Met Gala Countdown: That Time Karen Elson Shut It Down
April 28, 2017, 10:11 am
Filed under: art, beauty, best of, jewels, makeup, met gala, ornaments, party girls, statement dresses

Karen Elson. Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda.

2015 Met Gala: “China: Through The Looking Glass.”

Look, there’s only one right way to approach The Met Gala, OK?

Total Carpet Shut-Down. Behold, Karen Elson:


The Making Of. 

The bodice adornments were applied on the body. Mindful of risking Karen’s fair complexion and red hair veering too far into Elizabethan territory, her glam squad avoided high hair, white-out paint and the centered cupid’s bow. They instead gave her a modern touch via sleek hair, a slightly-winged eye and full lip, rather than replicating Karen as Queen Elizabeth by Kevyn Aucoin, below right.

The Carry-Off.

This was a whole lot of look, that could have gone wrong in less capable hands. Karen carried it with a mix of regal air, humor, ease, and joy.     And she Shut. It. Down.


Met Gala Countdown: Jackie Edition
April 27, 2017, 10:38 am
Filed under: art, boss ladies, met gala, vintage

Jackie in Valentino at the 1979 Met Gala. The theme was “The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era.” 22 years later, the theme would be hers: “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years.”

1979: Jackie’s off-shoulder tiers and ruffles echo the Hapsburg theme.


2001: Then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton admires Jackie’s tribute.

Met Gala Countdown: Royal Edition
April 26, 2017, 9:00 pm
Filed under: art, jewels, met gala, ornaments, party girls, vintage

Princess Diana, 1996 Met Gala.

A slip dress, appropriately enough for the 90s.

Navy satin, black lace – –  and you know that ain’t no costume jewelry.

This was John Galliano’s first-ever gown for Dior.  Fashion history.

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The dress.

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The jewels, hair and makeup.

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The back, the bag and the bubbly.

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The Di shy-side-eye.


Dain Yoon, Jedi Makeup Artist
April 25, 2017, 1:33 pm
Filed under: art, beauty, cosmetics, makeup

Except it’s not a mind trick. She’s really this amazing.

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Vintage Style at The Jazz Age Lawn Party
October 24, 2016, 9:23 pm
Filed under: art, party girls, vintage

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra twice every summer take over Governors Island, just off the Southern tip of Manhattan, for The Jazz Age Lawn Party. The ferry to the island turns the clock back nearly a century, as Jazz Age fashion, music, dancing, cocktails and cars await party-goers. Inspired by the era of Gatsby, dolls and dandies don their finest and come out to play.  This year brought a scorching heat wave to the party and IT. WAS. HOT.

But that just meant more delicious cocktails by St. Germain for all!


“Queen Esther”




Fine and Dandy Shop





VIP Tent





Decades of Style



NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Guests attend the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, presented by The Dreamland Orchestra and St-Germain on June 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for St-Germain)



Michael Arenella, leading the orchestra





Gregory Moore and Friend in 1920s Suits, Jazz Age Lawn Party




Met Gala 2015 Round-Up – – “China: Through The Looking Glass”
May 5, 2015, 2:49 pm
Filed under: art, met gala, party girls




1. Too much showgirl. I thought what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?? 

2. Too much boring. Boring pisses me off at awards shows. Boring makes me *stabby* at the Met Gala.

Or…….. in the words of my sister:  “Not enough crazy shit.”     Truth.

Beyonce, Givenchy

Girl.  Put some clothes on.

Beyonce Givenchy

Zhang Ziyi, Carolina Herrera

Ahhhh, a palate cleanser of elegance.

Oh, good. More Pink Prada Problems.

Olivia Wilde. No.

Olivia Wilde Prada

Kerry Washington. No.

And did Lily Pulitzer have a hand in this?

Kerry Washington Prada

Reese Witherspoon, Jason Wu

Look. Wear some trite to the Met Gala?

Like, oh say, a plain red strapless?               

You’re banned. For life.

From *everything*.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Zendaya, Fausto Puglisi

My favorite.

Zendaya Fausto Puglisi

Sienna Miller, Thakoon

Also my favorite.

Sienna Miller Thakoon


Eh. I mean, ok, it’s bringing the crazy so there’s that. But, as much as I despise SJP, I give her due props for the way she usually brings it at the Met Gala. She goes for it. And she went for it here, but it’s not terribly attractive and reads as costume. Sure, the party is for the The Met’s Costume Institute, but that doesn’t make it a masquerade ball. 

(P.s. Thanks to all outlets noting that this is actually *custom* H&M. Because, y’know, otherwise I was going to be confused and go look for it at the mall.)


 Fan Bing Bing, Christopher Bu

And, finally…..the one that made me stare, slack-jawed.

It fits the theme while being artful and fabulous, but not costume-y. It’s %1,000 Met Gala-worthy. It’s elegant but full of BAM.

