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Friday, June 26, 2009

Louis Vuitton Runway Shoes


Yesterday, I picked up my birthday gift at the Louis Vuitton Boutique on 5th Avenue and I love them! I fell in love with these shoes when I saw the S/S 09 Runway show. I wanted to share them with everyone. Navy shoes are impossible to find and what makes this pair so great is the detachable rubber sole; it makes a rather simple shoe a bit edgier. The Vuitton Boutique on 5th Ave. has this pair available in grey, lavender, and navy, of course.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Alexander McQueen Presents Spring 2010


The film was directed by David Sims and "... represents a journey as artistic ideas metamorphose into their physical manifestations, and as the artist himself submits to the painstaking process of invention."

Any thoughts?

Get Handsome!

Hey Everyone,

If you are in NYC this Friday, June 26th you should swing by the Pop Up Flea Market at Openhouse Gallery. What to expect: Alexander Olch neckwear, Custom shirts from Alexander West, custom Billy Kirk Accessories and much more. See Flyer for details. 

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wire My Eyes Shut


Ever wake up and want to tell everyone that attempts conversation not to disturb you- like every morning for the past month because the rain it's just relentless. If you are looking for the perfect "Do Not Disturb" sign, armor against visible boredom (Ahem Anna Wintour) or worst-case scenario, the last Patron shot has left you terribly hung-over and you wake with giant Goyard bags under your eyes- we've all been there. Your sunglasses will save the day– they are the absolute best way to shield yourself. Try these black wire frame sunglasses by Raf Simons they might come in handy when singing panhandlers pass you by on the train making guilty eye contact for coins. But for the Love of God do not wear them at night!

Black Wire Frames

Raf By Raf Simons

Price: $318

Oaknyc.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cooking with Rouge Tomate


Last week, I attended Rouge Tomate's Summer BBQ's and Picnics cooking class taught by Rouge Tomate’s Sous Chef Paul Corsentino and In-house Nutritionist Natalia Rusin. The menu consisted of two main course dishes: A green salad with a Miso Vinaigrette and chicken breast with Homemade BBQ sauce and a Chickpea Burger. My mom was my date for the evening; she would die before she passes up a cooking class taught by the chefs of the infamous restaurant featured on Gossip Girl. This class was right up her alley! Mom loves to cook and host, I guess the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Her exact words were, "This is nothing like the cooking class at William Sonoma."

The class was so much fun and its always a plus when you are being taught by two very attractive cooks while sipping a chilled Rosato di Cabernet Sauvignon from Long Island's Mudd Vineyard, which is a perfect wine for grilling. There is something about a rose that gets you buzzed so fast! Back to the menu, Sous Chef Paul taught us how to prepare the perfect BBQ sauce without adding 2 cups of sugar. The BBQ was the perfect sauce for grilled chicken or a pulled pork sandwich. Sugar is the devil and it will not assist in getting you Speedo ready for your South Beach weekend get-a-way. As for the salad dressing, the Miso Vinaigrette was delightful! It was sweet and surprisingly not oily like most dressings. Having an oily dressing with your salad totally defeats the purpose of eating a healthy green salad. Natalia taught us how to prepare breadless Chickpea Burger, which was pretty damn good. If you are watching your carbs this is the burger for you. Once the burger was seared and cooled Natalia cut it in half and stuffed it with avocado, tomato and caramelized onions. This was a perfect picnic burger.

Rouge Tomate is cooking up side dishes for tonight’s BBQ cooking class. Learn to cook up the menu that envy’s. 


Classes are $50 per class, or 
$175 for the four part series:

June 8th: Hors d'oeuvers

June 15th: Main Courses

June 22nd: Side Dishes

June 29th: Desserts

10 East 60th St.
New York, NY 10022
646.237.8977

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

James Perse On Gilt


Hey Everyone,

Gilt Groupe is having a sale on James Perse here are a few items you can expect on sale. Remember if you are not yet a member click here so you are not missing out!




