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On my last day in NYC I had the great honor of attending the press preview for MANUS X MACHINA: Fashion in an Age of Technology at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I was invited to this event by my dear friends Jean And Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.  Read their beautifully written and knowledgeable review of the exhibit HERE.

In the photo above, which was taken by Jill Krementz of the New York Social Diary HERE, (left to right) Jean wears a straw hat designed by Ignatius from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Craft Show,  Valerie wears a pale green straw boater from Printemps in Paris, and I’m wearing a gifted vintage red velvet and satin turban by Schiaparelli.

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The exhibition overview HERE states that “the exhibit will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The show is divided into rooms which display more than 170 ensembles from the early 20th century to the present, incorporating embroidery, feather work, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework and leather work.”

The show opens with a Chanel bridal gown.  The train in the photo above, which is covered with Swarovski crystals, marks the beginning of this ravishing exhibit.

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The front of the gown is dramatic, yet understated.  To the left, Carl Bolton, Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, speaks with the press.

The following photos are a few of the ensembles that I photographed during the preview.  It was difficult to narrow down my choices, because there was beauty everywhere.  It was impossible to capture every piece that “spoke to me” in this breathtaking show.  The exhibit descriptions are below each photo.

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Boue Soeurs, 1928

Hand-sewn ivory silk tulle, machine-embroidered with couched silver cord in a foliate and vermicelli pattern; inserts of silver-blue silk and metal lame with machine-picot edging; hand-appliqued with hand-embroidered white silk tulle with artificial flowers in pink, purple, green, yellow, and blue silk ribbon and floss.

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Saint Laurent, 1999

Bridal wreath, bracelet, and anklet: handmade pink and gold silk flowers and leaves; train: machine-sewn pink silk bazar.

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Christian Dior, 1952 (left)

Machine-sewn, hand-finished white silk organza, hand-embroidered with artificial flowers in green, pink, yellow, and white silk floss, hand-painted cotton, silk twist.

Christian Dior, 1953 (right)

Machine-sewn, hand-finished white silk organza and net, hand-embroidered with artificial flowers, clover, and grass in green, pink, and purple silk floss.

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Cristobal Balenciaga, 1965

Machine-sewn, hand-finished pink silk net and pink silk Rachelle knit trimmed with hand-glued pink ostrich feathers.

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Chanel (Karl Lagerfeld) – 2005

This wedding ensemble was made by hand from start to finish.  The artificial flowers, embroidery, and feather work together required seven hundred hours of handwork.

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Alexander McQueen, 2012

Machine-sewn white silk organza, hand-sewn to nude silk mesh; hand-embroidered with silver beads, clear crystals, and silver plastic feather-shaped paillettes; hand-applique of silver silk and metallic hand=shredded petals, hand embroidered with silver beads, clear crystals, and silver plastic feather-shaped paillettes.

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Gareth Pugh, 2015

Machine-sewn black silk-wool gazar with overlay of black mesh, hand-embroidered with black plastic drinking straws.

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Maiko Takeda, 2013

Hand-cut transparent green, blue, and purple-ombre acetate fringe, hand-woven with machine-cut clear acrylic squares, hand-assembled with silver metal jump rings.

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Proenza Schouler (Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough), 2015 (left)

Machine-sewn black silk chiffon, hand-embroidered with silver plastic paillettes.

Iris van Herpen, 2013 (right)

Machine-sewn black cotton twill, hand-painted with gray and purple polyurethane resin and iron filings, hand-sculpted with magnets.

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Thierry Mugler, 1990

Machine-sewn black silk velvet, hand-embroidered with optical fluorescent stripes.

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Issey Miyake, 1990

Machine-garment-pleated, machine-sewn yellow and red-purple polyester-linen plain weave.

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Issey Miyake, 1993

Machine-sewn polyester plain weave, machine-garment-pleated in paper.

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During the press preview we were sitting two rows behind designer Mary McFadden, and I was in awe of the back of her coat, beret and scarf.

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I was captivated by this woman’s Comme des Garcons jacket with 3-D roses and coordinating cell phone.

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Jean and Valerie’s friend David Noh, writer for the Gay City News, strikes a pose after the preview.

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It was inspiring to see another red hat in the crowd!

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The press preview was a thrilling experience for me.  Jean and Valerie always generously introduce me to a New York adventure that fills me with wonder.  The colorful and talented artist Sue Kritzman HERE said it best on Instagram!  “The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE make New York City a better place.”  I couldn’t agree more!

