Fashion Flashback: Judith Leiber

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If anyone conjures up images of handbags as objets d’art, Judith Leiber does. Judith Leiber’s Hungarian parents never imagined that their daughter, Judith Marianne Peto, would become an iconic handbag designer. Wanting their daughter to become a chemist, like a successful relative who had invented a complexion cream, Judith was sent to England to pursue a scientific career. However, WWII happened and Judith moved back to Budapest and enrolled in an artisan guild. Leiber often said,“Hitler put me in the handbag business.” After her guild training, Leiber started making handbags for family and friends from whatever materials she could find, later selling handbags to American soldiers stationed in Hungary. After marrying Gerson Leiber, an American Army Signals Corp sergeant stationed in Hungary, the couple moved to the New York City in 1947.

After working in New York City for a number of handbag brands, Leiber launched her own handbag line in 1963. Leiber’s handbags were so unique that initially department stores were reluctant to sell her bags. Over time, Leiber would have pop-up stores and her own boutiques in department stores after celebrities and first ladies starting flaunting her bags. First ladies Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hilary Clinton have work Judith Leiber bags, as well as, Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Ross, Greta Garbo, Raisa Gorbachev, opera diva Joan Sutherland, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, and many others. Ms. Leiber would create five collections a year, creating over 100 bags in the process. Leiber’s glittering evening bags were created to hold a small amount of things, mostly lipstick, a handkerchief, and some large bills. And her bag come in the shape of almost anything, due to the fact that Leiber was inspired by nature, paintings, museum pieces, and a variety of objects.

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After selling her business in the late 90s, Leiber and her husband dedicated their time to hosting exhibitions of her handbags at museums and their own museum in the Hamptons. Leiber’s handbag exhibitions have been held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago Historical Society. Stella Blum, former curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called Leiber as “a little like calling Louis Comfort Tiffany a designer of lighting fixtures.”Judith Leiber and her husband Gerson Leiber, a painter, lithographer, and sculptor, died within hours of each other of heart attacks at their home in East Hampton on Saturday. Judith Leiber was 97 years old.

—Staff

 

 

Fashion Flashback: Amber Valletta

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If you are deeply embedded in the fashion industry, you probably know by now that supermodel Amber Valletta is the new face of Blumarine’s spring 2018 campaign. Amber Valletta was one of those blond model goddesses of the 1990s that set fashion runways ablaze with her sassy strut and sexy visage. After a hiatus of over ten years from fashion, and some notable film appearances, Amber has gone back to her first love, fashion. Then again, she never really left. Fashion Reverie looks back at the career of Amber Valletta.Amber Valletta fits comfortably in that pantheon of 90s supermodels that include Eva Herzigova, Shalom Harlow, Kate Moss, and Carolyn Murphy. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amber Valletta began modeling at the age of 15, and landed her first Vogue cover just a year later, continuing to appear on the cover of American Vogue 12 more times. In the same year Amber appeared on the cover of Vogue for the first time, she was signed as the face of Calvin Klein’s Eternity fragrance. Moving to Europe by the age of 17, early on Amber Valletta graced to covers French Vogue and Elle Italia.

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Known for chameleon-like, transformative abilities, Jason Wu has said of Amber, “Amber has the ability to transform beautifully into any role. Her charisma and timelessness maker her such an inspiration.” In her over two decades in the fashion industry, Amber has appeared in the campaigns of Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace, Elizabeth Arden, Prada, Calvin Klein, and Fendi. In the 1990s Ambers signed multi-million cosmetics contracts with Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden.In the late 90s, Amber began to seek out a career in film. “It was hard to be taken seriously. I needed to work on my acting chops. There are so few parts available that are good for women … I feel like I’ve gotten whatever was meant to come to me and I feel really blessed,” said Amber in and Interview magazine article.

Amber in Vogue 1993. InStyle October 2016, Vogue Ukraine 2017, and Vogue 2014

In 1995 with supermodel Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta was the host of MTV’s “House of Style.” Later Amber appeared in “What Lies Beneath,” “Hitch,” “ Dead Silence,” “Transporter 2,” ”Gamer,” “The Spy Next Door,” and on television in “Revenge,” and “Blood & Oil.”Amber Valletta has been very candid about her drug and alcohol abuse issues, speaking out publicly about her addictions in 2014. Amber married Olympic volleyball player Chip McGraw in 2003. Their union produced a son, Auden. They couple divorced in 2015.

—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion Flashback: Bruce Weber

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Fashion Reverie looks back on the career of iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber. In the last two weeks, Bruce Weber has been accused of sexual misconduct with two male models. The verdict is still out on these allegations; whatever the final outcome around the sexual misconduct allegations, the result will not diminish the incredible genius of Bruce Weber and how Weber has almost singlehandedly elevated, through his photography, the status of the male fashion model. For the past four decades, Bruce Weber’s fashion imagery has appeared in Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Life, Elle, Interview, Rolling Stones magazine, and campaigns for Versace, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and a host of other fashion brands.Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania Bruce Weber studied film at New York University and after briefly working as a model for Francesco Scavullo and Richard Avedon, Weber was encouraged by his wife-to-be Nan Bush and Richard Avedon to study photography with Lisette Model. His photographic images first appeared in GQ in the late 1970s. And though Weber continued to work as a fashion and celebrity photographer throughout most of the 1980s, Weber came to be known to the general public in the late 80s by shooting Calvin Klein campaigns.

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Weber established his signature style of black and white images of sexualized athletic male models by shooting his subjects in some state of undress. Weber’s image of supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg in a shower with a bare jeans barely covering up his private parts established Weber photographic style and catapulted him to national prominence.

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Weber also caused a scandal in 1980 by shooting Abercrombie & Fitch’s catalogue stocked full of revealing images of male models in various states of undress. Additionally, Weber shot the early images of Richard Gere and Mike Tyson.

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In the early 1990’s Weber went back to his film roots by shooting music videos for The Pet Shop Boys, Chet Baker, Will Young and Chris Isaak’s Blue Spanish Sky video. And in 2001 Bruce Weber filmed Chop Suey, a film about wrestler Peter Johnson who he had photographed for four years, and in 2008, filmed Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast with the actor Robert Mitchum.Weber has had more than a two-decade relationship with Versace and his campaigns for Versace have been considered masterpieces of fashion photography. Weber has also authored several books of photography that include Looking Good: A Guide for Men (1978), Bruce Weber (1983), Photographs of Athletes (1983), O Rio De Janeiro (1986), The Andy Book (1987), Bear Pond (1990), Pirelli Calendar (1997), The Chop Suey Club (1998) Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Fashion (2005), Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights (2009), and Standing Tall: Portraits of the Haitian Community in Miami, 2003–2010 (2010).—William S. Gooch

Fashion Flashback: Azzedine Alaia

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Fashion Reverie looks back at the life and career of Azzedine Alaia. Azzedine Alaia is thought of as having paved the way from iconic black fashion models—and in particular Naomi Campbell early in her career—going against the tide of using more than one or two models in collection. However, using models of color wasn’t the only thing that Azzedine Alaia rallied for. Alaia believed that time was a fashion designer’s friend and that the crunch schedule that major designers are forced to create collections against stifles creativity and does not give consumers adequate time to digest collections. In response to that perspective, Alaia would show collection on his own time schedule, often showing after the fashion calendar or some seasons not showing all. Azzedine Alaia presented his collections when the clothes were ready, on his own time schedule.This tradeoff was very frustrating for the fashion community and his loyal fans, and Azzedine Alaia paid a heavy price for his obstinacy. Though he was financially comfortable, had he acquiesced and played by the fashion rules, he could have been wealthy. Still, Azzedine Alaia’s creative freedom was more important to him than great wealth.

Born to humble farmers in Tunis, Tunisia, Azzedine Alaia was inspired by his glamorous sister and enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis against his father’s will. While a student, Azzedine found a job in a small dress shop. “The owner was looking for someone to finish up the dresses,” he said. “My sister had learned sewing with the nuns, and she had a notebook with all the basics. That was my first real experience with fashion, and while I was in the shop, I improved dramatically,” as detailed in a nytimes.com article.

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“Close to the boutique, there was a beautiful palace where two wealthy girls spent their days looking out the balcony. They saw me going in and out of the shop with cartons and fabrics, and finally, one day after school, they came up to question me about my work and invited me to their house that same night.” Through these connections, Azzedine acquired a job with Christian Dior in 1957.

