Spotlight on Betsey Johnson.

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Empires may crumble but great leaders and innovators never fade out from the fabric of time. They are celebrated always with merriment and admiration. Betsey Johnson is no exception to this truth. After thirty-four years on top of the fashion world the, forever respected, designer has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. She was and is the epitome of fun, free and forever young. Here are some photos that bare witness to the great creativity and mastery that was the Betsey Johnson brand. Also, be sure to check her online store, as everything must go but, I have a feeling we have not seen the last of this original wonder woman.

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Vintage Betsey Johnson 1960’s

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These models were temporarily tattooed by Betsey herself by hand for her 2012 Spring runway show!

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This woman (above) is gorgeous. Check her and the other Betsey dolls in the video below.

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I’m in love with this dress.

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Go Gurrl! Not bad for a woman of 69 years old!

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We will miss you.

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Empire Beauty: “The Tents” Documentary

If you dig Fashion this documentary will rock your socks off! I LOVE Fashion and I LOVE New York. This documentary incorporates both a history of Fashion and of a magical period that changed the face of Fashion in New York City (and the world for that matter) forever…. A must see for Fashion heads everywhere! It can be found on Netflix, Cablevision on-demand and iTunes. Buen Provecho!

Fall Foliage: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012 – The Word Game!

I’m a very passionate Latina woman. So, I LOVE many things! I LOVE words maybe just as much as I LOVE fashion! Actually you may think I’m a bit crazy, but, (CONFESSION) I FALL in LOVE with words… I literally get butterflies in my stomach when I discover new words that have a melodic syllabic flow… True story. (Bashful face) and I even think that the letter sequence of certain words are almost like artistic creations. I also feel this same way each season when new collections are revealed on virgin catwalks. Each season comes with new opportunities to fall in Love with Fashion all over again!

For this article I’ve decided to take my two favorite LOVES and marry them in creative matrimony…. A Posh Pirate special! So this is how we play the game. I’m going to choose one word and from that one word, I will find multiple words within that word to describe each of these Oscar de la Renta works of art. This is a game called “Word in a Word”

1. Mellifluous (My current love!) 

My Word Finds: Soulful, Fuse, Emus (it’s a bird lol)

…….okay okay so this was a hard one, but I had to get it out of the way and use this beautiful word early on. The definition is just as beautiful as this de la Renta sunrise puffed out skirt. It means, having a smooth rich flow, mellifluous voice, filled with something (as honey) that sweetens!

My one and only gripe, sorry Oscar, is that I would have used a different model. Maybe an olive toned Mediterranean or Latina with dark brunette locks up in a bun, like a flamenco dancer and scratch the earrings, the dress is bold enough alone. Place a red flower in the ear or on an elastic band. Nude make up and fiery red lips! Magic.

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2. Fashionista

My Word Finds: Astonish, Shaitans (n. – (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray), Satin,  Softish

This looks like an outfit I would wear to ‘The Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival’. To wear this there would be dream like…mmmm.

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3. Glamorous 

My Word Finds: Amorous, Orgasm, Goal, Glam, Slam (as in Slam Dunk), Soar, Loom

I adore the effect of this fabric. A corset belt would accentuate in all the right places.

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4. Sophisticate

My Word Finds: Spice, Chaos, Hottie, Poetic, Patches, Shape, Taste, Teach, Toast, Ace, Hips

This has Posh Pirate written all over it… Classy, sassy and Flashy! Love this look.. Minus the fish nets. I would go with a Cuban heel stocking.

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5. Androgynous

My Word Finds: Sugar, Adorn, Young, Aura, Ray, Rad

My favorite detail would have to be the brooch tie! It balances and centers the whole outfit.

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6. Intellectual 

My Word Finds: Entice, Tune, Intact, Lucent, Talent, Elate, Cute (Not my favorite word) but it works..

What I enjoy the most is the way the models soft features compliment the outfit. Such a great match. My personal taste is a bit more flamboyant, (Love love love the word Flamboyant) but I can appreciate the simplicity of this outfit.

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7. Untouchable 

My Word Finds: Hot, Hue, Halo, Haute

I would Rock the shit out of this outfit! The proper hair and make-up will turn this look up about ten notches…

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8. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

My Word Finds: Glorious, Ace, Fire, Ego, Flare, Gold, Perfect, Sex, Luscious, Praise, Arousal, Artful 

This outfit to ME is ravishing… The shirt alone is bewitching. The whole outfit in its entirety is prepossessing without being too much. Its Beautiful and mainly its elegant.

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Life is full of wonder and beauty! For me its Art, Words, Fashion, Food, Culture ……. (Laughter) actually for me its almost everything ……. that culminates to an appreciation for my existence. For you it might be other delights. The key is to indulge in what inspires you. Oscar de la Renta inspires ME as does the sounds of words dancing off my tongue… lol. Thank You for taking the time to indulge with me.

“Act like a Lady, Kick Ass like a Kung-Fu master!”

Fall Foliage: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012 – The Word Game!

I’m a very passionate Latina woman. So, I LOVE many things! I LOVE words maybe just as much as I LOVE fashion! Actually you may think I’m a bit crazy, but, (CONFESSION) I FALL in LOVE with words… I literally get butterflies in my stomach when I discover new words that have a melodic syllabic flow… True story. (Bashful face) and I even think that the letter sequence of certain words are almost like artistic creations. I also feel this same way each season when new collections are revealed on virgin catwalks. Each season comes with new opportunities to fall in Love with Fashion all over again!

For this article I’ve decided to take my two favorite LOVES and marry them in creative matrimony…. A Posh Pirate special! So this is how we play the game. I’m going to choose one word and from that one word, I will find multiple words within that word to describe each of these Oscar de la Renta works of art. This is a game called “Word in a Word”

1. Mellifluous (My current love!) 

My Word Finds: Soulful, Fuse, Emus (it’s a bird lol)

…….okay okay so this was a hard one, but I had to get it out of the way and use this beautiful word early on. The definition is just as beautiful as this de la Renta sunrise puffed out skirt. It means, having a smooth rich flow, mellifluous voice, filled with something (as honey) that sweetens!

My one and only gripe, sorry Oscar, is that I would have used a different model. Maybe an olive toned Mediterranean or Latina with dark brunette locks up in a bun, like a flamenco dancer and scratch the earrings, the dress is bold enough alone. Place a red flower in the ear or on an elastic band. Nude make up and fiery red lips! Magic.

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2. Fashionista

My Word Finds: Astonish, Shaitans (n. – (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray), Satin,  Softish

This looks like an outfit I would wear to ‘The Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival’. To wear this there would be dream like…mmmm.

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3. Glamorous 

My Word Finds: Amorous, Orgasm, Goal, Glam, Slam (as in Slam Dunk), Soar, Loom

I adore the effect of this fabric. A corset belt would accentuate in all the right places.

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4. Sophisticate

My Word Finds: Spice, Chaos, Hottie, Poetic, Patches, Shape, Taste, Teach, Toast, Ace, Hips

This has Posh Pirate written all over it… Classy, sassy and Flashy! Love this look.. Minus the fish nets. I would go with a Cuban heel stocking.

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5. Androgynous

My Word Finds: Sugar, Adorn, Young, Aura, Ray, Rad

My favorite detail would have to be the brooch tie! It balances and centers the whole outfit.

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6. Intellectual 

My Word Finds: Entice, Tune, Intact, Lucent, Talent, Elate, Cute (Not my favorite word) but it works..

What I enjoy the most is the way the models soft features compliment the outfit. Such a great match. My personal taste is a bit more flamboyant, (Love love love the word Flamboyant) but I can appreciate the simplicity of this outfit.

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7. Untouchable 

My Word Finds: Hot, Hue, Halo, Haute

I would Rock the shit out of this outfit! The proper hair and make-up will turn this look up about ten notches…

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8. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

My Word Finds: Glorious, Ace, Fire, Ego, Flare, Gold, Perfect, Sex, Luscious, Praise, Arousal, Artful 

This outfit to ME is ravishing… The shirt alone is bewitching. The whole outfit in its entirety is prepossessing without being too much. Its Beautiful and mainly its elegant.

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Life is full of wonder and beauty! For me its Art, Words, Fashion, Food, Culture ……. (Laughter) actually for me its almost everything ……. that culminates to an appreciation for my existence. For you it might be other delights. The key is to indulge in what inspires you. Oscar de la Renta inspires ME as does the sounds of words dancing off my tongue… lol. Thank You for taking the time to indulge with me.

“Act like a Lady, Kick Ass like a Kung-Fu master!”

IN A CLASS All HER OWN: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe By Andy Warhol (1962)

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe 

Click here for VanityFair article on Marilyn Monroe 

Legends never die. This has never been more true, especially when speaking of the silver screen siren, Marilyn Monroe. 50 years after her departure from this earths soil, Marilyn is still gracing the covers of major fashion magazines and debuting in world renowned film festivals. Vanity Fair pays tribute to the fallen Goddess with exclusive outtakes from her last on-set photoshoot and The 2012 Cannes film festival, has chosen to share the spotlight with Marilyn, as they too celebrate the festivals 65th anniversary.

They say she was born a ward of the state bouncing from orphanage to orphanage, but if you ask me, she was a born a wonder to the world. An enigma in her own right. The offspring of seduction. The creator of fantasy and sexual suggestiveness. Given the name Norma Jeane Mortenson at birth; re-named Marilyn Monroe at her rebirth, draped in an air of devilish innocence, this single starlet lit up the Hollywood skies and the imagination of men and women everywhere. From the likes of icon Andy Warhol to baseball extraordinair, Joe DiMaggio, whom she shared a short lived engagement with before moving on to playwright, Arthur Miller, who wed in 1956; Mrs. Monroe wooed them all! Not even our 35th President stood a chance against this enticing hypnotist. Her aura was like a starving lioness on the prowl seeking whom she may devour… Not even Marilyn knew the effect that she had on her many admirers.

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After her untimely death at the tender age of 36, the world grieved and have been mourning ever since. We are not celebrating the anniversary of her death so much as we are revering the existence of a LEGEND. Long live the one and only, queen of the screen, Marilyn Monroe.

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The Official Marilyn Monroe Website

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R I P Marilyn Monroe 1926 – 1962

Poetic Spring Gardens: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012

The Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2012 collection is Phenomenal and inspiring… Here I’ve joined some personal works of poetry with amazing Runway picks that got my creative juices flowing. Enjoy the energizing brights and flowing fabrics.

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Blankets laid. Green satin grass promenading across curvaceous landscapes. The trees soaking in every sun ray as if it were a large glass of lemonade. And even though the paved roads are like wine stains tainting mother natures veils train, they allow my feet to find grace…To climb this mountains pale face- lined with wild flowers like pink lace speckled with glitter. This is my dream place. Wrapped around the earth is Gods grace. -Zen Stiles (Cycle Bliss)

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Like a warm spring breeze unexpected, your cascading self essence became the dominating presence in the lessened world in which my afflicted soul took residence. And like rain showers that pour… leaving the earth yearning for more to absorb… I couldn’t sleep without my portion. I couldn’t sleep with out my Roman. Now I lay in this bed in complete solace hoping spring breezes never cross my province or loam. I am a beautiful woman all alone. Happier in this moment than ever before. Even with this acid rain streaming scars down my face. Even with the residue of love in my mouth I’m still forced to taste. I dream in poetry. -Zen Stiles (Excerpt from ‘Acid Rain’)

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I’m AWAKE in this moment. ALIVE and scolding. Aware of my SELF with childhood dreams soaring. up up Up.. and contrary to all that I may believe about myself… Woman I am Golden! (inhale, exhale and repeat) I am Golden! Bold and with confidence bulging. I’m conquering without knowing where my path may take me. Excited about my YES NO and MAYBE’S. Today I am beauty and brainy. I’m a classy fucking lady and you best believe that this world is mine for the taking. -Zen Stiles (Freestyle)

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Astonishing. Brilliant. Conqueror. Queen. Extraordinary. Powerful. Positive. Chief. Champion. Mind-blowing. Feminist. Fabulous. Incredible. Winner. President. CEO. Heaven sent. Mademoiselle. Princess. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Lover. Seductress. Siren. Sexy. Sultry. Relevant. Confident. Funny. Fascinating. Feminine. Fierce. Outstanding. Outrageous. Lady. Misses. Out of this world. Virtuous. Wonderful. Superb. Independent. Intelligent. Impressive. woman. -Zen Stiles (Goddess)

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So warm, this place where scorn can not touch my skin- where I lay naked, blameless and fameless. Hungering for nothing. Perfectly and willingly empty. Patiently waiting for the induction of every spiritual seduction that will guide the potters hand, as he molds my treading soul without form, permeating through the sands of time. In this moment the hour-glass is mine. -Zen Stiles (Excerpt from ‘Spawn’)

