Geoffrey Holder: Much More than a 7Up Pitchman

TV commercials for 7Up made a powerful impression on us in the 1970s and ’80s in large part because of the pitchman: A handsome gentleman clad in an elegant white suit and hat, who spoke in stentorian tones infused with a Caribbean lilt. Lounging in a straw chair, Geoffrey Holder touted the no-caffeine virtues of the “Uncola” as he poured and sipped a glass of the bubbly beverage, and at the end, drove home his point by leaning back his …

Marc Jacobs Turns 50!

It’s official: Marc Jacobs, the iconic American design darling who helms three fashion brands –  Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton  - can become an AARP member as of today. Jacobs, who made Time magazine’s “Time 100″ list in 2010, continues to add notable lines to his resume. In addition to elevating his gift of forecasting and conceptualizing trends for his clothing collections, he’s also assumed the role of Creative Director for Diet Coke (he appears topless in some …

Too old to walk the runway? Not these ladies!

What do Carol Alt, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, and Carmen Dell O’refice have in common? Besides being over 50, they are all legendary models who walked a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway a couple of weeks ago, garnering a lot of press. The woman behind this buzz-worthy moment was none other than Norisol Ferrari, a fierce designer with an impeccable eye for detail and structure. Inspired by sexy icons and powerful women this season, Ferrari sought to make a collection that spoke to both. …

Louis Vuitton’s 83 Year Old ‘IT’ girl

I’m obsessed with Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama for lots of reasons but one sentence can sum it up: She’s inspiring. Kusama, 83, has chosen to live in Japan’s Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill for about 30 years for multiple issues, and has still created art that is in worldwide demand. She is best known as an avant-garde, pop art purveyor of repetition and patterns (see video,to the right). But she also shines as an abstract artist, providing a minimalist perspective that has been recognized and …

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Norma Kamali

Visionary. Icon. Pioneer. Those are the adjectives often associated with powerhouse American designer Norma Kamali, 67, who with 30+ years of design experience continues to evolve her eponymous fashion company. Kamali, who has been lauded with a plethora of style awards – from the Council of Fashion Designers of America to the Fashion Walk of Fame – remains a constant on today’s fashion scene. She is no longer just known as the creator of the red bathing suit Farrah Fawcett …