Literary Love: “Italian Jewelry of the 20th Century”

In the world of high jewelry (haute joaillerie or alta gioielleria) it is a rather well known fact that the French have always maintained a leading, if not, starring role. There is no question that the French have always been the leader of the pack, but Melissa Gabardi has offered the reader an amazing examination focused on…

Sunsets On The Bosphorus At The Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul

The magical city of Istanbul- where Europe asks Asia’s hand to dance on the Bosphorus, where tradition courts contemporary- it leaves much to the imagination. A bombardment of the senses, Istanbul has anchored 4 major empires (Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman), which have all left their fossils throughout their former capital. And right on the…

The Jane Restaurant | Antwerp

Centuries after it transitioned from being an authoritarian of classical art- after Peter Paul Rubens contributed to the Flemish Baroque movement and Anthony van Dyck emigrated to become the leading court painter in England- Antwerp today still continues to be a cradle of creativity. From fashion and textiles to its culinary panorama, decadent design seems to originate from the city…

The “Art” of a Beautiful Coffee

If intelligence was a religion, museums would be the grand cathedrals. These are the sacred places where a sapiosexual’s pilgrimage ends, harbors of a city’s history and lifestyle, an ensemble of knowledge. There, they congregate in the naves paying respect to brushstrokes and color palettes, standing in silence and admiring, comprehending what is unveiled. And cafés, which are crucial to…

Furniture of Statement by Clive Christian

As years progress, the one personal detail called style has slowly become obsolete. Yes, that’s quite right. Style has become the filler, the accomplice of something much more important: your statement pieces. Whether they are shoes or jewelry or words of wisdom, making a statement & being unique has become highly prioritized in today’s society. It’s all…

New York Fashion Week: Delpozo – Spring|Summer 2015

At one time or another there has always been the discussion as to whether or not fashion is art. Today, we might be able to put the topic to rest with Delpozo for Spring|Summer 2015. This reviewer has always cast a wary eye on his collections, but now is convinced that Mr. Josep Font shows the industry that…

New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta – Spring|Summer 2015

It flowed, it teased… It enticed, it defined… …these are several elements that evoked from Mr. Oscar de la Renta’s latest collection, the one for Spring|Summer 2015 to be precise. One can tell that it’s tastefully and skillfully created, a prime example of feminine sophistication. What else could one expect from a designer whose career has…

Runway Spotlight: Bouquets of Flowers, Black|White Brushstrokes & Patches of Sheer

Countless designers, artistic similarities. Here are several trends for Spring|Summer 2015 from New York Fashion Week.   Runway Spotlight: Bouquets of Flowers Carolina Herrera | Dennis Basso | Monique Lhuillier       Runway Spotlight: Black|White Brushstrokes Sally LaPointe | Donna Karan | Ralph Rucci         Runway Spotlight: Patches of Sheer Lela…

New York Fashion Week: Sally LaPointe – Spring|Summer 2015

Straying from the seasonal stereotypical, designer Ms. Sally LaPointe went to trod her own path to make Spring|Summer 2015 sans a plethora of hues or florals. Instead, she went for more chic: a color palette of black and white. Taking inspiration of a conservative and classic goddess, Ms. LaPointe designed a majority of the collection…

New York Fashion Week: Christian Siriano – Spring|Summer 2015

There is an unlikely contender for outstanding achievement in a seasonal collection and that would be Christian Siriano. Isn’t it strange that the young gentleman who everyone thought was an erratic designer is turning out to be the cream of the crop? The offering for Spring|Summer 2015 is at all times quite sophisticated and very tasteful….

New York Fashion Week: Honor – Spring|Summer 2015

Every once in a while during Fashion Week a collection comes along that leaves one slightly perplexed and unsure. Do you like or dislike it? Does it intrigue or is it confusion? One studies the pictures, looks at the entire collection and then clicks out of the window once finished. Then he goes back and…

An Overview of Autumn|Winter 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC

If I had to use one word to describe the Autumn|Winter 2014 season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I would use the word changes. The months and weeks leading up to NYFW caused a lot of change. Alexander Wang had announced plans to show in Brooklyn, organizers added the Hub at Hudson venue to the mix…