The Met

Scene: The Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons and Irving Penn exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition examined the work of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. The thematic show features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. The galleries illustrate the designer’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness”— the space between boundaries. Heads and wigs were created and styled by Julien d’Ys. View the video of the show.

Viewers view the art as I view the viewers and the art.

Scene: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, Cubisme, Spring/Summer 2007 collection. Vest in navy wool-polyester gabardine and red polyester chiffon; skirt of red nylon tulle. Background, Jacket of red nylon tulle with panels of off-white wool-polyester voltaire printed red and black; skirt of white nylon tulle and red rayon flocking.

Scene: Other galleries and exhibits on the way to the Irving Penn show.

Scene: Irving Penn, Mouth, New York 1986, Dye transfer print. Ad for L’Oreal.

The Met presented a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. It was the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer’s work to date. Penn was first and foremost a fashion photographer. He dealt with many subjects throughout his long career. The exhibition explored the chapters of his work. View the video.

Scene: Irving Penn, “Visages et métiers de Paris” (Faces and trades of Paris), June 1951. Offset lithography. French Vogue.

Scene: Irving Penn, The Tarot Card Reader, New York 1949, Gelatin silver print, 1984. Models Bridget Tichenor and Jean Packet.




Window Dressing

Scene: Windows all dressed up on Fifth and Madison Avenues, and in between. The allure of a vision in a window, reflected. Proenza Schouler at Saks Fifth Avenue, above.

Notable window dressers: Simon Doonan of Barneys. David Hooey of Bergdorf Goodman. Gene Moore was a leading 20th century window dresser who joined Tiffany & Company in 1955. Danuta Ryder formerly of Henri Bendel. And other creatives who fashioned windows at one point in their careers: Giorgio Armani fashion designer. Salvatore Dali surrealist artist commissioned by Bonwit Teller. Victor Hugo associated with the Warhol Factory, produced window dressings for Halston in the 1970s. Raymond Loewy industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts, designed windows early in his career for Macy’s in New York. Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac worked as a window dresser in London in the 1960s. Joel Schumacher the film director was employed by Henri Bendel. Between 1956 and 1958, Tiffany’s Gene Moore tapped Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, both artists associated with abstract expressionism, neo-dada, and pop art, to create a series of unorthodox windows using natural materials such as leaves, flowers, fruit, dirt, and sand to showcase their fine jewelry pieces.

Candy Pratts Price fashion editor, began her career creating award-winning windows and displays at Bloomingdale’s in 1979. As director of display and visual merchandising she is credited with the concept of the “vignette window”. She created highly theatrical installations. Working with Candy was energetic when I was at Bloomingdale’s as senior fashion art director in the Advertising Department, and hiring her as a consultant for a few projects when I was executive art director at Revlon.

It’s Not Just Window Dressing” by Louise Lague for The New York Times.

Scene: Roberto Cavalli.

Scene: Ralph Lauren.

Scene: Proenza Schouler.

Scene: Stella McCartney at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Akris at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Emilio Pucci at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Marques’ Almeida at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Proenza Schouler at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Reiss London.

Scene: J. Crew Ten Thirty-five.

Scene: Bally.

Scene: Sonia Rykiel.

Scene: Jill Sanders.

Scene: John Varvatos.

Scene: Jonathan Simkhai at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Dolce & Gabbana Children’s Boutique.

Scene: Alfred Dunhill Ltd.

Scene: Vivienne Westwood.

Scene: Vivienne Westwood.

Scene: Proenza Schouler at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Gucci at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Alfred Dunhill Ltd.

Scene: Chloé.

Scene: J. Mendel at Bergdorf Goodman.

Scene: Bally.

Scene: Valentino at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Scene: Alexander McQueen.

Scene: Mui Mui at Bergdorf Goodman.

Scene: Etro.

Scene: Versace.

Scene: Libertine jacket and Caroline Constar dress at Bergdorf Goodman.

Scene: Oscar de la Renta.

Scene: Dolce & Gabbana.

Scene & Heard: Window at Van Cleef & Arpels and runway parlor chairs.
Joni Mitchell wrote and sang these words “Caught up at the light in the fishnet windows, Of Bloomingdale’s, Watching those high fashion girls, Skinny black models with raven curls, Beauty parlor blonds with credit card eyes, Looking for the chic and the fancy, To buy” in her song “Harry’s House/Centerpiece” from the album The Hissing of Summer Lawns in 1975 which was my first year at Bloomingdale’s.




House of Lubin

Scene: The Fashion Design Program of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) New York City Presentation at Lubin House, the University’s New York City home on East Sixty-First Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Models above are wearing Senior Designer Khari Walser’s collection.

The recent event featured the top juried senior collections with the leadership of Todd Conover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Fashion Design, and Jeffrey Mayer, Professor Fashion Design and Stylist for this event. The Senior Fashion Designers that participated this year were: Laura Fidati, Marissa Mariscal, Krysta Nelson, Simon Perez, Natalie Puma, Khari Walser, and Wendy Zhang.

The presentation also featured designs by Junior Fashion Designers for Fashion Without Limits, which is an initiative that promotes the creation of size 12+, an inclusive fashion movement. It is a partnership with Model, Entrepreneur, and Alumna Emme ’85 and Wolf Form Company Inc.

Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Khari Walser.

Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Wendy Zhang.

Scene: Todd Conover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Fashion Design, and Senior Designer Khari Walser’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designer Wendy Zhang’s collection.

Scene: Krysta Nelson, Senior Designer, with models wearing her collection.

Scene: Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University, his wife Dr. Ruth Chen, an accomplished environmental toxicologist and Professor of Practice at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Emme, Model and Entrepreneur.

Scene: Dr. James Fathers, Director of School of Design, and Suzanne Bartlett, Administrative Specialist, Department of Design, Fashion Design. Always a special thanks to Suzanne for her continued involvement!

Scene: Aly Mason, Events Manager Lubin House, and Alumna Hanna Bird, Account Management Coordinator at LeadDog Marketing Group.

Scene: Alumnae Aimee Mercure and Miranda Watson.

Scene: Senior Designer Marissa Mariscal’s collection.

Scene: Senior Fashion Designers Laura Fidati, Simon Perez, Wendy Zhang, Krysta Nelson, and Marissa Mariscal.

Scene: Senior Designer Khari Walser, Fashion Design major with a minor in Drama, with models wearing his collection.

Scene: Fashion Without Limits, a Junior Fashion Design Project. Emme, Model and Entrepreneur, with dresses designed by Jakia Nur – blue dress, Rukeyah Primus – black dress, and Carol Niyonzima – green dress.

Scene: Junior Fashion Design Project. Dresses designed by Shuijing Fan, Andrianna Gyamfi, and Weiting Zhang.

Scene: Junior Fashion Design Project. Dresses designed by Courtney Capazzi, Routing Xu, and Helena Elston.

Scene: Simon Perez, Senior Designer, with models wearing his collection.

Scene: Victor Costa c.1989 black lace cocktail dress from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection. Jeffrey Mayer is the curator of the collection.

Scene: Jeffrey Mayer, Professor Fashion Design and Stylist for the event, and Penny Payne, Fabric and Notions Editor of the McCall Pattern Company, which includes Butterick, McCall’s,  and Vogue Patterns.

Scene: Beauties. The Senior Designer Fashion Presentation was worn by models from Fenton Models.

Scene: Alumnae Miranda Watson, Shannon Gately, (Christa Guzewski), Lung Ung, and Jasmine Kim. The bag Jasmine is carrying talks about the College of Visual and Performing Arts Study Abroad Program. A direct placement program with the London College of Fashion offers students majoring in fashion design a professional semester in London, England, during their junior year. In addition to classes they would normally take on the SU campus, students take courses in such areas as millinery design, shoe design, and electronic machine embroidery.

Scene: Accessory Design, generated via applying narrative and memory to a found object. Todd Conover, Instructor. Designers from left to right: Kerry Phelan, Brittany Hicks, Lawren Capelletti, Rachel Wilkinson, Alex Kravitz, Serra Benedetto, Jakia Nur, Fellicia Underwood, and Allie Woja.

Scene: Dr. James Fathers, Director of School of Design, with models wearing Senior Designer Laura Fidati’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designer Natalie Puma’s collection.

Scene: Sally Tomkins, Visiting Lecturer, in conversation with models wearing Krysta Nelson’s collection.

Scene: Dr. Ruth Chen, Professor of Practice at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Lauren Cramer, a University Trustee and Chair of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Council.

Scene: Anna Chae, Coordinator of Education + Professional Development at CFDA. Anna’s current role focuses on the CFDA’s programs/awards that are geared towards emerging designers.

From the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, left, Ostrich Feather Coat American c.1975 worn by Francesca Transom Forte. She was a Fulbright Scholar while at Syracuse University and roomed with author Sylvia Plath. As an actress Francesca created the ingenue rolls in Auntie Mame  and Sweet Bird of Youth.

Scene: John Paul Rangel, Artist, Designer, and Metalsmith, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Scene: Senior Designer Laura Fidati’s collection.

Scene: Beauty note.

Scene: Alumnae Tiffany Wu and Jasmine Kim.

Scene: Dr. James Fathers, Director of School of Design, and Tracy Tajbl, Assistant Dean for Advancement.

Scene: Alumnae Linda Kesteg and Jodie Feldman.

Scene: Carol Toscano and Ben Sanders.

Scene: Jeffrey Mayer, Professor Fashion Design, and Todd Conover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Fashion Design, with models wearing Senior Designer Khari Walser’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designers Krysta Nelson, Simon Perez, and Wendy Zhang in foreground. Dante Baldachin, and Alumna Shannon Gately in background.

Scene: Catherine Schuller, Guest Advisor on Junior Project, Fashion Without Limits, admiring Bill Blass 1995 silk taffeta evening gown. The sample was worn on the runway by Kristen McMenamy. I had the opportunity to work with Kristen on one of my client projects.

Scene: Beauties.

Scene: Marissa Marshal, Senior Designer, with models wearing her collection.

Scene: The hair and make-up crew: Stacy, Coco, Ryan, Angela, and Jacqueline. Ryan Taniguchi hair team; and Angela Di Carlo makeup team.

Scene: Senior Designer Khari Walser’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designer Wendy Zhang’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designer Simon Perez’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designer Krysta Nelson’s collection.

Scene: Senior Designer Simon Perez and Alumnus Lung Ung.

Scene: Kimberly Jimenez, TRUE Model Management , with plus size models who wore dresses from the Junior Fashion Design Project, Fashion Without Limits.

Scene: Khari Walser, Senior Designer, with his parents Ardie Walser and Pat Phillips, and models wearing his collection.

Scene: Alumnae Avery Gray, Shannon Gately, Miranda Watson, Lung Ung, Ron Curaizaca, Lizzie Rosin, and Brittany Blythe. I am also an alumus of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Scene: Senior Designer Khari Walser’s collection.

Scene: House of Lubin.

Scene: Krysta Nelson, Senior Designer, and her Dad, Jim, leaving the scene.




Fashion Reunion

Scene: Here they come! Geoffrey Saunders, and the hosts Nancy Donahue and Harry King. The festivities are about to begin! The legendary fashion reunion marking it’s eighth anniversary swings in. The stylish and talented guests mingled over cocktails and conversation. Movers and groovers, who have and continue to influence and shape fashion and style, danced, laughed, reminisced, and spoke about current projects. The talent at this party spans from the 1960’s to the present. What a great night! Awesome in fact — another fun evening by Nancy and Harry at  Parlor. Enjoy the night!

