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Lucy Sykes Rellie's Favorite Carryall

Among Fall's bevy of statement accessories, Lucy Sykes Rellis finds Louis Vuitton's New York-exclusive hand bag at the top of her list.

September 02, 2013

As a brand consultant and collaborator for Rent the Runway, Lucy Sykes Rellie takes a sleek, minimalist approach to dressing, preferring, instead, to elevate her wardrobe through strong accessories. “For me, accessories make the woman. A great bag is a fantastic investment,” says Rellie. “If it is good quality and classic with a twist, it should last a good, long time.” A Louis Vuitton devotee (she still carries her first bag from the brand) Sykes Rellie is particularly fond of the fashion house’s ladylike Capucine tote from the new Parnassea collection launching this September. “Louis Vuitton has always represented a special, old-world glamour,” she explains, “And I love that this [red version] is exclusive to the Fifth Avenue flagship. It is just for New York and a great piece to carry for New York Fashion Week.” The classic carryall is also available in ochre, green, and taupe. 611 Fifth Ave., 212-940-4635


by alexandria geisler


Dior Teams with Artist Matt Keegan

August 19, 2013

Matt Keegan for Dior, sculpture

The Dior Homme boutique adds to its allure with an art installation by Matt Keegan.  

Art has always inspired fashion: Warhol’s 1970s silk-screen portraits of Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton’s limited-edition Stephen Sprouse collection are just a few well known examples. This fall, Dior Homme continues the art-fashion dialogue with an interactive art installation by conceptual artist Matt Keegan. “The sculpture will display wraparound, cutout text that reads, how do i look? Laser-cut letters will create peepholes that look both into the store, as well as out onto the street,” explains the artist. 17 E. 57th St., 212-931-2951

by michelle morgan


Makeup House Calls by Vênsette

Wherever you are, Vênsette will send a top makeup and hair professional.

August 19, 2013

Bianca Balti

Vênsette provided hair and makeup for model Bianca Balti’s Salvatore Ferragamo photo shoot.

Regulars on New York’s social scene including Carolyn Murphy, Patti Hansen, and Elettra Wiedemann have all booked services through Vênsette, an at-home hair and makeup service that brings industry pros to the doors of time-pressed Manhattanites. Founded by beauty mogul Lauren Remington Platt, Vênsette offers highly trained artists who can replicate a client’s favorite look, regardless of which stylist is visiting on any particular day; makeup is completed in less than 90 minutes. “Vênsette connects on-the-go women with the industry’s top hair and makeup professionals,” Platt says. “Our clients range from celebrities, models, and actresses, to CEOs, lawyers, accountants, doctors, and brides.” 800-670-7959

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Sturdy, Stylish Umbrellas

Keep dry and stand out in the crowd with a colorful umbrella.

July 24, 2013

Joyaux Marisol umbrella

Adetoun Princess umbrella by Joyaux Marisol (from $395)

Now that the heat wave has subsided and hurricane season is in full swing, it's time to invest in a sturdy umbrella. And New York's charming specialty umbrella and rainwear shops have everything you need for singing' in the rain, in style.

At Amé Amé (318 East 9th St.), owner Teresa Soroka says there's no such thing as bad weather, "only bad clothing." Finding the beauty in a stormy day is indeed a question of attitude, and the shop's array of men's and women's umbrellas, parasols, outerwear, footwear, bags, and accessories reflect this ideal. "We dream of women and men returning to the fashion of carrying beautiful umbrellas that express personality and style," Soroka muses.

Across the bridge in Brooklyn, Joyaux Marisol is also a labor of love. Owner Miranda Leigh donates a portion of every sale to non-profit V-Day, which in turn supports a healing and training center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Called City of Joy, this unique, transformational community helps Congolese women rebuild their lives following sexual violence. As for the umbrellas, they're nothing short of gorgeous. Vivid patterns mimic traditional African wax prints, both beautiful and evocative of the line's social purpose. All Marisol umbrellas feature a strong steel frame, flexible ribs, and lucite handle with push-button opening. Joyaux Marisol umbrellas are available online and at ABC Carpet & Home



Oscar de la Renta Summer Childrenswear

Your kids can look as chic as you do this summer.

July 05, 2013

Kids' clothes gets runway-ready with Oscar de la Renta. As the designer's collection of clothing for girls and boys aged three months to 14 years celebrates its first birthday, Oscar de la Renta Childrenswear introduces chic little outfits perfect for summer in the Hamptons and beyond.

Little boys can look as sharp as dad in a two-button blazer and bright red cotton twill pants. Or, look ready for the golf course with a heather cotton polo paired with red, white, and blue checked shorts. Sailing anyone? Oscar also makes a sailor romper for your little captain. As for girls, it's all about dresses. Oscar de la Renta Childrenswear is known for party dresses in light voile fabric. Look for sailor styles, ikat prints, and embroidered linen party dresses.  



