2011 June 15
Billy Farrell View Gallery
Willkommen! Heidi Klum was the picture of spring last night at the amfAR Inspiration Gala honoring her Project Runway pal Michael Kors. Heidi presented Kors with his honor wearing a leggy pool matte jersey cowl neck dress from his Resort 2012 collection. She (forgive us) made it work!
2011 June 15
Patrick McMullan View Gallery
Unexpected red carpet pairings are our fave to behold each day, and this Kenneth Cole/Ke$ha moment from last night is today's winner. How do those two crazy kids know each other? Both attended amFAR's Inspiration Gala last night at The Museum of Modern Art. A good party unites us all.
2011 June 14
Photo: James Franco View Gallery
Before the imminent announcement of his run for president, James Franco somehow managed to find a little time in his sked to shoot Agyness Deyn, Natalia Bonifacci , and Imogen Poots in a James Dean-inspired photo shoot that's appearing in Elle. The shoot is part of his contemporary art project which debuts this summer at the Venice Biennale. Savvy fans of Franco will recall that he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Dean in TNT's 2001 biopic. Incidentally, Franco and Michael Kors are being honored tonight at amfAR's New York inspiration gala celebrating men's style. And you thought he was going away for a little while…Never!
2011 June 14
As you know, Francesco Clark's column is about beauty, fashion and food, so we asked him for his best bets on where to eat out these days in Manhattan.
The Dutch, 131 Sullivan St., near Prince, 212-677-6200
Just do not call it a barbecue restaurant, because then they’ll slather you in sauce and grill you. The Dutch recently opened in Soho (remember that place we all used to go to ten years ago?), and its open air dining is neither overly casual nor stuffy. The food? Americana-style dishes that everyone loves.
Edi & the Wolf, 102 Ave C at 7th Street, 212-598-1040
I really like Edi & Wolf because it’s one of those no-nonsense, austere, yet delicious places to get some great Austrian cuisine. Yes, Austrians cook! And it has a basement winery feel, so you can pretend to be fancy in the open garden by the back. So it’s perfect for summer, and your flirty new dress! Bam. Two birds, one stone. You’re welcome.
Seersucker, 329 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-422-0444
I could live there just for their biscuits with assorted homemade jams. Those are so good, I kind of want to…rub them all over my body. Or maybe I did. You’ll never know. Go try the pork chop and order the rice pudding with salted caramel desert so you can feel like you’ve just passed the gates of heaven.
Donatella, 184 8th Ave. between 19th and 20th, 212-493-5150
I recently went to Donatella Arpaia’s restaurant with the master herself, so she helped me navigate the menu. And by navigate, I mean she ordered. I had pizza followed with pasta with lobster. Untz! So good. And the ambiance is so cheerful I feel like they should play Abba there all the time. (They don't.)
Via Emilia, 47 East 21st St # 1, 212-505-3072
Via Emilia has a special place in my heart. I am Emiliano, from Northern Italy, and it has always felt like Northern Italian cuisine in New York always has to be expensive, and many times, inauthentic. This is neither, and most people who go there are regulars and want to keep it a secret. It has a simple décor, almost no-frills, but the gnocchio fritto as appetizer is part of my soul, and I always order the tortellini all panna, with zabaglione gelato with whipped cream. Defy that!
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