Could somebody please take a stand towards the return of connoisseurship to fashion by bringing back Lauren's "Behind the Velvet Ropes" and immediately rid us of the intolerable inanity of Joan Rivers and Guiliana Rancic on "The Fashion Police"?
It's time to raise the bar and bring back soul to the curation of "what" is taste with someone like Lauren, who wore a turban with an armful of bangles to one of her first job interviews and today has earrings running up her ear in the vein of an African queen. Lauren gets what it is to be an original and therefore has the ability to respect one. She was the first to do a cable show that delved into the true art of fashion, but it came from a sincere interest in the creativity and mind of a person and less about "who is wearing what."
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Lauren Ezersky is a journalist from Yonkers, NY and lives in Manhattan. She worked for Paper magazine and had her own television show called "Behind The Velvet Ropes," where she interviewed designers, photographers and others in the fashion business.
"I love stuff that's original, and that hasn't changed."
"[When I was in college] I went for an interview in the boonies, the outskirts of Massachusetts and I was wearing a turban, with silver bracelets up to my elbows, a big dress and platform shoes. I went to this mom-and-pop shop to be a buyer, and they just looked at me like I had a third-eye in the middle of my head."
Lauren's "Behind the Velvet Ropes" first aired in 1989. On the show she interviewed many talents such as Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Betsey Johnson, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs. Her love for fashion has incited her genuine interest in the people who create it.
"My jewelry and my makeup, if I have those together, then I'm dressed."
"What you see with me is what you get. I don't bullshit."
"Everyone has something completely different to say. Even if you speak to two designers, they have completely different visions. That's what I love about it. You can't get bored because everyone's different."
She says, "I talked to everyone. I was in the cab talking to the cab driver on my way to an interview with Isaac Mizrahi." With a true passion for individualism, Lauren's style is prolific and anything but derivative and she is all about pieces that don't change and become your signature, like her RRL leather pants and corduroy equestrian blazer.
If Lauren gets a pair of jeans they are the real 5-pocket ones, her moccasins are handmade and she loves the classicism of vintage lingerie. However, it is her jewelry collection and how she wears it, everything from diamond skulls to Native American, mixed with Cartier bangles piled high that is of epic originality. Lauren says that she is a work in progress, "no matter how old I get I am going to try something different. A different haircut, a different hair color, different dogs...."
To be comfortable and honest with one's evolution, and to embrace "difference" is the spirit of a true artist and worthy of being celebrated. To be frozen in face and opinion is not. Fran Lebowitz says in her recent documentary, "Public Speaking," the level of the arbiter is as important to art as art itself.
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