About Last Night || Gap Fall 2012 Preview

30/08/2012 § 2 Comments

I was very pleased to attend the Fall 2012 preview for The Gap a few weeks ago.  Marisa and I spent a lovely summer evening over drinks and live music atop the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, visiting with the new fall collection.  Full of the kind of basics we’ve all come to love and expect from the brand, the new collection is a playful and modern update of several iconic wardrobe staples.  Of particular interest are the blazers, a whole slew of colorful flats and one adorably polka dotted chambray shirt.  Be sure to visit The Gap for more fall goodness.

Please get in my closet!

Aside from the fall fashion inspiration, the highlight of the evening was a truly showstopping Manhattan sunset.  From our perch above the west side we were treated to the kind of skyline porn usually reserved for Sex and the City flyover shots.  Funny how sometimes floating above the city can feel more “New York” than walking along its streets, no?

Wearing: Gap 1969 legging jean in tropic green //
Zara polka dot blouse (similar) // Uniqlo blazer (similar)

The signs of a good party…

Afterwards we headed over to Yama in the West Village for sushi.  Per usual, we ordered too much and then the advanced maths were required.
But thankfully, we had a mathlete on hand…

About Last Night || The Little Black Jacket

21/06/2012 § Leave a comment

I was fortunate to catch The Little Black Jacket in SoHo last week, during its limited run, and I wanted to share a few pictures with you.  Conceived by Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld, the travelling exhibition revisits the iconic tweed Chanel jacket — newly redesigned by Lagerfeld — in over 100 large-scale photographs of models, actors, artists and celebrities, each with their own take on the LBJ.  The wide range of faces staring back at you from the walls — young, old, male, female, of all different colors — illustrate quite effectively why Gabrielle’s classic design has endured for decades.

The exhibit has since moved on to Taipei, with the next location to be revealed on June 25.  If it comes to your city, I definitely recommend a visit.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to make the trip in person, you can always pick up the book or peruse The Little Black Jacket “e-experience.”  You can also watch a behind-the-scenes film of the photoshoot here.

About Last Night || Celebrating Tomboy Style at Rugby Ralph Lauren

08/06/2012 § Leave a comment

Last night, I was very pleased to celebrate the release of Tomboy Style by the exceptionally lovely Lizzie Garrett Mettler at the Rugby Ralph Lauren store on University Place.  It was a such a lovely party, I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures to share with you…

So great to see Lizzie on the east coast!
Was hoping to kidnap her and make her stay, but I was unsuccessful.

Loved how Rugby styled four of Lizzie’s Tomboy archetypes:
(from left) the prep, the naturalist, the sophisticate, the rebel.

With my gorgeous friend Marisa Zupan, Managing Editor at Rugby Ralph Lauren, blogger at The Significant Other, and all around awesome lady.  I’m especially loving her new bangs.

Haven’t yet picked up your copy of Tomboy Style?  What are you waiting for?

And if you are in Boston this Saturday, be sure to stop by the Rugby Ralph Lauren store on Newbury Street between 5 and 7pm to meet Lizzie and get your book signed!  Rugby is also sponsoring an awesome Tomboy Style giveaway, which you can find out about on Lizzie’s blog here
I’d wish you good luck, but you know I’m hoping to win, natch…

A Night at the Met

25/01/2012 § Leave a comment

I caught a lovely production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca at the New York Metropolitan Opera tonight, and just wanted to share a few pictures I snapped.  The opera house is one of my favorite places in New York, with its massive Chagall murals, starry dreamlike chandeliers and copious amounts of red velvet — the opera ends up being a bonus!  I’m also hoping to catch Massenet’s Manon, starring Anna Netrebko — I saw her perform the title role a few years ago at the Los Angeles Opera and loved her.

Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca. 
Vissi d’arte (I have lived for art).

Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi.
E lucevan le stelle (When the stars were brightly shining)

About Last Night: Vanity Fair Fashion in Film Festival 2011

12/09/2011 § 3 Comments

This weekend I was lucky to receive tickets to the second annual Vanity Fair Fashion in Film Festival at the Museum of Arts and Design, courtesy of Vanity Fair Agenda.  The first night, I attended a screening of one of my favorite films, Les Parapluies des Cherbourg (you may recall I blogged about the film and its similarity to Prada S/S 2011, back in March) and the afterparty, complete with a gorgeous view of Columbus Circle, goodies and makeovers from event co-host L’Oreal (quite liked their Voluminous Million Lashes mascara, btw) and copious amounts of bubbly — all the makings of a fabulous New York Fashion Week evening.

Image via VF Agenda.
Image via VF Agenda.

The second day, Anne and I attended a panel on Creative Inspiration from Cinema, moderated by Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador at Barneys New York.  The panelists included fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, stylist Freddie Leiba, Dr. Valerie Steele, PhD., of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Vanity Fair’s Matt Tyrnauer.  After a lovely discussion of style icons (sidenote: Faye Dunaway and her many incarnations was the runaway winner of that popularity contest), recurring cultural references, favorite films, the distinction between costume design and fashion design, and the godsend that is Google Image, the group retired to the lounge for a bit of refreshment and mingling.

As I frequently find style inspiration in film and am simultaneously obsessed with costume design — have I mentioned my undergraduate degree is in theatre? — the Vanity Fair Fashion in Film Festival was a pure delight to attend.  Vanity Fair’s approach to New York Fashion Week is exactly what I would expect from the publication — it is smart, cultured, and more than a little tongue-in-cheek — embodied best by Doonan’s hilarious intro to the festival:

While you have missed the festival, most of the films shown can be hunted down in some way or another.  Of course, I must recommend you start with Cherbourg.

Be on the lookout for next year’s festival. Vanity Fair Agenda will keep you in the know.  Follow them on Twitter here.

About Last Night: Gentleman/Budoir at Overbey & Dunn

25/08/2011 § Leave a comment

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the opening for the newest installation at Overbey & Dunn in the West Village.  Why do I love Overbey & Dunn so much?  Mainly because the owners — Tom Dunn and Molly Kavanagh — have embraced a concept (that I adore!) of constant recreation and evolution for their darling interior design boutique.  This may actually be a bit of an understatement, actually, as every 8 to 10 weeks, the shop undergoes a complete transformation all the way down to the light fixtures and the paint on the walls.  It then reopens with a new “theme,” stocked to the gills with gorgeous antique finds for the home, all of which are for sale.

Last night was the official launch of the latest installation, called “Gentleman/Budoir,” which was curated by designer Russell Piccione.  Far and away my favorite installation thus far, it is refined masculinity personified: deep, rich colors; lush patterns and textures; bar carts in brass and glass; crystal decanters; leather bound books; taxidermy (isn’t that massive caribou a beauty?); classic games; smoking accessories; and the like.

With the party-goers crammed into the small space, it was difficult to get pictures, so I plan to return in the near future and do a full rundown with the lovely Mr. Dunn.  Be on the lookout for that over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, do drop by Overbey & Dunn to view “Gentleman/Budoir.”  Just don’t you dare buy anything that I already have my eye on…

Overbey & Dunn
19 Christopher Street
West Village
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