Some historians argue it was Lilly Pulitzer who introduced the iconic shift dress into pop culture, but it was the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Kennedy and Whitney families that popularized the brand in a major way, making it a must-have for resort jetsetters. You may be surprised to know that these internationally recognized cheerful prints have humble beginnings – Lilly Pulitzer’s juice stand off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
Of course, that was simply the beginning. Beyond that, former Town & Country executive editor Kathryn Livingston, who boasts a 20-year editorial career with Hearst Magazines, chronicled behind-the-scenes details of the life of the very private Pulitzer in: Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend. // READ MORE @SarasotaMagazine.com
Herb Ritts (American, 1952 – 2002)
Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989
Gelatin silver print / Image: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Framed: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation, 2012.23.16
© Herb Ritts Foundation
The highly distinctive black-and-white photography of Herb Ritts is as iconic as those who modeled for them. California-born, Ritts shot his film among the elements of the place he knew as home: Los Angeles. Hence the title of his up-coming exhibit at The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Herb Ritts: L.A. Style. // READ MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com
If you haven’t been able to get a Vogue film fix since The September Issue then you’re gonna love knowing about the HBO documentary In-Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, marking the 120th anniversary of fashion’s iconic tome.// CLICK HERE for more @SarasotaMagazine.com
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, a documentary about the fashion icon, is a MUST-See for the style cognoscenti out there. Really. If you want to get your fashion card stamped then you shouldn’t miss this…
Those in fashion know the name Diana Vreeland and hail her as an industry empress or “The High Priestess of Fashion.” Lauded for her vision and tastemaker status – she breathed vitality and uninhibited creativity into the role of fashion editor, forever setting the bar high for her successors. As Vreeland put it herself: “I wasn’t a fashion editor, I was the one and only fashion editor.” //CLICK HERE for more @SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM
Difficult to explain why, but I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the history of the French Revolution and the fashionable Marie Antoinette. If you’re facing the challenge of dressing like the Queen of Fashion, think unapologetic flourish and plenty of romance with an aristocratic air. Marie Antoinette’s signature silhouette was prim yet seductive – sexiness was implied, not overt. // CLICK HERE FOR MORE @SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM
You’ve seen the Sex in the City films 23 times (each) as well as Devil Wears Prada and find yourself yearning for the days when we had Carrie Bradshaw to look to for a weekly style fix. Well, consider this a back-up plan when you need some sartorial inspiration, a reference list of fashionable flicks is here at your disposal.// READ MORE @ SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM
Here’s permission: Go ahead. Make a spectacle out of yourself.
Listen to me, friend, there’s no better time to upgrade those specs and leave the contacts on the shelf because, if you haven’t noticed, it’s cool to be a nerd. Especially, if you hit the retro styles for a modern vintage vibe. // READ MORE @ SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM
Photograph by René Habermacher
Love or hate the fearless style of Daphne Guinness [by the way, "fearless" could translate quite literally when you see the heel-less platforms she deftly balances on]–her individualistic, oft-times extreme, fashion sense has made her an icon in the industry. Avant-garde designers live to dress her, or rather transform her, and fashion spectators anxiously await the latest couture revelation.
All of which make for ideal exhibit subject matter at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where approximately 100 pieces are being shown through January 7, 2012, including accessories from Philip Treacy’s millinery to Shaun Leane’s “armor” jewelry and high fashion arc from demi-couture to haute couture, all dating from 1999-2011. // Click Here for MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com
OK, so before I launch into the “Double-Cat-Eye-How-To” by Anne Schumacher, I want to share a bit about her incredibly cool qualification as our instructor.
Not only did she work at Bloomingdale’s in NYC as resident makeup artist and fragrance specialist in the private shopping service, Anne apprenticed, for more than four years, with the “dean of makeup artists” Pablo Manzoni, who revolutionized makeup in the ‘60s. If this doesn’t quite ring a bell yet, then no doubt you’ll recognize some of his clientele: Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Diana Vreeland and his muse Maria Callas (Pablo is responsible for her famous cat-eye). // Click Here for MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com