Malin + Goetz Waxes Cannabis


Are you tired of The Cat Lady in 2C calling the cops every time you ride the Pineapple Express? If you want to spark-up without the risk of legal repercussions and added pounds due to "munchies" try the Cannabis candle by New York apothecary Malin + Goetz. You will find yourself and guests seduced and addicted to the mild spicy aroma lingering through your apartment. The Cannabis candle contains 16% eau de toilette with top notes of orange and lemon, middle notes of fig and pepper, and sandalwood and patchouli as its base notes. Each candle has approximately 60 hours of burn time and is suggested to pair the Cannabis Candle with the Neroli Candle for its "anti-anxiety." I have been addicted to the Cannabis Candle's intoxicating scent- I may have found a new signature scent.

Cannabis Candle
Price: $48 for 9 oz.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Aloha Web Sale



Hey Everyone,

Aloha Rag's Spring/Summer 09 merchandise will go on sale for 30% off select items. The sale begins today at 10 PM EST. Sale items included in this event will display the discounted price in red on the Designer's Collection Page or you can view them all from our Sale Page.

Free shipping for orders over $600 are applicable to both regular and sale price items.


Happy Shopping!

Designer Watch: Anzevino & Florence


Sometimes catastrophes become trophies, is the title of LA label Anzevino and Florence's Fall-Winter 09 collection, which uses unique silhouettes out of supple fabrics. The interactive, modular outfits made with ultra comfortable fabrics like Modal and Bamboo inspired by fencing garb, architecture, and tree bark, says William Anzevino and Richard Florence. 


The duo met in 2000 when the Andy Warhol Museum commissioned them to design a line of tee's using his images, which featured obscure paintings, film stills and quotes created such a success for the designers it drove them to create their own brand which instantly caught the attention of Barneys New York, Ron Herman and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. Anzevino and Florence's chill laid back aesthetic and excellent price-points draws me to the brand. The 'Hazmat' is one of the coolest pieces on the collection- a raw denim jacket with an exaggerated hood is sure to shield you from the wind on a chilly November day wont break the bank at $130. Neither will a sharp cut Gabardine blazer, which cost $92. A circular quilted hooded vest is also going on my list for fall- its the perfect layering piece for your fall Henley's. 

Anzevino and Florence can be found at Oak and Opening Ceremony in New York. 


8040 West 3rd
Los Angeles, CA 90048 
323-205-4180

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gustbuster Umbrella


I have officially had it with all this rain. We all need an umbrella that will withstand the down pour and major wind gusts. Nothing is more embarrassing than getting caught in a wind gust and having your umbrella flip while rushing to work on a rainy morning. The only thing worse than wet trousers is wet cashmere sweater. Neither smells great when wet. To avoid smelling like a wet Cocker Spaniel invest in a good umbrella. Umbrellastand.com has a selection of umbrellas called Gustbuster classic. They are a range of umbrellas available in navy, hunter green, black and even pink. The Gustbuster is made to survive the city winds. Its mechanics allow the umbrella to stay open and is wind proof, automatic with a full 48" canopy. 

Gustbuster Classic
Price: $36

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Topman's White Tee Project

Juun J for Topman, $100

Topman invited select designers to create their ideal version of wardrobe staple: The white tee. Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Christopher Shannon, Juun J, J.W Anderson, Henry Holland alongside Topman Design have commissioned their version of the white tee which is available at Topman and Topman.com. My favorite reworked tee is by Juun J who created an oversized poncho style hooded tee which has a distinctive street wear vibe.

