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Robert Danes – Womenswear Designer – in his Atelier (VIDEO)

06.29.10 | Category: Fashion Designer Profiles, Fashion Video

Designer Robert Danes and Drue Kataoka in the Eliza Dress Designer Robert Danes has a centered calm about him. It’s clear when you talk to him that he has his own internal artistic compass. His design philosophy is based on years of creating and building with his hands. That deep connection to craft started when he was just 5 years old and his dad brought home a harpsichord kit to build together. “I remember that, it was very formative for me. That concept that you could make something, you didn’t just have to buy things,” says Robert in our video below. Fast forward to today when his gowns are sought after by women from around the world. They’re available by private appointment or in stores like Bergdorf’s or Wilkes Bashford…

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Barbara Kramer, Co-Founder of Designers & Agents VIDEO

06.27.10 | Category: Fashion Institutions, Fashion Video, Retail

Barbara Kramer, Calleen Cordero and Drue Kataoka at Designers & Agents NYC

Barbara Kramer’s energy never flags as she walks and talks about her passion for “Designers & Agents.” D & A is an independent, international marketplace for over 1,000 collections and at least 3,000 thousand retailers. The trade show runs 12 times a year in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and now Paris.

We walked with Barbara through the Chelsea Art Museum…

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SCAD Honors Diane von Furstenburg with André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award at Annual Fashion Show

06.04.10 | Category: Fashion Institutions

Diane von Furstenberg and Paula Wallace, President of SCAD
“Like the legendary Coco Chanel, [Diane von Furstenberg] lives above her house of design in Manhattan. She sleeps in a treehouse. It’s shaped like a diamond. A faceted pyramid diamond.”

This was André Leon Talley’s poetic introduction to DVF at the 2010 SCAD Annual Fashion Show as he presented her with the 2010 André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. Like the university itself, the fashion program at SCAD has been taking off like a rocket in the last few years, and this year’s student fashion show was a true tour-de-force. Riffing off Leon Tally’s mention of DVF’s diamond-shaped penthouse

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SCAD Jury Fashion Show 2010: Judging, Mentoring, Exchanging

05.27.10 | Category: Fashion Institutions

Svetlozar and Drue were among 26 judges invited to review and mentor seniors during SCAD’s Jury Show weekend at SCAD, (Savannah College of Art & Design) in Savannah Georgia. SCAD will tell you they are the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, and when you visit, you know why…

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Optical Adventure with Selima Optique Glasses and Sunglasses

04.15.10 | Category: Fashion Designer Profiles, Retail

Keeping words to a minimum, this post is a photo essay on eyewear and hat designer Selima Salaun and her two gorgeous boutiques, one on Wooster street and the other on 7 Bond Street in New York. Selima also has boutiques in Paris and LA. If you haven’t seen the…

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W Magazine Fashion Editor Treena Lombardo’s chat with Catherine Malandrino

03.29.10 | Category: Catherine Malandrino, Retail

I was so glad I was in NYC this weekend because Catherine Malandrino invited me to her exclusive talk with the Fashion Director of W Magazine, Treena Lombardo. The setting was her meatpacking boutique and the style was an intimate chat with a gathering of friends, stylists, journalists, and fashionistas — mostly women, I must add. The interview was be taped and streamed on the W website…

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Fashion Group International President Margaret Hayes (VIDEO)

03.19.10 | Category: Fashion Institutions, Fashion Video

Margaret Hayes was the first woman senior vice president and general merchandise manager at Saks. Today, she breaks through new frontiers by leading Fashion Group International (FGI), an 82-year-old organization co-founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, into the 21 century. Over 6,000 emerging and established designers and fashion professionals are members of FGI…

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Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation

03.18.10 | Category: Fashion Institutions

Urban Zen with Rachel Goldstein, Joanne Heyman, Svetlozar and DrueThe Urban Zen Foundation is a unique institution founded by fashion legend Donna Karan to fill some of the spiritual vacuum in modern urban life. UZF focuses on three key areas: well-being, empowering children, and preserving cultures.

We had the pleasure of visiting Urban Zen and meeting the women who are the heart, soul, and animating breath inside the organization — Rachel Goldstein and Joanne Heyman (left). Joanne Heyman is the Executive Director or Urban Zen. Rachel Goldstein is the Director of Program Development at Urban Zen and also the Founder and President of The Agent of Change Network. What is inspiring is their incredible dedication to…

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Michael Fink, Dean of School of Fashion, SCAD (VIDEO)

| Category: Fashion Video, NY Fashion Week Fall/Winter '10

Michael Fink, is the former vice president and women’s fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue. Last year he was named dean of the Savannah College of Art & Design’s new School of Fashion. So for decades, his expert eye has been spotting, conceptualizing, influencing and monetizing the trends that drive fashion forward. But he started out training to be a conductor! Don’t miss this informative and fascinating conversation with Michael Fink…

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Lynne O’Neill – Fashion Show Producer Extraordinaire (VIDEO)

03.17.10 | Category: Fashion Video, NY Fashion Week Fall/Winter '10

Lynne O'Neill, Fashion Show Producer and Drue Kataoka“Fashion Shows really are my DRUG. I’m addicted to Fashion Shows. After 30 years I love doing them,” Lynne O’Neill told StyleHug.com. Over the years during Fashion Week, Lynne has produced up to 20 fashion shows of a total of about 60 shows in the Bryant Park tents every season. That’s a LOT of logistics and pressure to make everything perfect. But Lynne does it every time, all while exuding a state of mind she calls “Aloha Zen.” When it comes to Fashion, Lynne has seen it all. Designers, television producers, models, and photographers alike have learned from her wisdom.

In fact, Sex in the City producer Michael Patrick King shadowed Lynne and then built a character around her for …

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