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Anya Hindmarch’s New Bespoke Shop at Bergdorf’s Will Connect Customers With Craftsmen

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:29

England’s reigning accessories queen, Anya Hindmarch, is adding a new territory to her empire. In addition to some 50 stores globally, including one uptown on Madison Avenue, on September 3 Hindmarch will officially open a dedicated Bespoke shop on the seventh floor at Bergdorf Goodman. It will be the only place on earth outside of a brick-and-mortar Hindmarch store that you can customize your Tony the Tiger totes and ultra-luxe Ultimate Boxes (more on what those are below). Designed by artist Martino Gamper, the shop will be a soup-to-nuts experience aimed at bringing the customer closer to the process of how the product is made. We hopped on the phone with the Brit bag lady to discuss the fiscal challenges of opening a Bespoke shop, the perfect hostess gift for a drunken weekend in the country, and the meaning of true luxury. —Todd Plummer

What are the origins of your Bespoke line, and how is it different from your main line?
For me, Bespoke came out of the idea of trying to find a good present. I love giving presents. The main line is about a collection, a season. And Bespoke is about a moment in time in your life as opposed to a season. It’s about personalization.

What does opening Bespoke in Bergdorf Goodman mean for your brand?
It’s really exciting because I love Bergdorf’s, and it’s such an iconic store. The customer of BG is the customer of our Bespoke store. It’s an honor to be amongst the wonderful brands they have, and we also get to collaborate on some new projects and events, so it’s an exciting moment for us.

How does Bespoke in Bergdorf Goodman differ from Bespoke in your Madison Avenue store?
We’re working with Martino Gamper, a very amazing designer, to design the space for us. He just had a big exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and he took a lot of old-fashioned things and messed them up and made them modern and artful. He worked on this table where we took elements of the design from old dining room tables and put them all together. It should be quite fun.

Who is the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke customer? Why are they buying it?
I hope it’s everyone to an extent! But perhaps she’s a bit jaded by designer initials—perhaps they want something more. Luxury, for me, is very much something that has a story attached to it. My husband has a trunk that was his grandfather’s and it was particularly wide because he had wide feet. Things like that, things that have a story. And a lot of times luxury is about status. My Bespoke customer doesn’t want status, they want the story. Maybe it’s a funny little joke. But it’s something that seals that moment in time and seals that story on when it gets passed down. It’s about a particular moment, but it’s not of the moment, if that makes sense.

I’ve learned that Bespoke began in your London stores because it was a service you just loved offering. There was no business plan. But I would assume that to open up in a store like Bergdorf Goodman, one needs a business plan.
It’s a very complicated thing. It still comes from the heart, and it was something I felt I really wanted. It still absolutely comes from the heart as opposed to a point of view about commerce. Obviously, now opening at Bergdorf’s, I wanted it to be very special, but we did have to gear up because there is a lot of complexity. Everything is unique, everything is one of a kind. For instance, we will keep the craftsman in the store because I wanted to connect the customer to the craftsman, because customers today are so distant from how things are made. We had to really absorb everything into our business. The design is still done with me and my design team. And we had to make sure the product fits alongside our main collection as well. For instance, the last collection we did was all about supermarket foods and Tony the Tiger. And we had to make sure the Bespoke offerings are in line with the main collection as well as in terms of colors and texture and look. It still ties in. We’ve had to structure Bespoke properly, and it’s now much more thought through than when we started, but it absolutely still comes from the heart.

Bespoke comes from your love of gifting. What have been some of your favorite bespoke gifts you have given?
Many! It’s so fun to make things that have little references to things that happened. For example, we are making these “Ultimate Boxes”—they have all these little drawers and the whole thing is covered in leather, it’s really quite lovely. And on the inside of every drawer and on the lid, we can print photographs onto the satin linings of the drawers. I once made a thank-you present for someone who had let me stay at their house for a weekend, and I printed on the top the name of the house and a reference to the weekend. I called it “Hibiscus House Hangover Box.” It was a bit of a drunken holiday, and each image in the drawers was something funny that happened, either someone cracking into a bottle of wine or someone sleeping half-naked in the shower. Poppy Delevingne was proposed to with one of those boxes, as well—each drawer had a different memory printed in it and on the inside was written, “Will you marry me?”

And the Bespoke range also includes options for men as well?
Yes, absolutely. Especially with wallets. Ask a man what features he likes in his ideal wallet and everyone will give you a different answer. So we will work with you, draw it up, and then build the perfect wallet. And we actually store those drawings, so if in five years he wants to come back and make up another one, it’s there, it’s just for you, and you can.

What is true luxury for you?
True luxury is about stories. For me, it’s not about showing wealth. Most people are quite private about how they show who they are—for me it’s about feeling a moment. Luxury is time and memories.

