Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Naomi: Fashion Juggernaut

I've always loved Naomi Campbell. I basically grew up always knowing who she was. My mom told me one day that she felt as if she could "relate" to Naomi. I found that a bit awkward because she was just a household name, but I let the questions slide. Naomi's of Jamaican descent, so is my family and I. You always root for the celebrity who resonates most closely with your own culture. The icing on the cake, however, is the fact that both Naomi and my mother were born in England. To her, they could basically be sisters!

When I recently read that Naomi Campbell was creating a fashion show at the Bryant Park tents to help raise funds for the people of Haiti, I immediately let mother know. She was going to buy her own ticket to the show, but instead, she donated a very ample amount to her favorite charity in Palm Beach.

It is a genius idea to break down the barriers of celebrity and exclusivity, and open the Bryant Park tents to a clientele that is both interested in Fashion and more than willing to donate for a good cause. The fashion show will take place on February 12th at 7:30pm. I'm happy to see Naomi spearheading this charity event, and am also delighted that so many other individuals have used their celebrity status to help raise funds for a Haiti.

I myself have made donations to the people of Haiti. Here are a few websites where you can make a small, or a large.... donation.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

POP Goes The Weasel

Abbey lee's grown on me over the last few months. I LOVE how young and innocent she looks in the face. She's like a good girl gone bad just a bit too fast. Here she is on the latest cover of POP Magazine S/S2010 by Richard Prince. Full editorial coming soon!

*image courtesy of mariemaud tFS

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Because You're Worth It

To me, Mulberry has always been synonymous with amazing British leather goods. Season after season, the brand introduces bags, wallets, clutches, purses, etc., that are no doubt new, but seem to represent the old-world grandeur that I love so much. I recently read a quote from Miuccia Prada herself that goes, "Buying a $5,000 handbag just because it's a status symbol is a sign of weakness." Buying a Mulberry bag for that price, is presumably alright, because one is purchasing for the right reasons. One cannot under-look a bag of quality, impeccable construction and value. Mulberry has all of the traits that make an expensive bag, an expensive bag to have. I myself own one of the fabulous men's card cases. Tan leather that hold's one's cards/cash perfectly and represents more than just a price-tag, but a tag of understated luxury that will last for years to come.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Bronx Tale

So, Yuri Pleskun is only one of the youngest and most sensational beings to hit the male model circuit. Something about him is so unique, its hard to grasp. I'm going to take a wild guess and assume it's his homeboy, down-for-whatever attitude? You might've never heard him speak, but obviously there's some swagger there. Russian sensation? No. Bronx Homeboy? Correct. I say for all the guys out there who dont want to take on the role of the model stereotype, Yuri and a few other 'urban' models have shattered it.

McQ LookBook SS2010

Check out Yuri's interview from Interview Magazine, written by Katharine Zarrella!

Bronx Boy and Model Yuri Pleskun Can't Keep Out of Trouble

Since he was scouted in the wee hours of the morning in 2008, Yuri Pleskun (Re:quest Models) hasn't done too badly for a skinny 19-year-old kid from the Bronx. He comes out of a line of young, punky models that includes Cole Mohr and Luke Worrall—models with ambitious, irreverent personalities that seem primed for a one-liner on a flipcam phone as much as for a runway show.

Pleskun's trajectory began when he was chosen by TopShop to sport a brightly-printed polo in their Spring 09 ads; and he was shot perched on barbells and sprawled on a bed in Marc by Marc's Fall 09 looks. The latter, shot of course by Juergen Teller, would prove the beginning of a beautiful collaboration that found its peak, to date, in Pleskun getting almost a full issue of photos in
Self Service. Now working the catwalks for men's fashion weeks worldwide, a homesick Yuri from the block phones us from Paris to tell us about commercial bullshit, the drunk chick who started his career, and an un-model0-like affinity for cheap chicken wings.


YURI PLESKUN: It was all right. I'm in Paris now. I walked in Fujiwara and Frankie Morello.

ZARRELLA: Did you have any favorites?

PLESKUN: Not really, I'm not like into this whole thing. I'm just doing whatever. Whoever tells me to do it, I just go.

ZARRELLA: Do you enjoy yourself?

PLESKUN: It's definitely fun. I get to have a lot of free time. And I'm gonna get to meet some of my friends while I'm out here.

ZARRELLA: But you grew up in the Bronx, right? Which must be different from the modeling circuit!

PLESKUN: Yeah. I guess I was kind of a bad kid. I was like, getting kicked out of high school and all that bullshit. I never went. I always had a lot of problems in high school with the police and all that stuff. Fighting.

ZARRELLA: So what do your childhood friends think of your newfound career?

PLESKUN: At first they thought I was really gay. But now they actually see that it's doing something for me so they're proud of me. They support me.

ZARRELLA: So the friends you are meeting in Paris, are these buddies from home or model friends?

PLESKUN: Model friends. I don't hang out with a bunch of them but there are a certain few people who I enjoy being with.

ZARRELLA: What do you kids do when you're not stomping the catwalk?

PLESKUN: Get drunk. I love vodka. Vodka is the shit.

ZARRELLA: Word on the street is that you love chicken wings. Is that a fact?

PLESKUN: Yeah, of course! Kennedy's Fried Chicken makes the best ones in New York. They have the cheapest chicken wings and the best chicken wings.

ZARRELLA: What have you been eating over in Milan and Paris? Have they been accommodating you?

PLESKUN: I've been eating cold cuts. My friend actually introduced me to cold cuts as a way to save money. But I found a little chicken spot out here today so I had to get those.

ZARRELLA: So how did you get into modeling?

PLESKUN: I got scouted at three o'clock in the morning by some drunk chick. She came up to me in the street and she just started harassing me about modeling and I was just like, "whatever." But she ended up calling me the next day and now I'm in Paris for the third time.

ZARRELLA: And do you think modeling has helped your luck with the ladies?

PLESKUN: I don't know if I should answer that question.

ZARRELLA: Can you tell me if you have a girlfriend?

PLESKUN: I don't have a girlfriend.

ZARRELLA: You have a lot of tattoos in your pictures. What's the story there?

PLESKUN: I actually just have two, the ones on my arms. I got them both when I was about 14. The left one means "shine" because I stick out like a sore thumb where I live. I'm the only white boy there.

ZARRELLA:What kind of music are you into?

PLESKUN: Hip hop. I like Jay-Z, 50-Cent. Little Wayne. I like the regular, commercial shit.

ZARRELLA: I heard you were doing a shoot for
i-D and Lenz Johnston broke your nose.

PLESKUN: Well, he didn't exactly break my nose. He smashed me with a pipe. It was by accident though. The photographer set us up with metal pipes and we were breaking mirrors in the middle of the floor. He positioned Lenz in front of me with his back turned towards me and he swung back and the pipe just kind of grazed my face and it cut my nose and my eyebrow so I had to be rushed to the hospital.

ZARRELLA: Oh my God! Are you OK now?

PLESKUN: I'm fine! I had a plastic surgeon do the stitches. I had five stitches.

ZARRELLA: Do you ever get into fights these days?

PLESKUN: Somehow trouble always follows me. I can't get away from it. And I'm not one of those types of people who walks away. I've gotta finish it off right.

ZARRELLA: Are you a "bad boy"?

PLESKUN: No, I'm a good boy! I'm innocent!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Armani Prive

So now that all of the Couture shows are over, I've decided which one I like the most. The decision was really difficult. I LOVED Givenchy, and I could imagine little superstarlits running wild on the red carpet in Elie Saab's gowns. My favorite piece in Ricardo Ticsi's collection was definitely the long gown that Isabeli Fontana was wearing. It looked as if it came right out of a scene from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Amazing.

Isabeli Fontana in Givenchy

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel was outstanding as always. The collection was very representative of late 19th century Paris. I love the way Karl Lagerfeld incorporated jewelry into the clothing. Some dresses were hanging from the necklaces that the models were wearing! The chiffon frills were hands down the most spectacular though. They seemed to magically float around the models' bodies. Flawless in every sense.

Elie Saab

Decision time. All of the collections were impeccable. My favorite though, was Armani Prive. Just an outstanding collection. The imagination, mysticism and romance of it all, is almost too much to handle.

*all photos courtesy of Style.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Armani Prive

I'm so happy that this seasons couture shows have finally started. I'll be giving two updates on the shows and possibly the overall winner for the most inventive collection of the season.

I love that in fashion, the couture shows form the base for the ready-to-wear collections. It gives me the opportunity to think ahead and imagine what new trends might form, and to look at fashion as a true art, rather than just the production of good-looking clothes.

At Armani Prive, it was all about the broad-shouldered blazer. I absolutely adore them. The crescent moon pin detailing and the crescent curvature of the skirts are fantastic! The collection didn't really need to look couture, to be couture, because the fine detailing and the quality of the fabrics are clearly evident.


Christian Dior SS10 Couture collection was not as unique as I would have expected. The models were clad in equestrian gear- the kind you'd find at a couture show, not in the stable- but nonetheless, still equestrian. The gowns closer to the end of the collection were magnificently sewn, but didn't seem to wow me as much as past collections had.

So far, those are the frontrunners of the season. I'm looking forward to Givenchy, Valentino and Lacroix!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Dying over the Yves Saint Laurent menswear collection. The coats and blazers just fell off the boys' shoulders. Thank you Stefano Pilati.

P.S - the jumpers are kindof amazing...