Scene: Jeffrey Fellner, watching the arrival of Geoffrey, Nancy, and Harry.

Scene: Hamid Bechiri, Nancy Donahue, and Harry King.

Scene: Hamid Bechiri with hat, Dan Brennon, and Carole Lawrence.

Scene: Steve Goss and Liz Lee who was Geoffrey Beene’s muse.

Scene: Barbara Tate, Sharon Middendorf , and L.J. Kirby.

Scene: Hugs and conversations.

Scene: Benjamin Pasteur, Johnny Rozsa, and Nancy Fraser.

Scene: Geoffrey Saunders looking at the photo he just took, Linda Mason, and Hamid Bechiri.

Scene: Sharon Middendorf and Edward Tricomi.

Scene: Susan Sakin and Ronnie Peters.

Scene: Nancy Donahue and Jany Tomba.

Scene: Harry King, Sam Gold, and Dawn Gallagher.

Scene: Gretchen Lium, Rick Gillette, and Lucy Kaylin.

Scene: Gabriel Masson and Max Thomas.

Scene: Dustin Pittman, Hamid Bechiri, Yasmine Guenancia, and Oscar Reyen.

Scene: Jany Tomba and Benjamin Pasteur.

Scene: Stan Wan, Nancy Donahue, and Bruce Connors.

Scene: Catherine Roberts, Loris Diran, and Tony Spinelli.

Scene: Nancy and Doug Fraser with Kat Harry.

Scene: Reed Lerner and Carmen D’Alessio.

Scene: George Eng, Hanna Watt, AC Betts, and Patrice Casanova.

Scene: Gerard Leddy, Bhavaja Kat, and Beverly Lee.

Scene: Nancy Donahue and Tony Sanchez.

Scene: Daniel Perry and Janet Elisabeth Stanwood.

Scene: Linda Mason and Helen Oppenheim.

Scene: Yasmine and George Guenancia.

Scene: Mitchel and Katie Gray.

Scene: Barry Weinbaum, Esma Korn, and Rick Gillette.

Scene: Luara and Jonas Koffler.

Scene: Asia Janina Dyrkaczs and Steven Maginnis.

Scene: Yasmine Guenancia and Nancy Donahue.

Scene: Into the night.

Scene: Daru Iahcu and Ezel Mustafa.

Scene: Devin Morris, George Eng, Brie Ryan, and Lily Morris.

Scene: John McAleenan and Sarah Donahue.

Scene: Barry Weinbaum and Harry King.

Scene: Kim Charlton and Stephen Meringoff.

Scene: Esma Korn and Adrienne Landau.

Scene: Tony Sanchez, Pam Geiger, and Tony Spinelli.

Scene: Nancy Donahue with Joseph Bogess who styled her hair and makeup. Stunning!

Scene: Geoffrey Saunders with camera, Dustin Pittman, Johnny Rizsa, and Barbara Tate.

Scene: George Eng with his mother Nancy Donahue, and Harry King.

Scene: Pam Geiger, Beverly Lee, and Monta.

Scene: Bhavaja Kat, Bruce Connors, and Asia Janina Dyrkaczsand.

Scene: Catherine Roberts.

Scene: Steve Goss.

Scene: Dawn Gallagher and Sam Gold.

Scene: Nancy Donahue and Kim Charlton.

Scene: Harry King and Nancy Donahue.

Scene: That’s me. Photo by Mitchell Grey with my camera without flash. Thank you, Nancy and Harry, for another memorable night!

Visit earlier parties, 2016, 2015. And for additional information on some of the partygoers and others you can check out my story Model Behavior.




Spring Up

Scene: Spring’s chill, light layering, and swing temperatures. Trench coats, jackets, sweaters, and coats. Brights and neutrals. Platinum, charcoal, tones of goldenrod, a range of caramel tints, lime to forest green, yellow and purple. Pretty in pink, black and blue, black on black. Classic and not. Sheer white and black leather. Solids, prints, stripes, and breezy color.