Broken Coconut Opens Healthy Pop-Up Eatery at Saks Fifth Avenue

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As Christmas season takes a toll, gift shopping can be an exhausting task. But instead of retreating to the closest fast food eatery or binging on holiday sweets, shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue now have a healthy and stylish alternative.

Having recently launched in NoHo, Broken Coconut brings their fresh healthy menu and their cozy beach ambiance to the iconic department store just in time for the holiday season. With their neon-lit tropical decor and their signature bohemian swing, it’s a Christmas-in-July experience for shoppers. And the menu is all the indulgence, without any of the guilt.

 

 

“‘Eat pretty’ is what brings the concept of our restaurant full circle, emphasizing the beautiful food that you’d find at the beach,” says Will Makris, partner at Broken Coconut. “All of our dishes are inspired by the beach mentality: an outlook that wellness means making fresh, nourishing choices regularly; and we hope to empower our customers to feed their mind and body beautifully.”

That “beach-to-bowl” concept certainly brings a fun and fresh approach to responsible eating. With choices like the Pink Island Girl, a blended smoothie bowl featuring dragonfruit, raspberry, and spiced coconut, and the Banana Cashew Butter, toast with flax, maple, and ceylon cinnamon, it’s an irresistible alternative for healthy eaters. The menu also matches the vibrant summer atmosphere, perfect for the Instagram-savvy diners.

 

 

After opening in October, their NoHo location has attracted such regulars as Bella Hadid, Jasmine Tookes and Jonah Hill. With the “eat pretty” philosophy making its way uptown, it’s sure to draw even more of the culturati.

Visit Broken Coconut at their pop-up on the fifth floor of Saks Fifth Avenue, or their flagship location at 15 E 4 St. Find more info at Broken Coconut.

How to Make Your Winter Style Iconic

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Winter footwear should be sturdy and functional, but it doesn’t need to be unsightly. Sergio Rossi has unveiled a lust-worthy line of classic silhouettes with edgy new features that allow wearers to achieve a high-fashion look without sacrificing comfort and elegance throughout the changing seasons.

For the Winter 2017-18 collection, Sergio Rossi writes the next chapter in its journey to rediscover the true essence of the brand, focusing on its DNA, expert craftsmanship and know-how. The inspirational starting point is interior design: Structured and hypnotic geometries evoke architectural patterns where polychrome resins and marbles turn into a multi-color inlay of leather and suede. The result is an “interior-walk,” a handmade couture merging interior décor with footwear.

sr1, the collection that marked a new beginning in the history of the brand, is once again center stage, with precise and clean lines for a seasonless collection. The emblematic leather tongue and its personalized silver plate (the distinctive decoration placed on each creation in the collection) are found not only on slippers and the sabot but also on booties, over-the-knee boots and ankle-strap moccasins.

 

  • The sr1 slipper, with its emblematic tongue and distinctive metallic plate, is the stand-out design this winter -- a new aesthetic of comfort and elegance.
  • The sr1 pump, the must-have shoe silhouette, debuts for the first time with a pointed toe, a tribute to a historic archive piece inspired by the boldness of ‘90s supermodels. The flawless, pointy pumps are a versatile and flattering choice for all femininity and effortless appeal. Available in both neutral and bright tones, they're a wardrobe staple.
  • Complete your look with ultra-modern, dynamic, chic footwear that bridges the gap between style and functionality. sr1 calfskin sneakers feature distinctive metal plates for a street-chic look, and a ladylike heel for an upscale feel.
  • Versatile and comfortable forms are the product of classical lines with character details and an ultra-feminine fit. With a variety of classic colors and sophisticated winter tones to choose from, you can choose the perfect pair for you this fall.
  • The multi-color inlay was entirely created by hand using a multitude of laser-cut leather tiles. The geometric pattern of the sr1 Inlay bootie is made of 150 unique hand-applied pieces, requiring more than 18 hours of work. A masterpiece.
  • These instantly crush-worthy studs put a twist on classic silhouettes to create a look with edgy detail. Add a sophisticated aspect to must-have styles, like ankle boots, slippers or pochettes, for a rocking appeal that amps up the glam of nearly any look.
  • Choose from a special selection of materials, colors and accessories to personalize your exclusive pair of sr1 slippers. The sophisticated daywear slipper is the signature model from the sr1 line, with a square toe and embellished tongue complete with the iconic Sergio Rossi plate for added elegance. Find the combination that perfectly conveys your style, and create a pair that will become the symbol of your unique taste.

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Off-White Comes to Olivia Kim’s SPACE At Nordstrom

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In 2012 Virgil Abloh took the fashion world buzz surrounding his provocative (and provocatively named) streetwear project, Pyrex Vision, and metamorphosed it into the more omnipresent brand Off-White. Since then, the label has definitively captured the wider imagination and audience, with its wild prints and iconoclastic cuts.

This season Abloh will also be the latest in a series of designers specially chosen by Nordstrom’s Vice-President of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, for her irreverent and ever evolving retail project SPACE.

The collection includes cool military-style jackets, optical tees, nostalgic bomber jackets and spectacularly sexy, strappy sandals. But perhaps our fave piece is a perception-challenging asymmetrical floral silk shirt, with its extravagantly cascading tail.

The collection is available online and in select Nordstrom stores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld is Designing This Year’s Claridge’s Christmas Tree

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It’s that time of year…

Fashionable Christmas trees are going up, and someone has to make them look fashionable.

One of the most talked about every year is the tree at Claridge’s, London’s classic Mayfair hotel. And the jolly man with the white hair that will be designing it is Karl Lagerfeld. Obviously, we’re expecting something typically magnificent from the exalted fashion designer.

