Category Archives: New York

Ana’s Exhibition

Right now in New York, Ana Kras is having an exhibition of her drawings – it’s another side of her artwork, remember those cool lamps she created?

The series is called Mothers With Spoons and Relationships. It’s interesting to be immersed into her world for a little time. She told me that some people write in a diary, but she draws– I love that!

If you happen to be in New York, you can view her work until August 10th.

Ana Kraš, Mothers With Spoons and Relationships, Ed. Varie, 618 E. 9th St., Thursday-Sunday

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On Howard & Crosby

This might be my favorite corner in New York. Opening Ceremony and Isabel Marant across the street, Smile To Go (get the chocolate chip cookie, trust me) around the corner. Lara and Evanne picked a good spot to hang out :)

Movie Night

A few weeks ago, I joined Miranda and Athina for a movie in the park. It’s one thing I really love about New York in the summer– there are always a million things to do, and I think its so cool to head to your favorite park, grab a blanket, some popcorn and maybe some rosé and catch a movie.

La Haine, a really good French film, was playing at Tompkins Square Park when we went. It was the perfect way to spend a summer night!

At Rockaway Taco

One of the best spots to spend a hot summer day in New York is at Rockaway Beach (if you get there super early, you can catch surfers riding the waves!). It’s a pretty cool beach as far as “city beaches” go (okay so it’s not Ipanema, but it’s still very nice) it only takes an hour to get there from the city, and a metro can take you there!!! Cool, no?

We went the other day to shoot with Kristyna and couldn’t pass on a trip to Rockaway Taco, the little spot right off the beach. Get the fish tacos and the plantains, you won’t regret it!

Shirt, Everlane; Bandeau, Cosabella; Shorts, Zimmermann; Sunglasses, Elizabeth and James; Bracelet, Ann Dexter Jones.

Laura on her way to work

I love heading to the studio in the morning. I walk, put my earphones on and listen to a podcast (do you know of any good ones?) cross my neighborhood, Washington Square Park and then Soho – and here I am.

What’s fun is that super often, a few minutes before getting there, I see my friend Laura – also on her way to work.
I’m always inspired by her outfits.

So, a second of inspiration, a big hello, and we’re back on our ways…

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At Rachel Comey

This week I stopped by the new Rachel Comey store in Soho, it’s her first flagship! The interiors are so modern and feminine, there’s even carpet on the walls of the dressing room. I really like the vibe inside and it’s so nice to shop when you have great light!

PS: That’s Diane the store manager and Lina in photos! The store is designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior design by Charles de Lisle.

Rachel Comey, 95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

At Rachel Comey

This week I stopped by the new Rachel Comey store in Soho, it’s her first flagship! The interiors are so modern and feminine, there’s even carpet on the walls of the dressing room. I really like the vibe inside and it’s so nice to shop when you have great light!

PS: That’s Diane the store manager and Lina in photos! The store is designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior design by Charles de Lisle.

Rachel Comey, 95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

Sister

My sister came to visit me in New York last week.

To give you an idea of how happy I was, just before she arrived, I spent almost two hours glued to my couch watching her plane as it got closer and closer on the JFK flight map before finally hopping into a taxi to go wait for her at the airport.
Yes, I was REALLY excited.

My sister is the best of my best friends, she’s like some kind of supreme friend. We’re close to the same age, we know each other by heart and we totally understand each other (and burst out laughing) with just the blink of an eye.

Our lives are nothing alike (she is in Corsica, and I’m in New York) but we really get each other. Anyway, I’d better stop now before I start crying since I miss her so much now that’s she’s left ;)

When it comes to style, we started out with very, very different tastes.

She’s always had a very chic, feminine, pretty classic side to her – she loves beautiful jewelry, explained the Beauty of the Kelly to me and she’s been wearing Tod’s since the beginning of time.
I, on the other hand, was always more of the boyfriend jeans and Vans type, and I didn’t even start wearing makeup until a few years ago.

We’re completely different, but we’ve always talked a lot about our styles, and exchanged clothes (sometimes after lots and lots of negotiating) and little by little, our styles have grown together – she got a little more relaxed, and I got a little more sophisticated.

Here are a few photos of my favorite tourist in the whole world. I could talk to you about her for hours, but I’ll stop there, because I think you’ve already figured it out: I love her, I think she is amazing, and I adore her style.

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Park Life

Have you ever been sunbathing at the park?

In New York in the summer, parks are like real beaches. It’s so hot people throw themselves in the fountains. It’s cool, joyful and you can even buy popsicles, but I’d never do it (well that’s because I don’t sunbathe, so the only thing that would be left to me would be fountain bathing) – let’s just say I’ll wait for the beach.

That said, it’s an atmosphere we’ve wanted to capture on the blog for a long time… So, here is a park-beach trip with Caroline and Sarah.

Would you do it ?

On Caroline: Swimsuit, Melissa Odabash; Bracelets, Jennifer Fisher; Sunglasses, Stella McCartney; Bag, Samuji; Towel, Nine Space.
On Sarah: Swimsuit, J.Crew; Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples; Cuff, Vintage; Friendship Bracelet, Lucy Folk; Towel, Nine Space.

