Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Raven....

Every single time I hear/read the beginning of Poe's 
The Raven, a chill runs up my spine. 

'Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.' 
~Edgar Allan Poe

From Poetry Animation

Style Shepherd Giveaway
This weeks giveaway is a raven ring from Etsy Shop Summer Song Designs.  *This ring is a shiny antique-silver in color, with a Raven as the centerpiece. The decoration is 5/8" wide. The ring base is made out of base metal and is adjustable*  

You must be a follower of the Style Shepherd and leave a link to a Gothic accessory from any Etsy shop.  Like this: 
'I am a follower of the Style Shepherd and the gothic accessory you should see is a Demon Skull Belt Buckle by Battle Hill Forge.'
You may comment as many times as you like. The deadline is Sunday, November 7th, 2010 11:59PM EST.  The winner will be announced on November 8th.  Good Luck!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's here!

I've been waiting for this book 
for a week... it may as well have been a year! 
Now, the challenge will be finding time to read it.

Up close with the Jump Start Winning Design!

I have wanted to get a close look at the
Jump Start winning design forever! .... well it's been a couple of weeks, but it feels like forever.  Luckily, the winning designer Sulki Amy Kwon agreed to give me a designer's eye view.  
Thank you Amy!
The original inspiration (the board at 30th St. Station) and original sketch.
Winning Design

Double faced knit, hand tacked gold braid twist.

The clock is genius and created with a covered shoebox and broken CDs!

Very chic exposed zipper.

The cold shoulder

Designer Sulki Amy Kwon was just back from her Senior Crit with Frank Agostino and she was super excited.  When asked about her own personal style and what she wants to design, she said, "Well, I made this!", and flung her arms open wide so I could see her very chic bat winged shirt.... 
so, I'm thinking a mixture of Norma Kamali, Donna Karan, and Missoni. She has a wonderful future! 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Frank Agostino: Architecture of Style

I was a little disappointed that I wouldn't be able to make it to the private reception of the Frank Agostino Exhibit at Moore Galleries, but... oh well, some days work comes first. I spent a good part of my afternoon sending out jewelry samples, catalogs and artwork (the postal employees at 30th Street Station know me by name) and so always trying to look on the bright side, I figured it will be nice to browse the exhibit during the public reception, where maybe there would be less people, and it would be a little more casual.... And after shlepping my packages to the post office, at least I wouldn't have to go home and get shuzzed.  It will be a nice laid back evening, the exhibit and then out for some Chinese Take Out (Ting Wong's) with my Honey.  Well! When we arrived there was a party goin' on! The man of the hour was still being thanked by Curator Lori Mertes and the champagne was still flowing.... well, we'll just sneak around the side and check out the exhibit, and who do I run into Jimmy Contreras of Jimmy's Street Style fame!  And who does he introduce me to?  Kristin Haskins Simms!

Well, I don't care what I look like now, I'm surrounded by the gorgeous designs of Frank Agostino and hanging out with 'The Beautiful People'. Of course I took lots of pictures!  Enjoy!
Pant Suit, Fall 2007 - Taffeta Opera Coat, 1986 Black Taffeta. On loan from Julia Harmelin

Evening Gown, Fall 2008 Black tulle over satin back crepe
Evening gown and Stole, Spring 2009 Navy stretch silk dutchess satin trimmed in black horsehair
Top, 2007; Shorts, 1980 Silver nailheads on gray stretched tulle
Cocktail Dress, Fall 2009 Gray silk satin with pleated bodice and hand tucked balloon hem. On loan from Suzie Urban
Cocktail dress, 1966 Pale blue double faced silk, hand beaded pearl and geometric rhinestone yoke. Made exclusively for Grace Ann Agostino
Coat and Dress, Fall 2008 Ivory double faced cashmere. Made exclusively for Lynn White
Wrap Coat, Fall 2002 Mint Green wool flannel
Three piece suit, Fall 1983
Evening Dress, 1984
Evening Gown 1986

Frank Agostino - Fall 2008 Ivory Double face wool sheared mink sleeves with inserts of curly lamb at cuffs

Fiore Boutique!

Fiore Boutique is holding a silent auction! 100% of the winning bid will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Send in your bid for a John Wind Autumn Collage Collar to by November14th. Good Luck!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fashion Overload!

This was a great day!  

Checked out the options my oh so chic friend, Alicia Nazario plans to wear to a very fancy gala... hope she wears the Nicole Miller with a black sequin shell layered over it. Was completely bowled over by a John Wind belt, that could easily double as a corset.... I'm still thinking about it. So beautiful!  Read another fabulous Hamish Bowles piece for American Vogue on the train home.... went to the Frank Agostino exhibit at Moore (read tomorrow's post for more details, where I met Kristin Haskins Simms) and then boogied back home to watch Michael Kors, Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, and Nina Garcia duke it out in one of the most entertaining Project Runway deliberations of all time! 
I love my life!
Me and Kristin Haskins Simms

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Isabella Blow Biopic.... ?

I love Women's Wear Daily tweets!  

womensweardaily 9:26am via web Girl on Film: The planned film about Isabella Blow is quietly taking shape, and filmmaker Anders Palm is producing it. 

Who will play the role of Isabella? 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Art of Weightlessness

I'm so excited!  I ordered
The Art of Weightlessness from Amazon ..... just tracked my package and it's at the Fedex Smartpost in Allentown PA.  It's in Pennsylvania!  I'll have it by the weekend!  Can't wait!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fashion Friday, Kisha Malika

One morning last week, I opened up my facebook page, and .... Mercy! One of my friends has changed her profile pic! And lawdy, lawdy, it is uber chic.  To be fair, she always looks incredible, but this pic just put all our generic happy smiling face profile pics to shame. Of course, I sent a 'Please, please, please' email, begging her to let me share on The Style Shepherd.  Thank you Kiki! 

This is what Kisha told me about how this incredible picture came about: 

The profile picture on FB is created and designed by my stylist, Andy Drew2. I LOVE THIS MAN! I go to his salon to have my hair done and he spends time putting together an entire look for me. Together, we play with color, makeup and accessories with the intention of  having a good time. Andy invites me to be fully self expressed. Andy supports me by encouraging and rationalizing my fashion risks/adventures. My makeup was applied  very lightly which, was intentional. He draped my neck in beads as well only after determining what color top might look best. Next he topped everything off with the HAT- one of Andy's original designs. My makeup is from Sephora, one of my favorite stores. Where else can you go and have access to so many different brands in one space?  My eyeshadow is from the NARS line, the lipstick and lip gloss are Laura Mercier products.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Robin Barcus Slonina

You have to see this artist! I just found her blog on Yahoo Shine.... Robin Barcus Slonina is an installation and performance artist working on a project called "States of Dress".  She is touring the country, creating dresses that represent one of the states. Her goal is to create a sculpture for each of the 50 states.  And on her blog States of Dress, you can see pictures and read all about her design process.  I love this project! 
New York
 What will Pennsylvania look like?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gareth Pugh Spring 2011

Gareth Pugh showed an amazing film of his Spring 2011 collection. Dare I be critical.... I only wish it had been a precursor to a traditional runway show. Seeing the show on a runway, makes the garments almost tactile... you can instantly see how it was meant to move,..... how it lives on the body.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rosina Rucci

I went to a wonderful lecture today at the Art Institute of Philadelphia hosted by Emil Dejohn. The lecturer was Rosina Rucci, PR and sister of, Ralph Rucci.

The lecture began with a video of the Chado Ralph Rucci Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.

*Note* - The very first look is a portion of a Francis Bacon painting and the back is Ralph Rucci handwriting (his thoughts on the painting). Images from

Beautiful! The video received rousing applause. After introducing herself, Rosina Rucci began by telling us that the glamour of what people think is the fashion industry last 20 minutes at a time ... on the runway in the Spring and the Fall. The rest of the year is about work. And no one works harder than Ralph Rucci.  He chooses everything from the fabric to the embroidery design, and takes interest in even the most minute details.  Ralph Rucci has no 'design team' he IS the designer.  Just as when he was 15 years old studying art books and back issues of Vogue Magazine, and sketching for hours upon hours, it is still the same today.  He may choose one out of every twenty sketches to present to his four pattern makers, and with his constant input and a constant dialogue the sketch becomes three dimensional and ready to be passed on to the cutters/sewers/embroiders.

Rosina was also proud to say that everything is made by hand at Broadway and Spring Street in NYC..... nothing is made abroad.  They are also self funded, Ralph Rucci is not interested in giving up design control to a 'board of directors'.

And on her job: (paraphrased)
In the beginning my job was as assistant to the accountant (in a small house you must wear many hats) and now my job is to get editors to put his designs in fashion magazines. I also have to meet with writers and publishers interested in writing books (Please see the Art of Weightlessness).  I do NOT try to find ladies/stylist interested in a red carpet looks.  Ralph feels that that would be disrespectful to his client base who appreciates his work and spend their money on his designs.  He doesn't want to lend his designs to someone who just wants to wear it for the night. His clothes are meant to be worn forever.  I believe in my little brother's dream and he is insistent on living his dream.  He wants to raise people's consciousness a bit.... to think beyond H&M and The Gap.  It's very important to him to demonstrate how to speak from your own heart. 

At the end of the lecture she impressed upon the audience these seven ideas:
  1. An artisan's work is still very important! I don't know why but at some point in this country it became embarrassing to work with your hands.
  2. Really understand what it means to be successful. Whatever that is for you, whatever you seek to manifest will take time patience and diligence. 
  3. You must have the gritty ability to get through the moments of self doubt
  4. Do YOUR stuff.  And do it better than anyone else
  5. Treat everyone with professionalism ... no matter what. 
  6. Show up and be there a million percent. 
  7. Learn to play ball with the regime.  
Very, very inspiring lecture! 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lobo Mau Runway Debut

the Lobo Mau Fall/Winter 2010 Runway Debut.  
Designer Nicole Haddad, presented a collection that was full of color, and perfect for the 'urban belle'. Her customer is clearly the prettiest girl in the room,
and the most fashion savvy. 

Chris Coffey provided the soundtrack for the show... and the pre/after party

Couldn't resist, took a sneak peek backstage

Lots of fans showed up in Lobo Mau originals

Love the Lobo Necklace!

My fave!

Love these sleeves, and the texture that the slits create.

And we partied on into the night.