Photo: Courtesy Anya Hindmarch’s Dirk Standen Gets Coveteur’d

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:52

The next best thing to meeting your favorite model, editor, or musician? Stepping inside their closet with The Coveteur, of course. The mega-blog has long been a source of inspiration (where else can you find shopping tips and career advice all in the same place?), and today the site features’s own editor in chief, Dirk Standen. To get a glimpse at his sharp wardrobe (which includes everything from Ralph Lauren coats to soccer cleats), learn about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at, and find out why you’ll never see him in a tie, click here. —Emily Farra

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EXCLUSIVE: Gareth Pugh Offers Up a First Look at His Disruptive Spring ’15

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:57

Gareth Pugh, you’ve probably heard by now, is bringing his show from Paris to New York this week. The London-based designer has partnered with Lexus, and as the company’s hashtag #designdisrupted implies, the presentation promises to be out of the ordinary. With several hundred shows and presentations on the schedule, NYFW does need an intervention, but if it’s too soon to say whether or not Pugh will shake up the fashion show system as we know it, the evening should be diverting. In recent seasons, the designer has pulled inspiration everywhere, from Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard to plastic garbage bags. Billed as a multimedia event, the Thursday night showings (at 9 and 10:30 p.m.) will feature large-scale films and live performance pieces choreographed by Wayne McGregor from London’s Royal Ballet. “Rites, rituals, and British folk tradition are key this season,” Pugh says. Here, brings you an exclusive first look at the collection. —Nicole Phelps

EXCLUSIVE: Rodarte Joins Forces With Rachel Zoe

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:07

With a styling studio that dresses the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Sofía Vergara, and Kiernan Shipka, Rachel Zoe keeps quite busy. But it’s her new Collective collaboration series for The Zoe Report that’s been the multi-hyphenate’s ultimate passion project. Zoe has announced that Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designers whose strong point of view she favors, is the second brand to be featured in the series (it launched with Jennifer Meyer). To celebrate, Rodarte is releasing a capsule of limited-edition designs, available exclusively on The Zoe Report beginning today. “The Zoe Report readers are fashion obsessed and very eager to have a piece of glamour and to have a piece of the fashion world,” Zoe told The Rodarte for the Zoe Report exclusive capsule includes delicate Swarovski crystal butterfly jewelry, a motif that draws on the Mulleavy sisters’ childhood home near a famous monarch butterfly migration spot. Also on offer are Rodarte’s staple T-shirts and sweatshirts updated with metallic accents. The designers’ affinity for athleisure-wear comes from their L.A. roots, and Zoe believes the trend has legs. “I mean, Karl Lagerfeld just put sneakers on the runway of his couture show,” Zoe said. “I think that just broke down walls we never thought could be broken.”

For Kate and Laura, the chance to collaborate with Zoe was the culmination of a years-long friendship. “We are all working in Los Angeles, and so it’s really hard for us to remember a time, at this point, when we haven’t known Rachel,” the Mulleavys said. And with their Spring ’15 show just days away, this special project gave them a chance to think beyond the runway. “We love the idea of great design,” they continued. “Design can be a specialized couture item, but it can also be powerful with something as simple and wearable as a T-shirt.” The meeting of these L.A. minds has created a unique offering for fans—and a metallic moment for fall.

Rodarte for The Zoe Report will be available for a limited time at beginning September 2. Prices range from $113 to $299. — Alexis Brunswick

Photo: Courtesy Photo

EXCLUSIVE: Kerry Washington Talks Movado, Dressing Olivia Pope, and That Two-Piece Prada Look

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:20

“Classy,” “elegant,” and “intelligent” are a few of the words Kerry Washington uses to describe Movado, the luxury watch brand for which she’s served as an ambassador for nearly 10 years. But those adjectives also apply to Washington herself and her TV alter ego, Olivia Pope. The actress, who’s been working with Movado since 2005—seven years before she landed her breakthrough role as Pope on the hit show Scandal—is a rarity in Hollywood. Aside from portraying an entirely new female archetype on television—one who doesn’t sacrifice her femininity and vulnerability for strength, respect, and success—Washington is equally inspiring off camera, working with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and The Creative Coalition to promote arts in the States.

When it comes to the art of fashion, Washington has become known for facing the red carpet with as much fearlessness as Olivia Pope faces Capitol Hill—and with a much larger color palette. She’s often breaking up the parade of predictable gowns with bold, unexpected hues and cuts. Take, for instance, her sequin-piped orange Prada dress at last month’s Emmys or her pregnant-belly-baring two-piece look by the house at this year’s SAG Awards. Now, with Movado’s latest campaign for fall, Washington has taken her fashion sense to a new level, collaborating on the overall look and feel of the ads with help from Mario Testino’s former assistant, photographer Alexi Lubomirski, stylist Erin Walsh, hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, and makeup artist Carola Gonzalez. Ahead of the campaign’s October debut, we caught up with Washington to talk about her new role as ad stylist, reinventing the power suit for Olivia Pope, and that two-piece Prada moment. —Marissa G. Muller

You’ve been a brand ambassador for Movado for almost 10 years. How has the relationship with the brand changed over the years?
I always thought of the brand as really classy and elegant, so I was really excited about the opportunity to work with them. It’s been an amazing almost-decade. It’s a brand that represents quality and elegance and intelligence, and I’m so grateful to be associated with the brand and their core qualities.