Oh Boy!

I ran into Ming yesterday while out exploring the city with my sister (I’ll tell you more about her visit soon)– it’s always fun to see a familiar face outside of fashion week!

Olivia & Steph at Baz Bagel

A few weeks ago, Bari Musacchio opened a super cool new bagel shop in the LES.
Look at this wallpaper!!! I’d make a shirt out of it.

So. As you know, New Yorkers love their bagels and now we can swap our corner coffee cart for Baz’s. We went over with Olivia and Steph (this PINK Saint Laurent bag! These sandals!) the other day to check it out and of course, taste the bagels (they have a gluten free option!)– really, even for a newbie, they’re super good.

A recently introduced bingo night makes it a spot you want to hang out day and night. Try the mooch :) and if you happen to be in the mood for dessert, the french toast is delicious!

PS : Oliva and Steph own a cool shop called American Two Shot!

On Olivia: Sweatshirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim; Jeans, vintage Levi’s; Sandals, Fendi; Bag, Saint Laurent. On Steph: Jacket, Worth; Bag, Givenchy; Shoes, Saint Laurent.

Baz Bagel, 181 Grand Street, New York NY

The Red Backpack

We’ve debated backpacks before, but I’ve been seeing more and more of these backpack meets handbag hybrids.

You know, you can carry them from a handle at the top or throw it over your shoulder when you need to be hands free. When you have a backpack, it’s easy to feel like a kid on your way to school, but I think having one that you can wear two ways makes the trend much more grown up.

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Morgan has totally mastered it. It’s not really a surprise, she’s the designer of this bag. Her handbag line is all vegan, it’s called Freedom of Animals :)

Would you wear a bag-pack like this?

Blonde Idol

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I look at these photos and I still think It all is a dream: after my role as Redken’s global fashion ambassador here I am in the brand new campaign, that is officially launched in these days.
Blonde Idol is the name of the campaign in which all the shades of blonde are the main characters. A fabolous dream team, with Jessica Stam as my partner in crime. I’ve never been so proud of my hair :)

Guardo queste foto ed ancora mi sembra sia tutto frutto un sogno: dopo il mio ruolo come global fashion ambassador di Redken eccomi nella nuova campagna, che esce ufficialmente in questi giorni.
Blonde Idol è il titolo della campagna, in cui naturalmente, è il colore biondo in tutte le sue diverse tonalità a fare da protagonista. Un dream team favoloso, con Jessica Stam come mia partner in crime. Non sono mai stata cosi fiera della mia chioma :)

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CHIARA FERRAGNI FOR REDKEN BLONDE IDOL CAMPAIGN 2014

Alicia

Meet Alicia. She works at Isabel Marant in SoHo and of course, always looks super cool. That quilted jacket is sitting at the top of my wish list…

The Nutritionist

One of the advantages of living in New York is that everyone else lives here too.

For example, I had loved a book about nutrition that was full of simple tips and pretty down to earth, completely the opposite of the New York nutrition craze I was trying to make sense of. It had helped me change the way I was eating, I started running, I lost those pounds that had kept me from my ideal weight without having to try too hard, and really, let’s just be honest — I felt really great about myself.

People were even asking ME for nutrition tips. ME. I mean, seriously.

Then, because it’s kind of inevitable. I slowly gained those few pounds back during the super cold winter months and went back to my non-ideal self. I’m relatively at peace with that version of myself, but even so, you know how it is — no matter how much we like ourselves the way we are, #extrapoundssuckanyway

It was time to do something about it, so I googled the author of my book, and, oh yay!!!

Her nutrition office was only two minutes from my apartment.

I made an appointment right away and couldn’t wait to go. If her book had helped me so much, I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to meet her in person. It was going to be life changing!

The day of the appointment, I showed up at her door and… Well, let’s just say the photo on the cover of the book with her smiling, glowing, and healthy must have been taken on a really good day. Instead, she had that super skinny and very muscular New York type body.
No problem, don’t judge people by the way they look, right? (Remind me to write a post about that next week — I’ve got a new theory on the subject).

So we started talking about my eating habits, and she started giving me really, really basic tips that, of course, I knew already (like all of us — I already know everything (and everything that contradicts it) about nutrition). I felt disappointment starting to sink in. You know what it’s like: you really want to believe in something, so you put your whole heart into it.

That day, I left feeling slightly disappointed, but still super optimistic. It’s just the first appointment! I was really going to make some new discoveries next time. She asked me to keep a journal of everything I was eating, so I did everything exactly as she asked, even though it was a big pain, and I went back.

Second appointment? Pfff. Same thing. I learned how big a steak should be (the size of an iPhone) even though I rarely eat steak and uh… Other things that started sounding like they were going a little down the eating disorder road, which I ended up thinking maybe she has. Maybe I was imagining things.

Obviously, not only did I not lose a pound, I also lost all the enthusiasm I’d had for the book, and I stopped going to see her.

So here are three lessons I learned from this adventure:

1 / 99% of the time, it’s disappointing to meet the author. (That 1% is really worth it, though).
2 / Sometimes it’s ok to judge people by their appearance, especially if you’re entrusting them with your health.
3 / It’s not the book that makes you lose weight, it’s just a little dose of will power. (And running?)

