate the best of this land from now and from then.

Anyhoo, he's opened up shop on his site and its full of lovely things for
men that are not fussy, glitzy, or overwrought. Things for real men. Real
men with a bit of a bank account, but for real men none the less. True you
may not be on the market for a pair of $425 Derby boots, but site is worth
checking out if you dig the chic American male thing...enjoy. It's pretty
hot.

http://www.acontinuouslean.com/

ANTONIO LOPEZ

Sometimes my job allows me to embrace my out and out geekiness for fashion.
Today's assignment had me searching for fashion sketches and I stumbled across one of my favs of all time, Antonio Lopez.

As a little girl, I used to copy the illustrations of Lopez while
all my friends played with Barbies. (I did that too PS).

Antonio was a huge inspiration for me and was the catalyst for a lifelong
love of fashion illustration. Sad that this medium is not as popular as it
once was, but it is unbelievably beautiful. Like many brilliant people, he
died way too young. I am presently searching for prints of his to purchase
as I would love to hang one in my home. Enjoy.

Karl sweet Karl

Gazing at photos on WWD of the Chanel Spring 2010 Couture...no gold buttons.
No typical "Chanel". World is crazy. Times have changed. Karl is going right
along with it...clothes are divine...if I could eat these on a spoon I
surely would...the man is a pompadoured genius. J'adore. What a talent.

Nice campaign from the Fragrance Foundation

Opened my new Bazaar (finally) today and was super stoked by all the spring
clothes, ads, etc. Madonna looking hot and almost voluptuous cast as a
Sicilian mama, McQueen shoes over the top as always, Blumarine doing the
luxe hippy to the max. One of my fav things was the teaser ad for the
Fragrance Foundation, an organization in support of all things eau de. The
ad is cool and calls on readers to go to onemightydrop.com- just love the
use of illustration, interactive, and customization in the campaign (you can
design your own bottle on the site). Check it. It's fun. Nice to see a
fashion brand embracing new ways to reach us.

NEW SPRING 2010 V MAG

Hi peeps...happy new year...wanted to share some shots from the new V Mag
that everyone is talking about. Shot by the amazing Solve Sundsbo, we're
talking about beauty that certainly falls outside of fashion normal. My eyes
are so trained to see models that are willowy and emaciated that I find
myself feeling weird looking at these photos, although they are really
amazing...wish we could see a fashion story that does not publicize or hype
the fact that they're using plus sized models (the shape issue, etc.) and
just DO IT. Would be nice to see some variety in fashion mags and think
America wants it. Or do they???

OBSERVATIONS ON 2009...A ROUND UP

As I sit here nursing the sinus infection from hell, I can't help
but reflect on what a profound and strange year its been...and the end of a
bloody decade no less. Was a big decade for me personally- got married,
moved out of a city that I thought I would have to be dragged from to ever
leave it, learned to drive, and many more huge moments.

Besides all of that, I thought this year had some weird mojo happening and
here's just a few things I was reflecting on as I reached for yet another
Vicks infused Puffs- there are so many more but these are top of mind and in
no particular order:

1. Celebrity death-a-thon. Was shocking how many celebs left this planet
this year. Most shocking to me was Michael Jackson, which I will never
forget hearing about as I was leaving the gym. I felt like I was going to
pass out. For many of us, MJ represented a huge part of our youth- he died
so young (50) but still- MJ WAS 50???? He was so timeless and ageless- he
surely could not avoid controversy, but nobody can say he was not a huge
part of pop culture and made us all dance. To all of those that have left us
this year, RIP. I think sometimes we canonize celebrities to superhuman
status and when they die, its surreal.

2. Wall Street Redux- Phew. This was a big one...Madoff will go down in
history as one of the most dastardly humans to live- to rob people the way
he did put our current fiscal crisis in perspective and helped us all take a
deep breath and think about the more money mania that swept over all of us
for so many years. Combine that with all of the corporate disasters and auto
industry meltdowns, and this was truly a year when America needed to assess
where we are and where we are headed. For those that remember Michael Milken
and Boesky, this seemed so much more dastardly and so much more evil.

3. Obama- nothing much to say here. Watching him get elected was a 
highlight in our history for so many and was a true time of hope in this
country. Most notable to me was how he became a hero for many who were
voting for the first time- he really is the youth's president and it's beyond
significant in our history.

4. Fashion toughens up- To me, fashion had a real tough moment this year-
everything was black and sort of oversized- over the knee boots ruled,
leather became a staple and everyone had a rocker chic moment. Standouts to
me were Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, and the shoulder pads at Balmain. Looking forward to an untoughening come springtime. Much as I love the juvi look, I am ready to  bring back a little flowy diaphony goodness as the flowers bloom.

Unrelated but I must shout out Lady Gaga- as much as I find her music kind
of meh I can't think of a single person that is on another planet fashion
wise- fashion is so referential and she really is a person taking it a new
place- I feel like her references are from Mars- have never seen someone
more original and less dependent on trends and the whims of designers.

5. Facebook/Twittermania- we all know this one. Can't underestimate the
power of these tools to connect us all and invite us into each other's
lives. To me, its a great way to reconnect with people we thought we would
never speak to again, but in a way, I also find it impersonal- its sort of a
skewed view on our reality as we select what we want people to see- also
completely removes phone calls as a means to communicate with each other. I
find myself mad that my mom is not on Facebook or does not text as I now
hate talking on the phone other than brief little necessary convos. Most
striking to me is the way the dead are honored on Facebook- I lost two
friends this year to cancer and they still to this day are getting messages
of love and respect on Facebook. At first I found it creepy, but realized
later how much it helps people to eulogize someone they love this way.

6. Glee how I love thee- I found this show to be so refreshing, so engaging,
and just so cool- to bring this medium of musical theater to a new audience
is beyond genius - the modern songs, the high school drama, the raw talent-
all so fantastic and camp and genius. I so hope this inspires Broadway folks
to produce some shows to appeal to a younger audience- already happening for
sure but an exciting opportunity to bring a new crowd to the great white
way.

7. Vampires- Twilight. True Blood. Sexy vamps everywhere. We couldn't get
enough of the drama, the hotness, and the fantasy element that the immortal
bring.

8. Bacon- maybe it's just me noticing but bacon turned up in unexpected
places this year- in vodka, in chocolate, even bacon having a fan page on
Facebook half a million strong. Maybe its a backlash to our obsession with
health, calories, and fat. The indulgence and decadence of bacon is having a
real moment.

9. New York- ok I know NY always is in the moment- but have to give it up to
the Yankees- and even if you aren't a New Yorker Jay Z made you love the
place more and more with his "Empire State of Mind". Even when they play it
here in Miami, people go nuts.

10. Entrepreneurship- with so many layoffs and uncertainty in the corporate
world, many took the time to make lemonade and start their own businesses.
Tough to do in this climate, but also an incredible opportunity to follow
your passion and do what you love.