New Collection Nods Norman Rockwell

Michael Bastian pays tribute to Rockwell in a new collection for Gant.

July 01, 2013

Michael Bastian in art studio

Michael Bastian used Norman Rockwell Americana as inspiration for his latest collection.

This past February, Manhattan’s style set headed to The Art Students League to see the latest menswear collection from Gant by Michael Bastian. Inspired by Norman Rockwell illustrations, the designer delivered a nostalgic line-up of classic American sportswear set amid the paint-splattered easels of the Midtown art school where Rockwell was once a student. “Like Rockwell’s work, the collection is full of good American things,” says Bastian, explaining how he modeled pieces, made in corduroy, chino cotton, flannel, and wool, after the subjects in Rockwell paintings. “We wanted to capture the best of American style.” To further celebrate the launch, Bastian asked Art League students to sketch and paint the collection’s preppy blazers, crew knits, cargo pants, and oxford button-down shirts. The student art will be showcased exclusively in Gant’s Fifth Avenue flagship this August. 645 Fifth Ave., 212-813-9170


NARS Curates the Colors of Manhattan

NARS launches an exclusive collection of NYC’s best-selling shades.

July 01, 2013

Shot of Nars New York collection box, lipgloss, nail polish and eye and cheek palette

New York set, NARS ($75).

What could be more relevant for the time-pressed Gothamite than a gift set curated with a major cosmetics brand’s best-selling New York makeup colors? That’s what François Nars, founder and creative director of NARS, just developed for the city’s hyperbusy fashionistas. The set, comprised of the company’s top Manhattan hues—“all with a unique sense of fashion and a bit of an edge” says Nars—includes a supersize eye and cheek palette with four iridescent shadows in cream, rose, plum, and chocolate. There’s also a pink blush and bronzing powder, oxblood nail varnish, and a deep pink lip gloss. “New York City is a deep-rooted part of our DNA ,” says Nars. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900


Brand Your MiH Jeans with Your Initials

The chic British brand recently unveiled custom monogramming.

June 21, 2013

A favorite label among fashion insiders, MiH jeans has just launched custom monogramming for its denim. The brand recently held a kickoff celebration for the new offering with style blogger Blair Eadie (of Atlantic-Pacific) at the Thompson Hotel pool. Although the weather was grey and wet, the atmosphere was buzzing with attendees eager to have their denim personalized for summer. As for the embroidery, it's hand sewn in London by Hawthorne and Heaney. Options include two scripts and ten thread colors for up to three initials. Visit to see a video of the process, and to nab a pair of custom jeans. 



Swimsuits, Colombian Style

OndadeMar makes flattering swim and resort wear with Latin flair.

June 03, 2013

When it comes to swimwear, Colombians do it better. And luxury Colombian swim and resort wear brand OndadeMar has been making gorgeous, figure-flattering swimwear, cover-ups, sandals, bags, and beachwear for ten years and counting. A highlight of the brand's current cruise and spring/summer looks is its Wanderlust collection. Inspired by tropical lands like Colombia, Africa, and Indonesia, Wanderlust is defined by its bold prints and exotic concept. Animal prints like snakeskin and zebra, soft watercolors, as well as feathers and paisleys are a strong influence. 

Even elegant cover-ups feature tribal and animal motifs. Tie-dye cover-ups are another trend, along with printed sun-hats, beaded sandals, oversized totes, and colorful sarongs. For swimsuits, particularly bikinis, mix-and-match tops, and bottoms in various shades of solid metallics and jewel-tones, are a hit this season. And for a bolder statement, try a one-shoulder bikini with metallic hardware, or printed trikini.



Louis Vuitton Launches NYC Travel Book

The French fashion brand's latest book celebrates the eclectic spirit of Manhattan.

April 29, 2013

Few fashion houses have greater art world credentials than Louis Vuitton, praised for its successful collaborations with such artists as Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince, and Takashi Murakami. So it’s not surprising that when Vuitton decided to publish a new collection of travel books, it called on well-known contemporary artists to interpret various destinations with their illustrations. For the series’ book on New York, the brand turned to painter Jean-Philippe Delhomme, known for his witty, ironic depictions of modern societies. “I have been fascinated by New York’s atmosphere for many years,” says Delhomme. “I tried to translate the city’s visual dynamism through illustrating the strong, contrasting light and the often chaotic juxtaposition of its architectural elements, cars, smoke, billboards, and signs.”

In the book, Delhomme paints images of Central Park in autumn, the vibrant street scenes in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the dynamism of Times Square, and the animated vendors that line the streets of Soho, using illustrations alone to guide sophisticated readers to Manhattan’s most iconic landmarks. The New York title isn’t Vuitton’s only news: The company is also expanding its chic luggage offerings this spring, introducing a four-wheel suitcase for the first time, a sleek men’s business travel case in the house’s iconic checkered print, and four new shades for the signature Pégase suitcase, including brick-red, orange, teal, and bright purple. 1 E. 57th St., 212-758-8877

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