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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Vanity Fair on Coco Chanel circa 1931

While Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is easily admirable for her avant-garde existence—she got her nickname during an early stint as a lounge singer, had numerous lovers but never married and lived for over 30 years in the Ritz—her fashion influence (the championing of practical, minimal, chic garments) often gets distorted into a mess of pastel tweeds [...]

Frana’s Closet

A New York model and socialite from the golden era of Berard and Beaton, Frances Louise Ward amassed an infamous wardrobe reflective of both her impeccable taste and effervescent lifestyle. She was a champion of the greats, mixing American designers like Cecil Chapman, Mollie Parnis and Adele Simpson with international icons Pucci and YSL, and [...]

Matthew Williamson’s New York Paradise: Beyond the Clothing

Each time I walk through the glass door of Matthew Williamson’s Meatpacking District flagship (and I do this far too often), I’m whisked off 14th Street and into a tropical oasis of playful prints, romance and whimsy. Suffice to say, it’s a far cry from scavenging for one of the designer’s collaborative pieces at H&M. [...]

New York Subway Style

For all intensive purposes, it’s Monday in New York, which is—we agree—all the more reason to wear pastel brights and an endearing smirk.

A Tribute to i heart

This Sunday, May 24th, approximately five years after Jill Bradshaw and Antonia (Toni) Kojuharova opened one of the most “hearted” stores in New York, i heart, the Nolita boutique will close its doors for the last time. With more than a little nostalgia, we look back at the unconventional basement space that was so much more [...]