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  • Killer Heels, maybe my husband was right


    Walk don’t run (in those shoes) to Killer Heels, shoe lust for your soul I’m a confirmed shoe addict. Don’t believe me, here’s a tidbit conversation with my husband while we were on the way to see The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum. Scene One: Sunday drive to the museum Husband: Which exhibition are we going to? Me: Shoes Husband: Can’t you just look in your closet? Well, err, he was sort of right. One of my…

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  • A sneak peek into Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Met


    I popped uptown yesterday to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center for the press preview of its first exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion spotlighting the career of  the legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier  (1906–1978). Through the years, I’ve seen pieces of James work  and many of the gowns on display seemed like beautiful old friends that I was delighted to reaquaint with. But it wasn’t a gown that made me smile. It was seeing his white celenese satin jacket with eiderdown…

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  • American Cool: What is cool to you?

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    What is American Cool? One of the highlights from our family trip to Washington, D.C. this weekend was taking in the “American Cool” exhibition of 100 People Who Define Cool in Arresting Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a collection of 100 photos that go deep into the soul of those who posess that certain edge. In this selfie world of “duck lips” and “signature poses” we often lose the spontainaity that comes with honestly capturing oneself as these photos of…

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  • Yup, there’s a museum for IT bags in Amsterdam!


    I honestly don’t remember the Hendrikje Museum for Bags and Purses when I was in Amsterdam because I would have made a bee line towards it right after the Rijksmuseum. Lucky for us, Richard Nahem paid the handbag museum a visit and brought back plenty of photos to share. What I do remember is a visit up to the Judith Leiber showroom to repair a bag of mine way back when. It was a black circle suede shoulder bag with passimenterie and the grommet…

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  • You really want to see this Dries Van Noten Paris Exhibition

    First look at this Dries Van Noten Paris celebratory exhibition had me cheering for the designer’s novel approach to mixing bold prints, vivid colors, ethnic references and plays with textiles in ways that are fiercely modern. Let’s see what Richard saw. –S.H. I went to see the newly launched Dries Van Noten exhibition last Thursday with a friend visiting from out of town who is into fashion (and who comes once a year to Paris to buy her clothes), so…
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  • Warning: You may be blinded by desire! Jewelry by JAR dazzles at the Met

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    I daresay that even the most glitz phobic could not help but  be wowed by this exhibition. I ran up to see the press preview of Jewelry by JAR at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this morning and barely wanted to leave the show. Honestly, I could have spent the day soaking up the radiant jewels on display and although I didn’t get a ring to ‘put on it,’ I did come back with a tome to explore on the…

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  • Beyond the Fashion Pack: Don’t miss the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit


    Follow my blog with Bloglovin See inside the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit ‘From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ at the Brooklyn Museum Hard not to admit that this costume exhibition is close to my heart. Waxing nostalgic, as a Brooklyn native, my mom used to take me to art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s architecturally a gorgeous regal museum that’s a houses an excellent permanent collection of Egyptian art as well as an incredible Rodin collection. And, then there was…

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  • Celebrating Roger Vivier in Paris, the Creator of the Stiletto Heel and More

    Roger Vivier Paris retrospective

    Celebrating Roger Vivier in Paris, the storied creator of covetable footwear for even the most regal of society women, with a new retrospective honoring his legendary career: Richard Nahem, our FocusOnStyle Parisian correspondent, has an admitted fancy for genius shoes as he worked in a family retail shoe business as a teenager selling platform shoes and later on at the Delman Shoe Salon at Bergdorf Goodman in the early 80’s, dispensing shoes to the hautiest of women. Let’s hear what…

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  • You really want to see this: Azzedine Alaia Paris exhibition at Palais Gailliera


    Azzedine Alaia is simply a master at his genius. I don’t now about you, but I’ll always covet the few Azzedine Alaia pieces that I was lucky enough to own. Stepping into the world of Alaia is a universe driven to make the woman’s body look as beautiful as possible, never edging on vulgarity or over exposure.  Let’s have Richard take us on a virtual tour of this extraordinary  homage to Alaia in Paris. —S.H. It’s fashion month in Paris with the…

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  • See: The Perfect Little Black Dress in Paris… all here!

    Little Black Dress Exhibit, Mona Bismarck American Center

    Everyone  wants a perfect Little Black Dress, or two or three in their wardrobe. But imagine when not “little” but MAJOR black dresses are curated into one exhibition, and that’s in Paris…. ohh la la, it’s drool city. Take an inspirational tour of  the Little Black Dress Exhibit at the Mona Bismarck American Center Paris with Richard Nahem as your guide and tell me which LBD is tops on your wish list?   Oh, yes, and Richard met his fashion idol, let’s see…

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  • Grace Kelly Style- “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon” Exhibition in Montreal

    From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly - Beyond the Icon at the McCord Museum Montreal

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: French Canadian Chic Week continues with timeless Grace Kelly style via the “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon” exhibition in Montreal. The Grace Kelly exhibition at Museum McCord in Montreal is more biographical than costume. As you walk through the galleries, what you see is deeper than the clothes themselves. It becomes the story of a young woman who rose from model to actress to Princess to style icon. >>MORE: I’ll Have What…

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  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Left: Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011. Vogue, March 2011. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims.

    Every once in a while f-a-s-h-i-o-n takes itself way too seriously and fails to remember the heart + soul that is the inspiration for its being. There, I have said it. I wanted to love PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But when you take the grit out of a movement and distance it from its authenticity, what’s left are derivative pieces which, when standing alone, are lost in the vapor that is a hot flash of…

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