Sunday, February 27, 2011
My CHIC! womenswear collection were photographed by Chris Q for a big photoshoot for the upcoming British magazine of ZINK!. Makeup artist Nello done an amzing job bring the word Chic! into my designs. Rita looked marvelous in the first shoot with the hat customed made for me by Timothy Roth. I have worked with Rita like a zillion time when I first met her at Bob Mackie Design Studio. She brought the classic drama of striking poses. Brought, Attitude & Edge into my Chic! designs, is no one and the only Yvonne. I love working with her for nearly every photoshoot and several appearances in my fashion show.
Since I had to be at the Fashion Institute of Technology, bringing my expertise of designing and industry philosphy into the classroom and to the amazing young design students, the photoshoot successfully done in the the loft in the Meat Packing District. And you will see alot of my CHIC! womeswear line very soon on the runway to my premiere website this Fall of 2011!
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
An aging former star of silent movies, Desmond (Gloria Swanson) has withdrawn to her Gothic Beverly Hills mansion, off Sunset Boulevard, nursing dreams of a return to stardom while her grip on reality grows ever more tenuous over the years. Her one companion is Max her butler, former director, and first husband, who serves as her protector and shields her from the outside world. Because he is still in love with her, he tells her she is still a star, and cuts her off from the news media, and writes daily fan letters to keep her from realizing that she has been completely forgotten by her beloved public.
They took the Idols and smashed them! The Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! and Who've we got now? Nobodies?!
I know you. You're Norma Desmond! You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big!"
I am Big...it's the Picture that got small!
One day Joe Gillis (William Holden), a young, unemployed screenwriter arrives at Desmond's with a flat tire on his 1946 Plymouth after being chased by two repo men. He parks the car inside the garage of the mansion and is summoned by Norma to the front door. She confuses him for an undertaker for her just deceased pet chimpanzee.Norma finds out that Joe Gillis is in fact a writer and asks him to take a look at a manuscript she has been working for a while.
All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.Joe quickly sees a chance to milk money out of the delusional star; he promises to fix her a script for a star vehicle, and Norma agrees as she wants to send the manuscript to Paramount Pictures' famed director Cecil B. DeMille, with whom Desmond once worked. Desmond is elated; she sees in Gillis the chance to regain her youthful promise, and sets him up in style, buying his clothes and paying all his expenses. Max sees through Gillis immediately, but puts up with the charade because it makes his beloved "madame" happy. As time passes, however, Desmond becomes increasingly unstable when it becomes clear that there is no hit movie for her in the works, and increasingly jealous of and dependent upon Gillis. She professes her love for him at a New Year's Eve party, but he rejects her and leaves.
Norma (to newsreel cameras): "And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
He attends another party, where he first flirts with screen writer Betty and makes plans to move out of Norma's mansion. Norma makes a suicide attempt, and when Joe returns to comfort her, she seduces him.
Meanwhile, Paramount Studios calls repeatedly for Norma. She believes DeMille wants to produce her script. In actuality, Paramount just wants to use her vintage Isotta-Fraschini landaulet limousine in a Bing Crosby film set in the 1920s. While Norma visits DeMille on the set, Max learns that the calls were about the car. He tells Gillis but hides this from Norma. DeMille himself takes pity on her and tells her what she wants to hear.
We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!
After driving away Betty, Gillis tells Norma he's leaving for good. Desmond snaps and shoots him to death, leaving his body floating in her pool and going into shock. When the police arrive, she thinks they are merely her adoring fans and the production crew for her movie. Elegantly striding toward a news camera, she utters the iconic line, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
Norma Desmond was played on screen by Gloria Swanson. The actresses who were considered for the role of Norma Desmond in the 1950 screen version, but declined, were:
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Founders and fashion designers for Dolce & Gabbana, 1985—; launched Dolce & Gabbana women's collection, 1986; launched beachwear line, 1988; launched lingerie line, 1989; opened first boutique in Japan, 1989; launched Dolce & Gabbana men's collection, 1990; opened first boutique in Milan, 1990; released Dolce & Gabbana perfume, 1992; launched D&G men's collection, D&G women's collection, home collection, and Dolce & Gabbana for men cologne, 1994; launched jeans and eye wear lines, 1996; released By for women and By for men fragrances, 1997; released DG Feminine and DG Masculine fragrances, 1998; released Light Blue for women fragrance, 2001; released Sicily for women fragrance, 2003; opened first stand-alone store, London, England, 2004.Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana rose from obscurity to form a partnership that would have them becoming two of the best known designers Domenico and Gabbana, Stefano Dolce
in the fashion world. They have dressed women like Madonna and Nicole Kidman and men like Tom Cruise. People vie to wear their clothing at public events and to revel in the attention such clothing affords them. According to the Dolce & Gabbana website, their clothes are for a certain type of woman: "The Dolce & Gabbana woman is strong: she likes herself and knows she is liked. A cosmopolitan woman who has toured the world but who doesn't forget her roots." And the same, they say, is true for the man who wears their clothes. "At his ease, he dresses for himself; a little hedonistic, he pays considerable attention to details." Dolce was born in Polizzi Generosa, a small village near Palermo, Sicily on August 13, 1958. He grew up in fashion, since his father was a tailor. He has always credited this with the reason fashion became his medium of choice for expressing himself, something he felt a deep desire to do from an early age. He studied fashion when he was young and worked in his family's small clothing factory as he was growing up. Deciding to go off and pursue his own career in fashion design, Dolce moved to Milan and got a job there at one of its famous design studios. He knew immediately that he had done the right thing, that he had found the best way to express himself. He told Bruce Weber in Interview magazine, "[Design] was the way I was able to do the things I was dreaming about. As a designer, I see dreams as my job. It's like being a psychologist. I have to capture what people are feeling and translate that into fashion and even provide what people want before they consciously know they want it."
Dolce & Gabbana (spelled without spaces, unlike the name of the company) specializes in luxury items influenced more by designers and is more formal and 'timeless', responding to long-term trends rather than seasonal changes. It also sells sunglasses and corrective eyewear, purses, and watches. D & G is a slightly more casual line that follows an urban inspiration and attempts to set trends rather than follow them. It is the younger, more flamboyant line of the brand. Like Dolce& Gabbana, D& G sells watches as well as clothing, and have been voted the U.K's best luxury brand. In 2005–2006, a limited line of 1000 golden D& G Motorola RAZR V3i mobile phones was distributed by D& G boutiques and major Motorollas.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
DRESSED to KILT! What an amazing evening I had, these pictures are from 2010 in April . Myself and my dearest friend Marilyn Hefferen attended our first event of the Dressed to Kilt fashion show and the afterparty. Superstars and hooting stars. Super Models to Super Jocks. Broadway Stars to film stars seen on the runway. Lots of Plaids,, Bold, Beautiful, Glamour, and kilts were seen everywhere. Austin Power fame; Mike Meyers! Super Male Model, Marcus Schenkenberg, Broadway star Alan Cummings, Rock Star Pat Benatar, Film star, Matthew Modine were among on the runways. And everywhere u see are fulls of beautiful women and men in kilts. Donald Trump. Nigel Barker. Joan Jett. to name a few. The Dressed to Kilt was the largest event fashion I ever seen, I have attended many shows in Paris to Milan to New York. But the Scottish fashion show was not just, tall beautiful men and women that are runway models. These models are comes in all forms of shapes and have a good time. It was certainly the Life of the Party! And I gotten to meet two new friends from Scotland, Fiona McLaughlin, a beauty with great Scottish accent. and Sandra Murray, a magnificent talented designer from London I love her! I look forward to attending 2011 of the event I won't wanna miss! !
The theme of Dressed to Kilt were MadHatters and various colors of Plaids! Supermodels were flown in to New York from Scotland. ANd even famous athletics arrived from London, Ireland and Scotland for the premiere event that became a tradition with superstars including Gerard Butler! And the magnificent world famous musicians from Scotland, Bowfish with their beautiful violins!
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Steve Bass brought his makeup artist and hairstylist, Nella Blackman and she created such incredible work onto one of my favorite model when she worked as a Bob Mackie fitting models; Gracie. I brought her along since she knows how to bring the edgy, glamour pose into my designs. Deep red lipstick, dark black eye shadows and some white powder to have a vamp look of the old Hollywood.Zink Magazine. Yes, the designs inspiring the unique of Monkey hair! What you see are faux Monkey hair! I inspired those hair when I first saw my favorite icon designer of the early 90's Thierry Mulger of his the Phantom Collection. Velvet, Satin Crepe, Velveteen, Leather. and faux Monkey hair...
I inspire from the music of Free Your Mind song from the 90's icon EnVogue, Tango style of dark, edhy, gothic and drama into the collection; Inspire the movie of another 90's icon of Johnny Depp's Edward Scisscorhands and a touch of the classic Addam's Family of Morticia. More edgy pictures of my Monkey Heiress will be seen in my new website opening in the Fall of 2011!
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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Behind the scenes, working with makeup artist Julianne Scalley and three male models of Don Hood, Daniel Woods (a professional hockey player) and Kevin Weiss (professor ballet dancer).
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