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Colonel Cator Sparks is a journalist for a variety of magazines and websites.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia Cator attended the College of Charleston where he majored in French and later the American College in London where he graduated with honors with a Fashion Marketing degree. Since moving to New York City in 1999 Cator has worked in both beauty and fashion PR, which lead to his transition to a full time journalist.

Currently Mr. Sparks writes for VanityFair.com, FullFrontalFashion.com, 1stdibs.com, Elle Décor, T Magazine and Nowness.com and is the U.S. Editor of WeAr magazine. His focus is men’s fashion and design.

Cator has no problem tackling a good fashion story or event since he is out and about nearly every night whether it be the Frick Ball uptown or a Visionaire party downtown. Cator has been featured for his own dandified style in Ike Ude’s Style File, The Daily Telegraph, Stylelikeu.com and in Bill Cunningham’s section of The New York Times, Evening Hours.

Cator lives in a townhouse in Harlem where he has been Block President for four years running. Recently Cator was commissioned a Colonel of Kentucky by Governor Steven L. Beshear and has requested all friends and family call him ‘Colonel Cator’ from now on.

Entries by Cator Sparks

All Hail the Southern Contemporary Artist! Charleston Celebrates Them Annually With the 1858 Prize

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:12 AM

The South is known for many things: sweet tea, the Civil War, hospitality, and Spanish moss laden plantations (please, don't evah mention Southern Charm!). Spend more than a few days here and you'll quickly see past these stereotypes to discover that the South is home to a vast quantity of...

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I'm a Dandy! No, I'm Not. A New Book Ponders the Cravated Conundrum

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 11:11 AM

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Hitting shops this month is a new book on those gentleman nobody is ever sure what to do with, the Dandy. As someone labeled such, I have heard the confusion. "Say, why are you so dressed up?" "Harumph, are you famous or something?" "Hell,...

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Pop Icon Photography Duo, Markus Klinko and Indrani, Publish 17 Years of Stunning Imagery

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 2:11 PM

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We have all done it -- admired an image yet never given much thought of where it came from, or who created it. But once I met photographers Markus and Indrani and went through the images they showed me I was blown...

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Shea Hembrey Shines in Debut Exhibit. Oh, and the Art is Good Too!

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 11:28 AM

I have covered my fair share of art, from Art Basel to the Armory and I have to say, so many artists are just plain b-o-r-i-n-g. Sorry, I didn't know art was so serious or that my talking to you was going to upset your equilibrium. Some fashion people can...

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Gorgeous Gloria Vanderbilt Showcases Her Artwork at 1stDibs Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:55 PM

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Gloria Vanderbilt with son Anderson Cooper at the 1stDibs Gallery Event (All photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan)

Last Wednesday as the madness of New York Fashion Week was drawing to a close, I skipped a couple of shows to immerse myself in the art...

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Attention Luxury Leather Brands (That's You Too, Hermès) -- Show Us Your Hide!

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 9:37 AM

Looking through all of the current fall fashion magazines you would think we were back in the '80s. It's all fur and leather on everyone all the time. Again? But just where exactly do the skins for those $50,000 crocodile jackets come from? Where did the cattle that Fendi uses...

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Top 10 Things I Learned About My Teeth! Who Knew?

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:44 PM

Spring has sprung around most of America and people are shedding their sleepy winter ways to reveal that old pep in their step. It's also a time for spring cleaning, getting back into a serious gym routine and giving your body that once-over we never like to admit we do....

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Divine Dallas! A Weekend of Awesome Art Proves This City Is Tops

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 10:41 AM

I have spent a good deal of time in Texas. I am fortunate enough to have several friends with ranches and with tales of the Wild West woven through their family history. I have always been impressed at the amount of generosity, humor and Cowpoke common sense these people have...

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Do It Daphne! Guinness Shines In Short Film Based On Ancient Chinese Legend

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 9:25 PM

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When I first covered the delightful and energetic photographic duo Markus and Indrani, they were just wrapping up the unending editing of their first short film, The Legend of Lady White Snake. During New York Fashion Week they were finally able to...

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Exclusive Video: Nicola Formichetti x MAC Cosmetics for Building Fashion's Pop Up Shop!

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM

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Finally! Anyone who is is a fan of Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga, the zeitgeist of fashion now, will be thrilled to know he has opened a pop up shop.

The buzzed about non-profit, BOFFO has recently launched the 2nd annual...

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Bella Donna! Italian Photo Exhibit Gives Insight Into Post War Italian Film Industry

(9) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 12:42 PM

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On a very rainy Tuesday night, I headed over to the Design Building on Lexington to check out an exhibit of photographs and fashion I had been hearing quite a bit of buzz about, Italian Films: Photographs from Italian Cinema in the 1960's.

Held...

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Drug Lords Be Gone! Project Paz Hosts Private Screening of Terrifying Film

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 7:00 PM

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Damion Luaiye, Paul Haggis and Leopoldo Gout at the screening
(Photo Courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency)

Monday night I ventured out to the usually irritating, too cool for school Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel for an intimate

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BOFFO Goes Hog Wild For First Fundraiser

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 3:20 PM

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Raj Peter Bhakta, WhistlePig's Founder, with brand ambassadors Mortimer and Mauve.
Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

Monday night's first annual fundraiser for BOFFO was sure to be a glittering shindig. It was held at the über-cool HL23 above the Highline, they...

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Ahoy Sailor! It's Ferragamo's First Resort Collection

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 3:01 PM

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Photo: Dan Lecca

Resort? What is resort? We don't do this in the menswear world. I asked some friends, what is the hullabaloo about resort collections?

Well for the most part, resort goes on racks in December and lingers till June with no...

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Rise Up, Men, to the Glorious High-Waisted Pant!

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 10:11 AM

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High-waisted pants will take you places!

There are two things that drive me nuts these days: low-rise pants and button flies.

So on the quest for high-waisted jeans, I bought a pair of Levi's 517's. They are the...

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Gowns Grew and Wonder Woman Wooed at American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 2:07 PM

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(Anne Bass, Linda Carter and Blaine Trump)

Monday night was a train wreck. Not in a bad way, people, it was a beautiful sight. For the American Ballet Theatre's spring gala, the trend of the evening was dresses with trains. Why, there was...

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Attention Men of the Western World: Calm Down and Embrace the Kandura!

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 3:23 PM

My friends always roll their eyes when I tell them I am heading to some exotic locale. They just know I am going to come back in full local drag. After India I was wearing turbans, after Egypt I was in countless caftans and now that I have just arrived...

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An Evening With Soho Rep. The Broadway of the Avant Garde!

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Monday night I spent an amusing evening at the Soho Rep spring gala at the Highline Ballroom getting down on hamburgers (Yay! No rubber chicken gala dinner!) and watching seven snippets of pieces from past and present productions from Soho Rep.

Since 1975 Soho Rep has...

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J.Crew's Fall 2011 Presentation

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 10:22 AM

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It's market week in New York, and it's like fashion week all over again! I always forget how hectic the week becomes, hitting countless showrooms to see the collections, catching up with PR peeps, and maybe having a PBR or some strawberries on a...

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Ken Carson Celebrates his 50th!

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 6:09 PM

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Every Man's Dream -- A wall of perfectly parted hair style choices

There is a lot of talk today about men going under the knife to keep their youthful appearance. But Sunday night during the New York Fashion Week frazzle I headed to Christie's...

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