Your New Winter Antidote: Elyse Maguire’s ‘A Year on the Cape’ Votive Set

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You’ll find Elyse Maguire’s Seapine Studio delightfully off the beaten paths of the cosmopolitan design scenes of New York or Boston. Known for her whimsical, very wearable knit scarves, she has just in time launched her uplifting A Year on the Cape home fragrance collection – another wonderful excuse to stay indoors during this frigid January.

We’re fawning over the gorgeous blue-boxed set of 12 chic little candles – each scent inspired by “the simple pleasures of every month on the Cape.” Which is obviously something we could all use a lot more of during these complicated, divisive socio-political times. Our favorites: February Fog, a memorable mist of citrus, jasmine and salt air; the sexy sandalwood of July Roadster; and August Brunch, with its mimosa-sweet fragrance – delivering a little bit of summer into our dreary January.

We asked Maguire to shed some light (pun intended) on her latest venture, from her clapboard, shingled Cape Cod aerie.

 

As a known textile designer, what inspired you to now create a candle collection?

For me going to the Cape is a transformative experience. As soon as I cross the bridge and take that first breath of salt air, the stress and excess melts away. Instead of staring at my Facebook feed, I actually look up at the stars. Instead of racing home to watch Netflix, I race to the beach to catch the sunset. I created A Year on The Cape so I could share all those cool, magical little moments.

What are some of your favorite things about Cape Cod that inform your designs? 

I love the casual, easygoing lifestyle. I remember the first time I went to the Cape, I packed heels and quickly realized you don’t need heels here or even shoes for that matter. There’s also something very inspiring about the constantly changing landscape: the tide is always moving, the wind always creating new shapes in the sand, you could paint the ocean every day for a year and end up with 365 different colors.

When was the studio founded?

I started using the space after graduating from design school. It was previously a painter’s studio in the 70s, which totally makes sense. When the sunlight streams in, and the ocean breeze blows through, it’s the perfect environment for creating.

Any upcoming projects you’d like to let us in on?

Yes, I’m planning to grow and evolve the collection. Cape Cod style gets boxed in as being all about popped collars and pink whale pants – I’m excited to share a new take: a simpler, pared back aesthetic that captures the simple beauty and ease of Cape life. Stay tuned for summer scarves, beach towels and our first piece of ready-to-wear this fall.

 

New Adidas Collab Offers Free Public Transit in Berlin

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Public transit can be a pain, no matter where you live. Although the subway system in Berlin is a vast improvement compared to that of New York, in both organization and cleanliness.

And Berlin transit authority BVG‘s new collaboration with Adidas Originals makes stepping on the subway the new best part of your morning. Not only is the new pair of kicks made from recycled subway seats, giving it a cool pop of color. But the most interesting feature is the tongue, featuring a fabric version of BVG’s annual travel pass.

That means you get free public transit in Berlin for the rest of 2018, starting in February. At €180 ($215), the shoes are a fashionable steal compared to the annual pass, which costs €728 ($871). With only 500 pairs available in two local stores, it’s this season’s cutest and most coveted accessory for hip Berlin commuters.

Blind Barber Is Opening in LA’s Highland Park Later This Month

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When Blind Barber opened on a corner of Tompkins Square Park in summer 2010, it was sort of a culmination of hipster ethos: old-timey men’s grooming HQ meets fussy craft cocktails nightspot. And despite its location in a fairly hipster no fly zone – the East Village, as opposed to, say, Greenpoint – it was actually an instant hit. (Nice barber pole, dude.)

It has since spawned not only the inevitable Brooklyn outpost, but it – also sort of inevitably – went highbrow too, setting up shop inside the revivified Barneys New York in Chelsea.

And like all ambitious young men of the, um, 19th Century, they would of course travel West. Indeed, this month a sixth Blind Barber will open in LA’s hipsteriffic Highland Park hood – following success in Culver City, as well as Chicago’s Fulton Market District (debuting just this past September). What to expect? Stylistically, a little less 1876, a little more 1976 – and the familiar mix of frontier-male-primping, zeitgeisty antiquated-chic cocktailing and of-the-moment hipsterized comfort food.

It begs the question: can a Portland Blind Barber be far behind?

 

alexa BlackBook: Style Heroes: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner Telfar Clemons Chats with Helmut Lang Designer and Hood By Air Founder Shayne Oliver

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CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund-winning designer Telfar Clemens, 32, chats with friend and designer Shayne Oliver, 30, (of award-winning label Hood By Air) about the fashionability of masculinity — and the ephemerality of what’s in style.

 

Telfar Clemens: If I had to say my favorite fashion moment of all time, it would be right now, basically. Today.

Shayne Oliver: It seems like everything works in the context of the time period you’re in. It’s relevant when you see it. Before, I used to think about “moments” but now I’m focused on things as they happen. What are you into right now? What are you excited about?

TC: Everything! It’s never been more confusing and actually more meaningful. Everything doesn’t make sense and then it does. What does masculinity mean to you? Has it evolved?

SO: It’s like fashion, basically. It goes around, it comes around. There are certain types of men who are in style. Does it mean something? It doesn’t mean anything.

TC: It could mean a lot of different things and it doesn’t mean the same thing to any other person. Why do you design unisex clothing?

SO: I know one sort of person, and I design for that body type, and it became a thing. Both people can fit. But I really never got into unisex … it didn’t start out like that. I wasn’t going there to go there.

TC: That was more my thing. The clothes that I wanted to wear didn’t exist. That’s the fact. If you had to name names, who is your style icon?

SO: I’m going to be corny and say Bowie. Only because he did the same thing. He was like, “Ooh, it’s the ’80s, let me be more masculine or more feminine.” It’s the attitude. I don’t see any specific thing he did as iconic.

TC: Literally everybody is iconic in some sort of way. I don’t hype anyone too, too much. How do you push the boundaries of menswear?

SO: We like to question things. The work just follows. That’s different from the old ideas of menswear in general — that, “It’s about a baggy suit!” and then they end up doing baggy suits forever. In the moment, it seems really new to everyone; it’s not the idea of the time, it’s really just that person’s style. How we work is more, like, “OK, well, that happened, now let’s go this way.”

TC: It’s always about what’s not there. Otherwise what’s the point? You’re just creating more stuff.

 

Shayne Oliver photo by Roger Erikson

A Most Uncommon BlackBook Holiday Gift Guide

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We know how you, just like us, really wanted to have your holiday shopping all, um, wrapped up by November 30. But, as usual, our frantic lives get in the way – and here it is the middle of December, and, admit it, you haven’t even started.

Fear not! BlackBook has assembled a list of gifts that are as singular as they are universally appealing. After all, who doesn’t love Champagne and The Beatles?

Happy shopping!

 

Candle Subscription

There are subscription boxes for almost everything; but a candle subscription feels like something totally new – and special. Each month, Vellabox (pictured above) will deliver a surprise candle, custom made and hand-poured. There are three sizes, staring from the $10 monthly Lucerna Box, with a four-ounce candle and surprise gift, and graduating to the $30 Vivere Box, complete with an eight ounce and four ounce candle, plus surprise.

Personalized Stationery

Rock Scissor Paper (Oprah loves them) have been creating impossibly groovy, retro-modernist greeting cards in their LA design lab for some two decades now. But their stylish personalized stationery makes a particularly thoughtful gift – as it encourages creativity and, more importantly, gives that special someone a wonderful reason to disengage from the digital world…if only for long enough to write out a gracious handwritten note. And, of course, look good doing it.

 

 

Narco-Chic T’s

Between Netflix’ Narcos, Tom Cruise’s American Made and an upcoming HBO film now in production starring J. Lo as Griselda Blanco, “Narco Chic” is certainly all the rage. So get in step with LA’s Plata O Plomo, who do remarkably stylish t-shirts ($19.95) and hoodies ($49.95) – men’s and women’s – emblazoned with the cheeky, infamous Pablo Escobar expression.

 

 

Digital Art

Loupe is the game changing art app, offering streaming access to the works of some of world’s most notable contemporary artists. And their special holiday gifting program allows that you can purchase a beautiful/provocative art print (surely for that someone on your list who has everything – and now at 20% off) while also supporting two very worthy causes: Free Arts and Breast Treatment Task Force; the charity of your choice will receive a portion of the sale. And the recipient will have a gift that lasts a lifetime.

 

 

Vintage Champagne

You can never go wrong with putting a bit of the bubbly in a special someone’s stocking. But skip the quotidian Prosecco and the same old familiar champers labels for something a bit more exclusive and, frankly, exquisitely realized. To wit, Artéis & Co, who release only vintage “Wines of Champagne” – meant to be very much enjoyed with an excellent meal. Choose the Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2004 or the Brut Rosé 2007.

 

 

Restaurant Gift Certificates

Show your excellent taste by sending someone out for an excellent brunch or dinner. We vigorously recommend some of our fave new spots: Danny Meyer’s moved-around-the-corner edition of Union Square Cafe has proven as popular as the legendary original, serving up Berkshire pork chops, Chatham cod, decadent desserts and killer martinis in a soaring, two-story space; exalted Masa sushi chef Masa Takayama just opened the much more affordable, cooly minimalist Japanese grill Tetsu in Tribeca; in LA, Dominique Ansel Bakery / 189 Restaurant at The Grove is the Cronut chef’s first foray into real sit-down dining, with full bar; and in Chicago, remind your favorite hipster that you’re just as hip with a staycation gift certificate to the Robey Hotel (from Mexico’s Habita), with its cool Wicker Park location, buzzy Cafe Robey and rooftop bar. But should you be shopping for your favorite amateur chef, it’s all about Gourmet Garage, with six NYC locations offering the finest seafoods, produce, cheeses, even a top notch butcher shop. Yum.

 

Union Square Cafe

 

Beatles Christmas Records

LIMITED EDITION SEVEN-INCH VINYL BOX SET  Back in the 1960s fan clubs were a thing that bands cared about, and looked after – none more so than The Beatles, who created an annual holiday tradition of recording Christmas messages for the club’s members. Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi discs and mailed out each December. Now you can hear them all thanks to this set of seven-inch colored vinyl singles (avail. from December 15), including a 16-page booklet with reproductions of the fan club’s newsletters.

 

Swim Shorts

The Nick Swim Short by Katama Camouflage feature mid-length trunks, with a square cut and double D-ring waist adjusters in place of an elasticated waistband. Two back pockets provide a place to keep your phone when striding athletically across the beach. A perfect gift for someone who’s already counting the days until summer.

 

 

 

 

One Grand Books Presents: Exalted Book Illustrator Chip Kidd, in Conversation With Richard Haines

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With holiday obligations pulling us to and fro, and harrowing political battles vying for our attention, NYC’s Neuehouse felt like exactly the right place to be Tuesday evening, in celebration of creativity above all.

Indeed, to fete the release of illustrious book cover illustrator Chip Kidd’s new Rizzoli book, Chip Kidd: Book Two: Works 2007-2017, Aaron Hicklin’s One Grand Books teamed him up with venerable fashion illustrator Richard Haines, for an exhilarating discussion on everything from deadlines to technology to…The Partridge Family.

Mr Hicklin introduced the two by relating how, “As someone who owns a bookshop, I am always fetishizing book covers.”

Kidd, always the dandy in a boldly striped jacket and houndstooth wool loafers, humbly insisted that even after thirty years at Knopf, “I’m always starting anew with each book cover. Working with someone like Haruki [Murakami, the author with whom he has a more than 20-year creative relationship], you always have to reinvent the visual language. When should you be clear, and when should you be more mysterious?”

 

 

He then cited Sting’s solo career as a good example of having too much confidence. No one seemed to disagree. And noting how he was “obsessed with comics from the very beginning,” he made a clear point about the need to separate type from image on a book cover…or “separation of type and state,” as he facetiously refers to it.

The attention then steered to Haines, who imparted from his time at Calvin Klein, the sort of magical process of a fashion designer making a drawing, and the garment somehow actually ending up in a boutique sometime later. Both brilliant conversationalists, Haines and Kidd somehow covered Obamacare, Gypsy Rose Lee and how the Partridge Family bus was influenced by Mondrian – all without missing a beat.

But they wrapped it up on a bit more serious note, when someone posed a question to Kidd about technology: “It’s merely a tool,” he enlightened. “It’s never going to think conceptually for you.”

An incisive reminder of something all too easily forgotten these days.

 

alexa BlackBook: Menswear Mavericks: Five Daring Designers We’re Watching — From Mexico City to Moscow

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IT’s 2017, and the industry is readily tossing aside the old rules of fashion – for proof, see the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which awarded unisex brand Telfar its top honor this year. Where women once used to have all the fun, the menswear market is now a playground of imagination and change. Here are the five designers redefining menswear for the runway and for real life.

 

BARRAGÁN

Victor Barragán, 25, 
Mexico City and New York City

 

 

In the past year, Mexican-born, New York City-based Victor Barragán has gone from an underground fashion designer quietly making t-shirts and hoodies to an industry-anointed up-and-coming talent. Combining delicate shapes with an understated strength, his gender-neutral designs push the barriers of men’s fashion. “Gender is just not part of my creative process,” the 25-year-old explains. “I design for whoever appreciates the rebellion in my clothes.”

