Wink, Jade Dressler

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Must…shake…sand…out…of…shoes…first.

illustration by Jade Dressler



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Well, Hello Profundity! Hello Spring! Yo Fertility! Goodbye Ice Cave Winter 2014. You who were blue, fierce, frigid, froze-my-fruits and droned-on way too freaking long.

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Like buggy metamorph-ed Gregors, you had us on our backs squirming like useless downed drones.  We all know we have to make peace with what was before release into new pleasures.  Here then, is a last look in gratitude for The Ice Age of 2014 and the bold-faced people, places and things to ponder which made up this transition time to the Spring Beauty now here.

First, some fascinating Make-Nice-With-Ice never before seen shots from a drone movie of Ice Caves, worth seeing if you click here.

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and Now, for X-Sakes…Spring! Viola Nine Cures For the Common Cold.

1      HAIL HAIRY.
Between furry hoods on everyone making city streets and Fashion Week streetscapes resemble beastial causeways between watering holes on African plains and hairy relationship drama (everyone you know had it…right?)…

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All this extra hair, layers and misunderstandings everywhere became scary. This includes the plethora of forestial hipster beards on men’s faces giving hives just to imagine how itchy they were. Why did just simple acts of kindness, no, rather, acts of life, such as committing to meet a friend in the evening give us grief?  This Superhero grappling with Olde Man Winter was cute at first but with more and more snow grew wearisome and we sunk more into our caves.

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For strength in some of those deep dark night dramas with Death Gods, we had to resort to calling on Ancestors and dipping into Ye Olde Mythic Symbolic Ways to make some sense of The Polar Vortex.  As a Euro-rooted, New York Jew, I called out to our desert spirit peoples, they shrugged their caftans in heaven, they were of no help.

And so, we went to The Northern Global Sectors and found Odin, the big Chief God, name related to ōðr, meaning “fury, excitation,” PLUS! “mind, poetry, war, battle, victory and death,” but also 10,000 other dominions such as “wisdom, Shamanism, magic, prophecy and the hunt.”  We Like. Does he die in a flurry of seeds aka go to pieces and his woman have to put him back together in Spring like all the other Psychopomp Pan kind of guys? Yes. We Like. Did he self-sacrifice, discover the symbolic Runes system, gain wisdom and become wise? Yes. We Like. Does he have a big white snowy beard and look like Old Man Winter? Yes. We Like.

Somehow knowing we were just living in a Myth gave hope, gave promise to pulling our God-self together again. Or at least feeling some imaginary sun on our bare arms.

2   WHAT’S UP IN THE HOODS.
Hood. Up. All this Norsian, Wintro-spection had me seeing everyone’s hood and face fur as caves. Our hoods were up this year like never before. Cold that iced our eyes and throbbed our little sprout faces pushing forward towards the gold sun wherever an inch of it shined.

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This hooded cheerleader is by my friend, photographer Megan Maloy,who has a wry way of making the mundane mysterious. Now, there is a bit of cheer in that perhaps even ye pointed, arrows of Winter darkness have the seeds of breakthroughs within their genetic structure. We must cheer Spring on with art and groping-in-the-dark and move this grassy ball forward!

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Note: to botanists and those wondering about “transition-wardrobes.” Some first flowers of Spring, like us, still wear their hoods too in the March winds and April gusty showers, like the jack-in-the-pulpit flowers out there on woodland paths.

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Or sassy Euro gals on the street for Fashion Weeks. This year, Style Hoodlums from WWD’s Paris Fashion Week, the street style photographs of Kuba Dabrowski, were the best we have ever seen for the narrative context.

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Do not say you didn’t know this was coming! Georgia O’Keefe‘s jack-in-the-pulpit.

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Dealing with Death is often what’s up in the hood in Winter. And no one can talk about fashion, myths, death and rebirth or even the life-giving concept of hope this year without paying homage to the sad passing of L’Wren Scott. Isn’t it true that in our own lives or the very public lives of people, say Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott…that there are multiple worlds and realities swirling…behind our hoods, faces and images? Archetypal stories told over and over again.

3   TAMING,WAITING, ACCUMULATING, GATHERING.

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As usual when finding myself puzzled or stuck on the wheel of life, I turn to the Chinese divination, the I Ching.  Number 26,  ”The Great Accumulating, The Great Taming” appeared. Perfection. A hooded little thing!

It represents mountain over heaven, or the Creative (heaven) is being Tamed by Keeping Still (mountain.) The trials of the time were all pushing us to surface how we best turn desire into design from the inside, organizing our environments, giving space for self and each other for healing. No surprise that as things settled I pulled “Peace” the same as I did three years ago, same time of year. The hexagram is related to the coming of Spring. The small departs and the large arises. That things cycle…that’s medicine that really helps!

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4   HELLO GIRL-GODS AND HOODLUMS.
The last dregs of dying Wintry Gods usually flirt around with nubile, prancing Spring goddesses who know how to process their applications. Know how to gather their God-like qualities. I found the perfect consort for Odin in Freyja, which you can pronounce “Free’s-ya” and “Freeze Ya” for the purpose of this exercise or depending upon why you beg for her boons. Why should you love her?

  • #1  She’s Nordic.
  • #2  Has a feathered cloak (that’s both hot and cool)
  • #3  Sheds red gold tears when her man (aka the sun, light) goes away
  • #4  Rules love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, war and death
  • #5  Associated with the Goddess “Frigg” of Germanic origin. You were most likely repeating her name anyway with all this freezing weather. “Frigg! Frigg! It’s ….cold!”
  • #6  And here’s Freyja turning into Spring:

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In ancient times the winter constellation, known today as Orion, was at that time called “Freya’s Gown” and the sword belt in Orion was called “Freya’s Girdle.” Kinda sexy that kinda talk, Yes? Here’s Frejha dreaming in the photography of Kirsty Mitchell.

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From dreaming in the hood of my down comforter, to movies to the street, the image of hooded beauties kept popping up. Why were red and rose lips arising from a dark hooded face so entrancing? Is that a boy or a girl under that hood? Is it that lifeblood is so appealing in the black and white starkness of Winter? Rosy cheeks and lips are signs of emotional life at the edges of cold fronts. Prime example is Audrey Hepburn doing the Wintry self-chastisement thing in the French Alps in Charade.

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More Girl-Gods arrived this Spring with Armory Week, one of the first seasonal harbingers in NYC or just more art shows to add to the missed list due to the cold of Frigg. We did venture out once into the wilderness and were happy to meet Hassan Hajjaj, the artist of the Kesh Angels series we’d seen online of Arab girls as fashionable heroines on bikes. We were thrilled to know we shared a common friend. Of course I opened the artist’s book right to the full page picture and quote by our friend Marques Tolliver, a singer we discovered and featured for our show for Sundance Channel around this time of year 2008. Here’s his NPR interview and this magnificent song, Control or here with his violin on Jools Holland. 

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The power of hoods has a mixed heritage of violence, freedom and compassion much too convoluted for a blog post. Just to think a little deeper about red hoods alone is charged enough with its sexual references. Loved this woman in Paris for Fashion Week, a modern day Little Red Riding Hood.

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5   HEALING FABLES.

