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CULTURE, FASHION / April 9 2012 10:29 AM

Frock of Ages: A History of Eco-Fashion

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Eco-fashion as we know it developed in the 1960s thanks to those damned dirty hippies and the burgeoning environmentalist movement. However, the history of sustainable style can be traced back to the 18th century when hand-crafted silk garments were “meticulously cared-for and altered for continued wear,” according to the Museum at FIT‘s Eco-Fashion: Going Green exhibit from two years ago. That exhibit explored the often contentious relationship between fashion and the environment and how it has developed over the past few centuries.

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CULTURE, FILM MAJOR / February 23 2012 1:54 PM

INDIE REWIND: The 10 Greatest Oscar Gowns of All Time

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The Academy Awards are this Sunday which means that Meryl Streep is sticking pins in her Viola Davis vooodoo doll, George Clooney is readying his smug acceptance speech and Brad Pitt is scraping the last Jolie-Pitt scion off his scraggly goatee in preparation for the big night.  So in celebration and in anticipation, we present to you an oldie but a goodie: The 10 Greatest Oscar Gowns…wait for it…OF ALL TIME.

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NEWS / February 7 2012 7:21 AM

Halston Making Yet Another Comeback

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Maybe he’s just beating a dead horse, but Ben Malka, the newest chairman and CEO of Halston, is determined to revive the iconic brand. Malka has shaken up the way Halston runs by moving the studios to Los Angeles where they will focus on the Heritage line left so carelessly behind by Sarah Jessica Parker, with plans to relaunch the Halston runway line next year. And unlike the past, money will cease to be an issue. According to Malka, “We are very well-funded, so I don’t have to worry about that. The money was put in by myself and my partners in a big way…The amount is enough for us to screw up for a long time.” 

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CULTURE / August 29 2011 2:04 PM

Bookclubbin’: Maxim’s: Mirror of Parisian Life

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Think of Maxim’s as the Studio 54 of the 1890s. But instead of Halston, Liza and coke, there’s Charles Frederick Worth, famously infamous courtesan Liane de Pougy and opium. That magically hedonistic time known as the Belle Epoque in France saw the establishment of a pillar of Parisian society, Maxim’s. More than a restaurant, it was the social meeting ground for generations of artists, nobles, diplomats, stars and folks of less reputable distinction. It has survived two world wars, multiple owners and Mick Jagger showing up in sneakers and 120 years later it’s still the place to see and be seen. Assouline’s Maxim’s: Mirror of Parisian Life by Jean-Pascal Hesse examines the people, the historical and cultural events and of course the food that distinguish the rich history of the restaurant at 3 rue Royal.

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FASHION, Mens, TRENDSPARK / August 10 2011 8:08 PM

Champagne Dresses and Caviar Dreams

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Drinking the bubbly, nibbling the roe. Dahhling, this is a classy affair. De temps en temps you fancy coordinating ensemble and cocktail hour. Merci Jacqueline Clark for conceptualizing a manner to wear the fanciest hor d’oeuvres by means of jewelry. And many thanks to champagne, for inspiring such a palette. A fine way to toast out the summer.
Champagne Dresses and Caviar Dreams

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CELEBULITE, CULTURE, FASHION / August 5 2011 6:19 AM

You Can Lead a Horse to Halston, but You Can’t Make Her a Hit: The SJP Story

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How do you solve a problem like Halston? Once the de rigeur designer of the haute fabulous set — Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Jackie Kennedy, Babe Paley, Lauren Hutton, Liz Taylor; we’re talking Glamour here — the company faltered in the early 80s with the ousting of Roy Halston. Roy, too high on caviar wishes and cocaine dreams, had sold equity in his company in 1973 and was fired in 1984 only to die of AIDS-related complications in 1990. Numerous attempts to revive the brand faltered over the last two decades with the latest manicured finger of blame being pointed dramatically at Carrie Bradshaw.

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