Did it feel like a natural transition to start styling this time around?
I wouldn’t take credit for that. We kind of all did it together. When I’m getting ready for red-carpet stuff, it’s a real collaborative art. I think it’s the same when it comes to editorial and campaigns. You want to work with people who are really talented, so everyone comes together and you come up with something great.

How does the styling on this campaign reflect your personal aesthetic?
Well, we did different looks. For some of what we did, we went with a more casual aesthetic, like really clean and crisp, a lot of whites and neutrals—jeans and T-shirts but with a little more edge, a little more of my everyday personality.

As an actress, do you feel like you can bring something to an ad campaign that a model can’t?
I think everybody brings something different to the table. But I think anybody who is invested in the process understands that you’re telling a story about a product and a brand through images and aesthetics—clothes, hair, makeup, lighting, and color, all of things that come into play when you’re working in theater or in television.

Obviously you’re a natural in front of the camera for TV and film. When you started working in print ads, did it feel like a comfortable transition?
I’ve had a big learning curve. I come from the theater and that’s how I was trained, and even that’s not natural. I wouldn’t call myself a natural. I studied too much to be a natural—I wish I were a natural.

Well, you make it look like you’re a natural.
That’s good. I’ve been really lucky to work with awesome photographers, photo editors, and amazing stylists, so all those things helped me learn along the way. But I’m always looking to learn more. That’s part of the fun of what we do—the technology is always changing, the fashion is always changing, our bodies are always changing, so you have to keep evolving.

How do you relate to Olivia Pope’s style?
Lyn Paolo, our brilliant costume designer, and I worked really hard to come up with the Olivia Pope aesthetic because we understood that the character had to be a really powerful woman. We wanted to find a way for her to look strong but also feminine. We worked really hard on the silhouette and the palette to redefine our understanding of what a power suit could look like. In a lot of ways, when people think of a power suit for a woman, it looks a lot of times like dressing for a man. We wanted to reinvent the idea of a power suit for women. It’s been a blast; it is not how I dress at all. I do work for the White House and I work in Washington, and when I’m there, I do not dress like Olivia Pope!

But it was fun for me to bring a lot of my fashion understanding to creating the look with Lyn. One of the first houses to ever lend me clothes for the red carpet was Armani, and I wear a ton of Armani on the show, so that’s been a wonderful full circle. I’ve been able to bring my relationship with a lot of different houses and my knowledge of different collections and designers onto the show. We’re always studying what’s new. Last season I went to the CFDA Awards with Aaron Walsh and Lyn Paolo. Lyn and I met with a lot of designers in New York to make sure we could have access to the newest collections when they’re hitting stores or right before, so we’re kind of ahead of the game on this show.

Olivia has become known for her primarily white color palette. How did that decision come about?
We really wanted Olivia to stand out in the crowd in Washington. There’s kind of a uniform in Washington of black and navy and gray suits, so we thought if we could make her palette light neutrals, creams, light pink, tan, light gray, and white, then it would be clear that she is her own woman and that she works for herself and follows her own rules.

There’s also the metaphor of wearing the white hat. White is the symbol of justice, which Olivia stands for. The palette was also born out of the idea that people come to Olivia on the absolute worst day of their lives, when they’re in a state of panic and crisis and they need her to fix it. So Lyn and I both felt it was important for Olivia to wear calming colors, colors that made people feel calm and open and honest and at peace.

Out of all of the projects you’ve worked on, which character’s wardrobe has been your favorite?

That’s impossible to say! It’s impossible to answer because I care so much about wardrobe when it comes to characters. In everyday life, how we dress expresses so much about who we are and what we’re feeling and what’s going on in our lives, so what a character wears is really important. People walk up to me all the time and say, “I wish I had Olivia Pope’s closet.” I say, “Me too!”

But when I think back to my wardrobe for Save the Last Dance—I had so much fun with that character because she was a young woman who wanted to be a fashion designer. She was a real fashion risk-taker—and a real makeup risk-taker. I always loved my clothes in Ray because I love being able to act in period wardrobe and lose [myself] in a different time through the clothes and shoes and jewelry. So it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Do you have a favorite red-carpet moment?
I have a few. I loved the gown that Jason Wu made for me for the Oscars this past year. Jason is a very dear friend of mine, and we’ve been so supportive of each other through the years. He never had a gown at the Oscars before, so it was special for him and special for me because I was extremely pregnant and it was important for me to be working with someone whom I loved and trusted. And the color of that gown was so great.

