Thursday, May 30, 2013

On the Street….Prince St., New York

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Reading List……Lartigue’s Riviera

Lartigue represents my ultimate lifestyle job.  He was not a fashion photographer, he was a photographer that lived the fashion of his time.

 

Every time I look at one of his books, it reminds me to recognize and shoot the simple beauty of my life.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Reading List…..Poolside With Slim Aarons

All the time people tell me that after looking at my blog, they see someone on the street and think ‘that’s such a Sartorialist moment.’ I feel the same way whenever I’m at a beautiful resort or beach and see a situation and think ‘that’s such a Slim Aarons moment.’

 

Slim Aarons shot the kind of life that most of us dream of living. And even though it’s not my everyday existence, I want to challenge myself in the future to create my own modern version of that beautiful world Slim Aarons created through his images.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On the Scene…..Rooftop Pool at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona (an hommage to Slim Aarons)

 

I can’t begin to think of Summer without first looking at a few of my favorite books for inspiration.

 

Later today, I’ll share with you two of my favorite books that always start my dreams of the perfect Summer that lays ahead.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

REPOST: On the Street……Centro, Mexico City

 

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The other day I posted a photo of a young design student from Centro Design School in Mexico City.  I said that it was nice to see a student that actually looked like she was interested in working in the fashion business.

 

Well,  that ruffled a lot of feathers (or fabrics).

 

I received several emails protesting that a student’s hectic work schedule doesn’t allow “looking good” to be high on his or her list of priorities.

 

It seemed a lot of you were hurt that I just didn’t understand how tough it was for overworked fashion design students.

 

Sorry, I understand completely because I lived that life 25 years ago.

 

Above is a top collar that I hand Stitched in a tailoring class (I would show you the finished suit but Mom threw it out !!;( )   I too spent countless days and nights in the sewing lab just like fashion students today.

 

However, I wish the 45 year old me would have given the 20 year old me this advice….To be a successful fashion designer, it’s not all about what happens in the design studio.

 

You have to learn something about how to manage a business (especially since most designers start their businesses balancing between being the designer, accountant, press agent, etc), how to articulate your design concept and how to personally embody the spirit of the brand you hope to build.

 

Do you think Karl ever says “I’m too busy/tired to look like Karl today?” (And before you say “oh he has massive numbers of people helping him” believe me, he is more busy than any design student.)

 

Most design schools don’t do a great job teaching this reality to students so you can put off until after you graduate to start learning these other skills and habits, but why wait?  Start manifesting these skills/habits now.

 

At least challenge yourself to start personally embodying the spirit of your design aesthetic; Karl looks like his designs, Giorgio looks like his designs, Raf looks like his designs.  It’s not easy, but neither is the fashion industry.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kowasa Photography Books, Barcelona

Kowasa Photography Books

Carrer Mallorca 235

08008 Barcelona

 

kowasa.com

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On the Street…..At the Beach, Barcelona

Friday, May 24, 2013

On The Street……Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona

Thursday, May 23, 2013

If You’re Thinking About…..Plaid

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On the Street…..Close to MACBA, Barcelona