Topman Design Tee, $60

Topman Design Tee, $60

Richard Chai Tee, $60

Phillip Lim Tee, $80

J.W Anderson Tee, $80

Henry Holland Tee, $60

Christopher Shannon Tee, $60

Monday, June 8, 2009

BESS My Jeans


On Wednesday, I popped into Barneys after lunch at Rouge Tomate, but how could I not they are across the street from each other. Plus, I would find any excuse to pop into Barneys. After a few Gin spiked cucumber cocktails, which were amazing, I was ready to shop or at least window shop and tease myself. Moving along, I noticed a BESS NYC display and ran to it. I saw a pair of studded and slashed pocket jeans I have been wanting for quiet some time. Barneys did not have my size, naturally but I was determined to find it. I asked a lovely sales associate where I may find them and he directed me to BESS NYC's SoHo boutique. When I visited the store I was in stud heaven, no pun intended. They had studded everything, jeans and cut-offs, studded boots and Chuck Taylor's, as well as studded apparel. I mean, everything great about a rocker cliche. My favorite jean is offered in ink black as well as a light wash denim, but the ink black skinny jean with the signature slashed and studded pockets is the best black jean in town. Pair the ink black studded jeans with one of Bess' light-weight tanks and Rick Owens high-tops or Doc Martens and rock it out.

Studded Jeans
Price: $300
292 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
212.219.0723

Friday, June 5, 2009

Converse by John Varvatos Gilt Sale

Cotton Hooded Trench
MSRP $425, Gilt $118

Hey Everyone,

Gilt Group is having a great sale on Converse by John Varvatos. Take a sneak peek on sale merchandise. The white slip on sneaker is the perfect summer sneaker. Light and easy-perfect for BBQ's pair them with seersucker shorts and linen tee. The trench coat is also a great buy! You might get some use out of it due to all this rain and hot and cold menopausal weather, but if you don't get to wear it don't fret because summer will leave as fast as it arrived and you'll be fall ready.

Converse by John Varvatos will go on sale today at Noon Est time. If you are not a Gilt Groupe member you're totally missing out. What are you waiting for sign up!

Happy Shopping!


Washed Jersey Jacket
MSRP $195 Gilt Price $68


White Sprint Sneaker
MSRP $125 Gilt Price $58


White Slip On Sneaker
MSRP $125 Gilt Price $58


Cotton Vest
MSRP $195 Gilt Price $58

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Designer Watch: Omar Kashoura


The name Omar Kashoura may not sound familiar to many in The States but Mr. Kashoura has had his hand in the fashion pots for quite sometime. Kashoura began his fashion career at London fashion house Preen and consulted for Unconditional, one of Selfridges beloved labels.

For his Autumn Winter 09 collection entitled "Sunday Best" the British Jordanian designer drew inspiration from the British novel
"Howards End." He combined the rich high society style of Regency England with a casual, distinctly luxurious approach to design; Kashoura used rich purples to communicate a sense of power and opulence. Additionally, Swiss cotton was used in thick stripes of navy are transformed into structured shirting that convey a sense of strength through subtle details. I appreciate Kashoura's great attention to details, which is exactly what he is known for. One of my favorite pieces in the collection is a long-sleeve tee in olive, which he added a drawstring through the crew neck giving a scrunch effect to what would have been your average neckline. An almost knee-length anorak in a navy shiny finish was another favorite of mine. Omar Kashoura objective is to progessive and influence the modern man while focusing on cuts, unique finishing and details- after all it is always about the details! 

Omar Kashoura
Studio 12, Alphabet Square
Hawgood Street
London E3 3RT

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Helmut Lang, rag & bone and Earnest Sewn Sample Sales

Image via NYMag

Helmut Lang and rag & bone
Date & Times: 6/9–6/11; daily (10–7).
Place: 261 W. 36th St., near. Seventh Ave., 2nd Floor. (212-947-8748)

Rag and Bone men;s factory shit is $85, down from $295 (above picture)the sale host inventory of both men's and women's clothing with tee priced at $39 and under, denim caps at $79, blazers are $200 and leather jackets $379 and under. Guys do not get too excited about the silver jacket pictured above it is part of rag and bone's women's collection. I imagine if you have a smaller frame you might be able to squeeze into it. The silver boyfriend jacket is priced at $175.

