Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Guys and Dolls ... and Dogs at the Easter Parade

The fact is - Easter is just easier for women. So many things are not, but Easter IS. So we wanted to give the gents their due for more than holding their own in making Easter a visual feast. Last week we showed you a small sampling, but this week the spotlight is on Easter MEN.  And a few Easter pups.

Gregory wins for sheer dashing vintage style, and the way he slyly incorporates the Easter theme in his cane is just genius!

This gent took a different tack.  Like Gregory, he's a natty dresser, but has added the Easter theme in a completely different way.

And in yet another variation on the Easter theme, men in their Sunday best, in traditional Easter colors and carrying traditional Easter baskets (filled with golden eggs, which they gave out to children).  James Aguiar, dandy & stylist (in pink), and his partner in crime never fail to delight!

This gent is doing a Bogart-like trench coat and fedora, has added an insouciant scarf and finished it with a pocket handkerchief standing at attention.

Another dapper gent in period dress.

If the Blues Brothers wore plaid…

And on the other end of the spectrum, Ariel Krupnick demonstrates the plaid suit on acid (the suit, not Ariel).  Not convinced?  Check out the shoes.  They're trippin'!

They are the eggmen … (so are we the walrus?)

And surely the prize for most mind boggling costume goes to this man.  We never managed to get a good picture of him because there couldn't have been a larger throng around him if he'd been Angelina Jolie.  We know the logistics in wearing costumes, and we want to know things like how long did it take to make, what is it made of, how much did it weigh, did he need a separate apartment to have enough space to work on it, who helped him put it on, how long did that take, which piece did he put on last, and the biggest mystery of all: HOW IN HEAVEN'S NAME DID HE FIT IN A TAXI?

We often see this gorgeous couple around town and invariably, they look incredibly chic in vintage clothing that looks terrific and really fits them well.  We ran into her after the Easter Parade at The Modern.

Designer and milliner Gretchen Fenston and musician and man-about-town Roddy Caravella wore beautifully tailored color-coordinated vintage outfits.  Gretchen wears a hat of her own design.

On an entirely different note, this gent opted for a pink goatee and Mona Lisa tie, something you don't see every day. He carried it off with aplomb.

Valerie photo-bombed Jean's shot of the inimitable Ben, decked out in a Union-Jack themed outfit and white boots.

These two dandies' outfits riffed on the color green. The green top hat with the Wedgewood-tyle white detailing really caught our eye.

This foursome did a great job designing and executing outfits in a coordinated pastel palette.

One of our favorite photographers elected to wear a floral-encrusted top hat. He always sports unusual top hats designed and created by his wife.

Anthony Maxwell vogued with Jean in a hat of his own design before rejoining his equally elaborately turned out friends. You might remember him from our last Fashion Week posting. He accessorized Katya Leonovich's runway show.

This fabulous Easter trio accompanied Anthony down the avenue.

Not only did this intrepid owner design matching white brocade top hats, but also added entirely matching ties and white suits.

Nothing says Easter like matching Micky Mouse ears, we always say.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage of the parade.  Can't wait until next year!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easter Parade 2014

Last Sunday, we indulged in our annual tradition -- promenading in the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue. Part parade, part old-home-week opportunity to connect with old friends and acquaintances, part street theater, the event draws participants of all ages, styles and gender orientation. Because we had so many photos, we split our coverage into two postings.  This is the first. Check Wednesday for the second installment.

Just as we were arriving around 11:30 AM, we met this fabulous couple who were retiring for the day after spending about an hour on Fifth Avenue when the crowds started to move in. They were sweet enough to snap the opening shot of us above and let us take their photo before they headed home. Her basket was filled with colored marshmallow Peeps. We, who consider the parade a contact sport, merrily headed into the fray.

Not too long after our arrival, we were interviewed by Melanie Cao for Sinovision.  We couldn't figure out how to embed the video, but you can click here to see our brief interview.  We're about one minute in.

