The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is currently cultivating a new kind of honey for its kitchens and bars. The hotel, where President Obama stays when he is in town, is used to painstaking attention to detail and extravagance, which makes its approach to the honey all the more intriguing.
Rather than relying on what could be called the Masa Imperative of luxury, after the top-dollar sushi joint that ships in fish from the Sea of Japan and the Bay of Spain with the urgency and costliness of helicoptered transplant organs (indeed, some of the fish are carried in organ containers), the Waldorf has gone in a direction more evocative of the Brooklyn Flea Market: its honey comes from beehives it is now keeping on a 20th-floor outdoor patio.
The initiative, brainchild of executive chef David Garcelon, relies on the expertise of the city’s premier beekeeper, Andrew Coté, who sells his own neighborhood-specific honeys at the Union Square farmer’s market.
After the departure of Christian Dior’s antisemitic creative director John Galliano earlier this year, rumors were a’swirlin that designer Marc Jacobs would leave his brand name at Louis Vuitton to go take the position at the equally high-end fashion house. But he didn’t! Why not?
Well, as he told Vogue this month, the reason he didn’t leave Louis was because he’s just not that into couture design.
The top spot at Christian Dior has been empty since John Galliano’s rampage in a Paris cafe, but the search is apparently over. And the pride of French fashion is going with an American.
The Daily Front Row has heard from multiple high-ranking sources that Marc Jacobs will leave his post as creative director Read More
By now, Condé Nast’s belt-tightening is well known, but with the recent shuttering of Domino and widespread concern of a so-called "Domino effect" at the magazine company, just how bad are things over at 4 Times Square?
Pretty bad, apparently. According to a shocking report on Vanity Fair‘s Web site by Jessica Read More
Just in time for the recession, Roberto Cavalli has introduced an exclusive snakeskin credit card. [Luxist via Cityfile]
Chicago-based designer Mario Pinto, whose designs are often worn by Michelle Obama, says the trick to designing the perfect dress is being able to wear the dress yourself. [Vogue UK] Read More
In recent years, we’ve endured the resurrection of many 1980s staples, including skinny jeans, leggings, drop-crotch MC Hammer pants, Wayfarer sunglasses, cocaine and Andrew McCarthy.
So why did it take us so long to haul out the shoulder pads? Controversial linchpin of ’80s dressing, they conjure memories of Dynasty and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation, Read More
Via Bloomberg, we’ve received confirmation of something we’ve suspected since the beginning of this whole economic meltdown thing: Really wealthy people are still buying really expensive stuff. Sure, they’re making some surface changes, but the ultra-rich aren’t going to cancel Christmas just to make everyone else feel better.
Take, for example, Karina Read More
Project Runway contestant Christian Siriano has signed a deal with Payless to design a line of affordable shoes and handbags. [NY Post]
Designer Roberto Cavalli has been cleared of all tax evasion charges brought against him in Italy in 2002 when he attempted to write off taxes on renovations to his Tuscany Read More
Since Michelle Obama told Jay Leno that she was wearing a J. Crew ensemble, web traffic to J. Crew’s website has increased by 464 percent. [WWD]
Donatella Versace admitted that she was insecure about taking over her brother’s label in 1997. That is, until Jennifer Lopez wore her jungle-printed, sheer dress to Read More
The most interesting thing about Takashi Murakami, whose paintings, sculptures and merchandise are the subject of “© Murakami” at the Brooklyn Museum, is that he’s above shame. To know shame is to realize there are standards of behavior that, when bent or broken, cause remorse or, at least, self-awareness of having done wrong. Shame is Read More