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Labdanum (from Wikipedia): A sticky brown resin obtained from the shrubs Cistus ladanifer (western Mediterranean) and Cistus creticus (eastern Mediterranean), species of rockrose. It has a long history of use in herbal medicine and as a perfume ingredient. Labdanum is the main ingredient used when making the scent of amber in perfumery. Labdanum’s odor is variously described as amber, animalic, sweet, woody, ambergris, dry musk, or leathery.
Apron Toe: Apron Toe shoes (also known as moc toe — the two are often blended/mixed) are shoes with a separate piece of leather that extends from the very bottom of the top line around the shoe itself, giving the impression of a “crease” (a stiching line) between the top of the toe and the bottom, like a draped apron. These are becoming popular in casual shoes- and when done incorrectly, can be boxy and uglier than sin- but when done correctly, are very fashionable. These are more present in loafers than oxfords/boots, but are found everywhere.
North Beach Leather was founded by Michael Hoban and Frank Morgan in the sixties as a leather goods store in Los Angeles, eventually moving to San Francisco’s North Beach. Capitalizing upon his popularity as a “celebrity designer,” Hoban would become a fashion star of the late-eighties with his ubiquitous advertisements in all major fashion magazines.
As the over-the-top eighties morphed into the pared-down nineties, the fortunes of the company began to decline, and the company was bankrupt by 2002.
Today, Hoban’s influence can be seen on the runways of Christopher Kane and Balmain, although his greatest work — his costumes for stars such as Elton John, Elvis and Tom Jones — has yet to be referenced by contemporary designers. Like Nudie Cohn, Hoban created “West Coast Couture” through the sixties and seventies, and when his vintage styles are inevitably revived, the fashion world will likely hold him in high regard. At the moment, however, the name “North Beach Leather” is synonymous with the hard-edged excess of the late-eighties and early-nineties.
Muster: verb (used with object)
To assemble for battle or display.
verb (used without object)
To assemble for inspection.
An assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes, the act of mustering, or a flock of peacocks.
Eg: The preening crowd at New York Fashion Week began to resemble a muster in more ways than one.
Tyrotoxism: Poisoning by cheese or any other dairy product. Not to be confused with Tyratoxism which is defined as poisoning by watching too many episodes of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Kokoshnik: A traditional Russian piece of female head-wear, the Kokoshnik has been around since at least the 17th century. The origins of the word come from both the distinctive arches visible in Russian architecture from the 14th century, and from the ancient word “Kokosh”, a female version of cockerel with his large comb atop his head. No married woman was allowed to show her hair in public, so she could plait it and keep it hidden under her magnificent hat (from russiapedia.rt.com).