by stephanie murg | June 16, 2013 | Style & Beauty
Beauté: La Prairie Cellular Treatment
Illuminating Face Powder in Soft Glow
($65). Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth
Ave., 212-753-7300. Dior Waterproof
Crayon Eyeliner Pencil ($29). Bergdorf
Goodman, SEE ABOVE. Clinique Chubby
Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour
Balm in Plushest Punch ($16). Macy’s,
151 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400. Moroccanoil Hydrating
Styling Cream ($34). Pierre Michel
Salon, 135 E. 57th St., 212-755-9500
Fashion: Navy blue chiffon dress, Zac Posen ($4,790). Bergdorf Goodman, SEE ABOVE. Sapphire, dendritic agate, citrine, and iolite earrings, Janis Provisor Jewelry ($9,750). 22 W. 19th St., 212-924-5257. Gold Love bracelet, Cartier ($5,850). 653 Fifth Ave., 212-446-3400. Bezet pear-shaped yellow diamond ring ($14,900), Bezet oval yellow diamond ring ($22,300), and Bezet cushion yellow-diamond ring ($20,700), Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave., 212-755-8000
La Petit Fauteuil, Ralph Lauren Home ($2,360). 888 Madison Ave., 212-434-8000
A well-known figure in financial journalism, Nicole Lapin has hosted programs on CNBC and CNN, where she was one of the network’s youngest anchors. She’s also been a financial correspondent for Today and Morning Joe. Presently, Lapin runs business news site recessionista.com in addition to heading her own production company, whose mission is to make financial news more user-friendly.
Biggest obstacle: I didn’t know finance at all growing up. I was raised in an immigrant family that didn’t read The Wall Street Journal. I had no idea what a bond was or what it meant to short a stock. When I was thrown on to the floor of a stock exchange at 19 for one of my first jobs on television, I quickly overcame that.
On the city that never sleeps: There’s always energy, life, and power here. I used to stop in the 24-hour Starbucks in Times Square on my way into CNBC at two o’clock in the morning, and it just felt like it was any other time of the day. In another city, that schedule would have been really difficult, but not in New York!
Favorite New York place: My heart has always been in Union Square, where I live now. In this small area, you have just about everything—from the Greenmarket and great restaurants to Barnes & Noble and Lululemon.
Only in New York: I’ve been planning an evening out that could only be possible in New York: I’m taking a few friends to Braid Bar, a hair salon especially for braids, and then we’re going sword fighting. We’ll finish off the evening at Per Se with a vegan tasting menu.
On finding her own voice: I’ve kind of grown younger in my life and in my image. Because I started my career so early, I had to act older and pretend I had more gravitas than I did. I tried to dress older, act older, be more serious. I wore shoulder pads. Then I found my own voice and just felt comfortable—I know what I’m talking about, and I don’t need to pretend.
Personal style: I’m clueless when it comes to style. I’m still figuring it out. I recently painted my nails a color for the first time and even bought some “statement” jewelry from Forever 21 and wore it on Anderson Live last week. I’m definitely a recessionista. I wore a lovely H&M dress to the photo shoot.
Dream lunch date: Warren Buffett. I’d love to pick his brain and find out what he wants to see in the next generation of investors.
Mantra: It will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
On giving back: I’m very committed to helping young people and especially young women. I’ve worked with the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Operation Smile. In 2011 I launched Lost Girls, which provides young women with career advice and gently worn work clothing. I’m also on the board of Women in Need, a charity based here in New York for homeless women and children.
Beauté: Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Moisturizer
($42). Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400. Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eye Palette
($60). Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave.,
212-826-8900. Moroccanoil Intense
Hydrating Treatment ($34). Pierre Michel Salon, 135 E.
57th St., 212-755-9500. Serge
Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($24).
Sephora, 711 Lexington Ave., 646-521-2200
Fashion: Dress, Missoni ($5,392). Scoop NYC, 1275 Third Ave., 212-535-5577. Pear-shaped morganite and diamond earrings from the Blue Book collection, Tiffany & Co. ($65,000). 727 Fifth Ave., 212-755-8000. Flying Butterfly bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels (price on request). 744 Fifth Ave., 212-896-9284
Despite having founded a flourishing e-commerce site for digital and printed stationery, New York native and Harvard grad Alexa Hirschfeld doesn’t describe herself as a businessperson. “We’re more creative people, product people,” she says of herself and her brother James, with whom she cofounded Paperless Post in 2008. The company’s fans include everyone from the Prince of Wales to Marissa Mayer.
