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.

A FIT Tribute To Michael Katz Shows His True Colors

Although I am a junkie for fashion created in the ‘70’s – ‘80s era, the late textile designer Michael Katz (who passed away in April at the age of 66) was not…

Masking Your Face Value

In the wake of the “look at me” era, there’s some evidence that the tide may be beginning to turn. Completely hiding one’s face (and often head) in public, as well as…

Bugs. It’s What’s For Dinner

Cricket anyone? What was once the realm of aboriginal tribes or “Survivor” participants is today’s social engineering lesson sponsored by the letters “B” “U” “G” and “S.” That’s right, kids! Put down…

FIT Couture Council Gets on Their Feet to Honor Christian Louboutin

New York, Fashion Week’s version of Paris’s “la rentrée” (the return from summer vacances/back-to-school season) had an authentic Gallic flair yesterday as FIT’s Award for Artistry in Fashion luncheon honored a bonafide…

“Phoning It In”

I got “the calling” in mid-June. Like Capital One’s “What’s in your wallet?” I would reach out via email to various influential fashion insiders asking them to divulge, “What’s on their home…

Invasion of the Body-Shamers?

Hate for plates? In case you were Twitter-free and desert island bound you may not have heard about the “science podcaster,” the “inclusionist actrivist” (and their followers) coming unhinged over “body-shaming” tableware…

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,…

Master’s Interview With Photographer Bettina Cirone

“If you liked Bill Cunningham, you will adore Bettina” – Ernest Schmatolla In her 10 years as a fashion model and her 40 years as a travel and fashion/celebrity photojournalist, Bettina Cirone…

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…