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Could the hooded maiden be bringing life and spring to the woods, paying homage to her ancestor, Grandmother? A red cloak was the well-known symbol of a prostitute in 17th century France, when the author Charles Perrault wrote his popular version. Could the wolf be all our ravenous passions? The young girl has some appetites of her own, bravely takes a new journey in the dark woods and triumphs beyond her mother’s warnings to not stray from the path. Hoods make the proverbial woods safe.

6   HEALING TURN TABLES.Valentijn De HIngh

Another harbinger of Spring, every year at this time to assuage our hunger is Dining by Design for DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which engages artists and brands to lay luscious tables out at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

Fairy tales and gender benders were a theme at one of my favorite tables by Barney’s based on their Brothers Sisters Sons Daughters  campaign for transgender equality. Featuring a 36-minute film by Bruce Weber on Valentijn de Hingh, the transgender model whom we first met in the documentary film, Valentijin.  I was reminded of the quote ”Community is Immunity” by author Christiane Northrop on the power we can build by celebrating the rare and beautiful people around us. The family portraits and video added poignant layers, I loved the video of alternating Kitsch-y images throughout culture and history, this one of a hood….because really, gender itself is that kind of hooded cloak.

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The video montage of flashy and eccentric icons throughout history counterbalanced the homey simple table. I love that “Kitsch” met “Kitchen.”

For more on “Kitchenism” where everyone is welcome to the table, I was honored this Winter to work on the exhibition  ”Maggie’s Centres; A Blueprint for Cancer Care.” Literally artful oases on the grounds of traditional hospitals, the centers are built by top architects such as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and others.  The exhibit is on until April 25 at the New York School of Interior Design.

7    HEALING FIELDS, CAVES AND KITCHENS.

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Above is the Maggie’s designed by architect Snohetta in Aberdeen, Scotland, all womb and hood-like. I loved meeting with and getting to know Charles Jencks, the noted landscape designer and co-founder of Maggie’s, named for his wife’s experience with cancer and hospitals, which became the inspiration for the centers.

While Maggie Jencks’ youth was spent in China surrounded by gardens with traditional aspects, such as cosmic windows, which influenced much of her design tenets, the couple’s cellular experience of the disease itself and the Western medical approach naturally became part of Charles’ thinking as a leading architectural theorist. A chat at the exhibit’s  kitchen table set-up, sponsored by Vitra, along with Metropolis magazine, was cozy, warm and revealed Maggie’s and Charles to be  real paradigm shifters!

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All this hood pondering this winter included the concept of membranes, the transitions between spaces, that which we build to form the organic webs of our experience. Membranes link between bodies, genders and ideas to transmit and heal. This building above has a structural web that actually heals the surrounding air by removing pollution. Proof again that form, theory and design can intertwine and heal for the betterment of human condition!

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Our stories, our own myths, our own dreaming are the weavings that engender epiphanies. Breadcrumbs along the path.

On my path there is a building in my neighborhood which always looks delicious for its difference. In contrast to surrounding buildings, it is set back, very well lit with massive trees in front, usually filled with singing birds. It’s somewhat like a Mid-Century, Euro-apartment complex, like you are in Croatia or Russia in the middle of Manhattan.

One snow storm, the trees wore snowy down coats and in the light …appeared like a golden field of sunflowers, a hood or a cave if you will over the entrance. Everyone stopped and took pictures.

It was an uncanny echo of the mellow yellow drama of I Girasoli, I was watching on Netflix. Sophia LorenMarcello Mastroianni and I plowed through their epic love story through war, separation, death, endless Russian snow fields and even quirky, totally lovable scenes that really should have been edited out, such as a long segment of Russian families happily moving into a “modern” apartment complex. Said to be required footage in exchange for being the first Western movie filmed in Russia, it’s purely fascinating for its inane madness.  Pre-Tarantino, it’s sometimes surprising that the mundane can be the really rich part of all our stories and dreams.

“A woman born for love. A man born to love her. A timeless moment in a world gone mad.”  (another woman in a hood scarf)

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8    GENDER BENDERS AND LOOP GURU’S

Yellow. Hoods. Covered heads. Sacred Stuff. An energy loop of hope and honoring.

It was the flash of a passing woman with a big knot of knit scarf in the front and a high hood, leaning back from the wind, which first impressed upon me this loop of breathing idea to thrive through the cold.  So here’s the girl…or was it a boy?…and…

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And here’s the “energy movement/breathing loop” sketch below. All this “head” mental stuff is meant to go into the earth for balance. What can we bury (seeds) to sprout in the upwards movement of Spring.  Am I nuts? Has it been such a long, dark winter and I am losing my mind? Or am I a guru?

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Don’t answer that if you are still reading.

Speaking of being loopy, this tunneled, hooded cave table was among those at Architectural Digest‘s Home Show DIFFA exhibit that symbolically lured us into community, focusing beyond AIDS into the realm of humanity that erasing differences can gift us.

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This ship/rib/rope-a-dope table is by the students at FIT, The Fashion Institute of Technology.

And as for earthy gurus, this geode below…while I didn’t see it at the show, in a quick dash from Veronika Miller of Modenus’ Morning Mimosa party for her BlogTour at the show, where I ran into design guru friends such as Tamara Stephenson of Nest, Nest, Nest; Sara Sarna of Live The Life You Dream About; William Weathersby; Saxon Henry; Robert Verdi; Cynthia Allen and many others…

I saw something new: ceramics. Cool ceramic stools in bright colors. And thus, this piece is so expressive of the un-freeze and earthy ceramics having a transcendental moment.

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By artist Brett Freund, it can be found on artist, new friend, Cara Ober’s blog on the art scene in Baltimore. (More on Baltimore, below.) Another chalky, bright melt the ice winter space into clay earthy at DIFFA was this table by Gensler & Herman Miller. With lights that changed the colors of the wallpaper illustrated with layered couples “beyond age, gender and race,” this loop did indeed feed the soul.

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Manpals. Mandates. Mandals. More “girl-ing” of men is coming our way and patterning after nature’s colorful males can only be a good thing. Feminine prints, colors and styles were seen all over on menswear runways this year like never before. Like dandy fern loops unfurling.

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Dandy is unfurling from it’s foppery roots and somehow it all looked so powerful! Perhaps a better future than artist Nick Cave‘s silver, cave-headed men in hoodies and suits, seen during The Armory Show.

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Like suited submarine periscopes popping up from the deep sea.

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Peeking periscope cameras and popping up Paparazzi are like the hunter/gatherers of culture.  I loved this image above from the recent Paris shows where a simple suited androgynous model was so fascinating to paparazzi.

Speaking of street style, we had a New York Moment, when blessed this month to work with the legendary street snapper guru of the New York Times, Bill Cunningham arrived on his bike, clutching the printed invite to our Spring Gala for The New York School of Interior Design. By the way, this post’s opening image, me as an Avenue magazine cover girl in a “Think Pink Spring” profundity outfit, this was my gala attire.

Here is Bill’s coverage of the gala.

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Wouldn’t it be cool to know a little more about the stylish whose images are snapped on the streets of the world? A guru quote or a quip like Twitter, say five words? I’m captioning the world as I look at from my hood, aren’t you?

