There’s nothing we love more than virtual voyeuristic visits with fellow fabulous New Yorkers. The original real-life interiors photographer Dominique Nabokov (long before The Selby and Backyard Bill started snapping pics of stylish spaces) started documenting the inside lives of others as understood by their living rooms some 20 years ago. Her visits with celebrated artists, writers, designers, intellectuals, and the occasional celebrity was compiled into a humble, but fascinating, survey titled New York Living Rooms. … Read More
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Just a few days ago, models at Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week made headlines because of a certain accessory that several of them wore as they strutted down the catwalk: prototypes of Google’s high-tech, computerized glasses. Still in the very early stages of development under the name Project Glass, these headband-like pieces function almost like a wearable smartphone, and are expected to be available for retail sometime in 2014. Click through to watch some fascinating point-of-view footage shot by Furstenberg and her team of fashionistas — which marks the first time any video has been filmed entirely through Glass. Ain’t technology grand? … Read More
When Henry David Thoreau famously said, “if you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be,” he could never have known that he’d predicted today’s ultimate measure of success: a fabulous New York City penthouse.
A testament to the architecture of happiness and prosperity, living life up high is one thing all of these stylish New Yorkers have in common. From Julian Schnabel’s triplex penthouse in Greenwich Village to Diane Von Furstenberg’s green-roofed version in the Meatpacking District to the minimal Midtown duplex Anderson Cooper’s ditching for an old firehouse, click through to check out our roundup of abodes in the air up there. Which one do you want to live in? … Read More
Over the past 16 years, Parisian charity event Les Sapins de Noël des Créateurs has called upon lauded fashion designers, artists, and architects to put their own spin on the classic Christmas tree — for a good cause, of course. Masterminded by Marie-Christiane Marek, the yearly event is held in early December and showcases innovative tree creations by fashion’s most adored houses. The designs go on display for the public to enjoy before being auctioned off to support a children’s charity — this year’s proceeds supported Association pour la Vie-Espoir contre le Cancer (A.V.E.C.). Given full creative license, the designers have kept a basic tree silhouette in mind, but completely departed from the norm, fashioning gorgeous trees composed of an ever-expanding variety of materials, like Stella McCartney’s festive ode to knitting and Chantal Thomas’s bizarre mannequin-leg masterpiece. Check out Christmas trees by the likes of Christian Dior, Chanel, and Sonia Rykiel after the jump. … Read More
Cater waiters: so 2009. DIY food orgies, though? The Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Ball has convinced this writer that a little viscerality and self-service never hurt anyone, especially when it comes to the usually-stuffy dinner gala format. Celebrating its partnership with The Met to create the largest costume collection in the world, the museum threw a fundraising bash featuring an installation series by Jennifer Rubell, all of it edible. Rubell (if that name rings a bell, it should: she’s the daughter of renowned Miami art collectors Don and Mera Rubell) last made a splash in New York at the Performa09 benefit dinner with a biblically-inspired feast that New York Times art critic Roberta Smith described as “meld[ing] installation art, happenings and performance art with various Old Testament overtones, while laying waste to the prolonged ordeal that is the benefit-dining experience.” Get the scoop Rubell’s “Icons” and see who we ran into at the cheese table, after the… Read More