Earnest Sewn
Date & Times: 6/8–6/14; M (1– 8), T, W, Th, F (10–8), S (10–7), Su (10–3).
Place: 260 Fifth Ave., nearr. 28th St. (212-242-3414).

Expect to spend 75 percent less than you would purchasing Ernest Sewn at Barneys New York and Ernest Sewn flagship store. Men's jeans originally priced at $210 will be marked down to $70, almost free! Yo may also find tees for $20 and men's sweaters for $75, and if you are shopping for that special lady women's jackets are priced at $70.


Happy Shopping!

June Cooking Classes: Summer BBQs & Picnics


Want to surprise the guests at your next summer shindig with a Summer BBQ feast that will have them licking their fingers all the way home? Upper east side stunner Rouge Tomate is hosting cooking classes taught by their Staff Culinary Nutritionist Natalia Rusin along with sous chef Paul Corsentino, expect to prepare the most delicious and nutritious meals of the summer.

Buon Appetito!

Classes are $50 per class, or 
$175 for the four part series:

June 8th- Hors d'oeuvers
June 15th- Main Courses
June 22nd- Side Dishes
June 29th- Desserts

10 East 60th St.
New York, NY 10022
646.237.8977

Monday, June 1, 2009

Q & A with Philip Crangi


RISD graduate Philip Crangi started his fine jewelry collection Philip Crangi Collection along with his forged and fashion forward costume jewelry line Giles and Brother in 2001. It was only a matter of time before he would be awarded with the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. In this exclusive interview with What He Wears, Philip discusses inspiration for his fall collections, which trends he loathes, and dishes some advice for men wanting to add jewelry to their look. 

WHW: I enjoyed your Spring/Summer collection. I used several pieces for a shoot I worked on entitled  "Henley and I," and everyone on set was in love- including myself. Do you find it difficult designing jewelry for men?

PC: Designing for men can be tricky; it’s about creating something that feels like it’s been yours forever, and that gets better the more you wear it.

WHW: Do you have any favorite pieces or are they like your children, therefore no calling out favs?

PC: Yes indeed, I do have favorites. I love the railroad spike cuff and leather wrap bracelets; they seem like the most distilled ideas to me and many other pieces emerged from them.

WHW: Do you remember your very first jewelry purchase?

PC: Yes. I bought my mom this carnelian intaglio horse-head ring at Eckard Drugs in Boca when I was 7 years old. It was Mother’s Day.

WHW: When did you realize you wanted to make your passion for designing and forging jewelry something you do for a living?

PC: It sort of just happened organically. I knew as soon as I started making jewelry that I was on the right path, but as far as making a living doing it, that took many years of trial and error.

WHW: I read you find traveling, “The most inspiring thing,” how do your travels inspire your work?

PC: Just being put into a new environment and being forced to look at things in a different way really opens up my mind.

WHW: When we spoke at the Save Fashion event, I was telling you how I’m really not a fan of bling; I find it obnoxious to see men ‘blinged out.’ What trends in men’s jewelry do you loathe?

PC: Chunky silver, no offence to Mr. Lagerfeld.

WHW: You’ve done collaborations with designers like Vera Wang, Shipley and Halmos, and most recently for Fall 09 you collaborated with Jason Wu. How did that come about?

PC: Well, Jason approached us about collaborating on his Fall ’09 collection and we were developing a few things that really worked with Jason’s collection. I think it was successful because of how different our aesthetics are and how unexpected the pairing was.

WHW: Some men do not venture out in the jewelry department. They wear a watch and that’s the extent of it. Do you have any advice for men wanting to experiment with jewelry?

PC: A watch is a gateway to jewelry and a great place to start. But men, like women, should feel more like themselves when they put on jewelry, so there’s no point in forcing the issue. Wear what feels good.

WHW: What was your inspiration for fall?

PC: I built on some classic men’s motifs—beaded necklaces, leather and brass, and simple, iconic pieces.

WHW: What’s next for Philip Crangi?

PC: I plan on spending the summer pushing the limits of my tan. 

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