Wednesday, July 05, 2006

If you can't make it to AngloMania at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before it closes Sept. 4th, has some exhibit highlights from our favorite rebellious Brits, including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and John Galliano, put into context with historical British fashions in wonderfully decadent and witty vignettes.

Some of our favorites were Francomania, featuring a dress by Galliano for Dior and a raven headdress by Stephen Jones, Death Bed, including an aluminum spine corset by McQueen and Shaun Leane, and The Gentlemen's Club, featuring pieces from McClaren and Westwood's Sex and Seditionaries lines of the 1970s.

Gastronomic highlights of this past weekend's visit "home" included the wonderful Marlow & Sons, a gourmet grocery and intimate dining room featuring fresh oysters and a connoisseur's selection of dried meats, cheeses and other delights, adjacent to Williamsburg institution Diner, as well as Frank on 2nd Ave., where we dined on the best beef carpaccio and squid ink fettucini ever. Our new friends from Europe approved.

Also, 1,000 thanks to Cowboy Mark for his hospitality this weekend!

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