The Observer was about halfway through our black rice and bok choy at the Asia Society’s Asia Week kick-off gala on Monday night when iGavel online auctioneer Lark Mason plucked our dessert spoon off the table and politely asked us to tell him about it.
Mr. Mason, a frequent appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, was enlisting us to play along in mock version of the show.
We found the spoon while cleaning out our dead grandmother’s attic, we lied. We have a feeling it’s important.
Mr. Mason turned the spoon slowly in his hand.
“Manufactured in China, in the 1930s, for American export. She probably received it as a wedding gift,” he said matter-of-factly. “But I’m sure it has a lot of sentimental value.”
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 9, right on the heels of getting the CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award last year, the Belgian designer Dries van Noten received FIT’s Couture Council Award for the Artistry of Fashion at Cipriani 42nd Street. His presenter was the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who arrived in a lovely Read More
The other day, Stephanie Kimssy, 24, who does marketing for Kenneth Cole, was shopping at the Topshop in Soho, wearing a sleeveless, ruffled tan shirt. “I really like how flirty it is,” Ms. Kimssy said. Nygia Hearn, a 25-year-old from New Jersey who did not care to reveal her occupation, was also there, wearing a Read More
Last Thursday, the designer Phillip Lim and his good friend Amanda Cutter Brooks, the socialite and former creative director of Tuleh, hosted a Michael Jackson dance party at Collective Hardware on the Lower East Side. Aside from a brief mention in Vogue‘s William Norwich‘s blog, there was practically no preliminary press about the Read More
Seated at a round table in the Rainbow Room this afternoon, fashion designer Phillip Lim could not believe who was sitting directly across from him at the luncheon for the Fashion Group International’s Rising Stars awards.
"I am such a big a fan," he blurted out in the direction of Miami-based interior designer Barbara Read More
Kanye West plans to put his music career on hold for a while and move to London to pursue a career in fashion. He has already applied for an internship at Louis Vuitton‘s luxury goods headquarters in London. [Daily Mirror]
After leaving as Pucci‘s creative director and announcing that he’d be designing a Read More
At the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Splashlight Studios on Monday, Nov. 17, election fashion was still on everyone’s mind. "She saw that dress and she liked it," said Narciso Rodriguez, who designed Michelle Obama‘s Election Night dress. "She saw it on the runway, she chose it, I guess from the runway…" He nodded slowly Read More
The densely-packed 3.1 Phillip Lim show at the Bryant Park tents on Feb. 6 was, according to several breathless Chatty Cathys stationed behind the Transom, “almost three times bigger than last season.”
It was also, owing either to the unseasonably warm weather or the attendance of Conde Nast’s entire payroll, approximately 92 degrees in the Read More
When New York Fashion Week starts on Friday, Feb. 1, many will promptly begin anticipating its climax seven days later, when Marc Jacobs is scheduled to show his fall 2008 collection at the Lexington Avenue Armory at 7 p.m.—an improvement over last season’s 9 p.m. start time, which turned into 11 p.m. Mr. Jacobs had Read More