Fashion

Beauty and the Beads

“I think of fashion as a medium of communication,” says Victor-John Villanueva. “It can convey ideas, both large and small. On a very personal level, it can convey your mood and state of mind.” On February 13th, Victor is poised to become a Fab.com sensation when he officially launches 3PTPOP with a plan to...

Dude Looks Like A Lady

Recently in Holland there appeared a series of ads designed by Doom&Dickson for a HEMA’s push-up bra, using this tagline: A push-up bra that gives you 2 cup sizes extra. Modeled by Andrej Pejic. A man. So imagine what it can do for a woman. Andrej Pejic, male model from Bosnia, is from my...

Vogue: The Covers

Strike a pose – specifically, a comfy reading position. As we ring in the New Year, iconic magazine Vogue invites us to look back on 120-years of style with their luxe coffee table archive, “Vogue: The Covers.” And just as crazy-excited “Sex and the City” Carrie Bradshaw was to tour the legendary Vogue accessories...

Critical Undressing

Are you a voyeur? Could you get off undressing celebrities from METALLICA TO MUAMMAR AL-GADDAFI?  Dress, the second installment of D-Crit’s chapbook series, features  essays that parse the personal props and sartorial signifiers of divas, dictators and designers alike. Published by the School of Visual Arts MFA in Design Criticism (D-Crit), Dress will premiere...

Superhero Fashion Show

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. presented its Spring 2012 Collection on Monday, October 24th at The Ace Hotel. The evening was a benefit for 826NYC and featured a collection of original and one-of-a-kind crime-fighting attire for superheroes created by various designers—Opening Ceremony, Christian Joy, Renata Morales, Chromat Garments, Matt Singer, Complex Geometries, United Bamboo,...

Art Nouveau By Any Other Name

Beginning in the early 1890s artistic conventions — indeed academic art everywhere — were under attack by a kindred group of young artists who marched throughout Europe under the youthful banner of Art Nouveau. Although it was called by different names in the various nations in which it took hold – Stile Liberty in...

What to Wear to a… Protest?

So, Steve Heller pointed out yesterday that the New York Times, for some reason, felt it necessary to commission logos for an occupation the rest of the media landscape had barely acknowledged prior to two weeks ago. That, in and of itself, was weird enough—and it was weirder that the logos they were given were...

Wiggy Wigs

Bring back wigs for men. No, not ratty toupees, I mean wiggy wigs. The Louis XIV variety that made him three feet taller and could serve as a nest for small birds and large insects. Its that time in the fashion cycle for Louis to return. He was rightly called “La Grand Monarch’” or...

What the Best Dressed Policeman Was Wearing

The men in blue had to look sharp in neatly tailored uniforms that expressed authority while exuding style. “Each tailoring step is carefully checked and rechecked to insure absolute uniformity. . . ,” which is a good thing when you are manufacturing and selling uniforms. “The transaction is complete only when you are entirely...

La Dolce Vita, Domani

I got to my local Target store at the Palisades Mall in Nyack, NY, just before 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning to check out the limited-time Missoni collection on opening day. I was three hours too late. Every shelf and rack of Missoni merchandise was empty. Well, there were two sweaters in the children’s section...