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Redhead Revolution / Julian Moore

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Julianne Moore, when I think of some of the MOST versatile and  endearing actors,she is one my top 5 list. From her delicate performance in “The Hours”, to her tour de force performance in “Hannibal”.  In my book, she has always been a ‘bankable’ actor, and when I see her name on the marque, I am usually buying a ticket, or getting ready to settle in and enjoy my viewing experience. Emmy’s 2012 was a fashion disappointment for me concerning Mrs. Moore. wearing a vintage canary yellow Dior pulled out of the vaults of the esteemed fashion house. I wrote a blog about this, saying that I would “reinvent” Mrs Moore, and design her a new look. I have to admit, I started out to do just that but then as I was creating and working I began to consider that my intentions may have been misguided. I have a great respect for the design process, and even more respect for the ultimate choice of the  consumer or client. These celebs made their decisions, so let it be. Instead I was steered in a different direction, a direction of fun and irony.

In this presentation I wanted to represent a Julianne that was fun, full of joy , and colorful. I decked her out in a lambskin technicolor red bomber,  lined in vibrant crimson faux long haired fox. The sleeves have self fabric buckles nearly up the sleeve, looking very edgy , but wonderful. This jacket is coupled with a multi-colored silk jersey dress, with vibrant shades to match. The back illustration has Mrs Moore wearing a sexy croc leather /jersey dress with self pleated skirt.

Julianne Moore, in my opinion, could have chosen a ‘better’ dress for the Emmy’s, but the dress she chose is now apart of fashion/television history. Time now to maybe create a little history of my own.

Emmy Red Carpet 2012: Bright Lights, But No WOW- Stars Stroll Down Red Carpet in ‘Stylishly Safe’ Frocks

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Let’s face it for a designer, the Emmy ,Oscars and Grammy awards mean as much to us as the actors that have been invited to these wonderful events. Many international designers spend months preparing for the onslaught on extra work and preparation when it comes to dressing actors for the red carpet. Huge designers will ‘court ‘ stars or their stylist, sending them presentations of their collections (thats if you are a REALLY BIG SUPERSTAR!). A celeb depends on the talents of an able-bodied stylist to bring their personal style, their personal ‘vision’ into fruition. That being said, why the abundance of GORGEOUS but ascetically ‘safe’ frocks on the red carpet of the Emmy 2012? Most designers look forward to this glorious night. I gathered over a few of my brethren, my “fashion herd”, some of the most well known and sought after freelance designers in NYC, and over sparkling wine and my delicious baked ziti with all the trimmings, we  gobbled up each outfit that appeared across the screen. This are the times that make life so beautiful. You see, I am a ‘study’ of people, and as my fashion colleagues were taking in all the wonderful frocks, I was studying their body language. A flick of the thumb, a twit of the left eye, an uncomfortable shuffle of the left foot, the unconscious body language is all there for me to ‘read’, and it was NOT good news. I deciphered that many of my brethren wanted to see MORE riskier decision making! The Emmy 2012 was SAFE,….beautiful but safe, very few actors wanted to stand out, I mean really stand out, expressing to the world, ” I am an artist!”. After the emmy’s and  over further glasses of prosecco, the truth came out, well,….er,..tidbits of the truth dressed in ‘client-friendly’ PC terms’.  Here is a run down of what we discussed about each star :

Heidi Klum – Designer: Alexandre Vauthier  – “Isn’t she like the spokesperson for “Project Runway”, why is she wearing an established designer? This would have been a wonderful opportunity for her to support one of the designers on the show. Hell, make it into an episode with the designers fighting like cats and dogs, working like mules to impress upon her to choose their design,…..yeah,…something is ‘sushi-fishy’.

Padma Lakshmi – Designer : Monique Lhullier “Ravishingly gorgeous, but isn’t she indian?, would have loved her more,supporting an indian designer, or at least a small nod to the culture of her lineage. American has no culture. We are a cornucopia of so many countries, she needs to be true to herself and who she is and stop trying to ‘fit in’ so hard!” (I kid you not, this was a debate for 30 minutes. Me, I think she looked gorgeous and should not have to wear her ethnicity on her cuff every photo-op, but thats MY opinion).

Nicole Kidman – Designer:  Antonio Berardi  – “Dress is very fashion forward, lovely, but I would have steered her into an even more minimalistic look, accessorizing sparingly ofcourse”. Then we discussed her face,…………….. She looks like a catholic schoolmarm that is about to paddle all of us for being very bad little boys. Her face was ‘stuck’ in this “I am going to get you and your dog dorothy” look. We were frightened that NOONE said this to her. We all decided a long time ago,that if  we ever have a client that “over-botoxed”, that the area has to be ‘camouflaged’. Nicole Kidman is a connoisseur of the “little needles that could”, and EVERYONE in Hollowood knows it. So lets let down those  strawberry blond tresses into soft curls, hiding her marble-like ,unmoving brow area. That would ofcourse change her choice of frocks. We were all in agreement that she should have chosen a wonderful frock of chiffon, soft,billowy, and oh so feminine, something like what hiedi klum wore.  IN FACT, heidi, should have given her dress to Nicole!” For future reference, to ANYONE reading the blog, if you are a botox facial user , make fashion choices accordingly,…. OK!

Julianne Moore- Designer: Doir  We ALL love her work!!!! I mean we REALLY are fans of this ravishing red head!! the conversation went something like this, ” Why did she decide to wear a ‘power-ranger’ yellow dress that had no “umph” to one of the MOST glam events?”. We studied our wine glasses, and one after another we blurted out ” Bulgari!!!”. You see fellow fashion-nites as you well may know in 2010 Julianne Moore was a NUDE spokes model for Bulgari. The ravishingly beautiful actor  with her timeless alabaster skin was accessorized with some of the most sought  after accessories from this italian leather goods company and NOTHING else. I , as well as my herd, thought this campaign made Mrs. Moore  into an international sex-symbol just add water! So why the bland,uncomfortably yellow long sleeve dress? We will never know, but if Mrs Moore hired a stylist we were all in agreement that THAT STYLIST should just retire and head to interiors. NOTHING that yellow should be on a humans body, ESPECIALLY if she is as pale as Mrs Moore!. We agreed on this fact  and took HUGE gulps of our prosecco. Above are just a examples of the wonderful Bulgari campaign that we were speaking off.

Kelly Osborn – Designer:  Zac Posen – “Perfection” When your father is the bat-head biting god-father of hard rock,and your mother is the strong-willed woman that managed him, it is EXPECTED for you to hit the red carpet with extreme edge.” Kelly came with this, and spades of confidence, glamor, and delicious poise. The soft burgundy silk taffeta sculpted  creation accentuated her body fabulously. The  coup de grâce, slicked tresses dyed to MATCH THE DRESS! when we saw this fashion risk-taker, we applauded  in unison, as if we were all thinking the same thing. Congrats Kelly, you have come into your own!

Claire Danes – Designer: Lanvin  – We were not in agreement over this decision. It is MY opinion, when a woman is about to bring another human-being into this gigantic, beautiful world she can wear a paper bag, and I will congratulate her,……….my brethren felt other wise. “Was this gown a “do-it-yourselfer”? Did she just go to “Moods fabric in NYC” and say ” give me 5 yards of your finest yellow silk, so I can wrap myself, call it a dress, and be fabulous!”  ” The dress has no definition, is awkward”. I immediately took command of the ‘style harpies’ promising that their wine glasses would remain dry if “claire -bashing ” was to ensue. The issue was closed immediately.

Sofia Vergara  – Designer : Zuhair Murad By the time we got to this beauties’ gown, the prosecco, and all of it bubbly delights was starting to take effect. ” This dress is disastrous, but is MADE gorgeous, because of the body in it!” We nodded in agreement, and I further explained ” Its a rather ambitious attempt to combine visual texture with function,..but no cigar.” The gown depends too heavily on the beading for effect, and that is tragic. What would have worked is if the beading was a secondary design aspect of the gown, which would mean that the beading should have been tonal, matte, not so “shimmery”. This dress comes across as cheap and tawdry, its just tooooooo much. Tonal,matte beading would have been a better choice for the surface/visual texture of the fabric, but the silhouette is gorgeous!”. Suddenly , one of my alcohol laden compadres blurted out ” She looks like a REALLY expensive piñata, I wonder if she will burst open with rolexes and tiffany bracelets if I give her a few wacks with the ‘stick of common sense’?” (you have to excuse my slightly tipsy pal, he has been known to get very snarky when his ego is fed with alcohol. We allow him to tag along simply because he gets us into  fabulous places and events, and he puts the fear of death in many  VIP gatekeepers. I think I am scared of him too!

