MAX'S COFFEE SHOP MIAMI--South Florida restaurateur Dennis Max, the owner of such Miami hot spots as Maxaluna and Max's South Beach, is now taking on that most American of institutions: the coffee shop. Opening in August at the fashionable Mizner Park shopping area in Boca Raton is Max's Coffee Shop and Bakery, a Nineties-style spin on Denny's. Designed by Morris Nathanson, the 5,500-square-foot, 200-seat coffee shop and bakery will feature wines, espresso and a cappuccino bar, while dishing up classic American fare. "By offering real comfort foods and reviving them with warm breads taken straight from the oven, at a value, we're filling a void," said executive chef John Belleme. The menu includes a chicken pot pie with sage crust; black grouper fish 'n chips; grilled three-cheese sandwich, and an open-face meatloaf sandwich. Each is priced under $12.95. Ron Uhrig, who was trained by Dan Leader of Bread Alone in New York, will be working with Leader during the opening to coordinate the bakery. Using only organic flours, the bakery will feature whole grain breads as well as baguettes, focaccias, pastries, scones and sticky buns. To wash it all down, there will be egg creams, brown cows, malts and fruit frappes to go along with the coffees and fresh-squeezed juices. For those who can't get there, take-out will be available.
THAT'S SAVORE NEW YORK--For sumptuous and light Italian fare that is easy on the wallet, it's Savore, a Tuscan-style, Renaissance-inspired restaurant located in the heart of SoHo (200 Spring St.). The airy and comfortable restaurant, owned by Paolo Alavian and Josef Anavian, was designed by Mike Doyle. It is a simple space, decorated with subdued yellow, red and green--the colors of Tuscany. The furniture is original Swedish Biedermeier, which was supplied by Josef from his store, Greene Street Antiques, just a few blocks away. Paolo's wife, Antonia Calvi, developed the menu after extensive research into the Renaissance era. The selection of food is inspired by Lorenza di Medici, who runs the famed Badia a Coltibuoni cooking school in Tuscany. Paolo suggests the antipasto Savore, a mixture of monkfish and artichokes; the tonno griglio (grilled tuna), and spaghetti with lobster sauce, all of which are quickly becoming favorites with the customers. For more daring taste buds, Savore's menu includes wild boar and pigeon with truffles. "My dream was to open an Italian restaurant that was different and offered something that they didn't have in the city--Renaissance recipes catering to American tastes," says Paolo.SYNC OR SWIM LOS ANGELES--As the official sponsor of the U.S. synchronized swimming team, Jantzen may be going to the Olympics. Team synchronized swimming, long thought to be more camp than sport, joined the ranks of official Olympic sports this year, and if the U.S. team makes it to the games, Jantzen will see its suits worn in Olympic competition. The U.S. team, which consists of 10 members and two alternates, has spent months spinning, floating and treading in preparation for the World Cup competition in August, a qualifying event for the Olympics. As the number one team in the world since 1991, they are expected to win the event. If the team wins an Olympic medal, it could do for synchronized swimming what Dorothy Hammill did for skating--not to mention haircuts. Soon hundreds of little girls across the country may be diving into pools in unison, wearing Jantzen suits and tightly wound chignons.
SUMMERTIME SIZZLERS NEW YORK--This summer, book publishers are serving up some hot books, perfect to bring on the beach. There's The Hot Zone, penned by Richard Preston (Random House, $6.99 paperback). It's a nonfiction thriller about the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the suburbs of Washington and the government's secret efforts to stop it. Another good read is Apocalypse Watch (Bantam, $24.99 hardcover), written by best-selling novelist Robert Ludlum. The novel tracks a neo-Nazi movement with designs on American and European officials. It takes the reader from a secluded military base in a remote Alpine valley to the back streets of Paris, from the highest offices of Washington and London to the casinos of Monaco. In The Witness (Warner Books, $21.95 hardcover), Sandra Brown offers an electrifying novel that focuses on a public defender, who moves to a small town in South Carolina, falls in love and marries the town's most eligible bachelor. Soon after, she realizes that her husband is part of a supremist group, and she finds herself in a chilling conspiracy of hate and bigotry. In Where the Heart Is (Warner Books, $17.95 hardcover), Billie Letts pens an endearing, quirky tale about a young girl named Novalee Nation, who gets abandoned in a Wal-Mart in a small town in Oklahama by her boyfriend while on a cross-country trip to California. She's seven months pregnant and has $7.77 in her pocket. The book shows how she gets her life back together through the help of strangers.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion