Best wishes for a happy and fashionable New Year!
Much as I admired Carine Roitfeld, I am super-excited that Emmanuelle Alt will be the new editor in chief of Vogue Paris. I love her cool, boyish, rock-and-roll style.
Charles LeDray’s retrospective at the Whitney is totally inspiring. I remember the first time I saw his tiny hand-made clothing sculptures displayed on the floor of the Guggenheim Soho for the Art/Fashion exhibition in 1997. I told him, “Mr. LeDray, I love your work,” and he said, “Thanks very much – we’ll search your bag on the way out.” There is something so poetic and mysterious about constructions like Overcoat (2004), a miniature coat lined with even tinier garments. You’d think that designers would be inspired by his disintegrating jacket, shirt, and toe ensemble. Of course, the straitjacket is incredible.
In Blog January 10th, 2011
Sorry! I’ve been AWOL for months! But I’ve been super busy….
The Museum at FIT is now featuring two great exhibitions: 1) Eco-Fashion: Going Green (curated by Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley) and 2) Japan Fashion Now, the exhibition that I’ve been working on for the past two years. Eco-Fashion closes in November, to be replaced by Colleen and Jennifer’s new show, His & Hers, but Japan Fashion Now is being extended through mid-April, 2011.
Long long ago (in July) I had two weeks vacation in France – the Loire Valley, northern Burgundy, and Normandy with a half a day in Paris to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition and the History of fashion show at the Musée de la Mode. After all the chateaux on the Loire, I saw a really cute little fashion museum in Avalon (Burgundy). At a friend’s Louis XIII chateau in Normandy, I met a really fascinating older man who had known Coco Chanel. He said that she talked a lot about the famous men she had known, but never mentioned another woman…
Later in the summer, I had the opportunity to attend Copenhagen Fashion Week. In addition to seeing the world’s longest runway, I also saw a lot of fashion shows – of which my favorite was by NOIR, a really cool (and ecological) line.
Back in New York City, we held the Couture Council summer party at the French Consulate, which was very chic, and attracted publicity for our (sold-out) Awards Luncheon, which took place at Lincoln Center on September 10. This year the Couture Council honored Karl Lagerfeld with a special Fashion Visionary Award. It was an amazing event with hundreds of ladies, almost all wearing Chanel.
At New York Fashion Week, my favorite shows were Rodarte and Altuzarra.
The opening reception for Japan Fashion Now (September 22) was a lot of fun. We’ve also been having a lot of great public programs about Japan, including a Lolita Tea Party, featuring Gashicon, creator of Hangry and Angry, and the owners of the store Tokyo Rebel. Now that Japan is up-and-running, we’re working on next September’s big show, Daphne Guinness.
In Blog October 18th, 2010
Dana Tyler covers Japan Fashion Now on the Sunday morning show with Valerie Steele.
WCBS coverage of Japan Fashion Now
In Blog Exhibitions Press October 18th, 2010