Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Moves That Speak Louder Than Words

[Doug Varone] is that rare choreographer with a gift for expressing emotion through dance. —Dunning, Jennifer. “Physical Side of an Emotional World.” New York Times, Jan. 10, 1994. If Euripides is right that “every man is like the company he [is] wont to … Continue reading

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Charles James: Chelsea Couture

When I first moved to New York City as a student in 1966, I serendipitously landed a room in the Chelsea Hotel. At the time, there were many luminaries from the arts who resided there and it was possible to … Continue reading

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Gloria Steinem’s 80th Birthday Bash

Gloria Steinem turned 80 on March 25, 2014 and hundreds of women were at Cipriani in New York on May 1, 2014 to enthusiastically celebrate her birthday at the 2014 Gloria Awards, which also saluted 40 Years of the Ms. … Continue reading

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Inspiration Behind the Print: Sun Gods

Hanky Panky’s latest print, Golden Sun, may be fresh on the scene, apropos of fashion’s current fetish with metallic, but sun-worship is as old as the gods. According to Wikipedia.org’s list of 96 solar deities, sun gods and goddesses were central to many … Continue reading

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Something to Write Home About

While supplies last, Hanky Panky is gifting a limited edition, hand-pressed Mother’s Day card with all purchases at HankyPanky.com. (To receive a card, enter the code “MOMSDAY” at checkout.) Carrie Durand, Hanky Panky’s in-house lettering artist and the proprietor of … Continue reading

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A Ballet of Laces

Our new Swan Lace collection combines two distinct laces to dazzling effect.  But when it comes to ballet and lace, we admit to being upstaged by Marius Petipa (1818-1910), the premier choreographer for the Imperial Russian Ballet during the later half of the 19th … Continue reading

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Did Shakespeare’s Sister Wear Comfy Underwear?

At an event last week supporting the National Women’s History Museum, we learned about women whose major contributions to American history never made it into popular history books. This brought to mind Virginia Woolf’s clever literary representation of a missing, … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Place is in The Mall

In honor of Women’s History Month, Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) … Continue reading

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Opulence: from Runway to Lingerie

The Fall-Winter 2013-14 runways were full of richly embellished textiles with classic, formal motifs and gilded effects.  These luxurious fabrics evoke Imperial Russia, Renaissance Europe, and the decorative arts of the Byzantine empire. Here are some of my favorite examples … Continue reading

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Paper, Please!

Scrolling through Pinterest last weekend, I came across this groovy 1960s photo of Argentine actress Marcela Lopez Rey rocking a Rhett Butler dress. Clark Gable was the sexiest man to ever live and being a classic movie buff, I had … Continue reading

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