Shop-in-Shop: Rona Pfeiffer at Elizabeth Charles
The talented sister-in-law of Michelle Pfeiffer brings Tim Burton-approved baubles to the Meatpacking District.
April 06, 2012
When I asked Rona Pfeiffer if she was excited about the opening of her shop-in-shop at Meatpacking District boutique Elizabeth Charles, she responded, “Are you kidding? I am beyond excited. It’s just craziness. I am hiding in the bathroom right now while everyone around me freaks out. I was like, ‘Listen, I have to do this interview!’”
|A necklace by Rona Pfeiffer|
Sister-in-law of actress Michelle Pfeiffer, the designer fell into jewelry making while working as a film and television agent in LA, or, more specifically, while doing a craft project with daughter Audrey. “My daughter was making key chains while I was just sitting there. Around hour three, I decided to do a little something, and that’s how the whole thing started,” she explained.
Today, Pfeiffer’s handmade beaded creations—from tribal necklaces to Victorian designs to sulfuric acid-dyed necklaces that can be worn as bracelets or belts—earn raves from celebrities like Ginnifer Goodwin and style authorities such as Elle and Vogue.com.
After costume designer Colleen Atwood saw Michelle wearing one of Pfeiffer’s designs, the three-time Oscar-winning designer asked her to design some pieces for Tim Burton’s forthcoming Dark Shadows, starring Michelle, Johnny Depp, and Eva Green. “Just being in her presence changed me creatively,” said Pfeiffer of collaborating with Atwood.
In addition to opening the shop-in-shop and readying for her film debut (May 11), Pfeiffer is active in charities such as the Alzheimer’s Association. When the disease struck her father, she halted her jewelry career just as it was taking off to care for him.
“My father got very sick and life went down a different path, so I had to stop,” she said. “I walked away from it and I took care of him until recently. I walked away for five years. I’m very grateful I did that. I think I am better [because of it].”
At the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala (May 12), Pfeiffer will auction off a large diamond piece used in the Burton film to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. She also sells pieces at the Palo Alto boutique In Her Shoes, which donates 100 percent of profits to the Global Fund for Women.
“What goes around comes around,” said Pfeiffer. “When I’ve been lucky enough to be recognized creatively and succeed, I truly believe that it is important to give back.” 639 1/2 Hudson St., 212-243-3201
Beauty News: Hanae Mori Debuts Eco-Chic No. 6
A first look at the eco-friendly fragrance bringing notes of tangerine, jasmine, and vanilla to beauty counters this June.
April 06, 2012
With notes of fruits, florals and herbs—from Moroccan tangerine to Egyptian jasmine to Tahitian vanilla bean—the new eco-friendly Hanae Mori No. 6 ($95, 3.4 oz.) is a beautifully green scent. “No. 6, the latest limited-edition fragrance in our Eau de Collection series, honors the butterfly, nature’s symbol of transformation,” said Hanae Mori Parfums president Thomas Saujet of the new eau arriving in Bloomingdale’s this June.
Japanese designer Madame Hanae Mori (who designed the wedding gown of Crown Princess Masako for her 1993 wedding to Crown Prince Naruhito) uses butterflies as a recurring theme in her couture designs, as well as the flacons of her eponymous fragrance line. No.6 bears a French glass cap in the shape of folded butterfly wings with a vibrant organza print depicting butterflies in flight.
Aesthetics aside, No. 6 has impressive eco credentials: a portion of the proceeds from US sales will benefit Clean Air-Cool Planet, a non-profit working towards eliminating global warming. And every bottle is produced in France using alternative energy resources.
“It’s important that every company do its part to sustain the greatest gift we receive: nature,” said Saujet. “We choose to create beauty using more of nature’s own power. We hope every woman will be beautifully transformed by No. 6 and feel the elegance and exquisite charm of a butterfly.” Bloomingdale's, 1000 3rd Ave.
Handbag Pick: Mini Python Atlantique
Reed Krakoff's creates the Manhattanite's newest style staple.