The cape evokes stained glass (“through the looking glass,” indeed!)  and Fan’s carrying the look with the air of resplendence it calls for and the “I got this” ease that great style is made of.

Fan Bingbing Christopher Bu

Makeup Magic By Kevyn Aucoin
April 24, 2015, 5:05 pm
Filed under: art



Calista Flockhart…


As Audrey Hepburn

Calista Flockhart as Audrey

Martha Stewart…




As Veronica Lake

Martha Stewart as Veronica Lake



Amber Valletta…

Amber Valetta

As Both Clark Gable *AND* Carole Lombard

Amber as Clark and Carole

Drew Barrymore…


As Myrna Loy

Drew Barrymore as Myrna Loy

Tina Turner…


As Cleopatra

Tina as Cleopatra

Hilary Swank…

Hilary Swank

As Raquel Welch

Hillary Swank as Raquel Welch

Winona Ryder…


As Liz Taylor

Winona as Liz

Alexandra von Furstenberg…

Alexandra Von Furstenberg Unveils Modern Furniture Collection

As Cher

Alexandra von Furstenberg as Cher

Kiara Kabakuru…

Kiara Kabakuru

As Diana Ross

Kiara Kabakuru as Diana Ross

Christy Turlington…


As Marisa Berenson


Liza Minnelli…

Liza Minnelli

As Marilyn Monroe

Liza as Marilyn

Julianne Moore…


As Twiggy


Gwyneth Paltrow…



As James Dean

Goop as James Dean

February 26, 2015, 4:38 pm
Filed under: art, best of

Carolina Herrera

I especially love the bows where the straps meet the bodice.

Michelle Obama Carolina Herrera

Michael Kors

 Hot pink, a great necklace and sleek hair.

Michelle Obama Michael Kors


Michelle Obama Michael Kors 3


Michelle Obama Michael Kors 2


Michelle loves her J.Crew – – and they love her for it!

And I love a FLOTUS who gets down with some high-low fashion.

You think Laura Bush has the modern sensibility to do H&M and J.Crew?

Yeah, no.

Michelle Obama J Crew

Peter Soronen

This is a woman who loves her statement necklaces —

 And knows how to deploy them.

Michelle Obama Peter Soronen

Calvin Klein

Because *chartreuse*, dahlings!

Michelle Obama Calvin Klein


Bringing that signature Halston 70’s flavor.

The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Michelle Obama Halston

The lookbook pic really highlihts how well Michelle

amped up the shape, color and styling of this dress.

Michelle Obama Halston 3

Duro Olowu

A superfun vacation-ready dress, orange shoes…. and The White House emblem.

Because why not?


Michelle Obama Duro Olowu

Naeem Khan

If I asked you 7 years ago if this look – – complete with metallic print, statement earrings and loads of bangles – – was for a Hollywood actress or the First Lady…

Would you have ever guessed First Lady?   


Michelle Obama Naeem Khan 2

Michelle Obama Naeem Khan

L’Wren Scott

Adorbs. That is all.

Michelle Obama LWren Scott

Thom Browne

Thom Browne is mostly a meanswear designer.

This coat is based on the print used on one of Thom’s menswear ties.

Take a man’s tie, then envision it as a coat-dress with a jeweled belt,

suede-detailed boots and contrasting gloves?  Skillz.

Michelle Obama Thom Browne 1


Michelle Obama Thom Browne 2


More high-low fabulosity.

Michelle Obama J Crew 2

Alexander McQueen

This.  Gown.  I cry hungry tears of want for this gown.

Michelle’s Best Ever.  (So far…)

Michelle Obama Alexander McQueen


Michelle Obama Alexander McQueen 2

Fall/Winter 2013: Valentino Blue
August 8, 2013, 4:25 pm
Filed under: art

Well, Valentino pretty much owns red and now it looks like he is making a run on blue as well. Super-sleek cobalt to riffs on Chinese Blue & White Porcelain. So beautiful.

Friday Randomness
August 2, 2013, 1:14 pm
Filed under: art, chillin

1. Jennifer Aniston displayed why she is on the suckbag list. A poorly-hemmed dark plum (not much of a departure from black, really) borefest with ugly shoes for a movie premiere followed by  – surprise! – a black cocktail dress and black sandals for Jimmy Fallon. And exactly the same damn hair and makeup. I’m not even going to bother posting pics. Total yawn.

2. This is someone called Crystal Reed wearing the shorter, strapped version of that Carolina Herrera that Lucy Liu wore to the Golden Globes. I loved it on Lucy, kinda bored with Crystal’s styling here, but mostly I wish someone would do this dress justice by pairing it with red. They really got it right in that lookbook pic, with the red lips and shoes.

3. Diane Kruger. Mary Katrantzou. LOVE.

4. The planet is being taken over by floral-on-black, non?