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Metropolitan Museum of Art-Death Becomes Her-A Century of Mourning Attire-Dress-2An evening dress from around 1861 in black moiré silk, black jet and black lace

A widow is a dangerous thing–or so the Victorians thought–and a new exhibition of historic mourning clothes shows just how publicly women were expected to mourn. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the reasons why women in particular had such strict social conditions placed on their grief, as well as exhibiting the actual garments they wore.

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Bill Cunningham Facades-NY Historical Society-Untapped Cities-Ben Helmer--6Editta Sherman on the Train to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, ca 1972.

Bill Cunningham is a beloved icon of New York. With little more than a bicycle and his camera, he’s been photographing fashion for the New York Times for over 35 years, taking pictures of every-day people, and discovering the “fashion show on the street.”

His love of fashion is a widely known obsession. At a young age, his family was already aware of his focus: “I think they were worried I was becoming too interested in women’s dresses… I could never concentrate on Sunday church services because I’d be concentrating on women’s hats.”  (more…)

LES DEBUTS DE KARL LAGERFERLD ET YVES SAINT LAURENT 1954Karl Lagerfeld left, Yves Saint Laurent center, winners of the 1954 International Wool Secretariat Competition in Paris. Image source: The Woolmark Company

Earlier this month, a new biopic about fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was released in France. Yves Saint Laurent focuses on the relationship (both personal and professional) between Saint Laurent and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé. Bergé himself was involved in some of the filming and loaned 77 of the vintage costumes from the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.

Using locations from the fantastic book The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake, we’re sharing the haunts of Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld during the decadent era of Paris in the 1960s and 1970s, as both designers were jockeying to get their careers started. The book is a must-read for lovers of Paris, fashion or both.

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Loomstate’s Panda Football Helmet for Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown

Super Bowl XLVIII is less than two weeks away, and since it’s the first Super Bowl ever hosted in New Jersey, everyone in New York City seems to be getting in on the fever. Some collaborations, particularly in the fashion world, are especially bizarre. Bloomingdale’s, together with the NFL and The Council of Fashion Designers of America is presenting “Fashion Touchdown,” a collection of 48 haute couture football helmets designed by fashion designers and brands. The helmets are also on auction to benefit the NFL Foundation.

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Just in case you were short on Spandex, along 38th Street in the Garment District are both Spandex House and Spandex World, both filled with all the Spandex one could desire. Spandex House claims to be the “One of the Largest Spandex Collection of The World,” while Spandex World isn’t quite as boastful, “specializing in high-quality spandex.” A step inside is worth it, with types of spandex you probably haven’t dreamt of: printed tie-dye, stretch sequin, giraffe skin, and the latest of printed skulls, just in time for Halloween.

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Courtesy of Kate SpadePhoto courtesy of Kate Spade

Clothes delivered to your door within the hour, at the tap of a finger—with the help of life-size touch screens and eBay, the new Kate Spade Saturday pop-up shops are taking window shopping to a new level throughout downtown Manhattan. The brand, a more casual, less expensive offshoot of Kate Spade, is offering passers-by a mix of online and in-person shopping through its 24-hour window shops.  (more…)