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Laurel Marcus

OG journo major who thought Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" was a fashion guide. Desktop comedienne -- the world of fashion gives me no shortage of material.

At the End of the Rainbow a Pot of Beige?

It’s been called a non-color (see renowned creative consultant’s new book: Beige Is Not a Color: The Full-Spectrum World of Carlos Mota). It’s been maligned as a pejorative term synonymous with bland,…

Megacorps Engender A Debate On Gender

I hate to wade into the gender wars pool, but I’m about to test the waters – I’ll just dip in a toe, if not an entire foot. Let’s just say that…

Modern day Minmalism

Minimalism/Maximalism Take Their Turn at MFIT

“Fashion is a world of extremes,” said MFIT Curator Melissa Marra-Alvarez applying Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion regarding the ever-swinging pendulum of action and reaction. Design cycles are not immune…

When The Met Says Camp, Somehow It’s Vegas, Baby!

Was that Fifth Avenue or the Vegas strip on Monday night? The Met or the MGM? Although there were many interpretations of the Camp dress code it seemed that Elvis, Priscilla plus…

Some Basic Rules for Being Extra

Would you rather be called “basic” or “extra”? It’s a question worthy of Zobmondo yet this “slang-uage” didn’t even exist back in 2001 when the book/board game debuted. Hint: Neither term is…

Collaboration Nation

I remember my first time like it was yesterday. No, not that first time – I’m talking about my initial experience with designer fashion collaborations. It was actually a year before H&M’s…

Fashion Law Institute

Fashion Law Institute Keeps It Real At 9th Annual Symposium

It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to paying taxes – it’s something much less painful and much more informative: Fashion Law Institute’s 9th Annual Symposium which was…

“Welcome to the Hotel Metropolitan”

My mind is Tiffany-twisted, I got the Mercedes-bends. Seriously, I have not recovered from yesterday’s press preview for “Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” (opening April 8 through “Rocktober” 1)…