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Another day passed by as the gloomy clouds and sprinkles of rain lingered from above New York City. I spent the day at the Charles Nolan showroom amongst the modern galleries along the river in Chelsea. While I was admiring racks of his signature tailored dress shirts and organza pleated dresses, I noticed a painting by Margaret Keane. The big beautiful alluring eyes drew me into the soul of the painting and I just couldn’t stop gawking. The eyes told a story of intense emotion and wished I could read into a person’s total self by artistically capturing their eyes.

Kate Hudson portraying Keane in an upcoming movie.

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Most of my generation has grown up watching the Olsen twins on television. I must admit that I have always been drawn to their sense of style and interpretation of creativness. Mary Kate and Ashley have many projects under their wings including a clothing line named, Elizabeth and James but more recently, they have delved into writing a book entitled, Influence. The funny thing is that they bend the focus of their collection into a vignette of raw interviews of fascinating people who have shaped them, not the other way around. Their book fixates on people such as Jack Pierson, David Collins, and Robert Lee Morris who have influence their journey into developing their unique spirit. Eventually they reveal their ideas on creative distinction between feeders of the public such as Andy Worhol and more reclusive artists who don’t pay attention to the visions of the outside world. I can’t wait to get my copy of this book!

Influence by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Influence by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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I’ve found a new respect to the idea of, “everything in excess and nothing in moderation.” To flaunt extreme style is to create a buzz. So let them talk!

Lost and Found New Yorkers

James Stevenson reflects on the life of Morris Lapidus, a New York architect with Russian roots, whose famous creations include the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Hotels in Miami.

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When Karl Lagerfeld was asked which Chanel bag he loved, his response was, “I am not allowed to have a favorite bag because I have to create the next one. I have to like change to keep it alive.” Lagerfeld has always embraced the new age movement in collaboration with his collections which included the first runway show to be streamed live online and available on podcast. So how does the designer keep the Chanel quilted 2.55 bag eternally sought after in every color and every fabric?

Rinko Kikuchi stars in Chanels cruise 2008 ad

Rinko Kikuchi stars in Chanel's cruise 2008 ad

Create a mobile art installation of course! The exhibit has been shown in Hong Kong and Tokyo and will arrive in New York’s Central Park – Rumsey Playfield October 20th to Novemeber 9th. Going on to travel to London, Moscow, and Paris. The best part is you don’t have to drop 3K, the admission is free!

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I completely missed the memo on Ports 1961. Each seat had a bag with a ball of yarn and knitting needles, so naturally I assumed that the show would be filled with chunky knits or woven sweaters but oh how I was off. Okay so there was a hint of crocheted pieces and floating yarn appliques. Apparently inspired by a Canadian painter, Emily Carr and the tree-lined shores of the Pacific Northwest.

Emily Carr - The Crying Totem

The country rock group, Cowboy Junkies played at the front of the stage as the models topped with Karen Henriksen Millinery hats, lethargically moved down the runway. I felt chills when Cali sang Blue Moon and Sweet Jane but the whole time I couldn’t help but think… am I in the middle of Disney’s broadway hit The Lion King?

Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane

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From left to right Stanford University San Francisco, Stella McCartney, Prada, Pierre Hardy, Louvre Paris, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Pierre Hardy, Guggenheim NYC

I have been reading some of the fall fashion magazines and one thing that caught my eye was the architectural illusion of the pump. Everyone from environmentally sound Stella McCartney to Louis Vuitton have designed these heels that remind me of great modern buildings around the world.

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Illumined Pleasures by Salvador Dal�.

Illumined Pleasures by Salvador Dalí.

The idea of being copasetic never created greatness. Surrealist Salvador Dalí known for his distorted melting clocks, defined a revolutionary movement in the world of art, creating canvases of non sequitur painted pleasures. Now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art through September 15th.

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