RIP ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

This is so sad...I can't believe he is gone. Such a huge talent. I have
posted this pic before but it's one of my all time favs shot by La Chapelle
so many years ago...also striking is that Isabella Blow, featured in this
photo as well, also took her own life 3 years ago and was a dear friend of
McQueen. The mind puzzles on how two such talented and brave spirits could
be so deeply unhappy...RIP Alexander. We will miss your wild take on
fashion- nobody can take your place.

Check out Land's End these days...

I unsheathed my March In Style last night (which thank goodness is page
chunky once again) and was intrigued by Land's End's new print campaign,
which made me go their website celebrating their new line called Land's End
Canvas 1963 (think it launched in November of 2009). Can't really believe
how functional chic their new line is- it clearly speaks to the J.Crew/Gap
customers among us (and is derivative of both brands), but like how they're
trying to capture a new generation of customers with this line. I myself am
a huge devotee of basic pieces you can purchase and wear again and again. I
may be in the minority of people who get super excited about a black skirt
or a great white button down, but these are pieces I can't really live
without. I have traditionally thought of Land's End as a place to get a bathing suit
if you actually swim. Meaning devoid of any sexiness or style but super
functional, comfortable, and good quality. I'm rethinking that as we
speak...prices are nice too...starting point at about $15-$200. I couldn't
find much about who is designing for them now, but I dig. I really do. Also
goes back to my "authentic" point the other day as Land's End is a real
brand for real folks. Knitting. Hot Chocolate. Land's End. You know how that
story goes...maybe it's authenticity with a modern/urban twist we are all
after. Check out the line for 'yoselves below:

http://canvas.landsend.com/canvas/index.html

LOVE ON MY MIND...

With Valentine's Day coming up (as well as my wedding anniversary), I give
pause here to salute coupling and comingling everywhere. I came across these
photos of Bianca and Mick on their wedding day and there has not been a
chicer bride since. True they are not growing old together (which by the
looks of Mick lately is a good thing), but their stylish and sexy wedding
fashion lives on in infamy. More hot couples later. I am in love with love
today, just as long as its attired in vintage YSL.

HOT CHOCOLATE + KNITTING

I was talking to a friend yesterday about how the pendulum of communication
is swinging towards all things digital and social media and how we've lost
some things that are really lovely because of it. That's all cool but can't
help but wonder if there will be a backlash to that or some sort of
"correction" for folks who like to touch and feel and relate in a more human
way. My friend mentioned the success of sites like Etsy as a perfect remedy
to those feeling disconnected from the homemade and handmade these days- or
at least something that feels "authentic" or real or made with TLC.

While I was reading New York Mag online today, I came across this article on
the owner of City Bakery and how he is having a night of knitting and hot
chocolate- knitting has been popular for a while but this particular
combination was striking to me as something that felt homey, real, and quite
the opposite of all things digi. I am not at all suggesting we abandon our
Four Square, Twitter, Facebook and whatever we need to communicate with each
other these days, but this is just so damn sweet and harkens back to a time
when a cup of hot chocolate and a knitted afghan were somehow enough to make
us happy. I know its a bit warm and fuzzy, (literally) but I'm craving that
these days...and loving Manny the Marshmallow.

http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/02/maury_rubin_sees_connection_be.html

What does one wear to an apocalypse?

We all know 2012 is coming. It could, of course, be a portal for
enlightenment or a new age for us poor souls witnessing our deep and
abysmal descent. But I digress- if it really is the end of civilization as
we know it, one question is particularly striking: what does one wear when
the world is ending? Or better yet, what does one wear après apocalypse- to
forage and hunt and loot and pillage and simply SURVIVE?

I myself would probably be outfitted in clothing from All Saints, a UK brand
who just opened an outpost right here on Miami's Lincoln Road. Everything
has a deconstructed, post genocidal toughness that reminds me of Mad Max
meets Rick Owens. The clothes are tough and raw and sexy- think urban armor
for a new age. I dig. I dig a lot. Even if the end is not near and we are
forced to bear more seasons of "Keeping up with the Kardashians", these
clothes are crazy stylish and will protect you from looking like everyone
else. And that in itself is enlightening.

http://www.us.allsaints.com/

Really?

Andre Leon Talley to be a judge on "America's Next Top Model"? Hmm. Seems a
bit pedestrian for him don't you think?? As in choosing models who will most
likely end up in the Spiegel catalog? And how will his velvet Edwardian
caftan fit at the judging booth? How how how? Discuss.

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