Monday, June 30, 2008

Old School


I finally got a chance to see the BET Awards. I loved that Alicia Keys brought out SWV, En Vouge, and TLC. I can't believe I still remember every word to "Weak." At I was completed shocked by Maxwell's tribute performance to Al Green. Maybe he's coming out with another album. Overall, I think this was BET's best award show to date.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer Camp



I love these photos from Bruce Weber's shoot in the July issue of W.

Waterfalls


“New York City Waterfalls,” Olafur Eliasson’s $15.5 million quartet of temporary cascades dotting the New York Harbor, formally opened on Thursday morning with a ceremony at South Street Seaport and a publicity blitz by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Officials billed “Waterfalls” as the city’s grandest public art commission since Christo and Jeanne-Claude flooded Central Park with saffron-colored fabric panels for “The Gates” in 2005. (Via NYT)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rendez-Vous Interview with Urban Outfitters


Who is the quintessential Rendez-Vous girl? You've said she's a "modern mademoiselle"...
She is youthful, feminine, and sexy and has a great sense of style and is interested in expressing herself as an individual.

What were your inspirations for the pieces?
It's a city-inspired collection — stylish with a fresh essence of schoolgirl styling — made for a fresh, young and feminine urban girl.

Tell us how this collaboration came about.
Due to the success of Paul & Joe® Sister at Urban Outfitters in Europe, they contacted us to develop a line exclusively for Urban Outfitters in the United States. Being complementary to each other we create a great mix with the French Parisian touch and the fresh American appeal.

How did you choose the name Rendez-Vous for this line? Is it a nod to relationships, nightlife or... ?

It's a nod to what's most important in life — sharing. When you have a rendezvous, you want to look your best. Whether it's drinks with girlfriends, work, or a date, you're sharing your time and energy with people who are important to you, and your outfit reflects that.

How did you go about bringing the Paul & Joe Sister girl and the Urban Outfitters girl together for this line?
The two "mademoiselles" co-exist and even mélange and swap styles to create a unique way of dressing.

Anything new on the horizon that we should know about?

There's a special collaboration between Paul & Joe and Parisian couturier Pierre Cardin; and the launch of a Paul & Joe music compilation.

Do you have any favorite up-and-coming or new young designers?
Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy.

Do you have any advice for young designers?
Be open-minded and take chances. You never know where they might lead.

Fave things to do in Paris?
Shop at flea markets, organize brunches with my best friends at home, shop for vinyl and watches, work out at the gym at Hotel Costes, and mix music for parties with friends.

Who are you wearing now?
Paul & Joe, Hermés, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Pierre Cardin.

What's on your iPod right now?
Betty Davis, Anti Love Song
Aretha Franklin, Rock Steady
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, Tramp
David Bowie, Life on Mars
Jamiroquai, Tallulah
Curtis Mayfield & Loleatta Holloway,
Between You Baby and Me
Frankie Valli, Beggin'
Gladys Knight, Who Is She and
What Is She to You
Duffy, Stepping Stone
Willie Hutch, The Way We Were

(Via Urban Outfitters)

Wimbledon Style



Under Maria Sharapova’s kicky belted topper is a tuxedo tank and tap shorts. But at this year’s Wimbledon, Sharapova isn’t the only player attempting to reintroduce tailoring to tennis. Is it successful? You make the call.

Serena Williams is no stranger to a conversation-starting ensemble. About this one, she said: “It is ladylike and I am very ladylike… It is very movable, it is very light, it is delectable.” Perhaps not after a good warm-up, but we digress.

Federer has always put on the dog for Wimbledon. (Recall 2006’s eggshell Ralph Lauren blazer.) Matched with this sweater his slimmer-cut shorts topped with a tone-on-tone ecru-and-gold belt feel almost Fred Perry.

