Saturday, February 17, 2018

everyday beauty

i went to Chelsea a week or so ago to see Gordon Parks' fashion photos before the exhibit I Am You/ Part I at Jack Shainman Gallery closed. 

in addition to the important civil rights era work for which he is widely known, Gordon Parks freelanced for many publications, from Ebony and Vogue to LIFE Magazine, where he was the first African American staff photographer and writer. 

he is attributed with being one of the first to showcase a distinctive "street style" aesthetic, with photos styled in locations as wide ranging as manhattan streets to malibu and san diego beach. 

here is a photograph that may be familiar to fellow fashionistas: Bettina (Bettina Graziani) modeling fall college clothes for Vogue photographer Frances McLaughlin-Gill, taken across from Hunter College here in New York, 1950. 

Gordon Parks I am You: Part I
summary credits to jack shaman gallery, 
including photography historian and gordon parks foundation member deborah willis

i wanted to stay forever to absorb the energy of this space and the vision transmitted through the mesmerizing melange of fashion and celebrity photographs, portraits of artists in their studios and civil rights era subjects. 

i will return to the 24th street gallery for I Am You/Part II which opened on February 15th and runs through March 24th. 

hope to see you there...

Friday, February 16, 2018

when Miss Havisham inspires....

Flashback Fashion Week Friday:

With the cinematic stunner Phantom Thread fresh on my mind, I found myself easily immersed in Bibhu Mohapatra's dramatic fall/winter 2018 show, in which the designer took his inspiration from the portraits Francesco Clemente painted for the film version of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

Bibhu explored the dynamics of love and loss, forgiveness and censure between Miss Havisham and Estella and sent models down the runway in contrasting textures, layers, patterns and prints and vibrant shades of red, merlot and plum to bring his vision to life.

Footnote: the shoes were by Christian Louboutin.

It was high on emotion, very berry, and very luxe.

Bibhu Mohapatra,
Spring Studios, nyfw

(show synopsis taken from summary shared by the designer) 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Duck, Duck, Devon's Drawer!

i met Cynthia a few years ago when she was in the early phases of launching Devon's Drawer.
we were introduced through a tremendously talented womenswear designer and mutual friend, Jaga Buyan, based in L.A.

each year, i pop into the booth at Playtime New York kids fashion trade show and am drawn to the range of rich colors, cozy corduroys, warm woolens, and signature peter pan collars i recognize from my own youth.

Cynthia's line is infused with an appreciation for the artisan.  a costume and textiles specialist, she is inspired by fabrics first when building her collection, then by design and detail, her years of travel to India and Asia also reflected in the palettes, patterns and prints introduced each season.

a mother and daughter(s) run company based in Los Angeles and Vancouver, Devon's Drawer has evolved very mindfully.   at the New York show this week, the team took home the coveted One to Watch award bestowed upon a deserving emerging designer by Pirouette blog!

the organic and natural materials, ethical and handwoven fabrics (some recycled) and low impact dyes applied right in downtown Los Angeles make the collection stand out as both sophisticated and sustainable.

and sturdy, too! each new style is test driven by Cynthia's own family and friends, receiving not just the award from the trade but the stamp of approval from the most important critics of all, the kids who wear the clothes!  and if wear and tear does occur, the team simply sends a patch kit to the rescue!

what could be better when buying than to know that these pieces are modern little heirlooms crafted with purpose and passion?

now, go out and play!

the Pirouette One to Watch 'spy glass' award,
designed by Alejandra Salvatore
 of Severina kids.

blue hues and rich rust in the palette...

hand blocked prints
felted wool french knots

quilted cotton, recycled Woolrich wool, 
easy zippers and cozy collars...

the ultimate playsuit in cotton duck...