Ece Sukan in a red and golden oriental kimmono 2 seasons ago after the Stella McCartney show.]]>
Have your own Alexander Wang party with this mix.
The O$car $elfie. Are egg whites keeping him single? An interview with Chris Harrison from The Bachelor. Dior is coming to the Tribeca Film Festival. Suzy Menkes’s new throne at Vogue. You’ll want to eat this scrub…but don’t. Websites, new to you, guaranteed. A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.]]>
Fashion week (month !) has me inspired to mix up patterns…
Here are a few things I’m looking for this weekend!]]>
Last week, we stopped by the studio of Nicolas Ouchenir, a super talented calligrapher, who is responsible for the beautiful writing on many of the Paris invitations (I always save the one’s he works on, they are really the best!).
He’s worked with everyone from Dior to Dom Pérignon and his studio is a little invitation museum– here is a peek inside his world! Click on the arrows to see more images…]]>
On the runway during Fashion Month…
The Trend: Sweater Dressing
How I would wear it: I’m totally into long, oversize sweaters year round but I am loving the idea of wearing a big sweater with a knit bottom for fall to really stay cozy. The best looks: From left to right, Stella McCartney, Sacai, Céline, Chloé and Acne. For more fall trends, click here!]]>
Going backstage during fashion week is a little bit like Christmas morning…
You get to see new colors, new tools, new tricks and a whole lot of pretty faces. This season, there are a few things I’ll leave on the runway and some that I can’t wait to try for myself (a few I’ve already started perfecting). Here they are! 1. The messy hair at Phillip Lim (above) and Marni (with some slight adjustments…), for the days that I really just want to roll out of bed. 2. The glossy brows at Carven, for a wind-less day.
The white eyeliner at Prabal, for the morning after a late night.
The glitter lips at Rodarte, for my trip to Las Vegas in April.
The pony tail at Valentino, for a summer wedding (note: stock up on hair ties). Did you have a favorite beauty moment from fashion week?
All photos by Alissa Ugolini Faced with yet another Berlin bar serving only cheap beer and bad wine, you must have at some point also imagined a Street Food Thursday for drinks; instead of smoked fish or barbecue there’d be craft ciders and special cocktails, instead of veggies and spätzle there’d be spicy bloody marys and crisply bright Rieslings. The setting wouldn’t be the Markthalle, instead it’d be in a more industrial space, maybe one in the very heart of Berlin’s nightlife? Dream no more, the indomitable Kavita Meelu has made it happen: starting this Friday and Saturday, and continuing Fridays and Saturdays this month only (!), the legendary Senatsreservenspeicher on Cuvrystrasse will play host to the Bar Market, an intimate indoor liquor fair where you can sip and chug and taste to your heart’s content. And not to worry, bigger bites will be served to those who need a little fortification between bottles, with an additional special food-truck delivery at midnight.
With six stands to choose from and a rolling array of guest mixologists and vendors, there should be enough to keep you buzzin’ for multiple visits until the end of the month. We had a little preview earlier this week and can already reveal a few of our highlights. At the far end of the industrial space will be a classic cocktail bar where specialists like Olaf Matthey, Max Engler, and Ina Hielscher (folks with years of experience at Würgeengel and Buck & Breck) will focus on one particular cocktail every week. Classic cocktails bar This first week they’re focusing on Don Draper’s favorite, the old-fashioned, revealing it to be as flexible and rich a concoction as the martini or the manhattan (which they’ll tackle in the weeks to come). Presented in weckgläser and bringing to mind homemade preserves at French village markets, these old-fashioneds will not only be available in their traditional rye whiskey version, but also in sumptuous refixes using the mezcal (the smokier Mexican ‘mother’ beverage to tequila) and korn (Germany’s oldest alcohol!) also available at Bar Market from Axel Huhn’s Mezcaleria and Theo Lithgardt’s Das Korn. craft ciders by Le Comptoir du Cidre Those that feel like a stiff cocktail might be too stiff a choice should really try a glass from the craft ciders stand run by the Kristiansen siblings. Far from the too-sweet children’s bubbly you might associate with cider, these 10 different pear and apple ciders were specially imported and selected from small bio farms in Normandy by Sydney Kristiansen (Le Comptoir du Cidre). Ranging in alcohol content between 5 and 8%, these offer an elegant and light alternative to champagne on the one hand and beer on the other. Chef sister Leila, meanwhile, will serve rustic French tapas to match these airy and lightly fruity flavors (think heart-stoppingly tender pork marinated in cider and cooked sous-vide). I Shot the Sheriff‘s vogelbeere schnapps Cathrin Brandes (of the Speisenclub Neukölln and our very own Berlin’s Best Bread jury) will be serving shot-sized mini-cocktails mixed with her homemade schnapps under the name I Shot the Sheriff. The nifty ones we tried had been made from vogelbeere (rowan berries) and dill-gherkins (!), making for quite the surprising little treats. I Shot The Sheriff’s mini-cocktails Those looking for a more mondaine night out should immediately seek out Mr. Susan‘s Bloody Mary & Champagne Bar, which serves three kinds of bubbly: Champagne from Ludes, Cremant from the Alsace, and Winzer Sekt from the Pfalz. And not just that, they also mix a mean bloody mary and crack a juicy oyster. Using a self-made and perfectly spicy base of tomato, pickled habaneros, and even beet and apple juice, Stefan Endres and Susan Choi will offer you the choice between a classic vodka blend, a red snapper (made with gin), or a santa sangre (made with mezcal). Your oysters you can slurp off the shell au naturel, or on a plate with four different toppings that sync up beautifully with the bloody marys. Mr. Susan‘s Bloody Mary & Champagne Bar Aside from the aforementioned drinks, there’ll be something for everybody but teetotallers: a wine bar with Riesling and Blaufränkische wines selected by Helen Mol (Pauly Saal) and Willi Schlögl (Cordobar, Hotel Adlon), and craft beers from visiting brewers and Johannes Heidenpeters, who brews his vanilla porter and pale ale in the basement of Markthalle Neun. Heidenpeters craft beers What are you waiting for? The Senatsreservenspeicher is due for renovation (read: gentrification), and the neighborhood will never be the same; much of the world-famous street art commissioned and constructed by Artitude, the arts collective that occupied the building for decades, will disappear along with the building’s silos that used to hold West Berlin’s grain reserves. A toast then to the old Berlin: Long live the spring and long live Berlin!]]>
When it comes to accessories, I’m pretty good at shoes, okay at bags and terrible when it comes to jewelry. I couldn’t stack bracelets to save my life, I will lose at least one knuckle ring everytime I put one on and I wear a necklace about twice a year. I’ve decided it is time to improve my bling wearing skills, starting with earrings.
I think that earrings are the easiest piece to wear, which might be because everytime I wear a pair, my hair covers them up so there is no chance of me screwing it up. Come on Alex! Get your s#&! together! The earrings on our radar at the Studio right now are begging to be seen, heck, to be shown off in all of their shiny, furry, sparkly glory. I asked Sheridan to come to the Studio and help me come up with three ways to show off the earrings that we are loving right now. My favorite? The Fendi earring paired with that sleek side part and straight hair. I’m doing it. Fur and Crystal Earring, Fendi; Shirt, COS; Shark Earring, Givenchy; Blazer, Zara; Gold earrings, Brvtvs; Top, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Hair by Sheridan Ward using Oribe Hair Care / T3micro.]]>
Is Kendall America’s Next Top Modeleb?
She walked THREE of the biggest shows this season (Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Chanel). I think we need to talk about this… It’s no surprise that models bred from celebrity are on the rise (hello Cara & Poppy Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger, Tali Lennox, and Kate’s little sister Lottie Moss) they bring a ton of attention to the designers. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Moss lineage and who can say no to those gap teeth (talking to you Georgia)… but are we ready for Jenner?]]>
Just when I thought Valentino couldn’t possibly get any better, they do dreamy leather!
