Author Archives: Amina Akhtar

Tory Burch Debuts a Grateful Dead Homage


Tory Burch; Herb Greene, 710 Ashbury Street, San Francisco, CA, 1966. Special Collections, University of California, Santa Cruz. Grateful Dead Archive.

Something we never knew until today: Tory Burch likes the Grateful Dead. We never would have suspected it, though we kind of love the pairing. The designer launched an homage to the Grateful Dead on her site (but she’s not a Deadhead, despite “Ripple” being on constant play in the office, we’re told). She posted photos, stage notes, and memorabilia courtesy of the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit on the Dead (“The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society”), which runs through July 4. We love that Burch went with an old high-school love instead of the newest “It” band. So, what was your most memorable concert?

Spotlight on The Grateful Dead [Tory Burch]

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Gets Her Disco On

The newly single actress wore a short, low-cut, sequined dress at the opening of the Esprit store in New York last night.

What’s your go-to look when you’re fresh out of a relationship?

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Keira Knightley Gets Covered Up

Keira Knightley wore a floor-length patterned dress to the Laurence Olivier Awards in London yesterday along with a messy updo (no bangs!).

Do you like her prim-and-proper look?

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Keira Knightley Gets Covered Up

Keira Knightley wore a floor-length patterned dress to the Laurence Olivier Awards in London yesterday along with a messy updo (no bangs!).

Do you like her prim-and-proper look?

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Pantsless Carla Bruni Photo to Go on Sale

Carla Bruni fans with wads of cash to spend will no doubt be queuing up for Phillips de Pury auction house’s Sex sale, starting tomorrow. The auction is in London and can be viewed online (if you’re 18 or older, and the catalog is NSFW, obviously), and features a photo Helmut Lang took of the then-model in 1992, sans pants. It’s expected to fetch at least $7,500. This isn’t the first time a photo of Bruni has been up for grabs. Last May, a photo hit the auction block in Berlin. [Page Six/NYP]

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Filed Under: scantily clad hotties, auction, carla bruni


Donna Karan Wants a Fashion Revolution

Ever wonder why, when you go shopping for a cute new bikini in the middle of the summer, stores are selling parkas and sweaters? So does Donna Karan. Frankly, she thinks the entire system should be changed and that the public is ready for it. “I hate to say it, somebody’s got to take the leap of faith and deal with the June, July market,” she told WWD. “Pre-fall shouldn’t exist, I’m sorry. Wrong. Let’s start there. We’ve got to bring clothes into season.” Wait, no pre-fall? Whatever would we do without that … sort of made-up season? According to Donna, we’d fold it into fall, and the rollout for merchandise would actually be when customers are shopping for fall items. That actually makes sense. Huh.

The root of this problem, Donna contends, is that we’re overloaded. We have too much staring at us, kind of like how we’re all eating too much.

You eat all of the food, more, more, more, more and more. It’s an abundance of nausea. It’s too, too much until pop! It’s going to pop. All of this stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff; it’s going to obliterate each other. The whole thing has to be rethought, completely.

But, and there’s always a but, what happens when we start shifting the seasons? Where does resort go? (Also, who actually buys resort?)

Resort? I believe there should be a separate going-away area in each store. Take a part of a store and create that energy. But don’t make the whole store into shorts and sandals when it’s snowing out. The consumer already told me that doesn’t work because the most successful product we did for resort are cashmere sweaters — wear-now.

Donna has an answer for everything! She is a wise sage, this one. But wait! What about spring? Well, she says we have to reinvent spring.

Resort screwed up spring. And then pre-fall screwed up spring. Everything screwed spring up. Spring got sort of caged out. I’m saying to reinvent spring again, reinvent fall again, reinvent the season we’re designing for.

We have to say that we do in fact agree that there is a huge disparity between the timing of the shows and the seasonal rollouts. For many of us, by the time spring or fall hits, we’re already sick of the trends since we’ve been seeing and talking about them for months. The question is, how can one designer (albeit an influential one) change the system? Once more people started doing resort, it became a legitimate season to view. Then followed pre-fall. Will it only take a few core designers to say “Hell no, we won’t show?” Or will a major shift have to come from the consumers? And really, have you ever bought resort or pre-fall? We’re curious.

The Fashion System: Donna Karan [WWD]

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Jeremy Kost Tackles the Ladies Who Lunch

Jeremy Kost, whose videos you’ll often see on this site, has a new show up at the National Arts Club. Titled “Ladies Who Lunch,” Kost shot some downtown fixtures (Kenny Kenny, Dirty Martini, Jordan Fox) in more traditional, upscale settings. The result is at first entertaining, and then provoking. The characters “represent the beginning of me exploring what it truly means to transform, specifically in context of a more or less private performance for me,” Kost explains. Adding to the theme of transformation is the setting: the stately Arts Club, with its armchairs and vases, played host on opening night to a slew of drag queens, performers, and general citizens of the night. Click ahead to see excerpts from the show, which is on display until March 25. On the following day, Kost has a group show opening at the Andy Warhol Museum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Playboy bunny, in which he shot Amanda Lepore re-envisioned as the infamous bunny.

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Filed Under: art, art time! jeremy kost, slideshow


Reader Look Book: Are You a Material Girl?

With everyone showing off their gorgeous gowns last night, are you feeling a bit left out? Well, no more! We want to know what you’re wearing, readers. Are you having a full-fledged eighties flashback, like Jenne Delson, who posted a shot of herself in a Madonna tee, Forever 21 shorts, vintage frilly socks, and Jeffrey Campbell creepers? Or do you prefer some nineties grunge? Perhaps a combo of the two with some boho thrown in for good measure? Or if your look defies all categories and labels, then show us what we’ve been missing out on. The world must know.


Need more explicit instruction on how to use the tool? Go here.

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Who Threw a Cat at Vivienne Westwood?

We’ve seen all sorts of craziness at shows — we were even bonked on the head at Betsey Johnson’s by a giant inflatable heart. But we’ve never seen a stuffed animal pelted at a designer before. At the Vivienne Westwood show in Paris, some would-be assassin threw (with terrible aim, we might add) his/her furry projectile. Is this the work of PETA? A crazy cat lady? Luckily, the kitty ninja was thwarted — the cat barely brushed Ms. Viv’s shoulder. The model next to her picked up the furry weapon and all was right with the world. A friend of Nylon’s caught the entire thing on video for your viewing pleasure.

Miss Mac’s Westwood Cat! [Nylon]

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Best Bet: Perfect Vision

For those of us cursed/blessed with wearing glasses, finding the perfect pair is such an ordeal, not to mention a financial strain. Hundreds of dollars later and you might have a pair you can tolerate. Surely there has to be an easier, cheaper way? There is. Warby Parker offers 27 different styles (and a monocle!) on its website, and every pair has anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses. The glasses are available only online to cut down on costs — did we mention they’re only $95 a pair? Customers can upload photos to virtually try on specs, or choose up to five pairs to try on at home, shipped for free. But the best part: For every pair bought, a pair is donated to someone in need in impoverished communities in the U.S. and the developing world. This is something we like seeing.

$95 at warbyparker.com.

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