 

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Photo By Daniel

The book launch for blogger, author and documentarian Ari Seth Cohen’s new book Advanced Style: Older and Wiser HERE took place on Tuesday, April 26th at Strand Bookstore HERE in NYC.  Not wanting to miss this exciting event, Mr J, Daniel and I traveled to NY.  The evening was even more amazing than we expected!

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With the gorgeous Valerie Von Sobel HERE on the cover, the book exceeds all expectations.  The pages are filled with inspiring images of stylish men and women from across the globe.  Ari continues to change the perception of older people with his photography and creative projects. The book includes a foreword by Simon Doonan; the witty and fascinating Creative Ambassador-at-Large at Barney’s, writer and fashion commentator.

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Photo By Daniel

The launch has been expertly covered by the bloggers Jean and Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE and Sylvia of 40+Style HERE.  This post will be filled with photos, which reflect the fun and colorful evening, filled with people who expressed themselves beautifully with their artful ensembles.

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Photo By Denton Taylor HERE

After remarks by Ari Seth Cohen (on the left) and Simon Doonan HERE, three of the women featured in the book read from their essays included in Older And Wiser.

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Photo By Daniel

Beatrix Ost HERE had the audience transfixed, wearing her signature turban and a gorgeous hand painted skirt.

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Photo By Daniel

Lana Turner read from her essay wearing one of the most amazing pieces of headwear on the face of the earth.

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Ilona Royce Smithkin, age 95, always inspires with her words and creative flair.  Singing “Que Sera Sera,” she had the audience in the palm of her hand.  As usual!

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Photo By Daniel

Following the program, Ari Seth Cohen signed books, wearing a very special green and silver jacket.

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Photo By Daniel

Irene Coyazo signs her page in the book for an admirer.

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Photo By Daniel

Artist extraordinaire Debra Rapoport HERE is dressed in accessories of her own making.  Her hats always have me swooning!

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Photo By Anne Balcer

Talking with the stunning Sarah Jane Adams HERE, world traveler and Instagram star HERE, who is writing her own book about clothing as a form of communication.

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Photo From Merle Schwartz Weismer’s Collection

I was thrilled to meet Richard Aloisio, New York Times Art Director, who has an amazing gallery on Instagram HERE and artist Merle Schwartz Weismer HERE, who is wearing a hat created by Debra Rapoport.

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Photo By Denton Taylor

Blogger Valerie of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas HERE wore a tall straw chapeau that provided an instant “hat attack” the moment that I laid eyes upon its splendor.

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Photo By Daniel

Blogger Lyn Slater of the Accidental Icon HERE always wears the most fabulous large earrings and sunnies.

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Photo By Daniel

The talented designer Patricia Fox HERE stands next to a gentleman who is a master pattern mixer!

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Photo By Denton Taylor

From left, Maureen Gumbe HERE, Colleen Heidemann HERE and Pearl Harbour HERE (carrying a handbag of her own design), stun the crowd outside the Strand!

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Photo By Daniel

Hat designer Nikki K HERE (on the left), wearing a headpiece of her own design, stands next to Lana Turner, offering a closeup of her magnificent headwear.

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Photo By Daniel

Artist Richard Cramer and I admire his wife Carol Markel’s photo in the book.

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Photo By Denton Taylor

Blogger, artist and milliner Carol Markel HERE wears a hat and beads of her own design.

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Instagrammer Dayle of Artful City Style HERE stands to the left of the Baroness HERE, who is wearing a fabulous green latex suit of her own creation.

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Photo By Daniel

From left, Ari Seth Cohen HERE, artist Sue Kritzman HERE and jewelry designer Diana Gabriel HERE enjoy the evening as the crowd wanes.

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From left, two of the dapper gentlemen included in the book, urban dandy Ignacio Quiles HERE of Sartorial Pairings and Bob Miller HERE, smile for the camera.

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Photo By Daniel

Joyce Carpati, in her beautiful signature pearls, displays her photo and essay, as Rosebud, to the right, flashes a radiant smile.

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Photo By Daniel

As the evening came to a close, many of us formed a line for photos.  Tutti Bennett HERE on the left and her husband Paul Bennet HERE, second from right, came all the way from Australia for the event.

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Photo By Denton Taylor

Thank you to the star of the event, Ari Seth Cohen, for a wonderful evening filled with warm, talented and creative people of all ages.  It is an honor to be included in the book. The Advanced Style Movement continues to inspire us all to live our lives to the fullest and challenges us to fulfill our dreams at any age, no matter what they may be.

