Don’t Mess with Texas

I love Dallas for 2 things, great models and Mexican food. They grow their models tall in Texas and there’s heaps of them pouring in from all around the lonestar state. The Texans love their flair so you always get a little bonus with them arriving with their snazzy outfits and sparkly accessories.  I’m a Californian and California has phenomenal mexican food. Texas has insane Mexican food. In the civil war-like Texas rivalry which is Pappacitos vs Chuys I always make Chuys a tradition ordering the “la comida deluxe” with a pillow and comforter chaser. I dream about that dish.This trip just happened to be the same time as game 3 of the Mavs-Lakers NBA playoff game so coupling with the fact that one of my models Colin Branca was in town shooting and me winning tix to the game on ebay we rolled hard with extra large foam finger in hand to watch a raucous cowboy mob cheer on their team to a buzzer beater and ultimately back breaking win over the Lakers.  Models, some potential but no one ready now. My best find was in the hyatt fitness center, a young 15 year old not in the competition. I hope her mom calls.

For casting assessment


Mavs-Lakers pix


Glowsticks required

When Kylie Minogue rolls into town it’s usually with her long time boyfriend and our beloved Wilhelmina model/fashion obsession Andres Velencoso. Papi hooked us up with private balcony seats for a crystal view of the show, hovering atop a sea of fashion queens smushed and pushed up inside the Hammerstein Ballroom for ferocious laser beam-video drone=creatine pumped rave-a-palooza. Grown men burst into flames when Queen of Dynasty Joan Collins arrived in balcony above us. This tour should be sponsored by the Shamwow to mop up the buckets of sweat from the colossal Ibiza-like dance party.


There’s way too many fabulous people at this dinner table

Venus, Nicole Miller, Nick Von K, Heather Graham

Nicole welcomed super talented Kiwi jewelry architect Nick Von K to new york with a New York welcome  pulling out the stops with a 40 person table at Indochine. Sitting him in between Heather Graham and Karen Duffy ensured a constant smile on his face. But it wasn’t until Zach Braff demonstrated his best runway down the length of the restaurant to us that the party hit its stride, followed by one of the legendary palm trees going down to the gasp of the room. Bloggers typing furiously. 8 glasses of wine later Nicole told me we were filming for her new webisodes soon to be a Bravo show. Thanks Nicole. Welcome to New York Nick.

I’m still alive

I’m always seeking inspiration in as many forms as possible. Rothko said that a picture must be miraculous and is deeply personal. I believe it should be the same with models and the image they convey to us in fashion.
A model’s performance should be as unrepeatable as the weather or emotions.
The encounter between image and viewer, photographer and model is ultimately private and defies explanation.

Be a Dutchess or wear shoes like one

Fans mob Macy's for Fergie

Wilhelmina represented  artist Fergie came to town to promote her sexy shoe line “Fergilicious” at Macys. First lucky 300 in line got a photo with her. I stopped by after work on my way to acupuncture to find a hungry mob of devotees in a scrum to catch of glimpse of the Dutchess.

Rockin Robyn

Aussie plus size model robin lawley slices into the fashion coolness by getting booked by steven meisel for italian vogue. This morning she just went live on vogues’ website homepage as the hot new face of the moment. Robyn is a true plus size at size 14 and after shooting her video for the site I realized what an extraordinary model she is. The business needs visionaries and Franca Sozzani is one of them.  Have the courage to re-define the borders of beauty.

The Cheshire Cat

Sam Way. This kid is one of my favorites. He’s always smiling and has this constant look like he has a secret that he can’t keep inside. You know him as the current face of tommy hilfiger. He’s an incredible magician and its rare that were with him where we don’t starting chanting for magic. No tricks necessary.