2012 March 2

Lost & Found at The Beverly Room!

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Leopard Print Coat, $138 Leopard Print Coat, $138
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Sometimes diamonds are a girl's best friend. And sometimes it's good, ol' fashioned OxiClean. The Beverly Room's Mauri Weakley explains. 

If you happen to be scavenging for vintage rather than selecting one of those perfectly presented pieces from a place like Resurrection (I lust!) more than likely you are going to have to do a little dirty work for yourself. Be it changing the buttons, shortening the hem, or soaking soiled and stained cottons, generally good (and cheap!) finds require a little TLC. 

At The Beverly Room this certainly was the week of the quick fix. I changed buttons on a leopard print coat with a trip to M&J Trimming at 37th Street and 6th Avenue, salvaged some beautiful embroidered whites with a bathtub of OxiClean (my new best friend!), and restored a 1920s Spanish dancing dress via the brilliant Bridge Cleaners in Brooklyn. Fear not Manhattanites, their sister location is King Cleaners at King and 6th Avenue.  

I am so upset with myself for not taking 'before' photographs of the aforementioned 1920s Spanish dancing dress. When I plucked it from the racks, the red satin was faded and the crinoline was in an unimaginably soiled and crusty state. However, the magicians at Bridge Cleaners returned it to me better than I could have ever dreamed! They removed the crinoline for a deep soak, dry cleaned the exterior satin bodice and skirt and stitched the entire thing back together. Unbelievable craftsmanship and lots of hard work! 

It's incredible what you can do when you sport the "potential" thinking cap. And ladies, do yourself a favor; pick up a tub of OxiClean at your local Duane Reade. It's going to be your best friend when New York City's steamy summer rolls around!

To shop the entire collection online, go to TheBeverlyRoom.com or visit Mauri at The Beverly Room inside the Garage on 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues every Saturday and Sunday.


2012 March 1

Things to Discuss: Elettra Wiedemann Beats Out Jennifer Aniston for Scene Mag's First Cover

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From Alex Williams' intriguing piece in today's New York Times: "For the inaugural issue, [Scene EIC Peter Davis] considered Justin Theroux, draped in motorcycle leathers as he squires Jennifer Aniston around town. Mr. Davis even considered his new Twitter friend, Courtney Love, who is not exactly listed in the Social Register." But! Model-cum-foodie and entrepreneur-to-be Elettra Wiedemann beat out them both. Believe it! 


2012 March 1

Gaga Goes to Harvard

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Lady Gaga tried on her Ivy League hat yesterday, namely a tall cage-like chapeaux, as she descended upon the Harvard U campus to launch her Born This Way Foundation to empower youth. Oprah and Deepak Chopra were on hand to help the pop sensation along with 1,100 students, faculty, and guests. "I wish there was [a kindness law]," Gaga told the crowd. "Because, you know, I’d be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it!"



2012 March 1

K-Stew Joins the Front Row at Balenciaga!

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Kristen Stewart at Balenciaga Fall 2012! Kristen Stewart at Balenciaga Fall 2012!
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Look who Chic spotted on her front row perch at Balenciaga this morning! Kristen Stewart (sans R-Patz) posed for the paps in between Anna Wintour and Charlotte Gainsbourg in head-to-toe Balenciaga that reportedly cost over $3,000. (Pocket change, darlings.) In January, the Twilight star inked a deal as the new face of the French house's forthcoming fragrance, hitting stores this fall. Smells like a winning combo!


2012 March 1

'Gimme Shelter!' Says New York Mag

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To discuss: New York mag is building out its biz with New York Design Hunting, a print spinoff of its popular weekly digital newsletter of the same name, due this May. The new title will be edited by Wendy Goodman, who currently helms the newsletter and other design-y matters at the mag. The stats: A circ of 75,000, and a price tag of $6.99 for half of those issues, while the other half will be given gratis to industry spots (showrooms, designers, and the ilk). Like the biannual sister title New York Weddings, the haute home mag will aim to hit newsstands more than once a year (pending the success of its launch issue). Why shelter, and why now? Ad pages at top titles in the category are looking plummy, as are chez-related ad sales for New York. Come May, we'll see if the buzz (and apparent appetite) for domestic chic-ifying is still going strong...


2012 March 1

J.Crew Suits Up Tribeca (Part Deux)

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J.Crew's Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson J.Crew's Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson
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Have you met J.Crew's Ludlow suit? Surely you have by now. After all, the slim-cut, subtly flattering, modestly priced getup once warranted 1,042 words in the Observer. But if that doesn't convince you of its popularity, perhaps the fact that the suiting style inspired the name of a (second) Tribeca outpost of J.Crew will. Just don't take an accidental detour to the LES en route to The Ludlow Shop at 50 Hudson Street, which opened its doors yesterday. The chic space is tricked out with the likes of a Mies van der Rohe sofa, vintage vinyl, and old-school architect's blueprint cabinets. The dapper apple doesn't fall far from the tree, either; the namesake Ludlow style debuted at the Liquor Store a couple blocks away four years ago. Also on tap at the new digs: pecial collabs on shirts, shoes, and cashmeres to gussy up that Ludlow. But really, you came for the suit, non?

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