Summer, by most measures, is over. But with temperatures in the New York metro area in the 80s and 90s, it doesn't feel like it. And because someone, somewhere, decided arbitrarily that after Labor Day shorts and sundresses and seersuckers were inappropriate, and everyone inexplicably decided to go along with it, dressing for the weather has become tricky.
There are a few easy outs.Read more »
It's been difficult to peg the trends at this season's New York Fashion Week, probably because fashion this year is (thankfully) all over the map. With one exception: Nikes.Read more »
New York Fashion Week can look like an elaborate nod to a few obsessed bloggers. Attendees -- a mix of press, fashion editors, stylists, buyers and fashion directors -- have probably seen much of the line beforehand. By the time the lights go down and the models hobble out onstage, the audience isn't all abuzz with "Will it be pastels or minimalist chic?"
So why hold the show at all?Read more »
You travel overseas, you go shopping. It's not even an act of consumerism so much as it is a way to experience life as a resident. If you get to discover a few great pieces of clothing along the way, so much the better.
But if consumers can see each piece of a runway collection online minutes after its debut, it's naive to think that merchandisers aren't doing the same thing. With fashion's global reach, tourist shopping is becoming less an exercise in anthropology than an attempt to master conversion rates.Read more »
Backgammon has such a simple board that the beauty of the set itself has grown important over the millennia. But while tactile gratification is all well and good, $4,950 seems a bit steep. That's what you would pay for Asprey's leather board or, say, your share for some surgery.
Most backgammon boards -- even gorgeous ones -- can be purchased for much less. Dal Negro, the Italian board game maker, specializes in wooden boards with inlay, ranging from around $300 to around $500. The Greek company Manopoulos offers wooden boards for about $170 to around $350.Read more »
New York is unabashedly francophile when it comes to its bakeries. Tant Pis.
The French bakery Payard now has five locations across Manhattan. Maison Kayser, a high-end bakery/restaurant from the French chef Eric Kayser opened last fall to immediate acclaim on the upper east side. Even some of the best American-owned bakeries in the city, like Bien Cuit, are run by bakers who trained in France.
Visit Berlin's Mitte district, the city's celebrated arts hub, and you can buy cashmere children's sweaters or ice cream or hamburgers. Buying art in this art enclave is much trickier.
That's because there are far fewer galleries to choose from. Arndt and Partner, Esther Shipper, Jablonka Galerie, Galerie Berinson, and the office of auction house Philips, have all left central Mitte. A few have moved out of Berlin altogether.Read more »
Seeing eggs, milk cartons, and raw meat sharing floor space with $5,000 dresses at a department store might seem a little odd to many Americans. It's also insensitive to place food amid clothing that requires you to starve yourself to wear.
But across the Atlantic in Europe, floor-through food halls in high-end department stores are the norm. Bon Marche, Selfridge's and KaDeWe have giant spaces devoted to prepared food, cheeses, wines, meats and pastries. It makes sense, considering that food is an accepted luxury item. When heirloom tomatoes and sea salt become fetish objects, why not put them alongside purses?Read more »