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Maman Mia!

Here we go again….


Down the street to a new little cafe called Maman.

Just when we thought we’d exhausted all of the usuals for lunch, bam! A super sweet spot opens. And French to boot. Emily and I passed by for a take-away lunch of avocado toast, butternut squash soup and potato salad – all pretty tasty. They may have also had some delicious treats like a chocolate chip cookie, which we were obliged to try while we were there.

Comfort, farm fresh food just in time for the winter!

Maman, 239 Centre Street (between Grand & Broome)


By brie

Matisse’s Cutouts

In honor of the new “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which opened October 12th, we’ve found some Fall/Winter 2014 looks that evoke some of the artist’s most famous works. The masterful combination of contrast, line and color that Matisse was able to create with scissors is no doubt something that fashion designers today strive for as they cut their garments.

Perhaps these images will inspire you so much that you’ll want to go at your clothes with a pair of scissors…

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“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City October 12, 2014 through February 8,2015 


By studio

Weekend Inspiration #195

At the home of Antoine and Gwen in Montmarte.

The Del Val #36

700 free movies. You’re guaranteed there will be something you’ve not seen. And if you start one and don’t like it, just drop it, it’s free!


A look into the workings of one of our favorite magazines in the world, and for which we’ve proclaimed our love before.

What will be the next hot thing in tech? Consult this 27-year-old.

Let these pieces be your inspiration to head out the door and see the world on your own!

Saying you’re a “creative director” today is as easy as labeling yourself a “curator”. Both are too often thrown around, but here a major retailer calls her their Director of Creative Projects, and in this case the title is valid.

Baby pandas being adorable. There is nothing else to say.

For all of us (which is nearly everyone) who use it everyday but don’t think twice about it (unless we’re complaining because of a poor connection): the internet is amazing! Seeing it physically might as well be like exploring space (again, to nearly every one of us.)

The State of the Book, the best from all 50 of them.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.?FR: La sélection de la semaine des meilleurs liens sur le web par Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #36

700 free movies. You’re guaranteed there will be something you’ve not seen. And if you start one and don’t like it, just drop it, it’s free!


A look into the workings of one of our favorite magazines in the world, and for which we’ve proclaimed our love before.

What will be the next hot thing in tech? Consult this 27-year-old.

Let these pieces be your inspiration to head out the door and see the world on your own!

Saying you’re a “creative director” today is as easy as labeling yourself a “curator”. Both are too often thrown around, but here a major retailer calls her their Director of Creative Projects, and in this case the title is valid.

Baby pandas being adorable. There is nothing else to say.

For all of us (which is nearly everyone) who use it everyday but don’t think twice about it (unless we’re complaining because of a poor connection): the internet is amazing! Seeing it physically might as well be like exploring space (again, to nearly every one of us.)

The State of the Book, the best from all 50 of them.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.?FR: La sélection de la semaine des meilleurs liens sur le web par Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

Eating Well

From a new restaurant to a new trendy food (I’m talking about you kale!), the way we eat is something that is a huge part of our everyday life. I was really excited to have the opportunity to spend some time with Melissa and Jasmin Hemsley, authors of the new cookbook (okay, it’s new for us in the US, it’s been in Europe longer!) The Art of Eating Well. Their message is simple: you should eat good food that makes you feel good. Their family business is to help people who want to live healthier and more energized lives. The recipes that they’ve developed in their book are just that, from a black bean brownie (seriously, it’s insanely good) to pastas made from vegetables, they present a fresh take on treating your body well. I tagged along while they shopped for groceries at the Union Square Farmer’s Market and made dinner for friends while in New York this fall and I learned a lot. So here it is, The Art of Eating Well!

Instagram vs. Real Life

Ummmm, hang on. Excuse me for just two seconds. I can’t talk now, I have to Instagram something. Oooook….there we go.

Send.

Ok, all set. It’s posted. Woooo, 10 likes! In two seconds!!! Heheheh. Oh sorry. I’m here. How’s it going? Are you on Instagram? How’s your Instagram life? Super cool, right?

The thing with Instagram, it’s the difference there is between our real life and the dream life we post. Ok so we’re all supposed to know it and take Instagram life with a grain of salt, but let’s be honest, we all forget.

We really think we can follow people’s life on Instagram. And then things happen like :


Friend : “Oh, sorry – I didn’t reach out too much these past week, I saw on Instagram you were busy travelling and very happy.”
Or things like : “Oh my gooood, you had the best summer didn’t you!”

Me: “Huh? What are you talking about? I mean, I went through a break up, I moved, it was kind of a mess there for a minute. Ohhh, you mean my INSTAGRAM? Well, yeah – it’s my Instagram account!!! Don’t judge me by my Instagram!!! I had a summer that was sometimes amazing, sometimes boring, sometimes awful. Just like everyone else. And four nice photos of Greece (Okay I have to admit, one pretty amazing week) don’t make my whole summer amazing.

But at the same time, I totally jump to conclusions too. One of my friends spent three weeks posting lovey selfies with her new guy, and I said:

Me: “Oh honeeeey!!! I’m so happy for you! You met the love of your life! He’s so cute with his beard!”
My friend: “The guy with the beard? That asshole? No, no – it’s over now. Good riddance! But since you can’t really make a break up announcement on Instagram (unless you post some inexplicable quote that only three people will understand, like “All ends are beginnings” “Love is never enough” “Singles do it better”) everyone thinks I’m still with him.
But no worries – two weeks without cheesy love selfies and everyone will have forgotten.”

So there you go. That will teach us to only post the happy photos, right?

But have you ever tried posting a photo of something normal, or even a little depressing?
Oh la la, total disaster, unfollowing festival, disappearance from the planet of likes.

Even in friendship, Instagram can create complicated interferences. Like :

Friend : “Hey so you’re spending your life with *insert name of new friend* !!!”
Me : “What? No I’ve seen her twice! Okay maybe three times but totally randomly.”
Friend : “Ah yeah? Well you certainly spend your life on her Instagram account, look.”
Me : “What why do you follow her. Ooooh what shit, I hadn’t seen that, also looks like I’m (Okay I was) completely drunk!”

Ok, fine, I’m exaggerating. It really depends what you’re looking for with your Instagram account. There are still normal people out there (= old people, from before the selfie generation and the age of narcissism) who just want to stay connected with their friends.
There are even people with private accounts!!! I even know a few of them! They exist.
My twisted brain thinks it’s because they’re too pretentious to join the race for likes. But the nice part of my brain says they’re totally right to do that.

I’m surprised it’s even an option anymore, actually – a “private profile”, such an old world concept.

So other than those rare creatures with private accounts, we know the story.
The more followers you have, the more validated you feel. The more followers you have, the easier it is to use Instagram for work. So you end up in situations like :

Friend: “Merde, I have to work tonight!! I’m being paid to Instagram this party for *insert brand name* and there’s nothing to Instagram. No celebrities, nothing – not a single thing worth taking photos of. It’s dark, everyone is bored, no one is dancing except for that it-girl from 2006 and if I post her they’ll probably fire me. You wouldn’t want to take a selfie with me, would you, Garance?”
Me: “Oh come on really? Fine, ok.”
Friend: “Ok, but wait, you have to at least look like you’re having fun!!!”
Me: “Ok. Woooooh!”

Or things like :

PR : “Too bad you couldn’t come to our party the other evening but I saw you still had fun on the tables of the Boom Boom Room! It’s wonderful that you weren’t sick after all!!! Good for you, good for you!”
Me : “…”

Yeah.

So here’s the thing. Between Instagram and real life, I say, always pick real life.
Just know – Instagram always wins in the end.

 

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Cecile Cassel

Cécile Cassel is the kind of rock-star cool you dream to be in your french dreams – but just where you would expect some moody parisian songs, her super bouncy energy, her died blonde hair and her bold voice make her really stand out of the crowd.

