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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
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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 yesterday 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
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BY Deborah Ferguson London based Zowie Broach the Creative Director of the RTW and Couture brand Boudicca ; shares her news both as Head of the Fashion department at the prestigious Royal College of Art and the launch of Boudicca's first incarnation of their scent; Boudicca Wode. Her new role at The Royal College of art is a much deserved title as she replaces Wendy Dagworthy who retired after 16 years at RCA and saw the likes of Stella McCartney, Hussien Chaylan ,Giles Deacon and Erdem pass through her door. Zowie;co- founder of Bouidcca in 1997 has an illustrious CV... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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To envision Armani Privé's AW14 collection, just think of this: imagine an army of models covered with veils and headdresses, colored in white, red and black, with everything made up of tulle and polka dots. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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Maison Martin Margiela’s SS2014 Artisanal Collection was reproduced by photographer Lorenzo Vitturi on Kingsland Road, London. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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Apple hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer (owned by LVMH) to help with the launch of its new iWatch. According to 9to5Mac, the unnamed executive is Patrick Pruniaux, previously the vice president of sales and retail at TAG Heuer, which is linked to Hublot via the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate. Apple’s attempt is to use the prestigious “Swiss made” label to market its new gadget. According to analysis, Apple has approached a numer of employees from high-end Swiss watch makers without much success. “For sure they are trying to approach the Swiss manufacturers, but the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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Ana Rajcevic's unique visual interpretations of female genitalia and animal anatomy -- realized in her exhibitions "Virgin" and "Animal" -- are, in short, breathtaking. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY Deborah Ferguson Project LEVEL is a Music and arts theme based program for 13-21 year olds in the San Francisco Bay area; inwhich they work with underprivileged 30 kids a week to learn every aspect of the entertainment industry and obtain skills to use in a future career path. Created by local rapper: Richard "Big Rich" Bougere and his wife Danielle Banks. Big Rich is known for his "SF Anthem" which plays at every 49ers and Giants game. They used his name and contacts in the music industry with the goal to give hope and skill sets of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Marc by Marc Jacobs's new Creative Directing team: Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier launch the new AW14 collection ad campaign with an unusual casting approach; they initiated a Twitter and Instagram based submission idea to find new faces via #CastMeMarc in April. From the 70,000 International submissions, to the 30 finalists who were flown into NYC from various parts fo the world ; Australia, Russia and South Korea ; 9 were confirmed to be photographed by David Sims. "David Sims portraits, Peter Miles layouts, the credibility of the cast and the approach to casting the ads transmit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Nicholas Ghesquiere's first campaign for Louis Vuitton entitled "Series 1" not only has a stellar cast of models but was lensed by some of the best fashion photographers of the last 20 years: Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Jurgen Teller. The three photographers were apparently given free rein to interpret the creative brief: "classic beauty meeting creative innovation". As Weber, Leibovitz and Teller has such different almost opposite aesthetics, yet their images aligned seamlessly with Ghesquiere's AW14 creative direction. Behind the scenes of the new Louis Vuitton Campaign ; Ghesquiere's longtime muse and model for his past... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY DEBORAH FERGUSON Film director; Harmony Korine has recently been embraced by the fashion industry with the release of his feature film "Spring Breakers". The domino effect led the street wear giant "Supreme" to comission a short, quirky or some may view as freaky film for their up coming collection. From stretchy track pants, gold grill clad actresses to a Couture drenched model entering a mirror in an Alice in Wonderland inspired journey; Harmony's directing debut the new "Addict" by Dior perfume campaign is a departture from the expected traditonal Perfume ad. DIOR confirms not using a celebrity instead a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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Rachel Boston designs high-end jewelry that's elegant, unique, and rock 'n' roll—as seen in her collections "The Ritual" and "The Protector." Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at The Official ContentMode Blog