Saturday, March 29, 2008
Richard Johnson Page Six - March 29, 2008 -- WHILE Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been conquering Britain - where smitten reporters have compared her to Jackie O, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn - her fans in Paris and New York have been studying photos of the former fashion model in all her Christian Dior finery, and some think she might be pregnant. "There's a slight bump below the belt," one reader told us, after examining photos of the Sarkozys' state visit to London.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
If you’ve ever seen a store go out of business and remove the signage from their old building, then you’ve seen a labelscar. It’s more or less the equivalent of a watch tan - the mark left on a building where the elements didn’t take their toll on the facade. But it’s more than that, too. A labelscar is also a metaphor for the changing world of retailing in general, and a fitting title for this blog.Launched in May 2006, Labelscar is the culmination of years of research for Jason Damas and Ross Schendel. Since the mid-1990s we have intently researched North American retail development, including retail industry trends, commercial architecture, and retail history. In the process, we’ve visited hundreds of shopping malls and thousands of shopping centers each, in nearly every state and even internationally. We’ve been to stunning, thriving, modern shopping malls and lifestyle centers and we’ve been to some of the most derelict “dead malls” in the country. Together we’ve visited more than two-thirds of the enclosed malls in the United States.Our mission has been to study these centers, and attempt to preserve something of their presence. The enclosed shopping mall, despite still often being considered a dominant scourge that killed downtowns during the middle 20th century, is now in its own slow, drawn-out death spiral, giving way to big box category-killers, open-air lifestyle centers and strip malls. Yet, despite all the controversy surrounding malls in America, they stand as one of the most significant styles of urban development in 20th century America. In many suburbs and small cities, they were (and still are) the de-facto “town center,” a meeting place and local focal point, and for many of us they served as a crucial part of our formative years. Unlike downtowns–which can thrive or die but rarely go away–malls are private property, and thus can be fully redeveloped or removed from the landscape completely. As such, many of these places that were crucial to many people’s lives are now gone. Similarly, because these suburban white elephants have so long gone unloved, few have bothered to document, in photos or in words, their existence. It’s time for that to change. Ultimately we disagree with those who view shopping centers as a soulless, culturally vacant dot on the landscape and we believe they are dynamic, community-building places of great value. In our postings we will attempt to convey these values, along with specifics surrounding each individual center: the who, the what, the when, the where and the why, in order to gain perspective on these unique cultural centers and their place in our collective history. In addition, a large portion of this blog is dedicated to you, our readers. Because we can’t be everywhere at once, and because we live in specific parts of the country we have limited access to what’s out there. Do you know of something that would be of interest to us? Maybe there’s abandoned or struggling retail in your area, or conversely something new emerging on the horizon. If this is the case, write to us and we’ll post about it. If you have pictures, that’s even better (but not necessary). Any sort of information is always interesting and greatly appreciated. In addition, feel free to leave topically relevant comments on each blog entry at any time, regardless of when it was posted. In the end, we want to become a collective retail resource and we can only do that with your help.
Friday, March 21, 2008
CONRAN MEETS THE QUEEN
JASPER CONRAN will be receiving one of the highest accolades of his career when he collects his OBE from Buckingham Palace.
The 48-year-old son of designer Sir Terence Conran launched his first womenswear collection in 1978, and his business now includes homeware, fragrance and jewellery lines as well as menswear and children's wear labels. Having also been won the coveted title of Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council, the OBE will be the cherry on top for Conran when he receives the accolade later this year. (March 19 2008, AM)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Makeovers turn girls into Disney princesses
Sunday, March 16, 2008
By Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Guests can make reservations for their little ones ages 3 and older to be transformed into young princesses and "cool dudes" at two locations at the Walt Disney World Resort -- the original Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney Marketplace and the newer Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. Fairy-Godmothers-in-Training specialize in makeovers including updos, nails, shimmering makeup and princess costumes for girls, and spiked hairdos, colored gel, sparkles and a "Hidden Mickey" for "Cool Dude" boys.
Friday, March 14, 2008
RICHARD JOHNSON PAGE SIX - March 10, 2008 -- THE 14 wannabe models from the latest cycle of "America's Next Top Model" are accused of making a dump out of the gorgeous $6 million TriBeCa loft where they lived for 10 weeks. Anisa Productions, which makes the show hosted by Tyra Banks, rented the loft at 39 Lispenard St., promising landlord Michael Marvisi that any damage would be minor, according to an insider. Instead, we're told, the crew "punched hundreds of holes in the ceiling to hang lighting equipment" and ruined the Brazilian wood floors, forcing the owner to tear them up and install all new flooring when the women moved out three weeks ago. "These girls not only destroyed the floors, it appears they had food fights. There's ketchup and coffee splattered all over the landlord's $20,000 white drapes. There's lipstick on the walls," said the insider. "They moved in furniture and made holes all along the walls." According to our source, while the beauties were staying in the 4,200-square-foot loft, they damaged a $15,000 chandelier beyond repair and splashed so much water around, the bathroom was ruined and had to be tested for mold. "A plumber had to come fix the toilet and the water caused $90,000 worth of damage to the electrical store on the first floor," said our source. "America's Next Top Model" also "skipped out on" a $1,500 electric bill, claimed our source, who estimated the damage totals $500,000. "The landlord is devastated," the source said. "Three other shows approached him [to use the loft] and he turned them all down for 'Top Model.' And a tenant was supposed to move in a week ago, but when the place wasn't ready, they pulled out. Tyra Banks should be ashamed of herself." The show offered to settle for $125,000, but has not paid Marvisi any money, according to our insider. The landlord now plans to file a lawsuit against the show. Reps for both Anisa Productions and the show said, "No comment." A rep for Banks did not return calls for comment.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
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Thursday, March 6, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Brecho Luxo by Phuong-Cac Nguyen
Only a little more than six months old, Brecho Luxo is causing somewhat of a sensation with the fashion cult here in São Paulo. Founded by Paula Reboredo and Gil Franca, who run the São Paulo street fashion blog Freakstyle with journalist Maira Goldschmidt, opened the vintage store with a fabulously edited selection of clothes and accessories that focuses on styles that have come back into vogue. It's been the golden key to their success.
They hit second-hand stores in São Paulo and Curitiba (plus the occasional thrift store when traveling to foreign cities, like Buenos Aires) to bring sunglasses, high-waisted skirts, belts, '80s tees, vests and even children's clothes to the masses. Prices are super affordable, too — an aspect their customers appreciate because good vintage stores in São Paulo are as rare as fresh air here.