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Men's Pick: Hugo Guinness for Coach

Coach joins forces with the New York artist for a playful leather collection.

March 05, 2012

Linoleum hardly seems glamorous, evoking images of ’70s-style kitchens, but the flooring material is experiencing a comeback in the form of fine art. Hugo Guinness, a New York-based artist renowned for his linoleum-cut prints, is collaborating with Coach on a collection of men’s leather goods printed with his contemporary graphic images. For Coach he uses his New York City surroundings as inspiration, creating prints of such local emblems as the coffee cup, handcuffs, and aviator shades, among others. Available in stores now, the 17-piece limited-edition collection, including these leather billfolds ($138 each) is sure to appeal to collectors of successful artist-designer collaborations. 370 Bleecker St., 212-243-3612


Beauty Trend: Bewitching Black Manicures

Go gothic with a shiny onyx polish job or a tone-on-tone black French manicure.

March 02, 2012

Finding the right black nail polish can be tricky. A chipping black manicure is a beauty no-no that no one wants to be caught wearing, so a long-lasting formula is paramount—as is a glamorous sheen. If you favor a satiny black look, try Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in black satin ($26). The formula’s staying power is unparalleled, and we love the way the color catches the light. Another favorite is the limited edition No. 6 Terriblement Noir duo by Yves Saint Laurent ($30), which was inspired by a smoking tuxedo jacket. The idea is to create a tone-on-tone French manicure, using the matte shade for the base and the shinier shade for the tips.  


Stylish Stationery: Manolo Blahnik for Connor

The master shoe designer puts his designs on paper—notecards and tablets, to be exact.

March 02, 2012

In honor of Manolo Blahnik’s 20th anniversary as a shoe designer, Hong Kong specialty store Lane Crawford has asked the designer to collaborate with other luxury brands to create exclusive items. In New York, Blahnik has partnered with Connor Fine Engraver & Stationer on a set of notecards and tablets ($110 each). The design features Blahnik's initials and a set of strappy heels, packaged in Connor Fine's signature grey Italian linen box. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900

—Jessica Ferri


Cole Haan's Sporty Spring Wingtips

Add a pop of color to your sole.

March 02, 2012

Cole Haan's popular LunarGrand shoes ($278) have a swanky new look for spring. The sporty wingtips have been upgraded from suede to leather and feature a bright, candy-colored sole. And ladies rejoice, because the LunarGrand will now finally be available in women's sizes. Try some on for size when they arrive at Cole Haan’s SoHo flagship, exclusively, this Saturday. 128 Prince St.

—Jessica Ferri


The Last Vestiges of Keith Haring's Pop Shop

A new installation honors the quirky, democratic philosophy of the long defunct SoHo art shop.

March 01, 2012

An untitled collaboration between Haring, Richard Avedon, and Brooke Shields

In 1986, artist Keith Haring opened the Pop Shop at 292 Lafayette Street. Embodying Haring’s philosophy that art should be available to everyone, the shop served as an exhibit for the artist’s work and sold artsy T-shirts, skateboard decks, and memorabilia. In celebration of the recent installation of Haring's artwork in the ceiling of the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, the Keith Haring Foundation has created a rotating display devoted to the Pop Shop in the Henry Luce III Study for American Culture. Currently, items on view focus on Haring’s “love-themed work,” including a “Love” stamp design that was rejected by the US Postal Service, a collaboration with Richard Avedon and Brooke Shields, and subway drawings. The Pop Shop installation is on display through May 6. The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West

—Jessica Ferri


Photography Exhibit: Mia Tyler in Wonderland

Not only a daughter of rock royalty, Tyler is a talented and whimsical photographer.

February 29, 2012

In a marriage of art and rock, Mia Tyler recently opened an exhibit of her photography, "Through the Looking Glass," at Andy Hilfiger's RIFF Boutique in the former CBGB space. The show was inspired by author Lewis Carroll’s classic book of the same name. “[Carroll’s story] is based on the idea that everything is the mirror image of Wonderland, making everything you see not always as it seems. I like to think of my camera lens the same way,” said Tyler. The exhibit marks yet another collaboration between the Hilfiger and Tyler family, as Mia's sister Chelsea, and her dad, Steven, are the faces of Hilfiger's Andrew Charles line, available at the boutique. The photographs are available to the public and for purchase during RIFF’S regular hours. 313 Bowery, 212-475-2752

—Jessica Ferri


A Proper Happy Hour at Terroir

At Terroir, happy hour begins with a gratis glass of sherry.

