Monday, July 18, 2016


As an editor, curator and writer the incredible Diana Vreeland changed the rules of fashion. In her 26 years as fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and nine years as editor in chief of Vogue she left behind a unique body of work and a reputation for transforming everything she touched.

Her grandson Alexander Vreeland following in her footsteps had the vision to launch a luxury fragrance brand. In 2014, he launched 5 eau de parfums with 3 additional fragrances the following year.  The collection comes complete with 3 scented candles. 

The latest edition available now is called OUTRAGEOUS COLLECTION. Diana's fearless nature was the inspiration for a range of daring parums absolu. Available in 3 scents....SIMPLY DIVINE, OUTRAGEOUSLY VIBRANT and DARINGLY DIFFERENT. They retail for $350.00 each for 50ml. Available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Sak's 5th Avenue.

If Only There Was a Scratch and Sniff App on Your Screen - Your Computer Would Smell Fabulous!


Table by Knoll
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

An upcoming article is on the latest craze for Swap & Shop from our editor at large AWB.


Friday, July 8, 2016


Before he became Antonio, one of the 20th centuries leading fashion illustrators, Tony Lopez was a kid that I worked with designing FIT's yearbook (no I'm not telling you what year). He was a nice guy that went on to do great work for top magazines, newspapers and many clients throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's.

To quote sources from the University of Texas "representation of men and women dressed in high couture are imbued with playfulness and pleasure and contribute to the selling of the image and clothing".

This extensive exhibition dubbed Future Funk Fashion is now on view at El Museo Del Barrio at 1230 Fifth Avenue until November 26th.  For more information call 212-831-7272.

This is not to be missed.


Saturday, June 18, 2016


Want to own a piece of show biz legend......JOAN RIVERS.....well now you can. Many of her belongings will be up for grabs at Christie's auction house at Rockefeller Plaza on June 22nd. 

Estimates run the gamut from the low hundreds to the stratosphere!!!! 

Can we talk? Since you can't afford anything from Rivers' collections...... browsing is free and can be viewed starting Saturday June 18th.....drooling is discouraged.

Items will include jewelry, apparel, artwork, fine French and English furniture etc. etc.

Run don't walk to this once in a lifetime auction.  Or, just click the link!

Hope to see you there..


Sunday, May 15, 2016


For a look at how fashion has evolved over the last 100 years head to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art's latest costume exhibit. Fashion has gone from hand sewing to computer printing and the exhibit showcases over 150 garments. This is the perfect chance to see how garment making has changed since the last century. 

Is it Live or is it Memorex?  C&C Promises Her Undying Admiration for the First Person to Identify Which Dresses Were Made (in part) with Computers


Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

MANUS X MACHINA runs from May 5th through August 14th.

Until next time,


Monday, April 25, 2016

Great Dane!

Leave it to the Danes to bring a fabulous new boutique to Manhattan's upper east side. FLYING TIGER, out of Copenhagen located at 1282 3rd Avenue is a joy to explore. 

From home goods to quirky items (for kids of all ages) there is a wealth of stuff that you never knew you needed until now. I dare you to pass up a mini pocket sized calculator in the shape of a strawberry, or a tin of butter cookies with a cartoon of the Danish queen on the lid. From socks to sunglasses, art supplies to garden tools this boutique has it all. The best part? Prices start at a dollar with most items in the 2-3 dollar range. Break a 20 dollar bill and stock up on everything that you could possibly think of.

Socks, Pigs, Lunchboxes, Dishes, and... Ting!


Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

FLYING TIGER is a welcomed addition to an otherwise overpriced nabe.

Happy shopping,


Friday, March 4, 2016


Twice a year I head over to the EDIT trade show at the Javits Center where there is always a curated selection of up and coming ready to wear and accessory collections.

For fall/winter 2016 the following designer lines really stood out from the crowd:

ELLIE MAE STUDIOS caught my attention with their beautifully understated outerwear. Each item combined rustic textures with an unexpected color palate. My choice-- a wool boucle topper in rose pink was simply to die for. Its classic shape combined with the unexpected color was simply eye catching and is a perfect piece to spark your winter wardrobe. For more looks go to

MARIE SAINT PIERRE is one of Montreal's most celebrated designers. Her RTW combines sophistication with whimsy in a collection that tweaks the classics. The palette is composed of black with a sprinkling of pale neutrals. The collection is a shoo-in for the fashion forward customer. On your next trip to Montreal check out her boutique or go on line to

BODYBAG by jude is aimed at a young trendsetting customer. The under 30 set will find lots of pretty dresses and separates with a ladylike slightly retro vibe.

BODYBAG: Looks Great on the Living!

Photo Credit:  Dominique T. Skotlz

The geometric prism print "TWIGGY" dress captures the 60's era perfectly.  See the rest of the collection at

Since I'm addicted to handbags I just had to stop by designer JOANNA MAXHAM's booth. This collection has it all ....sophisticated styling, supple leathers, all combined with superb workmanship crafted by artisans in Poland. This is a connoisseur's dream collection at prices that won't break the bank.

Most retail under $600......a steal compared to big name designer lines. I would personally kill for the chubby "CASTAWAY' satchel, gorgeous in cedar or merlot

Johanna Maxham's Castaway Bag Makes "Wilson" Irrelevant!


Photo Credit:  Joanna Maxham

See what all the fuss is about at

It's never to early to plan ahead for Fall'16..... xxx. C&C

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fashion Redux

Why spend your money on overpriced designer apparel ? Why not go another route and do your own thing. Instead of cookie cutter fashions, why not try going vintage. You'll find that the past has much to offer, better quality, unique styles and a full range of price points. 

Half the fun is in the search so we suggest hitting the Manhattan Vintage Show on February 5th & 6th. It's held at the Metropolitan  Pavillion at 125 West 18th Street. NYC

I've scooped up many a chic bargain, not to mention a wonderful selection of old Vogue & Harpers Bazaar issues plus a fabulous selection of vintage accessories.

Speaking of accessories, Nula Thanhauser has one of the best collections of antique and vintage purses. I'd love to own one of her stunning handbags. (HINT....I can be bribed)

Her collection is pricey but worth ever penny. She does the major antique shows around the country. 

For further information contact.........Nula @ 1-215-266-2888 or check out her website,

So dip your toes in vintage waters, I'll guarantee that you'll be hooked. See you at the shows.....


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