Friday, April 21, 2017

vanity case(s)

and jeweled compacts, clocks, luxury cigarette boxes and more...

breathtaking, X one hundred ...

Jeweled Splendors, Cooper Hewitt Teak Room..

Sunday, April 16, 2017

forest for the trees

Root sequence. Mother tongue (2017) Asad Raza
Whitney Biennial...

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Reflecting, Henry Taylor 2017, acrylic on canvas
Whitney, Biennial 

healing heart

i lost my cherished, clear crystal Kazuko heart pendant yesterday, gifted to me years ago by a dear friend who then worked at Barneys where Kazuko's jewelry and Kazuko herself were both fixtures.

i wonder if the universe simply needed it back?

once upon a time in a 1998 feature story, an EVP of Barneys said of the Kazuko craze, " the first jewelry we had in the store was the single stones of clear crystal with bold wrapping... They were mostly pendants to be pinned on. Then she did hearts, and I didn't understand. 'Barneys is not a heart store,' I told her. But she kept bringing them back, and it became the right thing."

i always found it to be an object of incredible simplicity, beauty and calm, light and bright on the body and warm to the touch after wearing.  i already miss tucking it back into its spot in the jewelry drawer of my dresser.

the heart, and the shiny gold wire wrapped around it, also came to symbolize part of my own fashion history.  while it was given to me by one friend from Barneys, another small piece was presented to me years later by Kazuko herself through connection to yet another friend who i came to work with at YSL, all of us neatly and not so neatly intertwined through our roles and grateful for the transformative properties of Kazuko's crystals to instill in us the higher powers we needed to meet our latest, greatest challenges in the line of fashion duty...

and speaking of fashion duty, earlier this week, two of us met up for a lunch meeting at The Modern and even uttered Kazuko's name as i commented on the beauty of the signature, chunky amulet my friend was wearing.  minutes after our lunch, we bumped into none other than the legendary Andre Leon Talley at Manolo Blahnik and a brief but meaningful exchange took place among crystals of an entirely different but equally wondrous sort.

if there is a moral to the story, perhaps it is simply that positive energy and light will continue to find us when we believe they are there to be discovered.  after all, fashion is love.

small Kazuko crystal, circa 1998

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


"Knitting is the new yoga," fashion obsessed designer Lau Almeida says of RAMONA HOUSE classes initiated as an expansion of the knitwear brand she founded in 2009.  Over 50 women come each week from her native Montevideo to participate in the sessions, not just for the meditative benefits of knitting but also to relax, find a warm, welcoming place and share a cup of sweet tea...


RAMONA is named after Lau's grandmother, from whom Lau inherited her childhood hobby as the starting off point for her design career and mission.

Lau's vision is expansive, embracing both ancient techniques and contemporary lifestyle. "Each piece is carefully crafted from soft Merino wool or from cotton...  An estimated 20 to 45 hours of handmade work is required to create each piece, all made with love by Uruguayan artisans."


Lau shares: "It is fundamental to support Fair Trade, and to be conscious about social, economic and environmental wellbeing.  It is from happy sheep and weavers that work comfortably at home, that unique and fashionable clothes come... "

Learn more and view Lau's look books at

from AW GUIDAI Collection