February 28, 2012

Wine bar Terroir, with locations in the East Village, Tribeca, and Murray Hill, is now offering a glass of complimentary sherry during its weekday happy hour (5–7 PM). Sit down, have a sherry, and then transition into a glass (or two, or three) of wine from their chapter book wine list, along with delicious snacks, like gorgonzola risotto balls, marrow on toast and all manner of meatballs.

—Jessica Ferri
Photograph by Smith & Ratliff


Oscar Week Dispatch: 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

The stars let their hair down and sported short shorts on a sunny Santa Monica day at the Indie Spirit Awards.

February 27, 2012

Seth Rogen hosts the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

No event during Oscar week lifts the spirits like the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which took place this past Saturday under a billowing white tent facing the beach in Santa Monica. Rushing to a cement beach shack for pre-show coffee, Dispatches competed for the bike lane with an endless brigade of middle-aged joggers.    

It was bitterly cold at last year’s show, but this year the morning chill faded into sunny perfection. The sandy beach views and blue horizon were a sight for the sore, weary eyes of journalists, photographers, and cameramen standing near the carpet.    

Once past photographers, The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley kicked off her high heels and went barefoot—even though she had flats waiting for her at the end of the carpet. At 20, Woodley is one of those stylish young things who doesn’t really want to take her fashion way up a notch. She compromised with her stylist and wore a sparkly top on the condition that she could pair it with jeans. Woodley later said that she thought she said "um" too often in her award speech.    

Amara Miller, who plays George Clooney's younger child in The Descendants, didn't know what she was wearing. "Actually, my mom got it," she said. Her aunt, who looked just like her with blonde hair, mentioned Miller had taken down pigtails at the last minute and put her hair up.    

Michelle Williams, nominated for best actress, meanwhile, had on a beautifully tailored blue Louis Vuitton suit with short shorts. She credits her success to doing the daily work and keeping her “heart to the ground and eyes to the sky.   

Christopher Plummer, also a winner, cringed when he was asked about being remembered as Baron von Trapp and now being lauded for his role as an elderly gay man in Beginners. "It's a horrific profession," he said. "You've got to love every minute of it or just quit while you can."   

Jeffrey Dean Morgan was staying at Shutters, a rambling shingled hotel just down the beach, but his publicist was worried about his girlfriend walking the few blocks in heels, so they took a car the half-mile to the tents and said that they felt a bit ridiculous.   

"It was freezing last year," said Zoe Saldana, who had on a short Balmain number with little gold chains and diamante. "I hope my food isn't too cold, but I can't wait for Seth Rogen to host."    

Rogen mentioned something about bombing when he ran out into the backstage area during the show and downed a beer. He has a nervous giggle, which sounds hilarious in films but didn't inspire confidence in his hosting abilities. He and Jonah Hill gave each other a bro hug when they randomly encountered each other. More Rogen giggles for no apparent reason.
In a week of party gridlock, Kate Beckinsale, who lives on the Santa Monica side of town, said that it was "so great not to be sitting in traffic for an hour and a half to get to the event."    

In the official gifting lounge, Shailene Woodley picked up a pair of New Balance 1400s. William H. Macy snagged a free weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, New York. And Kim Johnson, from Dancing with the Stars, said she's hoping Stacy Keibler will get George Clooney to make an appearance on the show.   

Meanwhile, a woman in a retro stewardess outfit passed out Emergen-C to keep everybody healthy until Sunday. Wilmer Valderrama, who barely has hair, hit the Wella Professionals Tree Hut. And Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), in a rush to leave the dark tent, pushed through crowd amusingly calling out, "Hot chocolate coming through."

Read more Oscar Week Dispatches here.

—Jeffrey Slonim


New Exhibit: The Impossible Project

Join the mission to save Polaroids and instant film. James Franco is doing it.

February 27, 2012

Thom Jackson on PX 70 Color Shade

When Polaroid announced it would discontinue its production of instant film, a group of former employees sought to save the medium and the aptly named Impossible Project was born. It turns out the conservation of instant film isn't so impossible. The fruits of their labor, photographs taken by artists with instant film (last month’s “Instant Revolution” exhibit included works by James Franco), will be on display in “Momentum” at the Impossible Project Space beginning March 1. 425 Broadway, fifth floor

—Jessica Ferri


Handbag Pick: Linea Pelle

A boho-chic carryall with fringe benefits for spring.

February 27, 2012

Handbag designer Linea Pelle has tackled the boho look in her spring collection. The Bo Collection features hand-laced detailing and long fringe in rich taupe and whiskey suede. This Bo Hobo ($425) would make the perfect all-around bag for spring. Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave.

–Jessica Ferri

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