My last day in NYC and a visit with Blake Wood, Paper Magazine and Kai and Glenn Belverio

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Last day in NYC and I invited Blake Wood up to my no star hotel room. Wish I saved the photo of my mini bar, it was classic, a carafe of tap water and two glasses. I had met Blake the night before at a show and he asked if I had the time to give him an interview. 9h45 in the freezing cold he was there.
Blake Wood

I got to see some images from Blake’s project on Jason, a punk James Dean living on the streets and well kitted out in his own creations and then it was off to visit Kim Hastreiter at the Paper Magazine empire.


Great space, great energy. I loved the portraits of the two founders, Kim Hastreiter and David Hershkovits. THis is how I remember Paper looking in the days when Ronnie Cooke used to pull in my designs for shoots.


The original Paper team is still together- Mickey Boardman, Deputy Editorial Director, Kim Hastreiter, Founder, Editor and Publisher along with David Hershkovits. One of the newer members is Drew Elliott , Marketing and Promotions Director.

I enjoyed my visit with Kim so much that I was late for my appointment with Kai MYSELF, I made Kim late for her meeting as well.


Kai was waiting for me with his boyfriend outside in the freezing cold so was my friend Glenn Belverio.


I wanted to preview the line but practically nothing was there.

Then Rafael, Glenn and I went off to eat Korean on 32nd street. It was really funny, Rafael and I booked our hotels separately and when we connected in NYC we discovered that we were both staying on 32nd and Broadway. FYI it is possible to book a hotel for 100$ in NYC, basic is the operative word and good chance you will find a room for that price on 32nd Street. Kim told me that both my hotel and her office were on that street for the same reason. Paper Magazine is on east 32nd Street, like I said, this is the new downtown. It also happens to be K street.

Rafael Jimenez and Glenn Belverio

After lunch Rafael went off to a meeting and GLenn and I went to Grand Central Station for tea and desert. I could not get over how clean the station was. THe last time I’d been there was in the early 90’s and you could not even walk there it was wall to wall homeless and pretty violent. In fact I’m not sure which was more astounding , the cleaned up Grand Central Station or the story about the 300 pound baby whose body was too heavy for it’s legs to carry her. That image will just not go away.




After reading Mario’s post I had to show you the drawing by lefanterrible.


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.