Speedos have always been my swim suit of choice. I can still remember dragging my big sister with me to a little boutique just off of Ogunquit beach at 15 to buy my first one in …lemon yellow. Yeah, I was precocious even then. Banana hammock… does that phrase come to mind? Well I had guts then and a fit trim body. I neither have the body or the guts now.READ MORE >
There aren’t that many collections out there for men that make much sense. For the most part you get the same old sportswear that could be anybody’s or crazy stuff that’s more deconstructed judo outfit with too many loose ties dragging than fashion. Two extremes is what we have with precious little in that gaping middle, and I might add there’s a dearth of style in this roiling sea of fashion. That isn’t to say I don’t love some Ralph Lauren staples to keep my boat afloat. I’ve even been guilty of droopy drawers fantasies a la Rick Owens, but then the price tag snaps me out of my reverie. So Agi and Sam based in London are that rare duo who offer clothes that have their basis in the classics but tread the razor’s edge of the new.READ MORE >
Each summer there are certain de rigeur items you see on people that play over and over and over. It’s the flipflop. The leggings. The off the shoulder come hither top on too many women. The white sneaker… If you walk around NYC enough you’ll catch most every trend there is. You can reject them all and go naked, or you can parse your way through and settle on what works for you. Just use a bit of imagination…READ MORE >
New York City is one enormous, seething, pulsing, groaning construction site. It doesn’t matter where you look there’s a crane and something rising that wasn’t there just moments before. As annoying as it can be to drive here it’s especially cool to walk around, under and through some of these areas busily being born. Way down below the Freedom Tower we had dinner at a nice little Austrian schnitzel house called Schilling. It was great, really great and so unexpected down there in the land of the ultimate tourist attraction. As grave and impressive as the 9/11 Memorial is, the Calatrava designed World Trade Center Station is like stumbling onto an albino sleeping Prehistoric creature. With so many monumental towers rising in that neighborhood it’s a treat to see something so organic and otherworldly.
Packing for a trip is always a crap shoot. It doesn’t matter what’s in the closet or in your chest of drawers, you never know what to bring. If it’s Europe that’s calling, it can be hot, cold, wet and dry all in the same place in the span of 48 hours. Between packing layers and rain jackets and everything in between, the final choices are usually shoes. That’s often when you realize at midnight the night before your departure that you just don’t have the right stuff for the road. Time to change it up.READ MORE >
Yesterday I had to make a trip to my storage unit. Even though its not so far from me, going there always feels like going to another country, another almost alien world. Having just lost my wallet the week before it took some wrangling to get a new card that would admit me to the elevator to get to said unit. Anyway, once I unlocked the door it was like pulling back a curtain on my recent past.READ MORE >
It couldn’t be hotter here in the city. Sure we get a few days of glorious cool summer weather where everyone walks around with a smile. But with Hurricane Earl sputtering out somewhere south the dregs of that storm will crank the temps here for the next week or so. As I hunker down in the deep end of the pool or in the farthest recesses of my apartment I think about how nice it’ll be to need to pull on a coat. The question is what coat could that be?READ MORE >
Designer burn-out and burn-up continues at a mad pace. The turn-over rate lately is almost as regular as the tides. Like a broken record version of musical chairs, they run and run and hope to find an empty spot to fill. Well, Raf Simons of Dior, Jil Sander and Raf Simons fame is the new man behind the wheel at Calvin Klein. He will be in charge of women’s, men’s, jeans, underwear, cosmetics, store design and advertising. In short, he’ll be the single vision for the whole company. This apparently is what he didn’t possess at Christian Dior which precipitated his departure last year.
Dressage is probably my favorite sport of all next to Figure Skating, particularly Pairs and Men’s. But this piece is about Dressage at the Olympics. I’m super excited to watch what unfolds. This one of the most difficult of any discipline with everything dependant on the communication and harmony between horse and rider makes for very edge of your seat viewing.
Who is George Cortina? That was the question yesterday after a marathon descent into the bowels of Pinterest. Suddenly I came upon a thicket of images of this man and became curious. It seems he’s one of the most sought after stylists in the business. For the last 30 years he’s styled celebrities, the runway, countless campaigns for magazines, and is the Associate Art Director at Vogue Nippon. READ MORE >