So there you have it. Oh, and by the way, does anybody know of a good book on will power?

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Has anything like that ever happened to you? Have you ever gone to see a nutritionist?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

The Midi

I love midi skirts.

So much that I bought three of them – my favorite comes from (as it happens too much) Zara – and I wear them as often as possible.

All right, that’s stretching it a bit.
Truth is, it’s mostly beautiful with heels.
It’s more difficult with flats. With shoes like Birks, it’s too heavy. With more delicate sandals, it’s too classic. And with sneakers, well, not so great.

Whitney Brown Baleciaga Boots Street Style

Maybe I’m wrong – it’s pretty cool on Whitney!

What do you think? Do you wear midi skirts? What shoes do you wear them with?

9 Commandments of White Pants

We wear a lot of white at the Studio. Sometimes we forget, and we sit down on a dirty bench, we eat Chipotle, and we end up regretting it. (Damn burritos).

So, we’re still perfecting it, but here are some of our tips/guidelines/rules for working it in white…

1. Choosing underwear wisely. No matter how cute they are, this is not the time to show them off. Wear something close to your skin tone.

2. White leggings are not the same as white pants. Avoid them.

3. Be careful where you sit. They will get dirty (be on extra look out for wet paint signs). Or sit your ass anywhere like you just don’t care – this is what G does on shoots. (I know, she’s brave). Her motto: When they’re dirty, wash them! (Duh.)

4. If you do spill, embrace it. Keep spilling. Jackson Pollock them.

5. Be somewhat careful about when eating. Avoid things like spaghetti, hot dogs, kool-aid… or stay very very close to the table. If we must have a hot dog, we always ask for for extra napkins to cover your lap. Ignore the looks of your friends.

6. White jeans? Don’t use a chlorine bleach. It will yellow the denim over time. Yes, this is the one crazy rule lost in the middle of very serious rules.

7. We don’t care about wearing white after labor day. Yes, a rule to break another rule.

8. Watch the spandex factor. Emily buys her pants a size bigger, because tight white pants are FMO (for models only).

9. Try your pants on in natural lighting. It’s the only way we know how see through they really are…or aren’t… ?

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

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Planning on a city trip any time soon? I’ve gathered some necessities for a weekend in New York spent at my favorite hotel, above is some of my beauty essentials (yepp, I’m bringing the whole arsenal) and below is one of my absolute favourite accessories. Want to see and read more about what I always bring with me to the city of magic? Take a look over at GrandLife Hotels here!

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Necklace, Marni.

Hey Kids!

I can’t tell how many times I’ve watched this video since we finished editing.

The shoot happened the day of the opening of the Bonpoint Store, in Soho. We had built a white seamless and asked 13 kids to come play in front of the camera.

Usually, I don’t direct too much – my videos are more like mini reportages. I did it for the first time for Whistles, where I was telling the models exactly what I wanted them to do. Yes yes, I was doing all the movements with them and I was dancing with them, except behind the camera. It was exhausting but easy; they’re super talented.

But with kids, I was a bit scared.
Nah, not scared of kids (I’m a big sister, an aunt and in case I need to look for my inner authority, I’ve been a supervisor in a “sensitive” high school when I was a student) but worried I wouldn’t be able to direct them.

I was forgetting how much kids love a camera. Just putting them in front of it was enough – they would start having fun and showing us what they could do (hoola hoop with 5 hoolas anyone?). For the ones who where shy, just letting them play with other kids and they’d totally forget the camera. And whenever we didn’t know what to do, I would throw confetti. Worked every
time :)

I still was exhausted by the end, but super happy.
I love the video, so I wanted to share it. It’s fun, simple, and we don’t talk about kids enough around here – and they have a few things to teach us about fashion and attitude ;)

Hey Kids!

I can’t tell how many times I’ve watched this video since we finished editing.

The shoot happened the day of the opening of the Bonpoint Store, in Soho. We had built a white seamless and asked 13 kids to come play in front of the camera.

Usually, I don’t direct too much – my videos are more like mini reportages. I did it for the first time for Whistles, where I was telling the models exactly what I wanted them to do. Yes yes, I was doing all the movements with them and I was dancing with them, except behind the camera. It was exhausting but easy; they’re super talented.

But with kids, I was a bit scared.
Nah, not scared of kids (I’m a big sister, an aunt and in case I need to look for my inner authority, I’ve been a supervisor in a “sensitive” high school when I was a student) but worried I wouldn’t be able to direct them.

I was forgetting how much kids love a camera. Just putting them in front of it was enough – they would start having fun and showing us what they could do (hoola hoop with 5 hoolas anyone?). For the ones who where shy, just letting them play with other kids and they’d totally forget the camera. And whenever we didn’t know what to do, I would throw confetti. Worked every
time :)

I still was exhausted by the end, but super happy.
I love the video, so I wanted to share it. It’s fun, simple, and we don’t talk about kids enough around here – and they have a few things to teach us about fashion and attitude ;)

PS: The song is “Bounce the Ball” by Rachael Dadd.

Hey Kids!

