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April 7, 2011

On my Techincs Programmable Turntable in 1985: Lone Justice


I was mad about Lone Justice‘s debut album in 1985. Maria McKee had the voice and the band a sound that was often described as cowpunk. I went to see them live at The Park West in October of 1986. I still remember that as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I didn’t quite remember that she was about the same age as I was at the time. She sounded so much wiser than her 21 years.

‘Ways to be wicked,”  “Don’t toss us away” and “East of Eden” were three of the album’s standout cuts, which were produced by current “American Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine. I turn 47 on the 9th, and sometimes, late at night, I suspect that perhaps I still I know so many ways to be wicked but I don’t know a single thing about love. I definitely felt that way at 21.

They appeared on “SNL” on December of 1986. They opened for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and U2 and performed at Farm Aid.

Maria McKee was one of the most underrated talents to come out of the 80’s. “East of Eden” puts to shame anything by any woman on the charts in 2011. Listen to how pointedly offhanded she can invoke more sexual innuendo in one line in “Ways to be Wicked” than Rihanna can invoke in a whole CD. In 1989, Maria released her first solo album “Gotta Sin to Get Saved”, which contains one of my favorite song titles of all time: “I’ve forgotten what it was in you that put the need in me.” (It’s only rivaled by Dinah Washington’s “My new man is an undertaker and he’s got a coffin just your size,” which appears on one of my favorite albums of all time “The Late, Late Show.”)

Listen to the title track on “Gotta sin…” and hear how much Miranda Lambert, for instance, might owe to Maria McKee. The current crop of country tough love girls should be indebted to Maria’s songwriting–even when it’s been stripped of every ounce of authenticity by the likes of Carrie Underwood (Undo It, Last Name, Before He Cheats) and the unbearably cloying Taylor Swift (see recent ACM performance. Miss Swift, YOU TALKING TO ME? Why you got to be so meaningless?)


Lone Justice on iTunes

April 7, 2011

It’s This Erdem

The prettiest floral dress of the season?  It’s this Erdem shown here, available at Barneys New York or Neiman Marcus, $1,370.

If it’s not in your budget, don’t despair. Visit your local Macy’s and check out  Rachel by Rachel Roy. Great vibrant prints  like this and this for under $120.

Or click here and here for two you would definitely buy from Ann Taylor.

For more Erdem check out Style.com

April 7, 2011

The most beautiful watch in the world?

Georg Jensen Men’s Koppel 18K Watch  pays homage to the original understated design that Henning Koppel created back in 1978. Elegant black dots replace the traditional numerals around the circumference of the 41mm dial. $6,200

April 7, 2011

DESIGN: Ward Bennett

Double Helix flatware for Sasaki, 1985, MOMA permanent collection

Crystal vase, 1960, MOMA permanent collection

In a career spanning postwar austerity to 80’s excesses, Mr. Bennett designed everything from furniture to dresses, from homes to jewelry. His clients included Gianni Agnelli, the Italian industrialist; David Rockefeller and the Chase Manhattan Bank; Tiffany’s; and Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.

He was one of the earliest American designers to introduce industrial materials into the home, well before the high-tech look became popular in the 70’s.

”I design interiors, and furniture and flatware, and so forth. But I think the way I live is maybe the most meaningful.” Ward Bennett 1917-2003

Circa 1965, for Lehigh Leopold Sofa. Reupholstered in blue Spinneybeck leather, $14,000 at CONVERSOMOD.com

April 7, 2011

Clutch Cargo: Knock them out with the Alexander McQueen Lace Four-Finger Knuckle Duster

My clients constantly request clutches that are actually practical  in size and, increasingly, with some sort of shoulder strap.

Yes, the Bottega  “Knot” is the go to red carpet clutch, but ever try putting in anything more that your lipstick and credit card and a breath mint?

Enter the newly enlarged Alexander McQueen four finger knuckle clutch. Not only will it hold your phone, your makeup and reading glasses, it will add four rings to your jewelry collection every time you slip it on.

Carry it this way and you can carry your drink and a sparkling conversation at the same time. Just don’t get carried away by  all the compliments you’ll receive.

I’ve just bought a client a different version of the one pictured above and it is an absolute husband proof TKO.

This version is made of buff kidskin with ivory floral-lace overlay with skull and jewel accents adorning the four-finger top. Available everywhere the Black American Express card is welcome (see Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Helen Yi Chicago).