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Luxe Men’s Gift: Le Métier de Beauté Cuff Links

Limited-edition fragrance cuff links hold a surprise.

December 20, 2011

There are only 50 numbered sets of these cufflinks ($3,500) from La Métier de Beauté (available at Neiman Marcus), cast in 18kt white gold and containing 2 carats of handset black diamonds. Using embedded resin, the cufflinks also feature three interchangeable fragrance chips—Classic, Modern, Bold—to suit any occasion.


—jessica ferri


Last-Minute Gift: The Deluxe Spa Package at Mario Badescu

Give the gift of pampering and relaxation.

December 20, 2011

For your overworked loved one, or for yourself, you can't do better than the Mario Badescu Deluxe Spa Package ($275), which nets three hours of beauty and spa treatments including a facial, seaweed treatment, vitamin C treatment, peel treatment, spa manicure and pedicure and body scrub. If you’d rather a massage, the Princess package ($260) features many of the same treatments and a one-hour full body massage. Mario Badescu Spa, 320 E. 52nd St.

—jessica ferri


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hits the Mark

Plus, a rockin’ holiday party at 21.

December 19, 2011

Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara

David Fincher’s English-speaking version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an action-jammed train ride of a winner. Having lived in Sweden, Dispatches noted that many locations were real Swedish hangouts. Shopping bags matched nearby food markets. Some Swedish accents were better than others, but Daniel Craig was spot-on; he exudes a calmness that is typical of a Swede. Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander.

“In our first scene,” said Stellan Skarsgård (Alexander Skarsgård’s father in real life), “she gave me a look, and I saw fire.” “It was a really long, drawn-out process,” Mara said of auditioning. “A lot of reading scenes. But after reading the book, I had to do it. I went to a school called The Help Group that was just for children who are autistic or living with Asperger [syndrome].”

“I just wanted to make Blomkvist as real and believable as possible… to make him breathe,” said Daniel Craig, who had white scruff on his chin and gray-blue eyes like Mara.

On the red carpet, Mara—with black hair, red lips, and shaped eyebrows—wore a black dress with sheer tulle by Prabal Gurung. Costume designer Trish Summerville, all punk tats and piercings, created her look in the film. “We did a lot of research on Södermalm street kids,” she explained. “I went with a classic biker jacket and combat boots, and just made them modern.”

And for Craig? “We needed him to look bigger, so I did a lot of layers, vests, cardigan to make him approachable,” Summerville said. “A lot of YSL and Margiella, and he wears Scotch & Soda jeans throughout the film.”

Verdict? Fincher’s version of the story is worth the ticket price even if you haven’t read the books.

Holiday Cheer at 21
On Thursday, December 15, George Farias and Anne and Jay McInerney kindly invited Dispatches to celebrate Christmas cheer at 21. Even the colorful iron lawn jockeys in front of the club appeared welcoming.

There was something classic and perfect about this gracious fete. Crab cakes, a mountain of shrimp, caviar on tiny blinis—I felt I had done up the holidays all in one location. Waiters constantly asked guests for drink orders and actually delivered the cocktails.

The social throngs included Somers Farkas, Beth DeWoody, Taki and Farias, who welcomed me personally though we have likely only met twice. He is exceedingly tall, charming and warm.

I had run into Jay McInerney at my brother Hunt’s studio the night before at a Marlborough Gallery dinner after his opening. Jay, too, has a great way about him. He walked up and offered me a sideways bro hug. The superb husband remembered that his wife wanted an inscribed copy of Hunt’s new book. They’re big supporters of the arts.   

Also spotted at 21 were André Balazs, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt, Nicole Miller, Anne Jones, Lady Sharon Sondes (skinny!), Christopher Mason (who says he’s been crooning at parties), Susan Magrino and her snappy husband, Jim Dunning, David Koch, Bettina Zilka, Tiffany Dubin, Debbie Bancroft and loads of other fun boldface socials.       

—jeffrey slonim
photograph by gettyimages.com


Celebrate Hanukkah with Latkes from Kutsher’s Tribeca

This new restaurant serving upscale Jewish cuisine hosts eight nights of latkes.

December 19, 2011

Beginning December 20, Kutsher’s Tribeca will celebrate Hanukkah with eight nights of latkes. Kutsher’s, which opened in November, comes to New York from the Catskills, where it was known for serving delicious upscale Jewish cuisine. The usual latke plate includes sour cream and three different types of caviar, and the holiday offering is sure to be special. Kutsher’s, 186 Franklin St., 212-431-0606

—jessica ferri


Richard Phillips’s “Most Wanted” Series Available through Exhibition A

Score stamp-signed prints of the painter’s most-wanted celebrities—and help support a good artistic cause.