And they do it well. Black flowing leather caftans, patchwork coats with studs, not to mention the ethereal cape dresses and butterfly (or bird) embellishments! If I had somewhere appropriate to go (like the opera, dinner at Jean-Georges’ home or, I don’t know, the Valentino show) these five looks would be my go-to. Becuase I can have Valentino go-to’s if I want!]]>
If you love fashion just a tiny bit, you’ve seen images from the Chanel Shopping Center a million times by now. And if you are like me, you just can’t get enough of it. This show was genius ! Let me tell you a little bit about it…
10.06 : In front of the Grand Palais. My invitation simply says “Chanel Shopping Center.” I haven’t had the time to imagine what the show was going to be. I know I’ll be surprised and I can’t wait, but I’m a little preoccupied – I have to meet the team from a Chinese magazine who are supposed to take my photo. 10.07 : They text me: “We are inside!” I answer: “Coming!!!” 10.08 : I text Erik, my photo assistant : “You can stay outside a little bit, meet me inside around 10.20.” 10.09 : Big crowd in front of Chanel. Security guards everywhere, but Chanel security guards : nice security guards. 10.12 : I’m inside the Grand Palais, my jaw drops. 10.12 : What I mean by that: I’m inside the Grand Palais, in shock, mouth open. WTF? 10.14 : I’m gasping, a slow gasp. 10.15 : Still gasping, slow-mo. 10.15 : Take out my weapon (my phone) text my troops (Erik) “Drop everything and come inside. This is madness. PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING it’s crazy!” 10.16 : It’s INTENSE. I am in a huge Chanel supermarket. As huge as the Grand Palais. It’s beautiful! Each product has been thought out (there are more than 500, I’ve heard) each has sublime packaging. Each product has a funny caption or a hilarious pun. It doesn’t even look like a stage! There is rice in the rice boxes! 10.18 : This is a Chanel dream. I can’t stop myself from exploring the whole place, and more and more people are with me. We all look like kids on Christmas morning, eyes wide open and pink cheeks.
10.18 : No Internet #MillionChanelInstagrams. 10.19 : I’m laughing on my own, taking a million pictures, explaining the puns to my non-French speaking friends, for example: - Shampoo : “For indecisive and unsubmisive hair” or for “Lame and uncolored hair” - Water : “Eau De Chanel N°0”. - Toast (biscottes in French) : “BisCOCOttes to devour”. - Sardines (tiny boxed fish) : “Jersey” Sardines, “Tweed” Sardines, “Pearl” Sardines. - Cereal : “COCOChoco” This goes on for every box, and there are sooooo many!!! Each and every one of them is beautiful. My head is going to explode with genius, creativity, humor, and colors.
10.19 : Soundtrack? The same as in a chich supermarket. 10.20 : Text : “We can’t find you!” Crap, forgot my Chinese team. 10.25 : Taking pictures with them near the Chanel cheese, that totally smells like cheese. Woof! 10.40 : I’m in a Chanel shopping cart for my Chinese team, it makes people turn and take my picture, I have a second of doubt. Am I losing my chic? 10.40 : “At Chanel you don’t lose your chic, you find it,” Karl says to me. Or did I dream that ? 10.44 : Shooting done. I run into friends, they’re all like me, feeling like they’ve taken mushrooms and are on the Teletubbies, but in a supermarket. Too many things to see, do, take pictures of. I think I’m gonna need to sit. 10.50 : Okay I’m sitting. Not moving. Observing. Keira Knightley is here. Cute ! 10.53 : Cara Delevigne walks proudly, the shows starts. 10.56 : It’s beautiful ! Colors everywhere ! Ok, I don’t really see the clothes so much, I’m so fascinated by the decor. And the models that…
11.01 : Once the models are done going around the venue, instead of going back backstage, they stay in the shopping center. Grab a shopping cart, a ham, talk, compare products. 11.03 : Soundtrack : Mademoiselle Agnès and Loïc Prigent: “When the jambon (ham) is good, it’s the jambon Cambon!” and other jokes. Hilarious. 11.14 : Okay the show is over. Karl is here walking in front of me with Cara, he seems super happy. 11.15 : What’s happening? Rihanna is running through the venue (followed by her bodyguards and 200,000 photographers). 11.16 : Ah, Rihanna’s just shopping.
11.17 : Oh, everybody’s shopping, actually. Everybody wants a piece of the decor. Me too !!! I grab a paint bucket “Doré St Honoré” (of course) 11.18 : Scott grabs a ketchup bottle “Paris Dallas.” “Much more ironic,” he tells me. 11.20 : Wow, some are getting REALLY excited over this and are loading themselves with products. 11.21 : Some stands collapse. It’s starting too look like a post-Sandy New York Supermarket – you don’t really know if it’s funny, desperate or if it’s art, but I’m happy to report that the atmosphere is great. 11.21 : People are starting to go way overboard. Security guards ask (nicely) for people to stop dismanteling the decor, but kindness seems to have no effect on what’s starting to feel like hysteria. 11.21 : Three fashion editors are climbing the shelves to get their hands on the “Mademoiselle” doormat. One of them trips and falls down.
