Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hotel das Cataratas

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It was a bizarre and wonderful experience: boarding a plane in the middle of winter in one of the biggest cities in the world and 14 hours later, walking off a flight onto the runway of a single baggage claim airport on the edges of Brazil’s famous rainforest, being immediately wrapped in summer’s heat. I couldn’t wait to get here, to smell the forest and feel the dampness on my skin. The air, sticky and thick, wrapped around you like a hug from an old friend.

We arrived in the quiet of night, a blanket that covered the infamous Iguassu Falls but could not hide the sounds of her roar. We stood there over the vista listening, catching the faintest glimmer of white capped water reflected from the starlight. We had just missed the full moon where upon the falls appear lunar rainbows, like a secret gift from the constellations.

Our hotel with its open-air walkways and pink-washed walls framed by grand oak rooms was more reminiscent of dreams I have had of colonial inspired adventure travel than anything I have experienced before. The beds where lords and great minds have rested, where Princess Diana took in the very view that stood before me, was as proud and polished as it was when it was built in 1958. I wondered what they thought about as they lay in the silence of night with one of the natural wonders of the world just a breath away…

*PS- if you stay at this property you can have private viewing access to the falls one hour before the park opens to the public!

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The Sounds of New York Fashion Week

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I never paid much attention to the songs designers chose to play as they sent their seasonal creations down the runway on the world’s stage until we started making our Instagram recap videos (#fw15s) of our favorite designer’s shows. The sounds of the room reflect the mood, the muse, the feeling the designer is trying to create these garments for. As I think back to these videos, I really loved the song choices this season from Michael Kors using Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” to Ralph Lauren using Chris Botti’s “La Belle Dame Sans Regrets”. We put together a play list of all our favorite designer’s this season songs of choice for their fall / winter 2014 collections. I hope you enjoy them as I have.

Jason Wu – Lessons

Carolina Herrera – In the Crew of Tea Time

Delpozo – Disgrace Note // Baby Girl // Autobiographies // L’amour naissant III

Oscar de la Renta – Carmen Suite No. 2, part I // Carmen Suit No. 2, part IV

Michael Kors – Harvest Moon // California Dreamin’ // Ventura Highway

Ralph Lauren – Waves // Quatre nuages // La Belle Dame Sans Regrets

Peter Som – On ne meurt plus d’amour

Nonoo – Fall in Love // Under Your Spell //  The Fire //  Golden Hour // Of the Night

Jenny Packham – Oh What A World // Beauty Queen // Sister Europe // I’m The Man, That Will Find You // Third Stone From the Sun // Strict Machine

tibi – Blue Moon // Red Eyes

Marc Jacobs – First Sleep

Rodarte – Wild Mountain Honey // Video Life // Superstar

Vera Wang – Beat and the Pulse // The Call // Gloop

Timo Weiland – Sun // Ghettos & Gardens

Marchesa – Nightcall

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Backstage at Ralph Lauren

RalphLauren_Backstage_02 Shooting backstage is quite the interesting experience. I mostly try to stay out of the way of the photographers with their large flashes, cords and assistants who are always reaching for the models, calling them by name, fighting other photographers over space. Instead I look for quiet moments, beautiful moments, something in-between. I try to see what is intimate… a thought, a glance, a gaze. I always hope to see the beauty not only in the clothing, especially when you are talking about Ralph Lauren, but also the beauty in the person I’m photographing. This collection in its simplicity and understated color palette was a true look at luxury textiles and in confidence, which made it wonderfully amazing to study the collection up close and with more ease than in the brief shining moment we get on the runway.   RalphLauren_Backstage_03 RalphLauren_Backstage_04 RalphLauren_Backstage_05 RalphLauren_Backstage_06 RalphLauren_Backstage_07 RalphLauren_Backstage_08

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NOVIS

NOVIS__01 This week, we’ve been talking to the three winning designers of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award, exploring various fashion ideas from just hanging out with friends with Timo Weiland to the extremes of nature and knitwear with DEGEN.

All of these designers have been wonderful, but one of them captured our hearts right off the bat with her traditional silhouettes and re-interpreted vintage prints: Jordana Warmflash of NOVIS.

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What is your favorite piece that you’ve designed?

There are different aspects to each piece that I love. Right now I’m really into this blue coat that’s going to come out in fall 2014. It’s fairly simple but the fit is amazing…it’s a great piece.

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