April 06, 2012
There is something inherently understated about a Reed Krakoff bag, a notion that implies a confidence of style, knowledge of fashion, and of course, good taste. You will not find an obvious logo emblazoned across his accessories, which champion form and function over branding. The Mini Atlantique, “combining architectural shapes with the concept of cool vintage travel bags,” debuts in stores this spring. “The Mini mixes geometric lines with the modern, feminine coloration of material emblematic to the brand,” says Krakoff. The tonal pieced skins speaks to the increasing trend of snakeskin accessories, while the top-handle style signals timeless design. “It is luxury, coolness, and functionality,” says Krakoff, achieving the perfect balance for the Manhattan woman. Mini Atlantique in python, cobra, and tejus, Reed Krakoff ($4,990). 831 Madison Ave., 212-988-0560
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KLUTCH
In-and-Out Beauty at Gotham Skincare
The Midtown West medi-spa offers 20-minute skincare treatments for busy beauties.
April 04, 2012
Tailor-made for busy New Yorkers, Gotham Skincare’s Pretty in 20 treatments relieve dull skin, cracked lips, and tired eyes in less than twenty minutes. Take full advantage of your lunch hour and schedule a “quickie” Eye Revitalizer and Lip Amplifying Treatment ($75), Express Repair skin session ($75), or Gentle Fruit Acid Peel ($100). If you have more than 20 minutes to spare, go in for all three treatments ($220). 346 W. 57th St., 212-616-9995
The Windsor Custom Club
Windsor Custom elevates New York’s trend for bespoke tailors into a full-service gentlemen’s lounge.
March 26, 2012
Windsor Custom, the newest name on New York’s ever-expanding list of bespoke tailors, brings the total package to its style-savvy clients. Launched by two notable men-about-town, Matt Shendell and Brian Mazza, the living room-style Chelsea showroom evokes a gentleman’s club, complete with a bar, televisions, and pool table—even a tasting menu from upstairs neighbor The Ainsworth. It all makes for an elegant backdrop for the handsome dress shirts, available in every shade and shape, altered by appointment only by some of New York’s finest tailors. 122 W. 26th St., 212-741-0628
Paul Smith: 25 Years on Fifth Avenue
The British transplant celebrates its success with a fashionable ode to New York.
March 26, 2012
In celebration of its 25 years in America (on Fifth Avenue and 16th Street, to be exact), Paul Smith has released limited edition collection of apple-print pieces, including the vest above ($420) in tribute to the designer's love of the Big Apple. Paul Smith, 108 Fifth Ave.
Petite Luxe: The Ultimate Stroller
A high-tech neon stroller for the Gen Z set.
March 13, 2012
The CMYK Stroller by Zen ($799) is certainly stylish, but it also boasts state-of-the-art safety features, including a solar-powered lighting system, so you can flash hazards or beams to alert cars and pedestrians. The stroller packs up neatly into a 10-inch width, so you can stash it when you're out and about. And, it's color-blocked! Giggle, 120 Wooster St.
Boxy Baubles by Tomas Maier
Maier’s latest collection makes it hip to be square.
March 05, 2012
“This season, we wanted to make clothes with a sense of freedom and high spirits,” says Tomas Maier, creative director of Italian luxury label Bottega Veneta. After 11 years at the company (and at the helm of his eponymous lifestyle collection), Maier’s deft hand with the most unique textiles distinguish him as a visionary in the field. His Spring 2012 collection for Bottega Veneta was a prime example of his skill, with its woven graphics, pleats and fringe, and an intricate balance of textures. The patchwork accessories and embellishments in contrasting weights and finishes perfectly complement the bold, geometric motifs in his collection. “There is a certain joy in this profusion of colors and textures, a strength that comes from unusual pieces that are beautifully made and not easily categorized,” says Maier of Bottega Veneta. To wit, the house’s geometric jewelry collection, which combines elements of color, light, and line to create dramatic mosaic-like pieces. Worn with one of Bottega Veneta’s sheath dresses, a cunning mix of leather and PVC, this necklace punctuates a strong, graphic statement. Multicolor enameled oxidized silver necklace, Bottega Veneta ($6,550). 699 Fifth Ave., 212-371-5511
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KLUTCH
Drinking and Styling at Woodley & Bunny
Kick back some liquid courage and switch up your hairstyle at the salon's Bloody Mary weekends.
February 28, 2012
It comes as no surprise that city-dwellers are decamping in droves to Williamsburg’s Woodley & Bunny for salon services. In addition to staffing a team of talented stylists and maintaining an extremely well edited beauty apothecary, Woodley & Bunny offers killer complimentary refreshments. Regular options for salon clients include coffee, tea, espresso, wine, and beer from local breweries. Weekends bring mimosas, prosecco with strawberries, and Bloody Marys made with fresh, local ingredients. Woodley & Bunny, 196 N. 10th St.; 718-218-6588
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.