December 19, 2011

The “Most Wanted” series by painter Richard Phillips includes 10 of the world’s most famous faces—Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake among others—painted against backdrops created by fashion labels like YSL, Chanel and Givenchy. The oil paintings were originally exhibited at London’s Hoxton Square, but now limited-edition prints of the originals can be yours through the members-only art seller Exhibition A ($75, 8" x 10"; $275, 24.5" x 30"; $500, 32.66" x 40"; $5,000, 64" x 52.5"). In partnership with Details magazine, proceeds from this special sale benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Youth Insights program, which works to bring art education to New York City students.

—jessica ferri


Celebrity Tattoo Artist Mister Cartoon Sets up Shop at Andaz 5th Avenue

Mister Cartoon inks hotel guests—and turns out a mural—at Andaz 5th Avenue hotel.

December 16, 2011

Mister Cartoon's handiwork

Through December 22, tattoo artist Mister Cartoon—who has inked the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Eminem—will be the artist in residence at Andaz 5th Avenue, tattooing guests of the hotel in the two-bedroom Terrace Suite, which is known for its iconic views of Midtown Manhattan. (Considering his year-long wait list, it might be worth booking a room.) In addition to tats, Mister Cartoon will be completing a mural on the door to the downstairs bar as part of Andaz’s TBD Art program, a rotating art series curated by SA Studios Art Collective, where visiting artists paint their “view of New York—Now.” 485 Fifth Ave.; guests should call 818-288-0491 for an appointment

—jessica ferri


Holiday Music: Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center

The Trinity Wall Street Choir performs Handel’s epic oratorio at Alice Tully Hall’s Starr Theater.

December 16, 2011

Alice Tully Hall

The Trinity Wall Street Choir—of Trinity Church on Wall Street—will sing Handel’s Messiah on December 19 (7:30 PM) at Alice Tully Hall’s Starr Theater. Conducted by Julian Wachner and accompanied by the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Messiah is considered to be one of Trinity’s best performances. According to The New York Times, it is “a Messiah to beat in a season bursting with them.” Tickets, $50–$90. Starr Theater, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

—jessica ferri


Gift of the Day: Eau de Kate Middleton

Duchess Middleton’s wedding day fragrance is the ultimate gift for anglophiles.

December 16, 2011

The dress worn? Alexander McQueen. The shoes trod down the aisle? Also McQueen. Every detail of Duchess Kate Middleton’s bridal ensemble has been reported on, fawned over and even put on display—but what of her wedding day fragrance? Gifted to her by hairstylist-turned-perfumer Michael Boadi, Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals ($140, 50ml; $190, 100ml) was Middleton’s bridal fragrance of choice. Like a roll in a snowy white flowerbed, the blend has a bold heart of white gardenia and jasmine and gentle top and bottom notes of lily and amber wood. luckyscent.com

See all of Gotham's 2011 Gifts of the Day here.

—April Walloga


Check Out: CLIC Bookstore and Gallery

Find gorgeous art and design books in a curated collection from Farameh Media.

December 15, 2011

CLIC Bookstore and Gallery
has launched the 2012 Curated Collection by Farameh Media, a publishing company that specializes in high-quality art, fashion and design books. One of the featured titles is a 500-page collection of modern skull art called Skull Style ($125), which also comes in a special numbered and painted limited edition signed by artist Peter Tunney ($1,000). Other titles in the Spring/Summer 2012 collection include series on the speakeasy and the American flag, either of which would make fantastic holiday gifts. 255 Centre St.

—jessica ferri


Baby Buggy Partners with Pink Papaya

Give back to mothers and babies in need with a special gift package.

December 15, 2011

This holiday season Jessica Seinfeld’s Baby Buggy partners with beauty and spa company Pink Papaya on the Tinytini ($32.50), a selection of products for both mothers and babies. Each gift package comes with Kiwi Kisses Baby Butter, Unscented Tushi Balm and Sulfate-Free Kiwi Kisses Bubbly Bath. All Tinytini products are paraben-free and made with all-natural ingredients and fragrances. The best part? For every Tinytini purchased, one will be donated to a family in need. The giving continues through January, when 2 percent of Pink Papaya’s proceeds will benefit Baby Buggy.

—jessica ferri

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