What drives me: The idea that how you say something is often as important as what you say. Doing things well is as important, if not more important, as what you do.
On founding a business here: New York is a uniquely international place. It’s the most American city, but it’s also the most non-American city in the US.
On how her idea of success has changed: We’re really perfectionists, and at first we thought this was just a business we were building, but now it’s a lot more than a business. It’s actually a very personal creation that we want to master and leave behind [as a legacy].
Proudest moment: When I see people whom I respect—notable figures or important people in my life—using Paperless Post for something that is the most important event in their lives.
Favorite book: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, which took place during a similar market cycle as the one I’ve become an adult in, at the end of a Gilded Age.
Style trademarks: I like to pair classic, yet beautiful things with a small statement piece, such as really cool vintage jewelry from my aunt who’s a jewelry dealer or Yohji Yamamoto high-top sneakers.
Definition of beauty: What you think you’re about and what you see as your best self says a lot more about you than what you look like. When people are confident, I think that’s really attractive.
Giving back: I support institutions that preserve human creativity from the past. I also support relief efforts in Greece—I have family there.
Beauté: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age
Control Concentrate ($85). Macy’s, 151 W. 34th
St., 212-695-4400. Shiseido
Accentuating Creamy Eyeliner in Black ($26).
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000. Tom Ford Lip Color ($48). Saks Fifth
Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine
($28). Pierre Michel Salon, 135 E. 57th St.,
Fashion: Covered crystal-embroidered dress, Lela Rose ($1,395). Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., 212-705-2000. Tanzanite and diamond earrings from the Blue Book collection, Tiffany & Co. ($50,000). 727 Fifth Ave., 212-755-8000. Gold Love bracelet ($5,850) and Tank Anglaise watch ($31,000), Cartier. 653 Fifth Ave., 212-446-3400. Lapis, diamond, and oxblood coral ring, David Webb ($42,000). 942 Madison Ave., 212-421-3030. Bracelet and ring, Lebenthal’s own
French Quarter tufted tall-back chair, ABC Carpet & Home ($355). 888 Broadway, 212-473-3000
Alexandra Lebenthal has been dubbed the “queen of Wall Street,” as her firm, Lebenthal & Co., is now the largest stock and bond underwriter headed by a woman. She is the third generation of her family to lead the company and a prominent figure on New York’s social and charity circuits.
What drives me: The mandate to always keep moving forward.
Biggest obstacle and greatest achievement: Having enough capital to build the business in the way that I would like to, but we’ve done it, and we’ve done it quite well.
What I love about New York: How much it’s evolved since I was growing up. It’s a different place, more beautiful: Central Park, the High Line, Bryant Park—those places are the way they are now because of people who were involved in philanthropy.
How I give back: I’m the president of the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and I love being involved in that because I love fashion. I’m also involved with the New York Botanical Garden. I’m a chair of the Winter Wonderland Ball, one of the most beautiful events of the year.
Personal style: At night you’re more likely to see me in a pair of vintage chandelier Kenneth Jay Lane earrings than a pair of Harry Winston diamond earrings. I’m just as happy—I’m happier to have the vintage ones, as a matter of fact.
On beauty and aging: I’m evolving and definitely look at myself in the mirror now with a much more critical eye than I used to. I’ve been paying more attention to my daily skincare routine. Aging gracefully is important to me. I don’t want to be one of those people who spend too much time at the plastic surgeon or the dermatologist.
On internal beauty: Being beautiful on the inside makes you beautiful on the outside. It’s something that my husband and I have said to our 16-year-old since she was a little girl and that we say to our 8-year-old: If you’re a nice person, it comes through and gives you a glow.
Dream lunch date: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.
Beauté: Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On
Cream Makeup in Vanilla ($37). Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St.,
212-695-4400. Make Up For Ever Diamond
Shadow in Diamond White 301 ($20). Sephora, 711
Lexington Ave., 646-521-2200. Dior Addict
Extreme Lip Color in Cherie Bow ($31). Bergdorf Goodman,
754 Fifth Ave., 212-753-7300. Ojon
Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy ($35). Sephora, SEE ABOVE
Fashion: Gold lace tank ($995) and Bermuda short ($595), Vera Wang Collection. 158 Mercer St., 212-382-2184. Magic Alhambra bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels ($6,500). 744 Fifth Ave., 212-896-9284. Pavé tourmaline earrings, Janis Provisor Jewelry ($4,200). 22 W. 19th St., 212-924-5257
Former television personality Hong Thaimee left her native Thailand (and a plum corporate job) to pursue her ambition “to cook and share the best Thai cuisine with the world.” Seven years later, having worked at such top restaurants as Kittichai, Spice Market, and Perry Street Jean-Georges, she is owner and chef at Ngam, known for its modern take on Thai comfort food. “I use my favorite childhood recipes, brush them up, and make them worthy of New York City in 2013,” says Thaimee.
