Thursday, January 30, 2003

SADIE'S SORROW? This is Fashion News?

(Email sent) To the Editors of British Vogue On-LIne:

What possible reason do you have to report as a lead (fashion) news item the fact that Sadie Frost is being hospitalized for depression (click here to read story)? I mean really, what is the point of it? Because someone is a celebrity means they give up all rights to privacy. How would you like it if you were suffering from depression and had the fact reported all over your site?

Stick to what you do well - i.e. fashion and leave the crap to PageSix and hintmag.com!

Your truly,

Ernest Schmatolla publisher

Run, Don't Walk...

To Norma Kamali's wonderful shop (OMO), located at 11 West 56th street, (off 5th avenue), 212 957-9797. They are currently having a vintage sale, where everything is $100 and under (it is being re- stocked daily).

The award winning and always innovative designer, has proven time and time again that she is one of the most modern and relevant fashion designers today, and is often way ahead of the pack. I recently 'resusitated' her 3/4 length black and white cotton checked flannel sleeping bag coat, which is undeniably the warmest and most comfy item I own, and it has gotten me through these ridiculously frigid January days in style. It is at least 10 years old, but looks completely new. And since Yohji Yamamoto just showed endless takes on black and white houndstooth checks for his fall/winter 2003 collection- they are sure to resurface on other runways as well. And who cares if they don't? Black and white checks are a time-worn classic and favorite.

In any event, a quick look around Norma's chic shop turned up some of the best cotton denim pieces I have seen for spring/summer 2003 thus far see photo. You know the distressed denim ballskirt that Ralph showed on his runway? Well, aside from costing well into the 4 figures, the worn in and faded look will fade as well. And it doesn't hold a candle to Norma's timeless rendition - an incredible dark denim floor length fishtail skirt (which looks like couture) and only costs $245. In addition, there is a knee length fitted riding jacket ($225), a fitted jean jacket ($95). a low rise flared leg jean ($110), and a 'Grace' ballgown' ($300) all made from the same indigo denim with a touch of stretch added for fit and form. Now, that's what I call a lot of look for the money.

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