11.23 : All right, I’m out. 11.23 : And by that I mean, I’m checking out. Yes, there is a check out, where people are asked to put down everything they’ve been gathering. I say there should be a shrink right there people are so sad. But instead there are free candies. Piles of products are abandonned. Apparently the food will go to charities. 11.24 : I know someone who was able to sneak a Chanel Ketchup, but I won’t say who… 11.30 : Outside. I sit down to think about the meaning of life, while eating candies. And I mean : Chanel candies. ————— If this Chanel show was genius, it’s not only for everything I just narrated to you (and let’s not even start talking about the hours of work to achieve that) and for this celebration / critique of consumerism, but it’s also because, if right now, fashion shows are a communication event then this one must have exploded any standard. The number of tweets and Instagrams went litteraly crazy. Chanel Explosion N°128616. :) Click on the arrows to see more images…]]>
The glitter boots at the Saint Laurent show last night are on my mind…
…and in Nancy Sinatra’s words, are made for walking…straight into my closet! Okay, so maybe they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think if you lived in the 60s you’ll have a small place for these in your heart. And if like me, you grew up playing with glitter haired Barbie’s while listening to the oldies radio station in the car, you’ll have a place for them too. Shoes are one of my favorite ways of expressing my personality: they look great in every color, patterns are always welcome and its no big deal if you wear a size 6, 10 or 8… Will they make your fall shopping list?]]>
The fashion industry’s obsession with youth isn’t breaking news…
We see it on the runway, in editorials and in ad campaigns but it looks like things might be starting to change. Last week in Paris, for example, Rick Owens sent a variety of ethnicities and ages down the runway, most of the models being more mature. We also just found out that actress Jessica Lange (how many of you DIE for her in American Horror Story?) will front the Marc Jacobs Beauty campaigns this year (oh, she’s 64) and Charlotte Rampling will be the face of the NARS 20th anniversary campaign (she’s 68). Clearly, big brands are beginning to endorse a more mature image of womanhood and only time can tell if the budding trend continues to catch steam. What do you think of the how the industry is starting to embrace more mature women? - Ricardo Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs Beauty, shot by David Sims.]]>
Glossy lips I know, but a glossy brow?
After seeing the look on the Carven runway I decided this was a look to test immediately. I gave my brows a little brushing and reached for a tube of Make Beauty’s Face Gloss. A few swipes across my brows and there they were, fully glossed and super shiny. My only concern with this look, much like with lip gloss, is a windy day (without fail, at some point, my hair will get stuck to my lips). Although, if you do gloss your brows and the wind blows… you might have that Marni look on lock. On a wind-free day, I’m all for it.]]>
When I walked into Five Elephant the other day and ordered a piece of cheesecake with my morning cappuccino, I was assured that I hadn’t been the first customer that day who asked for it; it appears to be the talk of the town. Bite by bite, sip by sip, I realized why the 15-minute walk from the closest U-Bahn station was worth it; this quiet slice of Kreuzberg sweetness is something to be cherished. Compared to the delicious cheesecake I once had at New York’s famous Carnegie Deli, this cream filling was still rich, but slightly lighter. The staff told me that was because New York-style is made with sour cream, whereas the Philadelphia-style served at Five Elephant is cream cheese based. This ingredient was the only one they would reveal to me when I started asking about the story behind what might be Berlin’s best cheesecake; the owner’s grandmother developed and perfected the recipe for years, and Five Elephant‘s staff are keeping quiet about just what makes her cheesecake so damn good. No wonder that customers have already started to make their own assumptions about just what the recipe entails, just what the special ingredient is: some taste a hint of coconut, while others — like me — think that there must be some caramel in it, which would only add to the crust’s crunch, but we’ll never know…
What we do know is that Five Elephant roasts their own coffee in the back of the shop, a proud member of Berlin’s third-wave coffee scene and also sells it to other well-known cafés in the city, such as Aunt Benny. The smell of freshly roasted beans only adds to the distinctive atmosphere at Five Elephant. The Austro-American team behind it selected a minimal menu with sweets like banana bread and bagels and the international background of the café can be seen with a world map hanging on every wall. With laptop owners banned from the front room, large groups of friends sit down at the spacious tables over some of the homemade cheesecake and a freshly roasted cup. If you pay attention, you’ll notice after a while that there’s a murmur in the air; they’re actually talking to each other.]]>
Sick during fashion week? Flu during an important event? Lame at the Saint Laurent show? Runny nose and no kleenex in the first row? It happens to the best of us (like – me). Not to worry — I’ve tried EVERYTHING out for you during my (unforgettable) loser fashion week. So here are eight ways to look chic even when you’re sick for the entire fashion week. You can adapt these suggestions for school, work, and your everyday life, or even the next Oscars, if you happen to be a blog reading actress. So here we go…