Sunday, September 4, 2016

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

Event STYLE Alert:

The Costume Institute's Fall 2016 exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion, on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center from November 8, 2016, through February 5, 2017, will feature significant acquisitions of the past 10 years. The show, curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, will explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, including iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form. 

"Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art," said Mr. Bolton. "Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks." 

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition will highlight approximately 60 of these masterworks from the early 18th century to the present, which The Costume Institute has acquired since its last acquisitions show, blog.mode: addressing fashion, in 2007. 

The main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will be organized chronologically with ensembles shown in packing crates and on palettes, as though they have just arrived at The Met. Each object—primarily women's wear, as well as some men's wear ensembles and a selection of accessories—will be accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the canon of fashion history. Some newly acquired objects will be paired with pieces already in the collection to illustrate the enduring influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes. A recently acquired John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress from 2015 will be paired with a Cristobal Balenciaga gown from 1964. A Halston evening gown from the 1980s, new to the collection, will be juxtaposed with a Vionnet gown from the 1930s. 

The Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery will feature some of the ensembles donated by designers in honor of Harold Koda upon his retirement as Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute in January 2016. 

"While fashion is often derided for its ephemerality, its quick responsiveness to change ensures that it is an immediate expression of the spirit of its time—a vivid reflection of social, cultural, and political circumstances, and of shifting ideals of beauty," said Ms. Regan. "The masterworks we've chosen to highlight are among many we have collected in the past decade that draw on forms, motifs, and themes of the past, reinterpreting fashion history in ways that resonate in the present."

Designers in the exhibition will include Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Antonio del Castillo (Lanvin-Castillo), Hussein Chalayan, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (John Galliano and Maison Margiela), Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Halston, Charles James, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (House of Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Paul Poiret, Zandra Rhodes, Yves Saint Laurent (House of Dior), Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons (House of Dior), Hedi Slimane (Saint Laurent), Noritaka Tatehana, Philip Treacy, Iris van Herpen, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Gianni Versace, Madeleine Vionnet, Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren (Let it Rock), Jean-Philippe Worth (House of Worth), and Yohji Yamamoto.

If you're truly a fashion officianto, you won't let the opportunity to see this exhibit slip through your fingers.

Tee Time at the Morrison Golf Classic

Have you heard about the Morrison Golf Classic in Cape Cod? No? Well, if you're a golfer and even if you're not but you really enjoy golf "style", it's an event you won't want to miss! I had the opportunity to attend the classic recently thanks to the kind Morrison Golf Classic team and the title sponsor for the event, Toyota.

Driving the Toyota Hybrid, Prius V made the scenic trip from New Jersey to Cape Cod not only fuel efficient but also a smooth, easy drive. Since this event was also a mini pre-birthday getaway for my husband and I, it was particularly nice to be able to say to him, "Let's Go Place"...without the kids. And it was the perfect gift to him for this to be our very first time playing golf.

"Created by Boston residents George and Janet Morrison out of their shared love of golf, the Morrison Golf Classic has been going strong since the year 2000. Originally, envisioned as a way to get friends together at the end of the summer, the day consists of an early golf tournament at Falmouth Country Club (Cape Cod), followed by a catered White Party with live music. Attendees are welcome to attend either event, or both of them." (Morrison Golf Classic website)

The weekend began with a rather usual checkin at our Cape Cod hotel. I can honestly say I've never stayed in a place where the keys were left in a mailbox for me (along with the other guest keys) to pickup without having seen anyone at the front desk in advance. With that said, I'm always game for an experience and our accommodations views were absolutely breathtaking.

After taking in a bit of the Cape Cod scenery, we headed to the Falmouth Country ClubFor the second year in a row, the Morrison Golf Classic included a Twilight Film Screening, and was sponsored by the USGA. Following the movie there was a very informative Q&A session with Mr. George Morrison, one of the founders of the golf classic hosted by Harriette Cole.

On the big day of the golf classic, Monday August 22nd, the guests were all abuzz a ready to play golf! This year, the Classic raised money for the United States Golf Association (USGA) Museum in support of their exhibit, MORE THAN A GAME. The exhibit “focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era.”

