Greek Light There's more to restaurant dining in Dusseldorf than wurst and beer. And as the city's arts, fashion and business "in crowd" have discovered, there's more to Greek cooking than souvlaki and spinach pie. At Kytaro, on Grafenberger Allee 199, the city is getting its first taste of refined Greek cuisine in an equally refined atmosphere. The large, spacious restaurant is minimally furnished, the indirect lighting casting a soothing glow on the pale cream walls and pale wood furniture. Its culinary offerings are similarly light and appetizing. Most welcome is its wide selection of fresh, grilled fish, salad topped with grilled baby calamari, and lamb filet on arugula. And the retsina, Greece's famed white wine, is so light you won't have to worry about a muddled head the morning after. Coffee Break
COFFEE BREAK Saturday morning in Dusseldorf means one thing: shopping. But after you've checked out all the stores, especially Hennes & Mauritz for well-priced, trendy young clothes and Viventy by Bernd Berger for comfortable coordinates, in the newly opened Schadow Arcade, relax and check out your fellow shoppers at Poccino. This two-floor café is the city's current number-one spot for a much-needed espresso, cappuccino or spot of pasta in this new shopping mecca just two short blocks from Dusseldorf's luxury boutique mile, Konigsallee. Everyone comes here--from the oh-so casual to the super chic--especially since the new Habitat home furnishings shop is conveniently located just an amaretto's throw away. Schadow Arkaden Schadowstrasse 11.
LIFE IS A CABARET Germany has musical fever, and Dusseldorf's got the bug. The Capitol recently opened in one of the city's old streetcar depots, which was originally built in 1893 and fully reconstructed in the late Forties after being leveled by WWII bombs. The hot pink building is a welcoming sight in this otherwise quiet and industrially gray neighborhood. Renovations were extensive: the stage, lighting and sound system are estimated to have cost over 3 million DM (around $2 million), and few would guess that the huge, three-part stage covers the deep shafts where streetcars were once repaired. The entertainment program, "Broadway Dusseldorf," is a full-scale medley of musical hits sung by members of Broadway, London and touring casts of such shows as "Anything Goes," "Tommy," "Hair," "Oklahoma," "42nd St.," "West Side Story," "Cats" and "Starlight Express"--in case you're feeling homesick. The Capitol also serves dinner along with the show--thematically related, so they say. Pass the "West Side Story" chicken, please. Erkrather Strasse 30.PICKING UP THE PIECES Paul Klee's work has long charmed the world with it's playful and lyrically graphic compositions, most executed from 1900 to 1940. "Paul Klee--A Divided Approach to Art," running until April 17 at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf's prominent modern art museum, on Grabbeplatz 5, shows a lesser-known aspect of the Swiss artist's work. That is, Klee's lifetime habit of cutting up his paintings and drawings into pieces, leaving the fragments as they were or adding to them. Klee used this technique from 1920 onwards, producing with his scissors, for example, a close-up of whatever he was depicting. From more than 100 original compositions, Klee created as many as 300 new ones. Since Klee left similar compositions intact, the exhibit's originators, Wolfgang Keraten and Osamu Okuda, were able to compare the smaller pieces with the larger ones. In a special appendix to their catalog, the fragments will not only be shown individually, but also in reconstructions of the original compositions.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews