Skincare Fit for a Queen
British skincare brand Elemis offers Downton Abbey-inspired treatments in spa and at home.
January 07, 2013
Anglophiles are in heaven this week as Downton Abbey returns and luxury British skincare and spa brand Elemis launches new treatment initiatives featuring natural plants and herbs used as popular beauty accoutrements in the 1900s. Hit a Bliss Spa near you before January 31 to experience the Lady Elemis Lavender Facial ($180, 60 minutes), which targets fine lines, blemishes, and uneven skin tone, or turn on the telly and raid your kitchen to mix up DIY spa treatments using Elemis recipe cards based on best-selling products.
Elemis will tweet a new DIY recipe card every Sunday, so that viewers can enjoy a facial, scrub, or peel while watching the latest episode of Downton Abbey. (You can find a few of the recipe cards above.) Grab ingredients like oatmeal, cornmeal, lavender flowers, and good old fashioned powdered milk to concoct the aptly named Victorian Duchess Lavender Facial, which keeps for six months and is a homemade alternative to Elemis’ Herbal Lavender Repair Mask ($46).
Loaded with milk protein, the line's popular Skin Nourishing Milk Bath ($74) softens skin with vitamins, amino acids, and plant collagen. The at home version is called the Dowager Elemis Footbath Treatment and contains honey, vanilla, baking soda, ground cinnamon, orange juice and whole milk. Other DIY recipes include a Butter Lime All Over Body Scrub, packed with Epsom salts, lime, and jojoba oil, and an Oh-So Chic Countess Papaya Facial, simply containing papaya, yogurt, and honey.
Also throughout January, fans can purchase the Elemis products that inspired the DIY treatments with 25 percent off using the code BRITISHBEAUTY at checkout on timetospa.com, the online retailer of Elemis. There are also prizes to be had if you tweet @ElemisUSA using the hashtags #BritishBeauty or #Elemis during an episode of Downton Abbey. So while the Crawleys’ fortune may be in jeopardy, your skin can stay in tip-top shape!
Eva JeanBart-Lorenzotti for New York & Company
Shop jewelry, accessories, outerwear, and chic sequins for holiday parties.
December 18, 2012
Fashion mavens have until month's end to snag the chic pieces from international fashion icon and vivre.com entrepreneur Eva JeanBart-Lorenzotti's capsule collection for New York & Company. Featuring jewelry, handbags, outerwear, and dressier pieces, the limited-edition collection is full of sparkle and shine. Puffer vests, scarves, and animal-themed items are perfect for cold weather, while sleek sequined tops and blazers are ideal for holiday parties.
“My inspiration was New York City, fashion capital of the world, a city filled with style and individuality that has always been the metaphorical canvas upon which I create," says JeanBart-Lorenzotti, best known as the face and brains behind chic lifestyle portal vivre.com. "The capsule collection was rolled out in three stages, and is based on my philosophy of enhancing any outfit with accessories. In addition to great skirts, dresses, jackets, and tops, there is a variety of bold, beautiful jewelry pieces, as well as handbags and clutches."
As for Vivre, which launched in 1996 as a "luxury catalog with a strong editorial point of view," JeanBart-Lorenzotti’s aim is to inspire women to move away from fads and rather create "your own sense of individual style—for yourself, your home, how you live." From travel to fashion, the site "celebrates life with a voyager's spirit." Regarded as a leading curator of global style, JeanBart-Lorenzotti herself embodies this philosophy. Born and raised in Switzerland and now based in New York with her husband and two children, she worked as an investment banker before segueing into the fashion industry by launching Vivre. She's also a contributing editor for InStyle magazine, a philanthropist, and a frequent public speaker.
With a plate that full, JeanBart-Lorenzotti still says collaborating with New York & Company has been lots of fun. "I've been able to create so many different pieces and collections inspired from my personal style, travels, and things I love. It was a welcome challenge to work with so many materials and categories, as well as with other creative minds. The ability to share my ideas on fashion and style with a broad consumer base has been a truly rewarding experience."
The collection, which marks the launch of New York & Company’s capsule collaborations, is available at most New York & Company stores and online through the end of December.
Have to Have Finds from Filipa Fino: Winter Lace
Filipa Fino compiles a shoppable list of winter lace, inspired by recent NYC events.
December 18, 2012
Lace isn't usually associated with winter, but that takes a turn when it's worn in rich reds, blacks, and golds. According to recent New York City events, winter lace is perfect for parties. Filipa Fino compiled her favorite Gotham party pictures and a shoppable list inspired by them on HavetoHave.com. See her finds, and create your own list of style must-haves on HavetoHave.com.
Cartier Makes Links to Love
One of Cartier’s most iconic designs is reimagined for the cuff.
December 17, 2012
First introduced in 1924, the Trinity collection has been a Cartier mainstay for nearly a century. The Trinity is created in a combination of yellow, rose, and white gold in interlocking rings that make for a unique design. This season, try Cartier’s newest classic cuff links ($18,700), which include a mixture of pink, yellow, and white gold in an intertwining knot for an elegant look. 653 Fifth Ave., 212-446-3400
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT WULVERYCK AT CARTIER
Louis Vuitton Looks to the '70s
Louis Vuitton channels retro glamour in looks exclusive to New Yorkers.
December 17, 2012
A look from Louis Vuitton’s Resort collection
The French fashion house’s Resort collection—which arrives in stores this month and made its worldwide debut in New York—brought an assortment of feminine ensembles with an emphasis on layering. Drop-waist shift dresses were paired with wide-leg polka dot flared trousers, decorative tailored coats appeared over floor-skimming gowns, and cropped capri pants popped out from knee-length belted tunics. The collection skillfully played with texture, color, and proportion to create streamlined silhouettes in elongated vests and lengthy hemlines. The decidedly vintage chocolate brown, pink, and cream color palette felt revived when shown on a feminine brocade overcoat and a knit crewneck tee that boasted concealed zip side panels and a jeweled bib collar. On-trend glittering necklines added inimitable polish to many of the collection’s ladylike looks, including an especially memorable 1970s style printed blazer ($2,790) layered over an effortless color-blocked silk dress ($3,450), both exclusively available in New York. The outfit flawlessly captured a feeling of youthful whimsy, while maintaining the label’s mature sophistication. After heavy, androgynous, “borrowed-from-the-boys” dressing, we find ourselves embracing Vuitton’s newfound girlish charm with open arms. 1 E. 57th St., 212-758-8877; louisvuitton.com
Hand-Picked Holiday Gifts for Kids
Torly Kid boutique owner Carol Adams curates a luxe gift guide for New York City tots.
December 10, 2012
All items available at Torly Kid. 51 Hudson St., 212-406-7440; torlykid.com
Menswear: A Tuxedo Like No Other
In Tom Ford's uptown boutique, a rare find is discovered: a tuxedo flecked in glitter.
December 10, 2012
The bright lights and festive decorations in New York during the holidays are enough to put anyone in a celebratory mood. Let that carry over into your wardrobe and don Tom Ford’s tuxedo jacket ($4,320) to the most glamorous of New Year’s Eve cocktail parties. The fabric of the jacket consists of a silk organza wrap and a weft that is comprised of a viscose twisted yarn for a glittered effect. 845 Madison Ave., 212-359-0300
Q&A With: Drybar Founder Alli Webb
The force behind the blow-out salon talks two new NYC locations, favorite city spots, more.
December 06, 2012
Drybar founder Alli Webb
Drybar founder Alli Webb may have started her now-nationwide blow-out business in Los Angeles in early 2010, but the concept of sleek, blown-out hair in an impossibly chic environment really resonates with New Yorkers. Case in point: this year, Webb and her team expanded their NYC outposts, with one Drybar in Murray Hill opened this October and a UES location expected for December 19 in addition to two existing locations in Le Parker Meridien and Flatiron.
We caught up with Webb to get the scoop on what’s new with the brand, the holiday season at Drybar, and her favorite places in New York City.