Lagerfeld says of the assignment, “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.” Us too!

The Claridge’s Christmas tree has long been a staple of the London holiday season, drawing locals and visitors alike to ooh and ah between posh shopping stops. This is the eighth time the hotel has commissioned such a cultural visionary to handle the design, having collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Burberry in previous years.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Christmas tree design will be unveiled Wednesday, November 22 in the Claridge’s glittering lobby.

A Tribe Called Quest Pays Tribute to the Late Phife Dawg w/ New Apparel Collection

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When A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg passed away at just 45 years of age in March of 2016, it bore echoes of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s death four years earlier – another legendary and tight-knit collective from the earlier days of hip-hop left stunned by the far-too-early loss of an indispensable member.

Yauch now has a park in Brooklyn named for him. And in another of what will surely be many more tributes to Phife, ATCQ have just released an exclusive capsule apparel collection in conjunction with Sony Music’s The Thread Shop.

 

 

In includes a black trucker cap, a white tee with an image from the 1991 Low End Theory photo shoot, and a striking Safety Green Hoodie bearing Phife’s name in black lettering (all limited edition). The collection is released today, November 20 – which happens to also be the late rapper’s birthday.

The Beasties, of course, called it quits immediately after the loss of Yauch in 2012. But Quest had carried on, releasing in 2016 their first new album – We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service – since 1998; killing it with a Phife tribute performance on SNL on November 12, 2016; and touring the album up until an emotional final show at the UK’s Bestival on September 10.

 

 

 

Legendary Fashion Designer Azzedine Alaia Dead at 77

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Azzedine Alaia image from Joe McKenna’s untitled documentary 

 

The fashion world mourned, as news came yesterday that eminent designer Azzedine Alaia had passed away in Paris, aged 77. The cause of death was apparently heart failure.

Born in Tunisia in 1940, he started his career in the City of Light as a teen working for Dior, then Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler. He shot to genuine fame in the 80s with his own ready-to-wear label, eventually dressing Grace Jones, Madonna, Janet Jackson – and becoming the unofficial designer to the first wave of supermodels. His form-fitting creations notably and stunningly adorned the likes Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell. In recent years, his devotees included Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna…even First Lady Michelle Obama.

Earlier in 2017 Joe McKenna had released an untitled but beautifully shot documentary on Alaia.

Celebrity friends took to Twitter to share their love, tributes and lamentations.

 

 

 

 

 

The Weeknd Celebrates 5 Years Since ‘Trilogy’ with New Collection

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It was 2012 when we were first introduced to the sensual R&B of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd. After performing at Coachella and kicking off his first US tour, he then signed with Republic Records; shortly after, he released a compilation album of his mixtapes, entitled Trilogy.

Five years later, The Weeknd is celebrating his critically-acclaimed inaugural album with a limited-edition collection, featuring a hat, a t-shirt, a long sleeve, and a hoodie – it’s all inspired by the artwork of the original album. Also part of the collection is a six-piece vinyl box set that includes House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, limited to 1000 units. As a gift, the collection will also come with a special-edition photo set of artwork from the Trilogy era.

The Trilogy five-year anniversary collection is now available online.

Telfar Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

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Last night Telfar was announced as the winner of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, meaning the queer designer is taking home the grand prize of $400,000. The two runners-up, queer label Chromat and eyewear brand Ahlem, each walked away with $150,000.

The designer, Telfar Clemens, has been creating collections for his unisex label since 2005. His clothes are simple yet artful, representing a sort of “new normal” for the modern, savvy customer. This year, he even redesigned the uniforms of fast food chain White Castle, supplying new garb for 10,000 employees.

Chromat, meanwhile, represents a futuristic, uber-clean, architectural approach to swim and athletic-wear. Ahlem’s eyewear is chic and highly approachable.

As well as their new funds, each brand will have the opportunity to pick the industry figure of their choice as a mentor for the future of their brand. Other finalists for the prize included Vaquera, Dyne, Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill, Mateo New York, RTA and Sandy Liang.

Louis Vuitton’s Stunning ‘Volez Voguez Voyagez’ Exhibition Opens in NYC

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After being vacant for almost ten years, the former American Stock Exchange building in Manhattan’s Financial District has just been brought back to life for Louis Vuitton’s stunning three-floor exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. Curated by Oliver Saillard, it traces LV’s iconic journey from 1854 to the present day through ten thematic chapters, each in their own strikingly imagined space.

The show opens with the most symbolic object of the House: an antique trunk from 1906. It continues through the detailed makings of their classic trunks, revealing how the designs evolved and informed style during the rise of travel – at a time when expeditions, yachting, the automobile, aviation and trains has all captured the zeitgeist in their own way. While navigating through Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, you’ll find yourself beachside one moment, on the road less traveled the next, inside a cabin car of the Orient Express, gliding through the open skies, and then suddenly on the Oscars red carpet. (And indeed, the brand’s red carpet celeb fans turned out in force for the opening, including Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux and Alexander Saarsgaard.)

The Vanderbilts. The Rockfellers. Mary Pickford. Lauren Bacall. Ernest Hemingway. And today’s a-listers the likes of Ruth Nega, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams are all on display to attest to LV’s ceaseless star power. Marc Jacobs fans will swoon to the look back at the time when he was Creative Director of the House. And then there’s the Jeff Koons room, reminding us of just how much Louis Vuitton has influenced the look and style of travel for more than a century-and-a-half…and will surely continue to do so.

Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez is on view at 86 Trinity Place, NYC, in the former American Stock Exchange building, though January 8. Admission is free to the public.