Yesterday, I found an old stash of Holiday magazines from the 50’s in the back of a vintage shop. I wasn’t surprised to see more than a dozen stories on the South and Southerners–the magazine’s expressed purpose was to convey the good life, after all–but I was surprised to see how the stories and pictures managed to capture the best of Dixie society in what was undeniably not her finest or most socially conscious hour. William Faulkner paints a verbal and photographic portrait of his Mississippi in the April 1954 issue and Ovid Williams Pierce shows the diversity of North Carolina’s mountain culture (February, 1957). Not only did James Street’s portrait of Atlanta (January 1951) make me crave a Coke like I haven’t in years, it made me want to restore the South’s signature drink to its full and proper name. He refers to it repeatedly as the South’s vin de pays (freetranslation.com tells me this means “country wine”); the least I can do is drop the slang and call it Coca-Cola.
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I love, love, love Lissy Rosemont’s old-tymey, soulful voice and cannot wait to see her and the Junior League Band play at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. Lissy’s from Atlanta and her family runs the annual Fiddler’s Grove fiddler’s festival in Union Grove, North Carolina. Plus, she roomed with a good friend of mine in college so in my world, she’s about as famous as they get. Now, it seems like the rest of the country’s taking note of her talent, as well. The show starts around 6:30/7pm so come after work for happy hour and be home in time to watch whatever leftover shows you’ve got in the queue.
I’m a huge fan of Miles Redd‘s cheeky chic aesthetic–think Old Hollywood meets the South, with healthy splashes of color, sparkle and whimsy thrown in–so when my lovely aunt met Miles’s sister by chance on vacation, she kindly offered to introduce me to the designer himself. He couldn’t have been more gracious and charming. Read on for his thoughts on everything from set design to southern hospitality to the City’s best shopping spots.
JM: I’ve read a good bit about you over the years, but one thing I missed is that you came to New York for film school. I had no idea.
MR: Well, like all stories do, that one’s gotten a bit condensed over the years. It’s actually a little longer than that. I started out at Parsons studying fashion. Eventually, I transferred and graduated from NYU with a film degree. I sort of always excelled at set design, so that’s what I ended up pursuing in the beginning. I did a very brief stint with Francine LeFrak, who was a TV/movie producer for networks like Lifetime. She did The Pamela Harriman Story and other similar things. I moved on from there, but I’m very grateful for the time I spent there because it really taught me what I wanted.
JM: Any interest in returning to set design and breaking into movies a lá Tom Ford?
MR: The short answer is yes. That’s definitely a fantasy.
Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Ann Mashburn briefly during one of her trips to the City when she told me about her forthcoming storefront, which we wrote about here. Since then, the buzz about her eponymous shop has grown to vuvuzelas-at-the-World-Cup proportions. Finally, the doors are open. And judging by Garden & Gun‘s pictures, Ann’s well-edited collection of tailored and chic basics, including pieces from her own in house label, doesn’t disappoint.
Bearings Guide, an Atlanta-based lifestyle site, just posted a new video featuring style wisdom from Sid Mashburn, the ultimate southern sartorialist. It just so happens that my husband and I were in the store during the filming (he’s the clueless one in the background digging through stacks oblivious to the camera crew in front of him). Learn how to dress like someone who knows how to dress here.
You know how sometimes you encounter something multiple times in a short period so that it becomes top of mind in a weird, beyond-coincidental kind of way? Maybe it’s a book or product or person that seems to be popping up everywhere, even if it’s only you who’s noticing it? Well, I’ve been having that kind of experience with Spanx lately (so bizarre, I know). First, I was packing for a trip to Atlanta this weekend that will include a dressy occasion and, of course, I threw my tried and true under armor into the bag before anything else. Then, I was reading WWD a day later and saw that Spanx has a new line of slimming tops out for spring. Then, I was catching up on some online reading and one blog led to another and before I knew it, I was reading this post about the brand’s Bradley Hughes–designed corporate headquarters in Georgia. I had no idea that Spanx was based in Atlanta, but it makes total sense that the place that made the corset de rigueur also gave birth to the modern-day version. (Just file this under In Case You Were Wondering.)
If you don’t know Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, you’re missing out. The Augusta, Georgia–native and her crew have played with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Michael Bublé (with whom they appeared on SNL this year) and Phish, and have collaborated on projects with Mark Ronson. They’re a little bit funk, a little bit gospel and their music is the perfect blend of southern soul and New York grit. Last week, the group performed at the NPR Showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, and as this video shows, the crowd got really involved.