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Belstaff is going to make you look as cool off the bike as they have on. The British brand was the first to make waxed jackets back in the 1920′s and specialized in all weather jackets for motorcyclists. Not any more! This year the brand has been transformed to encompass ready-to-wear and I have figured out at least three reasons to LOVE this brand. 1. They have Ewan McGreggor on their advertising campaigns. 2. They’re a British brand. 3. Their collection is off-the-charts cool and has kept their signature moto detailing.
As I pack my bags once again for two weeks in NYC, buying for Spring/Summer 2013, I’m often asked about the glamour and the glitz of fashion week. I won’t deny that that is all a part of the fun, but for real trend-casting, I spend more time looking at the sidewalk than the catwalk. It’s on the concrete, where the muses of the designers, the models, effortlessly display what they really like to wear (and they’re so much more accessible there too). So, stay tuned! I’ll let you know what I find along the way! Happy Fashion’s Night Out Day!
I was honored to be invited to be a judge at the 3rd Annual Paper Ball – Cirque du Papier – benefitting the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara’s Accessible To All Program, to help those with financial difficulties. Part Cirque du Soleil, part Alice In Wonderland, this event was a hand-made extravaganza, fitting of Waldorf’s unique educational curriculum.
Evolving out of the devastation of World War 1, and with 900 schools in 83 countries (over 250 in the U.S.A.), the Waldorf Education system, is the largest and fastest growing independent, non-denominational school system in the world.
Actress Finola Hughes and me.
Their goal is to aid in the development of free, self-aware human beings, capable of creating peaceful and ennobling lives for themselves and for humanity. By conveying knowledge experimentally as well as academically, learning becomes an engaging voyage of discovery of the world, and of oneself.
Christianne Taylor, Winner of Best Dress.
For example, the sixth grader who, as part of history class, has acted the part of Cassius or Caesar, has not only absorbed Shakespeare’s immortal language but has learned courage, presence of mind, and what it means to work as a member of a team for a goal greater than the sum of its parts.
Winner of King of the Night.
The judges from left to right. Gordon Seabury, Horny Toad, Gina Tolleson, Santa Barbara Magazine, Caroline Diani, DIANI, Jill Littlewood, Friends of Dard Hunter (association of hand paper makers).
The big finale was the fashion show, in which Waldorf supporters paraded their handmade gowns and tuxes, crafted solely from paper. And given that it was hard to tell if they were wearing Stella McCartney, Chloe, or Trader Joe’s shopping bags, the parents seem to be as creative as their children! The judging was tight, and the competition was fierce, but all who attended deserve congratulations for making this a fabulous event, to support the living origami that is the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara.