Well I got a couple calls from Copenhagen. Apparently its fashion week over there. My source tells me the city looks beautiful from her top floor hotel suite. I’m sure the people are equally as wonderful. I find that the Swedish people I now are wonderful on the inside and out and are very friendly.
My apologies for taking so long to write. As I said in my last entry Monday was the beginning of a summer break so to speak, Cipriani is closed until September 2, and let me tell you we stayed until late singing and drinking and being complete and utter drunk fools. It was beautiful. I can’t say it was the best night “Mr. Big,”Chris North, was chilling and waiting for a Doors song “any Doors’ song”.
I honestly can’t remember anyone else being there except for the regular hotness, although a little on the light side. My ex, Sabrina Huls, was in the house Margaret Peppey , Abby Brothers and Danielle Leonel, a bunch of others, sorry long night. I asked Gerry Butler to come but didn’t hear back from him- more on that later.
I sang until I couldn’t anymore kissed and hugged all of the staff, everyone is amazing, and left to go home… I think.
I’m just recovering all of my senses today. I’ve had an interesting day. I picked up another suit from Duca Sartoria Atelier. A 130 pound cotton blue suit tailored to me with beautiful details… Their work is by far the some of the best specialty tailoring that there is in NY, London, Italy… I always leave the office extremely happy. If you have your suits and shirts tailor made then you know the feeling I’m referring to. Extreme personal satisfaction and gratification. So, with a smile on my face and my suit in a garment bag I head to Downtown Cipriani for a meeting with a new client .
My cell phone is often glued to my ear. Today all day I’m working on following up with Bentley and General Motors for an up coming event and on with three different publicists looking for the right designer to associate with for the annual Cipriani Halloween Gala at Cipriani 42nd St. Last year it was Roberto Cavalli and I tell you honestly it was the party of the year. The production was amazing. I had Eve, the rapper perform, dancers from the ceiling, three international DJs, a private invite only dinner, open bar all night, ice sculptures, lasers and a virtual who’s who of celebrities hosted by Petra Nemcova and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. I’ve got a video of the event on my web page with limited photos http://www.gtimc.com (only because the site isn’t fully completed).
I’m on Houston and West Broadway and decide to walk from there because its a gorgeous day out. I run into my associate “Slim” waiting outside of Starbucks. He’s waiting on some friends inside. When they come out Nima Yamini, a collegue of Slim’s tells me Gerry Butler is at Cipriani. I tell him Gerry is a friend and ask him if he wants to meet him. He says “yes” with a smile and we all walk over.
As we get closer To Cipriani there are paparazzi staked outed across the street so I know Gerry is there. We cross and I see him back turned to the street making a call in front of the Hilfiger store. My buddy Jamison Ernest is is chilling at a table i walk up and say hello. Jamison is the designer for Yellow Fever, a budding musician, a hustler and a pretty descent guy. Of course I have to ask him about Halloween and pick his brain about designers and we agree he’ll speak to Marc Jacobs and we’ll get back to each other.
Gerry’s off the phone and we we get down to why he didn’t come on Sunday. Apparently he wasn’t allowed. He tells me he had to ask for permission, “honey would you mine if I went down to sing karaoke for about an hour and a half with my bud and some hot models?” Its hysterical listening when he tells the story. He got the crazy accent and he’s laugh smiling. So we get a kick out of it and I ask him if he minds meeting a fan. He’s asks if its a girl and we laugh again.
Its like celebrity central at lunch. Damon Dash is there (again). Shortly there after he’s joined by the rapper Lupe. Jeff Gordon and wife Ingrid Vandebosch show up hand shakes all around. I have a meeting with a client and she is completely bewildered by the amount people who say hello and impressed by the celebrity presence and all I can think is I’m on vacation. But I’m not so sure…
I have no dog in this race. But pains me more than anything to see how short America’s attention span is and how we are so stressed out that we need Paris Hilton to break down the reality of the what America needs to do to fix the energy crisis. How did we even get here?
Mass distraction! Everyone is Obama-ed out (Obama overkill) and McCain’s mud slinging, because he couldn’t get media attention any other way (he’s been boring), seems, dare I say it, funny?
We need a break from the sermons that it seems Obama gives and we are completely bored by McCain so any since of competition, on whatever level seems like movement. Wake up America let’s not get so crazy that we forget to take our medicine and make decisions based on positions not personal attacks or personality. Who cares about crowds or commercials? Please people make an educated decision!
Hats of to Italian Vogue and photographer Steven Meisel. Italian Vogue has broken one of the fashion world’s taboos by featuring only black models in its July issue. The pictures by New-York based Steven Meisel, one of the most successful photographers in the industry, fill about 100 pages of the magazine, and are accompanied by features on black women in the arts and entertainment.
The absence of black models on the covers of fashion magazines has long been a complaint inside the industry. The justification frequently given is that such covers “do not sell”.
Leading black figures among models, designers and agents claim that the business has grown increasingly discriminatory, with levels of exposure for black women among the lowest since the 1960s. Several big names have formed a protest group in New York to highlight the problem.
Italian Vogue’s editor, Franca Sozzani, said her decision was influenced by the New York group, as well as by Barack Obama’s success in the US presidential primaries.
Meisel, who worked with Madonna on her controversial coffee-table book, Sex, brought several of the black fashion world’s big names aboard for the issue. He photographed Naomi Campbell, Iman, Tyra Banks, Liya Kebede, Jourdan Dunn, Alek Wek and Pat Cleveland, among others.
“I thought, it’s ridiculous, this discrimination. It’s so crazy to live in such a narrow, narrow place. Age, weight, sexuality, race – every kind of prejudice,” he told the New York Times. He blamed designers, magazine editors and advertisers for the decline in the numbers of black women in fashion shows. “I have asked my advertising clients so many times, ‘Can we use a black girl?’ They say no.”
Among the black models on his roster was the full-figured Toccara Jones. Meisel argued that weight was also an issue in the fashion world.
Italian Vogue’s all-black issue is unlikely to be emulated by its US sister magazine, however. As a gesture, American Vogue will this month run an article about the lack of black models. -Italian Vogue has broken one of the fashion world’s taboos by featuring only black models in its July issue. The pictures by New-York based Steven Meisel, one of the most successful photographers in the industry, fill about 100 pages of the magazine, and are accompanied by features on black women in the arts and entertainment.
– , The Guardian
NOTE: The “Black Issue” issue is the highest sold publication in the magazine’s history.