I can’t tell how many times I’ve watched this video since we finished editing.

The shoot happened the day of the opening of the Bonpoint Store, in Soho. We had built a white seamless and asked 13 kids to come play in front of the camera.

Usually, I don’t direct too much – my videos are more like mini reportages. I did it for the first time for Whistles, where I was telling the models exactly what I wanted them to do. Yes yes, I was doing all the movements with them and I was dancing with them, except behind the camera. It was exhausting but easy; they’re super talented.

But with kids, I was a bit scared.
Nah, not scared of kids (I’m a big sister, an aunt and in case I need to look for my inner authority, I’ve been a supervisor in a “sensitive” high school when I was a student) but worried I wouldn’t be able to direct them.

I was forgetting how much kids love a camera. Just putting them in front of it was enough – they would start having fun and showing us what they could do (hoola hoop with 5 hoolas anyone?). For the ones who where shy, just letting them play with other kids and they’d totally forget the camera. And whenever we didn’t know what to do, I would throw confetti. Worked every
time :)

I still was exhausted by the end, but super happy.
I love the video, so I wanted to share it. It’s fun, simple, and we don’t talk about kids enough around here – and they have a few things to teach us about fashion and attitude ;)

Le Weekend

We are out of the office today enjoying the end of a long weekend here in NYC! I love these weekends because the city stays busy, but it’s also super quiet at the same time. I felt like I was the only one here this weekend!

I love Miranda’s ultra-summer style in this photo. Have I told you how much I love a straw basket? A total summer essential for me!

Blue Crush

As soon as I saw Lisa in these jeans, I knew I had to have them. And of course (just my luck) they are vintage. I love the super relaxed, couldn’t be easier, just the right amount of distressed look they have. Like you could wear them all day, everyday.

In Line

I love a good cat eye. It feels retro, feminine and graphic all at the same time. So imagine my excitement when I arrived backstage at Dior and saw dozens of models with bold cat eyes. #thankyoupeterphilips

After the show, I headed backstage to talk about the look…

What did you talk about with Raf going into this show?

We spoke about a month ago for the first time about the collection, and about 10 days ago I saw the first pieces. We were thinking about doing something with color, but when the outfits came around, there was a lot of black in the collection. Black as a support of color almost. That’s why we did something really pure. A classic eyeliner but with a twist by doing a flick under the eye. It’s kind of hard to do a look like that for a cruise collection, but on the other hand it makes it different. It’s Raf for Dior, so it’s unique. That’s why I thought to do a beautiful pure face with just an eyeliner.

Did you think a little about the location when you were deciding on the look?

We are showing in Brooklyn, but the view you have is of New York. That’s why I wanted something strong, something controlled, because it’s a city. We really wanted to focus on the eyes.The girls come out in a movement of color, in a sterile room with this amazing view, It’s strict and in control.

Who is the New York Dior Girl?

I think she is a bit more controlled. Thats maybe why we didn’t really use color. It’s all about neutrals, shaping, and contouring. It’s strong, graphic almost.

Now you want to do it too, right? Here are my tips, based on my very careful observations (and Peter’s instructions): Keep your face clean and focus on the eyes. Apply black liner on top and bottom, and line the lower lash line with white liner, to make eyes pop. Peter applied black eyeshadow on top of the liquid liner on the upper lash line, to make the look more matte and to help set the liner. Want to go really bold? Bust out those falsies and a few swipes of black mascara.

Dior, Brooklyn

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Last Wednesday, Dior took Brooklyn. Alex & Erik, my envoyés spéciaux went there early to explore the field and do some beauty and hot models research. As early as 3pm. Here is what they saw…

3:07pm: Our adventure begins! Erik and I hop into a car and head to Brooklyn…

3:35pm: We arrive at the Duggal Greenhouse and check in for backstage. It’s the same spot where Alexander Wang showed in February, but looks completely different. The space is huge, with large windows in the front and back, providing a pretty epic view of NYC, if you know, you happen to be on an elevated runway like the one built for the show. As we enter, the main hallway is filled with twenty handsome men (cough, male models, cough) wearing Dior sailor outfits (!). Erik and I both wink at each other…this is going to be good.

3:50pm: The look backstage is a cool, graphic cat eye. The hair is simple. Straight (get out your flat iron) with a middle part. It’s added to my list of “Looks to Try at Home” (it’s a long list, guys).

4:07pm: We catch a look at video of the rehearsal. The runway looks cool, mirrored and reflective. Hear someone mention that the show is 66 looks. Go Raf, go!

4:15pm: Steal lemon tart from craft services backstage. Erik eats his in one bite. I take two. It’s delicious.

4:23pm: Run into Janice outside the venue. She looks cool, as always, so we take some photos before she gets rushed inside for another rehearsal. I pause to finish writing a post for the next day and Erik heads off to explore the Navy Yard.

5:15pm: Erik returns with news of the Dior sailors taking off on a ferry! Dior booked a fleet of ferries to make it easier for guests to get to Brooklyn — pretty smart if you ask me.

We head back to the dock to come up with our game plan. I volunteer to go wherever the sailors go, of course. Erik graciously volunteers to stay on the Brooklyn side.