The two-piece Prada that you wore to the SAG Awards when you were pregnant definitely made a statement. How did that look come about?
I tried it on and I loved it. I knew that it was going to be outside the box and really special and unique, and I had so much fun wearing it. I felt really excited about my growing belly and I’m still excited about the bright color. I wanted to have fun that night, and that dress looked like so much fun.

Shop the Look: Fall Into White

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:12

We retired the “no white after Labor Day” rule long ago, but every September the old adage pops into our heads. Even when you’re breaking a rule, you have to follow a few guidelines. For example, you won’t find us in summery white eyelet post-Labor Day, ditto for crochet or linen. It’s key to pair your whites with the right colors and accessories, too. Subdued neutrals look fresh all through the winter, and with super-sleek gold jewelry, it’s a crisp fall look. Shop our favorite autumn whites from Altuzarra, J.Crew, Anya Hindmarch, and more, below. —Emily Farra

1. Petit Bateau cotton-jersey sweater, $135, available at

2. J.Crew hinged choker, $98, available at

3. Isabel Marant Adelaide blanket wool-blend skirt, $505, available at

4. Altuzarra leather mules, $1,100, available at

5. Anya Hindmarch Bathurst elaphe-trimmed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,350, available at

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Angelina Jolie Weds in Atelier Versace

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:17

While Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wedding last month may have been an intimate (and secretive) affair, that doesn’t mean the bride skimped on the gown. The actress went for a custom Versace number, which, designed by Donatella Versace and Atelier Versace master tailor Luigi Massi, was surprisingly demure on both the Italian house’s and Jolie’s part. Double thigh-high slits and safety-pinned cutouts were traded for a delicate ruched bust, full skirt, and a train and veil embroidered with colorful doodles drawn by the couple’s six children (awww). “Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress,” Jolie, who frequently dons Versace on the red carpet, told People. As far as accessories went, Jolie kept it simple, wearing a quiet pair of Versace satin pumps. Illustration: Courtesy of Versace

EXCLUSIVE: Rick Owens Installs His Weird, Wonderful World in Selfridges

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:00

Richard Saturnino Owens claims one of his favorite combinations is “elegance and depravity.” He’s spent his 20 years in business building a world where the two coexist to stark, uncompromising effect. Which means it’s remarkable that Selfridges, the London department store dubbed the world’s best by industry experts, is devoting a substantial amount of real estate to a month-long Owensfest: expanded boutique areas, store windows and a special curated space, all of it overseen by a giant-size sculpture of Owens’ torso mounted above the main door. Its scale—and the fact it’s carrying a blazing torch—is very much in keeping with the unsettling mood of the designer waxworks its creator Doug Jennings has made for Owens’ stores around the world. “But in this case, the statue was Selfridges’ idea,” Owens says, adding, with typical laconic understatement, “All I wanted was vomiting black blood and glowing eyes.” He is talking about one of the four windows he was given to play with. It features a huge image of a woman with the specified glowing eyes and glossy sludge streaming from her mouth. In her forehead is mounted a small screen playing Alla Nazimova’s silent film of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. At night, the eeriness of the effect is matched only by the window filled with a fog-shrouded black ziggurat of stairs to nowhere. And these arcane, occult scenarios are being staged on the U.K.’s busiest shopping street!

If this is the sort of darkly provocative spectacle we’ve come to expect from Owens, what’s impressive is Selfridges’ willingness to go all the way with him. Owens credits buying director Sebastian Manes, who insists the store’s huge commitment merely reflects how important the brand is to Selfridges’ business. At the same time, Manes acknowledges that Owens “effortlessly avoids the mainstream,” and that effortlessness is all over the ground-floor space the designer has curated, with the invaluable input of his wife and co-conspirator Michele Lamy. Think of it as a journey round Owens’ mind: from substantial pieces of furniture (I call them chaises, but to Owens and Lamy, they’re “tomb benches,” carved from French elm and adorned with antlers that could equally be Valkyries’ wings) to stunning metal tableware and art nouveau ceramics by Georges Hoentschel, to scented candles (Diptyque’s Myrrh) and DVDs like The Driver’s Seat, one of Elizabeth Taylor’s late-career challenges to conventional good taste. There is also an exclusive capsule collection, with a special label in Selfridges signature yellow (“The least I could do after such a gracious invitation”), and an installation by Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, which loans a strobe-light flicker to the whole scene.

This grandiose retail recognition seems only right after all the eldritch glamour Owens has been dishing out under his label for the past two decades. The Selfridges extravaganza arrives as a timely reminder of just how weird and wonderful the world of Rick really is. —Tim Blanks

Photos: Courtesy of Selfridges and Rick Owens

Yves Carcelle, Longtime LVMH Executive, Dies at 66

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:44

Yves Carcelle, the visionary executive who helped turn Louis Vuitton into one of the world’s preeminent luxury brands, died on Sunday in Paris. He was 66, and had been battling cancer. Carcelle joined LVMH in 1989 and over the years rose to chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton before he stepped down in 2011. In his role he was responsible for opening Vuitton stores around the world and expanding the house’s product categories, but he will be best remembered for enlisting Marc Jacobs to become the artistic director of the brand in 1997, ushering in a new era for the monogrammed trunk maker, one that included ready-to-wear, artist collaborations, and multimillion-dollar fashion shows.

“It is with deep emotion and regret that I learned of Yves Carcelle’s passing,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH, said in a statement. “A tireless traveler, Yves was a pioneer who embodied the image and values of Louis Vuitton. Always curious, passionate and in motion, he was one of the most inspiring leaders of men and women whom I have ever had the privilege of knowing. My thoughts today are with Yves’ family, as well as with all his former staff at Louis Vuitton, who will long remember him as a manager and mentor who was accessible, human, and sincere. Today, the LVMH Group has lost one of its closest and dearest friends and I join in the sorrow of each of us as we mourn Yves’ passing, but also importantly in our collective appreciation for his life, his work and his legacy.”​ —Nicole Phelps

Photo: Getty Images

Ballet Beautiful: Mary Katrantzou Dresses the NYCB

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:59

As if designers aren’t busy enough during the month of September, what with presenting their Spring collections and all, a quintet of fashion’s major names have signed on to create custom costumes for the New York City Ballet’s opening night performances on September 23. Along with Carolina Herrera, Valentino Garavani, Thom Browne, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, London star Mary Katrantzou has crafted spectacular ensembles for the NYCB’s agile performers. Katrantzou worked closely with NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck to come up with the looks, which play off her lace-centric Resort ’14 collection. “I didn’t want to go costumey,” said Katrantzou of the wares, adding that she aimed to emphasize the dancers’ movements and physiques. “I thought, Why don’t we do something that’s a second skin instead of something with lots of volume or construction? I wanted to do something subtle. Justin’s work is very clean. It evokes a certain emotion, and I wanted the costumes to mimic that.” A sketch of the lace-appliquéd outfits debuts exclusively here.

Katrantzou’s confections are almost entirely nude and sheer. The male dancer’s look is essentially a lace bodysuit, while the ballerina’s costume features an added translucent tulle skirt. The dancers will wear pigmented undergarments for a touch of color, but there’s a heated debate about the final touch—the ballet slippers. “I didn’t know it was controversial to tint the ballet shoe!” laughed Katrantzou, who’s hoping to dye the dancers’ slippers to achieve an extra pop. “You’re so used to seeing them in pink, so we’re going to color them and see how it feels when they’re dancing.”

A few weeks ago, Katrantzou had another Resort-related coup when a very different kind of performer—country singer-turned-pop star Taylor Swift—wore the designer’s typography-embellished jumpsuit to the VMAs. “It was interesting to see her make that choice,” said Katrantzou, who created the romper in a custom colorway for Swift. “We are used to seeing Taylor dress differently, but this had the right level of risk, and, you know, she has incredible legs. I thought she looked amazing, and she had never worn me before, so to see her turn out in Resort in such a big way was a great thing.” Now all Katrantzou needs to do is knock our socks off with her Spring outing, set to debut during London fashion week, and she’ll be able to celebrate a hat trick of successes. No pressure, though. —Katharine K. Zarrella

Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou

EXCLUSIVE: Stella McCartney’s New York City Girl

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:00

If you haven’t heard of Lizzy Plapinger, you’ve been missing out. The talented musician, who is one-half of vocal duo MS MR, just cemented her cool-girl status, being chosen to be featured in the New York installment of Stella McCartney’s ongoing One City, One Girl series. (Previous stars have included Paris’ Jeanne Damas and London’s Phoebe Collings-James.) The pink-haired beauty was captured gallivanting around Manhattan in the most-buzzed-about items from McCartney’s Fall ’14 collection, including the Elyse star shoes and the Harriet fringed dress. Plapinger says the star shoes are like a David Bowie-inspired “cheeky spin on glam rock style.” She also noted that the fringe mini is the perfect performance dress because it “accentuates movement and is extremely elegant.” In McCartney’s latest film, which is lensed by Sean Thomas and debuts exclusively here, the enviable It girl wanders through New York in items at the top of our lust list. And thanks to the short’s shoppable feature, you too can be a Stella girl this fall. —Zoe Anastasiou

5 Perfect Farewell Summer Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00

It’s sad but true—summer is coming to an end. Which means no more outdoor summer movies, no more summer concerts in the park, and no more sweating through your summer dresses and worn-out sandals. As you can see, we’ve got mixed feelings, since the end of summer also means the beginning of autumn (don’t fret, check out our guide for everything you need to do this fall)—and the beginning of New York fashion week. Labor Day Weekend is your chance to give one last hurrah to humidity and toast to long days and hot sun, so we asked bartenders from our favorite beachside getaways for the ultimate end-of-summer cocktails. From Montauk to your backyard barbecue, channel vacation vibes with these three recipes and leave summer behind with a boozy bang.

