Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mask & Masquerades

There is something to be said about the artistry of a real mask. They are mysterious and ornate yet playful and childish. Forget your rubberized ill-fitting Richard Nixon mask, I'm taking about masquerade ball masks and carnivale masks.

I found an etsy seller with particularly impressive creations today while tooling around the treasury section of the site. I love the treasuries. They are like visual crack for us artsy types. The shop is called The Art of the Mask and it is owned by Cyndy Salisbury from Bainbridge Island, WA. If you can afford one of her amazing pieces it is sure to be a show stopper next Halloween. But why wait until then, Mardi Gras is just around the corner!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NYC Fashion Week Fall 2011 - Ohne Titel

Fashion Week! A fun time in NYC to go to a fashion show, be seen and schmooze with the upper crust of the fashion elite. Or in my case, just go to a few parties and enjoy a free drink and a cocktail weenie or two.

An exciting thing for me this time around was getting to actually participate in a VERY small way in the preparation of one of these amazing collections.
OHNE TITEL is a women's collection designed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams. Flora attended SU when I was a student and we had some of the same art history classes. Anyway she asked my friend Chris if he could come help before the show but since he is now a resident of Syracuse attending grad school he could not make it. He notified me of a fellow designer in need and I headed over to their studio on the FAR edges of the west side of Manhattan last Saturday. I was put to work seam ripping and hand stitching some beautiful garments. The knitwear was beyond gorgeous with precise construction that was complicated but not overdone. The collection featured great choices of color and the feel of the yarn was amazing. Here is the look I helped in a very very extremely limited way put on the runway.
See more of their Collection. Watch the video of the show as well.
Flora and Alexa could not be nicer people and I'm very excited about all the success they have had. Very inspiring!

Friday, February 11, 2011

5th Annual Alt.Oscars Awards Event hosted by Kostume Kult Feb. 27, 2010

On Oscar Night, Sunday, Feb 27th, please join the Costume Cultural Society (Kostume Kult's upscale persona) and many fabulous celebrities on NYC's most outrageous Red Carpet!

Featuring Oscar Viewing in multiple rooms, the Infamous Alty Awards Ceremonies, an Interactive Red Carpet where all are welcome to participate and an all-night Dance Party with DJ's spinning during the commercials and after the show.

Sunday, February 27th
6pm to 2am+
Soirée & Crash Mansion
199 Bowery at Spring Street
Manhattan, NYC
** Two venues linked together with the Alty Awards upstairs in the Main Room (Soirée) or listen to every word of the Hollywood Oscars downstairs (Crash Mansion) **

$10 limited first-tier, presale tickets
$20 door
Buy tickets here.

Food and Drink Specials all night (2-for-1 from 6-7pm)
18+ (Yes, bring the kids!)

RSVP here.

DRESS: Film Character, Pop Culture Icon, Inspired Eccentric, Creative Black Tie, Star-Struck Paparazzi or anything fabulous or fun.

ALTY AWARDS for Best Celebrity (delusions of grandeur and temper tantrums encouraged!), Best Costumes (from a recent or past film), Technical Direction (costumes with tech in them) and Lifetime Achievement (real or imagined)... ALTY JUNIORS for feats of brilliance and absurdity.

TALENT: MC Christopher, DJ Boris Burning Elf and YOU showing Hollywood how New York has Twice the Glamour and Three Times the Fun! (+others TBA soon)

Oscar Pool: Whether you can make it or not, you are welcome to play our Oscar Pool (coming soon). Get some skin in the game and note that you will be notified if you are a winner even if not at the event or cannot stay til the end.

PAPARAZZi? Photographers, Video or Press? If you would like to be an official paparazzi or videographer please contact producer Irene (ikmalatesta@gmail.com) and ask for your all-access laminate.

VOLUNTEER? Please let Irene know (ikmalatesta@gmail.com) if you want to help out or have fabulous art or glamour stuff you would like to loan.