Cara Ober‘s art below made me think of that, a mix of Barbara Kruger-like quips with imagery rendering both together a little perception changer. Cara is based in Baltimore, a city about to have it’s next level revival with the arrival of the art-collecting, hotel birthing family, The Rubells.

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Making new art history through space and community is the fifteen-year design collaboration of our client, interior designer, Scott Sanders and the venerable art collector/museum maker/hotelier Mera Rubellin the making of multiple hotels and homes. Their latest gem is the restoration of the 1928 National Historic Register landmark, the Lord Baltimore Hotel. A vital part of the city’s shared celebratory history, yet falling into corporate hotel chain ownership and then abandonment, Mera and Scott triumphed in their re-make.

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The Lord’s ribbon cutting included the amazing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and 500 passionate Baltimoreans. Sanders, who created the Ralph Lauren interior design department, is noted for his New American Style, mixing classics and the unexpected that is playful and sophisticated. Talk about warming up the old house!

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Happily we placed stories of the Lord Baltimore’s new clothes in the The New York Times and Departures magazine.

We knew snows were melting and longer days of Spring were here when our calendar noted side-by-side majors, such as  Tuesday: “overnight travel to Baltimore for 5am ribbon-cutting”  and  then on Wednesday: “produce performance in Bryant Park, NYC.”

 9    HARK THE HORSES HERALDING SPRING.

Our Slow Luxury client, designer Iona Crawford‘s launch of her Beauty and The Beasts collection in Bryant Park was next up…and an ethereal cavorting of Spring damsels in the just-awakening urban park was oh so necessary! Iona’s frocks are made of painterly silks, cashmeres and fabrics like the spectacular Madras lace below. The raised, moss-like, black velvety pattern on a sheer, linen-like cotton is at once couture and earthy. Iona’s capsule collection was inspired by the Kelpies, the massive, silver horse sculptures of Andy Scott, whose inspiration came from the urban workhorses in Scotland, tapping into the Kelpie’s story of transformation. (more on this in a bit;-) 

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We did wonder about all the horse symbolism this year popping up. From the Chinese Year of the Horse to Game of Thrones, horsey-love is everywhere. Below is the David Humphrey painting entitled just that, which client, Scott Sanders, installed in the bedroom at Residence 620 for NYC’s Printing House loft…pretty perfect for cleaning up Winter…

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The Celts associated the horse with war and the sun, the Romans with fertility and changing of seasons and many cultures equate horses with the life force. You can just hear the thunder of thousands of hooves from any war movie, ploughing the earth so life can spring up. (or the roar of a vacuum in Spring cleaning!)

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White horses take us from snowy to virginal freshness. A White Horse everywhere symbolizes light, sun, day, vitality, illumination, resurrection and is seen as a messenger of birth. Bianca Jagger’s famed 1977 entry to her Studio 54 birthday party, red dress and naked escorts captured this, yes?

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As my own birthday is around Easter time, it seems I cannot escape the seasonal return of horses in my life!  Back in 1990, twenty-four years ago, several pieces of jewelry we designed styled Helena Christensen and were photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue UK.

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Harking back to Helena above, on desert or salt lake, too much white snow, sand or mental anguishing can make us feel like Barbarella landed who knows where. Taking time to process and get in the groove of the season is oh, so necessary to Fight the Common Cold. The long jewelry chain, seen on Helena above, was looped bubbles of metal with pearls and it was named Cosmosis, for an osmosis of the cosmos. Another good breathing loop exercise, that. Sure to melt some icy membranes.

This year’s horsey-love came in the form of Iona Crawford’s Beauty and The Beast Collection. Here are the epic 100-foot high sculptures of the Kelpies recently erected in Scotland by her friend, Andy Scott.

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Fifteen foot maquettes of The Kelpies have been traveling the world and came to Bryant Park this Spring heralding Scotland Week. Celebrating the power and history of sturdy workhorses and the theme of transformation felt spot on.

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Iona’s launch happening in Bryant Park was part of a collaboration with Slow Luxury’s first Co*Lab, an online pop-up shop featuring select goodies from Iona’s collection. From intriguing stories on the artists, filmmakers, musicians and fabrics that are part of this project priced at $0, goods include those slightly more costly such as natty silk pocket squares, silk shift dresses and yes, T-shirts. There’s a little something for workhorses, transformatists or art-collecting estate owners. Click here to peruse and buy!

Back in the Park, performers in Iona Crawford silks gifted audience members with silk pocket squares filled with poetry and chocolates from The Highland Chocolatier along with the secret hash tag #KelpiesBeauty. Hannah Read and band played the song from Iona’s video.

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Here are the little silk Love Notes packages looking for all the world like blossoms or butterflies. I rather love these kind of sweet, arcane acts of the seasons, I think we need them.

As I completed this post, the first April full moon appeared, the first of 4 “red moons” being called blood moons. I couldn’t help but think of this as a red hood uncovering, connecting us here clinging to this rock we call Earth, bringing a bit of heavenly love on home…to whatever stories we gave this time.

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“Blood” or “Red” Moon comes from the Native Americans’ name for April’s moon, “Pink Moon” in turn inspired by the appearance of blooming moss pink or wild ground phlox, seen above, one of the first spring flowers.  April’s moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. I’ll add Horse Moon, Sprouting Rabbit Moon to the list.

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Meeting the rising up is perhaps meeting the moon as a drop of a bud, a pink softness, a hint from the soup of sky in which we are tiny, curiously hooded cosmonauts swimming.

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Happy Spring, Y’all. See you in the Hood. Somewhere under the Moon.


Cold. (ouch) Nose to Grindstone. (ouch)  +

Not just any toss pile

#thisparty #thatparty #thislaunch #thatexhibition #thisgala #thatmediacampaign  =

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This Mama is tired of That Winter. This Kitten Wants to Dance.

Relentless. “Polar Vortex Death Storms.” says The Weather Channel“Ample, pointless sunshine.” say New York Times City Room Blog-gers, Andy Newman and Annie Correal, of days below 20 degrees. And the next day: “Here’s the advisory: Pull down your ear flaps.”

In search of new epiphanies, I try a remedy I rarely do: Sheer Shopping.

Y’all know I also rarely do simple one subject posts. The combo of hell freezing over and an unexpected trip to the most exhilarating shopping in NYC I have perhaps ever seen has tripped my synapses, and thus this Love Sonnet to Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, just opened this Winter. This curative cave of curious sits in the unlikely neighborhood “creeping west of the Ace Hotel” as described by Maria McElroy, one of it’s denizens, indie-perfumer and my hostess.

I bustled over from a lunch in the Flatiron, bundled up in my classic cold weather gear for 2014, gold leather pants, sherpa ski boots, layers of down and massive fur hat.  Classically, just as the brain said “where the h is this place?” I spotted another gold-leather-panted, model-legged girl bound up the stairs across the street.

Oh. There it is.

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Transported straight from Twitter and Paris runways, the above, translated into a shoppe, teased us while we sat in the Rose Bakery cafe inside the store drinking ginger and lemon tea in rough 1970′s avocado-colored pottery. A crinoline-shaped shop designed by “The Hedi Slimane” hung from it’s bones the accoutrements of the above matador/ insect. Feathered, glimmering SS14 pieces sat on blue-black fur or waving in the air like golden cocoons, lanterns or macaroons. (If my writing gets drug-addled here and there, its just the remedy working.)
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Highly suggestive music. The kind you only hear at Paris Fashion Week or some kind of LSD trip. I was moaning over clothes realizing that I was in tune with a song that was simply nothing other than a moaning cow, techno style. Really.
Epiphany #1: Moaning has many Meanings. One is: the Medicine is Working.