One of the major things I learned while at this event is that there is a special comradery shared between those who golf together. It is a wonderful sport and it seems that everyone who plays is eager and enthusiastic to help and teach the newbies like my husband and I. The lessons and tips we received from the staff at Falmouth Country Club officially sparked our new love for the game...and of course, the "all white" fashion styling of the event made me feel right at home.

Once the round of golf was complete, it was time to party! During the white party, the keynote speech was delivered by Harriette Cole, the author of seven books, a frequent contributor to the “Today Show” and the creator of the critically acclaimed DREAMLEAPERS ™ educational initiative, a series of events designed to help people access and activate their dreams. Harriette mingled with guests, sold books and delivered a speech called TAKE A LEAP, which inspired attendees to make every moment of their lives count and to choose to leave a legacy that includes motivating those around them to leap into their dreams too.

PHOTO: Harriette Cole giving the keynote at the Morrison Golf Classic. Photo credit: Brittney M. Walker.

No one went home empty handed. The USGA provided every attendee with branded gift bags stuffed with goodies from Toyota, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and NY-based hair stylist Diane Da Costa. The media sponsors for the event were the Bay State Banner, and Sugar Hill Strawberry Hard Cider was provided by the Harlem Brewing Company and distributed at a pre-Morrison Golf Classic BBQ hosted by Paul Glass of Teaticket, MA.

I think it's safe to say, especially since the Hubby just purchased new golf clubs for us that we are now fully committed to learning the game! For that, I have to extend a special thanks to the entire Morrison Golf Classic team for providing such a wonderful experience! We'll be back next year!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Greater Good

Who doesn't like a "good" philanthropic story? The Greater Good Foundation was founded in 2014 by celebrity siblings’ actress Meagan and singer La'Myia Good. The mission of The Greater Good Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for all young women by providing a one-on-one connection and programming in a nurturing environment. The Foundation also promotes and empowers these under-served populations by providing a spirit of excellence, the necessary tools for college and career readiness, and the inspiration for young women to maintain a competitive edge globally.

Through the collaborative efforts of Meagan and La'Myia Good for education via the arts program MUSICATION, they are currently providing programming in the Compton Unified School District. The curriculum includes programs that build self esteem, promote positive body image, and provide mentorship opportunities for a new generation of young women who lack direction, support, struggle with moral compass, and low self-worth. The sisters contribute the success of their program by actively engaging these young women with a loving hand- on program that provides the necessary tools to excel in today's society.

What better way to link the best of both worlds of philanthropy and fashion by establishing a socially conscious collaboration with the Defend Paris clothing line and The Greater Good FoundationDefend Paris has been the go to duds for Fox's highest rated show Empire, rock and roll icon Madonna, to pop princess Rihanna. When fashion and The Greater Good Foundation collide you have a Defend Good Girl combination. 

The limited edition flannel is available online at ( Stay tuned for the full line that will be released Fall 2017.


Summer Staples

Those of us who complain about the cold weather in the north during the winters had better be enjoying all the heat we are being served up right now because it won't be long before the cool weather creeps in. While we are still in the sweltering days of summer, I have one question for you. Have you been taking good care of your hair and skin? If you need a little refresher on what to do, you've come to the right place.

First...let's talk hair.

Frizzy, tangled, unmanageable hair? Sounds like the result of a well spent summer day! Whether the wind or water is to blame, Revlon has you covered with an array of brushes to keep your hair smooth and shiny this summer without any hassle. Brush up on your summer hair routine with the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler, a paddle brush that shortens your styling time.
The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is a two-in-one powerhouse that reduces styling time and delivers smooth, frizz-free results in half the time. The lightweight, ergonomic design allows you to comfortably dry and style hair using just one hand to smooth out hard to reach areas, especially the back of the head where many people struggle to get smooth results. (Target/$49.99)

They say cleanliness is next to godliness and if you've been traveling and perspiring as much as I have this summer, you NEED this! For every beauty/tech product junkie Well-Kept are paper thin cleansing towelettes for cell phones, computers, tablets, optical lenses and other modern day gadgets.
Continually disgusted with smudges on your laptop screen and facial blemishes caused from a dirty phone? Well-Kept does the job leaving your prized possessions streak and germ free not to mention their totally Instagram worthy packages are just the cherry on top!