—Austen Rosenfeld

1. Bloody Caesar from Ruschmeyer’s

For your next summer brunch, opt for a Caesar. It’s lighter in consistency than a Bloody Mary but also brinier—best enjoyed where the air is salty.

2 oz gin
8 oz Clamato juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
Cup of celery salt for the rim
Fresh cracked pepper
1 celery stalk
1 spicy pickle

With a lime wedge, wet the outside rim of a highball glass and press into celery salt. Pour 2 ounces of gin into a shaker filled with ice. Add Worcestershire, Tabasco, and Clamato juice. Mix and add to the highball glass. Crack fresh pepper on top. Garnish with celery stalk and spicy pickle.

2. Rockaway Boulevardier from Playland Motel

This twist on the Classic Boulevardier is the perfect bittersweet end to summer, with memories of Aperol spritzes hugged by the warmth of brandy and rye. A worthy intro to fall.

1 oz rye
1 oz brandy
3/4 oz Aperol
1/4 oz orange liqueur
1/4 oz sweet vermouth

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Stir. Strain over ice. Garnish with lemon wheels.

3. Cucumber Southside from The Montauk Beach House

Cucumber Southside was created so that it could be “batched” in large-volume pitchers for pool parties, barbecues, or anything with large groups of people. Fun fact: You can also substitute gin with vodka or tequila.

Ingredients (serves 5):

2 1/2 oz cucumber puree
3 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 3/4 oz simple syrup
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
30 mint sprigs
club soda

In a large mixing tin, add cucumber puree, fresh mint, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and gin (preferably Hendrick’s), in that order. Shake and strain over fresh ice, top with club soda. Garnish with cucumber wheel and mint sprig.

4. Negroni Sbagliato from The Crow’s Nest

To properly see off the season, reach for a classic summertime staple of Italian or Mediterranean origin—think Americano Highball, Aperol Spritz, or any fun variation of the Negroni you can come up with, like this one.

1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 oz dry prosecco (more if you prefer)

Stir together lightly over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

5. Surf Club Margarita from the Rockaway Beach Surf Club

This Rockaway spot lives by a few simple rules for summer cocktails: They should be easy to make; served over ice; and use fresh, seasonal ingredients.

2 oz Espolòn Blanco tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime
1 oz watermelon puree (watermelon pureed with a splash of fresh orange juice)
A small spoonful of pureed whole jalapeños, to taste

Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a watermelon slice.

Photo: Courtesy Ruschmeyer’s; Playland Motel; The Montauk Beach House; The Crow’s Nest; Rockaway Beach Surf Club

The 15 Looks You Loved Most This Week

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:48

The Spring ’15 shows are starting next week, and in addition to planning our fashion month marathon, we’re spending most of our time figuring out what we’re going to wear. In this week’s Look of the Day polls, we gathered sartorial inspiration to spare and asked you to choose your favorites. On Monday, we made a case for floaty long-sleeved dresses, like the Chloé frock Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore out in L.A. last week. The breezy style not only looks comfortable—perfect for running from Milk Studios to Lincoln Center—but they’re in keeping with the boho-luxe trend we’re seeing at Prada and Michael Kors. Tuesday, we felt like kids again looking for street-style pics of Mickey Mouse shirts, like the T-shirt Sky Ferreira wore to a performance last weekend in Montauk, and on Wednesday, we called out the undisputed color of the moment: neon yellow. Chanel Iman rocked a fluorescent Balmain Resort while out in Los Angeles, and Jeremy Scott put a smile on everyone’s face with his sunny emoticon tuxedo at the MTV Video Music Awards. What else was on our minds this week? Starlets gracing the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival, matching footwear in the streets, and so much more. See all of the winners here, and be sure to vote on your favorites every day next month.

What to Buy This Weekend: Labor Day Designer Steals

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:00

The end of summer isn’t all bad news—sales are popping off all over the Net right now. Jump-start your fall wardrobe with these five designer bargains.

