San Francisco Opening: Amber Dhara

Restaurateur Vijay Bist’s Amber brand has been gracing Northern Cali with his own particular exotic cuisine since 1994. His newest venture Amber Dhara is a two-level sleek and sexy 6,000-square-foot restaurant with lots of bright yellow and orange-colored walls.

Located on the Mission’s buzzing Valencia Street, with Luna Park as its neighbor, Dhara appeals to the eating and drinking crowd, as the ground floor lounge area  is for cocktail drinking (grab the enlightening Chakratini), while the upstairs is for eating sophisticated, affordable Indian small plates. 

Hamptons Preview: C. Wonder

With barely a snowflake having touched down in the New York Metro area all winter, suddenly the Hamptons season is upon us. And these days even the Jitney crowd craves style at an attainable price. And so J. Christopher Burch’s C. Wonder will be–literally–popping up along Southampton’s Main Street just in time for the sound of popping beach umbrellas.

A sensation when it debuted in Soho this past October, C. Wonder’s new Hamptons summer pop-up shop will cater to more breezy concerns, with fanciful gifts, brightly-hued fashions and flip flops, roller skates, and picnic baskets–along with specialized monogramming and engraving services to make your friends jealous. The brand’s whimsical, wildly colorful aesthetic inclinations (interiors are done up with animal motifs and nautical-themed window displays) are bested only by its friendly price points–the average product costs only about $40. A corresponding pop-up will also open in Nantucket. Opens Memorial Day. 

Mark Fast, Taking Cues from Erin Brokovich, to Design for Regular People

If you haven’t heard of Winnipeg born Mark Fast, you will soon. The knitwear designer made headlines last fall thanks to putting plus-size models in his runway show, right when Crystal Renn and Lizzie Miller were first being heavily covered by the press. He also designed a soon to drop capsule collection for Topshop. Now he’s launching a diffusion line for the masses.

“The label, called ‘Faster’, is set to launch this spring and will offer up a selection of figure-hugging dresses, cropped tops and leggings – all channeling Fast’s signature sexy style of course,” says Elle UK.

And the muse of this collection? In December Fast told the Independent that he looked to Julia Roberts as Erin Brokovich for inspiration, although not necessarily to her penchant for leather minis and an abundance of cleavage. Fast liked “her attitude, a woman who has kids, has a life beyond what she’s known to do.”