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Fashion Dilettante by Jen Cohn

Fashion Dilettante by Jen Cohn

Fashion Dilettante is the place where New York voice artist Jen Cohn indulges her obsession for all things fashion. Join Jen as she travels between the major fashion cities, interviewing the movers and shakers behind the trends. From designers to retailers, artists to editors, tastemakers to fashionistas - this is an inside look at the world of style from the perspective of an insatiably curious outsider. FashionDilettante.com - where fabulous gets real.

Episodes

The DIVINE Andre J
35:25
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 35:25
The DIVINE Andre J

I’ve been looking forward to doing a piece on Andre J since launching FD.

Who is Andre J? Honey, where to begin…

Andre’s an inspiration. A ray of light! A living example of triumph over adversity and circumstance.

AndreDog3shot French Vogue cover AndreSmoking3shot

He’s a model. A muse. A fashion icon. An otherworldly presence around town (Whichever side of the pond you’re on.)

He’s the only black male ever to grace the cover of French Vogue. He started the trend of gender-bending models and campaigns. (He’s just been joined by a second male covergirl in January 2013, this time on the cover of Serbian Elle. And, funny enough, by another ‘Andre J’–the lovely Andrej Pejik.)

He’s Carine Roitfeld’s co-conspirator on an as-yet-secret project (hush hush!). He’s appeared on LOGO, on the runway for Charlie Le Mindu during the couture shows in Paris, on Refinery 29 teaching us girls how to walk in heels, and he just wrapped shooting for Germany’s Next Top Model with Heidi Klum.

AndreAndTheBoys

And while the shiny surface is the first thing that hits you, Andre goes deep. He lives his message of love and generosity 24/7 and is dedicated to giving back. He’s a role model to anyone striving to live their own truth.

So if you’re looking for a dose of fabulous sprinkled with self-love and empowerment, look no further…

Listen to the podcast with Andre HERE:

Antoni & Alison Celebrate 25 Years
35:05
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 35:05
Antoni & Alison Celebrate 25 Years

Creative partnerships.

Simon and Garfunkel. Lucy and Desi. Sonny and Cher.

They rocked while they lasted, but they inevitably burned out.

And then, there are the ones who makes it look easy…

London based designers Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts of Antoni & Alison just celebrated their line’s 25 year anniversary, and their work shows no signs of slowing down.

Their dresses rock, year in and year out. Beautiful patterns, impeccably made, universally flattering, and wittily designed… There’s no mistaking their pieces for anyone else’s. Their joint vision is singular and uniquely special.

And everyone in the know, knows it. Their incredible body of work has been archived by the Victoria and Albert museum, and they’ve opened the last two London Fashion Weeks.

I got to sit down and talk with the charming Antoni Burakowski at Premiere Classe last season.

What a treat!

He told me the story of how the line started and has evolved, about this season’s collection, ‘New Work‘, about his and Alison’s joint creative process, and about the awkward relationship between art and fashion.

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

The full audio interview is available below or on iTunes

Next time you’re in London, check out their latest venture - Ye Olde Worlde Super Modern Tea Room, a brand new tea and coffee boite on the top floor of their shop. They’ve even designed their own tea service… I’m dying to see!

So Happy Anniversary, Antoni & Alison!

Thanks for keeping it together – you’re an inspiration to us all.

For more info, go to www.antoniandalison.co.uk

Listen to the interview here:

MAC Daddy John Stapleton
19:36
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 19:36
MAC Daddy John Stapleton

How does makeup reflect the times we live in? What do lipstick colors and eyebrow shapes have to do with politics? And how does it happen that makeup artists all over the world converge with a common vision by the end of each Fashion Week?

I had the pleasure of talking with the charming, brilliant, and bad-ass MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton about these questions and more.

We talked about Occupy Chic, Amy Winehouse, the vibe backstage at each major city’s Fashion Week, and what makeup trends you need to try this fall (audio interview at the bottom of the page).

He also let us film him at MAC Pro’s Flatiron studio, where he showed us how to achieve an Occupy-inspired look:

And check out the interview here:

Soul Cycle
22:33
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 22:33
Soul Cycle

If Soul Cycle is a cult, then I’ve drank the Kool-Aid.

In just a few short years since its 2006 founding, Soul Cycle has grown into something extraordinarily rare: an exclusive luxury brand in the fitness world. It enjoys an obsessive, quasi-religious following within New York fashion- and entertainment-industry circles, counting among its devotees such power players as Mickey Drexler, Chelsea Clinton, Brooke Shields, and Katie Holmes. (…and now can service them on both coasts! Soul Cycle West Hollywood is up and spinning as of February 10th.)

For the many Soul Cycle faithful, it’s more than just a spin class; it’s a lifestyle. One that promotes seizing your day, taking no prisoners, and of dressing like a workout warrior. It’s a philosophy, a full-blown aesthetic. It has it’s own mantra, candle, and kick-ass clothing line.

