Monday, April 7

School of thought

In the past few decades, Parsons The New School for Design produced many major names of American fashion. “The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers,” a new tome authored by the school’s dean of fashion Simon Collins, takes a look at 30 who went to the school. These range from Claire McCardell and Anna Sui to Behnaz Sarafpour, Donna Karan, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.

What is so interesting is the individual reasons for enrolling. “Donna chose the school because Claire McCardell was a big inspiration for her, and Narciso chose it because Donna was a big inspiration for him,” he noted. “Behnaz chose it because Narciso was a big inspiration for her. It was this continuous cycle.”

The book, published by Assouline, comes replete with short features about their time at Parsons and fun, Proustian-style Q&As. The launch will be accompanied by an exhibition at Milk Gallery, which kicks off Thursday and runs through April 19. It will feature portraits, original sketches, illustrations and interviews from the designers in the book.

The book will also be available at the exhibition, and proceeds of book sales there will go toward the creation of a Parsons scholarship fund.

As a proud alumni- i can't wait to grab a copy

Article featured in WWD-Marc Karimzadeh

Tuesday, January 21

joyeux anniversaire christian dior

66 years ago-a thick blanket of white covered Avenue Montaigne.
At number 30, the palpable excitement heated up the rooms: for this was the day that Christian Dior would present his first showing of haute couture.

It was February 12, 1947, and everyone was busy making sure everything was perfect, according to the couturier's wishes. 'Will it be a hit?.

The date would prove to be historic, as we now know, but at that moment the only certainty was high expectations. Christian Dior had a new vision of womanhood - and not just in the silhouette, but in a woman's overall presence. Haute couture dressed her, perfume partnered her, following her everywhere.
And from that date neither couture, nor luxury, nor perfumery, nor fashion would ever be the same again.

Wednesday, January 15

so ready for my closeup

The much-anticipated cover photo was released by Vogue today, highlighting the "Girls" creator in a gorgeous close-up shot. Snapped by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the image is soft and flattering but also as quirky as Dunham herself 

Tuesday, January 7

Everyone Loves Arm Candy

Everyone loves arm candy, it's easy and fun to pile it all on; real and faux! There are no rules, there is no rhyme or reason; it's what you think looks great together.  It is a fantastic and creative way to mix your favorite precious jewelry with your fun, trendy jewels.

We heart Kim, she LOVES the stack em bracelet - she piles it on everyday!

Thursday, December 26

live from Whitestone Queens- the winner is....

How lucky is this girl from Queens to celebrate Christmas each year only a few minutes 
away from the most amazing display of lights in the USA.
Winners of the nationwide competition called the Great American light fight -The Lynch family has devoted 17 years to lavishly decorating their home in Whitestone, Queens.
The light site is a tourist destination and backdrop for wedding pictures.
“People come here from all over and send us Christmas cards with our house in them. It gets crazy here, but it’s all in good faith, all in good fun,” Lynch said.
We went last night and all i can say is WOW!!!!

oh Christmas tree

I love Christmas-everything about it.
What i love the most is the Christmas tree -each year we would decorate it together as a family.
As we got older tree decorating came complete with cocktails.
When i little i loved to make ornaments for the tree and they still hand on the tree today and look like they were made yesterday.
The tree is filled with so many memories it overwhelms me and makes me both happy and sad.
The original family tree has moved to my brothers home but it is still loaded with the souvenir's of our life's.
This year it seemed extra beautiful and i snapped some pictures to share.
Here it is in full sparkle and twinkle!

Tuesday, December 17

New York City – A Winter Wonderland

Today's New York City might not be your typical Norman Rockwell winter scene but it is just as special and magical. Many traditions are held close to our hearts; Rockefeller Center & the Christmas Tree, elaborate decorated windows, the Swarovski Crystal Star, the smell of nuts roasting on the streets and of course Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.

This year snow has already covered the streets on a few occasions (as I am writing this the snow is falling – so pretty and cold!) so we think and are hoping that we might have a white Christmas. We all know there is nothing like a white Christmas no matter where you live and what your traditions are.

All of us native New Yorkers at Roberta Chiarella wish you a warm, cozy, happy and healthy Holiday and New Year!