Thank you to Heather Stoten of The Hat Workshop HERE for creating my gold silk turban, which accessorized the vintage red silk gown adorned with sparkles. The turban has been filled with joyful memories which will remind me of this magical evening over and over again from its perch in the hat room.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Hat Attack #34

April 30th, 2016

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May’s Hat Attack is a headpiece created by Heather Stoten of The Hat Workshop HERE in Boulder, Colorado.  I’ve blogged about Heather’s fine millinery couture before on Style Crone, and a recent trip to her studio revealed this beautiful silk organza ruffle hat which immediately landed on my head.

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I’ve also written about how I don’t have to possess every stunning piece of headwear that I meet in my travels!

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Wearing it briefly and documenting the experience with a photo can be enough.  And featuring its beauty on Hat Attack is frosting, which I can taste again.  And again. By pulling up these photos and inhaling its pink splendor whenever I choose.  It’s like having a virtual hat room which I can curate without ownership.  This is a practice I would like to develop with more depth.

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Photos By Daniel

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear love my way!

Please display your hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC a MAY HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. Can’t wait to see the beautiful contributions that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through Saturday, May 7th.

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Saturdays With Mr. J

April 25th, 2016

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Every Saturday Mr J and I go out for breakfast, and for months we have made a ritual of shooting  photos for Instagram as part of our weekend.  During the week I search out backgrounds as I drive through the city, and If I don’t have a location in mind by Saturday, there is spontaneity.  Something always pops up that catches my eye.

The pale blue hat in the photo above was created by the talented Juliane Gorman of Felt Happiness HERE.

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This weekend morning interlude sparks my creativity in a new way, and is a practice in playful interaction with Mr. J behind the lens.  It also draws my focus to the landscape of the beautiful city that I call home.

The hat above was created by a NYC street vendor and was purchased years ago.

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All photos were taken in neighborhoods surrounding the area where I live and then shared on Instagram, a fascinating platform where I have met many creatives. I have been introduced to new milliners and hat lovers from many countries across the world.

The above hat is by Amy Downs HERE and was purchased at The Hat Shop NYC HERE years ago.

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This alley shot allowed for the lime green and fuchsia felt hat by Guy to be featured against the white wall.

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This white vintage chapeau has graced the hat room since the 80’s.  It has been worn infrequently, but it was the perfect topper for my vintage white spring coat.  As always, there’s a hat for every occasion!

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I’m on my way to NYC as I write this post.  I will be attending the book launch for Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which can be purchased HERE.  It’s going to be fun!

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb.

The Silent Stalkers

April 18th, 2016

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In the past on Style Crone I’ve written about the importance of health and how it’s my number one priority.  I structure and weave my time around physical, emotional and mental self-care. However, no matter how much energy I put into creating a healthy lifestyle for myself, some things are beyond my control.

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I received the diagnosis of osteoporosis many years ago, and have tried several options to improve my bone density.  However, my most recent numbers were disturbing and I know that I must do something more proactive to prevent fractures in the future. I’m researching and consulting with experts about the best plan of action at this point. The last thing I want to do is deal with chronic pain secondary to a fracture.

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A few months ago, during my annual eye exam, I mentioned to my provider that my eyesight had declined since last year.  I have the beginning of cataracts, but she became concerned about the loss of sight in my right eye as compared to my last exam.

I was diagnosed with epiretinal membranes in both eyes, which is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that can form on the macula (the sharp focusing area at the back of the eye).  Apparently this is due to aging, could not have been prevented, and there is no treatment necessary at this time.  Surgery is available if my eyesight deteriorates significantly, but for now, there’s no plan of action except follow-up every six months.

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Both conditions are not externally apparent, but I know they exist.  They remind me that most people deal with some form of health problem that comes forward as aging progresses.  It took time to adjust to the concern about my eyesight.  Today it sits in the background and doesn’t cause anxiety or fear.  All of this could change, of course, at the drop of a hat.  I’m well aware of how quickly life turns on a dime.

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But for now, the silent stalkers of my health are quiet and lurk at a distance, with little effect on my life.  However, do I really have to stop wearing heels for my safety? Am I in denial about the changes and choices that may seem obvious? Perhaps downsizing the three inchers will be enough for now!  Or as a collector, do I preserve them as beloved pieces of art?

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Photos By Daniel

I know that I’m not alone. Do you have silent stalkers that are causing concern?

Blue knit dress with scarf and jewelry – gifted, black straw hat – Diane Harty Millinery HERE, black booties – retail sale.

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE at Style Nudge.

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