katharsis by rodrigo franzão





I attended the opening night reception for KATHARSIS, by Brazilian artist Rodrigo Franzão, at The National Arts Club.
Rodrigo, who is doing his first show in New York, presented works inspired in or by the human body,
showing at first plan the structures that sustain all the biological condition in the human being. Human figures are firstly suggested in individual works for later to compose unique works that presents internal structures of the human body hand stitched with copper wire. Rodrigo Franzão suggests in his work the harmony between geometry and figurative forms leading the observer to come across their own reality. The exhibit, curated by Robert Yahner, is comprised of ten canvas and 2 installations and runs until October 24th.



Rodrigo and moi

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by Gazelle Paulo

maison julie in zurich: charming, chic & cozy






In Zurich, you can find all the major fashion brands with their expensive trends, but if you need a real Parisian fashionable 50’s touch to complement your unique style, the only place you need to find yourself is at Maison Julie; This super charming store is located on Laternengasse 3, indeed the smallest street in town.
I spent a lovely time in the company of glamorous and gorgeous Julie, former model Juliana Kara, who is the owner of Maison Julie and Maison Glam; so of course that her stores would be super stylish.
Maison Julie is charming, chic and with a cozy feel to it, where you can find the most beautiful blouses, skirts, pants, dresses, hats, shoes…I loved and you will too. Trust me…




me and Julie

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by Gazelle Paulo

brazilian bum bum cream by sol de janeiro

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in Rio today with my Bum Bum Cream

Believe me, as the good Brazilian that I am, when it comes to skin care products I am extremely picky when selecting the right ones for my body and face. At the moment I am obsessed, yes obsessed, with the Sol de Janeiro‘s beauty line that ranges from foot care, hydrators to hair lighteners; but my favorite Sol de Janeiro product so far is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, a cream very rich in guaraná, an Amazon plant, cupuaçu butter, açaí and coconut oil…together, these fab four do indeed help the circulation and in my case, gives me a luxurious look to that body part so admired in Brazil, and elsewhere :D. Also, this Bum Bum cream smells so good, you want it on all the time.
I got introduced to the Sol de Janeiro brand this year, when this company sponsored the Carioca Sunga Co fashion show, which I styled it, during Swim Fashion Week in Miami, and after I tried it, it was love at first touch. Although Sol de Janeiro ships everywhere, it is good to know I can just walk to Bigelow, in New York, to get their products.

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*Bum Bum Art with Grace Jones

**Bigelow Window in New York City

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by Gazelle Paulo

le pliage® heritage by longchamp with alexa chung




photograph by Max Vadukul

Although this advertisement video -featuring Alexa Chung – has been released about a month ago, celebrating the Longchamp season’s star handbag -LE PLIAGE® HÉRITAGE . I just like it so much; such a cool vibe straight from the hip Wynwood district in downtown Miami; the location choice couldn’t have better, it is such a compliment to the handbag’s design.


photograph by Max Vadukul

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by Gazelle Paulohttps://instagram.com/longchamp/

fashion underground: the world of susaNNe bartsch




*Wedding gown by Thierry Mugler

** a look at one of the many installations of “Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch”

*** so happy to see this ensemble by my dear friend Richard Torry

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the exhibit Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, then you must do so; it is not only inspiring but overwhelming. There is so much style, fashion and love in this show featuring the exquisite  wardrobe of the truly original Queen of the Night, who can indeed give a haute-couture feel and look to any party or event. There are about 100 ensembles signed by established high fashion designers or cult figures who have dressed Susanne Bartsch throughout these years. You can indeed take a close look at the wedding “gown” of Susanne, created by Thierry Mugler; indeed a legendary piece.

The opening night was extremely busy; from Calvin Klein to Norma Kamali, everywhere you turned you would see an iconic personality; Yes, that was RuPaul, yes, that was Stephen Jones, yes, that was Michael Costiff…
Scooter and I dressed up as “Fashion Underground Spies” to honor Susanne. It was indeed a special night.
The show runs till December 5th, and you should visit the FIT Museum site for the visiting hours







*Scooter LaForge and moi, Susanne Bartsch and Stephen Jones (photo by Robin Souma)

** Moi and Scooter LaForge; incognito spies on New York Times

*** Scooter, Susanne and moi

**** the dream guest list of Susanne Bartsch

***** The book Fashion Underground

****** “Happy Valley” party photo on the book…can you see me with my apple headpiece? 😀

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by Gazelle Paulo

how to create a monsterpiece by scOOter laforge

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From Rolf (of Viktor & Rolf) to Vanessa Noel, from Michael Musto to Anthony Haden-Guest, and from Patricia Field to Johnny Rozsa …the opening reception of the “How To Create a Monsterpiece” show, by downtown most loved artist Scooter LaForge, at the Howl! Happening gallery space was indeed a happening…aside the famous names and their familiar faces…hundreds of Scooter’s friends (like moi) and followers, who brought gifts, stopped by to show support at his first major New York solo show.
The show is indeed an explosion of color, disturbing happiness, straight in your face weirdness, salad mixes of sexuality plus light horror wrapped by fashionable themed layers produced by the LaForge Enterprises brand, so clearly there is no need to think deeply to understand the “monsterpiece” theme. Presenting very personal works such as the adorable Cyclopsbear, the exhibit invites you into the world of Scooter through art installations, sculptures, paintings and clothing; an area where this artist has been slowly conquering, although he doesn’t think of himself as a designer, through collaborations for the Patricia Field store, which resulted in major pop stars wearing his pieces.

“How To Create a Monsterpiece” runs through October 10th
Howl! Happening is located at 6 East 1st Street


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* Vanessa Noel and Scooter

** Michael Musto and Anna Maria Tornaghi

*** Anthony Haden-Guest and Scooter LaForge

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by Gazelle Paulo