Fashion & Style…A Mother’s Influence

For These Designers, Mom Knew Best


Published: May 6, 2011

IN “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde wrote: “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” Fashion designers get around this problem by incorporating their mother’s way of dressing into their work. On the occasion of Mother’s Day, several shared their primal style memories.

A little Art and Culture…The Huntington adds 2 new 20thC American Artworks

Huntington is adding two 20th century works to its American art holdings

For the next two weeks, the works will be on view in the Rotthenberg Loggia of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The pipe organ screen will be removed for conservation treatment, and the Lawson soon will be incorporated into the permanent galleries

Fashion News…Hermes and Gaultier’s Fashion House

Herm’s Is Selling Its Stake in Gaultier’s Fashion House

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Published: May 3, 201

Jean-Paul Gaultier, right, with the model Farida Khelf

Did you know…Susan B. Anthony, Suffragette and Fashion Icon?

On Her Arm, a Symbol of Freedom

Published: May 4, 2011

THOUGH she has rarely been described as a style icon, the suffragist Susan B. Anthony was readily identifiable on her travels by her red shawl and alligator handbag. To her, a bag was not a fashion statement but a symbol of independence at a time when women were not allowed to enter into a contract or even open a bank account.

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Art and Culture…McQueen Exhibition at the Met

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

May 4- July 31, 2011 @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

—Alexander McQueen

This promises to be a great exhibition.  Organized by the Costume Institute, it will celebrate the late designer’s contribution to fashion.  “Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity.” (

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Art and Culture…Sonia Delaunay, artist and fashion designer

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay 

On view now through June 19, 2011 at Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York

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 “Examining the more practical side of Delaunay’s pioneering achievement, this beautiful, enlightening exhibition offers some alluring artworks, garments and accessories, especially a passel of radiant scarves. But it bets most of the house on fabric swatches — Delaunay’s textile designs — and succeeds with a display of some 90 gouache studies for textiles and their equally vibrant commercial results: more than 120 hand-printed silks, velvets and cottons laid out in large vitrines. Patterns ranging from geometric to floral variously revisit, amplify and presage much of the history of modern painting and may even deserve a place in that history. 2 East 91st Street , (212) 849-8400, (Smith)”

The Zoe report …The real deal behind Fashion

Rachel Zoe is one of the biggest names in fashion styling. She was born on September 1, 1971. Hate her or love her, Zoe is known for having a wonderful fashion sense. Ironically she does not have any formal fashion training. Zoe’s has worked with celebs such  as Brenda Song, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Mario Orejel, Nicole Richie, and Kiera Knightly. Her current clientele include Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Debra Messing, Demi Moore, Liv Tyler, Joy Bryant, Molly Sims, Beau Garrett, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton and Anne Hathaway.

– Collaborated with Judith Leiber on a line of luxury bags.

-She has served as the face of Samsung’s BlackJack cell phone national ad campaign.

-She is currently a consultant for, with the Zoe picks, and she also is a consultant for shoe and handbag website.

-Rachel also has a reality tv show that can be seen on Bravo and a clothing line under her own label and a clothing line for QVC.

Zoe is a genius when it comes to fashion picks for celebrities. If your interested in more information about her check out her site at

It’s all about the clothes…Valentino

2011 Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award: Valentino

On Wednesday September 7, 2011, The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will honor Valentino with their 2011 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.  The event has become a tradition in preceding the arrival of Fall Fashion Week!

“Valentino was chosen in recognition of his status as a world-historical figure in modern fashion, a man who has dressed every beautiful woman of the past 50 years, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Madonna.  Valentino’s concept of beauty is Apollonian in its classicism and perfect taste…In today’s world of an often debased celebrity culture, Valentino’s dresses continue to assert an aristocratic ideal of art and beauty.”, said Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT.

FIT president, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, noted, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to honor Valentino, who, through his timeless and elegant designs, is a legend to all those who love fashion.”

Art and Culture…an everyday icon

The Museum at FIT presents Fashion Culture Special Programs throughout the year.  Check this one out! 

Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style ~ Kate Betts
Thursday, May 12, 6pm

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, first floor

“Join the former editor of Time magazine’s Style and Design section Kate Betts as she presents her latest book, Everyday Icon – Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Described by Diane von Furstenberg as “fun, informative and inspiring,” the book is an analysis of Michelle Obama’s emergence as a style icon and what it means for women, First Ladies, and the future of American style. With her unique perspective both as a journalist and a fashion industry leader, Betts takes a historical look at the influence First Ladies have had on American style and fashion. A book signing will follow!”

a little Art and Culture…”Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou”

We all know Picasso’s work…and we all know that he frequently painted his mistresses.  This new exhibition, “Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou” by co-curator and Picasso historian John Richardson, will highlight the relationship between him and Marie-Thérèse, his most famous mistress.

Photo: Rob McKeever, Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

“Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou,” is on view at the Gagosian Gallery in New York from April 14 through June 25.  This is not something to be missed!