She has a totally awesome band called HollySiz, its sort of mature electro pop with a rock influence.

Workplace Etiquette

Do you work in an office building?


There’s this funny thing about working in a communal atmosphere that makes you think twice about how you should go about doing day to day activities . Like :

1. Do you stop talking in the elevator? or continue your conversation (no matter how private)?
A. At the studio we never stop talking, no matter who comes in the elevator. BUT, half the industry is in the building so I suppose we should be more careful.

2. What do you do when you go into the bathroom and both stalls are occupied? Awkwardly wait or just as awkwardly leave and let the attendees hear the door shut?
A. I generally do the latter and leave and even more awkwardly stalk the bathroom from the office to see if someone left.

3. Are we supposed to say hello to everyone in the building?
A. Yes, of course, that’s nice isn’t it?!

4. Is it ok to brush your teeth in the bathroom?
A. I say no. Too personal, I barely know which office you came from.

5. Can you flirt with someone who works in the building? Like if there’s a really cute guy from the Saturday’s floor can you just go up there…
A. Not sure on this one, but the elevator opens up right to their office so pretty easy to walk right in. Just saying…

6. Should you reach over everyone to hit your floor in the elevator or just ask generally and hope someone pushes it?
A. I always get in first so I tend to hit my own button :)

7. When there’s a huge queue at the elevator terminals, should you bum rush into the first one that opens (even though you’re the one who was running late and technically the last one there)?
A. Be polite. Wait it out, the remaining people are probably less stressed and therefore a nicer elevator ride.

Ok so that’s just a few things, what do you think twice about in the workplace?


By brie

Workplace Etiquette

Do you work in an office building?


There’s this funny thing about working in a communal atmosphere that makes you think twice about how you should go about doing day to day activities . Like :

1. Do you stop talking in the elevator? or continue your conversation (no matter how private)?
A. At the studio we never stop talking, no matter who comes in the elevator. BUT, half the industry is in the building so I suppose we should be more careful.

2. What do you do when you go into the bathroom and both stalls are occupied? Awkwardly wait or just as awkwardly leave and let the attendees hear the door shut?
A. I generally do the latter and leave and even more awkwardly stalk the bathroom from the office to see if someone left.

3. Are we supposed to say hello to everyone in the building?
A. Yes, of course, that’s nice isn’t it?!

4. Is it ok to brush your teeth in the bathroom?
A. I say no. Too personal, I barely know which office you came from.

5. Can you flirt with someone who works in the building? Like if there’s a really cute guy from the Saturday’s floor can you just go up there…
A. Not sure on this one, but the elevator opens up right to their office so pretty easy to walk right in. Just saying…

6. Should you reach over everyone to hit your floor in the elevator or just ask generally and hope someone pushes it?
A. I always get in first so I tend to hit my own button :)

7. When there’s a huge queue at the elevator terminals, should you bum rush into the first one that opens (even though you’re the one who was running late and technically the last one there)?
A. Be polite. Wait it out, the remaining people are probably less stressed and therefore a nicer elevator ride.

Ok so that’s just a few things, what do you think twice about in the workplace?


By brie

Sweater Weather

Its finally sweater weather and I couldn’t be more excited.

Find more shopping ideas on my Pinterest!


By admin

Sweater Weather

Its finally sweater weather and I couldn’t be more excited.

Find more shopping ideas on my Pinterest!


By admin

The Del Val #35

The clock stops for no one and here are 25 women on its effects upon them.

You’ll want to enter this pink room and bathe in its glow.

Here’s a good-looking new site, make sure to visit its different sections to fully enjoy. We especially like The Look.

Everyone knows assistants do much of the work, but rarely get the credit…until now.

We like the way Yasiin Bey does his things. A lot to be said for that today.

The main reason is because we love the design of the album covers, but if you have adventurous taste in music and sounds, stay and listen to some of the samples.

Graphic designer Herb Lubalin was a breath of fresh air in 1961 for a staid US magazine, and proved to be too fresh. If you don’t know his work, you simply must!

Speaking of people who made a page look better, Saul Steinberg made every one his work was printed on brighter.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #35

The clock stops for no one and here are 25 women on its effects upon them.

You’ll want to enter this pink room and bathe in its glow.

Here’s a good-looking new site, make sure to visit its different sections to fully enjoy. We especially like The Look.

Everyone knows assistants do much of the work, but rarely get the credit…until now.

We like the way Yasiin Bey does his things. A lot to be said for that today.

The main reason is because we love the design of the album covers, but if you have adventurous taste in music and sounds, stay and listen to some of the samples.

Graphic designer Herb Lubalin was a breath of fresh air in 1961 for a staid US magazine, and proved to be too fresh. If you don’t know his work, you simply must!

Speaking of people who made a page look better, Saul Steinberg made every one his work was printed on brighter.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Hey Mickey

Rock n’ Roll

There aren’t a ton of rock photos from the 70s so chances are that most of the ones you know are by Mick Rock.

His images have transcended time and generations. I only know that one Givenchy blazer was based on a jacket David Bowie wore in 1973 because of Mick’s photo, you know, this one.

I had the chance to take a tour of his new exhibition with the man himself before it opens in New York where he told us the stories behind a few of the images.

“He wanted a bit of that Mick Jagger notoriety” – on Rod Stewart wanting the images published from a rowdy night Mick Rock captured. Rock’s response “No, I’ll keep them for 80 years …”

Mick Rock

On Iggy Pop and the back bend: “That’s about the most rock and roll picture. He couldn’t do that now.”

Mick Rock Iggy Pop

On David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed: “I used to call this one the terrible trio – but now I call it the unholy truth.”

Mick Rock Bowie Iggy Pop Lou Reed

You can almost imagine being there. And the truth is, nobody else was there to take those photos, if Mick hadn’t gotten them they wouldn’t exist. Thanks Mick for transporting us to a time when musicians styled themselves and selfie’s didn’t exist.

‘EXPOSED’ , Mick Rock at Sumo Gallery, On now through October 19th | Tues-Sun | 11am-7pm. 37 Walker St, New York, NY 10013


By brie

Hey Mickey

Rock n’ Roll

There aren’t a ton of rock photos from the 70s so chances are that most of the ones you know are by Mick Rock.

His images have transcended time and generations. I only know that one Givenchy blazer was based on a jacket David Bowie wore in 1973 because of Mick’s photo, you know, this one.

I had the chance to take a tour of his new exhibition with the man himself before it opens in New York where he told us the stories behind a few of the images.

“He wanted a bit of that Mick Jagger notoriety” – on Rod Stewart wanting the images published from a rowdy night Mick Rock captured. Rock’s response “No, I’ll keep them for 80 years …”

Mick Rock

On Iggy Pop and the back bend: “That’s about the most rock and roll picture. He couldn’t do that now.”

Mick Rock Iggy Pop

On David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed: “I used to call this one the terrible trio – but now I call it the unholy truth.”

Mick Rock Bowie Iggy Pop Lou Reed

You can almost imagine being there. And the truth is, nobody else was there to take those photos, if Mick hadn’t gotten them they wouldn’t exist. Thanks Mick for transporting us to a time when musicians styled themselves and selfie’s didn’t exist.

‘EXPOSED’ , Mick Rock at Sumo Gallery, On now through October 19th | Tues-Sun | 11am-7pm. 37 Walker St, New York, NY 10013


By brie

La Perfection

In New York, the city of perfection, you always have this chronic feeling of being a little bit out of it in the back of your mind: honestly – like, you’re doing ok, but you could do better.

No big deal, as long as you decide that it’s not your goal in life to be perfect. But you’d almost have to make yourself a tee-shirt that says “I don’t care about perfect” (or “Fuck Perfect” if you’re Cara Delevingne) to get people to leave you in peace with your averageness.

Because here, and, um, in fashion in particular, the cult of perfection is really tough, even though we all love “Girls”!!! (It’s so nice to see normal people!!!)(On TV!!!)

So here’s what I want to talk to you about today – after almost five years of carrying out sociological studies in New York, it seems to me that the pursuit of perfection has its roots in the search for…

The perfect man.

Being in a couple in New York is a serious thing. So. Serious.
Like, you better not mess up.

It’s like some kind of extreme casting call – Survivor style (the last person who can keep their balance standing on a buoy in the middle of an ocean of failed love stories wins). It’s a type of dating* where everything about the guy is a test – from the places he likes to go (“He took me to eat a BURGER! Can you imagine? MEAT??!! I’ll NEVER reply to his text messages again, do you hear me!?”) to all his different skills (sexual, professional, Does He Wear a Pair of Common Projects Like He Should) and you can test him to your heart’s content without actually having to commit to a relationship (for French people who understand nothing about this subject, see the box at the end of the article)(ok, fine, we can’t do boxes on the blog yet, even with our awesome new format. Next version, there will be boxes, I promise).

Marriage is such an institution here. It’s kind of like the sign that a person “Wins at Life”.

Let’s not even talk about how wedding ceremonies here are the culmination of years of fantasizing and social pressure (as you can see in the 75463523 romantic comedies about marriages that always end well), let’s just focus on the myth of the perfect man.

Who is the perfect man?

Well, you can’t trust American movies where the woman (who is adorable, beautiful, stylish, funny, and has a good job) ends up with the nerd (who is slightly chubby, and a little weird, but so funny and irresistible!!!) – those movies were made precisely by the nerdy guys. I think it’s safe to say it skews the story a little bit.

That’s not how it works in real life. Oops, I mean, in New York.

In New York, to be perfect, a guy has to have a really great job (first criteria), has to be relatively attractive (but mainly just the great job)(stable, well paid, respectable), has to be relatively not too much of a jerk and… well that’s about it actually.
Pffff, it’s easy to be the perfect man in New York.

What’s not so easy is being the perfect girl. There’s a big imbalance. Because what is the perfect man looking for? The perfect woman. Yep, of course, why not? There are loads of perfect girls in New York, apparently like five times more than there are guys.
So let’s see who our perfect woman is. Here we go.

Ok, first of all, let’s talk a little bit about the perfect New York girl’s body.
We’ve talked about this before (actually we talk about it all the time): New York girls are thin and muscular, and anyone who doesn’t have that “perfect” body is seen as the really nice friend who isn’t really part of the game (I happen to think those are the girls who are winning at life, but once again, that’s just my personal point of view as a girl who’s a little off in her own world).

I don’t know if that’s what the New York guy looking for the perfect woman actually wants deep down, but in doubt, I’m going to assume he must tell himself that’s part of the package and plus, socially, it’s just the body you’re supposed to have.

So, body wise, I want to give a little shout out to my friends who are truly thin, they exist, LIKE BRIE WHO EATS COOKIES ALL DAY LONG (and healthy things too) but apart from those rare AND annoying girls, you end up with skinny, muscular girls who are kind of obsessed with whatever non-food they’re not going to eat next time they won’t be at all hungry (I mean, right this second!)

Not to mention all the hours spent at the gym, on top of it all. You have to work to be perfect. And say you love it, too. We’ll come back to that later.

You also have to have the perfect job, and that, kids, is not easy.

I was talking to a friend of mine who works in PR (it’s a great job, actually, when you think about it) (You can get into the cool parties!!!) and she was telling me that the guy she was dating was dating another girl at the same time (I warned you!) who had a dream job, something to do with traveling (so much better than getting into cool parties – you can fly off on cool trips for free!!!) (with free massages included!)
The problem is that the same guy was also dating (I know what you’re going to ask, and no, I have no idea what the limit is on how many people you can be dating at one time) a model, which pretty much tops all the cool jobs, even if there’s no real benefit to dating someone who is a model other than the fact that you can say “my girlfriend is a model”.

Ah yeah but give them a break, it must feel pretty good.

You have to have a dream job and in a city of dreams, it’s not easy.

So it’s kind of the battle of the dream jobs. And even if what you really want deep down is just to be plopped down at your computer procrastinating at a job that doesn’t stress you out too much (there must be people who want that, right? so what?)(I totally root for them) well – you feel dumb on a date.

Other thing to be perfect, you have to have a group of perfectly edited friends.

You have to have your BFF, of course. The BFF of the moment (the one you want to be seen with at parties)(ok, I know, I’m being cynical. But this whole post is cynical, so don’t pretend like it bothers you, and plus I’m French, cynicism is our religion!!!)(I tricked you with a super romantic illustration and here we are killing any hope of romantic encounters) the group of lawyer friends or friends in finance for the day when you need investors (and apparently they’re good contacts for finding a husband), the group of happy artist friends who like to party (nice but a little loud), the group of power friends (CEOs, EICs), the famous friend (if you live in New York and you don’t know anyone famous, you don’t live in New York), and finally, of course, the gay friend, how could I forget?

A network like that takes years to create, but you must persevere! Perseverance is a sign that you’re a perfect girl who never gives up (and, oh the horror!!! gains 10 pounds after three months of marriage!!!)

Ok, so all of that is just the basics.
Like the ABCs of perfection.
And then there are all the extra options to choose…

But difference does it make when you know that the competition is so intense!!!
(if you want to know just how intense the competition is, please see the box that’s not in a box at the end of the article)

In order of importance.

1/ Have a great apartment. Ok, it depends on your age, but a great apartment counts. It has to have a doorman (who knows why, but having a doorman is a real sign of social success in New York)(I don’t have a doorman, I’m so screwed) Or even better – a rooftop!

2/ … In the right neighborhood!!!
Ok, if the apartment in question is in Harlem (even if we all agree, Harlem is THE up and coming neighborhood!!) it’s not as good as if it’s in the West Village, right.

3/ Have amazing clothes!
Yep, in New York life, you’d better have fashion connections. So you can wear all the clothes you can’t afford to buy yourself, like Carrie Bradshaw (now I finally understand how she was able to wear all those amazing clothes on a journalist’s salary! She had friends in PR how ignorant can a Garance be!!!)

4/ Be ‘in the know’. Know all the good restaurants. Know the owner of the restaurant so you can snag a table at the last minute. Get into a club in the blink of an eye. A huge plus, you have to admit.

Yeah.
It’s a lot.
Of things to do.
And you can’t just do them. You have to do them perfectly, if possible.

And you have to make it look totally natural.

That’s the fifth pillar of perfection, and it’s the one that drives me the most crazy making a fuss in my little innocent French brain. You have to do all of that, and on top of it all, pretend like you’re cool with it.

But you can’t be good at everything in a city as stressful as New York AND be relaxed about it all. To reach that degree of perfection, there’s some part of you that has to be a control freak. But since no one likes a control freak, you say things like:

“I love burgers!!! They’re my favorite thing!”
“I’m such a party girl!!!”
“I love beer!”
“This apartment? Nah, I decorated it myself little by little, with my best friend” (best friend = my decorator)
“I’m real, you know, friendship is a deep thing for me”

So there you have it. It took me almost five years to decode, but now I’ve finally understood – nobody perfect is cool and nobody cool is perfect.

* A little note on dating here. It doesn’t quite mean the same thing in French (or anywhere else in the world)

It’s so simple in France. No, seriously. You meet a guy, you get along with him, you don’t ask too many questions. Is he The One or not The One? Who cares. Life will tell you. In the meantime, “Are you coming to my place tonight???” We’re SO innocent!!!

In the US, you date, and it’s super hard to explain – I was even trying to explain it to Emmanuelle Alt (= fashion credibility insert) the other day and she was shouting “No way! WHAT?! I can’t believe it!!!” But yes, it’s true. Here, let me try to explain here:

A “date” is a guy you “see”. It means you plan evenings together or days together, you learn about each other. It may mean that you kiss, or not. You may sleep with the guy the first night, or not until weeks later.

