New York Notes: No Place Like Home … Waiting to Exhale … Party Favors …
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Former President George H. Bush and some of his kin are said to be staying at the Union League Club. Within walking distance of Madison Square Garden, the Murray Hill spot is crawling with Secret Service. A Union...
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Former President George H. Bush and some of his kin are said to be staying at the Union League Club. Within walking distance of Madison Square Garden, the Murray Hill spot is crawling with Secret Service. A Union League Club spokesman declined to comment, other than to say, “There is a lot of security.”
The original New York location of the club was built in 1859 as the home of Sir Winston Churchill’s grandfather; it stood at the corner of East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, but was demolished in 1966. The new location is at 37th Street and Park Avenue.
WAITING TO EXHALE: Florida Rep. Katherine Harris and about 50 other female Republican politicians and heavy-hitters will ease into the convention Monday morning with spa treatments at Exhale on the Upper East Side. Press is banned from the pedicures, so they’ll be dishing the dirt in private. Not everyone will be there for pampering. One attendee advised the staff she plans to stop by for a mimosa, but will skip the treatment.
Exhale is playing both sides of the field, with plans to open a spa in Boston in December — with a month to spare before the inauguration.
PARTY FAVORS: This week Republicans can wear their party on their sleeve or blouse with Alex & Ani’s red, white, blue and black Swarovski crystal elephant pin. The Providence, R.I.-based company shipped a few boxes of the $48 pieces to the White House in time for the RNC. It is also available at Alexandani.com.
But company founder Carolyn Rafaelian is not playing favorites. She has also designed a version in the shape of a donkey. Earlier this month, Chelsea Clinton was given one while dining at The Spotted Pig in Manhattan with her father.
NO COMMENT: Holly Hunter is waving off interviews about her pro bono portrayal of Laura Bush in Tony Kushner’s “Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy.” Her free readings will be staged at the Manhattan Theater Workshop at 79 East Fourth Street tonight through Wednesday. The play explores political morality and moral relativity. As the First Lady, Hunter reads Dostoevsky to the ghosts of Iraqi children. Cynthia Nixon reads the role of an angel.Nixon is expected to be on hand later Monday night, when Moby, Lou Reed and Joan Osbourne jam at the Beacon Theater at Planned Parenthood’s “Stand Up for Choice” concert.
SAVE IT: Guests at Saturday’s RNC Media Welcome party at the Time Warner Center picked up coupon books for The Shops at Columbus Circle. Eileen Fisher, Calvin Klein Underwear, A/X Armani Exchange, Tumi, Tourneau, Equinox and Joseph Abboud were among the companies that kicked in discounts and special offers. Some were less generous than others. Williams-Sonoma’s gift certificate promoted its one-day in-store demos.
KEEPING COOL: Diana Taylor, Mayor Bloomberg’s ladyfriend, is taking the RNC in stride. The state banking superintendent said she hasn’t made any special clothing purchases for this week’s festivities. “It’s just another week in New York. New York is a place that has lots of events all the time.”
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty