30 October 2014

First Act: All the World's a Stage...

The 2014–15 Decorators Club Education Fund Lecture Series is a celebration of the ephemeral.  Whether on stage or film, at a party, or in the dining room, some of the most inspiring, joyful, fascinating, and unforgettable design moments are fleeting and doomed to disappear.  The series features four major design talents of the 20th century who created many such moments.

The premiere lecture is this Wednesday, November 5,  and features the legendary Tiffany & Co. Design Director Emeritus John Loring speaking on Joseph Urban.

Perhaps you've never heard of Urban, one of the Metropolitan Opera's first scenic designers and William Randolph Hearst's preferred architect (among many other things).  This is precisely what the series is all about and why you need to come.  I hope to see you there!

Tickets available here.

17 September 2014

Thursday Book Signing Extravaganza at Potterton Books

Please join me, fellow authors Maureen Footer, Alex Papachristidis, Vicente Wolf and a host of others for a massive book signing event to inaugurate the new location of the city's best design bookstore, Potterton Books.  

Thursday, September 18th
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Fourth Floor of NYDC, 200 Lexington

07 August 2014

H.H.H. Reviews…The New Nietzsche: Contemporary Styles of Interpretation

Another candid review from Amazon all-star Herbert H. Highstone

Dimly Printed Pages Are Almost Impossible To Read
One Star

I'm sorry to report that this book, or at least the copy that I encountered, is very badly printed. Perhaps it's one more symptom of the decadence of the paper book, but the printed pages in this volume are so difficult to read that I threw it aside in disgust. You really need to look through the book before buying it to make sure that your eyes can handle an extremely inferior print job with a tiny typeface. I also hated the heavily doctored picture of Nietzsche on the cover that makes him look like a bewildered shopkeeper.

03 August 2014

Couturier Charles James on…"Clients whom I would have liked to dress…"

If you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum (closing August 10), don't skip the small room devoted to the designer's archives.  James was clearly aware of his place in fashion history and made sure to document his influences (including Jules Pascin, Kees von Dongen and Christian Berard) and opinions on his contemporaries ("Illustrative Designer-Artists whom I abhorred and thought in their pretention to represent fashion disgraced it: ERTE").

Here are a few of the bodies beautiful he would have liked to have dressed – "…Some I could have but did not":

Gertrude STEIN.
Massive elegance; great style.

Born a fairy princess to charm and court discipline; become [sic] sad with time.

Mrs William BUCKLEY    New York.

Smart, imaginative, ready to develop taste; still lacking it.
Miss Lana TURNER
Beautiful and far greater actress than recognized.

Miss Greta GARBO      New York
Need I say?

Top photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 
Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013 (2013.591)

27 July 2014

The Window Boxes of Brooklyn Heights

Truman Capote's former digs on Willow Street