So my question is: How did they do it? How do you build a fitness brand with fashion cachet?

I talked to co-founder/owner Julie Rice at her office in Tribeca (below)

For more info on Soul Cycle, go to Soul-Cycle.com

Listen to the interview here:

MAWI
31:52
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 31:52
MAWI

 

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then MAWI must feel pretty damn admired.

I’ve been avidly following this London-based line for a decade now, and season after season, they come up with the most innovative, rockstar, sumptuous pieces—the pieces that inspire everyone else in the industry.

They’ve had a stellar rise, and a very exciting ride these last few years: The Walpole Luxury Brand of Tomorrow award, three seasons worth of New Generation Awards from the British Fashion Council, and recognition from the British Luxury Society. They’ve designed runway accessories for Hugo Boss and are partnering with Disney Couture on a delicious line called “Minnie Mawi.” They’ve racked up a huge celebrity following, worn by everyone from Mary Kate Olsen to Rihanna to the British First Lady. And they’ve opened both an e-shop and their first MAWI boutique in Shoreditch.

Here’s a video I shot with them in Paris last year:

For more info on Mawi, go to mawi.co.uk

And here’s an interview with designer Mawi Keivom and Managing Director Tim Awan:

Nary Manivong and NAHM
20:41
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 20:41
Nary Manivong and NAHM

Every now and then, you come across a fashion story so impressive, so inspiring, it makes you feel like a schmuck for all the things you haven’t achieved.

Try this one…

A 14-year-old boy, the son of Laotian immigrant parents, is abandoned by his mother and father, left to fend for himself on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Homeless, the boy turns to gangs, drugs, and crime. But miraculously, by the grace of God and Anna Wintour, he falls upon a copy of Vogue magazine… and his life is changed forever.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Nary Manivong.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nary upon the release of “Dressed”, a documentary about his remarkable journey (see link below).

At the same time, his AMAZING new line with partner Ally Hilfiger, NAHM, was debuting in New York. And now, to top it all off, NAHM was recently nominated for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award.

Here are some photos from this week’s FW 2012/2013 collection

NAHM1 NAHM2 NAHM3 FW12 NAHM NEW YORK 2/10/2012

Some photos of the FW 2011/2012 collection

NAHM3 NAHM1 NAHM2 NAHM4

and a video of the SS 2012 collection.

For  information about DRESSED: The Movie, go to dressedmovie.com

For info about NAHM, go to nahm-ny.com

 

Listen to an interview with Nary here:

The Jenifesto – Welcome!
7:51
2017-09-21 01:33:38 UTC 7:51
The Jenifesto – Welcome!

To hear how Fashion Dilettante came about, listen to the Jenifesto:

The DIVINE Andre J
35:25
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 35:25
The DIVINE Andre J

I’ve been looking forward to doing a piece on Andre J since launching FD.

Who is Andre J? Honey, where to begin…

Andre’s an inspiration. A ray of light! A living example of triumph over adversity and circumstance.

AndreDog3shot French Vogue cover AndreSmoking3shot

He’s a model. A muse. A fashion icon. An otherworldly presence around town (Whichever side of the pond you’re on.)

He’s the only black male ever to grace the cover of French Vogue. He started the trend of gender-bending models and campaigns. (He’s just been joined by a second male covergirl in January 2013, this time on the cover of Serbian Elle. And, funny enough, by another ‘Andre J’–the lovely Andrej Pejik.)

He’s Carine Roitfeld’s co-conspirator on an as-yet-secret project (hush hush!). He’s appeared on LOGO, on the runway for Charlie Le Mindu during the couture shows in Paris, on Refinery 29 teaching us girls how to walk in heels, and he just wrapped shooting for Germany’s Next Top Model with Heidi Klum.

AndreAndTheBoys

And while the shiny surface is the first thing that hits you, Andre goes deep. He lives his message of love and generosity 24/7 and is dedicated to giving back. He’s a role model to anyone striving to live their own truth.

So if you’re looking for a dose of fabulous sprinkled with self-love and empowerment, look no further…

Listen to the podcast with Andre HERE:

Antoni & Alison Celebrate 25 Years
35:05
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 35:05
Antoni & Alison Celebrate 25 Years

Creative partnerships.

Simon and Garfunkel. Lucy and Desi. Sonny and Cher.

They rocked while they lasted, but they inevitably burned out.

And then, there are the ones who makes it look easy…

London based designers Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts of Antoni & Alison just celebrated their line’s 25 year anniversary, and their work shows no signs of slowing down.

Their dresses rock, year in and year out. Beautiful patterns, impeccably made, universally flattering, and wittily designed… There’s no mistaking their pieces for anyone else’s. Their joint vision is singular and uniquely special.

And everyone in the know, knows it. Their incredible body of work has been archived by the Victoria and Albert museum, and they’ve opened the last two London Fashion Weeks.

