THANK YOU, BILL BLASS!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

BlassMuse

When it comes to interviews and profiles, I’m used to be being on the question-posing side of the conversation. But on a rare occasion of role reversal, it was an absolute honor and pleasure to be interviewed by Chris Benz of Bill Blass as part of the label’s new Blass Muse lineup.

Chris asked me about personal style, how it’s evolved, my own fashion muses, and who’s closet I’d most love to raid. You can read the whole interview here.

Secret Beaches and Private Islands: A Guide to José Ignacio, Uruguay

Saturday, January 9th, 2016
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Bahia Vik (Image © Copyright Laura Neilson)

 

Beginning in November and running through February, Uruguay’s José Ignacio transforms from a sleepy fishing village into a buzzing haven for surfers and international jet-setters swapping their winters for South America’s summer season. It’s a lively and social scene indeed, but for those seeking a quieter, mellow respite from the stresses of urban life, it’s still very possible to enjoy this popular coastal destination while keeping a low profile. From a secret beach club on a secluded island to a yoga studio with massage therapy on the menu, here are some ways to relish in José Ignacio’s more laid-back offerings.
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The Nordic Hideaway: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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PORTER MAGAZINE, WINTER ESCAPES 2015 (Issue 12)

“Mrs. Mandolin’s” Miami: An Insider’s Guide on Where to Eat, Drink, and Play

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

 

Mandolin_VogueCall it foresight: Six years ago, when Anastasia Koutsioukis and her husband opened Mandolin, their exquisite Aegean bistro tucked away in Miami’s Design District, the neighborhood was still a far cry from the trendy, art-fueled destination it is today. For years, Mandolin remained a best-kept secret among members of a certain creative set, not just for its beautiful Turkish- and Greek-inspired fare, but also for Koutsioukis—aka “Mrs. Mandolin”—herself. A perennial hostess with an exceptional eye for design, the former New Yorker is thankfully expanding the brand with a recently opened beachfront outpost at Miami’s Soho House, and another location at the Soho House in Istanbul.

This spring, Koutsioukis will also debut MrsMandolin, a lunch counter and coffee bar specializing in breakfast and lunch dishes, while a separate boutique area will be outfitted with an assortment of lifestyle products, tabletop items, and travel finds selected by Mrs. Mandolin herself. Visitors to Miami should make a point of dining at Mandolin posthaste, but as Koutsioukis is proud to note, there’s an abundance of new arrivals worth experiencing as well: “Miami is having its moment right now. It’s an exciting time as the creative community helps to redefine this seductive city,” she says.

Here, she offers up her favorite Miami spots for eating and drinking. (more…)

Ryan McGinley’s Upstate New York

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Since 2004, Ryan McGinley has taken summer road trips across America with a gang of models — excursions that have yielded some of his best-known work. But his next two shows at Team Gallery (running semi-concurrently at both gallery locations in SoHo and Venice, Calif.), reveal a dramatic shift in thematic focus. Whereas McGinley’s road trip series resulted in youthful, sometimes forlorn-feeling images of nude forms set against the backdrop of landscapes that varied according to geographic location, this most recent collection of photographs was shot entirely in upstate New York.

For “Winter” (opening tomorrow in New York) and “Fall” (opening Nov. 15 in Venice), the 37-year-old photographer’s lens captures the theme of change through time, specifically the cooler seasons of the year, and their wildly different representations of nature and weather conditions. “In 2004, I made a promise to myself that I would travel America extensively for 10 years,” McGinley explains. “After my annual summer road trip in 2014, I had achieved that goal. I wanted something new, and shooting the fall and winter upstate felt like a huge change,” he adds. (more…)

Inside Opening Ceremony’s Dance Performance

Monday, September 14th, 2015

By now, Opening Ceremony fans know to expect some kind of unconventional Fashion Week presentation that takes Humberto Leon’s and Carol Lim’s outside-the-box thinking beyond a traditional runway (last season’s presentation occurred in tandem with a pop-up photography show by Spike Jonze; the season before, the designers staged a theatrical performance).