 

 

 

Gosha Rubchinskiy

Gosha Rubchinskiy, 33, 
Moscow

 

 

One of the fashion world’s most elusive (and consequently, sought-after) designers, 33-year-old Gosha Rubchinskiy incorporates photography, film and fashion into a brand celebrating post-Soviet youth. Born in Moscow, the designer uses Russian subcultures as inspiration for his eponymous streetwear label. Juxtaposing the spirit of ’90s raves and urban skate culture with a minimalist aesthetic, he reinterprets streetwear as political high fashion. And even though his work has drawn comparisons to other fashion darlings, such as Calvin Klein’s Raf Simons and Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia, Rubchinskiy’s mashup of earnestness and irony gives his designs their own distinct look. “I never want to be Supreme, I never want to be Palace, I want to be Gosha,” he told the Financial Times. “People say Gosha is the next Raf, Gosha is the next Supreme. No, Gosha is Gosha.”

 

 

 

Phlemuns

James Flemons, 28, 
Los Angeles

 

 

By repurposing existing ’70s-style denim, Los Angeles brand PHLEMUNS brings a sustainable edge to our favorite lived-in jeans. Founder James Flemons aims to celebrate the diversity of the black male experience with his pieces – although it’s no surprise they’re favored by his female fans, who include Rihanna (RiRi and her dancers and orchestra rocked the brand at last year’s VMAs). Still, “there are so many misguided conceptions about black masculinity,” he says. “But just like any other person of any race or gender, we’re complex and layered people with different ideas of what it means to be a man.” He continues: “With my clothes, I always look for a way to embrace that identity, and let people know that it’s OK to be whatever you want.”

 

 

 

Sanchez-Kane

Barbara Sanchez-Kane, 29, 
Mexico City

 

 

Mexico City native Barbara Sanchez-Kane handcrafts clothes for the “sentimental macho man.” With her eponymous line, the designer tailors looks with a radical edge, fusing traditional Mexican iconography with boundary-bending silhouettes. At her New York Fashion Week debut this fall – one of the season’s most lauded presentations – she sent male models in deconstructed suits and sheer bell-bottoms down the runway, thrilling her fearless customers. “They wear what they want, no matter who they are,” says the designer.

 

 

 

Palomo Spain

Alejandro Gómez Palomo, 25, Córdoba, Spain

 

 

Although Palomo Spain is a menswear line, it was none other than Beyoncé who first drew mainstream attention to the brand. Bey wore the label’s delicate lilac silk organza robe for her twins’ iconic birth reveal on Instagram in July, which has garnered more than 10 million likes to date. The man behind the frills, 25-year-old Alejandro Gómez Palomo, is shaking up the industry with his unconventional approach to menswear: He cuts layered gowns and structured suits in romantic fabrics. “I crave for the idea of men being able to wear the same beautiful embroideries, volumes and materials women wear all the time,” he told Metal Magazine. “Just like a woman can wear ‘manly’ suits, pants or garments that are traditionally applied to men, men should also be able to make their fantasies come true through fashion.”

 

 

Photos by Corey Olsen, Tyler Adams, Amanda Mertens, Elena de Santiago, 
Jakob Landvik, Adrián Catalán, Getty Images. Courtesy of Gosha Rubchinskiy.

 

Lead photo: Palomo Spain by Adrián Catalán

alexa BlackBook: Style Icon: Edgar Ramirez Fashions a Vivid Portrayal of Legendary Designer Gianni Versace for ‘American Crime Story’

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On the cover: Versace blazer, similar styles $2,650 at Farfetch.com; Turtleneck, $650 at Versace.com

 

A FEW months before fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach villa by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, then-20-year-old Edgar Ramirez visited his parents in the sun-kissed party city. “If you walked on Ocean Drive, you could feel the vitality and the energy,” the Venezuelan actor tells Alexa of those freewheeling days in 1997. “It was exhilarating, it was exuberant.”

Ramirez, now 40, is revisiting that glamorous — and tragic — time. The actor plays the legendary Italian couturier on FX’s 10-episode The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiering on Jan. 17.

 

Shirt, $195 at ThomasPink.com

 

It’s a departure for the square-jawed screen star, who has become a Hollywood go-to for variations on masculine archetypes: a deadbeat ex-husband opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Joy; a CIA operative in Zero Dark Thirty and Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán at the center of Hands of Stone, a biopic also starring Robert De Niro and Usher.

While Ramirez transformed himself into fighting shape for Hands of Stone, dieting and training for hours a day in Panama City gyms, he went in the opposite direction for his fashion-designer role. The normally fit leading man packed on 20 pounds, the Italian way — by indulging in endless plates of pasta — and used prosthetics for the first time. Sporting a receding hairline, graying coiffure, three-day stubble and a generous physique, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the late designer.

Cutting the weight is proving less enjoyable. “Now is when the fun part is over,” he says with a slightly gloomy tone in his voice. “Because I gotta lose it.”

 

 

Jacket, $2,895 and pants, $750, 
both at Valentino, 693 Fifth Ave.; 
James Perse T-shirt, $60 at MrPorter.com

 

His preparation for the part also included speaking to close friends of Versace, whose private life stood in stark contrast to the glorious excess of his brand’s image. “[People] remember the lush exuberance of the clothes and the sex appeal and the sexuality and the models and the parties,” Ramirez says. “But on the real, personal side, he was not a party animal. He used to go to bed very early and get up very early as well. It was very interesting to discover that side of him.”

Ramirez gained a newfound respect for the refined artist during his preparation. “He was a very cultivated man. He used to say that in order to be a fashion designer, in order to be an artist in general, you have to be very cultivated, you have to be very well-informed,” he says. “He wanted to be a musician before he became a fashion designer, so he took inspiration from a lot of different sources. It was great for me to try to act for a mind like that.”

It’s not a stretch for Ramirez to embody worldly charm. His mother was an attorney and his father was a military officer, which means he spent much of his childhood traveling the world and speaks five languages fluently. If he takes a journalistic approach to researching his characters, there’s good reason: He studied to be a political reporter at university in Caracas before pursuing his love of the performing arts. In 2003, his matinee-idol good looks helped land him a role in Cosita Rica, a Venezuelan telenovela. His Hollywood breakthrough came with a role in the 2005 action flick, Domino, and since then he has forged a reputation for portraying swaggering macho characters with both intensity and intelligent nuance.

 

Canali blazer, $1,429 at Farfetch.com; 
Sandro turtleneck, $345 at 
Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave.

 

The opportunity to share an unseen side of Versace is part of what drew him to this new project, in addition to working with American Crime Story executive producer Ryan Murphy.
While there is plenty of romantic passion in American Crime Story, it’s also a familial drama. The central relationship is between Gianni and his sister Donatella, played by a cigarette-smoking Penélope Cruz in tight dresses and a platinum wig. In the 20 years since her brother’s heartbreaking death, Donatella has taken over the brand’s creative direction and built it into a global luxury powerhouse, but here we get a glimpse at their early behind-the-scenes partnership, which could be — shall we say — lively.

Ramirez says that both he and Cruz, who is Spanish, understand the fiery temperament. “We can relate to volatile but strong and beautiful family relationships,” he continues with a laugh. “That’s a world I understand. Like when someone from another culture asks about you and your family, ‘Are you fighting?’ And you’re like, ‘No, this is how we talk!’”

Ramirez treasures the strong bonds he formed on set with his fellow actors. “Penélope and Ricky [Martin, who plays Gianni’s partner Antonio D’Amico] and I became good friends and it was great, there was a lot of compassion for each other,” he says. “It was really beautiful. Penélope is very family-oriented, there was a very great connection between us.”

 

Tallia Orange jacket, $375 at Macys.com; 
Shirt & Cufflinks, $195 & $225 at ThomasPink.com; Pants, $895 at DSquared2, 166 Spring St.; “Papal” derbies, 
$1,395 at ChristianLouboutin.com

 

While Ramirez loved the flashy Versace wardrobe, off-camera he favors low-key, timeless pieces that look stylish, never trendy; so much so that GQ magazine dubbed him “the king of good taste” earlier this year. “I love design in general,” says the star, who cuts a slick figure on the red carpet in narrow suits and classic tuxes. “I love architecture and, of course, fashion. There’s nothing random about how we dress or how we project [ourselves].”

When asked what he does during his time off, Ramirez falters because, well, he can’t remember the last time he had any. But, for an actor, that’s a good thing. “There are no off days,” he says with a laugh. “It’s great to be working and doing what you’re passionate about. I don’t take that for granted at all.” He had just touched down in Los Angeles from Miami, where he presented at the Latin Grammy Awards. The following day, he’ll head to Argentina to film the thriller La Quietud, all while promoting American Crime Story.

