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July 31 2014

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19 posts tagged "Barack Obama"

The Latest Ad Campaign Of Note: No Models, No Clothes

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Kenneth Cole is a man with a fashion label, but he’s also a man with a megaphone: He’s never been shy about using his ad campaigns, especially outdoor billboards, to get his message across, and left the shoes to the shoe stores. (He was a pioneer of raising AIDS awareness, among other causes.) Here’s his latest, which is going up as we speak over New York’s West Side Highway. To see the alternate version that would have gone up in the case of a Romney victory, follow @KennethCole.

Photo: Courtesy of Kenneth Cole

Long Read For Friday P.M.: Martin Greenfield, From Auschwitz To The White House

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The legendary Martin Greenfield is basically America’s tailor of record. It’s the reason that designers including Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager turn to him (and now, his sons and business partners) when they need quality work for their labels. It’s also the reason that menswear journalists and editors start calling—in my experience, at least, the man doesn’t email—whenever a story on tailoring beckons. So many have that I felt reasonably certain that I would never need another Greenfield profile—until I read Ned Martel’s in the Washington Post this week. It offers up some fun new details, including that Greenfield and his sons-turned-business-partners made a few visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during President Obama’s tenure. (Greenfield doesn’t name names who don’t name him first, but he has made suits for several past presidents, Mayor Bloomberg, and more.) But it also goes deeper than any Greenfield homage I’ve read about his life before WWII, his experience in the concentration camps, and how he eventually became an open secret in Washington among legions of ill-suited politicos. And on this matter, there appears to be that rarest thing of all: bipartisan agreement.

Photo: Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post

Marcus Samuelsson, Food’s Most Fashionable Man

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson has a string of impressive accolades for his achievements in the food world, ranging from multiple honors from the James Beard Foundation to becoming the youngest chef ever to get two three-star reviews from The New York Times to beating out 21 other chefs in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters competition. But the New York-based chef has got fashion cred to match—Samuelsson made Vanity Fair‘s International Best Dressed List last year, along with Kate Middleton, Tilda Swinton, and Carey Mulligan. He was also hand-selected by Bono and Ali Hewson to star in their Fall ’11 menswear campaign for their clothing line Edun. (Fittingly, Bono and Hewson hosted the party to celebrate the campaign launch at Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant Red Rooster. Trust us, fashion folk made an exception to their juice cleanse diets that night to try some of his award-winning comfort food.)

Over the weekend, Samuelsson guest-cooked a four-course dinner at Sole East Resort’s The Backyard Restaurant in Montauk to celebrate his latest accomplishment, his memoir Yes, Chef. The book chronicles his incredible journey, from becoming orphaned in Ethiopia at a very young age to growing up in Sweden (where he learned to cook from his new grandma Helga) to cooking President Obama’s first State Dinner. Samuelsson took a break from the kitchen (where he was cooking up gravlax, striped bass, berbere roasted chicken, and more—all dishes he writes about in his tale) to talk with Style.com about the tome, his personal style, and his thoughts on the relationship between food and fashion.

What has the response been to the book so far?
The other night we did a dinner at Red Rooster so people could have a dialogue about the book. So many people are interested and excited about it. Whether they are chefs or not, I just want people to identify with it. When you cook recipes from a book like we did at Red Rooster and at the Sole East dinner, it is so interesting to get other people’s take on it [the book] and I also think they get a richer experience tasting the food and flavors mentioned in my story.

What food in particular holds the most sentimental value to you?
Meatballs, for me, will always remind me of being 7 years old and cooking them with my grandmother. It is not the fanciest, but it was a taste that was with me until I came back to Ethiopia.

The relationship between food and fashion has always been an interesting one. What do you think about that relationship?
I think there are a lot of similarities. You have to travel if you want to be a great designer or a great chef. You have to work for a big chef, you have to work for a big designer for a while before you go do your own thing. I have a lot of designer friends, like Jason Wu, and it is the love of the craft that we share. Real designers do it for the love of the craft and the same thing with chefs—they would cook regardless.
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Blasblog: Shepard Fairey Opens At The ICA

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Shepard Fairey is an artist of efficiency. Most of his works, from the Andre the Giant stickers of last decade to the Obama Hope poster, are created in about 24 houses. Take that Obama poster. “Did it one night,” says Fairey. “I looked through some references on the Internet, found some that conveyed leadership and patriotism—and hope, obviously—and then converged blue and red in the middle, as a unification of the blue and red in America.” That was one year ago last month, and we all bore witness to the speed at which the image permeated to become the visual iconography of the entire campaign. (He did wait until he had the official OK from the then candidate’s camp. “I’ve been arrested a bunch of times for street art,” he explains. “I wouldn’t want to hurt the campaign.”) Continue Reading “Blasblog: Shepard Fairey Opens At The ICA” »

Change You Can Bedazzle

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It started before we even arrived in Washington D.C. The sun streaming through the windows of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station glinted off the backs of two journalists whose custom blacks blazers bore portraits of the president-elect comprised entirely from shiny red, white, and silver studs. At Friday’s BET Honors, one audience member wore Obama’s likeness on a crystal-laden tee. And every- where street vendors are selling out of hats, shirts, and bags bearing more rhinestones than a Dallas prom queen. Michelle Obama worked a subtle sparkle with a touch of beading on her black silk Narciso Rodriguez blouse, but tomorrow if she, say, rocks her hubby’s crystallized face on a ball gown and it will be official: This Presidential Inauguration has been brought to you by studs, Swarovski, and the Bedazzler.

Photo: Colleen Clark