As if you needed another reason to love Well-Kept, A portion of profits from limited package designs like the Frank, Drive and Karogoto goes to supporting our veterans, ALS funding and women entrepreneurship programs! ( in the USA and sold at major retailers like Sephora, Anthropologie and Nordstrom as well as online at ($5.99).

Stay protected from the sun with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe SPF. This 100% Natural, Sport Luxe SPF 30 was created for an active life in motion. A new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSport™ Technology for high performance, ultra-sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat. Packed with skin saving antioxidants, this formula delivers superior, water resistant SPF 30 to face & body while nourishing and replenishing the skin ($22).
If you develop irritation from the sun, don’t worry – grab KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel. This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging ($26;

Hey guys...don't worry. I didn't forget about you. This is a perfect addition to your daily routine. Summer is officially underway, and we are smack in the middle of the hottest and stickiest months of the year. It could be your commute to and from the office, or chilling at the beach with your friends, but perspiration (and smell) is bound to happen. Yikes!

Whether you’re kicking off another summer day or winding down after a long one battling the heat, the perfect way to feel refreshed and rejuvenated is jumping in the shower. And! The frozen pear (yes!!) and bergamot notes of AXE Black Body Wash are the perfect way to chill out and wind down. Sounds so yummy and the bottle looks so sexy, you simply can't go wrong!

Spacation Kimpton Style

Everybody loves a good spa experience and I am no exception! From wading in the water to soaking in the sun for hours, summer weather can wreak havoc on your skin, right? This summer, Kimpton Hotel Eventi, Kimpton Ink48 and The Kimpton Muse Hotel are adding a dose of fun to the spa treatments everyone needs and making it a “SPArty” for all! 

I know you've been hanging out at the pools, beaches and traveling the world to exotic places so it's time to rejuvenate your sun-kissed skin with Spa @ Eventi’s Urban Summer Staycation package, Ink48 Spa’s Summer Zen Retreat or any of The Kimpton Muse’s in-room facials, massages or body treatments. The packages are perfect for any girls or guys getaway weekend seeking TLC from head to toe. Seriously...I really need to schedule one for myself soon!

Want to know more? Of course you do! For the perfect body treatment, book the Spa @ Eventi’s Urban Summer Staycation Package which includes a Frangipani Body Polish, an invigorating full body exfoliation ridding the skin of dead skin cells and moisturizing and rehydrating your body with Tahitian coconut. (Summer special cost: $300.00)
  • Luxurious Massage, 50 minutes
  • “Treat Your Feet,” 25 minutes
  • Frangipani Body Polish, 25 minutes
  • Fruit Active Glow Facial, 25 minutes

For those in need of a cleansing facial, book Ink48’s Spa Summer Zen Retreat which offers two facial options that are sure to decongest pores, help with skin breakouts and leave skin clear and cleansed. Full package components include: (Summer special cost: $310.00 / Make it for two in the private and luxurious couples room for $610.00)
  • Luxurious Massage, 50 minutes
  • Herbal Lavender or Urban Cleanse Facial, 50 minutes
  • Frangipani Body Polish, 25 minutes

Get the pampering you deserve in the comfort of your own room at The Kimpton Muse Hotel and book the Spirulina Body Wrap Body Treatment, perfect for nourishing the body with key proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The 80 minute treatment concludes with a Marine Firming Body Crème mixed with Lavender Body Oil for a massage finish. For the sun-kissed SPArty, indulge in the Antioxidant Vitamin C Facial, armed with anti-aging ingredients, leaving skin glowing and smooth.

Now, if that doesn't have you drooling for the opportunity to relax and release all the stress you've accumulated during the year, I don't know what will! So get to it! Plan your Spacation today.