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LIVING CURRENCIES ( PART ONE )

"Opinions are not numbers. Numbers don't lie.""Opinions are not numbers. Numbers don't lie."

I just finished reading Robert Lacey's wry biography of Eileen Ford. Once you stop to consider what this woman and her husband did, which is to build what we know as the modern modeling industry from scratch, it's as if their lives coalesce into a kind of cultural destiny.

"Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty", is a must read of a life history that justifies the Vogue Paris, NY Times and Vanity Fair tributes that poured in upon Mrs. Ford passing last year. But the book begs the question of what would an Eileen Ford make of the industry, if she were operating within its limits today. Reality TV reality, social media celebrity, Instagram metrics..how would her calculating mind reconcile these variables to her business practice.

I was at Le Petit Four on Sunset Plaza circulating the idle hiss about a former Gucci model who had relocated to LA in a smart act of rebranding, when I got immersed in a dialogue about management LA style, ( where such an occupation takes on life and death proportions.) The fashion driven but market conscious manger was updating me that he was swiveling his strategy away from the "blank manques" to the "slashers". For the details of that I go to the i-Phone transcript…

That MOLLY BAIR FLAIR Pt 2.

"I have never tried to hide my quirks or any part of my personality" Molly Bair"I have never tried to hide my quirks or any part of my personality" Molly Bair

Molly Bair. 100% authentic.

THAT MOLLY BAIR FLAIR : SPUR MARCH 15

Molly Bair/The Society. Photographed by Marcus Morris for Spur March 15Molly Bair/The Society. Photographed by Marcus Morris for Spur March 15

W double spreads, Coach campaigns and a turn as the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 15 bride

TI IS MAD FOR CÉLINE'S AESTHETIC OF DIFFIDENCE

Harleth/Society: DOUBLE FACE CAPE IN SNOW WHITE WOOL AND CASHMERE : FRINGED KNIT TOP IN OFF WHITE WOOL : CULOTTES IN OFF WHITE WOOL CREPEHarleth/Society: DOUBLE FACE CAPE IN SNOW WHITE WOOL AND CASHMERE : FRINGED KNIT TOP IN OFF WHITE WOOL : CULOTTES IN OFF WHITE WOOL CREPE

Got to play with piles of Céline the other day. That Phoebe Philo point-of-view shone through abundantly.

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