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Deborah Ferguson
Manhattan, NY
Curator of fashion and style
Interests: Art. Photography. Bach. Smashing pumpkins. David Bowie. Mazzy Star. The Gossip. Vintage fashion. Chanel: bags, heels and perfume. Makeup. Paris. Lisbon. The Lake DIstrict, England. Stockholm. V&A Museum. Tate Modern. NY Metropolitan Museum of Art. London. New York. Antwerp. Ian McEwan,. Baking cupcakes. Jivamukti yoga. Indie rock gigs at Brixton Academy or Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opera in Central Park. John Forsyth ballet in London. Champagne with sugar coated rose petals in Paris. Walking the hills of the Lake District in England. Hiking in upper state NY. Beaches amd scuba diving in the Seychelle Islands. Korean spa treatments. Real food daily in LA. Tea in the West Village. Dinner @ the Ivy London. Sunday brunch @ Artisinal NY. Lingerie from Kiki du Monparnesse and Agent Provocateur. , My cats Sven and Kille, picnics with my friends in ny, la and london, the way we wore, relik and resurrection vintage boutiques, rose bowl flea market, paris flea markets, art and photography opening parties, london fashion shows, another magazine fashion week parties, researching ideas in costume houses, collecting rare art and photography books, stockings with seams, belgium hot chocolate, swedish vodka, hotel delmano and aurora in williamsburg, cooking for friends and family, all of my vivienne westwood heels and clothes, my collection of maison margiela heels and clothing and my collection of vintage hats and clothes
Recent Activity
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BY Deborah Ferguson The Grand Palais Paris was transformed into a live Botanical Garden, along with flowers that bloomed as each model floated by in a Spring 2015 CHANEL Couture creation. Karl Lagerfeld is never short of creating larger than life environments in which he presents his RTW and Haute Couture collections, do the looks match the presentation? For SS15 Couture I would conclude that 50% of the collection had the 'not seen before ' touches that can inspire one outside the idea of 'yet another gorgeous gown'. The 1900 Belle Epoque inspired hats did offer a feminine vintage styling... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Raf Simons doesn't attempt to re build the wheel, he is a visionary that re works his gorgeous signature silhouettes with a fine balance of future meets retro. Christian Dior Haute Couture for spring 2015 is a surprising mix of what we would expect from a couture collection interlaced with strong 1960's beatnik inspiration and prints that almost mimic Emilio Pucci in the 60's. Is Haute Couture in this particular collection being diluted to RTW? I think designers need to to dilute and create limited edition looks that don't repeat the idea of a large collection of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON John Galliano's anticipated debut collection for Masion martin Magiela was a triumph on so many levels. Words, review, notes? I have so many as this designer was my VIP card into the world of RTW fashion and I'm more than thrilled to see him as Creative Director of Maison Martin Margiela. To keep the foot note short..I was a design student at Central St Martins and had the honor of interning at John Galliano in the 1990's. At that point he was the number one trail blazing designer ; McQueen, and similar were barely producing their collections.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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Gagosian Beverly Hills is presenting the new paintings by Harmony Korine; a cult art film director. Know for 'Gummo' (1997) and 'Spring Breakers' (2012) as well as a Dior overtly conceptual perfume ad in 2014. I’ve long been interested in loops, mistakes, trance-y repetition. It’s like writing a novel with pages missing in all the right places. —Harmony Korine His lesser known highly tactile paintings that eschew the brush and professional paint in favor of Squeegees, leftover household paint, and masking tape creates loosely sequential images that echo the sonic and visual collages and prints of his films. ' To... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson We are on the eve of one the most anticipated International film award shows: The Golden Globes, followed by the SAG, BAFTA and Oscar awards. International TV viewers will be watching over 2 hours of red carpet arrival judgements (qualified? ) of the actress's gowns etc, and maybe not much about the actual acting role they had in their nominated project. It's been a decade or more of one's red carpet style prevailing the viewers interest and one of the best opportunities for RTW and couture designers to select what actresses and actors they will dress. Is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Christopher Shannon: Trending all that hides one identitiy and recycles plastic MAN : trending sculptural cape inspired outwear meets club goth Coach : Stuart Vevers makes his menswear debut for Coach trending sheerling and military Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson The mega brand ; Prada never disapoints when it comes to their ad campaigns. Their SS15 womenswear ads shot by the iconic Steven Meisel and styled by Olivier Rizzo, have consistently set a high standard in the world of RTW branding and ad campaigns for more than a decade. As their