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SMOKE & MIRRORS is on a call…
and will be back at a later date.


very special edition:
Mary Katrantzou x The English Pound

If you’re in NYC this month be sure to check out
Daido Moriyama‘s latest exhibition,
“Now and Now”
at the Steven Kasher Gallery (521 W. 23rd Street),
on display until 5/4.


photo courtesy of art club 2000 x the new museum’s “1993″



For a constant stream of past and present inspiration:
follow your boy @smokeMHmirrors on Instagram
It’s the closest you’ll get to ‘outfit posts’ (ha)


The sun won’t come out…

(bottom) photo courtesy of manish arora

One of my favorite illustrators (and fellow Parsons peers), Hannah Lee, is back with a new zine based on what she’d give up for those four digit designer shoes. Entitled “Shoes Over Bills”, the 42-page edition of 200, is like one big Destiny’s Child infographic… had Tina not dictated their steez. (Purchase it here

What are bills, anyway?


find more Kehinde Wiley works here
and more Hair.Wise posts

Congrats to Janet on marrying Wissam… months ago.
I promise I’m not mad I wasn’t invited.

Third time’s a charm.
Find more J on the blog


We back, baby!
Re-up with
the new all this week on


returns from hiding
this weekend.


The blog returns this Friday. 


Anyone who knows me, knows I reek of Le Labo’s “Santal” fragrance – inside and out… myself (cologne), my home (candle and room spray), my clothes (detergent – yes! they make one!). I contributed a quote to a piece on the made-to-order brand’s burgeoning cult status for Paper. Peep the feature here


Thanks to everyone who inquired about my safety during and after Sandy.
I am safe and sound now. Almost back to normal…
Take a look below at what my hood endured.
Donate to the rebuild efforts in NYC and NJ


Works by Julia Randall.

A searing documentary on the year 1977 in New York City.
A very different place than it is today…
The birthplace of hip-hop, no wave/punk, and disco.
Featuring commentary by Zulu pioneer, Afrika Bambaataa, and more.


 find more Hair.Wise posts here

fashion focus: fashioning.cici

Song of the Day: “Sorry” – Ciara

My boy, Cesar Ramirez, has killed it once again! This time for client, Ciara’s latest video for new single, “Sorry” off her upcoming One Woman Army LP. He explains of the transformation, “We spent months working on this evolution… we really focused on creating this super naturally beautiful yet minimal look…the cut is inspired by her free flowing spirit. It’s a great medium length with lots of layers creating much movement. It has a rock and roll feeling, and yet still embraces the sexiness of her R&B/hip-hop music.”

To get the look, Ramirez used the Shu Uemura Tasai Versatile styling cream to create texture in her hair. He then used a flat iron to sculpt bends into the hair to perfectly frame her face. He finished the look with Shu Uemura’s Cotton Uzo to define the texture, add shine and give it some hold. Peep the video below.

Be sure to stop by The Suzanne Geiss Company gallery to view the
Antonio Lopez fashion illustration exhibition.
Going on now until October 20, 2012.

photos courtesy of the suzanne geiss company


Met up with Tumblr’s most popular fashion blog-turned-print mag founder, Willie Greene of WeTheUrban, for his #NYFW fete.
Be sure to visit his site and look out for Issue #5 on newsstands now.

photos courtesy of peachesisagoodgirl, buttdickandpussy, & papermag


At the Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years opening
at Artist’s Space, #NYFW.
Proud to say one of my Parsons professors is part of this crazy NYC collective!
Retrospective on display until December 16, 2012.


#NYFW S/S ’13 snap
at the GQ x Bally event,
courtesy of Warby Parker.


J.W. Anderson x Topshop
coming soon.

image courtesy of gary card

upd8: macaulay.culkin




L-L-L-Lemme see ya GRILLZ

images courtesy of vfiles

Yeah, I had drinks with Boo and Broccoli Rob for my birthday.
It’s a NEW DAY, hoe!

Song of the Day: “New Day” – Alicia Keys, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent 


more “Reverse Cleavage” this way…