                   Azzedine Alaia Couture fall 2011 image courtesy of wgsn.com

Making clothing on the side for influential Parisians, word quickly spread that Alaia was a great talent, opening his own design house in 1979. Alaia launched his first ready-to-wear collection in 1980 and was immediately declared the “king of cling” by the French press. In actuality, Alaia’s designs were made to empower women and celebrate the feminine silhouette without exploiting a woman’s curves. Alaia became known for deceptively weaving embellishments and patterns seamlessly into the weft of the garment.Though Azzedine Alaia’s design aesthetic fell out of fashion in the 1990s, Lady Gaga and other celebrities, as well as an injection of investment money from Compagnie Financiere Richemont, the company that owns Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, in 2007 allowed Alaia to design collection at his own pace with his particular creativity. Azzedine Alaia returned to the fashion calendar last July after a six-year absence, demonstrating that his collections are timeless.

                            Azzedine Alaia spring 2017 images courtesy of vogue.com

Azzedine Alaia died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, November 18, 2017.—William S. Gooch

 

Fashion Flashback: Herve L. Leroux

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Fashion Reverie looks back at Herve L.Leroux. Herve L. Leroux passed away at the age of 60 on October 9, 2017. Herve L. Leroux became a household for creating the ‘bandage’ dress which was worn in the early 90s and through out his fashion career by celebrities ranging from Beyonce, Rihanna, Serena Williams, and Carmen Electra to Kim Kardashian, Victoria Justice, and Paris Hilton. Additionally, a slew of models from Jessica White, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Miranda Kerr, Karen Mulder, and Kate Upton have donned the ‘bandage’ dress.Born in the northern French town of Bapaume, Herve Peugnet started his career as a hairdresser doing hair backstage for Chloe fashion shows in the late 1970s. Leger started his fashion career making handbags and hats for Tan Giudicelli. Later, Leger secured an assistant designer job with Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe, and later at Chanel. Leger also worked as a freelance designer for Lanvin and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as designing accessories for Daniel Swarovski and shoes at Charles Jourdan.

Herver Leger launched his label in 1985, creating the iconic ‘bandage’ dress in 1990. Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune called Herve Leger’s early collections a “recipe for the Nineties.” And that Leger “molded his fabric to the female form, rather than draping and cutting it.”

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“The story of the dress is a very simple one,” Mr. Leroux said in a New York Times article. “Before I started making clothes, I was a hairdresser, then a hat maker. One day in a factory I found some bands that were headed for the garbage. They gave me the idea of taking those bands and putting them next to one another as one does making a hat.”In 1998, Leger’s company was acquired by Los Angeles–based company BCBG Max Azria. Leger lost control of his company and the commercial use of his name in the late 1990s and founded his independently owned couture house, Herve L. Leroux in 2000 with his atelier still located at the Rue de Jacob in Paris.

                            2013 Herve Leger Paris exhibit courtesy of nytimes.com

There has been much debate over Leger creating the ‘bandage’ dress with Herve Leger giving credit to American ex-patriate Charles James creating the first commercially manufactured ‘bandage’ in the early 1950s. Leger claimed that the ‘bandage’ dress goes back to antiquity with Cleopatra wearing one of the first ‘bandage’ dress.From 2004–2006 Herve Leger was the creative director of the French couture house Guy Laroche, dressing Hilary Swank for the 2005 Academy Awards Hilary Swank in a memorable backless midnight-blue jersey gown. Leger showed his collection in 2013 during the Paris couture shows after a 12-year absence.

Herve L. Leroux apparently died from a brain aneurysm.

—Staff

 

 

Fashion Flashback: Christos Yiannakou

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Image courtesy of thebridalcouncil.com

Fashion Reverie looks back at the life and career of Christos Yiannakou. Christos Yiannakou passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Christos Yiannakou had a long, illustrious career as a bridal designer in the US, opening his own bridal design and manufacturing company, Christos Inc., in New York City in 1984 with his business partner Michael De Cuollo.

Christos Yiannakou emigrated from the island of Cyprus, at the age of 22, to New York City and enrolled at the Traphagen School of Design. Upon graduation, Christos Yiannakou was employed at Galina Bridal. While at Galina Bridal, Yiannakou was immediately recognized for unique talent in bridal design and quickly became the leading designer at Galina Bridal.

