Olive Live: Advice to Class of 2013 from Fern Mallis

Fashion industry executive Fern Mallis was the keynote speaker when the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college of the State University of New York system, held its 68th commencement exercises this morning at Javits Center North. More than 1,700 students were in attendance, receiving Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Mallis addressed the graduates at the commencement exercises held at 10:30 am for students in FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and the School of Liberal Arts. She also deservedly received a rare honor at FIT Commencement, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

President of the fashion and design consultancy, Fern Mallis LLC, she hosts the fashion industry conversation series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Fashion Icons w/ Fern Mallis, which features in-depth interviews with leading fashion designers and industry insiders. She also hosts Fashion Insiders w/ Fern Mallis on Sirius XM’s celebrity talk channel Stars.

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Olive Loves: Bonkuk Koo

There are times, my dears, when fashion moves far beyond the runaway or the street and becomes something much more like high art.

Seoul Korea-born and Fashion Institute of NYC educated Bonkuk Koo is one of those designers. His is the kind of creative mind whose imagination stretches past the confines of the ordinary.

“I want to make a dress which can be exhibited in her living-room rather than kept in her closet, “ say Koo on his blog. And boy, does he deliver!

Bonkuk Koo makes dresses inspired by the storm-tossed waves of the Hudson river, the intricate detailing of an antique guitar, by leaves in the wind, flower petals or geometric patterns.

These dresses that look more like sculpture and make the ladies wearing them – look as if they stepped from a dream.

Oh Bonkuk Koo, Olive loves you!

Hand-cut, crafted with care, each of his fantastical pieces is stunning look at what miracles can be achieved with mere scissor, thread and fabric. This young fella is a talent on the rise, my darlings! So keep your eyes open wide for his utterly unbelievable creations!

I attended his show this morning at New York Fashion Week – A total breath-taker! Here are a couple pics from Stoli. More pics to come soon XOXO



Olive Loves: New York Fashion Week

Where do I begin? There is so much to tell my dears, and still so much yet to happen! As you know I am in the midst of Fashion Week wonderfulness here in my hometown of the Big Apple and having the most incredible time.

It’s been a flurry of hosting and chatting and socializing and gaping at a barrage of absolutely fantastic outfits and people!

The event last Thursday with Caravan for Save the Garment Center went absolutely swimmingly! I was just in heaven, up at the Sky Bar gallivanting with costume designers and celebrities and rockers and  DJs and fashion stars, looking out over the sparkling city and all of that fun,  for a good, good cause.

I know you are all wondering what I ended up wearing that night and here goes – for footwear I wore my adorable Jerome Rousseau’s and received so many compliments my head just may swell! As for wardrobe and other accessories, I snuck into the dressing room ever so often to switch out my ensemble so that I could showcase each and every one of the lovely talented designers who were at the party that evening.

What else? Well, it was wonderful, just that. I think the photos tell a better story than I!

Some other notable mentions of grand things to come… we’ll have an interview with the fine folks who head the Save the Garment Center initiatives in just a few days…and one of my fav filmmakers, Maximilla Lukacs (you may remember her from a diary entry a few moons ago!), is premiering her fashion film right her in NYC this week for designer Orla Kiely, so don’t miss out on that!

In the meantime, my dears, stay tuned as I cover the fashion show runways, cavort at after-parties and cocktail hours, and all and all feel like a pretty princess. I’ll be hosting and attending a bevy of events over the next few days, so please, please keep reading my lovelies, as there are plenty of juicy entries to come.

Farewell from fashion week!