Category Archives: Excellency

Introducing The Committee, @ No. 8

Presenting The Committee, a members-only group of cultural programmers, focused on producing unique experiences for New York City’s arts community. Most recent information via

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Outstanding occasion: the inaugural ‘The Committee @ No. 8’ event at No. 8, in New York City. January 24, 2013, time unknown. Image via Marika Wagle for The Committee, via Instagam.

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Diary: A Dinner With Christophe de Menil and Jason McCoy @ Le Zie


Outstanding Excellence x 2: Christophe de Menil in conversation with Jason McCoy at Le Zie restaurant in New York City. January 17, 2013, 9:47 pm. Image via The Excellent People.

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Legendary Lessons: Christophe de Menil is Outstanding, Excellent, Etc…

About Christophe de Menil

Christophe de Menil, Artist and Fashion Designer

Designer Christophe de Menil was born in France, and raised in Houston amidst the legendary collection of her parents, John and Dominique de Menil. At a young age Miss de Menil became well known for wearing the work of renowned designers, including fashion icon Madame Gres. Since her teens, Miss de Menil has also been a steady friend and patron of contemporary artists, architects and designers, including Matisse, Le Corbusier, Barnett Newman, de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Mark di Suvero, Philip Johnson, Louis Kahn, Luis Barragán, Tadao Ando, among many, many others. Inspired by these outstanding people, Miss de Menil established herself as a notable costume designer, producing work for Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and Robert Wilson. While collaborating with Wilson she also created jewelry with the extraordinary Claude Lalanne.


Miss de Menil’s designs are a distillation of these remarkable collaborations and friendships, and her jewelry and clothing design hold the echoes of an immersion in the great theater costume departments of Europe: Munich’s Kammerspiele, Rotterdam’s National Theater, the Chatelet in Paris, Amsterdam’s Opera House, Rome’s Teatro dell’ Opera, Sicily’s Summer Festival in Gibellina. Contact


The Outstanding, quite undeniably legendary, Christophe de Menil (Right), with mode (left)l, as seen, and profiled, in W magazine. Image via W magazine.

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Remembrances of Excellence (Recently) Past: RIP Helen Gurley Brown, Outstanding Cosmo Girl

The late Helen Gurley Borwn was Cosmopolitan’s editor  from 1965 to 1997, as recapped in her New York Times obituary.

Image via The New York Times via Santi Visalli/Getty Images

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Lessons in Excellency: Artist Scott Campell @ Vice Gallery in Mexico City

Applauding artist Scott Campbell‘s outstandingly Excellent reaction to the installation of his recent sold out show of works cut from $100 bills at Vice Gallery in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Via Adam Bryce of Slamxhype: “A few weeks ago we mentioned the upcoming solo show of Scott Campbell at Mexico’s Vice Gallery. We were pretty excited to see new works from the hugely popular artist, one of our favourites, but also one of the world’s most in demand contemporary artists. As expected with a Scott Campbell show, the works sold out opening night, but the show didn’t end there. Campbell had issues with the way the gallery executed and handled the show, and after seeing no genuine comeback from the owner, the NYC Tattoo come fine artist took his entire sold out show to the sidewalk and lit fire to it! A lesson to all gallery owners to show the upmost respect its artists! If Scott wasn’t held in high enough regard by us already, he’s just boosted his stock ten-fold.” Agreed.

Burny money (and art): Scott Campbell burns all the Excellent works from his recent sold out show at Vice gallery in Mexico. Image via Slamxhype via Purple Diary.

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Excellency Hall of Fame: James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix, Born Johnny Allen Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

Jimi Hendrix at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, 1968. Image via Jeffrey Scales via The New York Times. © Jeffrey Scales/HSP Archiv.

Reading BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX, From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius, by Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber, recently reviewed in The New York Times. Excellent. Outstanding.




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The Extraordinary Aristocratic Excellence of HRH Emilio Pucci, Marchese di Barsento, as Detailed by Vanessa Friedman of The Financial Times

Flipping through Emilio Pucci, the recently published (by TASCHEN) coffee table book by the Outstanding journalist Vanessa Friedman, fashion reporter for The Financial Times. Pucci, the Marchese di Barsento, better known as the prince of prints of the pioneering Italian fashion brand, his vision, and legacy are profiled, remembered, and honored, in this limited edition of 10.000.. Each unique copy is bound with one of a selection of recent print fabrics from the Pucci collection. Price: $200. To add to your Excellent library, please click HERE.

Image via Taschen.

Image via Taschen.

Image via Taschen.

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Quote, Unquote

“Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.” Grace Jones, on being asked to collaborate with Lady Gaga, UK Guardian

Gag reflex: 61-year-old Grace Jones performs at the Open'er festival in Gdynia, Poland. Image via Gawker via Splash.

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