A Super-luxe Sleep
Stearns & Foster launches a new luxury mattress collection.
September 30, 2011
Stearns & Foster has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1800s. Making the leap from horse carriage cushions to luxury mattresses, the brand still holds true to the quality craftsmanship it was built on. In celebration of its heritage, Stearns & Foster just launched a new luxury collection called Lux Estate (starting at $2,200) that features some interestingly innovative technology.
Lux Estate mattresses are made with a new, patented titanium alloy IntelliCoil spring, which is essentially a spring inside a spring. The outer coil offers a comfortable, welcoming embrace while the inner coil provides essential deep-down support. Some also have a top layer of CaressFlex foam, a responsive grid that bends and conforms to the body. (The tufted top is lush and billowy.) Though the technology is impressive on its own, the major selling point for us is the packaging. Luxurious touches like tufted borders, peek-a-boo fabrics and hand-stitched embroideries give a nod to the brand’s carriage history. And the Mongolian horsehair, silk and cashmere fabrics make for a cloth more suitable for a designer suit than a mattress. It’s almost a crime to cover it with sheets. Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400
Auction Block: Iconic Photographs at Phillips de Pury
A can’t-miss photography sale highlights an impressive selection.
September 29, 2011
The Beatles Portfolio: John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and
Paul McCartney, musicians, London by Richard Avedon
Look magazine originally published Richard Avedon’s infamous The Beatles Portfolio: John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, musicians, London on its January cover in 1968. It remains one of the most iconic images of not only the Fab Four, but also the psychedelic vibrancy of the era that the Beatles helped define. The photograph is expected to fetch up to $450,000 at the Phillips de Pury New York Photographs Sale on October 4. Other auction highlights include Irving Penn’s Black and White Vogue Cover, Bernd and Hilla Becher’s Cooling Towers, Ruhr District, Man Ray’s Torso and many more selections of classic, street, fashion and contemporary photography. Phillips de Pury, 450 Park Ave., 212-940-1245
Neckwear Kicked Up a Notch
When it comes to Title of Work neckwear, sometimes a tie isn’t just a tie.
September 28, 2011
When a formal event calls for something beyond a simple tie, Title of Work neckwear offers an added edge. Each piece is handcrafted in New York City from lush Italian cashmere, English wool crepe or silk mesh, which is offset by specks of black diamonds, sterling silver, semi-precious stones or crystals. For the signature sterling grommet tie, a jeweler hand welds each grommet around the crystal, creating a hole through which a toggle is placed—the perfect fusion of form and function. Title of Work atelier, 37 W. 26th St., 212-213-2977
Jack Spade launches a suiting collection for fall.
September 28, 2011
Our go-to source for smart, sophisticated city bags is now our stop for suiting, too. Jack Spade just launched the Southwick collection of men’s suits made of a variety of traditional materials (herringbone, flannel, camel hair) and revamped in a slim, modern cut.
Fashion Diary: Rachel Roy
The impeccably pulled-together designer shares personal style notes and photographs.
September 28, 2011
Fresh off the success of her Spring 2012 presentation, fashion designer and mogul Rachel Roy gives us an exclusive look at her day-to-day personal style, from Fashion Week to the New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala.
September 12, 2011
"Wearing my go-to Givenchy jacket of the season with my animal-print cami—I use animal print as a neutral—to the I Don’t Know How She Does It premiere.”
ON ROY: Givenchy jacket, Rachel Roy cheetah cascade camisole, Helmut Lang skirt, Balenciaga shoes
September 13, 2011
"My husband, Mr. Andre Leon Talley, and I at Vera Wang’s Spring show. I love a man that adores fashion as much as I do."
ON ROY: Givenchy jacket, Vera Wang dress, Rachel Roy Vachetta leather clutch with lacquered edge, Rachel Roy Vachetta nude leather platform sandal
September 15, 2011
"Bow blouses are my favorite. You can wear the bow untied, like so, for a more casual look. This one, which I wore to the Naeem Khan show, is from my holiday collection."
