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CULTURE / July 17 2012 1:39 PM

Eleanor Lambert, Godmother of American Fashion

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Simply put, without Eleanor Lambert there would be no American fashion industry. At least not the multi-billion dollar, obsessively publicized, obsessively scrutinized and obsessively obsessed over entity which we know and love/secretly hate today. An extraordinary woman by any means, she lived to be 100 and in her lifetime she contributed as much to fashion as any designer or editor, while etching out the role of the fashion publicist. PR girls, take note — this is the stuff you’re made of.

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CULTURE, FASHION / May 7 2012 10:30 AM

10 Fashion Feats and Fails at the Met Costume Institute Gala

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s annual Costume Institute Gala is tirelessly referred to as the Oscars of fashion and it certainly ranks as the industry’s glitziest and most glamorous night.  But unlike the Oscars red carpet, where actresses willfully play it safe for fear of a career-defining performance on the worst dressed list, at the Met Gala the balls are to the haute couture wall. This is Fashion with a capital effin’ F. Sometimes the results are truly stunning and other times they’re…how can I put this gently…god-awful. Let’s take a look back at the Met Gala’s greatest hits and misses.

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CULTURE / March 23 2012 2:20 PM

Demolition Depot: Salvaging Design & History

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LOOKBOOKS contributor Alex Hahn visits the Demolition Depot in Harlem to step back in time and discover centuries of architectural salvage. Check out his experience and interview with the owner below. 

It’s a rare and wonderful thing to feel lost, overwhelmed and inspired. Losing oneself to a vast, sprawling inventory of fragmented history never felt as good as a trip to the Demolition Depot, an architectural salvage company, possibly the largest institution of it’s kind. With a history dating back 41 years and an inventory that proves both intimidating and inspiring, Demolition Depot demands your respect. No one can help but feel inspired by simply wandering around the three stories of stained glass, doors, windows, 18-foot-tall mirrors, furniture from all places and times, carved granite frescos, intricate paving stones made from marble, stone columns, old English telephone booths, door knobs, 8-foot-tall clock faces and mirrored wall panels from some of the most opulent homes imaginable (just to name a small fraction of inventory). All of this can make even the most well-adapted Manhattan apartment dweller long for space to design and meld all of this wonderful old with some new.

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NEWS / January 18 2012 7:16 AM

Backpedalling with Prada: Brand Insists Miuccia’s Met Exhibit Comments “Taken Out of Context”

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The Elsa Schiaparelli-Miuccia Prada Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is still months away, but why not get the buzz rolling early on? Backstage after her celebrity-filled men’s show in Milan, Prada appeared not too enthused about the upcoming exhibit, saying: ”It’s too formal. They are focused on similarities, comparing feather with feather, ethnic with ethnic, but they are not taking into consideration that we are talking about two different eras, and that [Schiaparelli and I] are total opposite. I told them, but they don’t care.” Now, her namesake label claims these comments were “taken out of context.”

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FASHION / January 13 2012 2:36 PM

Designer Daily: Donna Distefano

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You like your jewelry handmade locally. You value the artist and the precious stones and gold as the natural and manifested wonder they are. Sadly much of the metals and jewels harvested for jewelry comes from suspect places. Places that send children into mines and practice unjust businesses have their product widespread. Which is why Donna Distefano is strictly conscious about where she sources her stones and metals. She gets her rubies and sapphires from community run mines Malawi; they are the finest. She found clean artisan diamonds in Botswana. The problem you run into with gold is that mercury naturally leeches gold out of the earth, causing awful effects to biodiversity. Instead, she only uses recycled gold, and she gives a far better price than those guys in the CASH FOR GOLD commercials. She learned the ancient goldsmith methods from her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now she makes each piece in the same space she sells her work directly. 

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