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BOOKCLUBBIN’ — Antonio: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco

Does anything in life matter besides fashion, art, sex and disco? Short answer: no. In addition to my meditation mantra, those have always been the main tenants of my life and the same can be said for fashion illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez. Lopez is largely forgotten today, but the new book from Rizzoli, Antonio: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco, will easily change that.

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CULTURE CLUB | September 14

Cathy Horyn Calls Oscar de la Renta a Hot Dog

Everyone knows that the most offensive fashion industry insults come under the guise of greasy, fatty foods. Esteemed NYTimes fashion critic Cathy Horyn oddly called iconic designer Oscar de la Renta a “hot dog” in her official review of his Spring 2013 fashion show.  Rightfully offended, Mr. de la Renta bit back with an open letter printed in this morning’s  WWD, implying that if he were a hot dog, she was a stale, 3 day old hamburger.  We couldn’t have made up a better story. Read the letter after the jump. 

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Illustrator Katy Smail Talks Artful Inspiration in a World Overrun with Photoshop

LOOKBOOKS editor-in-chief Cator Sparks explores the lost art of fashion illustration with artist Katy Smail. See the interview and fantastic gallery of her whimsical work below.

With the amount of air brushing going on these days, models in magazines look nearly good enough to hang in the Louvre. Their skin so dewy, their teeth so white and their eyes so clear, so it only make sense that the fashion world is rediscovering the lost art of illustration.

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FASHIONVILLE | February 16

Celebs Came Out in Droves for the Levi’s Fall 2012 Global Collection

Yesterday afternoon, News & Culture Editor Lester and I waltzed down to SoHo for Levi’s Fall 2012 Global Collection preview. Before the actual runway show began, we walked around the space, Stella Artois and PBRs in hand, checking out mini instillations inspiring the line. It was a hot spot for celeb sightings, as VIPs like Maria Menounos, Brad Goreski, Zachery Levi, Byrdie Bell, Theophilus London and Jessica White took their places in the front row. Click to see all the famous faces and the collection in full.

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Adriana Lima and Donna Karen For The Love of Haiti Spring 2012

After experiencing last night’s 92Y “Fashion Icons” talk with Fern Mallis and Donna Karen, it’s time to finally up the ante on the new Donna Karen Spring 2012 ad campaign  that will be featured this March. The editorial inspired by Haiti and modeled by one of the world’s most beautiful women, Adriana Lima. “I have never used her before, and I am totally in love with her. She shows the heart and soul of Haiti,” Karan told WWD of Lima. Click through the images and see a side of Adriana Lima that you’ve never seen before.

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LINKLOVIN | January 12

Carine Roitfeld Used “Real People” as Guest Editor for VMAN

After a busy year of redefining and reinventing herself, Carine Rotifeld doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2012. The former French Vogue editrix recently finished a stint as guest editor for VMAN, where she used “real people” — because as we all know models aren’t actually people —  in the spring fashion issue’s editorials. Said “real people” were a combination of celebrities, chefs, mechanics, architects and a fireman; however for the bonus pin-up calendar, Rotifeld turned to her stable of models, including Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima

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Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2012 British Invasion

The British are coming! The British are coming! One If By Land, Two If By Sea in the West Village last night housed Stella McCartney fête to her Pre-Fall 2012 collection; a British Invasion of grown up English prep school. Stella is celebrating 10 years of business, and her mates Liv Tyler and Naomi Watts were there to raise a glass. 

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