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Friday, May 29, 2009


The Fragrance Foundation hosted their annual award show for the cosmetic industries biggest money maker, fragrance. In fact this was the 60th anniversary of the Fifi awards. And a star studded event it was.

I was there in support of my dear friend and client Tova, who was honored to accept the "Retailer of the Year" award presented by her husband Ernest Borgnine to her and the head of the QVC Beauty Dept. Alan Burke.

Some of the stars on the red carpet....

Queen Latifah

Marc Jacobs (with his boyfriend Lorenzo Martone)

Paris Hilton

Sean Combs

Hilary Rhoda (the Estee Lauder model)

Lisa and Dustin Hoffman

Mary J Blige (with her husband)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Designer Betsey Johnson's 45 Fifth Ave Apt.

"This stylish Gold Coast penthouse duplex loft is the New York residence of a famed fashion designer whose underlying respect for classics always has an irreverent edge and sense of fun... A lavishly presented confection of fifties Hollywood glamour trimmed in lace, velvet, and gold tassels, beneath the signature pink paint and fabulously frou-frou furnishings is a home with unique character and great bones: Oversize windows (four exposures) with priceless views across Fifth Avenue over church spires and West Village rooftops to Jersey, stunning ebonized floors, beamed ceiling, crown moldings, a floating stairway past a glass brick wall up to the private roof deck, and a spacious bath with claw foot tub and that wonderful, slightly loopy Old World plumbing reminiscent of a suite at the Ritz. Space and location are highly coveted; there's approximately 1,000sf of outdoor space for landscaping, entertaining, and enjoying dramatic sunsets overlooking Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, one of the City's favorite locations, perfect for access to Downtown restaurants, Union Square Farmers' Market, nightlife, galleries - - Chelsea, the Village, Soho - - as well as Uptown destinations. Like a Parisian artist's garret with space, light, and views, this unique New York home suggests a lifestyle at once laid back and elegant!" Corcoran

I don't know it's current status but the place was listed at over $3 million a few years ago. And the wild thing is I lived in this building in the 70's. In fact I would have been across the hall from Betsey, except she must have taken over the whole floor to create one huge space, cause my apt was a smallish one bedroom on the back of the building. My rent was only $450. I never should have let this one get away.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bill Blass for Cover Girl cosmetics

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Photographed by Richard Avedon in the 1960s.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Macy's "the largest department store in the world" asked me to create the hair and makeup for a new ad they were shooting. And I was especially excited because the model was to be Jerry Hall.

The industry was abuzz with the story that Jerry had been discovered in Paris while on vacation from Texas by the amazing fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. She was said to be ultra sexy... six feet tall with waist length blond hair. I couldn't wait to work with her. (Antonio & Jerry photo by Norman Parkinson)

She arrived at the location in the dead of winter wearing a fur cocoon type coat over a short dress with pink marabou trimmed bedroom the snow! And she spoke with a Texas drawl so thick you could cut it with a knife. I loved her! The photo shoot went great and when we were finished I escorted her through the snow to her waiting car. As I helped her inside I complemented the wrist watch she was wearing. It was gold with a dark blue watch face surrounded by diamonds. She replied "Why thank you. Antonio gave it to me and there are 18 diamonds, one for each year I was born."

We worked together fairly often after that. I learned that she wanted me to do her makeup a certain way...a shiny gold shadow on her eyelid with dark eyeliner and false eyelashes on the outside of the top lid only. And of course with that long hair there wasn't all that much you could do with it, thankfully Jerry really knew how to work that mane of hers.

She preferred to be the star and was often accused of upstaging the other models. Particularly when she had to pose with girl's in what is called a double or triple shot. She would drape her long locks over her arm as she held it up behind her head and many times that would block the other girls face...or at least make her struggle to work around it.

Jerry was very much in demand all over the world as a model and as a party girl. She fell in love with singer Bryan Ferry after posing as a mermaid for the cover of his album "Siren".

But it wasn't long before the gossip media carried the story that she was breaking off her engagement to the Roxy Music crooner to go off and live with Mick Jagger...who she eventually married. It was for the best...if she had wed Bryan her married name would have been Jerry Ferry. Jerry Jagger has a better ring to it...don't you think?

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