This season the duo brought back the runway format, but not without turning it on its head: A number of models stumbled. They tripped, they slipped, they went down — several times, too. But it was not at all graceless, and certainly not unintentional. Leon and Lim had enlisted Justin Peck, current resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet, to help stage a presentation — no, a performance — that would include seven dancers from the company in perilously tall heels embedded among the phalanx of models. (more…)

A Recipe From Rachel Comey’s Fashion Week Feast

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Pair the fashion designer Rachel Comey with chef Ignacio Mattos of Estela for a dinner-party-slash-fashion show and you’ve got a recipe for one very chic unofficial start to New York Fashion Week, which begins today. Add in a musical performance by Justin Vivian Bond, choreographed models donning Comey’s spring/summer 2015 collection, a sprawling arts venue near the Brooklyn waterfront, and it’s no wonder the event last night drew a crowd that included notable artists and performers, as well as fellow figures from the style and culinary worlds.

The event, held at the artist Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works center in Red Hook and co-hosted by Adam Rapaport of Bon Appetit magazine, was the kick-off event for the magazine’s Feast or Fashion series, now in its fifth year, which highlights the flourishing symbiosis between fashion and food with several events each season. It was also a much-anticipated evening for Comey’s regulars, who each season look forward to her relaxed, elaborate evening dinner parties, which she began throwing two years ago in lieu of the standard-format runway. “I don’t go to many fashion shows during the week — only the few that I have a personal connection to. And Rachel’s are always really interesting and different,” said Debbie Harry, a regular attendee whose fellow guests last night included Emily Mortimer, Zadie Smith, Cindy Sherman and the actor Paul Dano.

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/t-magazine/rachel-comey-fashion-week-spring-2016-feast.html
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Westwind Orchard

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Down a winding road, nestled deep in the Rondout Valley between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, sits Westwind Orchard, a pick-your-own-apples farm two hours north of Manhattan. That it’s located in the harmonious-sounding town of Accord, New York, lends even more appeal to the orchard’s charms. And then there are the stewards of the land, its proprietors Laura Ferrara and her husband, Fabio Chizzola, who both maintain dual identities. “Most people here don’t know what I do,” says Ferrara over lunch at the farm this past May. She’s referring to her other profession as one of the fashion industry’s top stylists. Chizzola, meanwhile, originally from Rome, leads a second career as a fashion photographer. For 13 years, the couple and their son, Matteo, have divided their time between the Westwind and an apartment in downtown Manhattan.

Fashion has been Ferrara’s primary occupation for nearly two decades—her work has been seen in Vogue, Glamour, and Marie Claire, along with dozens of ad campaigns—and yet the Brooklyn-raised Italian remains an anomaly in that codified world. Preferring a uniform of comfortable, trend-proof classics—Levi’s, white tee, army jacket—Ferrara’s philosophy on fashion and beauty is far more in line with that of an organic farmer. “We modify food to make it bigger or look more perfect in the produce aisle, but it’s not real, and it’s not good for you. And you see the same thing with plastic surgery and how we alter ourselves to meet these unrealistic standards,” she says. (more…)

Jimmy Moffat at Red Hook Labs

Monday, May 25th, 2015

“The people here are very renegade, very do-it-yourself,” Jimmy Moffat says during a recent tour through Red Hook Labs, the 11,000-square-foot photography studio and exhibition space he opened in Brooklyn just last month. Indeed, the industrial, hardscrabble setting seems a fitting one for Moffat, who famously launched the photography agency Art + Commerce in the early 1980s with Anne Kennedy and Leslie Sweeney out of Kennedy’s West Village apartment. “We would move her bed out when we had a meeting and put a little table down,” Moffat recalls. “There was a place called Texarkana downstairs. My friend was the bartender, and he set a dedicated line for me at the bar so I could answer calls there.” (more…)

At Jack Shainman’s Upstate Space, a Venice Golden Lion Winner Has Room to Spread Out

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The New York gallerist Jack Shainman loves a fine spectacle, especially when it surrounds one of his artists. This Sunday, El Anatsui’s retrospective show debuted at Shainman’s massive upstate space, The School, where a crowd of more than 1,000 flocked to take in the Ghanaian-born sculptor’s large-scale metal works, along with early painting and pottery projects. Outside, tents offered shade from the afternoon sun and 80-degree weather, as visitors lingered over snacks from local Hudson Valley food trucks stationed on the property.

For the full post: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/jack-shainman-el-anatsui

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