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I may never get married. I’m thinking of grabbing a Kayak and heading out to the Zambezi in Africa or perhaps going out to Hawaii and taking up surfing as a profession or maybe trekking through Europe with nothing but my Foxy good looks and my trusty Swiss army knife with 6 functions. If it comes down to it; I may just hop in a hooptie and explore our beautiful homeland starting with the Appalachians. All the while I plan to write, paint and create designs for T-shirts, Totes and Thongs. OR Maybe it’s better not to know what tomorrow brings …. Maybe being excited about today and the MYSTERY of tomorrow is the TRUE ADVENTURE. -Zen Stiles (Excerpt from ‘Inspiration’)

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size- But when I start to tell them, they think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, it’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. -Maya Angelou (‘Phenomenal Woman’)

Poetic Spring Gardens: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012

The Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2012 collection is Phenomenal and inspiring… Here I’ve joined some personal works of poetry with amazing Runway picks that got my creative juices flowing. Enjoy the energizing brights and flowing fabrics.

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Blankets laid. Green satin grass promenading across curvaceous landscapes. The trees soaking in every sun ray as if it were a large glass of lemonade. And even though the paved roads are like wine stains tainting mother natures veils train, they allow my feet to find grace…To climb this mountains pale face- lined with wild flowers like pink lace speckled with glitter. This is my dream place. Wrapped around the earth is Gods grace. -Zen Stiles (Cycle Bliss)

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Like a warm spring breeze unexpected, your cascading self essence became the dominating presence in the lessened world in which my afflicted soul took residence. And like rain showers that pour… leaving the earth yearning for more to absorb… I couldn’t sleep without my portion. I couldn’t sleep with out my Roman. Now I lay in this bed in complete solace hoping spring breezes never cross my province or loam. I am a beautiful woman all alone. Happier in this moment than ever before. Even with this acid rain streaming scars down my face. Even with the residue of love in my mouth I’m still forced to taste. I dream in poetry. -Zen Stiles (Excerpt from ‘Acid Rain’)

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I’m AWAKE in this moment. ALIVE and scolding. Aware of my SELF with childhood dreams soaring. up up Up.. and contrary to all that I may believe about myself… Woman I am Golden! (inhale, exhale and repeat) I am Golden! Bold and with confidence bulging. I’m conquering without knowing where my path may take me. Excited about my YES NO and MAYBE’S. Today I am beauty and brainy. I’m a classy fucking lady and you best believe that this world is mine for the taking. -Zen Stiles (Freestyle)

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Astonishing. Brilliant. Conqueror. Queen. Extraordinary. Powerful. Positive. Chief. Champion. Mind-blowing. Feminist. Fabulous. Incredible. Winner. President. CEO. Heaven sent. Mademoiselle. Princess. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Lover. Seductress. Siren. Sexy. Sultry. Relevant. Confident. Funny. Fascinating. Feminine. Fierce. Outstanding. Outrageous. Lady. Misses. Out of this world. Virtuous. Wonderful. Superb. Independent. Intelligent. Impressive. woman. -Zen Stiles (Goddess)

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So warm, this place where scorn can not touch my skin- where I lay naked, blameless and fameless. Hungering for nothing. Perfectly and willingly empty. Patiently waiting for the induction of every spiritual seduction that will guide the potters hand, as he molds my treading soul without form, permeating through the sands of time. In this moment the hour-glass is mine. -Zen Stiles (Excerpt from ‘Spawn’)

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I may never get married. I’m thinking of grabbing a Kayak and heading out to the Zambezi in Africa or perhaps going out to Hawaii and taking up surfing as a profession or maybe trekking through Europe with nothing but my Foxy good looks and my trusty Swiss army knife with 6 functions. If it comes down to it; I may just hop in a hooptie and explore our beautiful homeland starting with the Appalachians. All the while I plan to write, paint and create designs for T-shirts, Totes and Thongs. OR Maybe it’s better not to know what tomorrow brings …. Maybe being excited about today and the MYSTERY of tomorrow is the TRUE ADVENTURE. -Zen Stiles (Excerpt from ‘Inspiration’)

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size- But when I start to tell them, they think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, it’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. -Maya Angelou (‘Phenomenal Woman’)