A blizzard may be taking NYC by storm, but the city’s hottest fashionistas are schlepping through the sleet and snow (in their finest fur and shoes your bubbe probably wouldn’t approve of) for New York Fashion Week, which started today and continues through next Thursday, February 15.
Since 1993, NYFW has been held annually in February and September, allowing international fashion houses to showcase new collections. It’s a massive week for for fashion designers and consumers alike.
Though most of the shows aren’t open to the public (see which ones are here), you can fangirl from afar, in real time, over these Jewish designers and their new collections (and watch a live stream of all shows here).
This NYC based designer was born in Israel to a French-Moroccan family. He’s known for his “high quality fabrics” and “structured, ultra-feminine, modern siouettes.” Check out his African-inspired Ready-to-Wear Spring collection here.
When to Watch: 12:00 p.m. on February 10.
Born and raised in SoHo, Posen used to steal yarmulkes from his grandparents’ synagogue to make dresses for his dolls. He’s also in the process of redesigning the uniforms for all 60,000+ Delta Airlines employees.
When to Watch: 7:00 p.m. on February 13.
Burch’s preppy meets bohemian vibe was called “the next big thing in fashion” by none other than Oprah Winfrey in April 2005, and the brand has since opened 180 stores worldwide.
When to Watch: 9:00 a.m. on February 14.
Alice + Olivia
In 2002, designer Stacey Bendet Eisner created Alice + Olivia with a classmate from The University of Pennsylvania.
When to Watch: 1:00 p.m. on February 14.
Kors, the son of a former model, has been designing and selling clothes since he was a teenager. He’s served as a judge on Project Runway and designed the dress Michelle Obama wore in her first term official portrait.
When to Watch: 10:00 a.m. on February 15.
Jacobs served as the creative director for Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014 and was named 14th on the list of “Most Powerful Gay Men And Women in America” by Out magazine in 2012.
When to Watch: 2:00 p.m. on February 16.
The harsh reality (or not so, depending on your predilections) is that if you’re a man of a certain age, you’re hair is white, you’re Jewish — and especially if you wear spectacles — someone may think you’re Bernie Sanders.
Or a relative.
Just ask Larry David.
So The Forward decided to have a little fun ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucus and visit David’s old haunts on Manhattan’s West Side to find some Bernie (who’s Brooklyn-born) look-a-likes to talk politics.
Harry Cardemon, who’s “80 going toward 90”, is a staunch Democrat and can’t decide between Sanders and Clinton. With regard to the candidate’s appearance he says, “He looks like some other people I’ve met.” He was accompanied by Rita, who clarified that she was his wife, not his girlfriend.
Joseph Levie, 87, likes Sanders but thinks he’s promising too much too fast. Oh yeah, he adds: “He’s not good for the Jews.”
Martin Rich, 74, says he’ll vote for the most electable Democrat, who he doesn’t think is Bernie. “I don’t think the country as a whole will elect a socialist. Maybe New York state would. Maybe New York City would.”
Mr. Engelson, who declined to give his first name, says he’s about 10 years older than Sanders, who is 74, and leaning toward the Vermont senator. “Would I vote for him? There is a good possibility. 60% yes,” he said.
Robert Adler, 79, gets a bit tongue-tied when talking about Clinton’s rival. “I would be very happy if he succeeds. Unhappy, I’m sorry. I take that back. No I’m not happy with him.”
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan.
Steely Dan founding member Donald Fagen was ordered to keep his distance from his wife of more than two decades after New York City cops say he knocked her to the floor of their Upper East Side digs in Manhattan.
The New York Times reports that Fagen, 67, allegedly went at his 69-year-old wife, singer Libby Titus, Monday night.
He was hauled into court Tuesday morning and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. The order of protection was issued as Fagen was released without bail.
The altercation with Titus caused “bruising and swelling to her right arm, as well as substantial pain,” the criminal complaint said.
The Jewish rocker co-founded the band with Walter Becker in 1972.
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America’s love affair with the sixties dates back to July 19, 2007.
