Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Ibtisam Barakat reads at World Poetry Conference in Venezuela August 22, 2009

This poem is from my friend and writer Ibtisam Barakat:

Dear Friends,

The poem Palestine that I opened with at the World Poetry Conference in Venezuela last month was in Arabic and Spanish. Today I recorded it in English and you can find it on You Tube. Have a look and have a wonderful day.

Ibtisam.

Palestine poem in English:

Palestine poem Arabic and Spanish:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKa1ZBacug

 

In honor of high school reunions everywhere: Romy and Michelle! August 2, 2009

I went to my 30th high school reunion last night, which was touching, delightful and fascinating, since I was reconnecting with grade school and middle school friends I hadn’t seen since I was 14. So it was not at all like Michelle and Romy’s, but I just love this movie. You can actually watch the whole thing in parts on YouTube.

 

Museum At FIT: Isabel Toledo July 17, 2009

Note: Best known for her inaugural day suit on display at this show, Isabel Toledo is a designer’s designer. Read more about her show at FIT and her story here.

newtoledo1aIsabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
June 17 through September 26, 2009

The Cuban-born fashion designer Isabel Toledo is often described as “a designer’s designer.” Although she is little known to the general public, her work is greatly admired by members of the fashion community. As the late fashion journalist Amy Spindler once wrote, “Only great designers can dispense with themes and theatrics and let the work speak instead. Ms. Toledo does just that, letting fashion itself be the theme.”  Learn more …

 

Presenting Mitzi TV July 12, 2009

If there’s one blog I like to read consistently, it’s the saucy author Mitzi Szereto’s. Here, Mitzi steps in to the third dimension with her new Mitzi TV and ventures into Central London to meet up with the Westminster Morris Men, a team of Morris Dancers who do a lot more than shake their booty. This London expat lass is bawdy funny. Visit her blog here or view on YouTube below. Join Mitzi’s Facebook fan page here.

 

The Model as Muse exhibit at the Met July 11, 2009

model_as_muse_bigHurry on over to the Met before this show closes. I went with my FIT gal pals last night, and if you have an interest in either magazine or fashion history, this is a wonderful eye candy walk through the mid-20th century to now. What’s most wonderful about the show is that they have brought in the real designer garments (Balenciaga, Dior and more) that were featured in spreads, along with a pictorial history of fashion shooting through the decades. Plus, you have the music of each era in each section, so it literally is a walk down memory lane. See is through August 9. Learn more …

Cheap tip: Go on Friday night. The museum is open until 9 and it’s perfectly kosher to pay $1 admission, even though the usual fee is $20.

 

A Shaded View on Fashion June 29, 2009

shadedviewHere’s a new find: an edgy, insider’s fashion blog with goth-look leanings. Read “A Shaded View on Fashion.”

 

A moment for the fabulous Dina Merrill June 24, 2009

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250px-Dina_MerrillMerrill was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton in New York City, the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton.[1] She was educated at The George Washington University.

Merrill acted in twenty-two motion pictures, including Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer TracyThe SundownersDon’t Give Up the ShipCaddyshack III’ll Take Sweden with Bob HopeThe Young Savages with Burt LancasterA Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed with Mickey RooneyCatch Me If You CanOperation Petticoat with Cary Grant (who had previously been married to her cousin, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton) and Tony CurtisThe Courtship of Eddie’s Father with Glenn Ford and Ron HowardButterfield 8 with Elizabeth TaylorA Wedding with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Carol BurnettTrue Colors with John Cusack andThe Player with Tim Robbins and Whoopi Goldberg. Read more.