Fashion Week Spring 2013
“I hope I have a job tomorrow.” That was personal shopper Betty Halbreich’s reaction to the Sept. 12 preview of Matthew Miele’s fashion documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. Ms. Halbreich explained, “I spurt things without thinking!” But to others, her brutal honesty and WASPish sense of humor made her one of the film’s firm favorites. Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Damon spoke for all when he said, “It’s all about Betty.”
Ms. Halbreich, The Observer thinks you’ll be just fine.
As Fashion Week comes to a close, the celebration of Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th anniversary stepped into the spotlight. Swapping Lincoln Center’s front rows for the old-style stadium seating of The Paris Theater, a confluence of fatigued fashionistas enjoyed a show that for the first time in seven days allowed them to remain in their seats for more than 10 minutes.
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
On the evening of Monday, Feb. 5, at Loft 19 in Chelsea, models with prim netted buns of hair strutted down a makeshift runway, wearing clothes by H Fredriksson: a beautifully shaped gray wool herringbone pouf-sleeved dress; a black-coated denim jean paired with a black wool caftan coat and silk charmeuse shell; a royal blue Read More
The Overachievers, by Alexandra Robbins. Hyperion, 439 pages, $24.95.
There’s a fearsome plague among us. It’s not AIDS. It’s not drug-resistant TB or the Ebola virus. It’s a gnawing emptiness deep within the guts of children from rich families.
Yes, “affluenza”—identified in the late 1990’s as the vague malaise one feels when the thrill of Read More
The concierge trend is totally out of control! One cannot break wind these days without some well-dressed, enthusiastic chap or chapess offering you tickets to The Lion King or dinner rezzies at Nobu. The deranged high-service lifestyle which was previously the exclusive prerogative of Hollywood mucketty-mucks is now available to ordinary people like you.
The Read More
If Bea Arthur and Elaine Stritch are on my mind these days, it’s
because I’ve seen them twice and thought about them often. Their one-person
Broadway shows keep getting extended, but I still advise you to get there fast.
Acid drips from their shapely mouths when these two flamboyant legends go at
their memoirs with Read More
Sitting at his cream-colored desk inside a halo of luminous office white, Oscar de la Renta held forth at his Seventh Avenue fashion headquarters on a morning in mid-May. As it is the height of the so-called spring season, this is where Mr. de la Renta gathers his strength between the charity fund-raisers and dizzyingly Read More
In a city of trendy restaurants larded with piercing decibels and fussy ingredients, a great locus of civility is the dining room at the Carlyle hotel. Always a genteel watering hole, the Carlyle seems even more remarkable since Mortimer’s closed in September. True, there’s no Bill Blass meatloaf on the menu or, well, never mind Read More
Yes, it’s the middle of December again: that time when we sit down and ruminate on the state of relationships with our loved ones; the season when we take pause and reflect on the kindness and considerations of our cohorts and employees during the past 12 months; that moment in the calendar when we contemplate Read More