Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Barnard Medal of Distinction: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Yesterday, I was arm candy for a cultural rockstar—the acclaimed Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Three other ridiculously accomplished women were also given Barnard Medals of Distinction at the 2016 Barnard Commencement, but it was Chimamanda who got the wild … Continue reading

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Simple Gifts

There’s a trend towards achieving simplicity in our lives; reducing the amount of stuff, retaining only what we need and value. There is so much competition for clutter in our space and in our minds that many of us long … Continue reading

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Coo coo cachoo, Mrs. Robinson

Why is animal print lingerie synonymous with sex? When I set out to tackle this profound question, Hanky Panky Senior Designer Larissa suggested I re-watch Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate, paying particular attention to Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)’s clothes. Turns … Continue reading

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A Big Step Towards a National Women’s History Museum

This time last year, we blogged about the movement to build a national women’s history museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Recently, the initiative took a major step forward when Congress passed legislation creating an eight-member commission to study the … Continue reading

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Goblin Market – sisterly bond with fantasies, fears and underpinnings

In our own Hudson Valley there is a very special performance at the Philipstown Depot Theatre, a darling, repurposed train station in Garrison, NY. This enchanting production of Goblin Market, a chamber musical adapted by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon from the … Continue reading

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Inspiration Behind the Print: Red Rose

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hanky Panky brings you Red Rose, a new print for lace and mesh. Red Rose is a modern take on a timeless symbol of romantic love. Unlike last summer’s Vintage Rose print, which had the … Continue reading

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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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In the Works: A Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s Short Story, “Caroline’s Wedding”

Easmanie Michel, a filmmaker and graduate student in Cinema Studies at NYU/TISCH, has secured the rights to make a film based on the short story “Caroline’s Wedding,” by award-winning Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat. After learning that Hanky Panky was one of … 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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