But dating doesn’t mean you are “with” him. You’re not his girlfriend, he’s not your boyfriend. He’s just a guy you’re dating, and it’s perfectly possible that he’s dating other girls. And you totally have the right to date other guys, he wouldn’t have anything to say about it.

When I make big eyes at people when they tell me this, they always say “But it makes sense!!! How else would you know which person is the best for you?”

Pfff. So now I have to talk to you about the idea of “the best person” but I’ll do that next time, it’s like deep, deep deep subject, you know.

But come on, LIFE IS NOT A JOB, MY DEAR NEW YORK FRIENDS.

Ok, so apparently, there comes a time when you have “the conversation” otherwise known as DTR, “Define The Relationship”. Like, if you really love each other and all the other guys you’ve tested out don’t measure up, you might decide to become “exclusive”.

In other words, (if I understand this correctly, there are still a lot of nuances I don’t get) you become boyfriend and girlfriend.

Yeah, it’s bizarre. Or not. I’m not sure.

Is competition tough in New York?

So apparently, according to my friend Joyann, there is one guy for every four girls in New York, which explains the number of single and fabulous girls and the number of guys who are not single and not fabulous at all and still get so much heat in girls salons.

I think these kinds of numbers are only here to increase the poor New York woman’s anxiety levels and paralyze the hell out her into spending three more hours on a treadmill, so I say, fuck statistics.

We might as well just all go move to Ohio. Erik is from there, so it can’t be too bad.

A little note on French Love explained to Americans, because they are just as surprised when we talk to them about the way we fall in love.

For us French people – we meet someone. It might be a friend you’ve had for a long time, or someone you’ve just met in a bar. Suddenly, it clicks. You talk for hours. You kiss. You might sleep together, if you want to. Anyway, you don’t make a big deal of it.

The next day, if the guy (or the girl) is still there and you’ve made them a coffee, BOOM. It’s done.

You’re boyfriend and girlfriend! Whoo, just as simple as that. And no need to go looking elsewhere. You don’t try out the merchandise in France.

You like someone, and you go for it, right away.

Maybe that’s where we get our super romantic reputation from.
And why people are so fascinated by our non-fascination for perfection. Who knows ?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

At the Canal

There are a few things I miss from Paris – one of them is the beautiful atmosphere around the apéritif.

No one in New York has been able to reproduce the carefree atmosphere that reigns around apéritif time in Paris cafés, and even less the free flow of the end of the day around some of Paris’ most famous places…

The Del Val #34

You have a device to read e-books on, right? You like beautiful art books produced by one of the world’s great galleries, right? You like free things, right? Look here If you answered yes to #1 and to either #2 or #3.

Want more for free? How about Inez & Vinoodh and Penny Martin next Wednesday talking about 90s fashion magazines.

You’re addicted to binge-watching and sometimes regret not ever getting that time back spent glued to your screen? Here’s some help.

Steve Jobs had his uniform and Jony Ive has his. Must be an Apple thing.

Ooh we can not wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. The trailer is doing it for us.

These sunglasses don’t lie.

If you’ve not seen the views from the apartment of this American Apparel Creative Director, you’re probably going to be very jealous.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #34

You have a device to read e-books on, right? You like beautiful art books produced by one of the world’s great galleries, right? You like free things, right? Look here If you answered yes to #1 and to either #2 or #3.

Want more for free? How about Inez & Vinoodh and Penny Martin next Wednesday talking about 90s fashion magazines.

You’re addicted to binge-watching and sometimes regret not ever getting that time back spent glued to your screen? Here’s some help.

Steve Jobs had his uniform and Jony Ive has his. Must be an Apple thing.

Ooh we can not wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. The trailer is doing it for us.

These sunglasses don’t lie.

If you’ve not seen the views from the apartment of this American Apparel Creative Director, you’re probably going to be very jealous.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #34

You have a device to read e-books on, right? You like beautiful art books produced by one of the world’s great galleries, right? You like free things, right? Look here If you answered yes to #1 and to either #2 or #3.

Want more for free? How about Inez & Vinoodh and Penny Martin next Wednesday talking about 90s fashion magazines.

You’re addicted to binge-watching and sometimes regret not ever getting that time back spent glued to your screen? Here’s some help.

Steve Jobs had his uniform and Jony Ive has his. Must be an Apple thing.

Ooh we can not wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. The trailer is doing it for us.

These sunglasses don’t lie.

If you’ve not seen the views from the apartment of this American Apparel Creative Director, you’re probably going to be very jealous.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Lolita / Paris

It’s been a while since our last Paris City Guide and for this one I thought Lolita would be perfect! I always ask her about the cool new spots when I come to visit and she never disappoints! So, here is Lolita’s Paris!

What are three words that define Paris?
Electric, character and grey.

What makes someone a Parisienne?
A girl who doesn’t brush her hair and is polite enough to get her way.

How do you get around the city? Metro, bike, walk, scooter?
I love the bus! I know all bus lines… it’s scary.

Any secrets to navigating the Paris streets?
If your not a native to Paris, I’d suggest an iPhone

What is your favorite arrondissement and why?
The 6th, Rive Gauche always, because it’s the most refined.

What hotel do you recommend to visiting friends?
Hotel l’Hotel on rue des Beaux arts or Relais Christine on rue Christine, both in the 6th.

The best place for…

A café: Telescope, rue Villedo, 75002

A baguette: Any boulangerie that has hot baguette just out of the oven. Boulangerie Carton, rue de Buci.

A glass of champagne: I prefer a glass of cold wine but I’d say Cafe de Flore or La Palette.

What is one restaurant you must eat at while in Paris?
Ferdi on rue du Mont-Thabor in the 1st, Le Dauphin on Avenue Parmentier in the 11th or Chez George, rue du Mail in the 2nd.

What’s the best thing you can get at Picard?
I havent been in a while, but I remember their fondant au chocolat like it was yesterday!

Where do you like to go out with friends?
I like an apartment party otherwise any club where my friend Clara 3000 is DJing.

I have to ask, because of a bit of a Studio obsession with French hair, where do you get yours done?
I get mine done at David Mallet, rue Notre Dame des Victoires. It is the best! My color is done by the wonderful Louis, supervised by genius, Remi.

Do you have a favorite spa? What do you get done there?
My favorite spa is Maison Popincourt on rue de Verneuil for the Iyashi Dome, a Japanese sauna.

Where is the best place to get a manicure?
Le Bon Marche at the OPI corner.

Where do you go to get in a good work out?
I’ve started boxing recently but otherwise aqua biking at Maison Popincourt.

What are some of your favorite places to shop?
Le Bon Marche and Chez Moi.

Where can you find the best vintage? (And by best vintage, we mean all the Birkins…)
Les 3 Marches, rue Guisarde in the 6th or the flea market of Saint Ouen.

The best park to spend an afternoon in?
Jardin du Luxembourg.

Is it ever okay to wear a beret in Paris?
Unless its worn ironically, then non, merci.

What is one souvenir to bring back from Paris?
Saucisson.

Pharmacie must haves?
1. Créaline Bioderma
2. Doliprane, for headaches.
3. Magnesium Vials by Oligosol for energy.
4. Botot tooth paste

The best view of the Tour Eiffel?
Trocadero I’d say, even if I hardly ever go.

One thing you can do when visiting Paris to look like a Parisian and not a tourist?
No backpacks, no deliberate comfortable clothing, no socks with sneakers, no map and make an effort to speak French.

Okay, now some really hard questions…

Left Bank or Right Bank? Left
Louvre or d’Orsay? Louvre
Croque Madame or Croque Monsieur? Madame
Coco or Karl? Karl
Macaron or Chouquette? Chouquette
Monoprix or Monoprix? Monoprix or la Grande Epicerie, obviously.

