Vince Camuto

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The legendary shoe designer and co-founder of Nine West, Vince Camuto, has died at the age of 78.

“Life is an adventure. Seize the opportunity and find your passion.” — Vince Camuto, 1936 – 2015. Rest in peace.

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Mike Nichols

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Legendary film and theatre director and producer, actor and comedian passed away on Wednesday. Nichols was one of the twelve to be a prestigious “EGOT” winner — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. We will never forget you. Rest in peace.

Harold Hunter

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This guy, right here in this photo, that’s Harold Hunter, a professional skateboarder turned actor from the 80’s and 90’s. Born and raised in East Village in 1974, he shared his love of the sport by hanging out with a local skate crew near Tompkins Square Park. That’s when he mastered his moves and skill from skateboard hops called the “Ollie” to high-flying backside heel flips. “From benches to stoops to staircases and building facades to handrails, the cityscape of Lower Manhattan became his skate park. He was a fixture in Washington Square, Union Square and Astor Place and at skating spots like the Brooklyn Banks, the concrete slopes under the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan”.

He was eventually sponsored by “Skate NYC” and later Zoo York and Rock Star Bearings. His huge, oversized personality won him roles in television and in a well-known 1995 movie, “Kids”, as well as a photo-spread and article in Thrasher magazine about the NYC skateboard scene. Hunter died from a heart attack at the young age of 31. A grassroots organization formed the Harold Hunter Foundation that raises money and awareness for young people to attend skate camp, stay out of gangs, maintain a healthy lifestyle, build character and instill values while introducing them to a spirit of community with opportunity and support. This year Hunter would be celebrating his 40th birthday, so in his honor, NYC has proclaimed today as “Harold Hunter Day” with contests, fundraising and celebration at the LES Coleman skatepark. So let’s get out there today and skate in remembrance of him…Harold Hunter…we will never forget you!

Blondie Exhibition

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Blondie, the legendary pop rock singer from the 70’s and 80’s is celebrating her 40th anniversary as a musical and cultural icon. Her music was a blending of pop, punk, rap and reggae…a new wave sound. The other day while heading home from FIT, I walked over to see her exhibition at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery. I grew up listening to her music…Heart of Glass and Rapture.

“Music keeps me going — it’s stimulating, it’s important as an artist and as a musician to keep digging for it…” Debbie Harry.

Victoria Beckham

The British pop-star turned style icon and designer, Victoria Beckham, has evolved her career from Spice Girl to fashion to United Nations goodwill ambassador. After launching her collection for NYFW the last two seasons, Beckham recently opened her first boutique in London’s famed Dover Street. Although her collection sells in over 60 countries, this will be her first store.

“I think the time is now because I know my customer” Beckham stated, “I’m British and I’m proud to be.”

 

Silhouette

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After waiting over six years, I finally had the chance to meet my idol, Christian Siriano…”Project Runway” 2008 Season 4 youngest-ever winner. He has been my inspiration!

This month, Siriano launched a new women’s perfume, “Silhouette”, at his NY Fashion Week pop-up boutique in Meatpacking. Amidst all the guests and staff, champagne was passed around and, of course, I enjoyed my sparkling water while they snapped silhouette photos of me in humorous and fun ways. Siriano and I struck up a conversation about his collection and perfume and I was doing my best to be calm, composed and graceful while my knees and hands quivered. All the while, he was welcoming, friendly and engaging. He told me his inspiration for the unusual shape of the “Silhouette” bottle was the twisted, pleated gown throughout his collection.

“Fragrance is an item that lasts a really long time, and I wanted it to be something that was signature to my brand and my world that could last 50 years,” …“We’re about dressing all types of women, and I wanted the fragrance to feel the same way. Even down to the name, Silhouette, we wanted it to feel like it could be for every woman—she can be any size, any age, any shape, and it’s all about celebrating the silhouette of a woman.” –Christian Siriano–