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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 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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
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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