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Luxury in NYC with James Corbett

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James Corbett himself hanging at his color bar. Beauty magazines call him ‘the Secret Weapon’


It’s no secret that my hair is a mess. It’s always been unruly and crazy big. All modeling agencies have asked me to cut it, without success. But since a bad ‘bleach situation’ done to my hair over a year ago where I lost two thirds of my mane I was humbled by the universe so to speak. Suddenly I had to care for my hair on all levels. And today I know what it’s like to put your locks in a bun every day because you hate it.

In LA I have my favorite hair stylist, in Copenhagen as well. But visiting NYC a few weeks ago I felt out of the loop when it comes to hair care. Rather randomly I met an old friend – make up artist Gabriella Tipsa, whom I’ve shot with numerous times. Gabriella pointed me to James Corbett Studio where she works as a beauty expert. The salon has the perfect location close to Union Square right off 5th Avenue.

Honestly I just want my hair to grow out again. Right now, people tell me it looks trendy, but I don’t care. I would like healthy and long hair again. I love the feeling of the long locks touching my back and playing around my shoulders and waist line. Meeting James Corbett was great. He looked at me and literally felt my pain. I kid you not. I could see it in his eyes. “No matter what we do today, we are not getting any color near your hair. We want to bring it back to life at all cost!.” Those were James’ words.

So far so good. What happens next? Well, Tina Mulryan, one of the best colorists and stylists in the city greets me. And after a consultation with her expert eyes she takes me to the sink and gives me something called an Olaplex treatment. Aside from being a majorly strengthening treatment, Olaplex is something you can put in hair color as well. Tina told me it works wonders as she was massaging Olaplex into my hair and scalp. Just fyi: the scalp massage felt like heaven.

It’s been weeks now and I still feel a positive chance to my hair. My Mowgli from ‘The Jungle Book’ – mane is not only soft, but more in check and manageable. Over all, my hair looks and feels way healthier than before all because of Miss Mulryan’s magical touch and superb knowledge

Recently I went online and discovered that James Corbett is a complete darling with the media. Allure, Cosmopolitan, Instyle magazine call James ‘the secret weapon’. And now that I’ve been in his salon, I understand why. Everyone is super chilled, honest and I got the best treatment. Everybody takes their time and I did not feel rushed at all. Rather I felt relaxed and pampered after the treatment.

Oh – the reason you see Gabriella painting blue eye shadow on me is because she was testing a look for a shoot she was doing the following day. I’m used to being multi-handled so to speak so I don’t; mind. Also it’s a great way to catch up in a busy world where everybody is traveling and working all over the place. When you are in the chair at the James Corbett Salon it’s ‘you time’. I can only recommend his services to anyone who visits NYC.

Check out  James Corbett Studio’s website where you can book online with ease


Head back into the sink, feeling the absolute luxury of the Olaplex treatment…


Almost done….


Time for blow dry and make up..


The salon and products for my hair. They smelled divine…


james in his salon and a view of the cute courtyard. Adorable.


Todd James & Alexis Ross presented by Andy Valmorbida and PM Tenore


November 13, 2012- New York, New York

Andy Valmorbida and PM Tenore presentedBeyond Elegance, sponsored by VistaJet, Bombardier and RVCA Artist Network Program. The exhibition will run through November 30, 2012.

Andy Valmorbida and PM Tenore were pleased to present Beyond Elegance, an exhibition of multimedia works by Todd James and Alexis Ross. The exhibition opened at 560 Washington Street, New York City and runs until November 30th. It is presented in collaboration with VistaJet, Bombardier and RVCA Artist Network Program.


Todd James is an American painter and an important member of the generation of self-taught artists who have influenced popular culture on every level. James is the co-creator of Street Market, a major work of the post-graffiti movement that was selected for the 2001 Venice Biennale. In 2011, a re-creation of this work was the central installation of the LA MOCA’s sold out Art in the Street exhibition. Solo shows include Gering/Lopez in New York, Colette in Paris, Lazarides in London, Nanzuka in Tokyo, and V1 in Copenhagen.  James has exhibited his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Tate Museum in Liverpool. Several monographs of his work have been published. James lives in downtown Manhattan.

Alexis Ross is a Los Angeles based artist who works in a variety of mediums including sign painting, photography, homemade tattoos and playing potsey on the nickel. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.  Ross is a member of Local 800 and co-founder of the Gents Of Desire. Like fellow club members, Ross practices what is better known as “touch of class;” while adhering to the club’s seven rules… 1. Always project a fantasy. 2. Suit up and show off. 3. If you get warm take off the hot sweater. 4. Keep off the bandwagon. 5. No half stepping. 6. Run up or shut up. 7. Never go back.  His work has been shown at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Patricia Armocida Gallery, Milan; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and Laforet Museum, Tokyo.