ON ROY: Rachel Roy silk bow blouse, Rachel Roy graphic floral-printed pant, Adam anorak, Balenciaga shoes
September 16, 2011
"My two favorite accessories: My dolly Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and my KINDNESS IS ALWAYS FASHIONABLE tote at the Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (W.I.E.) Ladies Night at Le Caprice. Both accessories give back and help others—100 percent!"
ON ROY: Duro Olowu dress, Alaïa shoes, KINDNESS IS ALWAYS FASHIONABLE tote by Rachel Roy for UNICEF
September 20, 2011
“We all have the luxury of giving to those that have less than us—I love luxury. This photo was taken at the New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala celebrating the heroes behind the foster care system."
ON ROY: Rachel Roy dark gray draped dress, Naeem Khan coat, Givenchy shoes, Rachel Roy Vachetta leather clutch
The Art of Jewelry
View the stunning baubles of “Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler” at The Museum of Art and Design.
September 27, 2011
Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons are best known for their works of canvas and sculpture, but the artists also created one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that adorned their closest loved ones. Picasso would engrave sea-stone amulets for his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, while Alexander Calder created pieces for his daughter. The Museum of Art and Design’s “Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler" exhibit displays 187 such pieces by artists including Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau and Roy Lichtenstein through January 8.
Courrèges puts his stamp on the Evian bottle.
September 27, 2011
Evian partnered with French fashion house House of Courrèges for a limited edition bottle featuring André Courrèges’ signature white and pink floral emblem in organic ink. Nearly 50 years after its founding, the brand is still pioneering trends—from the mini-skirt revolution in the ’60s to haute H2O today. Jeffrey got the first shipment of bottles this month but expect to see them cropping up in restaurants and hotels by November. Or order a case for your next dinner party at evian.com.
Inside the World of Hussein Chalayan
A comprehensive book sheds light on the experimental designer’s vision.
September 26, 2011
An example of fashion designer Hussein Chalayan's unique work: armchair covers that transform into dresses.
London based Hussein Chalayan is one if the most innovative fashion designers working today. The new Rizzoli book Hussein Chalayan ($85) delves into the madcap mind of the conceptual designer and celebrates some of his most famous creations, including a paper dress that can be folded into an envelope and mailed, armchair covers that transform into dresses and a coffee table that morphs into a wooden skirt. Aside from being extraordinarily original, Chalayan’s designs are also very modern, incorporating high-tech elements such as lasers, holograms and genetics. The book gives a comprehensive examination of his complete body of work—from inspiration to creation. A must-have for any fashion lover’s library.
Handbag Find: Strap Savvy
Shift the focus to the shoulder with the Christian Louboutin Artemis bag.
September 26, 2011
The fanciful Artemis bag by Christian Louboutin is as close as we have come to wearing jewelry on our shoulders. From edgy spikes to flirty tassels, the interchangeable straps are perfect for fickle fashionistas who like to transform their looks from day to day.
Fitist Gets Fashionable
Fitist pairs with designer Yigal Azrouël for a customized fitness plan with a few chic extras.
September 23, 2011
Yigal Azrouël catches a wave
Autumn has officially arrived. And though the summer swimsuit season was ample motivation to prioritize working out, this time of year holds its own driving force: fall fashion. In recognition, Fitist—a one-stop fitness and wellness website offering partnerships with top-notch studios and spas, customized workout plans and centralized class booking—partnered with fashion designer Yigal Azrouël for a plan ($350) that is both fit and fashionable. Azrouël, a rabid surfer, yogi and two-time marathoner, formulated a package consisting of 14 classes (including spinning and yoga) that reflects how he likes to work out himself. (Watch his video here.) Along with the fitness the plan throws in a free Azrouël scarf and a $100 gift card to the designer’s Meatpacking District store. Time to get moving...