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Editor's Picks: Fashion Week Checklist

Editor in chief Samantha Yanks shares her NYFW essentials: The perfect handbag, a signature lipstick, and chic trousers.

February 01, 2013

Gotham magazine editor in chief Samantha Yanks

"I use this lipstick for day." Aerin Beauty Pout Lipstick ($30). Neiman Marcus, 1450 Broadway, 840-1200

"I use this as the base, and the rest of the outfit works itself out." Panelled Trousers, A.LC. ($1,727).

Brilliant GM bag, Delvaux. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900 

>>See more New York Fashion Week essentials from 15 top editors on Refinery29


Stuart Weitzman Arrives in SoHo

Uptown favorite Stuart Weitzman heads downtown with a brand new boutique in the heart of SoHo.

January 28, 2013

Although Stuart Weitzman’s newest boutique in Soho will serve as the luxury shoe designer’s fifth New York location, it will be the label’s first shop to open downtown. “The allure [of Soho] goes beyond the shiny storefronts and historic cobblestone streets to the people strolling through the neighborhood,” says Weitzman. Hoping to honor the industrial spirit of the area while maintaining Weitzman’s refined, uptown sensibility, the 1,500-square-foot store features subtle details like a pale, mosaic tile wall amongst gray-washed, distressed wood floors and exposed brick. “New York women need style and convenience, especially when it comes to shopping for shoes,” the designer explained of the Spring Street boutique, which will offer the complete seasonal collections of shoes, as well as a selection of complementing, ladylike Stuart Weitzman handbags such as a laser-cut metallic gold shoulder bag and a luxe silver evening clutch ideal for a winter’s night out. 118 Spring St., 212-226-3440


Décor Trend: Textural Wallpapers

Farrow & Ball crafts four new quality wallpapers you can touch.

January 25, 2013

Passionate about wallpaper? You're not alone. Classic design, exotic animal prints, and geometric patterns are a few of the motifs found in Farrow & Ball's four new wallpaper designs. Dubbed Latest & Greatest, the lovely little collection is available in five colors, ranging from soft and soothing to bold and bright. “We’re really excited to introduce four distinctive new wallpaper designs," says Farrow & Ball director Sarah Cole. "Ocelot, Rajah Stripe, Lattice, and Tessella embrace the current trends for animal prints and geometric designs, while retaining a timeless quality."

Certainly, timelessness is a major part of Farrow & Ball’s brand philosophy. Founded by paint pioneers John Farrow and Richard Ball, the company makes everything at its Dorset, England factory using age-old production methods and zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) water-based paints, as quality is of utmost importance. Texture, too, is another Farrow & Ball calling card. "Texture remains hugely important in interiors and like all our wallpapers, the new designs are created using traditional methods and real Farrow & Ball paints, giving them a unique, tactile appearance that encompasses this trend,” explains Cole. Even better, all Farrow & Ball wallpapers are stain resistant and wipeable.

—Simona Rabinovitch


Have to Have Finds from Filipa Fino: Statement Reds

Filipa Fino compiles a shoppable list of red pieces, inspired by looks seen at NYC events.

January 24, 2013

Drab winter navys, blacks, and browns got you down? Lucky for you, recent New York City events show that reds—from flaming-hot fire engine to deep cranberry—are the ultimate color for this season's parties. Filipa Fino compiled her favorite Gotham party pictures and a shoppable list inspired by them on See her finds, and create your own list of style must-haves on




We Adore: Eco-Chic Shoes by Coclico

Coclico's alchemy of style, comfort, and sustainability hits that sweet spot.

January 16, 2013

Stylish, quality, comfortable footwear that's also eco-friendly might sound too good to be true, but New York-based Coclico is rising to the challenge. Its flagship SoHo store features boots and booties as well as heels, flats, clogs, wedges and sandals. Made in an array of colors and styles, each design is durable, fashionable, and perfect for marching around those merciless New York pavements. And they look hot, too.

With a manifesto of finding beauty in the "simple, rugged, and understated," it's no wonder Coclico has quietly become a favorite accoutrement of the New York woman, especially since they actually look better as they get more worn in and gain character. (Coclico uses vegetable-tanned leathers, for example, which tend to look better with age.)

The line was founded by Sandra Canselier, who happens to be a fourth generation shoemaker. "Coclico is all about finding beauty in the understated and intentionally simple, offering stylish women fashionable, practical, and eco-conscious shoes," she says. I founded Coclico when I noticed a lack of interesting and high-quality shoes.”

