A Fashionable Sugar-Coated Cookie, Made For Afternoon Tea

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

This past Saturday, the Steven Alan Home Shop in TriBeCa served up a sweet deal: complimentary cold-brew green tea blends from the Brooklyn- and Japan-based purveyor Tea Wing, and cookies and tea cakes from Burrow bakery for anyone browsing the store’s wares.

Having (iced) afternoon tea at the store wasn’t completely out of left field (the Home Shop stocks Tea Wing’s products year-round), but it was the first time Steven Alan had invited Kurokawa to fill the space with her unique treats, like lemon and hazelnut tea cakes. Although she’s best known for her custom portrait cookies — uncanny facial renderings in the form of palm-sized iced shortbread cookies that can be ordered online — Burrow’s founder and sole baker Ayako Kurokawa lends the same artfulness to her many other confections.

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/recipe-coconut-sugar-coated-cookie-ayako-kurokawa/

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A Summer Workout From a Personal Trainer to the Fashion Set

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Photos by Nils Ericson

Squats, push-ups, lunges, sit-ups: these are the physical drills most of us have been familiar with since elementary school gym class. And according to Will Torres — the personal trainer behind Willspace whose clientele includes Calvin Klein, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Andy Cohen and the model Ashley Smith — they’re the basis to achieving your ideal body. That may sound like an overly simplistic notion, especially in this era of hybridized fitness routines, but at Torres’s intimate West Village studio, it’s the focus on precision and consistency that render these timeless workouts effective. “There’s no point in progressing to a new exercise if you haven’t perfected fundamental movements like hinging and torque,” Torres says. “And you don’t need a lot of equipment.”

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/workout-advice-from-calvin-klein-personal-trainer-will-torres/ (more…)

Will Work For Food

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
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Marie-Claire, June 2014

The Hudson Valley’s Newest Art Destination

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Photo by James Ewing

The last time artwork adorned the walls of the Martin Van Buren school in Kinderhook, N.Y., it had been commissioned at the request of elementary school teachers. On Saturday, however, both new and retrospective pieces by the artist Nick Cave were installed throughout the newly converted 30,000-square-foot building, while dancers costumed in Cave’s idiosyncratic Soundsuits performed outside for a crowd of art-world cognoscenti and local residents. The early evening celebration feted both the opening of what is simply being called The School, Jack Shainman Gallery‘s colossal addition to two gallery spaces in Chelsea, as well as the 30th anniversary of the gallery itself.

Joining Dia Beacon, Storm King, the much-hyped forthcoming Marina Abramovic Institute and other new galleries that recently cropped up in the area, the reworked 1929 Federal Revival building and its five-acre property — situated near the main square of the quaint, picturesque village — offer yet another lure for art seekers heading north from the city.

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/hudson-valley-art-destination-kinderhook-jack-shainman-nick-cave-soundsuits/ (more…)

The Few, the Brave: Men in Tights

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Given the winter’s crazy cold, it was hardly surprising to see men layering black sports tights under shorts for their workouts and outdoor runs — sensible, even. What was more of a shock was to see some of those men take the look out of the gym, incorporating it into their daily street wear.

Eli Halili, a 34-year-old jewelry designer in Manhattan, wears Adidas running tights at the gym. But his commitment to the look — what he calls “meggings,” as in “man leggings” — is such that he also has a thicker-ply version from the Norwegian ski wear label KJUS for everyday wear.

“They’re comfortable and fashionable, but you don’t feel like you’re too overdressed,” Mr. Halili said.

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/fashion/the-few-the-brave-men-in-tights.html (more…)

Food Matters | A New York Chef’s Home-Cooking Essentials

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Camille Becerra is no stranger to departures and homecomings. “We actually lived here before,” the chef and food stylist says, waving around her sun-filled TriBeCa loft. “That day the towers went down, we physically left,” she says of Sept. 11, which prompted her to flee with her then six-month-old daughter to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, where they lived for seven years. During that period in her new neighborhood, Becerra opened Paloma, a restaurant housed in a converted parking garage, which she named after her daughter. In 2008 the restaurant burned down, and Becerra returned to her beloved loft in Manhattan.

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Wayne Sterling – September 2013

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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Gingham Fashion Has a Summer Moment

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Little is ever as it seems in a Prada show. That was certainly true for the label’s fall 2013 presentation. Dramatically suggestive silhouettes were projected on the walls: birds alighting on a window sill, a lone cat, a woman in a doorway. On the catwalk, models had dripping-wet hair that suggested a sudden change of plans. It all lent the event an air of film noir-ish unease.

However, it was the many coats and dresses in gingham-checked wool that best expressed designer Miuccia Prada’s penchant for tradition-twisting. In her hands, the innocent pattern became sensual and a touch wayward on dresses with slipped-off-the-shoulder straps (pictured above) and swingy coats worn over semisheer dresses. It all seemed to say: The lady has misbehaved.

Ms. Prada “is obsessed with this Hitchcockian, twisted midcentury woman—slightly repressed but strong,” said Barbara Atkin, vice president of fashion direction at Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. “Gingham has the connotation of vulnerability. I kept thinking of Dorothy in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ trying to find her way home. I think the Prada show was a commentary on women’s vulnerability and struggle.”

Prada isn’t the only one playing with gingham. This summer, the fabric that usually lines picnic baskets is showing up in myriad unexpected forms.

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The Art of the Fashion Investment

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

For Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley, co-owners of New York City’s Kirna Zabête—a colorful boutique with an aesthetic one might describe as “high-fashion candy store”—overflowing wardrobes are a job hazard. “That’s just a reality of my life: I save everything,” said Ms. Buccini, who refers to one of her closets as “the archive.”

Later this month, the pair will have even more wardrobe-busting temptations with which to contend. Ms. Buccini and Ms. Easley will relocate their business to a 10,000-square-foot space at 477 Broome St., a block away from their current location on Greene St., which they opened in 1999. The décor of the store, by interior designer Steven Gambrel, will prominently feature Kirna Zabête’s trademark colors—bright pink and red—along with new elements like a black-and-white striped floor. They’ve also created a large eveningwear section, and added 30 new labels including Mary Katrantzou, Nina Ricci, Sacai, Roland Mouret and Valentino.

Even with constant access to the newest clothes and accessories, both women still keep and regularly wear items from past seasons. In this capricious era of fast-fashion and short-lived trends, finding pieces that endure, both in terms of workmanship and style, has become a challenge. However, Ms. Buccini and Ms. Easley, both 41, agree that it’s not impossible.

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Angel Sanchez: Structural Design

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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Featured in Design Bureau’s special edition issue, Weddings By Design (on newsstands, Spring 2013)