It has definitely been a cat week here at Mrs. Sizzle and this is a favorite painting of mine by my friend, David Konigsberg. He has a show called, "Nigh Season", that opens this evening in Larchmont at Kenise Barnes Fine Art on Palmer Avenue. The opening this evening for the artist is from 6:30-8:30 pm. Crawl over to meet the artist!
As NYFW comes to a close, I can’t help but look back and write about some of the things I learned outside of the catwalk. When it comes to fashion, trends are constantly evolving. What draws so many, like me, to the world of fashion is its infinite progression from season to season. In a year, a designer can completely change their look, textile, and inspiration!
With all of this beautiful designer chaos about, there is one thing in the fashion world that stays constant from year to year: All of these fashion peeps LOVE DOGS! The more I socialized, the more I noticed that no matter the season, people’s love for dogs will never go out of style.
Talk about a timeless classic!
Edited by Sophie Kearney
Today we begin a series of stylist's portraits with their animals that is a collaboration between the photographer Marcus Mam and Mrs. Sizzle. Bill Mullen and his partner, Todd Noaker, love animals. I do not need to talk about the fact that Bill is a force of nature in fashion as we are here to talk about his animals. Tinkerbell LeStrange is a Siamese cat, a Seal Point to be exact. Vampiro LaVey, although a rescue, is descended from Transylvanian royalty and he says his breed is Black Cat. Morticia is a Greater Vasa Parrot and Carmen is a Mexican Spiny Tailed Iguana. Lastly, Black Bart and Vesuvio are Siamese Fighting Fish. Follow their adventures here @Tarpie11 and @BillMullenInc.
“I think I’m an old soul,” muses Remy Lark-bassi, a five year-old black Standard Poodle. “I’m so comfortable in vintage pieces—especially capes and berets and head scarves—that I really think I must have been a part of Coco’s or Cristobal’s or Christian’s posse in a past life.” Such lofty claims could only come from a Standard, though this Standard is anything but lofty. For close to a year, she’s been gracing Instagram in head-to-paw fashions on @dailyremy, as well as her mistress’s @wmagjane. WmagJane is Jane Larkworthy, the beauty director of W magazine, although Remy refers to her as the Lady. “The Lady used to bring me home doggie shampoo, or some biscuits that a publicist gave her, which was very thoughtful, of course,” demurs the coal-eyed pooch. “But the day she pulled that embroidered Miu Miu coat off the rack and draped it around my neck, I was like, "Burn those silly dog sweaters! Baby Girl has found her calling!” With legs practically as long as a colt's, Remy seems preternaturally destined for modeling, but she stays trim with morning squirrel chases and long weekend hikes. “I never know what the Lady will bring home,” she explains. “It could be a Alex Wang poncho, but it could just as likely be some Hervé Leger bondage dress, so I can’t do anything crazy, like down a whole bag of kibble in one sitting.” Not in the near future, anyway, as a coffee table book is apparently in the works. “That kind of exposure would be cool for my breed", she explains magnanimously. “When you say Poodle, everyone thinks ‘French Poodle’ or ‘Miniature Poodle;’ but they often forget about Standards. One time, someone pointed to me and asked The Lady, “Is that a Generic Poodle?’ Get it? Generic? Standard?” The lady laughed, but I nearly died.
Yes, I am enamored with his work; always have been, always will be. Jeff Mermelstein, is an exceptional photographer who does love shooting dogs.
"One year ago, my family decided the time was right for a dog, for us and our 9 year old son. At first, a thorough consideration of adopting a Greyhound but our son's allergies would have been at risk and I always felt that this docile giant would simply be too big.
My wife and I took a ride to the North Shore Animal League and spotted a little boy named Kito. My wife Lisa was immediately smitten with this most friendly and spirited Maltese Shih Tzu combination. I was taken aback by his only having one eye. We were told this
happened because of a snake bite in South Carolina. Who knows for sure. I had to sit on a bench and think, and pace and then thankfully I said yes.
Kito is one of us now, a true Mermelstein: we love him so very much, a Mr. Happy, truly uplifting intelligent spirit."
It is back to school for the kids but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop for your favorite members of the household! This September, there are a bunch of Mrs. Sizzle approved events for you and the furry ones:
September 13th: The P.A.C.K. (People Against Commercial Kennels) is hosting its first annual walk to end puppy mills! The walk takes place in Greenwich Village and begins at 11! The walk and registration are both free, so bring your whole family!
Also on September 13th if you are in the Bronxville area the Children's Brain Tumor Project is hosting a race that dogs can participate in as well! Register to run/walk or volunteer!
September 14th: The New York Mets are hosting Bark at the Park! Ticket sale proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League America. There will also be a dog parade! So grab a beer, and buy your dog a hot dog and we will see you at the ball park!
"My name is Max! I'm a 2 year old Golden Retriever and Labrador mix. My dad tells people that I'm a "Goldbrador" - I don't know what that means but it sounds chic, I love it! My schedule is quiet busy: walking, playing, eating, napping, smiling, and posing most of the time. Speaking about posing, my day job, as a pre-light model and studio assistant, is to keep everybody happy on dad's set. Aside from that, I try hard to push the limits, to get what I want from everybody (i.e. sad looks, overt tenderness when sitting next to the pizza, those kind of things...). Indeed, one day I might quit my day job to become an actor! We'll see!"
-As told by Max's Dad, Vincent.