2013 November 25
It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Lady Gaga was announced over the weekend as the "official" face of Versace's Spring campaign. It's the first time that Gaga has ever appeared in a campaign for any house. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot the campaign in London with styling by Joe McKenna and hair by Garren. It's hard to ignore that the Lady bears a bit of a resemblance to Donatella Versace in the two shots released. "I am honored that my friend Lady Gaga is the face of our new Versace campaign," Donatella says. "I wanted to capture her true beauty and spirit in images that are elegant and alluring. She is like family to me, the embodiment of the Versace DNA." Clearly the love is mutual, considering that Gaga turned out a song called "Donatella" on her recent Artpop album. Enjoy a few lyrics, below:
(I'm smoking 'em on full tank of gas)
(I'm a rich bitch, I'm the upper class)
All of the day
(I'm the pearl to your oyster, I'm a babe)
I'm gonna smoke Marlboro Reds and drink champagne!
(I smoke Marlboro Reds and drink champagne!)
Cuz she walks so bad like it feels so good
Listen to her radiate her magic
Even though she knows she's misunderstood
Who do? Who do? Who-don-na-na?
2013 November 25
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Spoiler alert! This post comes with a cringe-warning, so please move along if you have any concerns. Page Six reports today that Kanye West went on a rant about Hedi Slimane at his concert at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Just what everybody is eager to hear when attending a concert. What did KW say? Here we go... "He was once a friend of mine, in the time of Christian Dior, and I used to wear his tight-ass jeans when I was on tour and get called names for it...And Hedi Slimane was a god who didn't serve no bull(bleep)...But it takes a god to recognize another god. (ARE YOU STILL WITH US, READERS?) So when he told me you can come to my show, but you can't come to see Phoebe [Philo] and you can't come to see Riccardo [Tisci], that was odd. He tried to control me! He tried to tell me where I could go!" We warned you.
2013 November 25
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Rebecca Minkoff is opening a pop-up shop in the Meatpacking district for the holidays. The store, located at 427 West 14th Street, opened its doors today and will be open through December 22nd. She's getting in on the Black Friday act with a tiered promotion on all styles: spend $200, get 20 percent off; spend $400, get 25 percent off; spend $600, get 30 percent off. Students get a 10% discount with a vaild school ID. They'll also be a "selfie station", where customers are encouraged to take pictures and post them on Instagram with hashtag #timetoshine. Clearly selfie's world domination shows no sign of slowing down.
2013 November 25
As ESquared Hospitality's creative director, Samantha Wasser gets involved in all the behind-the-scenes work on some of the city's chicest spots, like the spate of BLT restos, and she's also a partner at Bar Naná, which lured scads of fashionettes to Gansevoort St. during its NYFW debut. The native New Yorker with an exceedingly fun-sounding gig (oh, and she's only 26!) schooled us on the anatomy of a hautespot, the candy corn-inflected dessert she can't get enough of, and the virtues of being nice when it comes to getting past that velvet rope.
How did Double Seven become Bar Naná?
Trey Hospitality was formed by industry veterans David Rabin, Raphael Chejade-Bloom and Kyle Hotchkiss-Carone, and the first idea—less than a year ago!—was to simply refresh Double Seven by brightening the space and revamping the brand. We were toying with the idea of giving the current space a facelift but reopening under the same name. During the redesign phase, we realized that the material and decor we were drawn to didn’t work with the Double Seven brand. This was the source of much debate among the partners, which eventually led to the birth of the Bar Naná brand.
What’s the deal with the name Bar Naná?
The name stems from an Emile Zola book, Nana, which tells the story of a streetwalker in Paris that ascends to fame and becomes the envy of every man and woman in Paris society. Naná is also the name of a brothel in Punta del Este. It’s a classically French inspired lounge with South American accents.
How did Bar Naná become the buzziest opening of NYFW this past season?
We planned our opening around Fashion Week, and we debuted the venue by hosting designer after-parties. Our opening night was the after-party for Prabal Gurung, followed by Public School and Olivier Theyskens. Both Prabal and Olivier have been huge supporters of our brand from the beginning! Olivier custom-designed all of the uniforms for Bar Naná, and even frequently came by during construction to check up on our progress.
What makes Bar Naná stand out from the plethora of Meatpacking hautespots?
In recent years, the Meatpacking District has become saturated with club-like venues. We wanted to create something that was a little more playful, relaxed, and organic. A place where our friends could enjoy delicious food, unique cocktails, and fun music in a chic setting without feeling the pressures of "being in a club."
