Francesca Amfitheatrof (Interview Magazine, September 2014)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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An Art Magazine Featuring Beyoncé, Kelly Osbourne and Other Stars Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The photographers Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen forged a professional partnership under the moniker of Herring & Herring, a tribute to their shared love of the pickled fish. Under it, they produce provocative and modern images for commercial and editorial clients spanning from Gucci and DeBeers to Vice magazine. Last year the pair created their first issue of Herring & Herring magazine, a text-free monograph devoted to fashion photography, which they published under the title “Fit to Print” and sent out to industry colleagues and friends.

Next month, the duo will release their second issue and first available to the public, “Framed.” Featuring seven different covers, it’s a 100-page compendium of unexpected, humorous, sometimes absurd images of celebrity subjects: Elijah Wood living out a surrealist day in suburban Hollywood, Beyoncé cheekily showing off her curves, Fred Armisen posing as various archetypal characters, including a black-lipsticked goth rocker. The shoots were challenging for some; Kelly Osbourne, for instance, appeared with several other female models, all naked. “The experience went from terrifying to inspirational and gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for self-confidence,” she wrote later on her blog.

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/fashion-photography-magazine-herring-and-herring-features-beyonce-elijah-wood-fred-armisen/

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Working Hard Pays— And Christina Tosi Can Prove It

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Tosi_SuperwomanCrack pie, compost cookies, cereal-milk-flavored soft serve — six years ago, these hilariously named confections would have been the stuff of fantastical sugar-laden dreams and late-night binges. Today, they’re signature trademarks of Milk Bar, the growing bakery franchise co-owned by David Chang and his pastry chef Christina Tosi. These madcap items are more than just trailblazing baked goods — they’re Tosi’s edible manifestations of what it means to be unapologetic about what you believe in.

Of course, trusting her gut plays heavily into the 32-year-old’s story of finding success as a chef and entrepreneur, most notably when she moved to New York to study pastry at the French Culinary Institute), and again when she joined David Chang’s Momofuku team — taking on a non-cooking job — back before the restaurant franchise was even a shadow of the globally known phenomenon it is today.

URL: http://www.refinery29.com/christina-tosi

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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…)

After Letterman, a New Future

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

When Future Islands appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show” last month, the blistering performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” went viral, amassing more than 1.3 million views on YouTube to date.

“We went out there and did what we do every night on tour,” said William Cashion, the band’s bass and guitar player, during a tour stop in Billings, Mont. “We’ve been at it a long time.”

Fans will get to see for themselves when Future Islands plays Webster Hall on Wednesday. Its following is a growing one, thanks in part to the Letterman performance, a relentless touring schedule (130 to 160 shows a year, said its lead singer, Samuel Herring ) and a new album, titled “Singles.” Since its official formation in 2006, the band has toured almost nonstop, racking up over 800 live shows along the way.

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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.

URL: http://nyti.ms/1gWM81F

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