womenswear ads focus on trend setting casting rather than actresses; their ads have launched the careers of many models who we often overlooked by the prestigious magazines inwhich their ads would appear. The casting for the SS15 will create some industry hype for a these three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Pre Fall 2015 is a small vision of what is ahead for the much anticipatied RTW shows. Fall is looking blue in tones navy, royal, ink, and pale in silhouettes that jump fom long tunic shapes to fitted 1980's dresses. My favorites... Adam Lippes Christopher Kane Piazza Sempione Preen Lanvin The Row The Row Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Spring / Summer 2015 menswear ad campaign for Itailian RTW brand Prada,known for their strategic casting and highly concetpual ads. Photographed by Craig McDean in London and New York fall of 2014, feature actors Ansel Elgort, Milers Teller, Jack O’Connell and Ethan Hawke. Prada describes the photos as “There are forces in feelings, and feelings in things. Attesting to this tangible truth are a series of graphic action portraits for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2015 Menswearcampaign.” Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
Photography and direction: Steven Miesel http://youtu.be/jzOUvMzmr68 Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY Deborah Ferguson Shopping for gifts for friends, colleagues, family can leave one feeling frustrated and stressed, I found an option when that thought that takes over 'will they really like this?' My go to idea when frustrated is donating on behalf of family and friends to various charities and causes they support or one that I feel they would appreciate and feel aligned with. Here is one that a friend of mine and his team have worked very hard on creating. Dec 18 Melange is hosting a toy drive for http://glide.org at Antologia Vinoteca in which the Melange celebrity... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Karl Lagerfeld directs a short film premiering Dec 1-2014 starring Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevinge. The short film will follow the life of the legendary designer, who meets a young lift-boy (played by Pharrell), while in the suburbs of Salzburg in 1954 for the holiday season. Pharrell will enact a 'Prince like" moment with Cara as a ' fashion forward Cinderella'. The 41 year music producer has had a successful year with his music hit "Happy" as well as a long list of fashion collaborations. In fact Pharrell wrote the lyrics to the background track in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Bal de Soie; 11-29-2014 hosted at the Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris, a masked ball organized by HERMES Paris to showcase it's silk scarves. Apart from the busy ballroom dance floor filled with performers in costumes with equestrian themes, oversized deer antlers all of made of HERMES silk scarves there were salons in which you could relax and escape. A popular 'must stop by' was the 'salon des transformations' to have fantasy, mask like make up applied. Noteable guest ; French actor and recording artist: Johnny Hallyday The event was devised by Bali Barret, artistic director of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON November is the month in which we see the pre fall 2015 collections and the release of some of fashion's most high profile collaborations. All which become available online or exclusives in stores just before or after "Black Friday". A title I associate with a day "I like to avoid shopping in Department stores" and instead enjoy online shopping deals while nursing the prodictable 4 day holiday hang over. A higly anticipated RTW designer collaboration: Mary Katrantzou x Adidas is worth the online shopping screen time. Her notorious fabric prints on sculptural silhouettes in neoprene and scuba... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON RTW designer Simone Rocha has created a capsue line for J.Brand; which will be available at the NYC Dover Street Market on December 1. Her collaboration has a playful, ruffle inspired feel and has a touch of her RTW signature looks. Simone is known for her aline, almost baby doll dress runway looks in futuristic fabrics. Simone shares her denim moment: "I had never worked with denim before so it was exciting to work in a new cloth and combine my aesthetic with J Brand's expertise," says Rocha of the 14-piece range - which features faithful boyfriend-fit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Myself and two ContentMode contibutors (Carlos Ferreira TV show host and Model Annabelle Tsaboukas) were hosted by the young and extremely knowledgeable brand manager of America's Best Racing ; Victoria to enjoy a day at Belmont Race track known as the "Champion track". We were fortunate having Victoria as our host who is an enthusiastic horse racing authority, as she ensured access to areas that only horse owners,jockeys and trainers can access and offered us live insights on the various competing horses while we sipped our Champagne. A live moment at the finish line: http://youtu.be/vAcNyXglLeo Pre-Race in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Has the world of RTW and High street chains become reliant on a celebrity collaboration in order to ensure their cache ? Or is this just the new expected re-branding business model? TopShop was the