The Fashion Institute of Technology

'Fashion and Technology' Exhibition

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Earlier this month ‘Fashion and Technology’ opened at the FIT Museum on 7th Avenue at 27th Street in NYC.  The exhibit explores the impact of emerging technologies on the nature of fashion design and production over the past 250 years; focusing on innovations that have influenced the materials, aesthetic, and function of fashion.

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African Art: Contributions to Art & Culture

masks, fetishes, and tribal symbolism

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Photo Credit Charles Sheeler 1919

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The appeal of collecting African Art is not a contemporary phenomenon.  Colonialists were attracted to tribal art as trophies and for their ethnological interest.  As far back as the 15th century, individuals were known to collect these mysterious fetishes and ceremonial objects to satisfy their curiosities.

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‘The New Guard’

Michael Kao of San Francisco's MAK Studio

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I’ve heard it said that designing successful minimalist space takes more effort than any other stylistic genre.  When structure and surface elements stand alone, they must be carefully chosen, and artfully arranged by someone who understands them intimately.  There are a few dozen architects and interior designers who do it masterfully.  A few weeks ago I was introduced to the work of Michael Kao of MAK Studio, who is most certainly among their ranks.

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Fashion’s Coming Attraction

Balenciaga's new Artistic Director Alexander Wang

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When I think of Balenciaga, I think of two people.  Cristóbal Balenciaga, a fellow Spaniard and the founder of the fashion house, and Nicolas Ghesquière, the designer who reinvented the house in 1997 at the young age of 25.

Last month Ghesquière announced his departure after 15 years as Creative Director, and Alexander Wang was chosen as his successor.  They say that success is never final, but failure can be – which sums up anyone’s career in fashion.  You’re only as only good as your last show.  So it’s with bated breath that I’m anticipating Wang’s first collection for Balenciaga.  Will he triumph or fail in his new position?

It’s a new era, and I for one am expecting this luxury label to continue its success.  But first, let’s take a look at Balenciaga’s revolutionary style.

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Deck The Halls

adding shimmer & sparkle with fabrics, wallcoverings, and trims

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My life as an interior designer is all about details.  I love to go to extremes whenever possible.  With the drab winter season fast approaching, I’m feeling the need for some shimmer and sparkle. Since my home is a total reflection of my life, I embarked this week on a shopping excursion in search of just that rare entity: fabrics, wallpapers, and trims that lend dramatic effects by virtue of their reflective qualities.

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King of Clubs

6 of America's best regional designers & their favorite club chairs

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I think we’d all agree that design is purely subjective.  Everyone has an opinion, and every opinion is valid.  It’s also true that there are as many decorating styles as there are decorators.  With those ideas in mind I decided to chat with 6 of America’s best regional interior design professional to learn about their individual aesthetics, their favorite club chairs – and more specifically – how those chairs speak to the area of the country they call home.

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‘Floats Like A Butterfly’

Elizabeth Fillmore's bias cut wedding dresses

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For this my first post as Fashion Editor at CJDellatore.com, I’ve chosen to talk about Elizabeth Fillmore of Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal, a woman whose lifestyle and design aesthetics are clearly aligned.  She lives and works between 2 loft spaces in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood with her husband/business partner Tommy Allen, their 5-year-old son Oliver, and the family dog Zoe.  After visiting with her I’ve concluded her designs are simply stunning works of art.  She helped me to understand why her gowns are unlike traditional bridal designs this week when we sat down for coffee.  It was an enlightening Q&A.

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Luxe Leather

a shopper's guide for high end hides

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‘Luxe Cafe’ from Edelman Leather
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Let’s talk about a special type of leather today.  Those lustrous, sophisticated, supple varieties that high style is synonymous with.
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The finest grade leathers are still produced using traditional vegetable and salt tanning methods resulting in malleable, translucent hides with great color saturation.  The process of aniline dyeing produces a luminous appearance allowing for characteristics and variations in color and markings to be showcased.
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