Spotted. Photographers, touring wads of SCAD design students, studied worldly shoppers, escorted celebs, serious stylish sales people and Cleveland gay couples on a pilgrimage all float in the off-kilter, off-the-grid, precious offering spaces.  Six floors, more or less, are punctuated by a clear elevator tube looking like a luge or those clear pneumatic tubes they used to have at suburban drive-thru banks or hospitals for transport of bio-objects. Which of course, today has been transported by teleporting.

Epiphany #2: To see and be scene is way better than not to be.

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O! This paper picnic dress, this fabric meteor, this Dorothy of Oz Saloon seemingly tornado dropped dressing room and the neat lady-like, little black dresses with pearl colors.

Epiphany #3: Our deepest, most creative spirit perpetually longs for that it which it has never seen.

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Alice, (aka Maria of Aroma_M ) in her Mary Tyler Moore, circa 70′s apricot sweater skirt set, touched the pink paper floral froth in wonderment. Many garments combined high-tech fabrics with tons of ruffles or 1910′ish demurity. Like a teleported Madame Blavatsky. It’s a character I want to be but never saw a designer make party dresses for. Designer is imagining me. That there is an Epiphany.

Epiphany #4:  My perpetual goal is to step out of time in the right dress for a Time-Traveler.

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Everyone is so damn hot on “Ascension” that they miss the joys of careening down the back staircase, the innards and behind-the-scenes of Life. Maria and went to the top first, and used the rabbit-hole stairwell like a palate cleanser. Rei and Junya would be proud.

Epiphany #5:  Today’s Fortune: Aim high and seek the road less traveled.

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This kind of crazy quilt has been my brain and decor since age 5. I’m like a laboratory rat, only sedated by the organized mix of bright color stimuli. To see this as the structural columns in this anthill ran medicine through my very bones.

Epiphany #6: Heaven can often be soothed by Chaos.

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Can you see how these pillars  lead to a kind of good design vertigo? We are not hungry ghosts looking for designers to acquire like keeping up with the Joneses or banker bonuses, we are humans exploring, feeling shape and volume to toss up our conventions of body, booty and brain boundaries. To be. Or not to be.

Epiphany #7: The White Board is the design to break Boredom.

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A useless (?) devoid of context or use (?), silver appendage (?) juts out from a wall with a repeated image. This snarky thing is captivating to our minds, so attuned to instant images and messages via our attachments to our “communication devices.”

“Not this, not that,” is the famous yogic RT pondered right this minute by millions of meditators.  Should we think anything different when pondering clothing and identities?

Epiphany #8: The Absurdity of Imagery and Architecture. Just Do It.

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Bugs? Gripes? How to impress one’s golfing buddies? Where the f is Spring?

Epiphany #9: It’s all in our heads.

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I am sweating this girl band.

How a navy sweat band with heavy gold Caligula plaque and I fell in love.

Epiphany #10: Veneration is worthy when a simple thing says so many things.

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H-E-L-L-O! And just $1500. buys these black suede Azzedine Alaia puppies and one never need own any other pair of black sandals.

Epiphany #11: Seduction and Salvation can be bought+worn together.

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This cowrie shell neckwear appears suddenly in a creche of ancient garb set among the avant-garde shoppes like a window into a soul.

Epiphany #12: Hmmm, maybe my double Desire for Alaia and womb-y memories of cowries can indeed be satisfied.

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A men’s jacket sleeve.

Epiphany #13: The topography of dichotomy can be played with.

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Commes des Garcons? Oui, Luigi. Girls can play that dichotomy game too, boys. Are we check, Mate? Portofino on a Vespa with you headed to … a deserted beach on a dreary day. The wind sweeps the sand across the beach. He finds an old photograph of a seaside town cradled on a hillside. While exploring the quaint passageways of the town, the director encounters a beautiful woman and follows her to a seaside clothing shop where the woman works. In the shop, she gives him a look of recognition. They do not speak, but seem drawn to each other. As the director leaves, she gestures to him but he does not respond….Beyond the Clouds.

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Epiphany #14: The fabric of our lives is actually more of a soup. 

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The fake, random architectural artifact. Either reminds that you are participating in the grand pre-fab soup bowl of history determined by the Pratt student devotee of Comme des Garçons who lovingly does the display in this shoppe or…

all this visual tantalizing equals RT’s “hmm, I’ll buy that” by your sudden transformation into a fashion sheep following the flocks seduced by these frocks.

Epiphany #15: Buy, buy, black sheep, Have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes, sir, Three bags full; One for the master, And one for the dame, And one for the little boy who lives down the lane. 

Between obsessives layering in dressing rooms proclaiming “Yes, I will take this and this and that” and multiple bags full observed in the hands of the besotted…yes. This pre-fab intentioned art stimulus does equal sales.

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The un-perfect perfect. The closet every New Yorker wants. (except Jay-Z, Beyonce, The Man Repeller and Ivanka Trump)

Epiphany #15: Species evolution is marked by changes to the roof of the mouth which in turn relates to the roof of the brain. Olfactory response to edible offerings, choices and taste determine the evolution of morphic resonance. Or…a clean, exquisite offering on a pallet is as enticing as a taste or mantra isolated on my palette. Changed.

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This here fabric froth frenzied me. I felt like a spring lamb devouring fireworks in a field with every clover crunch. Like a petticoat turned up in the LA Lakers locker room. Like a…

Epiphany #16: I am a sucker for incongruity.

Junya Watanabe

Nothing like a thick, ruddy turmeric cargo coat for men, slapped with a shiny ultra-violet blue 10′ hangtag. It’s not even pretentious, this Junya Watanabe just wants boys to have some fun.

Epiphany #17: I just want to take a boy-man client through Dover Street Market and style him to the ends of the Universe.

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Like a rhinestone cowgirl. This is so basic to me.

Christian Astuevielle is the creative director of Comme des Garcons fragrance, and the gentleman creator of these warrior necklaces. As per Vogue ‘constructed from layers of industrial materials (metal chains), pop exclamation points (vividly colored plastic links), and glamorous detritus (broken-down costume jewels)’

 “Most of all,” he says, “it’s to make women happy and exceptional.”

Epiphany #18: Christian, gracias, I am so getting warmer.

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YSL dancing shoes.

Epiphany #19: Need we say more?

Not just any toss pile

…and perhaps the most telling of the finer points of The Dover Street Market is a random pile of clothing about to be purchased I saw laying on a sales wrap desk. This is not cheap and fast fashion. This is an Epiphany of Cloth.

Epiphany #20: The Dover Street Market is Slow, Delicious Luxury.

160 Lexington @30th Street, NYC

all photographs by Jade Dressler,
with exception of LV runway and big mural in DSMNY.


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“People have laughed at me over the years, but the same people are now hanging pictures from sashes and bows, and using chintzes like there’s no tomorrow.”

Mario Buatta, Interior Designer, circa 1980′s

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“All this digital is driving me crazy more into my sensual selfie!”

