Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty @ the MET...NYC


I finally had the chance to check out Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a word: extraordinary! A must-see if you are in New York City. The brilliantly curated exhibit celebrates the late designer's work with over 100 ensembles (to see them up close and personal is truly amazing), 70 accessories, short films and highlights from his famously theatrical runway shows. The exhibit runs until July 31st. This is one you don't want to miss! (And p.s., if you can, buy the book. It's $45 and worth every single penny.)

Springtime in Paris


I just returned home from a wonderful trip to Paris. The city is absolutely stunning this time of year (we lucked out with perfect 76 degree and sunny weather). There are so many things about the city that I love, one of them in particular, the breathtaking flowers.

Strolling on Rue de Rivoli, we stumbled upon a bustling outdoor market in Le Marais. I've never seen calla lillies quite like these.

Peonies and hydrangeas are my two favorite flowers. In Paris, they are enormous and everywhere!

The rose shop at Hôtel Costes on Rue Saint-Honoré.

Opening Reception of artist Nicolas Pol's solo exhibition, "Sick Atavus of the New Blood"


I went to the opening reception of Paris-based artist, Nicolas Pol's new solo exhibition on May 5th called, Sick Atavus of the New Blood, presented by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (son of Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue).  The show was held  at an industrial space at 500 Washington Street in Soho and featured 36 new paintings, drawings and sculptures.  

Carine Roitfeld, who looked like she was thoroughly enjoying her new-found freedom, showed up mid-evening.

The exhibition "points at the morbidity and violence that undergirds every one of Pol’s rough strokes. Yet it also belies a technological paranoia, both in the sci-fi reference of “Atavus,” and, perhaps, in whatever manner that “new blood” springs forth." (The word "Atavus," by the way, is Latin. It has different meanings, such as "a great-grandfather's grandfather, an ancestor," but Pol's use of the word, he said, has to do with "genital irritation." Here, the show's centerpiece.

Host, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (right) and Michelle Harper.

A few guests.

Studded sneakers (and a fabulous studded Valentino heel in the background).
My good friend and date, Glenn Belverio, who writes for the blog, Diane, A Shaded View of Fashion, wrote the book, Confessions From The Velvet Ropes: The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New Yorks's Top Club Doorman.  Here he is behind the velvet rope of the glamorous porto-potty.