Kat DenningsDesigner : J.Mendel  Beautiful vivacious red color, strong red lips to match, highlighted her pale skin to perfection,….but we were all wincing as she walked down the red carpet. It looked as if her areola’s, at least one, wanted to greet the paparazzi as well. ” If she has a wardrobe malfunction, I am going to scream”, one of my herd exclaimed.  Then I had a bright idea, “She needs stones, red, dazzling, expensive and deliciously gaudy  to camouflage all those boobs!. It looked as if that dress was worn for shock-value alone, and that is fine, BUT a wonderful piece across the neck, trailing down to the ample cleavage would have been EVEN MORE SEXIER, ,….and classy.  Everyone in the styling arena knows, if one wear a frock highlighting an area, apply jewels and or accessories to ‘balance out’ that what one is trying to portray.

Taraji P. Henson – Designer: BluMarine –  Her choice, a white , embroidered / beaded Blumarine number that left our tongues wagging ( for 5 gay men, that nearly impossible). The sheer number firt her ample curves to perfection, as its sheer surface/fabric  texture  leaving the male mind to imagine. Beautifully done, and great choice Ms. Henson!

Gwyneth Paltrow – Designer: Emelio Pucci –  Showed no shame, as she wore this enchanting two piece by Emilio Pucci, ( See , this is what we mean by matte or tonal beading!) The two piece ensemble was beaded and embroidered, with a ‘flesh sheath’ underneath the exquisite beadwork, giving the illusion of skin, very sexy! Another “tongue – wagger”.

Hayden Panettiere – Designer : Marchesa – The only way to describe this dress is a quote by a fellow designer that is a lover of greek mythology  ” This dress looks is if Hayden is Hera, Mother goddess of all the greek gods. Hermes,  created the gold sheath, and Neptune covered it with the oceans of the world”.  The dress had a dramatic impact, what imagination and execution. Simply breathtaking to behold.

These were just some of our favorites, but after 4 glasses of prosecco, the convo slowly leaves fashion , and makes a beeline to gossip, and unfortunately, NONE of that is printable for the public, thank god!  Stay tuned to this blog, because I will be doing an accent piece to this story, of MY OWN DESIGNS, and the celebs that I would dress for Emmy 2012. Its going to be wonderful.

Fifty Shades Of Grey- A Foray Into Visual Character Study Utilizing Fashion Illustration

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My most recent project is about a publication that is so controversial, loved and hated by many, I had to take the opportunity to see what I could come up with. “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is one of those novels that comes along once in a decade, not very well written, (as some ‘novel-nazi’s’ have pointed out) but TOTALLY engrossing concerning its subject matter and character development. Just incase you have been under a rock, or on the moon for the last year, here is the synopsis of this twisted tale. When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.

Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.  The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny. Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds? As a designer, I am a creative, and all things that are creative in nature inspire me, hence my small presentation.

The movie for this popular novel is slated for a 2013 release, and the internet is a buzz with who is going to play the main characters. I have been to more blogs and forums that I care to admit concerning this novel, and they are ALL saying one thing, The RIGHT actor (s) have to be chosen for this project to be taken seriously. Many names have been tossed up, but I thought it would be awesome to create my own version of the main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. I read the novel in 2 days, and took notes about the  physical appearance of each character, this project turned out to be fun, but challenging. I know as this blog makes its way into the “world-wide sphere of online-dom”, many are going to have their opinions, I just hope that I have touched on what many of the fans want and expect on the big screen come 2013.

Concerning the looks I designed / styled, I did not stray to far from the obvious, but kept attention to design and detail. Two looks are done for Christian and one for Anastasia. The first look is a notched lapel night grey tropical wool 3 piece suit, accented with a silver , metallic necktie. The sporty look I designed for christian consisted of a draped , color-blocked knit top , and straight legged raw denim jeans. In this look, I continued the same color scheme, but added blood red as a ‘pop’. Anastasia is wearing a draped leather/knit jersey  dress. The sleeves are deconstructed sewn patches, while the rest of the dress is a draped soft jersey, all in black. The dress symbolized anastasia’s transformation throughout the book. The soft  jersey, migrating into deconstructed leather sleeves shows Anastasia’s ‘undoing’, as she delves deeper and deeper into her forbidden desire for Christian. The leather patched detail gives an idea of how Anastasia is ‘torn’, concerning her desire and who she is as a person. Overall, the project was fun, and something I would do again.

True Blood – A Study In Character, Fashion,and Blood

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Like millions, I am a fan of True Blood. I love the story lines, the fantasy based characters, and the hot “eye candy” that graces my screen every week. From Eric Northman’s ice cold sex appeal, to Sookie’s “blonde but lovable” endearing habit of skirting death, True Blood is a great show. As a designer, and a native from Louisiana,could not help but think,” what if I could style of dress the characters of True Blood?”. Being a freelance designer, I have the freedom to do just that. I have styled and designed a few key looks for some of this show’s most memorable characters. This is going to be fun!  The mission concerning this project is to design and style each character based on his or her personality . 

Sookie Stackhouse is a human-fairy hybrid, introduced in the first season of True Blood. Sookie is the most prominent main character on the show and is played by Academy Award-winning Canadian Kiwi actress, Anna Paquin, in her Golden Globe-winning television role. Sookie also appears in the The Sookie Stackhouse Novels as the titular character and narrator of the stories. As a designer, I wanted to design looks that were sexy, but

playful”, just like Sookie’s personality.

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Tara Mae Thornton has been Sookie Stackhouse’s best friend since childhood. Tara is the daughter of Lettie Mae Thornton, the cousin of Lafayette Reynolds and the Progeny of Pam. Tara is a strong-willed person who has had to deal with a multitude of abuses in her life. She was made a vampire as a last resort to save her life after she took a bullet.

According to Alan Ball, Tara is the smartest person in Bon Temps, but her cynical nature, born of her abusive background, has made her extremely blunt and often confrontational with others. She is however, fiercely protective of her loved ones (including her best friend Sookie) to a fault, often hating those whom she sees could cause harm to them, including vampires. Since Tara is now a vampire, I thought I would invest in her new status as an immortal with looks that would be appropriate for her new job/home, Fangtasia.

Close up of board A. Screenshots of show, with Tara in a sequined half sleeve blazer and distressed leather skirt with chrome buckle trims. I designed these looks to reflect Tara’s new personage as a vampire, working at Fangtasia, and being Pam’s “child”. One detail, the chrome buckles are added, and I would make them to look like silver. Silver is poisonous to all vampires, and though the buckles are perfectly harmless, they would say a lot about Tara’s view of herself, as a vampire, as well as her other vampire brethren.

Eric Northman (born c. 870 AD, turned c. 900 AD) is the vampiresheriff of Area 5 in Louisiana which encompasses Bon Temps. He is over 1,100 years old as he was born somewhere in Scandinavia during the Viking age. As a child he played by the North Sea, which would mean that he grew up in Denmark or Norway (the two Scandinavian countries which border the North Sea). According to Pam, he has a farm in Öland (Sweden). Eric speaks Swedish and refers to old Swedish music. He owns the vampire bar Fangtasia in Shreveport, Louisiana. Eric is 6’4″ tall, and has blond hair and blue eyes.

For this nordic gorgeous undead stunner, I decided to stay within the frame of his personality. Very dark colors, usually back and greasy, colors that mimic Eric’s ancient, but cynical outlook of the world. I was liberal with fabrication, using luxurious,exotic skins such as crocodile leather, ostrich leather, cashmeres, silks and tropical wools. The end result is a collections that is dark in mood, but  with a very masculine sensuality.

I thought leather as a fabrication is perfect for Eric.So in keeping with the “ancient theme” of Eric’s age, I used distressed, aged fabrications as well. Some of the fabrications I utilized in this small collection are washed, and or distressed in some way, to give an “aged look”, and or hand feel, giving an “ancient theme” referring back to Eric’s extraordinary age.

