Friday, December 25, 2015

15 for 15 in 2015

Years zip by. They really do. This marks my second full year in New York (though I've been there two and a half in total) and it's beyond the point of being familiar. Sure, people say it takes a full decade before you can call yourself a New Yorker but what do they know?
I'm currently home in Carolina, fulfilling my duties as both son and brother. Home is always an interesting place. Quiet, slow, humid, hot; home. It's furtive meetings, random hellos and smoked salmon bagels all rolled into a languid procession of deep fried hospitality. This was home.

Now home is New York. I look back over these last 12 months — trips to Miami three times, Philadelphia once and even Los Angeles — and all the while I've known, though the visits were nice, Manhattan was my home.
In the next few days I'll figure out what I want from next year; how much I want to travel, what words I want to write and who I might want to write them for. To get in the right mindset I took a look back at some of this year's best work. Here's 15 pieces I wrote for 15 different outlets in 2015.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Art Basel 2015, Sans Art

If it feels like I haven't posted in forever, it's because I haven't. And for that reason I'm a bad blogger. But instead of belaboring the point, I'd rather move on to the topic at hand: Art Basel Miami 2015.

This year marked my first Basel experience but it definitely won't be my last. The six day trip landed me with a full 11 articles, 13 new prints and a slightly newfound appreciation for event coverage.

To say that women were a focal point this year at Basel is an understatement; Peter Dundas of Roberto Cavalli and Stefano Tonchi of W Magazine christened my week with a dinner (literally straight from the plane) at the Rubell gallery opening which hosted a proverbial modern history of female artists. You tie that into the artist panel that Tonchi hosted with the Pratt Institute a few days later and YesJulz's omnipresent nature, and facts are indisputable.

Something that I didn't get to write about that I heard a lot about was the groundswell of democratization.  Visionaire Magazine lowered the walls of entry to Basel by giving away bundles of prints on Faena Beach for free. Swizz Beats went even further with his #NoCommissions project that let anyone view his art and artists to receive all the proceeds from any purchased pieces. Even Mark Anthony Green, the new GQ Style Guy, tipped a hat in that direction with a shop of moderately priced merchandise that riffed on his Dream Hotel-installed exhibit. It'll be interesting to see how this develops next year.

But if Julz held down the week's events for the women, A$AP Mob did it for the men. Led in part by A$AP Ferg for the week, it seemed that someone from the Mob had an event every night. Ferg's Adidas launch was certainly a high point.

But Art Basel aside, there's definitely something going on in Miami. I haven't been going for long, mostly just for Miami Swim Week, but it's evident even to me. Take Miami Supercar Rooms; though they had a soft launch during Basel, it's a year-round business Elo started because he saw a growing untapped market. Even Ronnie Fieg, the sneaker legend behind the New York based Kith label, recently announced that he has plans to open his fourth retail venture in Miami.

There's a lot happening down under and I'm hoping to at least write about it by making more frequent trips down. So far the plan is twice year but maybe I'll up it to once every three months. Oh, the freedom of freelance writing.

See the rest of Basel in my portfolio

Miami People To Know:   YesJulz   |   RiaMichelle   |   AKARambo 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome To My Wheelhouse

We are here again after a whirlwind eight days of fashion shows zipping up and down Manhattan and even one small dalliance in Brooklyn.  It's the last season of shows at Lincoln Center so in that way, sort of sentimental, but definitely important in my career as a step into shows by some bigger brands while keeping an eye on the brands that I've been with since the start.

Backstage/Interview Access:
BCBG Max Azria
Ohne Titel
Wes Gordon
Herve Leger
Ovadia & Sons
Billy Reid
Patrik Ervell


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spotted: Jennifer Connelly's Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 Black Pantsuit At Louis Vuitton Spring 2015

And black to close it all
It seems my focus is changing. At one point I was a fiend, an all-consuming glutton when it came to viewing the collections. I was like an addict, but things are different now.
I was texting a friend last night(the goddess who mans BreathingFashion if you must know), flipping through my copy of Champagne Casanovas when I realized that I hadn't been paying attention to the ongoing circus we call fashion month since it had moved on from New York.
Instead I find myself watching the arrivals and front row, excited more about the all black(red stitching of course) pantsuit that the celebrities have chosen to don, paired with their small hard cased petit malles, as opposed to what is headed into stores in 6 months.
And that's totally ok.
photos(click to enlarge) Jennifer Connelly from AKI/GSI, runway from

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Three Is The Charm: New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

"September is the January of fashion"
This month marks a full year of freelance life, one year and four months of living in New York city, and my third New York Fashion Week attending the shows in person. The first season, I bombarded my Instagram with multiple updates at each show(the final tally of shows hit the upper 30s). My second season, the show list got tightened to about half and I capped myself at one Instagram per show, focusing on hopefully proving myself with my words. And then there was this season: around 45 shows with 40 total reviews, seven of which involved some back stage designer interview access and a measly six shots for Instagram(only 3 were runway looks). I was comfortable enough to strike up quite a few conversations with other show guests but of course still in awe of the onion that is this industry. And while I do think that I've still got quite a bit to learn -- namely in trusting my gut instinct when I see a show -- it's been quite an amazing ride so far.

Here's to another year! See my reviews from this season below the jump

Monday, August 25, 2014

Spotted: Nick Jonas in Vivienne Westwood Suit At The 2014 MTV VMAs

The Yes

The VMAs is a bit of an enigma. Celebrities aren't required to be as dressed up as maybe they would be at the Emmy's or the Oscars, but at the same time, this isn't the Teen Choice Awards. The result is a sort of melange of looks, likely tied closest to the wearer's personality and personal style than any other red carpet.

What that looks like in real time means some of the attention seekers of the bunch turning up in necklace dresses, evoking thoughts of Rose McGowan and Rihanna while others are a real life throwback Thursday to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, living their denim clad life. It's an eclectic grouping but as with every award show, someone always rises to the top.

Last night, for the boys that was Monsieur Nick Jonas in a Vivienne Westwood blazer and built-in waistcoat, both in a midnight and black striped plaid, matched with sleek black skinnies and shiny leather lace ups.

Pushing away from the casual nature of his contemporaries, this indeed was the yes of the night, heat be what it might.
photo from Daily Mail

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Being Twice As Good, Joe Morton wins Emmy for Scandal

"And to be clear: I am the hell and the high water"
It was a monologue that still gives me absolute chills. Not only because of the ferocity and intensity of it -- which no doubt helped Joe Morton cinch the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series title at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys -- but because of its veracity and relatability. 
As we watched Rowan/Eli Pope chide his daughter on the season 3 opener of ABC's Scandal, my timeline went up in arms. Not because he had stepped over a line, not because what he did seemed like abuse, but instead because of how many times we'd been told the exact same things, and how many times we'd come to find them as true.  "You have to be twice as good to get half of what they have." That was the gospel. And that's what Eli Pope was.
He outwitted each and every individual on the weekly series: his wife, a world renowned killer whom he had imprisoned; his daughter, a world renowned "fixer" who he had sent out of the country; and his daughter's problematic beau, the president of the United States, whom he had crippled with the assassination of his oldest son.
Twice as good, half as far. You deserved it Mr. Pope.
Congratulations to Joe Morton. Can't wait to see you reprise the role in season 4.
photo from WENN