THE INDEPENDENT HANDBAG DESIGNER AWARDS – CELEBRATING THE BEST OF NEW TALENTS

The 13th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards recently brought together some of the world’s most promising designers to celebrate their brilliant new creations: Coterie Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design: Romania’s Florina Sirman of atributcreated a handbag that features the metallic spirals of a notebook on burgundy cowhide leather as an inspiration for women …

BEATRICE .B CELEBRATES THIRTY YEARS OF HERITAGE

The 1908s was a pivotal time for Italian fashion. It was the decade when major brands from Milan emerged from the shadows of the couture houses in Paris and Rome that were still plying overtly romantic confections that have little to do with the lives of the modern women.  At that point, the finest of …

SOTHEBY’S IN BLOOM – A NEW WAY TO SHOP FOR SPRING SPARKLERS

For some time now, estimable auction house Sotheby’s has been conducting private art sales without bidding. But this Spring, it just introduced a similar way to purchase instantly extraordinary jewelry as well at the “In Bloom” selling exhibition (through May 24, 1334 York Ave). The exhibition is open to the public and inaugurates Sotheby’s newly …

THE MET GALA GOES TO CAMP

The annual benefit of the Metropolitan Art Museum’s Costume Institute, otherwise more widely known as the MET Gala, delivered yet again one of the most photographed red carpet event of the year. A cavalcade of celebrities, meticulously selected by none other than artistic director for Condé Nast, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, and event co-chair Anna …

KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE 2019: HOW TO TRAVEL AT HOME

Always anticipated and never disappointing, the Kips Decorator Show House is the high interior design benchmark on which the spotlight shines brightest. While there is never an overarching theme, the latest edition (now through May 31, 2019) somehow inspires journeys, both literally and metaphorically. Even the act of traversing from room to room is a …

Victoria Clark and Doug Varone and Dancers in the Glamour Dream photo by Richard Termine

While it can be argued that costume designer Tracy Christensen isn’t quite privy to the byzantine nature of the fashion industry, MasterVoices’ “Lady in the Dark” proves she can intuit its tortured psyche. With a little assist from Vogue’s own international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles and marquee brands Zac Posen, Thom Browne, Marchesa, and Brooks Brothers, …

RYAN GANDER WINS PREMIER “POMMERY PRIZE” AT THE ARMORY SHOW

Champagne Pommery raised a glass to “Het Spel (My neotonic ovoid contribution to Modernism)” the first ever Pommery Prize winning piece by conceptual artist Ryan Gander at the Armory Show. According to Mr. Gander, his swirling composition of artificial fur balls set upon a white plinth (at the Champagne Lounge section) is a playful reimagining …

MENSWEAR FW 2019 CHALLENGES THE IMAGINATION

It would be far easier to recap the showing of many the for what wasn’t there than for what was. And to that end, it is certainly a measure of relief not to sit through yet another interminable parade of hoodies, sweats, and trendier-than-thou streetwear. Later this year, once it becomes necessary to pack away …

Once again, Van Cleef & Arpels has found new ways of wrapping the very stars around everyone’s wrists with its Lady Arpels and Midnight Zodiac Lumineux timepieces for women and men. Currently on show at the flagship boutique (744 Fifth Avenue), the collections elevate stargazing to thrilling heights with an inimitable blend of poetry and …

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HOLIDAY GIFTS AND STYLISH FINDS FOR MEN AT THE &MPERSAND COLLECTIVE Tis that time of the year when finding the perfect gift for the discerning gentleman assumes mounting urgency. But through December 16, New Yorkers may find just the right present guaranteed to bring holiday cheer to men of style at the downtown pop up …

34 HERITAGE PREVIEWS SPRING 2019 EVOUTION AT BROOKLYN WINERY

Men’s denim brand 34 Heritage is unveiling numerous updates for Spring 2019: headlined by a new tailored version of the trusty jogger called Carter along with new packaging, logo, labels, hardware, and a more streamlined e-commerce experience online. The formal announcement and preview of the upcoming collection was made recently during a congenial sit down …

THE TROUBLED GENIUS OF CHARLES JAMES “Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man – Fame, Fashion, Art” by Michèle Gerber Klein (with foreword by Harold Koda) presents a riveting look at the infamous designer whose legacy has been informing fashion for decades. At a recent stop of her book tour, the author gave the rapt …

VAUGHAN LIGHTS UP WATTS OF LOVE WITH MADE IN THE SHADE

VAUGHAN LIGHTS UP WATTS OF LOVE WITH MADE IN THE SHADE Vaughan, the leading decorative lighting brand, teams up with international nonprofit Watts of Love for what may be described asa chiaroscuro of a collaboration: “Made in the Shade”.Throughout November,commemorative lampshades, designed by fifteen prominent designers across North America, will be showcased in a silent …

L’ÉCOLE, SCHOOL OF JEWELRY ARTS INSIDE A GLITTERING WORLD OF GEMS Headquartered at Place Vendôme in Paris, L’École des Arts Joailliers (supported by Van Cleef & Arpels) has taken up temporary residence at the Frederick Sterner-designed Ziegler House (2 East 63rd Street) from which to welcome New Yorkers into the sparkling world of jewelry. Here, …

INDOCHINO :FLAGSHIP OPENING

The 1950-60s golden age of ad campaigns, marinated in cigarette smoke and liquid lunches, culturally immortalized Madison Avenue as the locus of the advertising world. These days however, it is the array of prestigious boutiques such as Chanel, Celine, and Barneys New York that burnishes the enduring mystique of this north to south tract of …

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SS19 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 09/08/2018

When Bravo’s Project Runway premieres its 17th season, Christian Siriano, who had won the reality design competition duringits fourth year, will be joined by Karlie Kloss to take over from the departing Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. While his return is in the new role of mentoring to fledgling designers, it’s not entirely unfamiliar a …