Click here for more city guides.

Le Boot Café

The other day between shows we bumped into Laura grabbing a coffee at Le Boot Cafe in the 3e.

Playlist: From the Runway #2

The Paris Fashion Week Edition!

Coming to you straight from Brie’s Shazam app! It’s totally fine if you start practicing your runway walk to this, we won’t tell…

Tracklist:
Julien David
Étude Op. 25, No. 4 in A minor, Frédéric Chopin

Chloé
Strangers, Portishead

Chanel
It’s Alright, Pet Shop Boys
Schattenkraft, Mike Väth
I’m Not Scared, Pet Shop Boys

Maison Martin Margiela
Sweet Harmony, The Beloved
La Haine, Cut Killer

Carven
Walking Backwards, Leagues
Sea Within A Sea, The Horrors
Ankle Injuries, Fujiya & Miyagi

Kenzo
F for You, Disclosure
Juno Jam, Genius of Time

Dior
Loss (Regis Version), Ike Yard

Anthony Vacarello
Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix), Caribou

Valentino
Body Double, Pino Donaggio


By studio

Playlist: From the Runway #2

The Paris Fashion Week Edition!

Coming to you straight from Brie’s Shazam app! It’s totally fine if you start practicing your runway walk to this, we won’t tell…

Tracklist:
Julien David
Étude Op. 25, No. 4 in A minor, Frédéric Chopin

Chloé
Strangers, Portishead

Chanel
It’s Alright, Pet Shop Boys
Schattenkraft, Mike Väth
I’m Not Scared, Pet Shop Boys

Maison Martin Margiela
Sweet Harmony, The Beloved
La Haine, Cut Killer

Carven
Walking Backwards, Leagues
Sea Within A Sea, The Horrors
Ankle Injuries, Fujiya & Miyagi

Kenzo
F for You, Disclosure
Juno Jam, Genius of Time

Dior
Loss (Regis Version), Ike Yard

Anthony Vacarello
Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix), Caribou

Valentino
Body Double, Pino Donaggio


By studio

The Fashion Watch

This will make you really want an Apple Watch.

I’m not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest tech accessory (I have an iPhone 5C, which I call my “Fisher-Price phone” and I have no plans of ditching it any time soon) but if these imagined Apple Watch designs were to ever become a reality, I would be the first person waiting in line (which means, I would need to get in line now, right?).

I’m torn between the Chanel and the Vuitton. Come on Apple, make these happen!

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Finz Lo was commissioned by High Snobiety to create these illustrations of high fashion versions of the Apple Watch.


By alex

The Fashion Watch

This will make you really want an Apple Watch.

I’m not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest tech accessory (I have an iPhone 5C, which I call my “Fisher-Price phone” and I have no plans of ditching it any time soon) but if these imagined Apple Watch designs were to ever become a reality, I would be the first person waiting in line (which means, I would need to get in line now, right?).

I’m torn between the Chanel and the Vuitton. Come on Apple, make these happen!

finz-lo-watch_awang1

finz-lo-watch_givenchy

finz-lo-watch_lv

finz-lo-watch_mmm

Finz Lo was commissioned by High Snobiety to create these illustrations of high fashion versions of the Apple Watch.


By alex

City Greys

Taking inspiration from the city (Paris of course!)…

…and shopping for soft greys this weekend. See more on my Pinterest!


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City Greys

Taking inspiration from the city (Paris of course!)…

…and shopping for soft greys this weekend. See more on my Pinterest!


By admin

The Del Val #33

Do your closet, the environment, and yourself some good in one simple action.

They’ll never stop coming and they’re largely taken for granted, but obituaries don’t write themselves. She has produced over 1200 of them and one is never like another.

This man travels. A lot. When he provides travel advice, you take heed.

“Oh, you’re a celebrity? PLEASE share some of your spotlight with me on social media. Pretty please?”

Admittedly neither of us has been into toys, sorry, collectible figures, since we were children, but wow, have advancements been made in creating likenesses to film characters and props!

For a long time we’ve been meaning to say how much we like the design and cultural references these three routinely make “In the Air” for T magazine. Go through the archive and you’re sure to see something that delights your eye.

“Nowadays, if you don’t have a tattoo, people think you’re square.” Those who don’t blindly follow the pack today know it’s just the opposite, but still, an interesting look at culture right this very minute.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #33

Do your closet, the environment, and yourself some good in one simple action.

They’ll never stop coming and they’re largely taken for granted, but obituaries don’t write themselves. She has produced over 1200 of them and one is never like another.

This man travels. A lot. When he provides travel advice, you take heed.

“Oh, you’re a celebrity? PLEASE share some of your spotlight with me on social media. Pretty please?”

Admittedly neither of us has been into toys, sorry, collectible figures, since we were children, but wow, have advancements been made in creating likenesses to film characters and props!

For a long time we’ve been meaning to say how much we like the design and cultural references these three routinely make “In the Air” for T magazine. Go through the archive and you’re sure to see something that delights your eye.

“Nowadays, if you don’t have a tattoo, people think you’re square.” Those who don’t blindly follow the pack today know it’s just the opposite, but still, an interesting look at culture right this very minute.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Flower Market, Part 2

As promised!! A few more photos from the beautiful Marni pop-up!

The Flower Market, Part 1

At the end of Milan Fashion Week, Marni hosted a one day pop-up flower market at Rotonda della Besana in honor of their 20th anniversary…

My Carry-On

Ahhhh my carry-on…

I already told you I was able to minimize my packing for this fashion week, but my carry-on is the same every season. It’s the most important bag I pack every trip, because inside I have my camera, my computer, and all of the essentials for getting me through a long flight…. So, here are a few of them!

Eye mask: So I can get a little bit of rest– this one is extra comfy on the eyes!

Headphones: They are noise cancelling, so when I am sleeping (or watching a movie) it’s perfect.

Cashmere scarf & socks: I always get SO cold on planes (which I hate) so I always pack a big cozy wrap. And a pair of socks to go with it!

Beauty products: I try to keep this pretty minimal. In here I keep some lipbalm, face lotion, hand cream, an eye serum, hand sanitizer and a red lipstick for when I get to my destination.

A snack: Sometimes that airplane food is well…not the best… so I try to have a healthy snack with me (okay and I also bring some chocolate…)

What are some of your carry-on essentials?

Suitcase, Rimowa; Eye mask, Muji; Scarf and socks, White + Warren; Pouch, Comme de Garçons; Passport cover, Smythson; Headphones, Monster; Avène Eau Thermale; Face Lotion, Kahina Giving Beauty; All About Eyes Serum, Clinique.


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My Carry-On

Ahhhh my carry-on…

I already told you I was able to minimize my packing for this fashion week, but my carry-on is the same every season. It’s the most important bag I pack every trip, because inside I have my camera, my computer, and all of the essentials for getting me through a long flight…. So, here are a few of them!

Eye mask: So I can get a little bit of rest– this one is extra comfy on the eyes!

Headphones: They are noise cancelling, so when I am sleeping (or watching a movie) it’s perfect.

Cashmere scarf & socks: I always get SO cold on planes (which I hate) so I always pack a big cozy wrap. And a pair of socks to go with it!

Beauty products: I try to keep this pretty minimal. In here I keep some lipbalm, face lotion, hand cream, an eye serum, hand sanitizer and a red lipstick for when I get to my destination.

A snack: Sometimes that airplane food is well…not the best… so I try to have a healthy snack with me (okay and I also bring some chocolate…)

What are some of your carry-on essentials?

Suitcase, Rimowa; Eye mask, Muji; Scarf and socks, White + Warren; Pouch, Comme de Garçons; Passport cover, Smythson; Headphones, Monster; Avène Eau Thermale; Face Lotion, Kahina Giving Beauty; All About Eyes Serum, Clinique.


By admin

A Day With Lisa

This fashion week, we thought it would be fun to follow a some of our favorite people around to see what fashion week looks like through their eyes (you already know what it’s like for us!)– so here is Lisa, she is a buyer for Opening Ceremony here in New York. Here is what her fashion week looks like…

Tell us how you start your days during fashion week? Coffee? Tea? A favorite spot?

I start my days with a few emails before heading to The Smile To Go [Editor's Note: This is right around the corner from our office too, and we go all the time...] for coffee. It’s across the street from the store, and most days I’ll walk through the store to check on the new season deliveries before heading out to appointments and shows.

How do you plan your day with all the shows and buying appointments?

We have to ensure we have a well thought out schedule and have appointments next to each other rather than heading in too many different directions. During market it can get crazy with our appointments, as well as attending the shows for our current brands and the new brands on our radar, but I work within a great team and we divide and conquer.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality.

How do you make a selection for your buy? What are you looking for? Are there certain colors for next spring or specific styles?

I have the customer in my head and think about why they would buy it, where they would wear it to, if it would be accessible to them, etc. I try to trust my instincts and be decisive, stick with my initial thought process. It’s a business as well as a creative process, instead cherry picking the ‘best’ styles, I’m analyzing what has worked in the past and understanding the customer. There are so many different ways a collection can be edited, and sometimes it’s immediately obvious when I see the collection how I want the rail to look in store.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality. At least that is what I see amongst our customers and co-workers. When I think about trends, it’ll be about new shapes rather than big overriding themes.

Do you have a favorite part about being a buyer?

I love working with creative, passionate people. Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint. It makes my job very fulfilling to give some direction to the young brands that are super creative but might need some advice in building their business and commerciality.

How do you find new designers? Is going to their shows or presentations important?

There’s a real mix of us going to every showroom, new presentations and then also getting emails from new brands. We get a ton of look books sent every season and open every one that’s sent, not wanting to miss out on anything. Sometimes there’s an instant feeling of knowing you’ve opened something special and unique and there’s excitement before even seeing the collection in person.

Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint.

Is every day as crazy as the last or do you get a break? Where do you go to relax?

I do get a break in New York, it isn’t until Paris market when it gets really intense with no time to switch off. My new favorite place to relax in New York is Great Jones Spa – I’d spend every free moment I had in there if I could. This fashion week I was limited to a Sunday morning massage, rejuvenated for the week ahead and the month ahead of traveling!

What’s a the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing that’s happened so far this fashion week?

The OC play was the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing. It’s amazing to work for a company that is constantly reinventing and questioning the status quo.

A Day With Lisa

This fashion week, we thought it would be fun to follow a some of our favorite people around to see what fashion week looks like through their eyes (you already know what it’s like for us!)– so here is Lisa, she is a buyer for Opening Ceremony here in New York. Here is what her fashion week looks like…

Tell us how you start your days during fashion week? Coffee? Tea? A favorite spot?

I start my days with a few emails before heading to The Smile To Go [Editor's Note: This is right around the corner from our office too, and we go all the time...] for coffee. It’s across the street from the store, and most days I’ll walk through the store to check on the new season deliveries before heading out to appointments and shows.

How do you plan your day with all the shows and buying appointments?

We have to ensure we have a well thought out schedule and have appointments next to each other rather than heading in too many different directions. During market it can get crazy with our appointments, as well as attending the shows for our current brands and the new brands on our radar, but I work within a great team and we divide and conquer.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality.

How do you make a selection for your buy? What are you looking for? Are there certain colors for next spring or specific styles?

I have the customer in my head and think about why they would buy it, where they would wear it to, if it would be accessible to them, etc. I try to trust my instincts and be decisive, stick with my initial thought process. It’s a business as well as a creative process, instead cherry picking the ‘best’ styles, I’m analyzing what has worked in the past and understanding the customer. There are so many different ways a collection can be edited, and sometimes it’s immediately obvious when I see the collection how I want the rail to look in store.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality. At least that is what I see amongst our customers and co-workers. When I think about trends, it’ll be about new shapes rather than big overriding themes.

Do you have a favorite part about being a buyer?

I love working with creative, passionate people. Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint. It makes my job very fulfilling to give some direction to the young brands that are super creative but might need some advice in building their business and commerciality.

How do you find new designers? Is going to their shows or presentations important?

There’s a real mix of us going to every showroom, new presentations and then also getting emails from new brands. We get a ton of look books sent every season and open every one that’s sent, not wanting to miss out on anything. Sometimes there’s an instant feeling of knowing you’ve opened something special and unique and there’s excitement before even seeing the collection in person.

Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint.

Is every day as crazy as the last or do you get a break? Where do you go to relax?

I do get a break in New York, it isn’t until Paris market when it gets really intense with no time to switch off. My new favorite place to relax in New York is Great Jones Spa – I’d spend every free moment I had in there if I could. This fashion week I was limited to a Sunday morning massage, rejuvenated for the week ahead and the month ahead of traveling!

What’s a the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing that’s happened so far this fashion week?

The OC play was the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing. It’s amazing to work for a company that is constantly reinventing and questioning the status quo.

The Icons Party

During NYFW (which seems like forever ago but really wasn’t that long ago…)

We ventured to The Plaza Hotel for the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The party was in celebration of the shoot Carine Roitfeld did for the magazine, featuring basically everyone in fashion (okay, 30 people like Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid and Brooke Shields…all wearing fishnets in someway…) and Lady Gaga was slated to perform a jazz set in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. The dress code was black tie (I wore a jumpsuit, modern black tie, right?) and Erik looked pretty spiffy in a suit and tie. This is what happened (aka this is what I wrote in my phone throughout the night)…

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8:30 PM: Erik and I arrive at The Plaza and join a line of true paparazzi celebrity photographers for check in. Each of them has brought with them their own stool. We missed the BYO stool memo but have our fingers crossed that it means we can still get some good red carpet photos. We feel a little bit like Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic…

9:00 PM: The red carpet arrivals being. The carpet is actually black. Erik takes his place in the photo pit and I’m in a line up with editors from all the weekly tabloids. They are all studying a printed out book of faces. The original Facebook?

9:08 PM: Lauren Hutton arrives wearing leggings. Leggings. My jumpsuit immediately feels a lot less modern. So now I feel like I don’t know anything about anything. Spend next few minutes thinking about how I wish I was wearing leggings…

9:10 PM: Interview Lauren Hutton (if I told you how much I was sweating you wouldn’t believe me). She tells me she still doesn’t really know what a modern icon is. Well Lauren, I think you’re one.

9:12 PM: Donatella hits the carpet. Shit gets crazy.

9:14PM: A lot of people I don’t know on the carpet. Socialites? Long lost Kardashian family members? I overhear someone say one of them has a single coming out if we want to talk with her. No one does.

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9:20 PM: I’m trying to give Erik the heads up when someone cool is coming his way, so we start trying to communicate through sign language. Turns out Erik only knows enough to spell “Joe” as in Joe Jonas. Yeah, Joe Jonas is here.

9:36 PM: The star of the evening, Lady Gaga arrives and shares the carpet with Carine Roitfeld and Brooke Shields. Paparazzi wet dream (can I say wet dream?).

9:40 PM: The paparazzi scream so loud at these celebrities, you would think that someone had just killed a puppy. I’m talking bloodcurdling screams. I’m starting to get a little scared.

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9:42 PM: Ah friends on the carpet! Aurélie, Laure and Laura Brown take a walk.

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10:00 PM: I’ve determined that Karolína Kurková is too beautiful for words.

10:16 PM: Kendall (Jenner) arrives. She looks great. It’s not as big of a wet dream (sorry!) as I expected. I stepped on the train of her dress. It’s all okay. The end.

10:19 PM: Linda Evangelista. Get really excited when she comes over to talk to us. The girl next to me asks her a lot of questions about her birth plan. Really? Her birth plan?