Guests at the exhibition opening included:
Andy Valmorbida, PM Tenore, Todd James, Alexis Ross, Tony Arcabascio,  Michael Avedon, Bethanie Brady,  Ugo Cacciatori, Matilde Carli, Indira Cesarine, Julia Chiang, Nick Cohen, Ondine de Rothschild, Jeffery Deitch, Cheryl Dunn, Zev Eisenburg, Jessica Farrow, Joel Fitzpatrick, Sandra Gering, Kathy Grayson, Jessica Hart, Kim Hastreiter, Mike Heller, Nicky Hilton, Michael Karfelnikoff,  KAWS, Anouk Lepere, Nemo Librizzi, Joshua Liner, Elizabeth Loomis, Barry McGee, Nicole Miller, Jared Najjar, Eugenie Niarchos, Stavros Niarchos,  Meredith Ostrom, Sasha Pesko, Steve Powers, Pietro Quaglia, Terry Richardson, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Aaron Rose,Eugenia Silva, Antony Todd, Peter Tunney, Maria Valmorbida, PC Valmorbida, Cameron Wilklevoss, Tyler Wilklevoss
Andy Valmorbida and PM Tenore were pleased to present Beyond Elegance, an exhibition of multimedia works by Todd James and Alexis Ross. The exhibition opened at 560 Washington Street, New York City and runs until November 30th. It is presented in collaboration with VistaJet, Bombardier and RVCA Artist Network Program.

submission: ~Jae Joseph


source: Nadine Johnson & Associates


Lana Del Ray seats Alexa Chung




Lana Del Rey has scored millions of YouTube hits with her cult single “Video Games” (current count: 40,410,504), sparked controversy over everything from her live performances to her lips, and launched a nostalgia-fueled beauty phenomenon (pin-up girl hair, major lashes, and signature talons) along the way. She’s also become an official fashion muse: After listening to her lush, haunting vocals, Mulberry creative director Emma Hill was inspired to whip up the Del Rey bag for summer—a classic, boxy, carryall satchel created in the singer’s honor. 

Although Mulberry debuted its latest go-to bag in February, alongside the Del Rey—a structured satchel with a top handle inspired by singer and muse we all know as Lana Del Rey, being such a hot ticket item amongst trendsetters across the globe. A-listers, all over the past few months and is even threatening to unseat Alexa Chung’s Alexa bag as the British band’s most popular piece of arm candy.

We’ve always been fashion-minded,” says the Brit tastemaker, who has partnered with designers like Mulberry’s Emma Hill, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Gretchen Jones—not to mention retailers like Topshop—on exclusive prints. And the strategy has paid off; in our estimation, Nail Rock has some of the most forward-thinking designs in the increasingly high-stakes game of nail overlays—and a particularly good instict for collaboration. 

For those who are more intimately familiar with the nuances of the singer’s slim oval, 1950s-inspired nails—which command nearly as much presence onstage as her famously pillowy mouth,On May 25th she launched a limited-edition series of “Lake Placid” designs, named after the singer’s hometown. Each one is made to resemble one of Del Rey’s favorite nail looks, like the crimson-and-nude tips with the slim goldV painted across their surface that she frequently wears in concert. With their chip-resistant finish, they’re perfect for pitching a tent in the Adirondacks—or rummaging through one of the singer’s petrol-colored namesake bags.

Although the Alexa bag launched in 2011 was highly anticipated and endorsed through its name sake and her socialite celebrity factor, Alex Chung, Del Ray’s influential storm on the music and fashion industry simultaneously has brought a questioning to Chung and Mulberry’s relationship to to chose a row to sit in as we watch her show.



The swipe-on strips are available at Mulberry boutiques for the global launch of the Del Rey handbag.

Mulberry, 134 Spring Street, NYC; 212.835.4700
Nail Rock “Lake Placid” Designer Nail Wraps, $10, available tomorrow at 




Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations



Waiting with bated breath for the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s forthcoming Costume Institute exhibitionSchiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations? Allow us to whet your appetite with a sneak peek at the show’s catalogue.

The exhibition appears to be divided into sections:    Waist Up/Waist Down, Ugly Chic, Naïf Chic, The Classical Body, The Exotic Body, and the Surreal Body, which each feature pieces by both designers.


The above images—a Cecil Beaton photograph of Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, taken for Vogue in 1937, and a David Sims photograph ofPrada’s Spring 2011 collection—are a part of the Waist Up/Waist Down section.

The catalogue also offers images of Diana Vreeland and Schiaparelli herself by the likes of Man Ray, André Durst, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and Horst—which makes the book just as covetable as a ticket to the exhibition. Start lining up now!

“Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past,” said Harold Koda, the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, in a release.

About 80 Schiaparelli and Prada designs in total will be showcased, drawn from both the Costume Institute’s Collection and the Prada Archive.

Photos courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Miuccia Prada, left, and Elsa Schiaparelli, right.


-Jae Joseph, contributor