Jade Dressler, circa launching and laughing into 2014

I hear you Sir Futurist and The Very Floral Mario Buatta!

Like an overdone room dressed in fancy chintz, peppered with TMI of our digital life, we all carry the echoes of taunts and too many voices in our heads. For a long time I carried a taunt from grade school confirming that I “thought too much.”  While my “too many” thoughts were like psychedelic happy flowers soaring through my mind in treasured times sitting under a very old tree, Thoreau-ly enthralled, or happily creating in on-my-own-Emily bedroom, I faithfully stood by their unwashed and sometimes unwelcome multitudes…and they have served me well.

Go ahead laugh and be amused by my pink furry hats, often prophetic vetements, or ecstatic drawings… rest assured that’s why I put them on and spend hours scratching away with ball-point pens, to make both of us smile!

Money Honey. Jade Dressler

As I continue to meet the majestic people I have long admired, such as Mario above, in his flowery youth and below, proffering wisdom and funnies in our tete-a-tete…Ellie Cullman and Mario Buatta Book Signing

I love to discover that most do indeed “think too much,” harboring deep thoughts that sometimes are before their time. In this, the Winter, the Season of Deep Thoughts, all hail! We honor those people with 10,000 fascinating thought things under their flowery, sometimes chintzy bonnets.

“Ravishing Personalities are the most Riveting Things in the World.”

Diana Vreeland, circa “timeless”

Deep Thinkers mix it up with big doses of Funny and Imperfection…(Exhibit A: Mario’s book-signing fake hand that he slaps down on his signature after signing.) It’s because they see it all as a game. Life, love, birth and death are on continuous loop and the wise ones see it all through a bigger lens of compassion and grace.

When the chill is on, it’s high time for deep dives into the slow luxury and appreciation of ravishing personalities, glorious books, witty conversations and the simplicity of holding hands, molding baked goods, good souls and New Year resolutions deeply thought.

got some deep thoughts? The good news is Happiness arises from that grasshopper! Dive in, from free nature winks…

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…to very costly Couture…

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Here are our top ten resolutions for 2014, ten favorite ecstatic and deeply pondered people, places and things in our world at the moment, a tradition since 2012. We promise to leave you well-shaken and stirred. 

Deep Thought ONE
Resolve to Give Ode to The Geo & The Old 

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The Incongruities of Time and Ancient Matter. Peering out from the window in a friend’s antique shop, Scott & Bowne, in Kent, Connecticut during Thanksgiving, this happy Inuit family in the famous 1930′s Edward S. Curtis photo exactly mirrored the parka-clad Kentians doing early holiday shopping. Could this happy family have had deep inner imaginings, windows into the future, that their image would be seen by so many, and they might look out at passing customers? Are we captivated by their image because they so timelessly seem to smile right from the Earth itself? Methinks so.

In another little shoppe, I purchased this little piece of earth beauty, a blue celestite from Madagascar. It’s sitting on a well-etched, inch thick glass tabletop in my kitchen, which led it’s first fifty years in a bank. I love every etch of it.

Blue Celestine

Around the same time I discovered two other African treasures. South African and Smithsonian-exhibited photographer, (akin to Diane Arbus on hyper-speed) and former geologist, Roger Ballen and the cult-pop-group inspired by his art and sensibility, Die Antwoord. While the geode fits perfectly in my hand and is said to bring the angelic realm down to earth, I equally appreciate the beauty and bravery of Roger and Die Antwoord’s dark psycho images and incongruities. They evoke and power wash one’s ideas of humanity. Absurdly.

NINJA AND YO-LANDI

The deep inner meaning, what’s underneath or inside of the Earth and ourselves. Go there.

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Here is a Roger Ballen interview, his explorations in mines and art are sourced where dreams come from, heights of heaven or deep in the heart of Earth.

Notice all the hands in this post? From Mario’s plastic hand, to the ancients and our own, we like what hands do as the wings of the heart. When our fast-track paws choose to un-connect to our mobile phones we suddenly recall what our life in Slow Luxury speed feels like.
(OK, yes, we Pawed and Pinterested about it…)

Like wise, wagging fingers of elders, old sweet crabapple trees twist tales in Winter, here. Delightfully, with their apt name, Malus Coronaria, they deliver a domed crown of sweet, pale pink and fragrant blossoms in Spring. Message!

Cherry trees winter

TWO
Resolve to Open Your Dior to Creativity

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Do you have a secret garden? A place that allows you to drink deeply from your soul? For me, it’s techno music, Central Park, the elegance of Paris. These tonics calm me. All of Dior’s campaigns this year, focused on Versailles and gardens, reminded me to smell the roses in my own deep thoughts. From the new book on Mark Shaw‘s photographs of the house in the 1950′s and 60′s to the Fall campaigns imaged by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadinsatisfying dips into beauty. I resolve to evoke all this luxury for 2014.

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Dior secret garden

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THREE
Resolve to Acquire Golden Solar Jewels 

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You’ve heard the news that some of your bizarre aches and pains are due to more solar flare activities in the heaven above? I resolve to honor these warm wings of gold and light, an infusion gladly signed up for in Chill time. Find out about solar flares on your favorite New-Age ascension ranter’s site and peep Bobae Moon‘s acupuncture jewels here.  If you want to order a ring, ring Bobae directly at: bulbar {at} hotmail {dot} com. Want to squarely situate your golden wealth?

Jason Campbell Igneri

Then you must follow the incessantly globetrotting, surfing and recently hobbling about, amaze-man, Jason Campbell, EIC of The JC Report and stylist to “Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed-listers, celebrities and global elite such as like Wendi Murdoch, Ivanka Trump and Kathy Freston.” Jason held court recently in several rooms of the stately, art-filled home of Simone Levinson to launch his own collection of square-this gold finger things, Igneri. It was lovely to catch up as our paths have not recently crossed.

Here he is surrounded by UES beauties and a golden harp.

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As for his hobbling about on crutches, I wasn’t sure if his bold, black shoes were exactly orthopedic or due to his surfing injury. He tisk-tisk admonished me…”Jade…Rick Owens.”

Jason Campbell

Jason Campbell ring

Peace Jason! I was also eyeing a double infinity-loop ring with multi-tiny black or chocolate diamonds from another jeweler exhibiting there. Yes, anonymous. This may be either due to busy holidays or intrigue. Either way, you get to contact The Jason here and get it figured out.

FOUR
Resolve to Explore Your INNER REALMS

Campion Platt Holiday House

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Are there Interior designers in the inner realms too?

Sleep is the intoxicant of the Deep Thinkers. The feathery bulbs and mossy mini-world here appeared like a dream in the Campion Platt-designed haven partnered with Sleep|Studio at the yearly and magnificent Holiday House designer show house. Platt’s room was one of my most favorite in this mouth-open, mega mansion, with rooms designed by the best and proceeds benefitting charity. Please forgive if I make a fuss over two designers, especially, one of my oldest friends, Randy Kemper of Ingrao, (we were high school chums) and one of my newest, Alexa Hampton, (a deep-thoughts chum). Thank you, and plug, plug, here is Alexa’s latest book for you to buy:

Alexa Hampton, Decorating in Detail
Brock Forsblom, Alexa Hampton

Brock Forsblom of Ingrao and Alexa chose Ingrao’s sensuous and very smart parlor to languor in.  This same parlor inspired designs by the New York School of Interior Design students for a little competition, which Alexa and Thom Filicia graciously judged for a benefit evening. In attendance were design stars such as Darrin Varden, Geoffrey Bradfield, Drew McGukin, Campion Platt, Patrick Hamilton, and many more. Design supporters Jim Druckman, Ruth Lynford and Betsey Ruprecht were floating room to room.

