rubem robierb 40th birthday party

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The 40th birthday party of Brazilian artist Rubem Robierb, that took place in South Beach, was much more than simply get together to celebrate a dear friend. The event, full in details, started when guests received, at home, a large pop piece of art as the invitation, created and signed by Rubem. The beautiful party, discreetly orchestrated by an event planer, had a crescendo vibe where it started with a cocktail greeting, overlooking the bay that transitioned to a ” white pool party like” where samba and capoeira dancers took turns entertaining the attendees.
At the birthday cake hour, Sam Champion, who is Rubem’s partner, gave a short speech followed by Rubem who truly spoke from his heart when referring what his guests meant to him: ” if you are here, it is because at some point in my life our paths crossed and you mean something to me and I wanted to share this special moment with you….”
I flew in from New York just for his birthday and it truly felt special to be there, and I can honestly say that I’m sure that everyone else who was there felt the same also.

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birthday boy Rubem Robierb and moi

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stephen jones event at bOOkmarc nyc

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Grace Coddington & Stephen Jones

Where water was replaced by Veuve Clicquot, Bookmarc was packed to capacity for the New York book launch of Stephen Jones Souvenirs and it was quite lovely. Stephen Jones, the magnificent English milliner who enchants the world with his creations seemed extremely happy last night when signing and making drawings on the book copies for his admirers from the Big Apple, a place he calls his second home.

“Souvenirs” is a remarkable documentation, published by Rizzoli, of a never ending career in fashion; penned by Susannah Frankel and with a beautiful and sincere foreword by Grace Coddington, who would like to claim that she discovered him. The book invites the reader into Jones’ life and career from the time of his mother pregnancy, his years at Saint Martin’s school of art, the Blitz Club era, glory in Paris and the world…..40 years of success of a 59 years of a continuing well lived life. This is with no question and no doubt a must have book; it will enrich your creative life and inspire you with its unlimited beauty.

I have always being a follower of his work, but last year I was a weekend guest of artist Scooter LaForge at the Festival Mode & Design in Montreal, where Stephen was also one of the lecturers; I had a opportunity to sit next to him during a lunch when I was able to really know a bit more of the person behind the iconic persona. Few months later, Stephen made my day when back in New York he attended an event put together in my honor…I will never forget when he discreetly was the last person to arrive. I knew he had a busy day, but he showed up. Yesterday, he wrote “Montreal forever” on my book copy. Amazing !!! Love you Jones.

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New York milliner Ellen Christine gets a kiss from Stephen Jones

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Stephen Jones and moi – photo by Ellen Christine

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elections 2016: victory lost … and the future ahead!!

party-mix in my house: the unopened party mix treats by Fishs Eddy – photo by me

It is over…the dream and aspirations of the 2016 elections is now behind us, at least according to the process. Donald Trump won fair and square, the people spoke, or better saying “the people who came out to vote spoke” and although the country is divided at this moment since emotions and fear are flying high, there is really nothing “effective” to do except to wait and expect that Mr. Trump “the President” would be different than Mr. Trump “the candidate”. I rather wait to see what he is going to do instead of reacting before….but that’s ME! More anger doesn’t solve anything, even though the rhetoric of this campaign was so vile…otherwise we are behaving just like “they” said they would if Trump lost. I am not being naive, I am just patient and practical….
As my candidate Hillary Clinton said on her concession speech, ” we must accept this result and look into the future, Donald Trump is going to be our President, we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead…”.  I love politics, I love democracy…and although this was an exhausting campaign, and I followed it since day one, I am so glad we can move on now … somehow, I guess … and I hope.

God Bless the United States of America.

Freak Chic by Gazelle Paulo

trump or treat: i’m with her

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  • my trick or treat basket of Donald goodies
  • me as Donald Trump wearing a pussy by artist Scooter LaForge;

It is finally coming to an end. The fierce battle for the US presidency between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has left a country, and perhaps the world, exhausted and divided. Needless to say it was nasty, mean and surreal. Donald Trump lost me since day one; but when the explicit and horrible  Access Hollywood recordings came out in which he makes aggressive sexual comments about women, it was just simply enough. However, such disgust for him had actually inspired me to create a strong look for Halloween 2016.
“Gazelle Tramp – Lets Make America Tight Again” was indeed, and with no doubt, one of the scariest and bizarre concepts I have ever created. The idea that Donald Trump would be grabbing his own “pussy” was quite disarming to a lot of people who crossed paths with me when I was hosting the Halloween Ball by Susanne Bartsch at MoMA PS1 or walking up and down at the Halloween Parade in New York City.
Well, must I really say the look was a success…well, it is such a pity that theme behind was so controversial and sad…but that’s how I wanted to express how I feel about him.
So, please get out today and vote !!
I am with HER.