These three ladies are part of a much larger group who were all wearing fascinating white origami paper headdresses designed by architects Hiroki Yoshihara and Sandra McKee.  Wish we could show you all of them!  Wish we could own two of them!  Lyrical works of mathematical genius!

The lady next to Jean is 93 years young and is celebrating her hat's 60th anniversary! She is utterly charming. The dumpling diva Marja Samsom, next to Valerie, is wearing an Amy Downs hat and vintage leopard coat.  Using our 93-year old as a yardstick, we figure we've both got several decades of frolicking to go.

Love these huge handmade flower hats.

We met these two ladies at the Brooklyn Museum's hat-making class given by Heidi Lee in collaboration with the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. They are wearing creations they fashioned that night based on JPG's Virgins collection of gowns with round mirrored headdresses.

Three muses in hats.

We met artist Annika (in the black and white feathered hat) at Advanced Style's National Hat Day Event at Off-Broadway Boutique. The lady on the left is wearing a vintage Christian Dior pastel satin turban.

Love this lady's outfit and red accessories -- and her glasses are by Sunglass Hut.

This lady and her companion and even the chair are decorated in flowers.

Milliner Yuka and her friend are in traditional kimonos.

Giant handmade crepe paper hats.

How fabulous is Ruth D. Hunt and her head-to-toe silver outfit?

Newly-elected NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio took a lot of heat  when he used a knife and fork to eat his pizza in a campaign stop. This inventive hat commemorates that political tempest in a teapot.  It seems real New Yorkers eat pizza with their hands.

Jesse took the marshmallow Peeps to a new level by fastening them to his shaved head to create a yellow Easter Mohawk!

Our friend X (wearing and carrying fans) and friend with her pals Linda and Helga as colorful bookends.

The woman in stripes made a custom-fitted silver metal fascinator that very much lived up to its name.  Wish you could see it better here.  Just trust us on this one.

We loved this woman's huge hat and her long hair.

The huge pink feathers on Shien Lee's hat could be seen one hundred feet away.  We should have asked if she'd made it herself.  Where could you buy something like that?!

These women complemented each other so well in their outrageous suits and saturated colors.

A hat made out of a Tiffany box (with a huge Elsa Peretti heart in it).

Cigmond, second from left, is a wonderful milliner.  We didn't ask, but we wouldn't be surprised if she made all four of the hats here.  You can't tell, but the bearded gent had two small flowers at the end of his waxed moustache.

Anny Dao (right), a student at Parsons School of Design, made the two hats flanking Jean.

An exuberant 1940s look.

We don't always know what we're looking at, but we know what we like.  The gent in yellow with the "sunny-side-up" egg hat could teach us a thing or two about tying turbans.

It was, thankfully, a beautifully sunny and mostly warm day after a much too long spate of cold weather, so everyone took advantage of the opportunity to get some vitamin D.

These dresses were as much fun from behind as they are in front.  The black jacket actually has very long swallow tails in the back.

This woman had bedecked her bicycle with flowers, as well as her hat.

Let's end with a mother and daughter team.

Stay tuned for our second installment which contains more couples, guys and dogs! Also, check out more great pictures in 40+ Style (we're in it!), and photographer Helen Oppenheim's coverage of the parade on her blog and on Facebook (ditto).

What we're wearing:

Jean is wearing an Ignatius hat (from the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show); Thai crinkly linen jacket and Tibetan black and white print pants from Mandala; Angela Caputi red resin cuff; red resin and bakelite rings and bangles; black resin choker; customized black and white Dansko clogs; vintage frames from Fabulous Fanny's; Tignanello red leather cross-body bag.

Valerie is wearing a vintage pink felt Chisato Tsumori hat, vintage pink straw earrings, Yoshiki Hishinuma shirt, Ivan Grundahl dress, live orchid from Solim Florist, vintage pink cotton gloves, pink perforated suede shoes by Aerosoles, three shoulder bags (unseen) - one green Pleats Please (for necessaries), one gray vintage stamped suede Bruno Magli (for camera), one unlabeled pink cotton trapunto (for business cards).