In terms of sustainability, Coclico is made from organic linens, recycled cork for internal platforms, recycled foam, vegan-tanned leather lining, and hardware that’s blessedly lead and nickel free. Most materials are sourced close to the company's production facility, located in Mallorca, Spain. 275 Mott St., 212-965-5462

—Simona Rabinovitch


Looking Back: The First Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week fêtes 70 years with shows featuring classic designers and rising stars.

January 14, 2013

Runway look from Calvin Klein’s Fall/ Winter show in 1973.

With France under German occupation during the early ’40s, European fashion was forced to take a backseat to the harsh realities of life during wartime. Stateside, legendary publicist Eleanor Lambert, who would go on to found the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1962, saw an opening to bring American fashion to the forefront of the global conversation for the first time. Lambert launched Press Week—a series of events beginning on June 20, 1943—with 53 designers showing looks at The Plaza Hotel to an international group of journalists. Even Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia saw the value of fashion in spite of the war. “We have kept up with our cultural activities, with education and all that goes to make life better and happier,” he said at the inaugural Press Week. “Along with the vast war contributions that are being made, New York seeks to keep alive the beautiful and splendid things of life.” Now called Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, the event unites the world’s couture communities each February and September, kicking off the season, which then moves to London, Milan, and Paris. This year, Fashion Week celebrates its 70th anniversary with events at Lincoln Center, February 7 through 14. Designers like Calvin Klein—whose acclaimed 1973 looks (pictured) established palettes and silhouettes that would come to define American sportswear— will exhibit looks from the Fall 2013 collections. While the designers have been tight-lipped about any plans to celebrate the anniversary, everyone knows that this important week will define the way we will dress for the season to come.

—john vilanova
Photography by condé nast archive/corbis


Bulgari's Year of the Snake Salute

Bulgari’s Serpenti design returns with an exclusive New York unveiling, exhibition, and tome.

January 14, 2013

Amongst the countless designs released over the past 125 years by famed Italian jewelry house Bulgari, one truly succeeds in capturing the essence of the brand while continuing to reinvent itself—the Serpenti Collection, a series of snake-like bejeweled watches, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. Together with LVMH, Bulgari will honor its iconic design with a monthlong exhibition, launching February 9 to coincide with the Chinese New Year’s year of the snake, at their Fifth Avenue flagship. The gallery will showcase an extensive array of jewelry and timepieces, including a range of jewelry pieces and triple-coil enamel watches newly created for 2013. Archival photographs, original sketches, and one-of-a-kind pieces from Bulgari’s historical archive dating back to the early 1960s will also be on display.

“For Bulgari, the Serpenti Collection manifests one of the most celebrated icons of the brand’s creativity,” writes Nicola Bulgari in the preface to Bulgari Serpenti Collection ($120, Assouline), a new book out this spring that commemorates more than 70 years of Bulgari’s use of the serpent motif. Dedicated to the history of the Serpenti in both jewelry and watchmaking design, the book features photographs, sketches, and anecdotes, many of which have never before been published. “[The Serpenti Collection] is also vivid proof of our ability to take inspiration from the past while introducing distinctive and striking reinterpretations.” 730 Fifth Ave., 212-315-9000

photography by Antonio Barrella (serpenti bracelet)


Brazilian Beauty at J. Sisters

Feel right at home as you’re primped and pampered by the J. Sisters.

January 09, 2013

It’s been more than two decades since the seven sisters behind J. Sisters salon and spa (all of whose names begin with a “J”) made the trip from Vitòria, Brazil to Manhattan, bringing with them some of South America’s best-kept beauty secrets. Today, the sisters’ glitzy midtown space is bustling with faithful clientele and celebrity guests alike. (Even Oprah is a fan.) Though the impeccable manicure and hair services, skincare treatments, and real deal Brazilian bikini waxes have gained the sisters much acclaim, the secret to the salon’s success is its relaxed beauty parlor setting—one where you can spend a whole afternoon gabbing with girlfriends and getting pampered. “[It’s] a friendly, family-style atmosphere that welcomes anyone who walks through our door,” says J. Sister owner Jonice Padilha. 41 West 57th St. #2F, 212-750-2485

—Valeria Boucas


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, 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! 

—Simona Rabinovitch


Eva JeanBart-Lorenzotti for New York & Company

Shop jewelry, accessories, outerwear, and chic sequins for holiday parties.

December 18, 2012

Eva JeanBart-Lorenzotti 

Fashion mavens have until month's end to snag the chic pieces from international fashion icon and 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 "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. 

—Simona Rabinovitch

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