November 6th, 2013
Last week, Linda Fargo, the Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman, and designer Naeem Khan hosted a dinner celebrating Iris and Carl Apfel’s 65th anniversary….it was especially touching because Carl is now 99 years old.
The invitation called for guests to “dress in the spirit of the Maharajah,” which was kind of perfect for the Apfels. The dinner was small and intimate, with a thoughtful mix of people from Iris and Carl’s past including Bruce Weber, Harold Koda, the curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute and the Met, and Grey Gardens documentarian Albert Maysles. Albert just recently wrapped up a three year filming project – a documentary on Iris!
November 5th, 2013
The 2013 ACE Awards were last night in NY…..and I won Brand of the Year!!!!!
Joan Collins flew in from London to present me with the award. Joan has become a huge part of our brand history ever since I featured her in an ad campaign that ran in New York during Fashion Week a few years ago. There’s also that Alexis-Alexis sandwich…Joan single-handedly changed the association of the name Alexis from a boys name to girls name because of her role in Dynasty. As a result, all of my junk mail comes addressed to “Miss Alexis Bittar”…. Thanks, Joan!
But back to the ACE Awards…there were so many great honorees like Hamish Bowles, whose Journalism award was presented by Tory Burch, Nordstroms for the Omni Channel Retailer award, Phillip Lim won the Designer of the Year, Rag and Bone won the Breakthrough award, and Iman won the Hall of Fame award.
It was so powerful for me to win Brand of the Year….it’s one of those times where all you can do is think, “pinch me!”
October 30th, 2013
Congrats to Jeremy Scott on landing the Creative Director position at Moschino! They’re lucky to have your perspective infused into the line….can’t wait to see what you do
October 24th, 2013
Banksy on the UWS
Since I paid my dues selling all over the NYC streets in the ’80s and ’90s, I got a huge kick hearing about Banksy, whom I adore, hitting the streets of NY….
October 21st, 2013
1920′s silent screen goddess Louise Brooks stands as a beacon of individuality that is still mimicked today.
Her two best-known movies, Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl, detail complex characters and stories that hold up to any movie 90 years later. Both films were shot in Germany by G.W. Pabst, the very controversial Austrian director. They are both amazing examples of black and white, pre-talkie New Objectivity Art.
Louise’s style has been endlessly mimicked, both in her unique look and haircut, but also in her renegade character studies. Some would argue it was the genius of Pabst himself, Louise surely played a big part. Even though Louise was never able to transition to the world of talking film, she had already made her mark on the world.
If you haven’t guessed what I’m trying to say yet…watch these films!!
Or…in other words…please watch these films!
October 17th, 2013
The second World’s fair in New York was held in 1939/1940 in Queens in a spot that had been a massive ash dump until then. The site, which later became Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was filled with massive structures that were only utilized for the few months the fair was open. These structures were built in the height of deco influence and they represent that period.
This World’s fair, dubbed “the world of tomorrow,” was a representation of where we were going in the future – of all things modern. Millions of people came from all over the world to see it.
The site was used again for the 1964/1965 World’s fair, and since then stadiums have gone up in parts of the park, but the structures created for the World’s fair never found new uses. A lot of the buildings have been demolished over the years and the area stands mostly abandoned now. It’s one of those sights you only see whizzing by in a taxi from JFK or LaGuardia Airport. I went with a group the other day to explore…