It's a Jungle Out There NEW YORK--The newly opened Monkey Bar on East 54th Street here has gotten a lot of buzz about its Thirties decor, including the repainted monkey murals and the olive-shaped bar stools--but it's usually impossible to see, since it's hidden under the crush of models, businessmen, fashion types and glitterati making the scene. Behind the bar, though, there's an attractive and far more serene restaurant, decorated in muted colors with ruby velvet quilted columns and violet walls hung with photos of Hollywood stars, to remind diners of the Bar's heyday when it was a hangout for Tennessee Williams, Tallulah Bankhead and lots of New York's writers and editors. Even Guess model Larissa, having dinner on Thursday night, dug into her food. The menu is produced by executive chef John Schenk, and there are several delectable and inventive dishes, such as brandade ravioli, sea scallops with caviar and, most irresistible, heaping baskets of crisp onion rings and shoestring french fries.
One-Stop Shop NEW YORK--Not since the days of Biba and Carnaby Street have boutique owners successfully wed the worlds of fashion and beauty together under one roof. Tucked inside SoHo's IF Boutique at 474 West Broadway, Studio Gear offers a huge selection of cheek and eye colors in over 300 shades, ranging from full-on metallic shine to the barest hint of shimmer. Lipsticks come in 94 shades and six formulations, from a light glossy veil to the moistest matte on the market. But Studio Gear's best-kept secret: over 30 handcrafted makeup brushes from $9 to $35. And in keeping with the fashion and beauty industries' commitment to fighting AIDS, Studio Gear asked Anna Sui to design a baby-T for the launch of its new pale pink lipstick, Venus. Proceeds from both will benefit Community Research Initiative on AIDS (CRIA). The T-shirt and lipstick are on sale at IF and Anna Sui's boutiques in SoHo and L.A. Studio Gear is also available at Bloomingdale's in New York and Bullock's in Los Angeles.
Going, Going, Gone DALLAS--What better way to promote your fund-raiser than to snare hot designer Richard Tyler as honorary chairman? That's what the folks at the Dallas chapter of the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) figured when they asked the designer to chair their annual runway show and auction of embellished Levi's denim jackets. "He is such a hot young designer. I think he really attracts a lot of attention and the crowd that we're attracting," asserted Steve Burrus, executive director of DIFFA's Dallas chapter. "And he was very willing to do it." The event, scheduled for Feb. 10, will auction 100 Levi's denim jackets, each of which has been reconstructed or embellished by a fashion designer or celebrity. Among those who have agreed to put their inimitable stamp on a Levi's jacket for the next event are Todd Oldham, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy, Mel Gibson, Gene Wilder and, of course, Richard Tyler. Levi Strauss & Co. and Neiman Marcus are the sponsors of the show. Past jacket designers have included Bill Blass, Karl Lagerfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, Carolina Herrera, Norma Kamali, Christian Lacroix, Nicole Miller, Anna Sui, Elizabeth Taylor and Yves Saint Laurent. The Dallas Collection, as it's called, has been an annual event here since 1987. Last January's fashion extravaganza attracted 2,000 people and netted $250,000 for local AIDS service and educational organizations. DIFFA organizers also took the show on the road to seven other cities, netting an additional $750,000 that was distributed in those cities. This time around it will be held only in Dallas. The runway show will feature a retrospective of how the jackets have evolved and how the money has been used. "The finale this year will end with about 250 people on stage at one time," said Burrus.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)