Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Closet Envy: Curator Extraordinare Thelma Golden

Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Thelma Golden is equally revered for her keen eye for emerging artists as she is for her lively sartorial vision. Golden spent the bulk of her career as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which made her a fixture on the cosmopolitan contemporary art scene. Jet-setting around the globe in the name of art calls for an eclectic wardrobe for every season. Golden has been quoted as saying that if she didn't work in the arts, she'd love to work for Oprah. We think the fashion world would make a better fit... Here's what you had to say: Lanie commented: "I love that skirt.  :)" Keisha wrote: "A very clean and nice shot of her."

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Closet Envy: Thelma Golden

Thelma Golden by Alexandra Phanor-Faury Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem and author Thelma Golden is as equally revered for her visionary eye for emerging talent in the art world as she is for her intriguing vivid wardrobe. Golden spent the bulk of her career in the arts as an associate curator and curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art which made her a fixture on the international art scene. Flying around the globe in the name of art calls for an eclectic wardrobe for every season. While Golden has been quoted as saying if she weren’t working in the arts, she’d love to work for Oprah, we think the fashion world could use some of Golden’s lively sartorial vision. The art aficionado utilizes her diminutive frame as a walking canvas to create her own moving piece of art with her collection of high-designer pieces. Golden turns to interesting details, shapes, prints to add depth to her looks. Her uncompromising fashion and style mirrors her approach to her work: detailed, youthful and unconventional. Golden’s fashion statements haven’t gone unnoticed. The curator has been at the forefront of the New York social scene for years and we’ve come to expect nothing short of fabulous when it comes to her sense of style. As if Golden’s wardrobe isn’t to die for already, being married to one of the fashion industry’s great talents, Duro Olowu, provides Golden with an endless array of chic pieces that fall in line with her love of prints. Golden’s other go-to designers include Tracey Reese and Alaia. To ensure her designer wears fit her petite frame just right, Golden is a big advocate of alterations. Whether it’s shortening a hem or taking in a jacket, wearing clothes that complement her size has always been the most important element to feeling and looking great in her clothes. Her 16 feet closet space in her Brooklyn, New York home is not only packed with great altered pieces, her shoe collection isn’t too shabby either. Boxes of Prada and Sigerson Morrison line up the top and bottom shelves of her large closet. Take a look at creative spirit Thelma Golden’s spectacularly curated wardrobe.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Closet Envy: Marsha Burnett

Marsha Burnett by Alexandra Phanor-Faury “The way a person dresses is a direct reflection of their spirit and mood. It’s a silent form of expression and sometimes rebellion,” says manager, producer and director Marsha Burnett of her penchant for dressing up. In Burnett’s case her closet encompasses a myriad of styles and silhouettes to satisfy the London native’s evolving aura be it classic elegance or 70’s dancing queen. Nevertheless, there are staples hanging in Burnett’s colossal closet. The owner of full service production and tour management company, Conduit Artists Management and Musical Directions is a self-described “print fanatic”, loves sparkle and she’s got a soft spot for jumpsuits and wrap dresses. Travelling the country and the world working on projects for a diverse roster of clients which include The Lincoln Center, Black Girls Rock! Awards and Heineken, Burnett almost always takes time to peruse the local vintage shops for frocks from the 50’s and 60’s to introduce into her designer wardrobe. Essence.com got a chance to dig deeper into Burnett’s style philosophy, find out what she picked up at a thrift store while recently attending the Essence Luncheon and, of course, chat about her fabulous closet. Essence.com: How would you describe your style? Marsha Burnett: My style is pretty eclectic. It all depends on the opportunity for glamour and my mood. I gravitate toward classic cuts, color and recreating era looks. Coming from Britain, I have always had a punkier fashion sense. I only really came in to my style in my 20's. I primarily get my clothes at vintage stores. Where ever I am, I visit vintage stores. Other than that, I pick up designer pieces at showrooms or when I’m working a photoshoot. The benefits of having stylist friends! Essence.com: What one clothing item best represents you? MB: The jumpsuit.I have them in all styles: from day time silk classics to sequined evening disco. Essence.com: Who are your style icons? MB: Diana Ross. I also love the ease with which Sienna Miller wears clothes.Marni Senofonte has immaculate style. It’s amazing to see. Essence.com: How big is your closet? MB: Big! We turned a bedroom into a dressing room to accommodate our wardrobe. There’s one floor to ceiling wall of shoes and two walls of clothing racks. Essence.com: Describe some of your all time favorite pieces? MB: I have a penchant for 80's party dresses. You will find lots of those in my closet. Tracy Reese gold and pink sheath dress, that I’ve been wearing again and again for at least five years. I enjoyed when Stella McCartney was designing for Chloe and I have a couple items. My favorite being a heavy knit poncho slash caftan. My other favorites are mostly flirty day dresses by 50's and 60's designers with conservative knee lengths, but plenty of pleats, drapes and ruffles. Essence.com: When it comes to color and print where do you stand? MB: I am big on color and sparkle! But I’m even more of a print fanatic. Many of my pieces are from the 70's era, so it goes without saying that there's a lot of psychedelic prints in my closet. My favorite print shoe is the YSL canvas leopard pump.DVF printed wraps are a staple. Betsy Johnson has fun with color, print and texture. When I'm in a pinch, I can always run in and find something that works for me. Essence.com: Who are your favorite designers? MB: I love designers that rejoice the feminine form and aren't afraid to use sparkle, ruffles and color. I love Tracy Reese, Temperley, Christian Louboutin, Camilla & Mark, and Mara Hoffman. Essence.com: What do you wear on a usual day? MB: I work in the arts and there is a higher tolerance for my off-beat sense of style. My wardrobe choices can be as kooky as I like. For instance, yesterday I wore a vintage khaki flying suit with gold accessories. Depending on my date book, I will head to Harlem for a wardrobe change or go to the function straight from my show. Essence.com: What are some of your latest purchases? MB: Christian Louboutin burgundy pumps that are so ridiculously high, I get dizzy just thinking about them. While in Texas for SXSW, I picked up an amazing 70's full length, high neck black and gold lame dress that I can’t wear until next winter. In L.A. just before the Essence Luncheon, I ran into a thrift store on and found a beautiful off-white trench coat, perfect for cool spring evenings. Essence.com: What are you dying to get your hands on? MB: I would really like a new pair of silver dancing shoes and a cropped leather biker jacket.Oh,and the Camilla & Marc Ainsley slip dress. Essence.com: What style rules do you stick to? MB: Never show cleavage and full bare legs. It’s either one or the other. Don't try to match all your accessories, keep a tailor close and dress for yourself! Essence.com: What is your fool-proof outfit? MB: A well-tailored sheath dress that ends at the knee and a pair of killer five inch heels. You can’t really go wrong with that on.

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