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Eye On Design: Pink Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Worn By Gwyneth Paltrow

Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Front
All Photos By Gail

The Pink Dress that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the 1999 Academy Awards was designed by Ralph Lauren to recall Grace Kelly. Featured in Hal Rubenstein’s 100 Unforgettable Dresses, it testifies to the enduring appeal of a pretty pink dress that makes the wearer look like a princess.

Gwyneth Paltrn in Ralph Lauren Evening Gown

Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Side

Ralph Lauren Evening Gown Back

Photographed as Part of The Exhibit, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, on Exhibit Through January 5th, 2019 at The Museum at FIT, Located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Gatsby-Inspired Pink Stripe Linen Suit By Brooks Brothers

Gatsby Pink Linen Suit
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I happened to be at Grand Central Station recently, waiting to board a train out of the city for the afternoon, when we happily discovered that we had an interesting opportunity to pass the time other than exploring the terminal’s impressive food court: we went to see a Brooks Brothers fashion exhibit.

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Jackson Pollock’s Shimmering Substance

Jackson Pollock Shimmering Substance
Photo By Gail

Of all the modern artists about whom people who “don’t get” art might look at their work and say, “Oh, my kid could paint that,” American Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock is likely close to the top of that list. Above, you will see the oil on canvas work, Shimmering Substance (1946) which is occasionally on view at the Museum of Modern Art as part of its Permanent Collection. To me, the colors, textures and movement of this painting are just breathtaking.

While Pollock’s distinctive Splatter and Drip paintings may appear to be impulsive and random, they in fact full of intention and purpose. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety and was a major artist of his generation. However, he had a volatile personality, was not the greatest husband (Pollock was married the far superior artist Lee Krasner) and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. Jackson Pollock died in 1956 at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related, single-car accident in which he was driving. For anyone who seeks to understated the life and art of Jackson Pollock, I highly recommend the Academy Award-winning film Pollock (2000) directed by and starring Ed Harris.

2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Rendered in Coffee Foam

Her in Latte Foam
Joaquin Phoenix’s Character from the Film Her Rendered in Latte Foam (Image Source)

In anticipation of The Oscars, Coffee Artist of the stars Michael Breach (@baristart) has created this year’s Best Picture nominees in coffee.

And the nominees are…
Gravity In Latte Foam
Gravity

Dallas Buyers Club Latte Foam
Dallas Buyers Club

Wolf of Wall Street Coffee Foam
The Wolf of Wall Street

Among Many Others . . .

The full set will be released Here on Sunday, March 2nd. Happy Viewing!

Who Will Win an Oscar On March 2nd? Our Predictions Are In!

Best Picture Oscar Collage
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It’s no secret that I couldn’t care less about most awards shows – the Grammy’s being a prime example of a formerly held-sacred-by-me tradition that long ago became all about rewarding commercial success over acknowledging artistic merit. But being a huge movie fan, film awards like The Independent Spirit Awards, The Golden Globes and, coming up on March 2nd, The Oscars (whose list of nominees can be found at This Link) are the nights of ceremonial award giving that I shamelessly indulge in. Because to me, those awards are still more about the art than the box office returns.

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