On Dec. 22, Netflix fantasy crime drama Bright opens, with Ramirez playing a blue-haired elf, alongside Will Smith’s human LAPD officer and Joel Edgerton’s orc cop. He’s also slated to appear again with Robert De Niro in an as-of-yet untitled flick directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz of Hands of Stone fame.

 

 

Tallia Orange blazer, $375 at Macys; Todd Snyder turtleneck, $278 at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 3rd Ave.; Balmain jeans, $1,290 at Neiman Marcus

 

Suddenly, Ramirez remembers what he likes to do with his free time — although with a schedule so jam-packed, maybe it should be obvious. “When I have a day off, I sleep,” he says. “I love to hibernate.”

Still, he insists that his off-duty time isn’t that different from anyone else’s. “I try to relax. It depends where I am and what activities are available. Exercise, work out, try to catch an art exhibition, whatever is available. Nothing out of the ordinary, honestly,” he says. “What we do is extraordinary, but that doesn’t make you an extraordinary person.”

 

Photos by Williams & Hirakawa, Fashion Editor: Serena French, Stylist: Anahita Moussavian, Grooming: Barbara Guillaume at 
Forward Artists using Oribe, Tailor: Erik Gavrilov for Sew Ponies

alexa BlackBook: Alison Mosshart, Don Lemon, Matthew Modine, Nia Vardalos, Leslie Odom Jr. & More Tell Us Their Christmas Wish Lists

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WISH LIST: ALISON MOSSHART

The musician, artist and sometime-model serves as lead vocalist for indie-rock band the Kills, as well as for Jack White’s supergroup, the Dead Weather.

 

Maria Tash 18-k rose-gold diamond earring, $975 at Net-A-Porter.com

 

“Maria Tash earrings are 
all beautiful, tiny 
and shiny.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: DON LEMON
New York-based journalist Lemon — who’s won both an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting — currently anchors the primetime cable news show CNN Tonight.

 

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig, $30 at Amazon.com

 

“As a kid, I saw Ali as this iconic figure — this black man who would have people hanging on his every word. 
But I didn’t get just how huge a figure he was until 
I was an adult. Everyone thinks taking a knee is a 
big deal, but think about being Muslim and saying 
you’re not going to fight in a war — jeopardizing 
your career. That took real courage.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: MATTHEW MODINE
“Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more tons of plastic in the ocean than fish,” says Modine, who appears on Stranger Things, streaming now on Netflix. “We have to be responsible consumers. Gifts like this will make your friends eco-warriors and demonstrate how you are hip, cool and a part of the solution.”

 

Bee’s Wrap (three pack), $20 at PatagoniaProvisions.com

 

“These food wraps are the perfect solution for eliminating plastic wrap. The anti-bacterial properties of the beeswax and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh and allow you to use the wrap again and again.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: NIA VARDALOS
Vardalos is now working on a play called Tiny Beautiful Things in New York. “As holiday shopping season approaches, I’ve eyeballed many corneapopping tiny beautiful things,” she says. “While many of us can’t exactly splurge on fanciful items, we can always drop loud and obvious hints!”

 

“Royal Strass” Swarovski-crystal adorned pumps, $3,995 at ChristianLouboutin.com

 

“If you’re like me and never want disco to die, then we can wear these redbottomed glittery shoes to every office meeting, to every rave and then to church the next day.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: LESLIE ODOM JR.

Odom Jr., who won the Best Actor Tony for his scene-stealing performance as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton, now appears on the big screen in Murder on the Orient Express.

 

Get Out movie poster, $20 at 
Amazon.com

 

“I want a limited-edition Get Out poster framed — and signed by Jordan Peele, please — for my office. I haven’t gone to the theater to see a movie three times in 
… ever. I was entertained and inspired more than I can say. “

 

 

 

WISH LIST: AERIN LAUDER
Lauder is the image director for her family’s Estée Lauder brand, while also running her own popular beauty and home lifestyle company, AERIN.

 

Aspen Style, 
$85 at Assouline.com

 

“This book is high on my wish list. Not only because Aspen is such a special place to me, but also because the cover is so beautiful and will look amazing on any coffee table.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: ELIZA COUPE
Actress Eliza Coupe, best known for her roles on Happy Endings, Scrubs and The Mindy Project, just returned to screens on the new Hulu series Future Man, directed by Seth Rogen.

 

Luxe gym bag, 
$165 at SweatyBetty.com

 

“I work out like a maniac and go through gym clothes and gym bags like crazy — Sweaty Betty makes the best workout gear!”

 

Illustrations by John Kenzie