Lafayette Reynolds is the short order cook at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, cousin of Tara Thornton, nephew of Lettie Mae Daniels,medium, and also a witch. In these looks, I wanted dress  Lafayette a tad conservatively, but still with a very “cross-over” flair that he is known for in the show. Utilizing eye-catching patterns, sumptuous velvets, corduroys, and wools. I still kept his signature head scarf style, this time in  beautiful patterns in raw silk. The styles are comfortable, very casual, but very chic.

 

Lafayette was a joy to design for, as his style is very much like my own, (though I am a tad “butch”),this aspect of the product line was really fun.

Jason Stackhouse is the older brother of Sookie Stackhouse. Now, I have to admit something,…I hate “jocks”. Individuals like this made my highshool years miserable, (till i discovered the wonderful use of nun-chucks and pepperspray), but Jason is a wonderful character on the show, and I had to include him. Jason Stackhouse is known for his beautiful body and sincere love for his sister and friends.While Jason did not inherit any powers as his sister did, he does carry the blood of his fae ancestors, which makes him more attractive to straight women and gay men. As a former football star Quarterback, Jason is very athletic and keeps up his fitness through an intense workout regimen.ason was born to Mr. andMrs. Stackhouse a few years earlier than his sisterfae ancestors, which makes him more attractive to straight women and gay men. As a former football star Quarterback, Jason is very athletic and keeps up his fitness through an intense workout regimen. The looks that I designed for Jason are a mix of casual and formal, a contemporary sportswear. Jason is a hunk in True Blood, and looks great in just about anything, though much of the time he is naked. Jason wears denim gear most of the time, with an assortment of casual knit and woven shirts. These looks are derived, but slightly more sophisticated, with of soft lambskin leather , accents and brass buckle trims.

I wanted to use techniques,graphics, and fabrications that I feel Jason would not wear normally,but because he is a “ladies man”, he could be convinced to explore.

I wanted Jason’s looks to be reminiscent of his personality, sexy, carefree, but confident. The graphic printed tux is a silk/wool pigment printed two piece tux. The graphic is of a orchid and blood splatter, appropriate for a night out at Fangtasia,…not that Jason would ever be caught dead ( pun intended ) in such an establishment , unless to rescue Sookie.

Overall, this was a fun project, and will be continued, as True Blood continues to add more and more interesting characters to this “visual cocktail of sex and fantasy”.
Stay Tuned

Talent Spotlight / Seaki Creative Services

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Hello everyone, As many of you know, I m an international freelance fashion designer based in NYC. I have done this video to introduce myself to the online professional community, and those of you that need graphic and or Product design services Pls feel free to check out my online portfolio by clicking HERE

In the video, you will see just a few of the services that I offer as a Fashion design consultant. Some of these services include: Product design, Fashion Illustration, Product Branding, Graphic Design, Technical Design, Production Assistance, and Sourcing. Feel free to call me to discuss your creative needs.

Thanks

Seaki

Linked In, the “Mean Girls” of Online Professional Networking?

