Thursday, August 19, 2010
This Summer's evening began with a buzz and ended with a remarkable fashion light show that encompassed 155 rooms of The Standard New York. Promising "a night of harmoniously synchronized fashion, light and sound," the folks at Target pulled out all the stops tonight for what was indeed an unparalleled spectacle of light, music and fashion.
From The NY Daily News: "The entire show brought together a who's who in music, beauty and fashion including NY composer Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegal from N.A.S.A who created the original score with a 30 piece live orchestra and a 10 person chorus recorded in Frank Sinatra's old studio.
Creating a dance program that was clothing-focused was no easy task, says L.A.-based choreographer Sir Ryan Heffington. He had the task of translating movement to the vibrant colors used throughout the show.
"While models best showcase a garment, dancers exude the energy behind the design and concept of the clothing," he says. "It's been a beautiful marriage. My goal was to bring life and excitement to the individual clothing pieces, and dancers have been essential to this process."
Celebrity stylist Mel Ottenberg and beauty collaborator Sonia Kashuk partnered to create the looks for the models and dancers. Drawing inspiration from musicals like West Side Story and Robert Long's drawings, the team spent hours dressing and tailoring the outfit in a studio strewn with lace-up ankle boots, motorcycle jackets and brightly hued tights.
After he set up the outfits, Kashuk was brought in to create unique "Kaleidoscopic"-themed beauty looks. Three color palettes - blue, red and green - will be used to represent fall's defined, polished style."
While a smattering of protestors reminded the crowd of the recent controversy surrounding the brands questionable donations to right-wing politicians, the crowd stood awestruck as the display unfurled across the west side of Manhattan.
Kudos to the brand for pulling off a majestically creative exposition the likes of which Manhattan, or the world I would say, has never seen before, well done!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Favorite body washes are a lot like dating…you kinda know what you want when you see it, your senses peak when you smell them and the wrong ones leave you wondering what you were thinking, wishing you never experienced them to begin with.
Working in beauty public relations I like to keep an eye on what’s in the market and while I’m not big on the latest “haul” videos of crap I’ve purchased, I do have a short list of current body washes that I like (to date) and a few that I’m lovin’ from a man's perspective.
The Cool Buchu Bodywash ($28 for 300ml) is somewhat new for Molton Brown and is enriched with plant extracts of buchu and wild water mint. If you’re wondering what Buchu is, as I was, it’s a genus of Agathosma which mean’s “good fragrance” from the southern cape of Africa. Here, the scent reminds me a bit of the old blue Polo cologne, at least I think it was that one, it’s fresh and manly. While I generally don’t favor fragrant washes, I use this one on “special” occasions when I’m cool with having a scent wash over me. Product provided by the brand.
Kanebo’s “Refreshing” Body Wash ($30 for 300ml) is a great standard for everyday use. With hints of green tea accents, the blend is light and indeed refreshing on the body. It leaves you feeling and smelling just the right kind of clean. Having worked with the brand, this item gives me simple appreciation for all that Kanebo’s SENSAI line of skincare does for you using key ingredients and skincare research to achieve luxe and powerful results. The brand is only available in the US at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC, but on BG's website as well as www.neimanmarcus.com and their own brand site for all items. Product provided by the brand.
My absolute go-to brand though has got to be the Thymes for their fantastic Eucalyptus Body Wash (ranges up to $18 for 9.25oz). The blend of eucalyptus, crisp Italian lemon, lime and something called petitgrain also adds honey for hydration and jojoba oil and aloe vera and vitamin e for a moisturizing combo. The have a great variety of newly introduced “flavors” and lines which are fun to explore if you’re so inclined, but I stick with this and look for it everywhere, specialty apothecaries are usually a great place to find it and when you do (for less than $15?!) buy it!
I have to say that I was skeptical that Ivory could pull off a liquid version of the bar soap so many of us grew up on, but they did! Coming in a variety of choices as well—I stick to the old standard Simply Ivory fragrance for the Ivory Body Wash ($4.99 for 24oz). The shear size of this product and the trusted name bespeaks a nice little luxury that’s more than affordable for any bathroom. It’s the must-have standard for me. Find this one everywhere from your local Walgreen’s to Duane Reade.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
An except from my Food & Drink NY column in the Summer issue of h Magazine from LA available at select Barnes & Nobles in NYC www.h-monthly.com
Rabbit In The Moon
47 West 8th Street off 6th Avenue
Rabbit In The Moon
47 West 8th Street off 6th Avenue
After you’ve been to the beach, picnic’d in the park or spent a day rambling the streets of SoHo shopping and you’re parched and hungry...what better way to end one adventure or begin a new one then by taking a trip to an English Manor house straight out of the Lakes District?
Nightlife impresario and charming bon vivant Rocco Ancarolo has opened Rabbit In The Moon drawing inspiration from the East Asian myth of if you see the rabbit outlined in a full moon you’re in love. Gone are the days of one-name clubs like Boom he opened eons ago and today he’s serving up sophisticated comfortable fare to those in the know.
Smack dab on 8th Street more famed for shoe shopping then food, he’s landed a gorgeous estate in the heart of the village right across from the demure Jimmy Hendrix Electric Lady Studio. Stepping past the ivy covered walls that adorn the façade here (there is no name) brings you into a world of dark oak and cherry wood paneled walls with oil paintings that harkens back to when knights ruled the day. There’s even a dizzying history of pubs artfully emblazoned across the ceiling of the second floor parlor if you have the patience or buzz to read it all.
The drinks here come fresh from ingredients the bar chef’s have culled from local markets and are smartly presented with rich flavors and textures that don’t pull any punches. Their 8th Street Smash is Maker’s Mark bourbon muddled with house-brandied cherries, whiskey bitters, lemon juice and an Orgeat syrup of almonds, sugar and flowered waters. This complex concoction is meant to be savored. The Cucumber Moon is lighter fare served up in a martini glass of Svedka Vodka, garden fresh cilantro, cucumbers, lime juice and agave nectar; it packs a sweetly tart flavor and a buzz by its second sip. The Manor Fizz is smooth and light with a Citadelle Cask gin muddled with fresh pear, egg whites and lemon juice that gives it a sweet and tangy bite.
Sampling the wines here too is a must, the restaurant has amassed a short list of obscure and flavorful pairings you won’t find just anywhere. Inspired by the burgeoning update of pub food in the UK, chef Brian Bieler has created a gastro-pub menu that offers remarkably generous portions. The fresh Rabbit Terrine is a plate of full of flavor, textures and color that will fill you up with an accompanying hearty Cranberry bread that comes, as does all their baked breads, from a local Serbian baker.
The Banger’s and Mash are remarkable; the sweet Parmesan whipped potatoes are richly tempting beyond measure! The pairing of fresh sweet pork sausages are alight with fragrant spices and the dish, like many here, is easily shared.
The Roasted Colorado Leg of Lamb is one dish you’ll want to call all your own though, perfectly cooked lamb comes on a bed of baby vegetables that would make Beatrix Potter proud. The dish’s tsaziki sauce zings with flavor and is a cool companion for this rich plate. Fish and Chips come oversized with hand-cut crispy fries with a mixture of flaky cod, calamari, baby octopus and shrimp, an honorable homage updated with flavor.
Don’t step out the door though without tasting their desserts, the Cup de Crème is a remarkable vanilla pudding-take on crème brule that is heaven in a china cup with a perfectly crisp crackle atop a smooth cream that will leave you floating down the cobble stones streets in search of Camelot.