22 In Misc


I had such a blast in New York this past trip.  I want to thank Helen and Corinne from Me speaking

 I really enjoyed participating in the lively discussions, and look forward to more! The conference was a huge success, and all of the panelists bought their unique perspective.  So enjoyed hearing Susan Koger from Mod Cloth, and Dave Cook from The Find. 

Chictopia 2 

Jane and I always stay at the Soho Grand while in NY, and I want to thank them for a great visit–as usual…..

View from grand 

Here is the view from our room–Jane edited this photo a bit, but it was right before the snow, and the sky had such a cartoonish look….


Loved all of the Alice in Wonderland posters plastered all over….


The Gang—Lucrecia from Fashion is Poison, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere, Gennie from Maison de Reveries, and Esti from BuyDefinition in Austin.  

On a sadder note—-It was great to be in NY, but certainly the untimely death of Alexander McQueen left a dark cloud hanging over Fashion Week.  Driving by his store in the meat packing district was very emotional…the void his death has left was palpable in NY. 


I know Gucci announced this morning that the brand will continue, and I'm sure it was not an easy decision to make either way.  I for one am happy to hear that McQueen will carry on–there are so many people working at Alexander McQueen, and what a relief that they may not lose their jobs.  I'm going to hope for the best.  Alexander McQueen is irreplaceable.  There is no one person that could step into his shoes–I think an entire team will be needed to try to begin again.  I wish the line all the success in the world!

One of my readers just pointed out that my jacket was actually Proenza–I checked Style.com–she is right!!  I took it down.  I bought the jacket with no label at Neimans last call, and was told it was McQueen.  Thank you so much Caroline for pointing this out–an now I don't even have a piece of McQueen.  So sad……

  • sutton
    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

    what a great mcqueen piece. tragic loss!

  • fashion roadkill
    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for sharing your NYC photos… and the McQueen jacket is stunning!

  • Krizia
    February 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I’ve been to NY once, and it was a great experience.
    Can’t wait to go again!
    And I love the McQueen-jacket..
    I’m wondering how Gucci’s going to manage.. I personally don’t think Lee himself can be replaced, but I’m curious to see what will happen..
    Love your blog, by the way!
    x Krizia

  • Prêt à Porter P
    February 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh wow I didn’t know of Gucci’s announcement. Yes I feel relieved for the people that work under the brand. I figured the McQ line could exist w/o mcqueen, but the Alexander McQueen line, it’s going to be difficult… But then again it’s not a situation where the designer was bought out of his own name or contract disagreements (like helmut lang, hedi slimane, yves saint laurent, valentino…)
    Anywho, that coat you’re wearing is fabulous!

  • The Photodiarist
    February 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I really admired McQueen’s work. So depressing. On a happier note, I love how much you love New York!

  • Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
    February 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I just heard about Gucci’s announcement. What a huge responsibility the people who worked for McQueen now have . . .
    I would love to see more shots of your McQueen jacket, Judy. That’s the thing about McQueen’s work— I always want to see it from every angle possible, touch every bit of fabric, and even turn it inside out to see the lining! It looks gorgeous. What collection is it from?
    Glad you had fun in New York! It was freezing here this week.

  • angel swanson
    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    gorgeous photos; glad you had a great trip! i feel very fortunate that the only a.mcqueen piece i have came via plain objects. 🙂 it was the green/black suit… and i absolutely love it.

  • Nathaniel
    February 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Love your post…. Such a tragic loss. Loved seeing all you bloggers together!

  • Jessica
    February 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    its so true. what season is that piece from? it looks like his egypt collection.

  • Lisa
    February 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Your daughter Jane is looking frightfully thin. As her mother and a woman of your position, I’d hope you’d take better care of her and give this matter priority attention!

  • Pearl Westwood
    February 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Wow that truely is a spectacular piece of McQueen to own. Glad you had a great time in NY x

  • Caroline
    February 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Isn’t that a Proenza Jacket?

  • Sister Wolf
    February 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm


  • CC
    February 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    yes, it was shocking to hear of his passing. just shocking. i am glad the brand will continue as well.

  • LC
    February 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Judy will you please tell me what kind of camera and lens you and jane use most? I am trying to purchase it but they are so expensive that I would like to know what is worth buying and what isn’t. Just if you get a second.
    Thanks so much!

  • Kelly
    February 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I completely agree. I just did a post about my feelings toward’s the design house continuing to operate. I have mixed feelings of the house continuing on. I agree it’s great for his staff to be able to keep their jobs, although personally I would prefer that they show his last collection and let his career end while its considered iconic versus having a possible unknown come in and sully or try to emulate his life’s work. It’s a little disheartening to me.

  • Sarah M. Winchester
    February 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    The consignment shop I visit in Atlanta frequently had an army green McQueen sui t. Baggy pants and a fitted jacket. I am here on work and tried it on but the shoulders on the jacket were too tight. Perhaps it might work for you or Jane. They are wonderful. The shop is run by Francisco if you want to give them a buzz. I think they were going to put it up on ebay.
    I splurged and purchased some McQueen shoes and scarf this week. So…just so…

  • melissa
    February 19, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Congrats for the conference! I’m so sad for McQueen’s death too!

  • Hana
    February 19, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Congrats on speaking at the conference! I wish I could have been there and heard all the discussions. I just started blogging and learning about the process is just so interesting!

  • mollie middle
    February 19, 2010 at 1:41 am

    very nice pictures
    i always look to you and jane on how to combine an outfit!

  • Unsub
    February 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Wait, how are you going to say that you hope the McQueen line continues because of the jobs that might be lost? Wouldn’t you hope first and foremost that the line continues because of McQueen’s vision and aesthetic? Lord…

  • Mikkel Radicke
    February 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

    i love the pictures from new york!