5:35pm: I board a ferry back to Manhattan… filled with boys. Ahoy! Dior has customized everything: Dior seat covers and a giant Dior logo on the outside of the ferry. These are the same big yellow ferries New Yorkers take to Ikea… except they have never looked chicer.

5:45pm: Back in Manhattan and there is already a line of Dior guests waiting to take the first ferry back over. I plant myself on the dock next to two strapping young men and start counting Lady Dior bags…1…45…78…

6:07pm: The first ferry leaves Manhattan. On board? Caroline Issa and Emmanuelle Alt. Definitely the ferry to be on. Think about asking the sailor on my right to trade shoes with me. They are in Vans slip-ons. The exact ones I traded for heels before I left the studio… Damn.

6:22pm: I text Erik. “Hey Emmanuelle Alt is on that ferry, try to get her photo okay?” No response. “A girl is wearing a cool red jacket, get her okay?” No response. “I think I saw Helena Christensen, she looks cool.” No response. “Erik, hello?” No response. Phone battery at 22%. “ERIKKKKK.” I give up.

[Little do I know that during this time, Erik has been busy shooting important celebrities, like Rihanna and Marion Cotillard.]

6:45pm: I feel like I’ve seen just about every Dior by Raf Simons piece from the last two years get on a ferry, which is not something you see everyday. The guests are diehard and a mix of editors, socialites and Dior customers. Unrelated: I’ve also befriended two sailors!! Both of whom are “sooooo cold.” Wah wah. Okay but actually it’s getting pretty cold…

7:15pm: I board one of the last ferries headed back to Brooklyn. On board, sailors are tending bar, making champagne cocktails in the back. Unfortunately for me, champagne and a slightly wobbly ferry don’t mix. Phone battery at 11%. Back to Brooklyn I go!

7:25pm: The scene at the Navy Yard is a bit panicked as the show is about to start. Celebs are being rushed down carpeted walkways and editors are hustling to make it to their seats in time. Sailors are holding trays of drinks… Maybe it’s okay to have champagne now that I’m on solid ground…

7:35pm: I head inside right after the show starts and catch a glimpse through a reflection in the windows overlooking Manhattan. If anyone asks, reflections are the new live streams. Phone battery at 8%.

[Hey it's Garance, Alex told me to describe the show for you, so here we go]

6:00pm: I’m still at the Studio figuring out how to get to the show. Oh crap, going to be late. The show is supposed to start at 6:30pm. Does this mean 7pm, like in Paris? Or does cruise mean that you have to be on time?

6:01pm: Alex texts me she just saw Emmanuelle Alt get on the ferry. Oh crap. If Emmanuelle is there, I’d better get my ass off my chair (it rhymes, which is a good sign).

6:06pm: This is a bad time to find a taxi. I dive on the first one I see and tell him I’m about to give birth so he can’t refuse to take me. He refuses to believe me but he smiles. Best Cab Driver. Ever.

6:17pm: Hi, I’m stuck in traffic over the bridge.

6:27pm: Hi, I’m stuck in traffic over the bridge. BUT around me I see a lot of black cars with people rocking a very un-hipstery hair style and NO BEARDS. These people are obviously not Brooklynites, so they’re obviously heading to Dior. I’m safe.

6:30pm: We’re lost in the docks.

6:31pm: This is like a rave party. We follow the first black car with obvious Dior addicts sitting in the back.

6:32pm: Having a driver doesn’t mean you don’t get lost. (Doesn’t rhyme, but still words to live by!)

6.33pm: We’re a nice line of 20 cars now (mine is the only one that’s yellow but hey, I’m a proud New Yorker) and we’re not less lost.

6:34pm: Hot Dior Sailor (just like Alex depicts of the miracle by Dior) shows us the way.

6:35pm: I get there, get a glass of champagne, say hello to the French confederation, all flown in for the occasion, and learn that “the show will not start until 7:30.” I’m condemned to drink cold champagne served by hot sailors in the company of Rihanna (she’s at my right) and Marion Cotillard (at my left. Ok way back, but at my left still). Life is hard.

6:56pm: More socialization and selfie exchanges. Bursts of HiHowAreYasOhMyGaaad!!! and in a moment of loneliness just decide to count the number of Dior Tee Shirt earrings, yes this one, the one that Camille designed and that has taken over the world since then.

7:14pm: 78, 79, 80, wait, I think I lost my count.

7:20pm: I get up to find my seat.

7:21pm: This is some serious stage Dior has going on. More socializing. Anna Wintour sighting, Rihanna re-sighting, and a lot of unknown faces, more dressed up than any one around. I hear they’re clients. It’s good to see them in the mix.

7:something pm: the show starts…

[Okay, I'm awful, I've always been terrible at describing a show. I thought it was beautiful and there was some great accessories - new eaaaarrrrings!!! - how's that? Bon, okay. I'll show you photos of my favorite looks later. Does that work? Alex, does that work? Okay back to her]

7:50pm: As soon as the crowd starts to applaud, I head backstage. Anna is greeting Raf, followed by Rihanna and a slew of other Dior clad stars (Maggie, Leelee, Marion). I make my way into a quiet corner and sit down with Peter Phillips to chat with him about the beauty look. I’ve been a fan of his for years and I’m so excited that he is working with Dior now. I fan girl out a little bit, but it’s okay. [I'll tell you more about the look soon!]

8:00pm: I wrap up my interview and head to meet Garance and Erik back outside. Phone battery at 0%. We have some champagne (finally!) and Erik shows us a great Instagram of him photo bombing Rihanna.

We skip the ferry back to Manhattan (goodbye sweet sailors!) and find ourselves waiting (with all the models) out back for our Uber to arrive. It takes five phone calls with Erik explaining directions, and what feels like 15 hours, before our driver makes it to the Navy Yard. Garance watched him make multiple U-Turns on that tiny Uber map… Maybe next time we should take the ferry…

Weekend Inspiration #159

Backstage at Dior Cruise, Brooklyn.

Weekend Inspiration #158

At the Dior Resort Show, Brooklyn.

Ana

Last week I had a chance to visit Ana at her beautifully restored brownstone in Fort Greene. In addition to her super cool fashion showroom Fiftytwo, her two daughters (Luna and Anis) are fluent in three languages (that’s Portuguese, German and English!). Ana is all about dressing with ease, whether for the office or in the garden!

Here is a look into her world…

Ana Geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

Ana geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

Biking in the City

Riding a bike in New York City took some adjusting….

…. it was near nauseating riding in a taxi when I first moved here. I’ve since decided I would ride along side them and their unpredictable driving, not to mention the pedestrians walking as they please. But now that I’ve got the swing of things, I really love it! Like live for riding my bike.

Here* I can ride my bike to work! To the movies! To dinner! To the flea market! To the Neue Gallery. I can even ride my bike to Barney’s. Last week was the real start to spring and my bike has thanked me everyday since (all but those pesky rainy days that sneak in and leave my bike chained inside).

There is something so relaxing and at the same thrilling about riding your bike through the city. You get to really check people out for starters, “Oh, hey cute boys hanging outside the coffee shop, oh did I just hit a red light and have to stop for a minute while I fix my hair?” Plus you are inevitably going to pull up next to someone in the bike lane you know and get a quick chat in.

So really, riding your bike is like a social event you don’t even have to put in your calendar. And let’s not forget that riding your bike also counts for exercise! Hello toned legs for the summer…

*I’m from California where my entire life was situated in the backseat (a beach towel because you can always end up at the beach in CA, sneakers, snacks, a Cranberries CD, an outfit for going out in, a coat for the beach, water bottles…)


By brie

Mirror Mirror

I love mirrored glasses. They immediately make it feel like a summer vacation – even in the middle of New York City!

So, we decided to give you a tour through our lenses. Click on the arrows to see all the images!

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Good morning, folks! Just woke up and am enjoying the view from my room, crazy! Love beeing here. Today I’m heading to a couple of meetings but then I have a couple of hours in the afternoon spent with my bestie, can’t wait!

Precious Objects

I know what I’m doing this weekend…

The Gagosian in New York (sorry non-NYers!) is currently holding an exhibition of Victoire de Castellane’s work, Precious Objects. You know her work well, she’s in charge of jewelry design at Dior. Stopping by the exhibition is on my to-do list for this weekend because while drooling over the images online, I saw a small line of text: All works are for sale and may be tried on. B’scuse me?!

Nothing sounds better than playing dress up with Victoire on a Saturday afternoon.

Precious Objects, Victoire de Castellane, Through April 26, 2014. Gagosia Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue.


By alex

Femme

I love Andi’s look because it speaks to me about a femininity that I don’t see so often in the streets of New York.
Okay well, my New York… Maybe I should go uptown more often?
What speaks to me is this chic and certain femininity, which is so sexy – a little bit Italian style.

It’s funny, because I bought a skirt that looks a little bit like that the other day; you can wear it only with heels, and the moment I saw myself in the mirror I was taken back by the added femininity it gave me. For me. who mostly wears jeans and shirts, I though that if I was to dress that way more often, my perception of myself would totally change and you know what? I’d like that.

Then I remembered I like to walk everywhere.
Pffff, life is full of unsolvable contradictions.

Do you find that having really feminine style is tough to keep up in everyday life?

Coat, Michael Kors; Top, Assembly New York; Pants, Tibi; Bag, Stella McCartney; Heels, Manolo Blahnik; Belt, vintage Versace.

At the Open Studio

I can’t believe a week has already gone by since the Open Studio!!!

Here are a few photos to share with you the atmosphere – you’ll see Nicolas who did calligraphy for three hours, the letters that were written at our writing station, Anna trying to organize the space through the day and a lot of other cool moments :)

Thank you again for being with us, IRL or through your screen!!!

Xo
G

Click on the arrows to see more images…

PS: You can shop my collection at Garance Doré Goods!

PPS: And a special thank you to all of our partners who made this amazing weekend possible: Rifle Paper Co., Openhouse, Jack’s Stir Brew, CB2, Ladurée, Veuve Clicquot, Tattly and Eventstagram.

The Mix

I love the way Ngoné mixed up prints in this photo– it’s inspiring since I’m always caught wearing a matchy-matchy outfit (laaaaame!). And that cropped sleeve leopard coat is perfect for easing into spring weather (yeahhhhh!), just layer with a long sleeve tee or sweater and voilà!


PS: The jacket is by Adam Lippes and the bag from Saint Laurent!

The Mix

I love the way Ngoné mixed up prints in this photo– it’s inspiring since I’m always caught wearing a matchy-matchy outfit (laaaaame!). And that cropped sleeve leopard coat is perfect for easing into spring weather (yeahhhhh!), just layer with a long sleeve tee or sweater and voilà!


PS: The jacket is by Adam Lippes and the bag from Saint Laurent!

On the Street…..Lafayette St., New York

It’s so good to be shooting in New York again.

 

However, to be honest, this young lady was visiting from Milano!

Girl Talk

Felicity’s cool bleached denim and white sandals are exactly what I want to wear for spring, which by the way, I think has finally arrived…

On Felicity: jacket and jeans, Étoile Isabel Marant; Shoes, Tabitha Simmons; Clutch, Céline.

Thank You!

Here is a photo taken yesterday, as we were closing the Open Studio!

It rained like crazy all say but it didn’t stop the Studio from being packed from 10am to 8pm (this might explain the fog on the windows), with a crazy moment in the afternoon when there was a line around the block (thank you so much for those who waited in the rain).

It was magic to meet you all and to share so many things, be it during our intimate breakfast on Friday or the super packed talk of yesterday.

I’ll tell you more about it later this week, but today, I wanted to thank everybody that came over, and I hope to do it again soon!!!

Love xxxx G

At the Open Studio

We are here at the Open Studio today until 8pm and tomorrow from 10am – 8pm! I hope to see you!!!

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A coffee with…

A coffee with Tine, Luisia and Langley…

Where: Tiny’s, NYC
What: A new collection from TL-180 with illustrations by Langley.

High

Cassie is wearing boots from H&M, clutch from Proenza Schouler, sweater from Equipment, shirt from Zara and sunglasses from Oliver People’s.

Dries Please!

Attention New Yorkers!

The one and only Dries Van Noten is in town tonight to hang out with you! Well, sort of… he will be in NYC signing copies of his new book “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations” at Barneys on Madison Avenue.

Plus there are some very cool window displays to check out !


By brie

Short Cuts

I was walking down the street with Elisa on Saturday night, and we noticed that the girls seemed to be really, reeeeally bare – like hardly wearing anything at all.

They all had on super tight, super short skirts or shorts – more like panties, really, and tops which were basically bras, and they all seemed terribly excited.

I don’t have to remind you that it was below 20°F: I think we’ve already established on this blog that the city of New York has returned to the ice age.

Anyway, we were freezing, even with our coats on. We couldn’t believe our eyes.

Obviously, for a second there, I wondered if we had turned into disapproving grandmas, to which Elisa replied: “Grandma yourself!”

The more we walked, the colder we got, and the flock of half-naked girls just kept on coming.

So we went on theorizing:
“Noooo, we’re just shocked because it’s cold out. In the summer, everyone in New York is dressed like that and no one gives it a second thought!!!”
“Yeah, it’s true – I’ve noticed the shorts in New York are really really short.”*

That’s when we arrived at Webster Hall and realized that was the final destination of all the skin-tight shorts. (I mean, not final FINAL destination, of course – the butts accompanying them would have to get back home one day, right?)(I hope?)

“Pfffff, that’s the Miley Cyrus influence – this is wrong”* I said, with a disapproving look (but not a disapproving grandma look – just disapproving!!!)

The crowd was there to see a group of DJs I hadn’t heard of*, the Bassjackers (is it just me or do I not know anything anymore*?) (have you heard of them?) – and everything would have been fine in the world of butt showing, except that as soon as I saw the crowd, this is what I noticed: the girls were half-naked, but the guys were all dressed totally normally.

“I mean, in the 70s, clothes were super tight*, but it was the same for guys. I have photos of my dad in bell bottom jeans to prove it!”

Honestly, I’ve always been pretty relaxed about half-nakedness. A little less so when it comes to vulgarity, but I guess vulgarity is a matter of perspective.

Side note: Don’t Fear the Nipple

Did you see what happened to Anja Rubik when she published a photo of herself wearing a sheer top (Not vulgar – beautiful, very sexy – but not vulgar) and Instagram literally shut down her page? I thought that was pretty unbelievable.


It’s fashion, it’s artistic!!! Some people might have said.
Yes, but breasts are breasts, it’s nudity – zero tolerance or it’s all doors opened to pornography!!! The People of Instagram might have responded (I don’t think they responded at all, actually. She just had to open another account), completely freaked out by the downward spiral into porno on Tumblr.

As for Anja, she opened a new account and made “Don’t Fear the Nipple” t-shirts, and I thought that was cool. Even if I don’t necessarily want to free my nipple right this minute.

Honestly, all of this is difficult – there aren’t really any clear lines.

That night in front of Webster Hall, the thing that bothered me was of course the trashiness of it all, but also the fact that only the girls were half-naked – that they thought to be fun and cool as a young girl, they had to show as much skin as possible, look as drunk / sexy / ready for anything as possible.

