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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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Diane Pernet : Founder and Director of ASVOFF Photo: Alan Gelati Interview by: Laura Albert Laura: You are one of the most generous supporters of fashion scenes all over the world. What is unique about you is you absorb all around a creation of art -- as you are able to inhabit the realm of mystique,the spiritual, the divine and you share so freely of your sensibilities, it makes sense to be that scent is yet another way to share your joy is realm of creative arts. Please talk about how you came to finally put this into action, your... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Converse – a brand known for their savvy collaborations such as: Comme Des Garcons, Maison Martin Margiela, Marimekko, Kevin Lyons, and Andy Warhol earlier this year. Their most recent collaboration for Spring 2015 with Missoni is now available for purchase Adding a certain luxury to the classic Converse Chuck Taylor, the first Missoni collaboration was an instant hit with consumers. And off the back of that response, the two brands have continued to collaborate, with the Spring ’15 range the latest to be produced. Available at select retailers, the collection consists of two high-top and two low-cut... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Official ContentMode Blog
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The new documentary film; 'Dior and I' is a riveting and yet humble chronicle of Dior couture in which director Frederic Tcheng follows Raf Simons while he creates his first collection for Dior. Not only was this his first collection for the iconic fashion house but his first couture collection. What is extraordinary about this film is it explores not only the team and craftsmanship it takes to create couture , but the humility that Raf eluded while in the process of connecting with team. Most of the production team/ ateliers have been creating couture and RTW for over 30... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson The NikeLab x Sacai collection for women a new collaboration launched globally by NIKE on 19 March 2015. The partnership between Nike and the internationally-renowned fashion house Sacai is a directional redesign of Nike classic sportswear and trainers into new silhouettes aimed at redefining sport styles. The Sacai design signature sits well within the silhouettes and color palette. I particularly like the use of the sheer tech fabric as un expected voluminous inserts set into the back of tops, skirts and jackets. The fishnet knee high sports socks are a great accessory in general to add into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY Deborah Ferguson The Danish band; The Felines 'Pretty boy' song set the tone for the angsty show vibe. The models strutted to a continuous soundtrack that supported the deconstructed 1990's Debbie Harry meets the Madonna inspired silhouettes. The casting ranged from wayward street urchin to hooker. Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent Paris ( formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent) stays true to his on going successful theme ; the chic indie rock girl. Hedi's RTW Collections for Saint Laurent Paris are now on the list of approved and accessible to the woman who recently would never dare wear anything... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Nicolas Ghesquiere's Fall 2015 collection for Louis Vuitton embodies all the reasons why one must understand the deeper subtle nuances of RTW design. Instead of showing in the new Louis Vuitton Foundation structure, why not build a geodesic dome venue on the LV foundation's back lawn? Play the Grimes as the music for the show? The location statement was a precursor to the satirically designed collection. Future chic details mixed with his 1970's references seen in his last two collections have in fact been seen in other RTW designers collections for FW15. Nicolas may have made the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson The FW15 trend lists are building and posting as the world of RTW editors and buyers have just completed attending shows at four of the largest markets for RTW trends NYFW,LFW,MFW and PFW. Meanwhile I feel it's important to highlight designers that create outside the projected trends they see at the fabric shows. Instead they could possibly show anytime of the year and still have their cult like followers attend and silently wish for every item to be part of their exclusive RTW collection. Junya Watanabe; a Tokyo based Japanese designer whom I admire and appreciate for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson I'm a collector of scented candles that Odin, A.P.C. and Agent Provocateur have created in scents in which I'm clearly addicted to all day every day. What is one to do when one forgets to collect match books at cafes and restaurants? One of our contentmode contributor's has created a solution which I support proudly as he is not only a kind genius in his web developing but a visionary in his own right. Kuni Ninagawa's beautiful candle lighter is not only a chic style item for your coffee table and to me It's the fashion equivalent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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In Tate Britain’s exhibition Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen Work in Process the photographer documents the creative journey of McQueen’s final Autumn/Winter collection Horn of Plenty in 2009. In this TateShots Waplington remembers working with the innovative fashion designer as well as his own evolution as an artist. Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen Work in Process runs at Tate Britain until 17 May 2015. The Film: http://bcove.me/2o8mz2sq Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Gareth Pugh celebrates a decade of fearless and provocative RTW by showing in London. For propriety sake the show took place at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Most noteworthy details aside from his strong exits was the film that opened the show directed by Ruth Hodgen and the Britannia warrior like silhouettes in which the models wore their 'cross to bear' via a smeared Saint George cross on their faces. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson The mix of Pre-Raphaelite and narrative painting felt an almost perfect prelude to this designer who, though only five years out of college, produced a more advanced version of her signature silhouettes. the models looked resembled pre-Raphaelites portraits as one might see at the TATE gallery. Rocha said this season she was inspired by the spirit of ‘when she was young’, and had looked at the work of French artist Louise Bourgeois, and how she’d worked with conflicting materials. Cathy Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights Collides with a spellbindingly beautiful literary heroine ‘The Little Princess’, Rocha indulgently experiments... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson JuYoung is a successful and sought after RTW menswear and eye wear brand based in Seoul,Korea. February 2015 ; she was sponsored by Concept Korea to show her menswear collection for the first time during NYFW. I had a chance to chat with her at a private dinner she hosted in SoHo during NYFW. JuYoung a feisty and talented renaissance woman : her musical back ground evolved into her achieving status as an uber successful designer who's clients such as Marilyn Manson and Lenny Kravitz remain devoted. DF: JuYoung can you tell me a bit about your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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BY Deborah Ferguson Pier 36 on the east river was a strategic location for the chaos the talented RTW designer Alexander Wang attracts. Big venue, small catwalk and barely 3 rows of seats. After the front row du jour celebrities (Kim Kardashian, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, etc) settled into their seats the unexpected themed FW15 collection stomped it's way past us with barely enough time to take in. It was a departure from his recent collections that seemed to be catering to a sophisitcated almost mainstream clientele. His Fall 2015 collection was defiant, Goth inspired, yet still reflective of the Alexander... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Hanley Mellon'S FW15 RTW presentation was clearly inspired by their world travels. Antwerp, Belgium was this season's destination of collection idea gathering. My favorite silhouettes were the oversized, softly draped layers of overcoats mixed with silk satin blouses and the oversized flare pants. “The collection became about the migration of ideas — taking American sportswear and giving it a little twist, just as Antwerp was the gate into America from Europe and Africa,” explained company president Frederick Anderson. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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Adidas Originals x Kanye West...Yeezy Season 1 ? This collection 'inspired by the 2011 London riots' according to Kanye. A large collection of both mens and women's outerwear presented as a performance art piece in collaboration with Vanessa Beecroft. Although the predicted Adidas logo was not seen there was a strong feel of sports wear with an apocalyptic look. Women's wear extended to highly styled surreal mono tone beige dance wear ( A Vanessa Beecroft touch). Where was Jane Fonda? Instead Vanessa Beecroft aligned with Kanye to elevate the intentional surrealism. The casting was real, a mix of street casting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Mia Goth stars in a the Miu Miu SS15 ad campaign. The campaign been produced as stills and as a short somewhat hunting film. It's exciting to designers produce moving image ad campaigns, especially when they can afford to explore high concept themes. Miu Miu has always been a step ahead when producing their ads, both in their casting choices and overall creative direction. Their film an campaign was a departure from some of their past imagery, instead a fresh vision on all that is Miu Miu. 'Starring Mia Goth, the short film for the Miu Miu... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Valentines Day; does love need to be celebrated one day a year? Has this day become an over commercialized excuse to celebrate love? For those who would rather have portable love to carry everyday I'm loving ( pun intended) the Vivienne Westwood ethically produced bags. Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Initiative Collection Doves Zip Pouch. Vivienne Westwood continues to work closely with the Ethical Fashion Initiative to design her new range of handmade accessories. In an oatmeal beige canvas, Vivienne decorates the front of this zip top pouch with her kissing doves design whilst the back is covered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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By Deborah Ferguson Maiko Takedo an ITS Accessories 2014 finalist has garnered the following of Bjork. Her high art head piece accessories are almost what one would image the future of fine jewelry may look like. Her ethereal , futuristic designs are made of a unique medium which makes them a balance of delicate and visionary. The new album by Björk entitled Vulnicura was presented a few days ago, much ahead of the official release date. The brilliant Icelandic artist decided to embody a female figure of great impact, even more so with the use of an iconic accessory by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at The Official ContentMode Blog
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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 Jan 27, 2015 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 Jan 26, 2015 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