10:28 PM: A small French bulldog appears on the carpet. I’m not sure who the owner is, but a girl asked me take her photo with it and now it’s just on my iPhone. So… TMZ you want it?

[I later find out that the dog belongs to Gaga. Celebrity dogs are the new celebrities??]

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10:35 PM: Erik and I decide to head into the event, we’ve reached full red carpet capacity (and my feet are starting to hurt). Inside we get squeezed between Tyson Beckford and his girlfriend/wife/model/friend. We act annoyed (“Ugh excuse you, Tyson!”) but it was probably the best part of the night. Erik says his breath smells like peppermint and sex.

10:50 PM: We make our way to the stage to catch the performance by Lady Gaga. She’s doing a jazz set tonight in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. We dance to the DJ and sneak out passed hors d’oeuvres (mini lobster rolls pass by, just out of reach).

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11:30 PM: Gaga goes on and it’s amazing. She’s meant for jazz.

12:30 AM: We find Garance through the crowd and spend the next hour dancing our faces off. Can every fashion week start this way?


By alex

The Icons Party

During NYFW (which seems like forever ago but really wasn’t that long ago…)

We ventured to The Plaza Hotel for the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The party was in celebration of the shoot Carine Roitfeld did for the magazine, featuring basically everyone in fashion (okay, 30 people like Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid and Brooke Shields…all wearing fishnets in someway…) and Lady Gaga was slated to perform a jazz set in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. The dress code was black tie (I wore a jumpsuit, modern black tie, right?) and Erik looked pretty spiffy in a suit and tie. This is what happened (aka this is what I wrote in my phone throughout the night)…

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8:30 PM: Erik and I arrive at The Plaza and join a line of true paparazzi celebrity photographers for check in. Each of them has brought with them their own stool. We missed the BYO stool memo but have our fingers crossed that it means we can still get some good red carpet photos. We feel a little bit like Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic…

9:00 PM: The red carpet arrivals being. The carpet is actually black. Erik takes his place in the photo pit and I’m in a line up with editors from all the weekly tabloids. They are all studying a printed out book of faces. The original Facebook?

9:08 PM: Lauren Hutton arrives wearing leggings. Leggings. My jumpsuit immediately feels a lot less modern. So now I feel like I don’t know anything about anything. Spend next few minutes thinking about how I wish I was wearing leggings…

9:10 PM: Interview Lauren Hutton (if I told you how much I was sweating you wouldn’t believe me). She tells me she still doesn’t really know what a modern icon is. Well Lauren, I think you’re one.

9:12 PM: Donatella hits the carpet. Shit gets crazy.

9:14PM: A lot of people I don’t know on the carpet. Socialites? Long lost Kardashian family members? I overhear someone say one of them has a single coming out if we want to talk with her. No one does.

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9:20 PM: I’m trying to give Erik the heads up when someone cool is coming his way, so we start trying to communicate through sign language. Turns out Erik only knows enough to spell “Joe” as in Joe Jonas. Yeah, Joe Jonas is here.

9:36 PM: The star of the evening, Lady Gaga arrives and shares the carpet with Carine Roitfeld and Brooke Shields. Paparazzi wet dream (can I say wet dream?).

9:40 PM: The paparazzi scream so loud at these celebrities, you would think that someone had just killed a puppy. I’m talking bloodcurdling screams. I’m starting to get a little scared.

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9:42 PM: Ah friends on the carpet! Aurélie, Laure and Laura Brown take a walk.

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10:00 PM: I’ve determined that Karolína Kurková is too beautiful for words.

10:16 PM: Kendall (Jenner) arrives. She looks great. It’s not as big of a wet dream (sorry!) as I expected. I stepped on the train of her dress. It’s all okay. The end.

10:19 PM: Linda Evangelista. Get really excited when she comes over to talk to us. The girl next to me asks her a lot of questions about her birth plan. Really? Her birth plan?

10:28 PM: A small French bulldog appears on the carpet. I’m not sure who the owner is, but a girl asked me take her photo with it and now it’s just on my iPhone. So… TMZ you want it?

[I later find out that the dog belongs to Gaga. Celebrity dogs are the new celebrities??]

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10:35 PM: Erik and I decide to head into the event, we’ve reached full red carpet capacity (and my feet are starting to hurt). Inside we get squeezed between Tyson Beckford and his girlfriend/wife/model/friend. We act annoyed (“Ugh excuse you, Tyson!”) but it was probably the best part of the night. Erik says his breath smells like peppermint and sex.

10:50 PM: We make our way to the stage to catch the performance by Lady Gaga. She’s doing a jazz set tonight in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. We dance to the DJ and sneak out passed hors d’oeuvres (mini lobster rolls pass by, just out of reach).

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11:30 PM: Gaga goes on and it’s amazing. She’s meant for jazz.

12:30 AM: We find Garance through the crowd and spend the next hour dancing our faces off. Can every fashion week start this way?


By alex

The Del Val #32

We’re guessing everyone has their phones out to take pictures when they walk through this “floored” rainbow.

Wow, this whole thing is made of wood! It opened a few weeks ago and you have a few more weeks before it’s gone.

The two films we are most excited for at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival: Clouds of Sils Maria and Listen Up Philip.

If you’ve been in NYC within the last decade you’ve almost certainly been on the corner of Bowery and Spring. You may have walked by one of the greatest pieces of real estate in the whole city and not even known it. Hurry up because it probably won’t stay looking like that for much longer.

A cult-favorite film from almost 30 years ago gets a new book giving all the details about the making of it and all that went on behind the scenes.

If you like beer and design you’d be thrilled to see these on shelves. But of course it’s not meant to be as beer packaging design is almost always uninspired. Still, one can dream.

In preparation for next week’s annual NY Art Book Fair, where the coolest people in the city will all gather, take a look at this equally cool feature the fair’s organizer has started.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


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The Del Val #32

We’re guessing everyone has their phones out to take pictures when they walk through this “floored” rainbow.

Wow, this whole thing is made of wood! It opened a few weeks ago and you have a few more weeks before it’s gone.

The two films we are most excited for at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival: Clouds of Sils Maria and Listen Up Philip.

If you’ve been in NYC within the last decade you’ve almost certainly been on the corner of Bowery and Spring. You may have walked by one of the greatest pieces of real estate in the whole city and not even known it. Hurry up because it probably won’t stay looking like that for much longer.

A cult-favorite film from almost 30 years ago gets a new book giving all the details about the making of it and all that went on behind the scenes.

If you like beer and design you’d be thrilled to see these on shelves. But of course it’s not meant to be as beer packaging design is almost always uninspired. Still, one can dream.

In preparation for next week’s annual NY Art Book Fair, where the coolest people in the city will all gather, take a look at this equally cool feature the fair’s organizer has started.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Aurélie’s New Store

Aurélie has opened up shop in Soho!!!

As you know, I love her work and I totally fell in love with her gem of a boutique in Paris – we even made a video about it. So when she told me she would open in New York, I immediately asked her if it would be possible to document each step as she got set up.

There are so many details to consider when you open a store – I got an idea of what it was like when we set up our pop up shop. The location, the space, the colors, the sounds (at Aurélie’s, it’s a mix of Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and 80s French pop), the traffic, the scents (here, it’s Frédéric Malle Rosa Rugosa).

Aurélie was telling me that what she likes most is going out to look for things to decorate her space. That pineapple on the shelf? She found it in a vintage boutique. We also went along with her to one of her favorite stores – The Future Perfect.

She collaborated with David Mann, MR Architecture + Decor, and Atelier Franck Durand, who she’s been working with for a long time, to create a 60s and 70s ambiance, with a hint of California in New York.

One of my favorite things is the magnificent fresco in the entry by Remed (you remember, he made the cover of Holiday Magazine).

