I hosted an intimate dinner for two of my most favorite friends in the whole wide world.
They each represent the familiar and the newly discovered but then it all gets mixed-up in a sort of amazing collage of words, images, ideas and concepts. Both are simply wonderful!
Loven has been my friend since college. Our interest in all things designed, conceptualized, provocative and exciting cemented a friendship that is instinctive and familiar. We are family. He's my brother, a crazy and creative one at that. He is the storm and I am the calm. He is the push and I am the brake. I come up with an idea and he will add to that another wonderful idea. It's always our beautiful conversations and animated blabber where we conjure dreams of world domination. Loven is the boss that everyone calls but doesn't act like one. He's more like the ring leader of a freak circus of mutants with extraordinary powers. I am amazed how profound and deep this guy influenced me in the path that I have taken in my life now. He is such an amazing friend.
Elizabeth, though I've known for less than a year, seems like one of those who you feel you've known like forever. Not only because we constantly dress alike like we're part of the same genius collection. Or how we have the same opinion over something we hate or love. It's perplexing because she came from the nexus of the superchic, superhip and superglam New York fashion galaxy versus my third world 'avant-garde'. But that is the wonder and beauty that is Eliz. She can tote a Balenciaga, wear a mix of Rick Owens and Martin Margiela paired with some killer Marni shoes, and she still comes off as someone you want to have conversations with. She is not alienating or terrifying in her chicness. You see her. You see beyond her fabulous-ness and feel the kindness that nurtures. She invites you into her world and makes you feel alright. She shares with you the power of fashion and all its crazy trappings. She is the insider but an outsider.
Let me be selfish and wish that I could share many more of your birthdays to come.