With all these car coats and fitted shorts, it feels like the “Ice Storm” has touched down on Center Court. Little wonder male athletes have been turning to Viagra. They’re using it to improve their play but it doesn’t hurt their profiles either. (Via NYT)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dance-mania



This summer I've been a little obsessed with the reality/competition dance shows, specifically So You Think You Can Dance (above) and America's Best Dance Crew. I've always loved to dance, so I'm thinking maybe I should take some classes, a little salsa, maybe some hip hop, and even ballet. I keep you updated.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Wishlist





From Oak. And I love the photography.

Graphic Decor



I love this quilt, "String Theory (in Red)" by Denyse Schmidt and monogramed pen cup from Superdeluxe.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quote of the Moment

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Meade

Friday, June 13, 2008

Enamored


Illustrator, Marian Bantjes worked on this edition of Pablo Neruda’s Love Poems with Rodrigo Corral, for the publisher, New Directions. Rodrigo is the designer for this lovely little pocket-sized edition, and I’m really enchanted with his choice of copper foil on pink for the artwork. Pretty!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Currently inspired...



by artist, Douglas Witmer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer Reading


I just finished Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri for my book club. It was one of those books that made me feel accomplished and intellectual. For fun I raced through The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Currently, I'm reading Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston which I saw on Oprah (enough said). I'm looking forward to reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder with my friend, Karen. Karen also mentioned that I should read Love Story by Erich Segal, so I'll put that on the list as well. Happy Reading.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Summa Summa Summa-time


To me this photo (there is speculation that the woman is Brazilian model Caroline Trentini) is the perfect example of summer. And I want that bike. (Via The Sartorialist)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Adele


A couple of weeks ago I downloaded music by Adele. Her brassy, soul stirring style has been compared to fellow British mates Amy Winehouse and the U.S. newcomer, Duffy. My favorite tracks on her album, 19, are Hometown Glory and Chasing Pavements.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

J'aime



Peter Lindbergh did nothing revolutionary in his shoot for the latest issue of Vogue Paris. And yet, as we all know, sometimes simple is simply better. Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Catherine McNeil and Doutzen Kroes - five of the hottest names of the modelling world right now - posed for the simple yet oh-so-sexy shoot, presented in black and white. (Via Fashionising)

And I love the cover! It's worth the $15.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Peace



I love these scarfs from A Peace Treaty.

You used to share clothes with your roommate. But a hostile ballet flat takeover meant a formal designation of borders (drawn by a third-party witness) and a changed statehood.

You two could benefit from A Peace Treaty, a new socially conscious label of global artifacts. Operating from the UWS, it’s based on a pact made by two smart ladies (a Pakistani Muslim and Libyan Jew) to raise global awareness.

The first collection focuses on gorgeous, hand-loomed scarves from Pakistan’s Punjab Province. Skilled workers employ ancient crafting techniques to produce small batches in brightly colored checks and plaids. (Next up: leather goods.)

A Peace Treaty plans to develop relationships throughout the Middle East, overseeing the process from design to consumption. Proceeds benefit organizations like Counterpart International, which brings medical supplies to Darfur.

That should impart a rare tone of civility to the trading of luxury goods.

Even, we dare say, across enemy lines. (Via Daily Candy)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It's That Time Again


Y'all know that one of my favorite things to do during the summer is the HBO film festival in Bryant Park. Click here for the 2008 summer schedule. See you there!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent, Fashion Icon, Dies at 71


Yves Saint Laurent, who exploded on the fashion scene in 1958 as the boy-wonder successor to Christian Dior and endured as one of the best-known and most influential couturiers of the second half of the 20th century, died on Sunday in Paris. He was 71. (Via NYT)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

SATC at No. 1


Like every girl in Manhattan, I saw the movie over the weekend with my girlfriends. It was more than I expected. One of my favorite moments was when Big opened the doors of Carrie's brand new walk-in closet built with carpeting and flattering lighting... the entire audience gasped. Boy, those SATC writers really do know what women want. Personally, I just wanted to see Carrie and her old apartment, which they did. And I wasn't crazy about Jennifer Hudson's character. I mean, who really moves to NYC in search of love? Seriously? Overall, I loved the movie. But it's sad to think that this is the last time I'll see those four amazing women who I've grown with over the years.