—Rachael Wang

1. Altuzarra
Coat, originally $2,005, now on sale for $601, Buy it now

2. Céline
Shoes, originally $606, now on sale for $200, Buy it now

3. Marc Jacobs
Dress, originally $2,073, now on sale for $1,036, Buy it now

4. Miu Miu
Coat, originally $2,890, now on sale for $1,734, Buy it now

5. Proenza Schouler
Pants, originally $1,205, now on sale for $309, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy of Matches Fashion; Courtesy of Yoox; Courtesy of MyTheresa; Barneys New York

Abercrombie Loses the Logo, Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Details, and More of the News You Missed Today

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:07

Miu Miu’s new message app…
Miu Miu has teamed up with performance artist Miranda July to create an app to launch the eighth installment of its Women’s Tales video series. The app, Somebody, allows you to send a message using a third person, usually a stranger, as a method of delivery. Miranda July created a film, which depicts examples of how the app could be used, to coincide with the launch. [Fashion Times]

A&F goes logo-less…
The Abercrombie & Fitch Moose logo is globally recognizable, but the brand has announced it’s ditching it—in North American stores, at least. Chief operating officer Jonathan Ramsden justified the decision, saying, “Our consumer is less logo-oriented. They are [no longer] walking billboards.” However, the company has decided to keep logo-oriented products at other stores worldwide. [WWD]

Major designers missing from Lincoln Center…
Why aren’t designers returning to Lincoln Center? For the second season in a row, popular labels like Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Diane von Furstenberg are choosing to show off-site instead. [Fashionista]

Mrs. Pitt’s wedding dress…
Yesterday, the world learned that Hollywood sweethearts Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot in an intimate ceremony near their home in France. More details on their big day are beginning to emerge. Today’s news is about the dress, and according to British Vogue, it was ‘”very traditional but very Angie. It was comfortable but plain, white floor-length antique lace and silk.” [British Vogue]

In today’s interesting tech news…
A map that shows every single device connected to the Internet worldwide now exists. John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices, created the map. He said the process was quite simple—he just sent a “ping request to every IP on the Internet [and] stored positive responses.” Easy, right? Why didn’t we think of that? [The Huffington Post] —Zoe Anastasiou

EXCLUSIVE: Barbie’s New Designer Looks by Rebecca Taylor, Tess Giberson, and More

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:44

An essential part of being a fashion designer is having, on some level, a love of playing dress-up. And doesn’t that love originate from playing with Barbies at a young age?

Mattel’s latest contraption, the Fashion Design Maker, is a series of softwares and printable fabrics that allow young girls and boys with an interest in design to create their very own personalized looks for Barbie. To celebrate the launch of at-home DIY doll fashion, Mattel asked the CFDA to commission five Barbie-loving designers to give the famous blond some new threads.

Debuting exclusively here on, Tess Giberson, Charlotte Ronson, Cynthia Vincent, Rebecca Taylor, and Whit’s Whitney Pozgay weigh in on the sketches they created for America’s most iconic doll.

(Additionally, Barbie now has her own style-focused Instagram account. Check it out on @BarbieStyle.)

—Todd Plummer

“Barbie was a rite of passage that was important to me, but also to my mother and young girls today. I loved that she represents the endless possibilities of adulthood but is also so much fun to dress. As a designer, I have always loved to mix prints, so it only makes sense to dress Barbie in Whit’s signature stripes and florals.”

“Barbie has always been an iconic fashion inspiration for young girls, introducing them to fun, playful designs. I wanted to create a dress that was indicative of what Barbie stands for: feminine, classic, and spirited.”

“I decided that working on the Barbie design would be a fun activity to do with my daughter, June. I was really inspired by the way that she was playing with the app—mixing and matching prints, remixing pieces.”

“Barbie has always been the root of my inspiration. I told my mother when I was 6 that I wanted to design clothes for my Barbies. I grew up, and so did my designs.”

“I grew up making outfits for my Barbies. And now with this collaboration, my Spring/Summer ’15 collection can be seen on Barbie. This collection was inspired by the girl who loves to daydream, and I think Barbie can relate. I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Barbie, Mattel, and the CFDA.”

Get Inked: 10 Models Show Off Their Tattoos

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:05

We all know models love tattoos. From Kate Moss’ Lucian Freud-drawn swallows on her lower back (which, by the way, are worth more than $1 million) to Cara Delevingne’s lion-baring index finger, it seems nearly every catwalk beauty is sporting ink these days. And while some may opt for temporary tats (check out Alessandra Ambrosio’s intricate henna design or Liya Kebede’s feathery wrist art, below), one thing is obvious: Body art is in. Here, see 10 of our favorite models’ ink.

—Hilary Shepherd

1. Cara Delevingne

2. Nadja Bender

3. Drake Burnette

4. Lexi Boling

5. Erika Linder

6. Gracie Carvalho

7. Catherine McNeil

8. Erin Wasson

9. Liya Kebede

10. Alessandra Ambrosio

Mary Katrantzou Liberates the Letter Sweater

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:26

Ahh, the letter sweater. A nostalgia-inducing garment associated with a simpler time when kiddos went steady, shared milkshakes at soda fountains, and did the Mashed Potato at sock hops. However, leave it to print master Mary Katrantzou to reinvent the concept via a range of psychedelic monogramed sweatshirts and T-shirts. In conjunction with the London-based designer’s Resort ’15 collection—which, worn by Taylor Swift at last weekend’s VMAs, conveyed its candy-colored fairy through typography as well as print—Katrantzou has stamped splashy pullovers with every letter of the alphabet. Each initial is, of course, rendered in vivid hues. Katrantzou devotees can preorder a jumper embellished with the letter of their choosing come Monday on, and the wares will arrive at their doorsteps just in time for the winter holidays. “The ‘Initial’ series of sweaters and T-shirts, the Mary Katrantzou A to Z, has been created to reflect the innate sense of spirit and confidence of the Mary Katrantzou woman,” Katrantzou told “The pieces are fun and whimsical. Taking vibrant color and a plethora of graphic imagery, a story for each letter has been built to create a new visual language, indicative of an expressive personality.” If the goal was “expressive personality,” we’d say Katrantzou nailed it. And the best part about these New Age letter looks? You can get one without having a jock boyfriend.

Mary Katrantzou’s initialed sweatshirts and T-shirts will be available for preorder beginning Monday, September 1. For more information, visit

—Katharine K. Zarrella Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou

Kendall on Yesterday’s Last-Name Buzz: “I Can’t Believe It’s Actually Becoming a Story”

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:31

When Kendall Jenner finally arrived at New York’s Lavo nightclub last night to celebrate her DuJour magazine spread, she had plenty to say regarding yesterday’s media buzz about dropping her famous last name.

“I can’t believe it’s actually becoming a story,” said Kendall, who turned out with her sister Kylie, who is also in the Bruce Weber-lensed DuJour editorial. (It’s worth noting that their sister Kim Kardashian was shot by Weber for the magazine’s Spring ’13 cover.) “I did it last season as well. I’m not sure why it’s just becoming a thing. It’s not as big of a deal as people are making it out to be.”

(Side note: While she was clearing the air, she also wanted to clarify another rumor. Kendall and Kylie are both single ladies. “We are really not dating anyone, but supposedly I’m dating, like, 15 other people, according to the press,” she said. “It’s really crazy!”)

After making her debut for Fall 2014 and then walking at Couture, Kendall’s busy prepping for what is sure to be a busy next few weeks, with New York fashion week getting under way on Tuesday. What’s her beauty secret? “Ugh, sleep,” she reported. “You’ve got to get your sleep. I’m just keeping it cool,” she said with the confidence of a seasoned catwalker. Now that she’s no longer the rookie on the runway, we asked her for advice for models making their debut this season. How does one go from a freshman to a star model so quickly? “Believe in yourself,” she told “I took risks and steps that most people wouldn’t have expected from me. Be unexpected and just do your thing.” —Kristin Tice Studeman

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Summer Fridays: Shelter Island With ACRIA’s Benjamin Bashein

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:16

Like the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

ACRIA, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, is one of the New York social scene’s favorite causes—its calendar of fundraisers and events throughout the year consistently turns out the creative set’s coolest do-gooders. (Case in point: ACRIA’s Cocktails at Sunset in Water Mill, New York, last month drew in the likes of Bob Colacello, Francisco Costa, and Suno’s Erin Beatty.) But it’s not just about a good party. ACRIA is committed to funding critical therapies and increasing HIV/AIDS literacy in disadvantaged communities around the world. At the helm of it all is executive director Benjamin Bashein, and when he isn’t busy throwing a great fete or charting the course for the organization’s critical work, here’s how he spends his Summer Fridays:

“There’s nothing better than waking up at the beach, so the best Summer Fridays really start on Thursday night. That’s when I drive out to Shelter Island with my husband and our dog, Harry.

“We’re typically up early on Friday morning to catch up on the NYT and drink coffee on the porch of our beautiful (albeit rented—and shared, no less) farmhouse. We’ll walk over to the Sylvester Manor farm stand and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the weekend, and then head into town for a stretch at Shelter Island Pilates. There’s nothing better than Pilates for a bad back.
On our way home, we’ll stop at Reddings for lunch and take it to go with us as we head to Shell Beach for the afternoon. It’s a quiet, sandy
 peninsula in Peconic Bay, perfect for a long afternoon in the sun. I get a lot of reading done there. 
At dusk, we’ll head home and grab Harry for a walk down to Hay Beach on Gardiners Bay. Once we make it home, the grill goes on or we head in to town for a bite at the bar of our favorite Shelter Island spot, Sweet Tomato’s. And then we’re in bed by 10…always.”

—Todd Plummer