The deep thoughts I shared with Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House, proved her to be a genuine jewel whose own triumph over cancer birthed the showhouse and the idea for the benefit evening, given her admiration for the college.

Jim Druckman, Alexa Hampton, Iris Danker, David Sprouls

Here are Jim Druckman, Alexa Hampton, Iris Dankner and David Sprouls, president of New York School of Interior Design, in the tea room, fashioned by one of my favorite playful and super smart designers, Guillaume Gentet.

It was Jim Druckman’s NY Design Center‘s book-signing event with 1stdibs for Mario Buatta and Ellie Cullman a few weeks earlier, where I ran into my “twin.” “We are turquoise twins, we are turquoise!,” he kept repeating, luring me in to take a photo. Hark! my twin is none other than designer, Victor de Souza, tres amusa!

Ellie Cullman and Mario Buatta Book Signing

Given he lures in and dresses other muses I regularly pant over, namely Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Daphne Guinness, Mary J.Blige and other originals, Michele Harper and Jean Shafiroff …I was truly honored. I guess he beguiles like this. Dear Twin Victor: You have sparked my inner realm of desire to be dressed by you for the red carpet. (hope, hope and hint, hint!) I can be very nerdy about things like this, I do hope that is o.k. with my twin.

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And why the shiny, exuberant white pine leaf next Jade? Because during all this focus on interiors, let’s not forget that exteriorly the grand white pine trees of Central Park are also grand decorators, brushing the ground with their deeply smart leaves. I love their shape, witness this lone dancer. Not to mention that they can be anciently over 400 years old, are rot and water resistant, look lovely en masse as a color scheme for an interior…and…

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…because the Indians utilized it for food…and that is the next topic.

Deep Thought FIVE
Yes, Resolve to EAT, PRAY, LOVE.
(plus SMILE, HUG, have a COCKTAIL PARTY)

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With a Nature God named Pan, is it any wonder they are what we cook in?  Is it possible the most famous satisfied smile in all the world, Mona Lisa, has a twin? Is it possible to come out of the kitchen, strew oneself with botany and make a bestseller too? If I promise to eat more raw foods, chew slowly and thank the Earth can it help towards World Peace? Or should I just have a cocktail? All these things are on my mind and feeding me. Come…

This is a plug first for Elizabeth Gilbert‘s second book, “The Signature of All Things” after her wildly popular “Eat, Pray Love.” Though I have yet to dive into it, from the title to the premise of a woman botanist is right up my alley. The “Law of Signatures” forms the basis of all the smart wisdom I’ve gleaned from Nature, my Native American and modern herbalist teachers so this pop culture wayshower authoress once again steers us. What you see, is what heals.

This image from the NY Times book review captures that whole #woman, #gazing #earth #sad #I’m a 19th century botanist #I’m menstruating thing, doesn’t it?  For more drama, buy it here. For more health, look deeply at what you eat and cultivate your intuition. World Peace is next.

Elizabeth Gilbert book

Mona Lisa Smile

Que? Leonardo painted two of one of the most famous paintings in the world?  The ‘two-painting theory’ is the passion behind my friend Rafael Feldman‘s documentary film, based on decades of research and scientific testing of the Isleworth Mona Lisa, discovered in 1913.

Rafael’s wife, pop singer, philanthropist and entrepreneur Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin imported some Manhattan friends for the opening somewhere out east of civilization for the Gold Coast International Film Festival. Rafael and Consuelo here on the red carpet before the film. We actually found an organic restaurant for refreshments deep in the wilderness of suburbia. Thrilling!

Filmmaker Rafael Feldman at Gold Gold Coast International Film F

The same group plus tons of others cavorted several weeks later at the home of The Magnetizing Mr.and Mrs. Mona Lisa 2, high above somewhere in Manhattan. I pretended to be Bill Cunningham and nerdily snapped photos of what I have come to call “The New Upper East Siders.” Tied to art, fashion and interior designers, history, media, fashion, film producers, music composers, singers, lawyers, candlestick and money-makers…the hugs of These Folks…magnetize and trump all that.

Stephanie Micci and Consuelo Costin

Stephanie Micci, a redheaded beauty I met in Paris (of course!) and whose style is Superb,  since she is a Designer.(I love her Pinterest!) Here she rocks the loose collegiate sweat shirt with a sexy, tight, glimmer evening skirt…a look some will recall has graced my body in past years. Hugs here with Consuelo, whom Stephanie and I met together one frosty evening last year.

Robert Christensen, Heather Payne and Jade Dressler

Above hugs via rollicky on a big couch: Robert Christensen, The Photographer, Heather Payne, The Designer and me, The Jade Dressler (as some like to call me)…

Cole Rumbough and Consuelo Costin

So Swell, The Entertainers: Cole Rumbough, The Jazz Singer at Le Cirque and Consuelo…

Shelley Lewis and Mahir

Above you will find “The Spiritual Entrepreneur,” Shelley Lewis, in my favorite Susan Grant blouse and in hugs with The Turkish Titan, The Really Sweet, Real Estate Man, Mahir.

These three muses on the couch below, are Randy Schatz, The President of Avenue magazine, Nicole Noonan, The Entrepreneurial Lawyer and Sandy Madera, The Tourneau Exec.

Randy Schatz, Nicole Noonan, Sandy Madera

Those of good hair and deep genes, funnies, furries should hug together in Winter.The hair, Jade Dressler

Jade Dressler fuzzy seed pods

While outside trees dropped their good hair fuzzy seeds on the ground, the New York School of Interior Design hosted stars of the culinary world and restauranteurs to chat and chew on the design of restaurants. I loved my conversation with Michael Anthony, chef/partner, Gramercy Tavern, his pure passion and excitement over his new book and tour were clear evidence of his success. A being grounded in seasonal and earthy deep connections does make for the Law of Signature Success.

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Equally ravishing personalities that night?  Adam Farmerie, hospitality designer and co-founder AvroKOBrian Guze, regional design director, Starbucks; and Tony May, celebrated restauranteur and owner of SD26.  Rivet your hands to Michael’s book here.

Eat. Pray. Love. That sometimes elusive Love Guru vibe. In the midst of my dailies I often desire to live as I imagine a Guru pads about, trekking the turf of the Earth. Eternally smiling and peaceful with it all. When you feel it, you know this is how you were meant to be.  For me it’s to sit in a French bistro and eat at the bar with a glass of wine or wake up at 5am, when the world is silently dreaming and brew my espresso. Either end of the day, the senses are fully awake…face is being fed…and the most delicious thoughts get brewed.