first of high street stores to collaborate with RTW designers and launch diffusion lines, mainly with new British RTW designers. Other high street retailers began to follow to this idea for example; H&M who only recently started collaborating with RTW designers to create exclusive diffusion lines availble exclusively at H&M. We can now look forward to Beyonce and Sir Phillip Green of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Research: Yi He French leather goods brand Moynat has released a collection of train inspired accessories designed by the recording artist which can added to ones covetable items to gift or to add to one's collection of 'It" accessories to wear. This isn't Pharrell Williams first co designing venture ; he has lent his name to nine recent fashion collaborations with companies including Moncler, Uniqlo, Adidas and Comme des Garçons. The collection was inspired by a collection of vintage trunks and an old Moynat label featuring a train that Williams discovered during a visit to the label’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Milan fashion week SS15 opened today with Haitian /Italian RTW designer; Stella Jean. I have great respect and inspiration about her ethics, her philantropy and textile design. A well produced and directed film about her company and designing ethics won "Best Message" this year at the La Jolla International Film Festival. As we had a film in the same festival I had the pleasure of viewing hers at the award ceremony and it left me with a feeling of ; why don't more RTW designers take her approach, adapt her ethics? Giorgio Armani, Suzy Menkes, Mark Holgate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON London Fashion week is traditionally about the visionaries who set their own trends. As of late some of the trend setters in London RTW have softened their collections to fit into the demands of the international retailers whom remain loyal. And then there are those how can still afford maintain their own identity and not follow trends they see at Premiere Vision and or by discret foot notes from editors and buyers. These particular designers are becoming far and few; and I will happily carry a creative torch for the fearless, dysfunctional designers who set trends within... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Trending black and white for Spring/Summer 2015 at NYFW wasn't a surprise or rather what was surprising was the unexpected versions a small number of RTW designers presented. Graphic blocking of black & white as well a deep blue/black was most stand out as Cocktail dress silhouettes at the; Adeam, Calvin Kelin Collection, Sally LaPointe, and Del Pozo shows. These designers pushed for a modern, sleek , directional silhouette which places them on my covetable list. Two other versions were well interpreted: white top and black skirt by Peter Som, Cushnie et Ochs and Altuzarra; slightly modern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson The ever so needed "all white" trend for Spring /Summer collections was presented by some of New York's best designers in unexpected silhouettes. Alexander Wang, ParkchoonMoo and Prabal Gurung had the strongest and yet most wearable all white ensembles. I sometimes imagine; does a buyer for a large retail chain in the USA, Asia or Europe ever consider an all white ensemble as an important trend to buy? I believe if you live a life of leisure; yes. Speaking as Manhattan woman running around to meetings and shoots? Maybe not. As a red carpet option for a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 collections had a few prominent trends that were interpreted by New York based RTW designers . A few of which I would not have projected as they often avoid themes and trends that are obvious to a particular season. Regardless the floral print fabrics appeared in more than 10 RTW collections during NYFW and the most interesting versions were based on 1950's Hawaiian interior fabrics; large palm leave and larger flowers: Karen Walker ( ironically her collection theme was Garden People), Del Pozo; referencing Indonesia and Osklen who also referenced the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON The sweetly disturbing creations by artist James Ostrer based on a childhood junk addiction is an exhibit worth a visit. The sugar festisation is taken to the extreme; almost to the level of food porn. His sitters were lathered in cream cheese, frazzles,ice cream cones, Twix bars, all that is sweet and ensure auto cavity. The food masks leave one with a claustrophic bitter sweet after thought. All could be compared to a Pygmalion worship of Frazzle coated larger than life creatures. "Eventually I could see refined sugar the same way smoking is. The only difference is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Since the early 1970's British photographer Derek Ridgers was the first to document Britains youth culture and it's evolution up to 1987. His book " 78-87 London Youth is a modest catalog of the most die hard original punks through the neo romantic Blitz club days; in which it was of highest priority to dress oneself in the most imaginative ensembles. His work stands out from fellow photo journalists of his time as he was able to capture the essence of the person beneath the costume pretense. He frequented the London clubs, dives, music gigs , the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog