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For a minute or two….

The news of forthcoming exhibit in New York, The View from a Volcano, The Kitchen’s Soho Years, 1971 – 1985, which features the work of photographer Kathy Landman (you can see her work via the , well, it took me back in a second to the Year of Our Lord 1984, wearing black German tights, Esprit woven sandals, tiger eye earrings and necklace from Africa, bright yellow silk tunics as dresses and dancing, dancing, dancing the night away with the hipsters of my youth to The Talking Heads, obsessing over Warhol and Basquiat.

I was a young reporter then, working for Knight-Ridder and the Associated Press, out every night on the town writing about culture (ballet, Baryshnikov, Nureyev, everyone from the Talking Heads to Tchaikovsky for South Carolina’s capital city and, further afield, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  I stood in line for everything from Ming Dynasty porcelains to a private collector’s viewing of the Shot Marilyn.  Hearing of this exhibit made me feel young, opening a bottle of wine and just dreaming, dreaming, dreaming of the dreams of my youth (not so far away, still close enough to taste, as it were).

The world has taken me so many places since then.  I’ve seen ones I’ve loved die in ways both serene and painful.  I’ve stood at the base of some of the highest mountains in the world, in drawing rooms with kings, in mud huts with paupers, on farms and in palaces, in the temples of the mind and of the heart.

So, I hope you’ll go down to this exhibit if you’re in New York.  And, where ever you are, and whatever age you are, I hope you’ll reach back to the art of your youth.  It’s still with you.  Grab it and make it your own.

Tonight I’ll drink a toast to the friends of my youth, to our endless energy and enthusiasm, to the creative process that still throbs through all of us, whether we see it or not.  To quote David Byrne, “I’m just an animal, looking for a moment, sharing this space for a minute or two.  Hope you’ll love me still my heart stops, hope you’ll love me till I’m dead.”

Amen to that.  And love to you all.


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Bow chica wow wow….

Fashion’s on our mind today, thanks to a message from our childhood friend, the New York costume designer Jeff Fender.  Jeff ‘s specialty is hand-painting on silk and his newly-expanded Jeff Fender Studio in Brooklyn has become the go-to studio for Broadway designers and, now, the music gliterrati.  Jeff’s stunning kimono for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was set off a firestorm of inquiries from the likes of Britney Spears and Katie Perry, for whom he has designed.   He also worked on the couture aspects of the costumes for the U.S. run of Warhorse at Lincoln Center, not to mention Tom Ford’s top secret lingerie line in Europe.  We’re just waiting for the time when Jeff launches his own couture line.  Until then, we’ll have to live vicariously through his public work.

We’re also  crazy about PJ Bundy’s costume jewelry collection, which seems perfect for pairing with a sundress @ this season’s polo. These are light, lovely, with quite the feeling of piling it on, a la Coco Chanel.  PJ just returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe with her collection and you may contact her through Jeanne Chisholm’s gallery, always a perfect stop for the exotic and the spectacular.

Speaking of which, how about these lovely equestrian-themed handbags and small collection from Rinaldi? These bags are also very au courant for the Veuve Clicquot match or elsewhere, this summer. The boots are perfect for making a statement on the polo ground or…ahem…after, after the afterparty.

Whew!  What are you wearing today?  Let us know….