Dressed to the Teeth and Beyond

By Rory Winston

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Bella on Demand Beauty
Angel Morales

Didn’t even need therapy to rehabilitate my smile,” croons Regina Spektor in her song Rejazz. Lucky her. Unlike the Russian born singer-songwriter most people need help with their teeth and occlusion. It’s almost easy to imagine Spektor’s phrase being answered by a chorus of disapproval, a chorus made up entirely of beaming dental patients who sing how they needed therapy to resurrect their smiles. As poetic justice demands, such billboard smiles owe their success to yet another talented woman of Russian origin. The second generation New Yorker, and third generation dentist I’m referring to is the highly acclaimed Dr. Irene Grafman – someone who is, for lack of better definition - a dental artist working within a genre of her own making.KDV_8430_001a_small-600x902

The Brand Wagon: #1

Airborne with Avión By Don Winter & Rory Winston Privileged Access… Tips from the Top… Memos from a Mogul…? No. We didn’t need one more of those columns that brandished recycled quotes from industrial magnates as though they were surefire formulas for amassing fortunes. Our age had a surfeit of how-to books where Google-searched aphorisms…

Back to the Future

By Rory Winston

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Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
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Bella on Demand Beauty
Angel Morales

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Shortly after Ballet Russe’s Parisian debut of Scheherazade in 1910, couturier Paul Poiret ran from the theater as though seized by a revelation. For the next few months he immersed himself in studying everything from harems to geishas to Chinese ceramics. Integrating Orientalism into European design, he harmonized exotic motifs with his own period’s aesthetics. While his sensibility remained incontrovertibly French, the themes strayed as Far East as the zeitgeist would allow. Paradigm shifts in art and design have always been more about infusing an existent tradition with nuance than about abandoning the conventions entirely. The ability to revisit our world with fresh eyes and imbue familiar forms with unfamiliar perspectives was as true for Elsa Schiaparelli (who used inspiration by surrealists like Dali) as it was for Claire McCardell who saw the movements of sports through an artistic filter in much the same way Nijinsky had seen it while choreographing Jeux years earlier. A similar notion of incorporation and cultural cross-pollination holds for the highly gifted contemporary couple that makes up the prestigious brand, Hanley Mellon –HM (not to be confused with H&M)