David Quinn might not be a name on your fashion radar, but this underground icon is poised to bring his fun, flattering fabric creations to the mainstream. Quinn makes art for artists to wear, creating costumes for dancers and circus performers, and gowns for brides and burlesque stars alike. He is known for unconventional fashion shows that double as performance art, and for working with neo-burlesque beauties such as World Famous *BOB* and recent Lagerfeld muse Dirty Martini, women whose charisma and curves require equally impressive clothes. Read More
The St. Mark’s Bookshop opened in 1977 on New York’s Lower East Side and has become a well-loved cultural establishment, attracting and embracing a devoted following inside its literature-lined walls. Bibliophiles cite the shop’s vast collection of unique tomes as well as its cozy-but-cultured atmosphere as reasons to frequent the shop--indeed, it has become a haven for students and famous authors alike. Read More
I didn't always connect with photography, but I've recently come to appreciate all the raw emotion, nostalgia, and feelings you can get from it (thank you black-and-white photography class!). So now, when I look at photographs, I find myself not just staring at a picture with effects I probably can't name, but being enamored and drawn into a whole new  world; the eyes of someone else. Such is art, bringing out all sorts of things you didn't expect it to. Such is, photojournalism?Let's look at Moa Karlberg, for example. Read More
When I heard designer and fellow San Antonian, Angelina Mata, was showcasing her Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection for this year's Fashion Week, I knew I had to be there. I'd never seen her work before and wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted to celebrate Texan style makers and lovers in NYC.  I have to say, I was really blown away by her Atelier collection. Not only were the clothes gorgeous, but each was a look from head to toe of impeccable styling and rather than a traditional runway show, the models stood as a sort of living installation of pure fashion. Read More
I have a big popcorn bowl ready for a History Detectives segment on Tuesday, September 20th (PBS, 8-9 ET). This episode, which focuses on women's suffrage, is worth watching because it’s rare that women’s history gets much play on national TV.  The History Detectives program on September 20th features Yvonne Blemly Crumlish and probes the mystery of her grandmother Addie's suffrage pennant that Yvonne's father gave her 30 years ago. Read More
Inspired by "nostalgia for a simpler time," Suzanne Rae created a simple, stylishly zen-like collection for Fashion Week using crepe de chine, silk chiffon, hemp jersey, and raw silk. The collection was quiet, but comprised of some very polished, clean looks. You could actually see the pieces on everyday kind of girls (except maybe that awesome straw coat thing above). There was an effortlessly hip kind of vibe to a lot of the looks and the models even look less like models and more like that super cool girl everyone knows. Read More

Laura Marling Album Review

BY Laurie in Music

A Creature I Don’t Know (Ribbon Music) Beloved English folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling has a story to tell on her third album, A Creature I Don’t Know. Marling proves once again that she is a complex creature that’s worldly and wise, well beyond her 21-years. Always the humble musician, she creates a poetic masterpiece filled with a newfound independence and womanly confidence.  On the album’s debut single “Sophia,” Marling, like Aeneas invoking the Sybil, softly leads us into a dashed incantation. Read More
We are super excited to see you this weekend at the Maker Faire in Queens! There will be so much going on, but please find the time to visit and shop the cool crafty vendors in our Craftacular area, and meet us at The BUST DIY Guide to Life Lab. Come get an early look at The BUST DIY Guide to Life with authors and BUST co-founders Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel at the World Maker Faire in NYC this weekend: Saturday Sept 17 and Sunday Sept 18. We'll be crafting up projects from BUST's big new book with two days of exciting demos, DIY projects, book signings, and more. Read More
                   Are you one of those people who wishes porn could be a little more cinematic? Well then we have a film festival for you. Kicking off this Saturday, Good Vibrations’ 6th Annual Indie Erotic Film Festival out in San Francisco plans to celebrate smut in all its forms. From gay to straight, kinky to romantic, the films in the festival always keep things sex positive. The weeklong festival features films on the gay porn industry, queer sexual desire and best selling author Susie Bright’s How To Read a Dirty Movie. Read More
Laurie covered the event in this previous entry of the Advanced Style party hosted by Ari Seth Cohen and Style Rookie's Tavi Gevinson, but I thought I might share some of the amazing street style I was able to cover while we were there. It was pretty fantastic how people of all ages came together to celebrate style..in style! Everyone there looked fantastic dressed to the nines and it was one Fashion Week event I wont be forgetting any time soon.  Ilona Royce Smithkin's rendition of "La Vie En Rose" was a highlight of the night. Read More