PINK: The history of a punk, pretty, powerful color by Cinthia Contreras

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September 7, 2018- January 5, 2019

Where: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both “attraction and repulsion. “Indeed, pink has been called “the most divisive of color.” When a journalist for the Washington Post learned that tens of thousands of protesters were planning to wear pink “pussy hats” at the Women’s March of 2017, she warned: “Please, sisters, back away from the pink.” The issues facing women are “serious stuff”, she wrote, and “cute” pink hats risked trivializing those issues.

Pink has been a recurrent theme in women’s fashion, where it has often implied different types of femininity- from sweet and innocent to edgy and erotic. Consider the names for different shades: Bay pink, ballet-slipper pink, Barbie pink, Blush pink, Bordello pink, Bubble gum pink, Candy pink, Flesh pink, Hot pink, Lingerie pink, Peach pink, Petal pink, Porcelain pink, Pompadour pink, Princess pink, and Shocking pink.

This exhibition begins by exploring the history of pink in Euro-American fashion from the 1850’s to 1990’s, when dominant paradigm could be described as “Pretty in Pink.” A diorama of pink toys, many from the 1950’s, reinforces the message. Yet the stereotype of pink-for-boys is surprisingly recent. As late as 1927, American department stores were still arguing about which color went with which gender.

In reality, the symbolism and significance of pink have varied greatly across world history, as visitors will see when they enter the second gallery. During the eighteenth century, for example, pink was the most fashionable color for both gentleman and ladies. By the nineteenth century, color was feminized, as Euro-American men adopted black suits. But in many other parts of the world, pink continued to be a unisex color. As Diane Vreeland said, “Pink is the navy blue of India.”

Pink has played an especially important role in the African diaspora and, by extension, in many genre of popular music. “Pink is the only true rock and roll color,” argued Paul Simonon, bass guitarist for The Clash. Sugar Ray Robinson’s pink Cadillac influenced Elvis Presley, and when the Harlem rapper Cam’ron wore pink mink to New York Fashion Week in 2002, he launched a lasting trend for this sign of masculine confidence.

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Fast forward to 2016, when Véronique Hyland proclaimed the birth of Millennial pink, “ironic pink, pink without the sugary prettiness. “Pink was no longer “déclassé.” It was “cool and androgynous.” The name has disappeared, but pink continues to be fashionable, in part because it is not longer regarded as an exclusively feminine color. Yet it remains highly eroticized. Janelle Monáe’s single “Pynk” emphatizes the color’s association with pink parts of the body , such as lips, nipples, and genitals.

“Color is a natural, phenomenon, of course, but it is also a complex cultural construct, “writes the great color historian Michael Pastoureau. “There is not transcultural truth to color perception… It is society that ‘makes’ color, defines it, gives it meaning. “Once associated primarily with negative stereotypes of femininity, today , as i-D magazine puts it: pink is “punk, pretty, and powerful.”

Fabulous Fashion: Philadelphia Art Museum by Cinthia Contreras

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If you are planning on visiting Philapelphia or live there and you are into fashion, the Art Museum is running this exhibition from October 16, 2018 to March 3, 2019.

I was very glad to be able to catch this small and nice exhibit, showcasing several elaborated dresses from Christian Dior to Pierre Cardin.

“Feminine fashion is a forum for great creativity and superb craftsmanship. A single garment can be appreciated as representing the aesthetics of its era, a designer’s vision, a workroom’s or a wearer’s taste. In this exhibition of fashion from 1947 to today, pieces from different eras, approaches, and aesthetics are juxtaposed in thematic groupings. This not only highlights the imaginative interpretation of these themes but encourages making connections between the objects and seeing them in new ways.

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There’s no more method for producing spectacular fashion. In France, the unique and prestigious system called haute couture requires designers and workrooms to meet rigorous standards, such as fitting each design on a particular client. In other countries, talented designers and makers also create exquisite garments, both ready-to-wear and custom-made. Cultura changes over the last seven decades have encouraged fashion to become more democratic and more global, and ready -to-wear clothing- ranging from last fashion to very high-end- now dominates the market. Some designers, however, continue to use couture as a creative laboratory.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s costume and textile collection, one of the oldest and largest in the country, contains some 30,000 objects and continues to grow. Our thanks go to the many generous donors and supporters- past and present- who join us in celebrating the three-dimensional art form called fashion.”

VOLEZ VOGUEZ VOYAGEZ: LOUIS VUITTON by Cinthia Contreras

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Lines and cold weather are two things I don't like and try to skip but sometimes you have to make an exception and Louis Vuitton exhibition: Volez Voguez Voyagez happen to be one of those rare occasions where I stayed in line under a 40 Fahrenheit temperature. If you go, make sure to make a reservation and with a tour guide, so you can take full advantage and don't a detail or important piece of information, also go early because they close the exhibition once the clock hit 7 PM with the people inside, shouting to go back the next day (like people don't have anything to do with their lives). 

The exhibition retraces the adventure of the house of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who today are inventing the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.

This historic journey, designed by Robert Carsen, is divided into ten chapters, one of which is entirely devoted to United States of America and New York City. The tours open with the most symbolic object of the House: the trunk, a model fashioned with contemporary flair, embodying the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition features objects and documents from the Louis Vuitton heritage archives, as well as select articles on loan from the Palais Galliera and the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition concludes with a display devoted to the savoir-faire of the artisans in Louis Vuitton workshops.

You would think, well I thought that this exhibition was going to be a shallow display of pretty items, but no, it actually is thorough and meticulous research of the brand, its creator and even his genealogical tree.

It took two years to curate this exhibition and it resulted in two floors and 16 rooms of the most impressive trunks and travel gear. Each room is a travel in time, showcasing the evolution of the brand along with the different vehicles that humans have invented.  