My mantra: Have faith and do it with love.
Why I got into cooking: Food has power—it speaks to your soul. If I can cook the kind of food that will touch people’s souls, well, that’s my goal.
What surprised me most about New York: One time I was in a cab at the end of a tough day, and the driver somehow read my mind. We were stopped at the traffic light on Houston, where there are some wild rosebushes. He opened the door and grabbed a rose and gave it to me! That rose is now framed on my wall as a reminder that this big city is not a dark place.
How I give back: We use our restaurant, Ngam, to host charity events, we send food to The Bowery Mission, and we helped Hurricane Sandy victims by sharing our profits with the American Red Cross.
What I’m most proud of: Appearing on Iron Chef earlier this year was huge, but what makes me proud is being tenacious. I’ve learned the art of never giving up and the art of forgiving.
On personal style: For me, fashion is style. It’s a matter of personality and a way of living. There’s an art to it, but it’s also just our everyday life.
My beauty/image trademark: People say that I have a great smile, but I think I’m known more for my big heart. I think that my heart speaks more than my smile.
Someone I’d love to cook for: Rafael Nadal. It would be so cool to cook for him—I’m a big tennis fan. My face is bright red now!
Beauté: Chanel Lift Lumière Firming and
Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 in Beige
($65). Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave.,
Sisley Phyto-Blush Eclat Compact in
Pinky Rose ($85). Bergdorf Goodman,
SEE ABOVE. Estée Lauder Sumptuous
Extreme Waterproof Lash Multiplying
Volume Mascara ($26). Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400. Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong
($22). Pierre Michel Salon, 135 E. 57th St.,
Fashion: Ivory tweed coat, Gerard Darel ($525). Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., 212-705-2000. Off-white top, Escada ($495). 7 E. 55th St., 212-755-2200. Oxblood coral and diamond earrings, David Webb ($85,000). 942 Madison Ave., 212-421-3030. Linen tufted chair, ABC Carpet & Home ($345). 888 Broadway, 212-473-3000
Founder of HWPR, a boutique public relations firm specializing in ultraluxury goods, as well as high-end residential and commercial real estate projects, Harriet Weintraub is also a notable fixture on New York’s social circuit and at A-list charity events.
On the changing city: I grew up on Central Park West and it was difficult to walk around the block at that time. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and going back to Koch and Giuliani, there’s this feeling of the city being a wonderful haven, a marvelous place to live.
On entrepreneurship: The driving force for starting my own company was I couldn’t find a job that appealed to me. I had some wonderful connections that I parlayed into my first clients.
On how to plan a successful event in NYC: What it boils down to always is people, and in this city you get a wonderful mix. Of course, New Yorkers are exposed to everything and anything. It’s very hard to find a unique experience. So I like to transform spaces with décor, and then they become very exciting places to be.
My style: Eclectic, because I own and wear a mix of clothes from different periods. The more accurate word is probably black—when you look in my closet, that’s definitely the impression you get. But then, I have a fabulous orange coat I love to wear.
Why logos are a no-go: I don’t like anything that’s easily identifiable. I’ll go out of my way to have something made to order or get something in Europe you can’t find here.
On beauty: I have no special beauty secrets, but I do have an eye for beautiful things; that translates to every aspect of my life, really.
Giving back: I’ve been on the board of the 92nd Street Y for a number of years, as well as on the Lay Advisory Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by my friend Evelyn Lauder. Of late, I’ve become very interested in the work of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
Beauté: Estée Lauder Idealist
Even Skintone Illuminator,
($90). Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St.,
Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in
Opalesse ($21). Macy’s, SEE ABOVE.
Nars Cosmetics Lipstick in Heat
Wave ($26). Sephora, 711
Lexington Ave., 646-521-2200. Bumble and
Bumble Thickening Crème
Contour ($27). Sephora, SEE ABOVE
Fashion: Silk embroidered top, Gucci ($2,850). 725 Fifth Ave., 212-826-2600. Quartz, African ruby, and silver earrings, Plukka ($3,200). Yellow-gold and ruby ring, Marina B ($4,800). 589 Fifth Ave., 212-644-1155
As an interior designer with an MBA, it’s no wonder Maureen Footer can claim so many C-suite clients. But designing spacious apartments for Wall Street moguls comes naturally to Footer, who grew up outside San Francisco in a house with a ballroom. Footer is also the author of the forthcoming Rizzoli book George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic.
What I’m most proud of: That I never wanted a static life. I always wanted to be on a path of discovery, of constantly evolving.
Why I love New York: The access to people with ideas that are interesting and different from mine. There’s constantly something new to be seen, heard, learned, and read in New York.
On the go-go image of New Yorkers: I think New Yorkers really carry themselves with a purpose. They’re always on their way somewhere to get something done, and that’s part of the excitement of New York—that everybody is directed in their lives.
On beauty: I think of beauty really as consistency between the inner being and the outward presentation, whether it’s how you personally dress and show yourself to the world when you walk out the door or what your interiors look like.
On image: Self-knowledge is so important. I think of Audrey Hepburn. She was a lovely woman, but what was so compelling about her is that she seemed so serene and still within that loveliness, which wasn’t something she was working too hard at.
Personal style: As with my interior designs—I mix a lot. I’m never head to toe, a walking fashion plate for a particular designer.
Signature piece: My travel bracelet. It’s constructed from travel on five continents with charms and things that I’ve picked up and added to it. In a way, it’s my walking personal history.
Giving back: Two themes consistently draw my attention: children/education and aesthetic experience. Over the years I have tutored with Learning Leaders, Harvard tutoring programs, and the New York Junior League. I’ve been a fundraiser as well as participating designer for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and also support Partnership with Children, which provides social workers in schools. As music and environment personally transport me, Save Venice, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Institute of Classical Architecture & Art—key institutions that insure continued access to these experiences—have all been part of my agenda over the years.
Beauté: SK-II Facial Clear Solution ($115).
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000. Guerlain Terracotta 4
Seasons Bronzer ($75). Saks Fifth Avenue, SEE ABOVE. Lancôme Artliner in Aubergine
($30). Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave.,
Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($43). Pierre
Michel Salon, 135 E. 57th St., 212-755-9500
Fashion: Jade silk cami, Alexander Wang ($295). Scoop NYC, 1275 Third Ave., 212-535-5577. Elsa Peretti Continuous Diamond necklace ($68,200) and diamond Lotus necklace ($60,000), Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave., 212-755-8000
1940 RT armchair, ABC Carpet & Home ($3,295). 888 Broadway, 212-473-3000
A ballet prodigy who began dancing at 13, Misty Copeland became one of the first African-American soloists for the American Ballet Theatre. She is sometimes described as the “Jackie Robinson of ballet” for her pioneering work as an African-American dancer.
Personal style: I always say I learned how to dress and really got my style from New York City. There is beauty and style everywhere you turn.
On New York and image: I think New Yorkers have more of an understanding of self-presentation. At the same time, in touring with ABT, I see how people in other places are influenced by their own environments—or might not be, because there may not be much to be influenced by. It makes me appreciate New York more.
Biggest challenge: Being one of the few black women in the ballet world. Being able to make it to the top of this field is a challenge on its own. Understanding my value and my worth as a woman—and as a black woman in ballet—has definitely helped me to get past that challenge.
On changing the image of ballet: When I get out to underprivileged communities where ballet is not a part of their culture, I think they often expect it to be super-boring. Then they see it and say, “Oh my gosh! You’re a brown ballerina! I didn’t know that existed.” I try to explain, “You are a part of this culture.” We do have a rich history as black people in the ballet world. It’s just not talked about. On beauty: When you’re younger, it’s a lot about fitting in. The older you get, the more comfortable you feel in your own skin. Strength, confidence, intelligence, and poise—all of those things are so beautiful to me. It doesn’t have to be an outward thing.
Beauty trademark: During the day, a bun. I wear it even when I’m not in the ballet studio. It’s easy.
My mantra: Subtlety can go a long way. That’s something I live by daily. We as a society and as women can benefit from focusing on inner strength, and not having it be so in your face.
On giving back: I discovered ballet at the age of 13 at the San Pedro [California] Boys & Girls Club, and they’ve been my family ever since. I’m on the Arts Advisory Council of the National Boys & Girls Clubs of America, so I do a lot of charitable work with it. I also do a lot of speaking engagements, especially for minority students in public schools all over the city.
photography by zev starr-tambor