05 February 2018


A new book from @rizzolibooks#howtoslay is on my slay-dar right now. (from my ig feed)

Another must have You say? 
Yes Indeed. 

Written by Constance C.R. White How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style looks at the last three decades of Black style influencers and their inspirations. Photographer Itaysha Johnson's cover photo and the two below are the most stunning of the moment photographs in the book—author, photographer, model and stylist interpret classic styles and cultural references with ease, not to mention CHIC.

Model Gaye McDonald wears an American Classic—the peacoat.
Another glorious photograph by Itaysha Jordan echoes the hairstyle Bantu knots of the tribe in southern Africa.

White insists How To Slay is meant to be fun, informative. 
It is that, along with being a visual feast of Style in page after page.

Among her many topics, Ms White considers the Afro, a hairstyle synonymous with 70's Black Culture, and its context as a symbol of protest during the decade.

While women then felt the style interfered with their job prospects, today women are wearing the Afro with great frequency. Think gorgeous actress, Lupito Nyongo and her closely cropped head, but for my taste—the bigger the better, as author White writes, "The Afro is so cool and singular." 

One of my favourite singers Nina Simone is recognized in the book and I can think of no women of that decade that personifies authentic black Chic. 
Yes, this book is full of Black Chic—but just CHIC will do in the case of How To Slay. Other divas of the 70's like Diana Ross make appearances, along with today's trailblazers in style Alicia Keyes, Janell Monae, and Eryka Badu, three of the most individually stylish women today.

Actress Pam Grier, star of Foxy Brown, was the epitome of everything modern in 70's Black style. It's fantastic to see all of these women, and lest we forget the men, assembled within the pages of this book. 

I for one, as is obvious from my own book, love to see a book that assembles everything on its subject with killer photographs and commentary. White pulls it together—the divas, the color, the attitudes, the textiles & patterns, the influencers, all aspects of Black Style. 
That 60's term & movement, "BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL" comes to mind within every page of HOW TO SLAY.  It remains so today, and definitively so in HOW TO SLAY.

21 January 2018

this week: ATLANTA

I am excited to be speaking at The Cathedral Antiques Show on Thursday at 1:30. Once upon a time, I was in and out of Atlanta off to ADAC with clients. While that has diminished I always loved that design center. A quick trip it will be and then to Chattanooga to spend a little time with my niece.

If you're in Atlanta, I'd love to meet you at the lecture and book signing, or at the Preview Party on Wednesday night.
Check their website for details, here.

I've also just established a storefront "CACHE " on my website here. There are several pages of  things on the site, each page showing just THREE pieces in the collection so be sure to scroll through all five pages. I'll be adding pieces regularly.

16 January 2018

WEDGWOOD, not your Grandmother's Porcelain

A new book—WEDGWOOD A Story of Creation & Innovation, by Gaye Blake-Roberts Curator of the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, is masterfully laid out, designed, photographed, & styled. Blake-Roberts with her collaborators has breathed new life into your grandmother's Wedgwood.

With more and more throwaway design, the artistry of Wedgwood is a treasure, as is the book. It's beautiful.

I've long found the dusty colors of WEDGWOOD magical. Josiah Wedgwood's 5000 trials between the years of 1772 to 1774, are a testament to his determination to perfect his Jasper production.

 trays of Jasper Trials (below)

The book's section with pages from the Wedgwood pattern books, catalogs, and archives is a study in the illustrations of the pieces proposed and the abundance of creative minds that designed Wedgwood.

 the Fairyland Lustre Pattern Book, c 1915

 one of Wedgwood's 26 "JAPAN" patterns, c 1815.

Two designs for a Toilet Ewer in the Cornflower and Strawberry patterns, c, 1917.

A Wedgwood centerpiece bowl in detail— with blue jasper overlayed in a white and yellow strapwork basketweave pattern. The full-blown bowl, c 1790, appears to echo the elaborate nature of the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion that was being built in 1787.

Having just returned from Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post's Washington D.C. estate with her extensive (is it 1700 pieces?), I have a greater appreciation for the intricacies and artistry of porcelain, and the book WEDGWOOD is a porcelain lover's dream—book.

14 January 2018

Everything you wanted to know about—David Hicks

David Hicks left the very best of legacies—two of his children are carving out their creative lanes individually and together by presenting their colorful father's copious scrapbooks in a new book—DAVID HICKS SCRAPBOOKS.

More than any biography, these scrapbooks give Hicks devotees an inside look at what made the man tick—and keep on ticking. India Hicks and Ashley Hicks are both powerhouses, expanding the boundaries of their father's design lexicon in their own endeavors.

the Hicks alphabet above, below the family's luggage tags



If you are a fan–and HICKS is one of these "modernists" that has endured, and will continue to do so. It's his ability to mingle the old, the antique, the ancient with color, geometry, masculinity (& without a hunt scene in sight) that has made his work Endure.

The book is a Chronology in HICKSIAN BEAUTY & STYLE in 1 weighty tome.


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