…And the jewelry, of course ;)

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Aurélie Bidermann, 265 Lafayette Street, New York / Translated by Andrea Perdue

PS: Here is the video!

The Guest Editor

Le sigh, Marie-Amélie Sauvé is the guest editor of the new Self Service.

Alex has already reminded me 10 numerous times to bring her back a copy of the latest Self Service from Paris. I also can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. A girl who starts her career at French Vogue and is best friends with Nicolas Ghesquière (#NBD) ranks high on my I Want to Be Her list. I’m looking forward to seeing her creative process come to life in this new issue. Now I just have to pick my favorite cover…

The issue is out now… if you can find it!


By brie

The Guest Editor

Le sigh, Marie-Amélie Sauvé is the guest editor of the new Self Service.

Alex has already reminded me 10 numerous times to bring her back a copy of the latest Self Service from Paris. I also can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. A girl who starts her career at French Vogue and is best friends with Nicolas Ghesquière (#NBD) ranks high on my I Want to Be Her list. I’m looking forward to seeing her creative process come to life in this new issue. Now I just have to pick my favorite cover…

The issue is out now… if you can find it!


By brie

At the Farm

My friend Laura, who is an amazing stylist (we worked together with Joan Smalls for Estée Lauder, and she’s also Senior Editor at Large for Glamour) had been making me dream about her farm upstate for a little while.

“Come up and see us!!!” she kept saying.

So that’s what I did on Sunday and it was amazing.
Not only do Laura, her husband Fabio, and her son Matteo, have a real farm with chickens, vegetable fields, apple trees, honey bees, tractors, and well, pretty much everything – they are also making a little paradise out of it that people can go visit – even if you don’t know them.

What’s incredible is that the farm is kind of a project they fell into while they were looking for a house Upstate. They got really into it and started cleaning it up and planting, and today it’s become their passion project when they aren’t in New York working in fashion (Fabio is a photographer).

But it actually fits perfectly with Laura’s vision – to her, style goes beyond fashion – it’s how one lives their life and energy and the environment we create around us. I totally agree with her…

And because this is such a great project, people gather around it. Their friends Paola and Chicco make pizzas with vegetables from the farm on weekends. This weekend was so cool; Fabio’s mother baked, Laura’s mother was also visiting, everyone was speaking Italian – it was kind of paradise. You can have lunch there, eat an ice cream, pick raspberries and blackberries, meet lots of people, kids are running around everywhere, and you can take lots of organic goodies home with you.

If you’re in the area this season, go for it! It’s two hours away from New York, the drive is gorgeous, it’s the perfect season, everyone is so welcoming and the pizzas are to die for.

It’s exactly what I needed before taking off for Paris Fashion Week.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Westwind Orchard, 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, New York 12404 / 845.626.0659

The farm is open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Pizza is served from 12pm-6pm.

Céline in Soho

If I had the time (but I’m at Starbucks in between two shows) I’d tell you the story of how Céline has been totally revamped ever since Phoebe Philo arrived, how the brand started over completely from scratch, how they perfectly orchestrated the way they would change their image, and the incredible impact Phoebe’s arrival had on the fashion world.

Nothing was left to chance, not even the things that take a long time to manage, like the redistribution and redesign of all their stores.

But anyway, you know all of that already, plus, I’m at Starbucks.

When Philo arrived, she basically tore down the wall papers of the existing stores – the blank walls gave the stores an unfinished look that worked so well, we all wondered if it was just Céline’s stores new signature style.

Then there was a wave of reopenings – and this store (which is right by our Studio, help!!!) is the first one I’ve seen with the new renovations.

The unfinished look is gone – everything has been carefully thought out down to the smallest details, from the (unbelievable) marble flooring to the natural furnishings, all the way up to the ceiling, which is made of layers and layers of flame retardant spray.

I love it, so I decided to go take some photos there the other day, and I think I’m going to copy the big plant idea (it’s the only thing I can actually copy, haha) for my new apartment.

So there you go – now I’m doomed to walk by this magnificence every morning and it’s going to be sweet torture.

Thanks to who? Thanks to Phoebe.

Céline, 67 Wooster Street, New York NY

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Translated by Andrea Perdue

This is our new design!

WELCOME TO THE NEW BLOG!!!!!!!!!!

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(Can you tell we are excited?!)

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We’ve been working for months on this new designs with our wonderful friends at Colorz (the best people ever, amazing pros, amazing humans – we’ve been working together for years and they never ever disappoint me) and we’ve been holding our breath to present it to you like it’s our new baby!!!

I wanted to take some time to talk to you about the changes you are seeing here and of course, if you have any questions or any issues, please let us know!

The Layout

Bigger, bolder images. My love for full blown images is not new, I even remember the day I updated this blog to be able to have big horizontal images, how new it was and how I got a few funny reactions about it.

I love it, and I wanted to take it a step further to allow the navigation to stay as exciting from the top to the bottom of the blog. We totally removed the sidebar, but you can find all the elements of navigation along the blog.
Of course, we kept the chronological navigation as it is. To me it’s what a blog supposed to be, a flow of posts that’s easy to follow, like a diary.

Post Layouts

To me, the blog is about telling stories, be it of style, of beauty or lifestyle – and I was starting to feel the urge to be able to present our posts in a way that would be more flattering for our images and storytelling. I’ve always been a lover of magazines and beautiful layouts, and if there is one thing that I can find frustrating with inline publishing, it’s the fact that it’s so complicated to play with it.

We’ve come up with a few great ideas and changes, you’ll be able to see that very soon and I really really hope you like it.

Mobile

The new site is optimized for your phones, your iPad, your tablet, EVERYTHING! This is really cool because I know I look at the blog a lot from my phone and I’m always pinching all over my screen to see everything that is happening. No more pinching! It’s still just as easy to find everything and 100x easier to read!

The Menu

I wanted to make a menu that was simple, but still showed you all of our latest content. You’ll see that our categories have stayed the same, it’s just a bit easier to navigate!

Contributors

Finally, you can really meet the team! The new contributors page gives you a look at the people who make up the Studio and what they do. We are going to be featuring more of our contributors on this page, so keep checking back. Also, you can now click on the name at the end of a post to see more all the posts written by them.

The Minis

Our minis posts are fast and fun, and they are what we are really talking about at the Studio. Now you’ll see them as part of a new grouping, you can scroll across to see the latest and also click through to see everything.

Newsletter Sign Up

Signing up for the newsletter is easier now with a new banner at the top of the blog or by clicking the sign up link here. We really love doing the newsletter and being able to share with you everything going on at the studio!

Garance Doré Goods

It’s now easier to shop for my stationery, posters and favorite items in Garance Doré Goods. You can also find a full list of stores worldwide that carry the stationery collection.

Okay!!! That’s it for the moment, let me know what you think!!!

The Del Val #30

Don’t forget to look up. We love clouds and are pleased to see we’re not the only ones!

You’ve heard of the Cronut, but what about the Cherpumple, Brookie, and Doughscuit?

We can’t wait for this new issue of Aperture, guest-edited by Inez & Vinoodh.

Always keep your eye on what Free People is doing, they’ve got their unique finger on the pulse of what cool girls want today. Wow, that sounded sponsored, it’s not, we really like their approach.

Far and away our favorite story from the September Interview, and perhaps our favorite of the year!

RO/LU is a name in the design world which should often be rolling off your tongue. See their two new shows here and here.

They file this under Education each week and they’re right, a unique opportunity to learn something new and important about fashion in under five minutes.

Feeling bad about abandoning your favorited tweets? If you want some assistance with your account this will help because don’t forget the winner today is the one who can access their myriad saved data the fastest.

Finally, a French bookstore in NYC. Let’s hope the imported prices aren’t as jacked up as at the last one we had.

RIP Joan Rivers, you were the absolute finest and always fearlessly told us the truth. We were lucky to hear from you for decades.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


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