2014 April 8

Chef Danny Bowien On Fatherhood And Sneaker Design Dreams

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Last week, Bon Appetit hosted a slew of chic foodies in their envy-inducing BA Kitchen at Condé for a delicious installment of the mag’s BA Night Kitchen series, starring Paris culinary power couple, Inaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand and Chez Aline's Delphine Zampetti. Aizpitarte was interviewed by BA's exec editor, Christine Muhlke, for the mag's April issue. The family-style buffet supper included octopus and fennel salad, squid braised in its own ink, a custardy Spanish tortilla, and much more (check out the full spread here). “He came all the way from Paris for this!” said Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport of Aizpitarte during his toast, before thanking a slew of folks for making the delicious eve happen—including Rapoport's wife, Simone Shubuck, who whipped up the gorge flower arrangements, and Mission Cantina chef Danny Bowien for doing bartender duty, thanks to his beet-infused Mexican 75 concoction. While Bowien was deeply entrenched in whipping up libations, we chatted with Bowien about being a new dad, getting into veggies, and dreams of designing Air Jordans one day….

What’s new, Danny?
I made cocktails! I usually don’t do that. I’ve decided I’m a mixologist now. [Laughs] Just kidding.  I had a kid a few weeks ago.

Congrats! How’s fatherhood treating you?
It’s awesome. It’s crazy busy. As a chef you don’t sleep a ton already, though.

Will you be concocting unique baby foods?
Probably! A lot of things will go into a Vita Processor and get pureed.

Like a burrito from Mission Cantina, perhaps?
Eww, that’s gross! Maybe…I’m thinking more about vegetables. I’m eating a more vegetable-based diet recently, and I feel better.

For any particular reason?
Well, I opened a taqueria, so it’s all just meat and tortillas, all the time. Also, as a cook, you’re in the kitchen all the time just eating the worst stuff. If you make a stock, for instance, we usually take the ends of the meat, put it in the tacos and eat it.

Sounds tasty! Let’s discuss your eclectic style sensibilities.
I just cook in what I wear! Right now I’m wearing a vintage Marilyn Manson T shirt.

Why is it turned inside out?
I dunno! It’s black, so I thought it looked more formal. I figured I’d dress up. I’m wearing a shirt by Raf Simons underneath—he’s one of my favorite designers. I like Jil Sander a lot, too. I really like clean, simple stuff. I’m not 22 anymore!

Where do you shop?
I go to Opening Ceremony a lot, and I shop at a place near my apartment called Creatures of Comfort. I like to mix things up; I’d rather not look like I bought everything in the same place.

Have you ever been approached to do a capsule collection or design collab?
No. But my dream collaboration would be to do my own Air Jordans. Drake has a Jordans deal right now.

So why not Danny?
Yeah! Because we’re totally in the same tax bracket… [Laughs] 

So why did you moonlight as the mixologist for this Bon Appetit din?
I only did it to weasel my way into hanging out with Inaki. He’s one of my great friends, and he’s a chef I’ve admired for so long. He’s my favorite chef. Seriously! Five or six years ago, when I first heard of Inaki, I had to go to his restaurants. When I first met him, I probably scared him away for awhile.

Has he eaten at your restos?
When I opened Mission Chinese in New York, he came there. That was amazing. He just came to Mission Cantina a few days ago.

Do you and Inaki swap cooking tips?
There’s nothing I can teach him! I showed him how to teach our masa and tortillas the other day, though. It’s amazing to see the way he does stuff—he hadn’t cooked up until eight years ago. His perspective on food is really cool.


2014 April 7

Di Mondo Steals The Show At The Save Venice Ball

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Who was that masked man? The always entertaining and deeeeep Di Mondo stole the show again at the Save Venice ball at the Pierre Hotel on Friday night in a mask of epic detail.  "It took me 120 hours to make it, and it involved over 5,000 Swarovski crystals and seven bottles of the strongest glue ever," he told us. "There’s even a camera on my forehead that’s documenting everything. I just thought last minute that we had to install a video camera, because I really can’t see." What's the story behind Di Mondo's look? "The name of this mask is 'From This World', because it’s a translation of my name in Italian and the inspiration behind it is: the journey of our lives and how we’re to achieve the fulfillment of our destiny. It represents that underneath all the layers of our lives that we hold dreams, which are given to us even before we’re born. When we finally connect to our inner self, not only do we understand who we are, but also the purpose of our lives. In addition to all of that, we encounter a clear crystallization of the power of creativity that lives within us. When that occurs, the world will open itself to us as a flower does when the rays of light arise to all possibilities of our existence. There’s a core light of energy that is the spirit that takes us through life." Got that? 

 


2014 April 7

The DvF Awards Celebrates Its Fifth Year

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Powerful women were in full effect at the United Nations on Friday night when Diane von Furstenberg and friends celebrated the 5th annual DvF awards. The evening honored Gloria Steinem with the Lifetime Leadership award, Alicia Keys with the Inspiration award, Veronika Scott with the People's Voice award, and Kah WallaLiron Peleg-Hadomi and Noha Khatieb with awards for women in the Vital Voices network. Honorees walked away with $50,000 in support of their affiliated organizations, from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. The night included a live performance by Estelle and awards presented by Sarah Jessica Parker and Chanel Iman. The crowd taking in the night of inspiration included Barry Diller, Steven Kolb, Leigh Lezark, Fiona Byrne, Wendi Murdoch, Fran Lebowitz, and Leigh Lezark.  



2014 April 7

Parsons Honors Their Rich History At Milk Studios

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To coincide with the launch of the new Assouline book, School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers by Simon Collins, Milk is hosting an exhibition of portraits and illustrations, which will open on Thursday. Alexander Wang, Donna Karan, Jason Wu, and Reed Krakoff are a few of the major alum included in the exhibition, which was curated by Collins (the school's dean) and running through April 19th. The book, which includes interviews and archival sketches from 30 of their most prolific grads, can be pre-ordered on Amazon now


2014 April 7

Miley Cyrus Covers ELLE's May Issue

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Miley Cyrus, who just finished a sold-out performance on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brookyn, covers the May issue of ELLEl and kept her tongue in her mouth for the shoot. The "Wrecking Ball" singer stays loyal to Marc Jacobs, wearing a little something from his Fall 2014 line, worth a cool $13K and change. She's currently the face of his Spring 2014 collection. Inside their 'Women In Music' issue the coverline reveals Miley's got a plan to have more fun, which we can mean all kinds of things in her world. Well done on this one, team ELLE! Another Hearst title wanted a piece of Miley as well: Seventeen has the pop tartlet on their May cover, but had to use pick-up photos and do a write-around story, since the star declined the teen mag's cover treatment and didn't participate with the mag. Girl can sell big on the newsstand, clearly. Interesting, non?


2014 April 7

Prince George Gets His G'Day On

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Prince George is racking up the airline miles, thanks to a trip a trip to Australia and New Zealand with mom and dad, known in most circles as Kate and Will. The Royal family is on a three-week royal tour of 12 cities in the two countries, starting with a visit to Wellington, New Zealand. That's a lot of royal nappies to pack. 

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