Congratulations on two new NYC locations! How has the brand evolved since your first NYC location?
ALLI WEBB: Thanks! We think it's always important for brands to grow and evolve. I like to think that ours is evolving into more of a lifestyle brand, especially as we begin to launch our new product line, which I have spent over two years developing and am extremely excited about.
The décor of the Le Parker Meridien and Flatiron Drybar locations is gorgeous—all the sleek white and pops of yellow. Will the two new NYC locations be a bit different at all?
AW: While each shop has small differences given layout, character of the building, space, etc. we really do try to keep everything as consistent as possible. We had a good debate when we were first getting started about whether we should make each new location different or keep the same design feel and aesthetic. The latter won, and I think it's been the right decision. I cannot tell you how often I hear from clients how nice it is to have everything the same whether they go into a Drybar in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Atlanta, or San Francisco.
You had a month-long promotion for Marilyn Monroe's ‘Old Fashioned’ hairdo in August. Can we look forward to any similar promotions like this in the future?
AW: Yes! We'll be announcing a very exciting new partnership with HBO very soon.
How will fall/winter hair trends be reflected in Drybar's usual menu of styles?
AW: Our styles (The Cosmo, The Mai Tai, Manhattan, Straight Up, Southern Comfort, Hot Toddy, and Cosmo-Tai) are timeless, but we love working current trends into our menu of looks. The Mai Tai—messy, beachy hair—is a trend that continues to be very popular, however, I think we are going to see a lot of big hair this season, like our Southern Comfort.
What Drybar gifts can we give our friends this holiday season?
AW: Well, in addition to our usual free blow-out gift coasters and our uber-popular Morning After shower caps—which we can never keep in stock—we made a special glittery coaster this year called Joy to the Hair which is good for one blow-out plus a 10-minute scalp massage! Our Peace, Love & Blowouts canvas totes have also been a big hit. [Shop now on shop.thedrybar.com].
When you come to New York City, what are your favorite places to visit?
AW: I like to try new places, so right now I’m loving The Arlington Club (1032 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side, 212-249-5700), which recently opened on Lexington. I also love Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien (119 W. 56th St., Midtown West, 212-708-7460)—I usually stay there when I’m in town since we opened a Drybar in their hotel. I’m addicted to shopping: I hit Scoop (1275 3rd Ave., Upper East Side, 212-535-5577) and Otte (1281 Madison Ave., Upper East Side, 212-289-2644) as quickly as possible when I get to NY. And no trip to the city would be complete without a mani/pedi at tenoverten (119 W. 56th St., Midtown West, 212-767-1010).
Famed British Cobbler Teams with AllSaints
An exclusive shoe line brings a little bit of Northamptonshire, England to New York.
December 05, 2012
AllSaints has teamed up with British cobbler Joseph Cheaney & Sons to create a range of shoes exclusive to the brand’s online shop and SoHo store. Designs include The Conduct Shoe, a classic double buckle monk shoe; The Cabot Boot, a sleek style with elastic gussets; and The Merit Shoe, a timeless Oxford with AllSaints’ standard metal lace ends. Using the highest grade Italian leathers and Goodyear welting, each shoe is assembled by expert artisans—Cheaney has been hand-making shoes in Northamptonshire, England since 1886. He uses more than 160 individual processes to create each shoe for a finished product that will withstand the test of time. But if your soles should need a tune up, the shoes are serviceable through Cheaney. Next time you find yourself in SoHo, make sure to stop by AllSaints and check out these fantastic shoes. 512 Broadway, 862-1832
Have to Have Finds from Filipa Fino: Fall/Winter Florals
Filipa Fino compiles a shoppable list of fall/winter florals, inspired by recent NYC events.
December 04, 2012
Holiday dressing may be front-of-mind, but opt for statement-making fall/winter florals this season instead of the usual holiday sparkle. According to recent New York City events, the pattern is perfect for parties. Filipa Fino compiled her favorite Gotham party pictures and a shoppable list inspired by them on HavetoHave.com. See her finds, and create your own list of style must-haves on HavetoHave.com.