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Image courtesy of weddingclan.com

After forming Christos, Inc. with business partner Michael Cuollo in 1984, Christos, Inc. quickly became a dominant force in the bridal industry with Yiannakou winning “Bridal Designer of the Year” awards from Brides and Modern Brides magazines. Christos has been sold in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe and has been retailed in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, I. Magnin, Bullocks Wilshire, and Frost Bros.

Christos has been distinguished its use of intricate lace, primarily Alençon, in addition to Guipure, Chantilly and embroidered laces, which became works of art. His bridal gowns were elegant and timeless designs that transitioned from the sixties into the new century.

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Images courtesy of theimpression.com

In 2004, Chistos, Inc. was sold to Amsale Aberra, LLC who continues the Christos tradition of creating elegant, classic Christos designs sold all over the world.

—Staff

 

 

Fashion Flashback: David Zablidowsky

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Fashion Reverie looks back at David Zablidowsky. This fashion flashback has been the difficult and most gut wrenching fashion flashback for Fashion Reverie to put together because of David Zablidowsky’s (David Z) untimely death on Friday, July 14, 2017. David was a clean rocker—no alcohol or drugs—who loved fashion. So our hearts at Fashion Reverie are heavy due to his death by a freight trailer truck collision.

David Zablidowsky had been a friend to Fashion Reverie Publications since the launch of fashionreverie.com in 2012.  Fashion Reverie did a fashion editorial with David Z in 2013 and Rubix Cube, a 1980s–tribute band that David Z performed with, performed at Fashion Reverie’s launch party.

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Images courtesy of nydailynews.com

I became friends with David Z when I met he and his brother Paulie Zablidowsky (Paulie Z), both members of the now-defunct metal rock band Z02, on a fashion red carpet in 2010. At the time we all met, the brothers’ reality-based, comedy television show “Z Rock” had been canceled after two seasons on the IFC channel. We became fast friends and I assisted Z02’s publicist get the band on fashion and entertainment red carpets—with appearances at New York Fashion Week (Loris Diran, The Blonds, Elene Cassis, Adrienne Landau, and Malan Breton), Tribeca Film Festival, and a plethora of fashion launches.

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Images courtesy of amazon.com and rocknightmare.com, respectively

David Z was an expert musician playing not only with Z02, but also playing for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Rubix Cube, and most recently with Adrenaline Mob. David brought energy, passion and great joy to his stage performances. And his expert musician is rare in the music industry these days. David could play anything from metal rock, to R&B, 80’s pop, soul, and classic rock n’ roll. And he told me once that he never had a job outside of performing once he graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in music theory. Rare indeed!!

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Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com

After Z02 disbanded, I continued my friendship with Paulie and David and I was struck by how both brothers loved fashion. David particularly loved John Varvatos, Custo Barcelona, Tallia, and DSquared2. “Hey, I love clothes, … Believe it not, I shop a lot at Zara. It is a European look, affordable, and the fit is great. But, I also love G Star, DSquared2, Custo Barcelona, Tallia Orange, Rochambeau, and John Varvatos, who is geared toward rock n’ roll, and his shop in the Bowery is in the area where the old CBGBs is, so you cannot go wrong,” David Z told Fashion Reverie in an exclusive interview in 2013.

When Fashion Reverie styled and photographed David Z, David was wide open and willing to go to places a lot of celebrities are not willing to go. David loved being in front of the camera, and though he was not a fashion model, many of the images in the editorial demonstrated that he had modeling chops.

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Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com

David will be missed for his kindness, his joie de vivre, his expert musicianship, his irreverent charm, and his fashion sensibility. He has been taken from us way too early and our condolences go out to his friends and family. Rock on among the other celestial beings, David!!

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Flashback: Gone But Not Out Menswear Brands

Greg Lauren image courtesy of pinterest.com

Greg Lauren image courtesy of pinterest.com

On the eve of New York Fashion: Men’s spring 2018, Fashion Reverie looks back at menswear brands that had a strong presence in the American menswear scene, but lost momentum and are no longer a part of the US men’s fashion market. Most of these brands had a distinct, signature voice and spoke to an evolving, diverse menswear audience that was thirsty for something innovative and fashion forward.

Still, though most of these menswear brands had some traction, circumstances forced them out of the menswear milieu. While some of these menswear brand creative directors have popped up at other menswear companies, their own individual creative mien is sadly missed.  And, with the current state of the global retail market; perhaps, if some these menswear brands had managed to maintain market viability, there would be more vitality and perspective in the menswear market.