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me in an amazing photo taken at MoMA PS1 by Mao Padilha

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yes, I was chosen as one of the best costumes at MoMA PS1 by W Magazine

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ca-rio-ca sunga co SS17 fashion show

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Thiago Lusardi

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Jordan Torres JT

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Kyle Kriesel

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Jordan Rodriquez

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Timo Nunez

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Bruno Carvalho

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Kadu Giacomini

 

It was definitely a pleasure to style another CA-RIO-CA SUNGA CO fashion show this past week in Los Angeles. The fun Brazilian brand, created by Gil Even, brought to Style Fashion Week a very colorful and of course sexy collection. Mustache prints, happy faces, flags, solid colors, peace themes….it was all part of the CA-RIO-CA SUNGA CO SS17 which had 27 looks. With the exception of the first four “kafia” looks paired with swimsuits that carried this theme, the styling for this show was light with the mission to only complement the designs created by Gil which always embodies a good sense of humor while elevating the male body form. I used the new Havaianas Action sandals mixed with the more recognizable classic version of this label. Most of the 13 hand picked models wore the Spice Necklace sharp pieces by Johnathan Cardillo. Tahitians colorful “cangas” bought in the Moorea Island gave a flowy super hero cape movement to some looks, oversized Invicta watches added masculinity when matched to bags and arm band accessories from Gilson Martins. And for the over the top rich eccentric customer traveler, model Kyle Kriesel walked down the runway carrying a $27,000 bag by designer Farbod Barsum / Beverly Hills made for Universal Body  paired with the “Por Do Sol-sunset” CA-RIO-CA sunga. Sunglasses were few; Havaianas and two vintage retro round pieces from my personal archives, they perfect framed the faces and hair created by Samuel Rodriguez. The peaceful final walk had white flags created by Rogelio Perez.

 

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Jonathan Campos

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Andrew Biernat

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Willie Gomez

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Bryan Pearn

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Bryce Howard

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Bobby Penney

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Gil Even and his models

ALL IMAGES above by Ken Alcazar

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me backstage before the show started

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eryc taylor dance 10 year aNNiversary

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Last night, I attended the 10th year anniversary gala event of the Eryc Taylor Dance company. The beautiful, small and very chic party took place at the grand duplex penthouse of artists Mark Beard & Jim Manfred. In a space filled with fascinating and talented people, who also do great charity work, guests were exposed to delicious food, exquisite art, a silent auction, an amazing performance by the dance company performers, dressed in Scooter LaForge costumes, and lovely terrace gardens. Please visit the Eryc Taylor Dance company site for more info about their amazing program events and to become a member!

 

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me with artists Eryc Taylor and Scooter LaForge

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pop sucos in ipanema; just super “legal”

 

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If you are visiting Rio de Janeiro and you need a place to have a light lunch or a cool early dinner,  you definitely should give it a try to Pop Sucos, located in Ipanema on Visconde de Piraja street, right across the General Osorio square. The name “sucos” – juices – might imply it is only a juice place, but this is really a full service restaurant with a complete menu. It is basic food, but very delicious with fair portions and great prices. The “pop” theme is interestingly used around the place and you can even order a burger named after “Andy Warhol”. Cute!!
Claudio, one of the owners, is extremely attentive to all the customers needs, and he even handed me the batman mask below…yes, I took a selfie in the middle of a full restaurant.  POP Sucos has only being in business for two months…I have a feeling they will be a major brand success. I will for sure go back….

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pat & aNNa cleveland rocks yazbukey at pfw

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Pat Cleveland with Anna Cleveland

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At the end of the Yazbukey presentation, the iconic photographer Ellen von Unewerth poses with the models.

Yazbukey, as always, puts up the coolest shows in the ultimate glamorous and intense scene during the fashion week in Paris. This time around the fabulous designer didn’t disappoint; mixing cars with girls, in Louboutins, in a very easy dancing garage mood  – did I say vintage Jaguars? – it was definitely a cool way to showcase again her bold accessories. Anna Cleveland was back again from the Dressed to Kill last season presentation, and her stunning iconic mother/model Pat Cleveland joined her in, perhaps, one of the most memorable scenes of #PFW, at least me and Patrick McDonald enjoyed every minute of it. You can watch some of it HERE !!

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Dyna Dagger channeling Donna Jordan

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FreakChic by Gazelle Paulo