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.Between the Covers NEW YORK--Who knows what desires lurk in the darkest recesses of our neighbors' hearts--or on their coffee table? To find out, step down into See Hear, located below street level on East Seventh Street, a magazine shop specializing in "fanzines," magazines and books that cater to the unconventional--with a publication for every whim, idolatry or desire. Well-known magazines rest alongside alternative titles covering music, film, exploitation, art, politics and, of course, fetishes. Foot fancier? Try on In-Step for size. And thrift store addicts can feed their habit with Thrift Score (this month is dedicated to denim).
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)