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When I think of Linked In, my thoughts are usually muddled with frustration and hopefulness. Supposedly a way for world wide professionals to network, Linked In has MILLIONS of followers from just about every country on this green planet. Then why do I have such mixed emotions about the “holy grail of online professional connectivity”? Because Linked In has become obsolete. Now Linked In is NOT obsolete in actuality , ofcourse not , but Linked In  is crammed with “attitudes and corporate snootiness”, which is not good for a struggling fashion designer like myself. I once knew an individual that received a great corporate position, while networking on Linked In.  They also had a golden horn growing out their head, and sprinkled fairy dust every where they went, that is about how often Linked In ACTUALLY helps people acquire much needed jobs. This  is not just my experience, but others as well. Lets be honest, Linked In is ONLY useful for those that are ALL READY well connected in their chosen professions. As we “professional underlings” read their crisp convos in groups, chats, we often wonder, “How did you get that job”? My experiences with Linked In can range from sheer euphoria, hoping that I make a much needed “link”, to sheer horror, as I read a blog of a self righteous employer that had to fire a person cause he had a “drug problem”, ( I mean really,….why are you blogging about such unfortunate circumstances?) In this situation, are we supposed to give you a cookie for being a “good boss”? Are you expecting for others to chime in on how wonderfully responsible you are to your company? I think not . It just shows that you are an insensitive ass that seems to feel you are too important for your own saliva. Blogs like this run amuck on Linked In , reeking of self importance and  privilege.  Linked In sometimes reminds me of a famous quote in “Mean Girls”,Regina responding to the haplessly unstylish main character, “Get in loser, we are going shopping”. Linked In promises networking opportunities with some of the most powerful people  in their chosen professions, and delivers, if only these people did not feel that they were the akin to the second coming. To say that this site is full of megalomaniacs, people with egos so big, I am sure their feet never touch the ground is an understatement. I have watched as promising designers attempt to connect to design professionals, with no avail, and sometimes are bashed with rather snarky, debasing responses. One of my colleagues let me read one of her emails that she had received from a rather famous New York design house. The email was two sentences, basically telling her to drop dead,..but in a snarky, very professional manner. Understand, she  is one of the best in the New York industry, and like myself, she is having a hard time finding even basic CAD work. As a fashion design professional in NYC, I am constantly reminded how mediocre talent seems to rise high in the industry,reaching corporate positions and salaries  that many of us “worker bees” could only dream of, while the TRUE talent of this industry decide what flavor of ramon noodle we are going to have with our “tofu surprise” that night. Which brings me back to Linked In, supposedly giving us “roman noodled unfortunates” an opportunity to shine and connect with opportunities that are not available to our “professional caste system”.  Not so, Linked In reeks of self important professional “cliques” that only log on once a month to see how the “others” are faring. It’s disheartening to say the least , but I will press on. Hoping that one fine day, when the sun is shining  bright, the birds are chirping,and rainbows are in every horizon, some fabulous employer or client will notice me, granting ME my “ticket” into fashion professional excellence. Of course there is a brighter side to this scenario, I have learned to make ANYTHING with Ramen Noodles,  I am currently thinking of hosting my own Youtube show, I think I will call it ,”Fabulously Ramen, Great Eats On The Cheap”, Ill probably have a lot of hits from Link In, thats for sure.

Speaking of job-hunting, here is my own online design presentation, click below to see examples of my work done for clients/and yes, I am looking for full-time employment, (if the company/ opportunity is right) Thanks again

http://freelancefashiondesignernyc.moonfruit.com/

Dior and Chanel among designers set for Cannes fashion show

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Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli are just some of the big names contributing looks to a Carine Roitfeld-curatedfashion show at the upcoming amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala during the Cannes Film Festival.

The annual fundraising event is always a highlight of the festival, and will for the first time feature a full-scale fashion show based around former French Vogue editor Roitfeld’s concept of the perfect black wardrobe. Some 20 designers are contributing to the show, ranging from classic French labels Christian Dior and Chanel to rising talents such as Scotland’s Christopher Kane.

WWD reports May 16 that the entire collection will be auctioned off as a single lot during the May 24 gala at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, where Roitfeld joins the likes of Milla Jovovichand Karl Lagerfeld as an event chair. Stars including Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue will provide musical entertainment.

Other hotly anticipated events at this year’s Cannes, which runs May 16-27, include the Women in Film event in collaboration with Calvin Klein on May 17 and the Trophée Chopard ceremony, also on May 17 which annually honors the talent of two rising actors.

Fascinating News – Titanic Sinking 100th Anniversary: RMS Artifacts To Be Auctioned Off

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 AMHERST, NH.- RR Auction is offering the public the opportunity to bid on a vast array of recovered relics and signed memorabilia relating to one of the grandest—and most infamous—vessels to ever succumb to the sea. These surviving items convey the astonishing legacy of not only the ship that epitomized the very meaning of opulence, luxury, and stability in the early 20th century, but her passengers as well; the individuals whose names would forever became synonymous with the most devastating peacetime maritime disaster in history. Among the other museum quality pieces to be featured: · Last known letter from Titanic’s heroic bandleader · An original fragment of the Titanic’s aft grand staircase; which was within frightening proximity of the exact location the ship broke in two. · An 18 karat gold collar stud: recovered from the body of first class passenger, Austin Partner, and returned to his family. · A nostalgic locket; recovered from the body of George Dunton Widener’s valet, Edward Herbert Keeping, within weeks of the tragedy · Rare pay slip from a surviving crewman; for his six days of service aboard the Titanic. Locket recovered from millionaire George Dunton Widener’s valet up at auction Mr. and Mrs. George Dunton Widener from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg, France, with their son, Harry Elkins Widener, Mr. Widener’s man servant, Edward (a/k/a Edwin) Herbert Keeping, and Mrs. Widener’s maid, Amalie Henriette Gieger. They had been in Paris with their servants searching for a chef for Widener’s new Philadelphia hotel, the Ritz Carlton. While Mrs. Widener and her maid were saved, the Widener men as well as Keeping died during one of the largest maritime disasters in history. An original locket among Keeping’s personal effects recovered from RMS Titanic tragedy will be featured in an upcoming Titanic auction, from New Hampshire based RR Auction in April. The beautiful locket containing two photographs, one of his wife and the other of their daughter and was officially recorded by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia before it was returned to his wife. Keeping was 33 years old. His body, the 45th to be recovered by the chartered cable ship Mackay-Bennett. Keeping’s wife replaced her daughter’s water damaged portrait with one of her husband and the locket has remained in Keeping’s family continuously until the present. He had met his wife, Karin Johansson, who was from Sweden while they were both working for the Wideners as servants at the Widener estate. Johansson was home in Pennsylvania attending to their 3 year-old daughter when the disaster occurred. “It represents one of the most impressive artifacts with direct ties to the Titanic, says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction, “The rarity and beauty of this striking and poignant locket cannot be overstated.” Original material relating to the Widener party on board Titanic is practically nonexistent as all three men were lost.

I, personally, find this auction fascinating and morbid at the same time. To bid on items that belonged to fellow human beings that were destroyed in such a devastating fashion is simply macabre, yet sentimental. Like many of you, my fascination is fueled by the hugely successful epic romantic  movie of this legendary disaster. “Titanic” sailed into theaters in 1997, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. The love story was epic and thrilled international audiences, as this acclaimed movie asked the question, “What if  the characters  of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet actually existed on this doomed ship?”. Though we will never know if a real love story between social classes took place on this ship, it is fascinating to ponder. “Titanic” created a huge interest in this historical event that has never seemed to wane, in fact resurgence into the ship, its crew, the passengers, and of course the physical shipwreck has grown, especially now, since authentic articles of the shipwreck are now being auctioned off.  Below are only a few of the items that are being auctioned off by RR auction house, many in excellent condition, considering that these items were under icy sea waters for more than 90 years. Two items stand out to me, the kimono style silk robe and the simple wool vest. In my imagination, I wonder if  these articles belonged to real actual people that were like “Jack” and “Rose”, two young lovers overjoyed with their new romance, a romance  that would live on into eternity.

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An original deck chair that once graced the decks of R.M.S. Titanic.

Silk Japanese kimono-style full-length robe worn by iconic Titanic First Class passenger Lucy Christiana as she escaped the Titanic into a lifeboat and later aboard the rescue ship R.M.S. Carpathia. This looks like something “Rose” would wear, this disrobe, during the gorgeous sketch scene with “Jack”.

The vest belonging to a third class passenger named William Henry Allen was found in the Titanic wreckage. In the movie, the character “Jack” wore a vest very much this artifact.

 A personalized gold bracelet with platinum letters spelling “Amy”, inset with  diamonds

This menu was given to first class passengers on the day of the sinking of the Titanic. The keys were used by Titanic crewman Samuel Hemming to unlock the door where the lifeboat lanterns were held after he was ordered by the ship’s Captain to ensure all 15 lifeboats had lit oil lamps.

A pair of men’s cotton gloves from the RMS Titanic Inc. These gloves were probably used by the first class wait staff, will serving on 1st class passengers.

All photos are courtesy of artdaily.org  and R.R. Auction . For more info on this legendary auction as well as other auctions of historical artifacts, visit  R.R. Auctions