Thursday, August 25, 2011
Each fashion week, not only are the fashion designer and brands busy preparing their shows, but so are the modeling agencies. This is an important time for all of them to get their models booked for runway shows in order to be photographed and have their images seen by millions of people, which then gets them booked for more lucrative commercial jobs throughout the rest of the year.
In order to compete, the modeling agencies put together elaborate Show Cards to get the designers and booking agents attention. My favorite by far this year is Soul, they did cards which have a photo of the model as a child on one side and then a runway shot on the other. You can see my favorite cards above, these are only sent to select people, but for more Soul models go to http://www.soulartistmanagement.com/models.html
I just came back from Las Vegas and curating a section of the MRket Show. I also managed to check out a few of the other shows and saw what is perhaps my favorite collection of the spring 2012 season. Mark McNairy has nylon camo shirts, khaki (and camo) shorts embroidered with daisies, short sleeve shirts made from dead stock 70's Lily Pulitzer-esque fabric, fluoro nylon anoraks, zebra and leopard print carpenter shorts and much more!
I must (and will) have, if not all, a good deal of this collection, I plan on placing an order larger than most boutiques. Unfortunatelty it won't be in stores until next spring, you can buy a McNairy's current season here at http://www.markmcnairy.com/
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I've had the image on the right on my computer for the longest time and not for the reason you might think. I love this rainbow tattoo, unlined, looking like it was drawn in magic marker, it's genius. I always wondered who this guy and what the story was behind it (no pun intended). Then today I opened up the September issue DETAILS and there he is, there's no name given, but he's a surfer from Whale Beach, which is in Australia, north of Sydney. I'm going to track him down and ask him about the tattoo.
This is what I love about this sharks tooth necklace:
I got it on Etsy.
It's sterling silver.
It's going to tarnish beautifully.
It was only $60.
It was made entirely by hand by a former dentist, who retired to Florida.
I bought it during "Shark Week", so I feel like it was a souvenir.
Buy it here http://www.etsy.com/listing/77412858/large-sharks-tooth-necklace
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
When I was a teenager, my parents had a beach house on the mainland of Long Beach Island, My mom, sisters and I would spend the entire summer there and my dad would come down on weekends and for two weeks in July. In my bedroom, on the shelf of my bunk bed, I had a stack of GQ magazines, 80's GQ was SO GOOD! Bruce Weber taking bright saturated pictures of Jeff Aquilon, Buzzy Kerbox and Sinjin Smith all in Speedos and covered in sand from playing volleyball on Miami Beach. They say that the olafactory sense is your strongest, but looking at these magazines takes me right back, life seemed simpler, better, you can buy a piece of it here on ebay for $25.00 http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-GQ-GENTLEMANS-QUARTERLY-July-1982-/120763116691?pt=Magazines&hash=item1c1e0aec93
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Yes, this is a $475 t-shirt, yes it's cashmere, yes it's handmade right here in the USA. Don't criticize it until you try it. The Elder Statesman is Greg Chait, the company is named after his brother. Greg is based out of LA and if you ever get a chance to meet him, please do.
I consider Alexis Bittar a good friend, and a super talented jewelry designer. I don't have the need to visit his website that much, but
I did recently, looking for something for a shoot and was pleasantly surprised. There is more than just jewelry, a whole section is called "curiosities" and is basically everything other than jewelry. My favorite thing is this "stud" pillow available here for $57, I know a lot of people who would love to receive it as gift.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I found Max on facebook. A friend posted some pictures of him and I was hooked. I love a boy-next-door who's covered with tattoos and especially the jet black hair and blue/green eyes.
I did a casting today with him for a look book shoot and took the picture above. Fortunately, Max had just moved here from LA and signed with Soul Artist Management. I was his first New York go-see. This is why I love my job. To see more of Max check out his facebook page here.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I recently noticed on facebook that my friend, fashion designer Chris Benz, keeps a folder of all things pink that inspire him, he's so committed to the color that he's even dyed his hair bright pink, and you know what it goes great with a navy blazer. We are definitely kindered spirits because I keep color folders too. Here are my two favorite images that I shared with him, not just because of the color, but I love the juxtoposition of the Manuel Canovas Balleroy Toile and the graffiti like artwork. I would totally cover a wall in the toile and hang this modern work on it.
I mentioned my amazing Fun Junk zebra bag on my last post and wanted to share he site. They are based in Washington State and make these incredible bags from recycled materials: canvas, blankets even horse-covers. The front of this bag is made from a perfectly distressed wool blanket, complete with loose threads and holes. The back is vintage canvas and stenciled with an old company from SF, the bag is lined in cotton, the durable straps are from parachute materials.
You can buy this bag here for $100. http://funjunkonline.com/live/shop/products/3759 There are other bags online as well you can contact them, they have hundreds of these bags and are super nice, I'm sure they would be happy to tell you about the bags they have in stock. These bags aren't for everyone, but if you like them, you'll LOVE them! Promise.
I recently rented the bungalow attached to my summer share house on Fire Island. There wasn't enough room in the closet and too much bad art on the walls so I just moved some things around and merchandised the room with my extra clothes. It was a win/win. Hanging on the walls are: djellaba by John Bartlett, scarf by John Varvatos, vintage beaded necklace from Bklyn Dry Goods, vintage zebra bag from Fun Junk.
Shirts from left to right: L.L. Bean Signature, August 15th, Engineered Garments, Michael Bastian and Michael Kors.
I've always loved the look of a guy in overalls, there's something a Lil'Abner/country bumpkin hot about them, plus my Fire Island crush was sporting a pair of a few weeks ago, get a pair for $38 from Dickies here http://www.dickies.com/product/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3A%3Afolder_id=2534374302024398&PRODUCT%3A%3Aprd_parent_id=2534374302024397&PRODUCT%3A%3Aprd_id=845524441761757 I also LOVE a man in glasses and these from Tom Ford take the overalls to a new level and give you the high/low thing that I love! Get them here for $340.
Zac is always so inspiring! Here he gets an impromptu workout in on the beach in a simple pair of Levis cut offs http://us.levi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11305255&cp=3146842.3146845.11237928 and a classic white Bike jockstrap http://www.jockstrapcentral.com/productdisplay.php?product=08203 which are actually really difficult to find, trust me.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Zac Efron embodies a lot in this look, but mainly the 80's surf vibe that's happening right now.
You can get a sleeved version of his t-shirt for $24 here at http://www.80stees.com/products/Endless-Summer-T-Shirt.asp and his Hurley Phantom Geo board shorts for $31 at http://www.dillards.com/product/Hurley-Phantom-Geo-Board-Shorts_301_-1_301_502574403?linkshare=http://www.shopstyle.com/affiliate
For great deals on genuine 80's vintage check out Bklyn Dry Goods at