Hubert de Givenchy Dead at 91

“The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. He will be greatly missed.” Givenchy Official

‘The most aristocratic of French designers’

Hubert de Givenchy was the most aristocratic of French designers, renowned for his own personal elegance and impeccable manners. He was born into a noble French family, and destined initially for the law. But at the end of World War Two, he persuaded his family to let him pursue his passion for clothes.

Fame came in the 1950s, and for three decades, he dressed some of the most beautiful women in the world to include the iconic, legendary fashion styles of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy.

He’s credited with introducing the notion of separates to give women greater freedom to choose, and with being one of the first clothes designers to create his own perfume.

In 1988, he sold his fashion house to the luxury brand LVMH, and a few years later he retired to a life of comfortable discretion. He came from a world of fashion which he acknowledged has now all but disappeared – an age of elegance, where clothes were created out of a unique personal relationship between client and couturier.


Source:  Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris

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Tribeca Film Festival 2017

TriBeCa Film Festival. It can be describe as the perfect medium between an art gallery opening and a music festival. You can choose to go to a more lively interactive film screening or just relax and watch a document or simply just roam around the streets of the festival!  I spontaneously went here for a day and seriously was one of the best decisions of my life.

Festival does not do enough justice in describing what this is all about. It’s an experience.

The TriBeCa Film Festival is such an amazing time. You can enjoy it even if you’re not a film buff, but really you should watch more films. (Not popcorn flicks)

You have an opportunity to catch some great films and shorts that generate lots of buzz and could be potential Oscar recipients. They also have events for the public. This past year my girlfriend and I hit up the Saturday fair. It was lots of fun. They had lots of games, exhibitions, vendors giving out merch. Even the restaurants around the area were getting in on the action. They offered deals and specials all day long to attract the crowds. Food trucks galore as well.

This past year we saw The Bomb. It was a 360 experience, surrounded by floor to ceiling screens, and a live band in the middle doing the score. It was breathtaking.

If you’ve never been to the TriBeCa film festival before you’re missing out.

What I love about this Festival is that it’s almost like a hidden gem (but not). This is my chance to see great films that aren’t mainstream, hobnob with the celebs (ahem, I talking to you Quinn from Homeland, Sam Rockwell and others) as well as meet some interesting people.

For example, I see the same beautiful woman come solo to every movie for the past four years and sit in the same seat every time. She gets the baller VIP package and reserves her seat ahead of time. She’s an icon. Every year we chat it up and it’s almost something I look forward to (cheeeeezy I know) but, hey it happens.

This year I met a super cool movie buff from Philly who spends his time hitting up Film Festivals – NYC, Toronto, Nantucket – all on his free time. That’s his thing, and he was pretty friggin knowledgeable about his movies. We ended up sitting next to each other at another movie and had a lovely time.

A few pro tips:
1. Try to see the premieres at BMCC. You’ll need to get there an hour before to reserve a space in line to just get a seat but usually these are the red carpet premieres and the actors and director are there for a Q&A.
2. Again, once tickets are purchased still get in line early to reserve prime seats.
3. I think that’s it.

This review is prompting me to want to make a documentary on people who are super into Film Festivals and travel the world going to them. A movie about movies about movies. Too much?

Regardless, if you’re into movies, have an AMEX card with a few hundred bucks to spend (each film is about $25) do it, it’s definitely a memorable and fun experience.




February 9, 2016

IMG and DHL are proud to kick off the cycle two shows of DHL Exported, a global platform that offers regionally established designers the opportunity to expand their businesses internationally, this week in New York. Marcel Ostertag of Germany will be the first designer to take the international stage as part of New York Fashion Week: The Shows this Thursday, February 11.

Ostertag will be followed by Sid Neigum from Canada showing at London Fashion Week; Atsushi Nakashima from Japan showing at Milan Fashion Week; and Anne Sofie Madsen from Denmark showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. This marks the first time each of these designer is showing outside his or her home market, an important step in the development of their brand.

The Autumn/Winter 2016 collections of the winning designers will be debuted as follows:

Marcel Ostertag – February 11, 2016
NYFW: The Shows, The Gallery at Skylight Clarkson Sq
Sid Neigum – February 21, 2016
London Fashion Week, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall
Atsushi Nakashima – February 26, 2016
Milan Fashion Week, Palazzo Reale
Anne Sofie Madsen – March 16, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, Hall A

As part of the DHL Exported program, designers receive a fully produced runway show for two consecutive seasons along with marketing and logistics support for the duration of the program.

Katya Leonovitch SS16 Bisected Beauty

Katya Leonovich Spring Summer 2016 Bisected Beauty fuses fashion and art seemlessly while empowering the woman that wears this collection to embody inner strength through a sleek, modern style. The scene was set at the Highline Lofts among guests that were treated to a visual feast for the eyes as those in attendance could partake in the beauty of the art of fashion.  Leonovich plays upon the senses with eye popping colors and fabric which mirrored each design to compliment the models themselves.  Since her creation of the “Alive Dress” for Madonna in 1997, Leonovich has shown her artistic ingenuity by elevating each collection with couture construction, clear vision and personality in each piece.

Neoprene and Fox fur trim leather dress
Neoprene and Fox fur trim Leather dress. 

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Han Kjobenhavn Heads to Le Marais



 After setting up shop in Copenhagen and expanding across the ocean to New York, where does a label like Han Kjobenhavn, who have been enjoying a slow build toward becoming one of menswear’s coolest names, go next?

Paris, of course. Specifically Le Marais, which is still at the epicenter of trend-driven shopping in the city. Han Kjobenhavn’s just-opened Parisian output on Rue des Rosiers is down the block from retail mainstays like COS and adidas, around the corner from the first French J.Crew location, and a short walk from boutiques from Carven, Nike LAB, and APC. d1691cd3d95122c8680271923d505fd2768aab92

But it wasn’t just the heavy foot traffic promised by the neighborhood that drew Han to their new storefront. Tim Faith Hancock, founder and owner of the brand, said Paris met a lot of their expansion ideals.

“We always have had a international approach when opening our stores,” he told us. “We want our stores to check multiple boxes such as PR, sales, and a city that we like.”

Fans of the sleek and minimalist design employed in the Copenhagen and Manhattan shops will recognize the aesthetic of the boutique, which has been updated with stone accents. For his part, Hancock wasn’t too concerned with fitting into the neighborhood’s pre-existing look and feel.

“We bring our Danish DNA,” he said. han-kjobenhavn-spring-2010-preview-2 han-kjobenhavn-spring-summer-2010-2

As has happened with each new Han Kjobenhavn opening, Hancock expects to speak to the in-the-know shopper from the beginning – “The fashion consumer and faster movers are always first,” he noted – before settling into his regular customer base.

And once that’s established, Hancock has his eyes on the next stop in his burgeoning retail empire: Hong Kong.

Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Han Kjobenhavn is as ubiquitous as some of its neighbors in Le Marais.

Visit Han Kjobenhavn in Paris at 3 Rue des Rosiers.

 BY STEVE D. Via Capsule 

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amFAR & Versace partner for star studded Dinner in Paris

STATE OF THE ART: AmfAR has landed in Paris. The charity event raising money to combat HIV/AIDS feted its first Paris edition on Sunday night, though the party’s hostess Carine Roitfeld insisted: “This is totally different. We just wanted to say thank you to all those people who have supported us year after year after year,” she said in a body-hugging black Versace gown, which turned out to be the evening’s hottest brand. 20150706_084239 Continue reading amFAR & Versace partner for star studded Dinner in Paris

amfAR generationCURE: Solstice 2015

2015On Tuesday , June 23, 2015. amfAR’s generationCURE held its fourth annual Solstice event at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. This years Solstice major sponsors included Microsoft and MoëtHennessy with a dress theme of black and white summer chic style. amfAR’s generationCURE Ambassadors Emerson Barth, Chiara Ferragni and Kelly Osbourne, came together to gather and socialize with event chairs and other professionals to promote and raise money for HIV/AIDS research.

Kelly Osbourne, Chiara Ferragni, Emerson Barth
Kelly Osbourne, Chiara Ferragni, Emerson Barth

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