That’s the day an unknown show made its debut on an obscure network known for John Wayne western reruns. Seven and a half years later, “Mad Men” has become a cultural touchstone while AMC has been home base for landmark shows like “Breaking Bad” and the Walking Dead.”
The man behind the madness? Matthew Weiner, a nice Jewish boy from Los Angeles, via Baltimore, who developed the pilot for the hit series while working as a writer for “Becker.” “Sopranos” director David Chase was reportedly so impressed by the script that he offered Weiner a job as writing for the HBO show.
“Mad Men” has won 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it seventh in its list of 101 best TV-series of all time. Starting April 5, fans will have seven final episodes to say goodbye to Don Draper’s broody genius, Betty Draper’s fabulous outfits, Roger Sterling’s memorable quips, and Pete Campbell’s plaid pants.
The Forward’s Anne Cohen caught up with Weiner by phone to ask him what comes next, what he kept from the set, and really, what’s the deal with all the Jews on “Mad Men”?
Anne Cohen: Tell me about your Jewish upbringing.
Matthew Weiner: My parents were first generation — both New Yorkers and all their parents were immigrants. They were raised in the classic bourgeois Ashkenazi Judaism. My mother and sisters were not bat mitzvah’d but my brothers and I were.
I was not much of a student. When I went in for my bar mitzvah training I was older because I had no other previous [Jewish] education. They put me in a class with kids who were much younger than me. The teacher would teach the class to me — and I was very interested in it. I wasn’t interested in the arguments; I was interested in the stories, in the parasha.I still feel like the story of Moses is one of the best dramas ever. There aren’t a lot of cultures that have a story like Jacob and Esau, where the more athletic first-born is undercut by the one who is loved by his mother and is intelligent. That says something about [us].
My parents kept kosher for many years but believe it or not I think the butcher died and they kind of stopped. I was raised with a real Jewish intellectual identity. Freud, Marx and Einstein — those were the holy trinity of the household I grew up in. There real pride in anyone who made it who was Jewish. My father is named after Leslie Howard.
My grandfather lived with us. He had been born in Russia and was part of a social club of landsmen and worked as a fur dresser in Manhattan. He wasn’t a particularly religious person but I would go to Temple with him until he passed away. I never saw my parents deny that they were Jewish. We never had a Christmas tree. We went to see “Gone with the Wind” and went for Chinese food.
Born and raised in New York, my mother, Rani Stevens Goodman, grew up going to the Catskill Mountains every weekend from the time she was still in the womb until her mid-twenties.
For the uninitiated, The Catskills, which include Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties in upstate New York, was once known as The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps or the Sour Cream Sierras for its many Jewish-owned hotels and their mostly Jewish clientele.
Though she went up every weekend in the summer, one particular weekend in 1970 coincidentally involved a Singles’ Weekend at her hotel, The Concord in Kiamesha Lake, New York. Ever the shutter-bug, she snapped photographs at the hotel pool. Here’s what she had to say about them:
What’s happening in these pictures?
These were taken during a singles’ weekend at the Concord Hotel in Sullivan County, New York. Kiamesha Lake, actually. I wasn’t there for the singles’ weekend; I went up every weekend after work on Friday afternoons. Being that I was always together with my trusty camera, and noting the quantity of people in the pool, I decided to get closer.
Rani Stevens Goodman
What did you do when you found out it was a singles’ weekend?
I hid [laughs]. When I got to the pool I said, ‘Where are all these people coming from? What is going on?’ Someone said, ‘Oh, it’s Singles’ Weekend!’ I said, ‘Oh, God help me.’ I was on my usual lounge chair; I had it every weekend because I enjoyed the sun and relaxing and reading.That weekend I was — how would you say — approached more often than usual. [laughs]. They wanted to know where I was sitting, at what table, could they join me for dinner, etc Actually, there was one young fellow working there who was better looking than all of them. The others were a little bit…older than I was. They were obviously there because they needed to be!
Rani Stevens Goodman
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