Antonio Azzuolo fall 2012

Antonio Azzuolo fall 2012

One of the most highly missed menswear brands in the depressed American menswear market is Antonio Azzuolo. After honing his craft at Hermes, Kenzo, and Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Azzuolo took up the mantle of design director at Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label and Black Label in 2006. In 2008 Azzuolo launched his eponymous label and quickly became a strong presence on the US menswear scene.  a.a. antonio azzuolo is a New York–based menswear brand that focuses on street wear seen through a refined lens.

Though the brand is not technically extinct, Azzuolo has not made a new collection in a few seasons. Fashion wagging tongues confide that Azzuolo is now working for Warby Parker.

Unruly Heir fall 2013 image courtesy of fashionbeans.com

Unruly Heir fall 2013 image courtesy of fashionbeans.com

Known for their out-of-the box, irreverent presentations during New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Unruly Heir was launched in 2008 by Joey Goodwin and John Gagliano. Unruly Heir placed a tongue-and-cheek, irreverent twist on classic menswear attire, providing one-of-a-kind pieces for the tailored young man whose lifestyle goes against formal society.

You never knew what you were getting at one of Unruly Heir’s fashion week presentations. You might witness a staged catwalk rumble or food fight, but it was all fun and part of theatre that longer exist during NYFW. Though Unruly Heir’s website is still active and you can purchase merchandise, their NYC presence is all but gone.

Marlon Gobel fall 2014 image courtesy of fashionreverie.com

Marlon Gobel fall 2014 image courtesy of fashionreverie.com

One of the most innovative voices on the American menswear landscape was Marlon Gobel. In his first seven years in the menswear market, Gobel worked for some of most prestigious brands in menswear, Thom Browne and Michael Bastian. In 2010 Marlon Gobel launched in eponymous brand that was immediately picked up by Bergdorf Goodman.

Gobel’s design oeuvre was innovative construction with a penchant for glam with a modern sensibility. During NYFW, Gobel always had some of the best male models in his shows including Henry Watkins and Sebastian Suave. Though Gobel still has a Facebook presence, his website only consists of a 2015 video. Gobel has not created a new menswear collection for several seasons.

Alexandre Plohkov images courtesy of pinterest

Alexandre Plohkov images courtesy of pinterest

Alexandre Plokhov’s menswear brand is technically still in existence, but after taking up the mantle at Helmut Lang, not a lot has been going on at Plokov’s eponymous brand. Plokov established himself as an innovative designer when he launched Cloak in 2000. Cloak won the Ecco Domani award in 2003 and the 2005 CFDA Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Menswear. Plokhov became known for his military goth style that included razor sharp tailoring, details and luxurious fabrics.

After Cloak shuttered due to partnership disagreements in Plokhov launched his namesake line in 2010. Alexandre Plokhov became one of the must-see menswear brands during NYFW. However, after Plokhov moved over to Helmut Lang, Plohkov announced on Instagram in late December 2015 he would be shutting down his eponymous line. That said; word on the street is that Plokhov has bee replaced at Helmut Lang by the design team from Hood by Air.

Greg Lauren Spring 2016 images courtesy of losarys.com

Greg Lauren Spring 2016 images courtesy of losarys.com

Greg Lauren’s menswear collection had a lot of traction in the menswear market. After being the darling of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Lauren has all but disappeared. Launched in 2011, Lauren’s namesake brand set a standard for distressed aesthetics.

From his initial launch, Greg Lauren’s men’s and women’s collections were picked up by Bergdorf Goodman and many mainstream department stores and boutiques. Yet, Greg has been suspiciously absent from the NYFW scene, although his spring 2017 and 2018 collections are available for purchase through is online site.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Flashback: Santo Loquasto

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Image courtesy of woodyallenpages.com

As the spring ballet season and Broadway’s spring season are in full swing, Fashion Reverie looks back at one of the most prolific costume designers for both ballet and the Broadway stage, Santo Loquasto.

Spring 2017 is turning out to be a banner season for Santo Loquasto. American Ballet Theatre is performing “Don Quixote,” “Le Corsaire,” and “Eugene Onegin,” ballets for which Loquasto has designed costumes. And one of the biggest hits of Broadway’s spring season, “Hello Dolly,” has Santo Loquasto’s stamp on it.

Images from "Hello Dolly"

Images from “Hello Dolly”

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Santo Loquasto earned a BA degree in literature from King’s College and an MFA from Yale Drama School. Loquasto has worked on 61 productions as either a costume or scenic designer, winning Tony Awards for “The Cherry Orchard” and “Grand Hotel: The Musical.”

Images from "Desperately Seeking Susan"

Images from “Desperately Seeking Susan”

Loquasto’s film and television resume is just as extensive as his stage credits. A favorite of Woody Allen, Loquasto has costumed Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Smoke and Fog,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Husbands and Wives,” “Bullets over Broadway,” and “Radio Days.” His most well known film to date is “Desperately Seeking Susan,” where he served as production designer.

Images from ABT productions of "Eugene Onegin," and "Don Quixote"

Images from ABT productions of “Eugene Onegin,” “Le Corsaire,” and “Don Quixote”

Since the late 1960s, Santo Loquasto has enjoyed a beloved and long-time association with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1976, Loquasto’s costumes for ABT’s iconic production of “Don Quixote” solidly placed Loquasto in the pantheon of costume designers for ballet. (A list that includes Barbara Karinksa, Irene Sharaff, Oliver Messel, Nicholas Georgiadis, and Willa Kim.) Since the mid-70s, Loquasto has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, and the San Francisco Ballet.

Collages1291Currently, Santo Loquasto has costumed three ABT ballets playing this spring at the Metropolitan Opera House, “Eugene Onegin,” “Le Corsaire,” and “Don Quixote.” And Loquasto’s costumes and scenic design for “Hello Dolly” has been nominated for a couple of 2017 Tony Awards.

Bravos, and kudos Loquasto!!

—Staff

Fashion Flashback: The Enduring Style of Michelle Obama

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Images courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

As the 45th Presidential Inauguration dawns upon America and the world at large, Fashion Reverie looks back at the sophisticated and enduring White House style of First Lady Michelle Obama. From her choice of fashion designers Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, and Naeem Khan, no other First Lady has brought more diversity in style and fashion to the White House than Michelle Obama.

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Michelle Obama in Tom Ford, Atelier Versace, and Brandon Maxwell, respectively.

Jacqueline Onassis has been anointed as the First Lady who without a doubt bought inimitable style, grace and immaculate sophisticated and elegance to the White House. Michelle Obama, though continuing in the tradition of former First Lady Jacqueline Onassis, has redefined the style of the First Lady by bringing an ease and relaxed elegance to the White House. With her youthful vigor and curvy silhouette, no other First Lady has had clothing fit their frame so beautifully and with regal luster. Another accomplishment to take note of is that Michelle Obama is the first First Lady to grace of cover of American Vogue, not once, but on three separate occasions.

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Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera, Givenchy Couture, and Zac Posen, respectively. Images courtesy of pinterest.com.

First Lady Michelle Obama became famous for relaxed elegance. Whether hosting a party for children at the White House, appearing on talk shows or hosting events, no First Lady has done it better than Michelle Obama.

Images courtesy of Vera Wang, and Gucci, respectively.

When it comes to State Dinners and Kennedy Center honors, Michelle Obama’s style is in a class by itself. Donning designers as diverse as Atelier Versace, Jason Wu, Zack Posen, and Carolina Herrera to Brandon Maxwell, Naeem Khan, Marchesa, and Tom Ford, Michelle Obama has proved time and time again that White House fashion can be glamorous, as well as relatable.

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese, Duro Olowu, Jason Wu, and Byron Lars Beauty Mark, respectively.

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese, Duro Olowu, Jason Wu, and Byron Lars Beauty Mark, respectively. Images courtesy of Getty Images, buzzfeed.com, yahoonews.com, and pinterest.com, respectively.

No other First Lady has incorporated designers of color in their wardrobes more than Michelle Obama. From Bryan Lars, Tracy Reese, Naeem Khan, and Charles Harbison to Duro Olowu, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu, Michelle Obama style reflects the true diversity of the US and the world.

Michelle Khan in Naeem Khan

Michelle Khan in Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama’s inimitable style will be missed. Still, her grace and elegance will live in on in the memory of all we witnessed her grace and elegance. Bravo Michelle!!

—William S. Gooch

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