I don’t know what guys go through as teenagers (I’m sure they have other difficult things to deal with) but anyway, I’m sure they don’t have the same pressure to exhibit themselves and to oversexualize their bodies. Good for them.

Now, what’s the dynamic between them and the crazy, half-naked girls?
No idea. But I don’t think boys “ask” girls to dress like that or that it’s a problem of inequality between boys and girls at all.
I just think that girls imagine that’s what they have to do to be cool and rebellious.

And frankly, it’s easy to judge – I had some big moments of stupidity when I was about 20. It wasn’t always glorious, but I learned from it.

So, all of this is just to say – I’m not really sure what to think. Do you think next time I should tell them to go put some clothes on* or should we just let kids be kids…?

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* Oh la la, I sound like such a grandma! G, SERIOUSLY!!!

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

The Open Studio

Sososososo cool !

We had already announced this in our newsletter, but on Friday and Saturday this week, we will be having an Open Studio !!
For the New York launch of my stationery line with Rifle, I wanted to do an event where we could meet and exchange and we thought the idea of an open studio could be amazing.

I’ll give you the full program super soon, but if you are in New York: we organized talks, workshops with talented people we love and other fun events that will take place in our pop-up on Bowery.

Anna Bond, my team and myself will be there, as well as friends of the blog… You will also be able to purchase the collection, have a coffee, read a magazine, say hello to me, and a ton of other surprises that I can’t wait for you to discover.

If you’re not in New York, we thought about you too, the talks are going to be broadcasted on Google+ and we thought about many different ways to share this moment.

Here is the info and I’ll post a detailed program very soon !

Open Studio
Friday, March 28, 12-8pm
Saturday, March 29, 10-8pm
168 Bowery (Bowery & Kenmare), New York
#garancedorepaper


By admin

Battle of the Croissants

Who makes the best croissant in New York?

Great question, right? Emily, Brie and I brought in our nominees for “Best in NYC” last week for a battle. Of course, we decided to let a total expert (Garance) decide which one tastes the most like you got in from a boulangerie in Paris.

The nominees…

Alex: Mine is from a bakery in Harlem, Patisserie Des Ambassades, and I have no problem getting up extra early to snag one when they open at 7am. It’s light, flaky and just buttery enough. They also have a very good pain au chocolat…or so I hear…

Emily: The croissants at Balthazar just smell like Paris! And have the perfect balance of butter and flake.

Brie: Ceci-Cela croissant. Buttery, soft, flaky, light delicate layers, it’s a perfect croissant straight from the case. And, did I mention voted #1 in NYC (by Serious Eats) or also that I had two yesterday??

The results…

Garance: These croissants were all okay, but I dont think any of them really qualify as the best.
I know you’re going to yell at me, but too bad, here goes: my favorite croissants in New York are the ones at Prêt-À-Manger. They’re always served warm, they melt in your mouth, but are crunchy at the same time, and it’s impossible not to drool like Pavlov’s dogs every time I pass one of their signs, and…gulp: there are a lot of them.


By alex

back in NY

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Pictures by Mattias Swenson

BACK IN BLACK. After traveling for a month straight, I’m finally back in NY and I have to say it feels pretty great to sleep in my own bed again Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I spent a couple of days in London for a photoshoot with Harrods & bunch of lovely ladies last week and I can’t wait to show you guys the result next month. Until then, here are some pictures we shot during NYFW that I never got around posting. The black palazzo pants are definitely a new favorite in my closet!

JACKET Dagmar. SWEATER Emerson Fry (here). SUNGLASSES Céline. CLUTCH Kurt Geiger. PANTS Mango (here). SHOES Jimmy Choo (here).

Ramya

Every time I run into Ramya, she’s always wearing something cool. Like definition of cool, cool. She has a great way of mixing pieces with quirky details, which makes her style really fun.

Ramya Giangola Street Style Photo

I love the little fringe detail on her jeans and the tiny pom-poms on her jacket!

Snow storm in New York

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Flashback to the last look worn in New York, in the middle of a snow storm for the last american showsm shot by Andrew…

Flashback all’ultimo look indossato a New York, nel bel mezzo di una tempesta di neve per le ultime sfilate americane, fotografata da Andrew…

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I was wearing:

DIESEL BLACK GOLD BOOTIES
MOSCHINO BY JEREMY SCOTT TRENCH
CELINE BAG

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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What snowstorm?

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Have you ever worn a cropped top when there is the snow outside? I had never had such a crazy idea before the Calvin Klein show in New York: this look was perfect in colours and proportions. For Calvin Klein this and so much more :)

Avete mai provato la pancia nuda quando fuori c’è la neve? A me non era mai passata questa idea per la mente, prima della la sfilata di Calvin Klein: non ho voluto rinunciare a questo look che avevo scelto all’inizio della settimana e che trovavo perfetto in colori e proporzioni. Per Calvin Klein questo ed altro :)

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I was wearing:

PRADA SHOES
CALVIN KLEIN TOTAL LOOK
CELINE BAG
HAIR BY REDKEN 5TH AVE

Photos by Leslie Kirchhoff

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