Saturday, November 1, 2008

SNAP: best couple - Paulie & Juno

Kirsten Lopez-Palm and Samantha Simon are America's favorite part time lovers and full time friends.

SNAP: Amy Winehouse

This Halloween junior Kelly Mehler struts her stuff as the unpredictable Amy Winehouse.

REVIEW: Global Chanel

A life-sized bear stands chained to the white quilted wall that surrounds an S&M-inspired scene. A gathered pool of water on a sidewalk reflects an image of the Rue Cambon in France. A giant handbag lies on its side to reveal a makeup compact that plays video footage of a woman destructing a smaller version of her shoulder accessory. Drawing a connection between these three moments might seem lofty, but all are features of installations in the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion, and all are inspired by the world’s most emblematic handbag: the quilted Chanel 2.55.

The exhibition, which resides at its third destination in Central Park, NYC is a collaboration between the design worlds of fashion, art, and architecture. Commissioned by Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, and designed by contemporary architect, Zaha Hadid, the white, pod-like mobile museum features 18 art installations from contemporary artists across the globe. Artists such as Loris Cecchini, Yoko Ono and David Levinthal were given creative freedom except in one area: the iconic chain-strap handbag once designed by Coco Chanel in 1955 must serve as inspiration for their work.

High profile guests such as Kate Bosworth and Agyness Deyn donned space-age styles at the opening in homage to the gallery’s futuristic design aesthetic. Bosworth, in a structural silver number, wore her hair in an appropriate slicked-back pony-tail for the occasion. Lagerfeld wore, well, what he always wears—black and white, and of course, his infamous shades. While fashionistas and art snobs adore the gallery, free admission encourages everyday New Yorkers to experience the exhibit.

The Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion remains at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park until November 9. After that, it jets off to its final three destinations: London, Moscow, and Paris. Although tickets are free for the public, they are sold out online. For those willing to take a road trip, tickets must be obtained on-site. For a sneak peek of the gallery, visit New York Magazine’s video tour on their fashion blog, The Cut.

LANDMARK LOOKS: Beauties of the Ball

The big screen serves as the backdrop for most masquerades, appearing in period films such as Romeo & Juliet or Pride and Prejudice. Syracuse is no Hollywood, but on Halloween weekend, people--and places--transform themselves. Attendees at the Delta Kappa Epsilon Undertaker's Ball Thursday night did just that as party-goers donned extravagant masks that mimicked the upper-crust of society of past centuries. Feathers, glitter, and glam provided the night's most memorable accessories. 

TRIPLE THREAT: Fringe Benefits

Pocahontas inspired tasseled trims sashayed the runways this fall from high-end chic designers like Gucci to low-end bargain buys like Mossimo (available at Target). They adorn everything from a one-shoulder dress to a pair of strapy sandals, and designers are using fringe in ways we’ve never seen before — especially with accessories. This season, bags, shoes, and dresses all receive flapper reinventions. Check out three fall-fringe favorites below:

For an upscale, high-end bag, turn to Prada’s Napa Fringe Hobo ($2,190; Made with the softest Italian leather, this bag in ivory (shown) or black swings perfectly from every shoulder with the cash to land it.

Take the town by storm in Steven by Steve Maddens Bijoux heels ($129.95; Available in three colors (black, brown and pewter), this sassy open-toe sandal boasts a 3.5-inch heel and an adjustable ankle strap.

Go full-frontal fringe in Urban Outfitters Lace Shawl ($34; Throw on the floral rose patterned shawl over any solid tee and take an outfit from boring to bold.