Another detail that caught my attention and the tour girl insisted in sharing was the deep connection Louis Vuitton had with his customers, he would not only sent mini trunks with white flowers to his clients as a gift during special occasions but he also conducted questionnaires to learn how to improve his globally known brand.

Spooners if you are in town you should visit this exhibition!

Talbots Fall Collection 2017: 70th Birthday Collection by Cinthia Contreras

Always a pleasure to presence a new collection specially if they are for my favorite season! I love fall and fall fashion, so classy, elegant and sexy. P.S: I get to wear my so adored leather.

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The Pirelli Calendar Presents: Peter Lindbergh on Beauty by Cinthia Contreras

When Vivi's called to ask me if I was interested in attending a panel that Pirelli's along with Peter Lindbergh was going to held I jumped on one leg! One because Peter Linden how I call him is one of my favorites photographers and inspiration from and two because I'm have been following Pirelli Calendars since I somehow found them over the web around 2009. The event happened at Cipriani Wall St, on Monday(yesterday) I sadly missed the panel because I had to covered Oscar de la Renta show but still made just in time to enjoy the beautiful crowd of famous figures of the fashion industry and entertainment.

The Great Gatsby Party Returns! by Cinthia Contreras

In December 2015, The Great Gatsby Party® transformed the gilded halls of New York City’s Capitale for the very first time. Nearly 2,000 guests turned up for the sold-out event, outfitted in the fashion of the Roaring Twenties--flapper dresses, silk gloves, tuxedos, top hats--to revel the night away under swinging aerialists and the glitter of disco balls. This year, by popular demand, the Great Gatsby Party returns for a two-night affair of the booze, fanfare, and decadence that so defined Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. 

The Preparation

This year I decided not to do my own hair and make up guided by youtube jaja I opted to look for a spot where I could have those very important details in a Gatsby theme party done! So one of my food blog publicist recommended this newly open nice hair salon called The Club Dominik lead by master hairstylist Dominik Mager in Harlem, that has a bar and have make up services available! PERFECT! 

For my look since I have a fashion blog I didn't want to look like a had a costume on, so I chose a sequin gold dress with nude stilettos. For hair and make up I went for a "I can go anywhere like this" but with that magic Gatsby vibe.

Cocktails at Tiffany’s: Tiffany & Co., the CFDA, and Eddie Borgo Celebrate Their Capsule Collection by Cinthia Contreras

“It’s really humbling,” said jewelry designer Eddie Borgo of having his pieces displayed front and center at the Tiffany & Co. 57th Street flagship store last night. “It’s been an incredible project [and] their team has been so incredibly amazing [and] supportive—Steven Kolb at the CFDA and Francesca [Amfitheatrof] and her design team.” The reason for the romance between Borgo and Tiffany started with a contest as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative. “I was keen to do something further with the CFDA,” said Amfitheatrof, dressed impeccably in a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi top and Gucci skirt. “I wanted to set a project that was based on creating a trousseau of jewelry for Gertrude Vanderbilt,” added the Tiffany & Co. design director. “[Eddie] created this amazing box that was like entering her studio and everything was about the drapery of her sculpture,” said Amfitheatrof before quickly noting, “it was very, very clear. He was the one person we chose.” As for the final products, Borgo kept things subdued in yellow gold punctuated with pearls. “The whole point was to give designers the opportunity to work in any material they wanted—diamonds, pearls, gold, platinum. Eddie was fairly conservative.” With Tiffany & Co. having worked with the team at Dover Street Market, Reed Krakoff, and now Borgo on products, who will Amfitheatrof reach out to next? “I would love to work with a fashion designer next,” said Amfitheatrof. Any hints? “I can’t,” she added with a grin.

BELLA New York’s Annual Hamptons White Party by Cinthia Contreras

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, BELLA New York celebrated the launch of their July/August 2016 Summer issue with their annual white event hosted by this year’s cover star Robin McGraw at the Montauk Yacht Club in the Hamptons.  Throughout the event guests sipped on Armadale Vodka, enjoyed luxurious samples of WEN products, and received $1,000 gift cards towards services with Dr. Svetlana Danovich. Fashion was also provided bySTRELLSON for BELLA New York’s publisher Dan Hall. Alongside Robin McGraw, celebrating the night away with the BELLA New York team, was Courtenay Hall (BELLA’s editor-in-chief), Daniel Hall (BELLA’s publisher), Kristen Taekman (Real Housewives of New York), Lori-Ann Marchese (Bravo’s Game of Crowns), Dr. Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s The Singles Project), Brandon Liberati (Bravo’s Newlyweds the First Year), Craig Ramsay (Bravo’s Newlyweds the First Year), and Audrey Puente (FOX 5 News). 

Pinknic by Cinthia Contreras

Summer 2016 marks the New York City debut of Pinknic, the city’s first large-scale picnic and music festival dedicated exclusively to rosé wine. Over the course of two days, guests are invited to eat, drink, and enjoy entertainment spread across the sprawling grounds of Governor’s Island--rosé wine in hand, naturally.

Created by the founders of La Nuit en Rosé, Pinknic will run Saturday July 9 through July 10 2016.

Pinknic will present an unparalleled opportunity to delight in still and sparkling rosé selections fromChâteau d’Esclans, Moët & Chandon, and Chandon in a setting suited for summer’s favorite beverage. But rosé isn’t the only thing taking center stage. Throughout the weekend, there will be a robust selection of live entertainment, with DJ sets and performances by Claptone, Miami Horror,Tube & Berger, Slow Hands, Tortured Soul and more.

The gray and rainy and gray didn't took way the etherial chic feeling of the event. The relaxing and fun environment made me forget for a few hours that I live in one of the most stressful cities of the world, it was like a one day free pass full of chicness and fabulosity!