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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….


Winged Angels

Anja Rubik in Jeff Fender hand-painted kimono at Victoria's Secret NYC fashion showI am loving the latest work from my childhood friend, the artist Jeff Fender, whose hand-painted silk kimono was the centerpiece of the latest Victoria’s Secret runway event in New York.  Jeff and I have been friends since our days in junior high and, let me be the first to add, while his talent is obvious, it is in no way shocking to see him taking the limelight with the likes of Tom Ford (Jeff worked on his top-secret couture lingerie line) and Broadway.  Even as young children, it was a given — he would be famous.  His Brooklyn studio is known for the kind of detailed work for which Parisian couturiers were once famous.

Jeff jokingly calls it his “craft show.”  We disagree.  It is genius.

In short, he’s just too good.  Or, as one friend put it, “finally, the spotlight lands where it should.”

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show will air on CBS November 30th.