2011 August 9

Calling all Athleta(s) on the Upper West

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The Upper West Side was teeming with life this morning at the early old hours of 9 a.m. as Athleta gave press a preview of its new location. Peppy PR girls in tennis skirts and yoga pants welcomed women to the brand's first Manhattan store. Founded in the Bay Area in 1998, Athleta is learning to bridge the bi-coastal gap and appeal to the East Coast female athlete. Tess Roeing, vice president of marketing, explained, "All of our clothes are designed by women athletes. We are constantly trying stuff at the office for fit and comfort." After the quick briefing, guests mingled, noshed on yogurt, granola, and fruit (of course!), and tried on the wares. The product didn't disappoint—who can resist jeans made of breathable cotton, cookbooks, yoga straps, Chan Luu wrap bracelets, and swimwear? The Gap-owned brand has the infrastructure to enter lifestyle brand territory, given that a blissful cotton dress is (presumably) just the beginning. And to complete the holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit, the new store has teamed up with Bent on Learning, a local non-profit that gives New York kids a chance to experience yoga. Now that's good karma.

 


2011 August 9

Martiza Veer Gives Us Her Terry

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This week, gorgeous Martiza Veer gives us her best Terry Richardson impression on our weekly stroll to Terry's Diary. Though we miss the superstars (Franco, Gaga, Katy Perry), she's certainly a sexy impersonator...and those eyelashes! Le hauteness.


2011 August 9

Rebecca's LA Times

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Rebecca Minkoff heads to LaLa land for her latest column. 

 

"Reflecting on the past year of my life, I have to admit that my travels have taken me to some truly remarkable places. Some, like London and Paris, are well known, while others are slightly off the beaten path (Winnetka, IL!? I loved it.). This week, I’m going back to my roots in Southern California to give you the run-down on how to do one of my all time favorite cities, The City of Angels, Minkette style. My recent trip to Los Angeles for the opening of my shop-in-shop at Confederacy in Los Feliz truly felt like it had two parts to it: the first took place in Los Angeles, and the second was in the exquisitely relaxing beach chic mecca known as Malibu.

 

Los Angeles base camp was the lovely and historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Known for its unbeatable party scene, I felt pretty hip and “with it” checking in for my two night stay. The rooms aren’t the fanciest in the world, but considering that one of them is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, it doesn’t matter, ya know? This is pure Old Hollywood glamour at its finest. Did I mention the pool? NBA players and celebrities abound. I also appreciated the lovely snacks that were waiting for me when I walked in my room, and the Kiehl’s beauty products.

I landed in LA and I immediately felt the need for a little retail therapy. First stop is always Co-op 28 Handmade to pick up as many unique all stocked from local artists as this pregnant lady can carry. I stock up on birthday gifts for the year when I’m here because everything is so quirky and amazing. The staff is incredibly helpful and warm. Now, there just so happens to be a Danish ice cream shop located directly next door that will blow your mind called Paradis. Everything here is made fresh every day, which may be a placebo effect, but the combination of buying locally and everything being so fresh makes everything taste noticeably better. Try the elderflower flavor, you won’t regret it.  My shopping bug is still pretty hungry, so I stroll on over to a vintage store extraordinaire, American Vintage, to get my fix of fabulous wardrobe staple pieces. I love vintage shopping in L.A. because the selection is so different from the shops on the East Coast. Everything seems a touch more stylish, which can get a little dangerous, but at American Vintage, you can rest easy knowing that everything on the racks has been carefully examined and edited for their customers. My arms were a little sore from carrying it all.

Since I planned a very busy afternoon, consisting of lounging poolside at my hotel and getting ready for a fancy dinner, I want to fuel up on some good energy LA food. My LA publicist phenom, Kelly, recommended that I grab lunch at Millie’s Café in Silver Lake for a super hip, delicious, off the beaten path experience. I LOVE me some Millie’s. It’s absolutely teeny tiny, like, 3 tables teeny tiny. What Millie’s lacks in size, it makes up for with warm and friendly service, delicious fresh food, and a super trendy (very LA) crowd.

 

After an immensely enjoyable afternoon of soaking up the immensely addictive Southern California sunshine, I was off to a fancy pants dinner with my team at Little Dom’s  in Los Feliz before heading to the celebration of my shop-in-shop at Confederacy. Located in a super trendy, VERY LA area of the city, there is something laid back and NYCish about this restaurant that made me feel comfortable immediately. There are big, roomy booths inside and there’s huge outdoor seating area as well. The food is uber-tasty, my brother couldn’t stop raving about the po’ boy, and my pappardelle was absolute perfection. I can’t wait to come back and try their breakfast pizza!

 

The LA fun doesn’t end here; next week, I’m off to brush elbows with the rich & famous in Malibu, and you’re coming with me!

 

To hear more about my adventures and get up-to-the-minute updates on what I’m up to, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and on my blog.

 

Enter to win a private preview of the Rebecca Minkoff Fall collection in her showroom this Wednesday from 7-9 PM. 



2011 August 9

Vintage Grace

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Never before seen photos of Grace Coddington from her ex-hubby Willie Christie's new exhibit at The Ivy Club in September have been revealed, and they are gorgeous. Christie told Vogue UK that this shot was taken long after her days as a professional model: "None the less, for me she was still photographic heaven. She was so brilliant as a model because she had an an appreciation and understanding of art in all its forms; mimicry: gentleness and serenity. She understood everything that the clothes were trying to do. She became the image. She had then and still has a passion for all that she does." 


2011 August 9

Look of The Daily: Anne Hathaway in Alexander McQueen

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The McQueen mania shows no signs of slowing. Yesterday, Anne Hathaway sported a dress by the brand's current designer, Sarah Burton, to the NYC premiere of One Day. She paired it with Tiffany & Co. jewels and a bag and shoes by Christian Louboutin. Her arm candy, co-star Jim Sturgess, is clearly her best accessory.


2011 August 8

Anna Celebrates the Final Day of McQueen Exhibition

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Yesterday, Alexander McQueen devotees flocked to the Met to see the final viewing of Savage Beauty, one of the museum's top ten most-visited exhibits to date. (Right up there with Tutankhamun, naturally.) The buzzy retrospective had over 650,000 visitors since opening in May, and the wait time reached an astounding five and a half hours over the weekend with a line forming around the corner. Anna Wintour made a P.A. alongside the show's curator Andrew Bolton, signing the best-selling tribute book Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. “One of the mailroom guys told me yesterday how much he enjoyed the show," the Vogue editrix told The New York Times' Eric Wilson. "It just shows you how fashion now reaches so many different people.” Indeed. Now can someone tell us how Anna and the mailroom guy ended up chums? 

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