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A FASHION LESSON FOR MEN

In my opinion, a man isn't fly unless he owns at least one Domenico Vacca suit. It just so happens that Vacca is my sister's boyfriend's father, but if that wasn't the case, I'd still support the brand 100%.


Loyal D.V. customers include: Kanye West, Usher, 50Cent, Sean Lennon, L.A. Reid, Sean P. Diddy Combs, Yoko Ono, Ashton Kutcher, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster, John Malkovich, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Melanie Griffith, Nicolette Sheridan, Queen Latifah, RenĂ©e Zellweger, Alan Alda, Vincent Gallo, Jack Black, Michael Imperioli, Glenn Close, Jeremy Piven, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Antonio Banderas, Scarlett Johansson, Lebron James, Scottie Pippen, Steve Smith, Ronald Perelman, Ronald Lauder, Gustavo Cisneros, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Pepe Fanjul, Giuseppe Cipriani, Ivana Trump, Arianna Huffington and Anne Bass as well as designers Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger. 

Check out one of D.V. stores today: 63rd and Madison in NYC, Rodeo Drive and Little Santa Monica in LA, the Bal Harbour shops in Miami, Palm Beach, Moscow and Qatar.
'Esquire'

My sister's boyfriend sporting one of my favorite suits.

A 'Women's Wear Daily' review on the new women's collection "VACCA".

Domenico Vacca and Jeremy Piven wearing D.V.

"Fashion's Night Out" 2010: 
http://domenicovacca.com/videos/domenico-vacca-fashions-night-out-2010/

Domenico gives GQ style tips: 
http://domenicovacca.com/videos/gq-rules-know-what-brown-can-do-for-you/

The men's and women's show at New York Fashion Week: 
http://domenicovacca.com/videos/domenico-vacca-fallwinter-2009-fashion-show/

The amazing new women's collection at New York Fashion Week. The crocodile dress is to-die-for:
http://domenicovacca.com/videos/vacca-springsummer-2011-presentation/

COWBOY KATE

This is one of my favorite shoot stories is 'Cowboy Kate' by Sam Haskins. I've always wanted to do a shoot like this!



















I'm not sure why only half of the last photo shows up, my bad!

THE LIZARD KING

The Doors is my favorite band and in my opinion, Jim Morrison is one of the greatest artists that ever lived. I fell in love with Morrison's poetry during my early teens before I had ever heard the band or saw how sexy he was with that shaggy hair, handsome face and lean body in tight leather pants. Between 1965 and 1971, he wrote a hundred songs, played over two hundred concerts, recorded seven platinum albums, had four editions of his poems published, made three films, wrote screenplays and recorded poems. Its obvious why some of the best bands of all time were inspired by Jim Morrison and The Doors!

"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first."

"People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain."

"Where's your will to be weird?"

"A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."

Open
The Night is young 
and full of rest
I can't describe
the way she's dress'd
She'll pander to 
some strange requests
Anything that you suggest
Anything to please her guest

An excerpt from a Rolling Stone Magazine interview: 
"You see, the birth of rock and roll coincided with my adolescence, my coming into awareness. It was a real turn-on, although at the time I could never allow myself to rationally fantasize about ever doing it myself. I guess that all that time I was accumulating inclination and nerve, my subconscious had prepared the whole thing. I didn't think about it, it was just…thought about. I never even conceived it. I thought I was going to be a writer or a sociologist, or maybe write plays. I never went to concerts - maybe one or two at most. I saw a few things on TV, but I'd never been a part of it all. But I heard, in my head, a whole concert situation, with a band and singing and an audience, a large audience. Those first five or six songs I wrote, I was just taking notes at a fantastic rock concert that was going on inside my head. And once I'd written the songs, I had to sing them."

MUST-HAVE BIKE

"Horsey" by Eungi Kim for Seoul Cycle Design. Those of you who know me well understand that since I grew up riding horses, I must own this!


CHEERS!

I don't need to drink to have a good time, I'm a light-weight and actually take breaks from all alcohol consumption a few times a year. When I am drinking, I usually have some wine or rose' with a meal. I'm picky when it comes to hard alcohol, because I'm a control freak (of myself), and being drunk scares more than excites me. When I lived in LA, I was almost always the designated driver and didn't mind that much, because I always want to keep my friends and myself safe. Once I moved to New York, I had to learn to pace myself better, because when you can take the subway, cabs or have a driver, its easy to overdo it! 


If you are going to take shots, please save it for special occasions, because sloppy drunks are not cute! It seems that Grey Goose and Patron have become the most commonly-purchased bottles at bars and clubs, so the buyers must not be aware of the fact that both contain glycerine and aren't even pure!
If you're going to drink vodka, I highly recommend my friend's brand Veev or Belvedere. Veev is a healthier way to drink, and I've worked with Belvedere before. I learned that not only has Belvedere been around for ages, they don't use any additives except for real fruit in their flavored vodka. My friend eased me into enjoying vodka again by mixing his vodka Veev with some tequila, and its delicious! My other favorite Veev cocktail is called a "Brazilian Holy Water" and consists of Veev Acai and water on the rocks, its delicious! 
If your favorite alcohol is tequila (like me) and you can't get to a real tequila bar or enjoy a good vintage bottle, Herradura is always a good choice. I drink my tequila on the rocks with no salt, sparkling water and four limes - yes, exactly four. When I drink a cocktail this way, I don't get as bad of a hangover because there's no triple sec or other sugary additives. My favorite cocktail of all time is at the Bowery Hotel here in New York, one of my favorite hangouts. I forget the name of the drink, but it contains jalapeno and other fresh ingredients that make my taste buds go wild!
As for "the other stuff", 20+ year old Pappy Van Winkle and 25+ year old Macallan on the rocks simply cannot be left out. I'm mostly Irish, though I rarely drink "the dark stuff". I'd like to thank the gentlemen who introduced me to these fine liquors - cheers!