T here is an elegance to simplicity that is obvious when presented against a bit of noise. It is why guests of the March 23rd DZ Zone event, ‘Grit and Glamour’, held at NFP Studio in lower Manhattan, appreciated the uncomplicated, artful clothing designs of Gail Travis juxtaposed with the black and white high-life punk era photography of Allan Tannenbaum.
Tannenbaum was signing copies of his recent book, ‘Grit and Glamour: The Street Style, High Fashion, and Legendary Music of the 1970s’. The award-winning photojournalist has had access to celebrated people and moments for decades. The book offers a vision on every page: young Brook Shields off screen, prancing Mick Jagger very on-scene and aware of it, Studio 54, Frances Ford Coppola directing “The Godfather, Part II” and a walk down memory lane in the section Street Style.
Fashion veteran Gail Travis, who worked at couture level companies such as Shelly Steffee, Calvin Klein and Vera Wang, has created a line that skips the glitter of Tannenbaum’s subjects but not the beauty. Travis, who calls herself the apt term “clothing engineer”, works with basic architect forms and quietly rich fabrics. Many of her pieces are knit or felted, the latter employing one of the most ancient techniques of cloth making; further example of her marriage of basic structural truths and the modern eye.
In an era of online easy-order-but-no-idea-where-it’s-made clothing, e-zines, e-books and opinion blogs, the evening was a reminder of the importance of local design, brick & mortar businesses and the healthy heft of a hard-back photography book. The evening was not solely about fashion, guests included philanthropists Errol and Debra Rappaport, “The Stewardship Report: Connecting Goodness” author/activist Jim Luce, Voss CMO Ken Gilbert, actress Hilarylise Warburton and actor Michael Imperioli.
Voss water, whose streamlined bottles match the clean design of NFP, supported the event and CMO Ken Gilbert was on hand discussing the Voss foundation’s month long water initiative. The event was the work of Daniela Zahradnikova, co-founder of DZZone NYC, herself no stranger to fashion as a former runway model and boutique owner. This is the second production for the group who recently held a successful gallery show for artist Peter Reginato.
Visit NFP Studio at 215 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012, NFP Flagship Studio at 457 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508 (appointment only) and online www.nfpstudio.com.
Grit and Glamour: The Street Style, High Fashion, and Legendary Music of the 1970s’ (ISBN 9781608878192) by Allan Tannenbaum with text by Peter Occhiogrosso may be purchased at independent bookshop McNally Jacskon, 52 Prince St, NYC (www.mcnallyjackson.com), online and major book outlets.
For further information about this and other events, visit DZzone NYC visit www.dzzonenyc.com,