Deep Thought SIX
Resolve to Also Rise with Suns & Daughters of the East

Maria McElroy green tea

Is getting up early a resolution for 2014?  Maybe some bright green tea might help! I was having my own morning coffee when Wendy Goodman covering for New York magazine’s Space of the Week sailed into my email box featuring my good friend, perfumer Maria Elroy. I was thrilled for her as I’ve covered her Dumbo studio where she serves up her Aroma M homemade perfume and Japanese tea, Matcha, given she loves Japan as much as I love Paris. Get the tea in her studio, get her perfumes, here.

Maria McElroy

Want to really be animated beyond tea? Inhale this, from one of my favorite bloggers, Susie Bubble and a soulful collection from Seoul that I now love called Lucky Chouette.

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Susie Bubble Chouette

I loved Susie’s post on the Spring 2014 collection and comment on the above picture: “surreal-doesnt-quite-cut-it-when-i-look-at-the-random-pap-pic-someone-took-of-me-at-the-jardin-de-chouette-show-at-seoul-fash

The point is that the energy of the collection is what you want to peep here and get caffeinated by. It captures for me my favorite mood of youthful innocence+ageless, campy smarts. I could dress 10 vastly different individuals in these pieces, mix it up with classics and vintage and make them stars!

SEVEN
Resolve to Live Large as in Silver Screen Large

Subway Queen, Jade Dressler

Allow me to act a little Life Coach here. (This IS January resolution time!)

Are you dressing for the film of your Life? No matter where you go, you are the star of your movie, so better dress for it! Get inspired by Winter. It is always about the silver, whites and stone greys…witness the “Subway Queen” I spotted and drew above.  Her individual style is everything I believe in: couture, classics and vintage mixed to highlight personality beauty marks, in this case the muse’s silver hair, rawish,worn brown leather bag and tan-toned feet in tan-toned shoes.  Her red soles, lips and confident older woman sexuality made her Award-worthy. Want this “IT-ness” for you or your brand in 2014? See here and call me.

And another sliver screen siren called this past month.

Director Andreas von Scheele (below) called me to style a music video for David Rogue, a singer songwriter, big news and bigger still given that film industry legend, Ben Barenholtz would make a cameo! Plus Rebecca Blumhagen of HBO/Cinemax‘s “Girls’ Guide to Depravity” and actress Liz Fye would be starring in the video. Michael Souter,head of Territory Brands hovered and documented. What a thrill! More images here.

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Lesson 2+…to create character begins with an intuitive color and follows with texture. For example, for Rebecca’s billiard hall babe, take-no-prisoners, seductress character, we mixed designer, Andrea Doria’s couture metal (actual metal) sequined pieces, short shorts and bra top to evoke her sharp, metal Cruella de Vil aspects…

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…and we created grey leather lederhosen and clipped with vintage sugary-sweet fabric flowers to soften, seduce and personalize it. Let me get all Martha Stewart on you for a moment…yes… we madden those hosen from a pair of Plein Sud leather pants which had seen too many parties and yes! we were a crafty vixon, adding sheer-like-nylons fabric flowers to these garters. “Why Ever not?,” as Ms. Vreeland would coo.

Jade Dressler lederhosen

We twinned the florals with this sweet vintage satin frock on Liz Fye, who played the assassin/wife, below. The necklace was also a studio project, we made it from vintage pearls and a kitshy red satin rose. Another so easy and crafty style project. Yes, Mario Buatta, me too. Florals! Everywhere!

Liz Fye Breaking The Law

EIGHT
Resolve to Honor Furry Men Things

David Rogue video

Are men really animals? Ever deeply ponder the abundant metaphors of inanimate, furry things come to life abound during Winter Solstice and the return of the light? Ponder Frosty the Snowman; the toy soldier in Nutcracker; Osirus re-emerging; Pan re-fruiting; or men growing mustaches for Movember, the campaign to benefit prostate cancer early detection; and above, our character played by singer David Rogue in his video. This mythical human desire theme plays with ideas of conjuring a Spring re-birth of virility, power and life. Honor the furry bears.

Dr. Pedre Movember

Exhibit A: The Movember campaign we styled for our client, integrative physician, Dr. Pedre, going for a 1900′s, hipster, handsome roguish feel. Now where have you seen a doctor look like this lately? (Go see him, take your solar aches here.)

Cocteau's La belle et la bete

Exhibit B. Careful when plucking roses from secret gardens. Screening recently in London, La Belle et Le Bete, Cocteau’s remastered 1946 fairy tale film says “Love can turn a man into a beast. But love can also make an ugly man handsome.” Greening, flowering, molting and furring-up…the changelings of season, hair and moods are the light switches of beauty and love. Isn’t it deep to love all these roles?

Exhibit C. I loved discovering Saks Fifth Avenue’s delightful story about the abominable snowman, a large ape … a lost Russian emigre scientist named Yeti who lives on the roof and makes snow.  Riveting window conceptualist and designer, Harry Cunningham made perhaps the most stupendous window display eeeeever! See here:

Why do beings of Largese and Mystery who gaze from up high captivate?

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Like parents looking from above at tinier children, we imagine the unseen, the largest beyond being able to see and hear our inner deepest.

Deeply ponder Diana Vreeland. (Yes, this is a segue.) She’s been one of my Abominable Yes-mans since a young age. Her vision and her gaze knew no boundaries of pleasure and delight. It didn’t matter that she never traveled to the places she enthused about…she imagined it even larger. She fixed her gaze on …IT.

Diana Vreeland fixing her gaze

Deep Thought NINE
Resolve to gaze deep into Crystals, get your hands on Clay and smell the Earth like there is no Tomorrow.

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I woke up one morning to this icicle on my window sill. The frozen concentrate was a deep reminder of why I love working with Daum, the heritage art crystal from France. Let me clarify…

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Specifically, the pieces created in the fifties. Long before I knew of Daum, I bought fluid crystal glass vases and orbs in this style, not knowing that Daum was the original. This book, therefore, had me gasping at every page.  ’Cos there are crystals deep in the earth, in our bodies and in the computer you are staring at…is it any wonder that navel, crystal and vase gazing is so amazing?

Daum 1950's glass

As your coach, I recommend you get something green and luminous pronto to inspire.

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Getting the green got me, one cold, freezing day in Plaza Flowers on Lexington, in the form of these “cash pots.” Now this could be “cache pot”…and who is “Jim Shack”? It is a mystery I leave for Spring. In the meanwhile, they also have intriguing candles for gazing into while these groovy, green pots could harbor herb seedlings or paperwhites.

Cash money pot

Not into springing cash for the cash-pot? Free and very fir-ry inspirational is to walk into an evergreen and inhale deeply. Ya? Ya like…right?

Evergreen

While you inhale, and ponder where Deep Thought TEN might be lurking (it’s in your brain, silly grasshopper!)

…we will leave you with one last image, that from one of my favorite artists’ holiday email. The Nick Ervinck image and his response to my email is a burst of ravishing that perfectly preps us for Spring. I wish you all of it’s energy for all your dreams and endeavors for 2014!

Nick Ervinck

Me:
“As always, I am thrilled by your work! Thank you for this image, I hope to include in my next blog. Genius, genius! Have a wonderful 2014, Nick! Jade”

Nick:
:-)

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Images as noted courtesy of Billy Farrell; NY Times; Holiday House images by Carrie Liu; David Rogue video images by Michael Souter’s team and Jade Dressler; Dr. Pedre image by Alvaro Montagna; books as credited and others by________(please fill in the blanks.) We like to always give credits so please let us know if there are additionals.


We are feeling ecstatic and trippy to have worked with so many stellar (and really sweet) people, places and things this year in art, design, fashion, interiors, music and wellness.  End of the year and we are a bit about shouting it out given the thrilling year it was. Trust us (and stay with us), we promise to have our usual long-form, flowery-prose, hallucinogenic blog post up next. It’s in the works and it’s a very pretty thing too.

Will you party with us a little bit while we celebrate the media accolades we secured and the successful projects we created? Thought so. Thank you!

Here are just tastings, the top eleven highlights this year (among many, too many to thank.) All our other projects and playtime are up next.

ONE      ”Here We Go!” Styling Pop Stars!

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What an honor to dress pop star Consuelo Costin for her latest video! Consuelo’s videos have over 800K views on Youtube, and her latest song, “Here We Go” placed in all of the German Dance Charts top 100 and is currently #11 in the UK Music Week Club Charts. For director, Tim Abram Cox’s concept of pool party, we gave Consuelo a California/Cannes vibe to suit her strong European following. Silver leather jacket and skirt from Yoyo Yeung, white blazer from Angelo Lambreau, bathing suits from Body Glove, custom necklaces from Jade’s nimble fingers and shoes from Wetherly Fashion Group. Watch it here.

TWO       What’s up Caracas?

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Rody Douzoglou

We opened the year with further writing and branding work for curator, Rody Douzoglou, the creator and curator of Backroom NY and Backroom CCS.  Rody’s work with artist Jarrod Beck, his installation vision in partnership with the Architecture and Urbanism department at the University Central de Venezuela in Caracas is full of passion and beauty for the future.

THREE    Luxury Retail at Your Service!

Martin-Shanker

Martin Shanker knows luxury retail. As founder and president of Shanker Inc., for years he has helped global brands such as Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Cartier,Van Cleef & Arpels, and The Estee Lauder Companies accelerate sales and profit. We enjoyed our work opening up 2013 working with Martin on ideation, brand materials and press releases. For the New York Times article on Martin and his smart insights on service, click here.

FOUR     Flower/Star/Wellness Power for Dr. Pedre!

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Dr. Vincent Pedre Logo Orange

Dr. Vincent Pedre Logo Blue

(other colors too!)

Dr. Vincent Pedre, TV medical expert, Integrative Physician, long-time client and friend came to our team for a new logo to update the branding package we designed several years ago with our designer Alvaro Montagna. Our goal was a logo that conveyed the integrative and holistic aspects of his practice with elements and colors to expand as the brand expands through service offerings, products and books. Follow Dr. Pedre’s wellness brilliance here on Facebook.

FIVE    One Colorful “Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll”

Metropolis 2013 Boris Kroll

Metropolis magazine’s Paul Makovsky pens the feature story on the New York School of Interior Design’s Fall Exhibition: “Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll” featuring the recently discovered Boris Kroll archives of textile legend, Scalamandre.  We love working with NYSID, thank you Paul and Metropolis EIC, Susan Szenasy. Read the article in the November 2013 print issue (where Boris beams in full page splendor and online here.)

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Paul Makovsky and David Sprouls at NYSID, Boris Kroll

Metropolis magazine’s Paul Makovsky at the Boris Kroll opening with NYSID president, David Sprouls. See more images of the exhibition and opening event here.

SIX    Make me a Star!

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Amy Klein LIVE

Casting director, coach and well-known discoverer of top talent, Barbara Barna Abel of Abel Intermedia, came to us to style her client, Amy Klein, a TV host looking for a new “hip, girl next store” styling for herself…and to conceptualize branding for her new website, which we called “Amy Klein Live!”  Although we weren’t on set for the photo shoot, Amy was thrilled with our style direction and chosen looks.  We added some edge to her look including leather pieces from our wonderful Nikolas at Xtige PR, and discovering those amazing silver stilettos from her own closet. Here is her new site created for her along with our Art Director, Alvaro Montagna: Amy Klein Live!

SEVEN   Slow Luxury in the Fast Lane.

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Business Women Scotland magazine interviewed our Slow Luxury partner, Fiona Fraser, co-founder with moi, Jade Dressler, on Slow Luxury’s platform. Go see what Slow Luxury is all about here: www.slow-luxury.com  Read the article here.

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EIGHT     Get Happy, Get Bubbly on ABC News NYC!

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We were delighted and honored to place performance artist Andrey Bartenev for Dumbo Arts Festival on ABC News. Thank you my smart art partners, Natalie Burlutskaya and Maria Kordova of re:artiste, and to producer Sonia Kozlova Clark.

Our always-on-it ABC host and producer friend Lauren Glassberg loved Andrey’s work as do so many around the world. Read the story here. Experience a bit of the bright and shiny parade/performance here.

NINE    Love, Marriage, Divorce American Style 

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This year we had the pleasure of working with Pace Communications and garnered this Yahoo Shine article for client, Vikki Ziegler, marriage and divorce law expert. Read the article here.

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TEN    The Yeti Appears in New York!

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And as a glittery end the year, Interior Design magazine covered the New York School of Interior Design’s well-attended holiday event featuring the magicians of New York City’s holiday windows. Thank you to the really great panelists, moderator, Eric Feigenbaum, NY editor of VMSD, and ID blog editor, Matthew Powell who wrote: “To explore the topic of visual merchandising at some of the most legendary holiday meccas, the New York School of Interior Design assembled a panel of three leading figures in the field: Tom Beebe, vice president of creative services for the W Diamond Group; Harry Cunningham, senior vice president of store planning, design, and visual merchandising for Saks Fifth Avenue; and Paul Olszewski, visual director of windows and interior flagship marketing for Macy’s.”

We all had much fun on Twitter with: @InteriorDesign @HCtwo @PaulOlszewski @ericfeigenbaum @macys and @sfa especially the Yeti. What? Read the article here and find out what we mean!

ELEVEN      Move over Dino, “on stage” Vegas has a whole new meaning.

Janine Francolini

We wrapped up 2013 preparing Janine Francolini, popular Huffington Post writer, founder of Flawless Foundation and mental health advocate to speak at Tony Hsieh’s Catalyst Creativ. Janine has advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving, working closely with its creator, Dr. Stuart Ablon and his team, who have actually trained over five thousand school safety agents from the New York Police Department in this compassionate, more humane way of working with kids with brain-based behavioral issues. Read more about Tony Hsieh’s re-invention of Las Vegas here in Forbes.

And that’s our wee wrap-up for 2013.  We also give thanks to our other, very valued clients and project partners this year, including French heritage brands, Daum and Haviland, architects Francisco Spratley and Tiago Borges, child psychologist, Dr. Renee Clauselle, John Favreau of Little Lake Partners, Sandra Zwollo, creator of the stellar Marrakech retreat, Harem, and Victor Lee, and too many others to mention.

We’ll share more about Janine’s talk as we open 2014, new client, interior designer, Scott Sanders, and singer-songwriter, David Rogue’s newest video we styled with director Andreas von Scheele.

There’s always much more of us if you follow us on Facebook: Jade Dressler

Or Pinterest.com/jadedressler

And Twitter here: @plantme

Here’s to 2014!




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