Moving through Midtown Manhattan on a summer afternoon with Maryam Basir was an opportunity to walk a few blocks in someone else’s shoes—in this case, peep-toe oxford platforms with five-and-a-half-inch heels. As she passed down 38th Street on the way to a casting call, she carried a rolled-up yoga mat and pulled a small suitcase containing three changes of clothing. Men swiveled their heads for a second look. Women gave her outfit—sheer white long-sleeve blouse, spangled black bow tie, coral shorts—appraising glances. She didn’t seem to notice.
“Among young models, Maryam stands out,” said Scott Wojcik, a casting director who hired her for DSW’s national advertising campaign. “There are two kinds of models, ‘relatable’ and ‘aspirational.’ Maryam is both. That’s extremely rare.”
A House of Hoops—Nike and Footlocker’s concept store/temple to all things basketball—will open a second New York City location at 11 West 34th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, according to someone involved in the transaction.
The first House of Hoops opened in Harlem, at 268 West 125th Street, in the fall of 2007, with a Read More
During its recent makeovers of Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal, Nike turned Rafa into a bumblebee. He was given a blinding-yellow polo shirt ($60) and black shorts ($50), and–most importantly–the Nike Air Max Courtballistec 1.3 Men’s Tennis Shoe, which retails for $120. According to Nike, these shoes are “Midwest Gold,” not Read More
Paris brand APC has partnered with Nike for a limited edition line of canvas tennis shoes based on Nike 1975 "All Court" model that will be in stores this spring. [WWD]
In this holiday season’s films—Revolutionary Road, Australia, Milk—costume design is at the forefront. [LA Times]
Neiman Marcus has Read More
In need of a David Fincher fix and can’t wait until Christmas for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? Check out the director’s new Nike commercial. With help from one of our favorite cinematographers (Emmanuel Lubezki, who shot Children of Men) and plenty of special effects, Mr. Fincher’s spot traces the lives of San Read More
Lasse Hallström’s The Hoax, from a screenplay by William Wheeler, is based in part on Clifford Irving’s own confessional account (also entitled The Hoax) of his real-life 70’s scam at the expense of his credulous publisher, McGraw-Hill. Mr. Wheeler has added some fictional embroidery to Irving’s fraudulent maneuvers, which were intended to convince the world Read More
Ghana are in orange, the U.S. is in discreet blue and white. Soccer uniforms are not supposed to be sober;
There are six people in Times Square watching seven Jumbotrons. The entire country of Ghana has a half day off;
Bruce Arena is obese;
Victory would be historic for them, not us;
One of their Read More
AIMEE: Brian and I are camped out watching reruns of Entourage when we hear a few familiar notes and Jeremy Piven starts dancing. I light up and involuntarily begin swaying to the music, like a muppet.
“Why does this song sound familiar?” Brian asks looking at me.
“This is ‘For Once in My Life!’ Read More
There are some risks attached to changing the TV channel at your local bar—not all of them involving some drunk cracking a bottle over your head because he objects to your choice of programming—as one 27-year-old First Avenue resident discovered on Feb. 17.
The victim says that she got up from her seat at Citibar, Read More
Sneaky Thief Seems to Be
She-Man About Town
It’s nice to be useful. After reading in a recent Crime Blotter that Tatiana, a designer-clothing resale store at 767 Lexington Avenue, was visited on May 27 by a queen-sized (or perhaps king-sized) perp of disputable gender who absconded with a couple thousand dollars’ worth of Read More