I got to sit down and talk with the charming Antoni Burakowski at Premiere Classe last season.

What a treat!

He told me the story of how the line started and has evolved, about this season’s collection, ‘New Work‘, about his and Alison’s joint creative process, and about the awkward relationship between art and fashion.

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

The full audio interview is available below or on iTunes

Next time you’re in London, check out their latest venture - Ye Olde Worlde Super Modern Tea Room, a brand new tea and coffee boite on the top floor of their shop. They’ve even designed their own tea service… I’m dying to see!

So Happy Anniversary, Antoni & Alison!

Thanks for keeping it together – you’re an inspiration to us all.

For more info, go to www.antoniandalison.co.uk

Listen to the interview here:

MAC Daddy John Stapleton
19:36
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 19:36
MAC Daddy John Stapleton

How does makeup reflect the times we live in? What do lipstick colors and eyebrow shapes have to do with politics? And how does it happen that makeup artists all over the world converge with a common vision by the end of each Fashion Week?

I had the pleasure of talking with the charming, brilliant, and bad-ass MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton about these questions and more.

We talked about Occupy Chic, Amy Winehouse, the vibe backstage at each major city’s Fashion Week, and what makeup trends you need to try this fall (audio interview at the bottom of the page).

He also let us film him at MAC Pro’s Flatiron studio, where he showed us how to achieve an Occupy-inspired look:

And check out the interview here:

Soul Cycle
22:33
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 22:33
Soul Cycle

If Soul Cycle is a cult, then I’ve drank the Kool-Aid.

In just a few short years since its 2006 founding, Soul Cycle has grown into something extraordinarily rare: an exclusive luxury brand in the fitness world. It enjoys an obsessive, quasi-religious following within New York fashion- and entertainment-industry circles, counting among its devotees such power players as Mickey Drexler, Chelsea Clinton, Brooke Shields, and Katie Holmes. (…and now can service them on both coasts! Soul Cycle West Hollywood is up and spinning as of February 10th.)

For the many Soul Cycle faithful, it’s more than just a spin class; it’s a lifestyle. One that promotes seizing your day, taking no prisoners, and of dressing like a workout warrior. It’s a philosophy, a full-blown aesthetic. It has it’s own mantra, candle, and kick-ass clothing line.

So my question is: How did they do it? How do you build a fitness brand with fashion cachet?

I talked to co-founder/owner Julie Rice at her office in Tribeca (below)

For more info on Soul Cycle, go to Soul-Cycle.com

Listen to the interview here:

MAWI
31:52
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 31:52
MAWI

 

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then MAWI must feel pretty damn admired.

I’ve been avidly following this London-based line for a decade now, and season after season, they come up with the most innovative, rockstar, sumptuous pieces—the pieces that inspire everyone else in the industry.

They’ve had a stellar rise, and a very exciting ride these last few years: The Walpole Luxury Brand of Tomorrow award, three seasons worth of New Generation Awards from the British Fashion Council, and recognition from the British Luxury Society. They’ve designed runway accessories for Hugo Boss and are partnering with Disney Couture on a delicious line called “Minnie Mawi.” They’ve racked up a huge celebrity following, worn by everyone from Mary Kate Olsen to Rihanna to the British First Lady. And they’ve opened both an e-shop and their first MAWI boutique in Shoreditch.

Here’s a video I shot with them in Paris last year:

For more info on Mawi, go to mawi.co.uk

And here’s an interview with designer Mawi Keivom and Managing Director Tim Awan:

Nary Manivong and NAHM
20:41
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 20:41
Nary Manivong and NAHM

Every now and then, you come across a fashion story so impressive, so inspiring, it makes you feel like a schmuck for all the things you haven’t achieved.

Try this one…

A 14-year-old boy, the son of Laotian immigrant parents, is abandoned by his mother and father, left to fend for himself on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Homeless, the boy turns to gangs, drugs, and crime. But miraculously, by the grace of God and Anna Wintour, he falls upon a copy of Vogue magazine… and his life is changed forever.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Nary Manivong.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nary upon the release of “Dressed”, a documentary about his remarkable journey (see link below).

At the same time, his AMAZING new line with partner Ally Hilfiger, NAHM, was debuting in New York. And now, to top it all off, NAHM was recently nominated for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award.

Here are some photos from this week’s FW 2012/2013 collection

NAHM1 NAHM2 NAHM3 FW12 NAHM NEW YORK 2/10/2012

Some photos of the FW 2011/2012 collection

NAHM3 NAHM1 NAHM2 NAHM4

and a video of the SS 2012 collection.

For  information about DRESSED: The Movie, go to dressedmovie.com

For info about NAHM, go to nahm-ny.com

 

Listen to an interview with Nary here:

The Jenifesto – Welcome!
7:51
2017-10-03 08:29:36 UTC 7:51
The Jenifesto – Welcome!

To hear how Fashion Dilettante came about, listen to the Jenifesto: