Month: March 2007 (Page 1 of 3)

The Sweetness of Spring

People, spring has finally sprung upon us. Not only is it a sunshiny seventy degrees outside, but it’s the perfect opportunity to shed the grouty aura of winter’s (not-so-distant) past. And there’s no better way to do it than to reintroduce the springtime staple that perfectly reflects the lighter, carefree of new beginnings: the sundress. Whether you’re in the mood for a vintage vibe or a mellow kind of flow, there’s a springtime frock out there for everyone…
Be it that you prefer the comfort of an old t-shirt:
or the crispness of a preppy frock:
or are drawn to the modern classic wrapdress:

while fancying the sweet, yet funky return of the baby doll dress:


and offering just hint of seduction in the form of a halter:

dusky rose Ella Moss Penelope halter dress, $154 at Nordstrom’s


The Sweetness of Spring

People, spring has finally sprung upon us. Not only is it a sunshiny seventy degrees outside, but it’s the perfect opportunity to shed the grouty aura of winter’s (not-so-distant) past. And there’s no better way to do it than to reintroduce the springtime staple that perfectly reflects the lighter, carefree of new beginnings: the sundress. Whether you’re in the mood for a vintage vibe or a mellow kind of flow, there’s a springtime frock out there for everyone…
Be it that you prefer the comfort of an old t-shirt:
or the crispness of a preppy frock:
or are drawn to the modern classic wrapdress:

while fancying the sweet, yet funky return of the baby doll dress:

and offering just hint of seduction in the form of a halter:

dusky rose Ella Moss Penelope halter dress, $154 at Nordstrom’s


To all my bag ladies…

Folks, I must admit, I am a bag lady. Not in the sense of collecting tens of hundreds of bags, but hoisting one big bag of stuff. From my cell phone to my latest read to my day planner, I carry the weight of my entire world on my left and right shoulder. And while it’s great to be prepared, it’s not so great to have an increasingly sloped left shoulder or a tote that has seen better days. However, being the practical fashion-conscious person that I am, I am looking for the holy grail of bags: one large and sturdy enough to sustain my things, while being stylish enough to pair with outfits as diverse as a baby doll dress or jeans. Though it was a daunting challenge, my thorough search proved that snazzy and spacious isn’t an oxymoron:

To all my bag ladies…

Folks, I must admit, I am a bag lady. Not in the sense of collecting tens of hundreds of bags, but hoisting one big bag of stuff. From my cell phone to my latest read to my day planner, I carry the weight of my entire world on my left and right shoulder. And while it’s great to be prepared, it’s not so great to have an increasingly sloped left shoulder or a tote that has seen better days. However, being the practical fashion-conscious person that I am, I am looking for the holy grail of bags: one large and sturdy enough to sustain my things, while being stylish enough to pair with outfits as diverse as a baby doll dress or jeans. Though it was a daunting challenge, my thorough search proved that snazzy and spacious isn’t an oxymoron:

Malian Family Tragedy


This story literally tore at my heart strings as I heard it, and I am still devastated. Wednesday evening, 8 Malian children and 1 adult were killed in a fire in the Bronx. the fire was sparked by a faulty heater in the Bronx.
You can help these families by sending donations and inquiries to:

African Family Services
429 W. 127th St.
New York, NY 10027

Daily News Mali Family Fund
PO Box 3305
New York, NY 10116

This tragedy could have been avoided. Smoke alarms can be annoying when you’re cooking, but

Make sure your smoke detectors have batteries
Don’t overload your sockets
If there is a fire in the house keep your door closed
Call 911
Si vous ne parlez-pas anglais, Appellez 911 ET NE RACCROCHEZ PAS
(la police peut tracer votre appel)

From the New York Times:
Nine Dead, a Community in Mourning
The narrow brick house on Woodycrest Avenue in the Bronx was full of children’s voices and the scent of peanut stew. In the mornings, the children would strap on their backpacks and gather on the front steps for the walk to P.S. 73; their mothers would venture out later, babies tucked in brilliantly colored slings across their backs. Friends used to tease Manthia Magassa, one of the residents, about her growing family, but she didn’t mind. She would smile and say, “No, it’s God giving.”

Fire roared through this house on Wednesday night. Relatives and neighbors ran to help, but they could only stand there, in the bitter cold, and watch.

One father — he had been driving a cab in Manhattan when he got a panicked call from his wife — ran back and forth outside, screaming. A terrified mother threw two of her children from a window to neighbors below, then jumped, wearing only a bra and panties.

In all, eight children and a woman were killed, all of them part of an extended family of immigrants from Mali. Four of the children and the woman were found on the fourth floor. Two died in a bedroom on the third floor. One was found on the second floor, and one was on the stairs.

Help came late for several reasons. The four women in the house did not call 911. They tried to put out the fire themselves, according to the Fire Department. The first call to 911 came from a neighbor across the street, at 11:08 p.m. A fire engine arrived at the scene 3 minutes and 23 seconds later.

Other things went wrong. While the women tried to put out the fire, they left a door open, allowing the fire to spread upstairs. A padlocked gate in front of the house stood in the way of firefighters, who went back to the truck to get a bolt-cutter. The first two floors were already filled with fire and smoke, and women and children on the upper floors were weakening from smoke inhalation.
Read More

Tatiana

Malian Family Tragedy


This story literally tore at my heart strings as I heard it, and I am still devastated. Wednesday evening, 8 Malian children and 1 adult were killed in a fire in the Bronx. the fire was sparked by a faulty heater in the Bronx.
You can help these families by sending donations and inquiries to:

African Family Services
429 W. 127th St.
New York, NY 10027

Daily News Mali Family Fund
PO Box 3305
New York, NY 10116

This tragedy could have been avoided. Smoke alarms can be annoying when you’re cooking, but

Make sure your smoke detectors have batteries
Don’t overload your sockets
If there is a fire in the house keep your door closed
Call 911
Si vous ne parlez-pas anglais, Appellez 911 ET NE RACCROCHEZ PAS
(la police peut tracer votre appel)

From the New York Times:
Nine Dead, a Community in Mourning
The narrow brick house on Woodycrest Avenue in the Bronx was full of children’s voices and the scent of peanut stew. In the mornings, the children would strap on their backpacks and gather on the front steps for the walk to P.S. 73; their mothers would venture out later, babies tucked in brilliantly colored slings across their backs. Friends used to tease Manthia Magassa, one of the residents, about her growing family, but she didn’t mind. She would smile and say, “No, it’s God giving.”

Fire roared through this house on Wednesday night. Relatives and neighbors ran to help, but they could only stand there, in the bitter cold, and watch.

One father — he had been driving a cab in Manhattan when he got a panicked call from his wife — ran back and forth outside, screaming. A terrified mother threw two of her children from a window to neighbors below, then jumped, wearing only a bra and panties.

In all, eight children and a woman were killed, all of them part of an extended family of immigrants from Mali. Four of the children and the woman were found on the fourth floor. Two died in a bedroom on the third floor. One was found on the second floor, and one was on the stairs.

Help came late for several reasons. The four women in the house did not call 911. They tried to put out the fire themselves, according to the Fire Department. The first call to 911 came from a neighbor across the street, at 11:08 p.m. A fire engine arrived at the scene 3 minutes and 23 seconds later.

Other things went wrong. While the women tried to put out the fire, they left a door open, allowing the fire to spread upstairs. A padlocked gate in front of the house stood in the way of firefighters, who went back to the truck to get a bolt-cutter. The first two floors were already filled with fire and smoke, and women and children on the upper floors were weakening from smoke inhalation.
Read More

Tatiana

London Fashion Week FW07: The L List


Marc Jacobs’ new look was best in show

Marc by Marc Jacobs: The Show that had London on it’s heels

Allegra Hicks
The gentle warmth, beauty, and colors of autumn permeated this collection. Organic textile graphics echoed the soft, movable chiffons, and bursts of color were somehow subdued with velvety, free-flowing fabrics. Repetitious patterns were never overwhelmed, but instead enhanced the beauty of these nature-driven pieces.

Ashley Isham
Streamlined evening sophistication was the rule as Isham presented looks exuding class for day and night. Rich, well-tailored blacks, and neutrals, and even metallics would make for an unquestionable foundation for the woman who likes to move-and calls the shots. Simple hints of studded embellishments added evening glamour, while well-draped gowns and exaggerated silhouettes created drama.

Betty Jackson
Details like sumptuous knits with built in scarves and belted trenches will keep you warm and sexy next fall. Mod-inspired wrap dresses created a funky downtown vibe that, with a few swaps of accessories, could be made into the perfect work or weekend look.

Biba
Contemporary line Biba offers dresses and soft pantsuits in the forgiving and favorable trapeze and empire silhouettes. There’s plenty of pattern play creating intricate textures in the fabrics. The Biba look for fall is a paradox -easy luxe- ironically without a hint of fussiness.

Christopher Kane
Folds took center stage as Kane manages to manipulate his fabrics into complex shapes echoing the playfulness of a paper sculpture. Interestingly, taut leathers had a malleable appeal.

Giles Deacon
Outrageous silhouettes and exaggerated knits were the centerpiece of this collection, where Deacon’s references to nature strode a thin line between art and absurdity. Hardly a modest collection, rich jewel-toned dresses shared the runway with abstract graphic prints of geographic influence. Wearable? Possibly. Talked-about? Most definitely.

Jasper Conran
This collection saw silk chiffon put to use in several plausible incarnations creating a tight series of classic pieces. Not once losing focus, each garment was structured enough to keep it’s shape, but soft enough to maintain a feminine feel. Ruffled tops were nicely downplayed with tailored skirts and muted colors.

Manish Arora
Arora creates pure costume fun with manga-like colors and intricate graphic illustrated fabrics and sci-fi silhouettes. Each piece was a pop art movement in itself with bold, vivid colors, and flashy sparkles of sequins and patent leather.

Paul Smith Women
The soft neutrals and easy, relaxed pieces gave this collection the comfort of a boyfriend’s closet. The layering of Spring 07 carries over to the fall with oversized button downs and blazers, and slouchy trousers paired with a slim-fitting counterpoint. The collection truly came alive with blasts of red, fuchsia, and yellow dresses and separates.

London Fashion Week FW07: The L List


Marc Jacobs’ new look was best in show

Marc by Marc Jacobs: The Show that had London on it’s heels

Allegra Hicks
The gentle warmth, beauty, and colors of autumn permeated this collection. Organic textile graphics echoed the soft, movable chiffons, and bursts of color were somehow subdued with velvety, free-flowing fabrics. Repetitious patterns were never overwhelmed, but instead enhanced the beauty of these nature-driven pieces.

Ashley Isham
Streamlined evening sophistication was the rule as Isham presented looks exuding class for day and night. Rich, well-tailored blacks, and neutrals, and even metallics would make for an unquestionable foundation for the woman who likes to move-and calls the shots. Simple hints of studded embellishments added evening glamour, while well-draped gowns and exaggerated silhouettes created drama.

Betty Jackson
Details like sumptuous knits with built in scarves and belted trenches will keep you warm and sexy next fall. Mod-inspired wrap dresses created a funky downtown vibe that, with a few swaps of accessories, could be made into the perfect work or weekend look.

Biba
Contemporary line Biba offers dresses and soft pantsuits in the forgiving and favorable trapeze and empire silhouettes. There’s plenty of pattern play creating intricate textures in the fabrics. The Biba look for fall is a paradox -easy luxe- ironically without a hint of fussiness.

Christopher Kane
Folds took center stage as Kane manages to manipulate his fabrics into complex shapes echoing the playfulness of a paper sculpture. Interestingly, taut leathers had a malleable appeal.

Giles Deacon
Outrageous silhouettes and exaggerated knits were the centerpiece of this collection, where Deacon’s references to nature strode a thin line between art and absurdity. Hardly a modest collection, rich jewel-toned dresses shared the runway with abstract graphic prints of geographic influence. Wearable? Possibly. Talked-about? Most definitely.

Jasper Conran
This collection saw silk chiffon put to use in several plausible incarnations creating a tight series of classic pieces. Not once losing focus, each garment was structured enough to keep it’s shape, but soft enough to maintain a feminine feel. Ruffled tops were nicely downplayed with tailored skirts and muted colors.

Manish Arora
Arora creates pure costume fun with manga-like colors and intricate graphic illustrated fabrics and sci-fi silhouettes. Each piece was a pop art movement in itself with bold, vivid colors, and flashy sparkles of sequins and patent leather.


Paul Smith Women

The soft neutrals and easy, relaxed pieces gave this collection the comfort of a boyfriend’s closet. The layering of Spring 07 carries over to the fall with oversized button downs and blazers, and slouchy trousers paired with a slim-fitting counterpoint. The collection truly came alive with blasts of red, fuchsia, and yellow dresses and separates.

You Should See: A Drum Beats in Brooklyn


A Drum Beats in Brooklyn: A Photography Exhibition Celebrating the Drum-Based and African Influenced Traditions of Brooklyn

The connection between Brooklyn and other points in the African Diaspora is visceral, visual and auditory. Nowhere is this more evident than in the African influenced and drum-based traditions that carry the spirit of the Diaspora to Brooklyn. From the Djembe to the Dumbek, the drum forms the foundation of the effort to communicate traditions of craftsmanship and musicianship through interactive and participatory celebrations that connect land to land, tradition to tradition, spirit to spirit with the drum as the conjoiner.
A Drum Beats in Brooklyn offers a panoramic view of traditions such as J’ouvert, Drummers Grove, and Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage, among other gatherings, and shows how they are uniquely Brooklyn . From the intimate gesture to the grand declaration, the She Shootin’ Photography Collective documents these celebrations that bring spectator and performer together and highlight the timeless magic of the drum.

Curators: She Shootin’ Photography Collective
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
at Clinton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
View Map
Exhibit Dates: February 14 – May 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

You Should See: A Drum Beats in Brooklyn


A Drum Beats in Brooklyn: A Photography Exhibition Celebrating the Drum-Based and African Influenced Traditions of Brooklyn

The connection between Brooklyn and other points in the African Diaspora is visceral, visual and auditory. Nowhere is this more evident than in the African influenced and drum-based traditions that carry the spirit of the Diaspora to Brooklyn. From the Djembe to the Dumbek, the drum forms the foundation of the effort to communicate traditions of craftsmanship and musicianship through interactive and participatory celebrations that connect land to land, tradition to tradition, spirit to spirit with the drum as the conjoiner.
A Drum Beats in Brooklyn offers a panoramic view of traditions such as J’ouvert, Drummers Grove, and Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage, among other gatherings, and shows how they are uniquely Brooklyn . From the intimate gesture to the grand declaration, the She Shootin’ Photography Collective documents these celebrations that bring spectator and performer together and highlight the timeless magic of the drum.

Curators: She Shootin’ Photography Collective
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
at Clinton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
View Map
Exhibit Dates: February 14 – May 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

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