As a hospitality maven, got any tips for getting past the bouncer, and scoring great service?
Be yourself, and be nice.
How do you stay sane while holiday party hopping?
Getting around is never easy, but Uber has definitely been a lifesaver when running between events across the city.
Your favorite cocktail and app for the holidays, s’il vous plait!
I absolutely love the Revamped Candy Corn dessert at chef Shaun Hergatt's fine-dining restaurant, Juni. It definitely satisfies your sweet tooth and makes you feel like a little kid again. The Cashmere Fizz at BLT Steak has to be my favorite holiday cocktail. It combines vodka with maple cardamom syrup and prosecco, topped with a garnish of flamed lemon peel.
What's next on your docket?
ESquared Hospitality is launching BLT restaurants in Seoul, Taiwan, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, and a new nightlife concept in Los Angeles called Rare, in partnership with Victor Drai. I’m also working on the launch of a new brand, The Wayfarer, with restauranteurs Eric Marx and Lisle Richards. The Wayfarer, an American Seafood Grill, is opening in December 2013 at The Quin hotel on 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The venue epitomizes downtown meeting uptown!
2013 November 22
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to start buying holiday gifts! Last night Stuart Weitzman threw a shopping fête with Petra Nemcova at their chic Fifth Ave. location. Sandwiches in the shape of stilettos cured hunger pangs, while glasses of wine were dispersed to further the holiday cheer. Between slipping on suede booties and giving the leather handbags a spin, shoppers perused Nemcova’s candle collection, Be The Light New York by Petra Nemcova. Of all the shoe shopping that occurred last night, 20 percent of all profits were donated to Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding schools in areas afflicted by natural disasters. Aside from Stuart Weitzman, where is Nemcova’s favorite far-flung locale to stock up on presents? “I always find great gifts in Haiti,” she explained, “like unique wooden crafts.” Finally, a gift that isn't easily replicated!
2013 November 22
It's been another busy week for Cosmo's dearly beloved, Sergio Kletnoy. Aside from chasing down Joanna Coles, he found time to hit (yet another) movie screening, pal around with The Cardigans' Nina Persson, and get camera ready for The New York Times. And, of course, he's pointed out a few more songs to add to your winter play list!
Once again I felt like Wile E. Coyote trying to catch up to The Road Runner (a.k.a. JoCo). Every single time I was near, she was ten steps ahead! From her umpteenth trip to the White House to hosting a major dinner with a Nobel Peace Prize winner to numerous breakfast, lunches, and dinners…THE BOSS was unstoppable. I of course, had my own fun.
On Sunday night I attended the DreamWorks and The Cinema Society screening of Delivery Man followed by the after party at Bill’s Food & Drink. The hilarious comedy stars Vince Vaughn as a sperm donor who ended up fathering 533 children (that’s a whole lotta alimony). The Paley Center theatre was filled with a cast of usual suspects: Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, SNL’s Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, John Milhiser, Vanessa Bayer and Noel Wells, Russell Simmons, Daniel Sunjata, and supermodels galore like Elaine Irwin, Frederique van der Wal and the legendary Pat Cleveland.
On Wednesday I attended a super intimate performance from one of my all-time fave singers Nina Persson of The Cardigans at the finger-lickin' good Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem. Nina’s voice is as smooth as Land O’Lakes butter and always puts me in the best mood. If you only know the band for the 1996 monster hit “Lovefool”, you are missing out on Nina & Co.’s incredible catalog of timeless pop tunes. I remember it as if it were yesterday, hearing one of the bands first songs called “Carnival” and totally crushing on the adorable blonde Swede. Of course, I got to meet her after the show and she was even more lovable in person. After a few minutes of making her blush, I kissed her hand (despite what you might have heard, I am a gentleman) and excused myself. Nina’s first solo album Animal Heart will be out in January.
Oh, and my week ended with a photoshoot for The New York Times! But I can’t say anything else until it’s out…have a great weekend and be sure to check out my fave new songs below. I’ll be back next week, but until then be sure to follow me on Twitter @SergioKletnoy.
“Human” by Christina Perry
“Hard Enough” by PJ Morton
“Empire” by Kids Of The Apocalypse
“Hold On” by Colbie Caillat
“Love Is The Answer” by Aloe Blacc
“Sleepwalking” by The Chain Gang of 1974
“Crying For No Reason” by Katy B
“Love Is To Die” by Warpaint
“Lies” by CHVRCHES
“No Gun” by Naomi Piligrim
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