THE NEW FRONT ROW OF FASHION: Not just ‘By Invitation’!!! Consumers’ appetite seems unquenchable to view the designer collections so the fashion intelligentsia expands access to the runway shows beyond the exclusive enclaves of Bryant Park with new digital initiatives for Fashion Week. Designers who will live stream their collections include Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Rodarte and Perry Ellis, while Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch and Nanette Lepore are using Facebook, Twitter and their websites to update fashion followers on their shows. For continuous style coverage log on for runway videos, live tweets from the shows, model-morphois and much more at www.NYTIMES.com/TMAGAZINE.
ALL ABOARD!!! The new exhibit: “Decodence:Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers aboard the SS Normandie,” features the famed, ill-fated luxury liner’s furnishings and objet d’art created by the great Art Deco artists including Dupas, Lalique and Rhulmann. This rare opportunity to see the ‘floating palace’ of elegance includes the baby grand piano that Marlene Dietrich played, the exquisite Aubusson tapestry floral chairs and gleaming silver service from the Grand Salon. Unique artifacts include the original ‘Normandie Perfume’ by Patou and a clutch handbag in the shape of a small ocean liner created by the venerable house of Hermes. Photos of luminaries on display include Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Joseph Kennedy, Ernest Hemmingway and Walt Disney. Exhibit opens to the public February 18 and runs through January 2011, plenty of time to book passage at the South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.
ACTION! DESIGN OVER TIME at the Museum of Modern Art presents some 85 examples of contemporary design objects that relate to the passing of time. Some of the objects in the exhibit embody frozen moments in time, whether crafted by hand (like Ingo Maurer’s Porca Miseria! Chandelier (1994), which is made of broken dishes) or crystallized by a computer using a digital manufacturing machine. Instead of a single moment, other featured objects capture entire life cycles. The design firm Freedom of Creation takes rapid manufacturing into the realm of textiles and Honeycomb Vase “Made by Bees” (2006) by Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny had forty thousand bees built the vase, layer by layer, in one week. www.moma.org. February 5-ongoing.
THE 185th Annual CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ART debuts at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts Feb. 17th-June 8 featuring the works of 65 emerging and established artists---all selected by a jury of National Academicians and spans the gamut from realism to abstraction, and included a mix of painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation art. www.nationalacademy.org. NA 1083 Fifth Ave.@ 89th St. 212.369.4880.
Ta Ta Darlings!!! Signing off as I am getting into shipshape to head for the South Street Seaport Museum and take in the luxuries and luminaries that sailed on the SS Normandie. Fan mail always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Polly Blogs: http://www.amazingartdecodivas.blogspot.com and don’t miss http://www.thefashionhistorianpollyguerin.blogspot.com.