Alexander Liberman: Myth Understood

With Diana Vreeland, who Liberman fired as Editor-in-Chief at Vogue

On Thursday night, I was part of a panel discussing the life of Alex Liberman, who was Vogue's art director for twenty plus years and then the editorial director of Condé Nast for another thirty-two years. I met Lucy Sisman 30 years ago when I worked with her designing the first issues of Paper magazine and she was later my boss as Allure‘s ... See the Rest

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Madonna Crawls Atop the Temple of Dendur to Watch Kanye Perform at Met Gala


Disgraceful. According to International Herald Tribune fashion reporter Suzy Menkes, during Monday's big Metropolitan Museum ball, a pantyless Madonna scrambled atop the 2,000-year-old exhibit to get a better view of Kanye West's performance. “My lasting memory," she wrote, "Will be Madonna climbing up the Temple of Dendur to cheer on Kanye. And ... See the Rest

The “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Party Has Begun


If you recall, there was a great hue and cry among the society swells who were invited to this year's Costume Exhibit ball because none of them knew exactly what to wear to a punk-themed ball. Certainly not actual punk. So stylists from here to Timbuktu were charged with trying to track down vintage Versace ball gowns with a giant safety pin ... See the Rest

Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Met

In Vogue: The Editor's Eye

With the arrival of PUNK: Chaos To Couture, the Costume Institute's exhibit and theme for this year's Met Ball, it's time once again for another round of the punk debate: What did it mean? How did it change us? Was it for real? The New York Times has already published a couple of articles teasing the concept of the exhibition; Punk? At the ... See the Rest

A Michael Jackson Retrospective at the 2014 Metropolitan Costume Exhibit? PLEEEASE!

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CAN YOU IMAGINE? All that sparkly military drag? In one room? I'm GASPING. From HintMag: "If it's true that Michael Jackson is the subject of the Met's Costume Institute in 2014, as prognosticators are prognosticating, the exhibit is sure to be another blockbuster, on par with Savage Beauty. It might also be the first of the yearly shows without ... See the Rest

Muff Lover


My secret obsession? MUFFS. My God, I just want to bury my face in them! Get my fingers all up in there! Feel the warmth! MMMMM. This one, in particular, has me ROCK HARD. It's from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's early 19th century, which surprises me, because of its perfect condition, yes, but also ... See the Rest