Makeup artist François Nars is no stranger to business (he sold his eponymous line to Shiseido in 2000) or pleasure (this is the man who gave us Orgasm blush, after all). A perfectionist with impeccable taste, Nars’ exacting standards are apparent in everything he touches, be it the makeup look he creates each season for Marc Jacobs or his private compound in Bora Bora. Here, on the eve of the 2013 fall collections, he shares his favorite haunts in New York City.
15 East 15 East 15th Street; 212-647-0015 I love Japanese food and eat a lot of sushi here.
Bar Masa 10 Columbus Circle; 212-823-9800 Great for innovative dishes, as well as traditional Japanese comfort food.
The Lion 62 West 9th Street; 212-353-8400 An excellent spot for brunch.
Mary's Fish Camp 64 Charles Street; 646-486-2185 Get the lobster roll; it’s the best I have ever had! TREATS
Grom Gelato 233 Bleecker Street; 212-206-1738 This is the best gelato in the city.
Laduree 864 Madison Avenue; 646-558-3157 I go there to splurge on their macarons. They are out of this world.
La Maison Du Chocolat 1018 Madison Avenue; 212-744-7117 Luxurious chocolates...another splurge!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Avenue; 212-535-7710 Many of my ideas come to me when I am visiting this museum.
The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street; 212-708-9400
The Apple Store 401 West 14th Street; 212-444-3400 I can’t live without my iPod.
Assouline at the Plaza Hotel 768 5th Avenue; 212-593-7236 I love collecting books and come here often to see what new ones have come in.
Book Marc 400 Bleecker Street; 212-620-4021 Great place to find stationery, accessories and hard-to-find books.
Dior Homme 17 East 57 Street; 212-421-6009 This is a classic Upper East Side neighborhood boutique. I love their suits.
Diptyque Paris 377 Bleecker Street; 212-242-2333 My favorite fragrance is L’Ombre Dans L’Eau.
Hermès Men's Boutique 690 Madison Avenue; 212-308-3585 I love their notebooks. I write in the small version all of my product and shade names. I keep it with me at all times.
Marc Jacobs 163 Mercer Street; 212-343-1490 The team is always very helpful when I need to pick out items for my mother. L'Olivier Floral Atelier 213 West 14th Street; 212-255-2828 I love their white floral arrangements. RELAXATION
HIDEAWAY:Motu Tané in Bora Bora I would spend the rest of my life here if I could. Motutaneisland.com
MASSEUSE:The Spa at Mandarin Oriental 80 Columbus Circle; 212-805-8800 Best spa for a deep-tissue massage.
TEA:Matcha Green Tea I drink it two to three times a day when I’m in New York. It fuels creativity, ignites the mind and provides me with endless inspiration.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast