The Dish: Macbar’s Mac Lobsta’

What: Traditional macaroni noodles paired with fresh lobster, cognac, tarragon, and mascarpone. Where: Delicatessen’s lil’ sis, Macbar, where the line may be long, but worth the satisfaction of walking away with a warm, gooey macaroni dream encased in a mac-shaped container. Ideal meal: Downtown late night or on-the-go during a Soho/Nolita shopping spree (beats the hell out of street meat in either case). Because: Big sis next door specializes in comfort food and the siblings share a kitchen. Plus, it’s summertime and New York is close enough to New England, so lobster’s fair game any time of day. Tastes like: Lobster roll meets a mature version of that Kraft blue box childhood favorite. Lobster chunks are pretty hefty and coated generously (but not swimming) in mascarpone cheesey sauce. The cognac gives the guilty pleasure a subtle kick-back. Bottom line: At $8.99/$12.99/$17.99, it’s the most expensive mac bowl on the menu, but worth a sampling. Impossible not to try a few (also recommend, the Mac ‘Shroom for a slightly more orthodox recipe), so start with a small and see how it goes. This one’s also on the heavier side of the mac n’ cheese realm.

Where Celebs Go Out: Wes Anderson, Emmy Rossum, Charlotte Ronson, & More

At Lucky magazine’s Lucky Shops:

● KATRINA BOWDEN – “I love Café Mogador in the East Village. It’s Moroccan, and they have these great fish and chicken kebabs and really cool dishes and olives and bread. It’s really good. And they have this fish soup that’s amazing, on special sometimes.”

● ANA ORTIZ – “I’m a very local person right now because I don’t have a lot of time away. So there’s this really groovy little place across the street from me called the Speak Low bar and it’s in Dumbo in Brooklyn, and it’s just underneath Rice. It’s a really funky, hip little bar. And they have the most delicious cocktails. As soon as I was able to drink after giving birth, I went down there. They have the best martini I ever had!”

At The Fantastic Mr. Fox press day:

● WES ANDERSON – “There’s a place in Los Angeles called Nishimura that’s a sushi place. That’s a great place. I would recommend that one.”

At launch party for Yoga Wii by Dreamcatcher Interactive Inc.:

● ANJA RUBIK – “Right now — it changes, of course — right now, I’m addicted to Matsuri. It’s a Japanese restaurant in the Maritime Hotel. I just love the food there. It’s incredible and the atmosphere they create there is so beautiful. I love it there. I love the Cipriani’s uptown. I love it. The food is so great. And it also has an incredible atmosphere. Da Silvano is great. Bar Pitti is amazing. It has Italian food, which is fantastic. I love Gobo. It’s all this organic food, vegetarian. It’s on Sixth Avenue near Eighth Street or Seventh Street.”

At Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars:

● SIMON DOONAN – “I love Il Cantinori. It’s around the corner from my house. The risotto primavera is killer!”

● EMMY ROSSUM – “I really like David Burke Townhouse. I love that lollypop tree that comes out at the end. There’s like a cheesecake lollypop tree. It looks like a lollypop, but it’s a ball of cheesecake on the end of stick and it’s in this holder that makes it look like a tree. I really like eating sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, at like 4am.”

● TOMMY HILFIGER – “Rebecca’s in Greenwich, Connecticut. Incredibly delicious. It’s simple, but it’s really, really high-quality food and always well done — consistent. It’s prepared very well.”

● MARK RONSON – “My favorite restaurant in New York is, probably, Gino’s uptown on 60th and Lex. The angel hair with the secret sauce. They call it that. ‘Cause when you’re a kid, and anyone tells you something’s secret, of course, you like think it’s amazing. In the whole word, I don’t know. I wish — I’m really good at answering these questions, but not on the spot.”

● DITA VON TEESE – “I love going to London to eat. I love China Tang at the Dorchester because I love the Art Deco Chinese interior. I love the Wolseley in London. And I’m not familiar with New York restaurants. It seems like they’re ever changing, so …”

At Purgatorio pop-up club:

● JOSH LUCAS – “Oh, the old school — Raoul’s is one of my all-time favorites. And there’s a place right down in my neighborhood, called Broadway East, which is a really interesting new kind of organic, sexy restaurant I like a lot. Also, down by my place, Les Enfants Terribles, you know that place? A good, little fun one. Those are my three that come to mind immediately.”

● SIMON HAMMERSTEIN – “That’s a hard question. I kind of like the 18th floor of the Standard — the bar on the 18th floor. I think he’s done a really good job with that.”

● CHRISTIAN SIRIANO – “In New York, I love the Cooper Square Hotel. We have dinner there a lot, hang out there — really, really fun. But, like hang out, hang out spots — where do we go? Oh, Bagatelle, very fabulous. I’m pretty low key, so I feel like — my couch, that’s where we go to hang out and have a party.”

At Motorola’s party for Droid phone with Verizon service:

● PATRICK HEUSINGER – “I just went to Delicatessen for the first time. I really enjoyed that. We watch Sunday and Monday football at Brother Jimmy’s on the Upper West Side. Yeah, it’s great. We’ve been going there since I was in college because I went to college here in New York, too. And then, I go to the bar, Niagara, on the Lower East Side a lot. That’s one of my haunts. I probably go there once a week. One of my best friends works there, so — it’s on 7th and Avenue A.

● JUDAH FRIEDLANDER – “I don’t drink or anything. I’m a role model for children. But I do eat. The place I really crave is called Sarajevo. It’s in Astoria — Bosnian owners. It’s basically Yugoslavian food. Awesome. That’s the place I crave more than any place. Cevapcici is the main thing. It’s kind of like ground beef and lamb on skewers, and you serve it in this fresh, homemade bread. And there’s this spread called Kajmak. It’s kind of like a sour-cream spread, except a million times better. And then you put ajvar on it, also, which is a like a tomato, red pepper, eggplant spread. And then you put raw onions on it, and you’re in heaven, baby! And you got power! And you’re ready to kick ass! It’s good stuff. The other thing they have is stuffed cabbage with tomato sauce, which they call sarma. It’s in Astoria. It’s on 34th Avenue and 38th Street. It’s so good. That’s my favorite food. I like all the ethnic, little take-out type places. Those are my favorite places.”

At launch of fashion game Style Savvy for the Nintendo DS and DSi:

● CHARLOTTE RONSON – “I love Bar Pitti on 6th Avenue. It’s nice and easy. You can sit outside when the weather is nice. You always run into someone you know. For movies, the Anjelika is nice. It’s clean. I’m drawn to movies that play there. In London, I love Holland Park, Kensington High Street — great area with lots of good shops and walking distance from my parents’ home. La Famiglia is a great restaurant.”

At launch party for Scupltz shapewear and legwear:

● ROBERT VERDI –Le Singe Vert on 7th Avenue. It means the Green Monkey. I was born in ’68, the year of the monkey. I love it. Novita, on 22nd Street, off of Park Avenue. It feels very insider; the food is fabulous. There’s a scene, but it’s not sceney. Da Silvano, because I feel like a big schmaltz when I go there ’cause I’m treated better than I really am. He’s really sweet. I’m very good friends with his wife, Marisa, who treats me like family. Since I grew up in a restaurant family, it’s a feeling I like to have when I go out to eat.

New York: Top 10 Restaurants as Nightclubs

So, are restaurants really the new nightclubs? Check out these multitasking contenders.

Minetta Tavern (Greenwich Village) – A night at Minetta, complete with Barry Diller, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Harvey Keitel sightings, spawned this thesis. Your visit will confirm all the copious booze, packed interiors, and loud soundtracks of a nightclub, but you’ll also be served top brasserie eats. ● Hotel Griffou (Greenwich Village) – Stealth-posh scene-stealer serves up vintage dishes, but the elaborate array of intimate rooms is just as big a draw. Big enough to draw Leo, Chloe, and Kanye, among a glut of bold-faced names. ● Monkey Bar (Midtown East) – Graydon Carter’s latest monkeyshines lays down a hierarchical supper club scene, with banquettes for the literary elite and tables in the pit for you. Oysters named for Rockefeller, meatloaf named for Ephron. But it’s all about the scene.

The Waverly Inn (West Village) – High-wattage crowd in low-wattage light, with cozy, clubby feel that preserves the charm of the original. Still unlisted digits; go bathe yourself in the self-congratulatory vibe of the inn crowd inside. ● Charles (West Village) – Exclusive enough to start its run behind papered-over windows. But that’s how the peoples wanted it, and the unlisted number and email-only ressies just make this loungey supper spot all the more desirable. ● Delicatessen (Soho) – Corner attraction rocking enough lumber to show up a Lowe’s. Steers focus away from the food and onto the scene, which is tight, attractive, and ready to put away a few fancy-pants cocktails. And maybe eating. ● The Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Lofty, tri-level space is sleek and energetic; draws in the Yorkville types looking to experiment with “ethnic” food. On the nightclub side, the music’s loud enough to make a Pacha DJ wince. ● Buddakan (Chelsea) – Stephen Starr’s sixth-borough export still catering to overflowing MePa mobs scarfing down fusiony fare. Stunning, mansion-esque space delves deep. Able to accommodate every single person heading over to Kiss & Fly and Tenjune later, all at once. ● Double Crown (Greenwich Village) – AvroKO design masters follow up Public success with vintage vibe, sprawling space. Come colonize another stretch of the Bowery and let the pretty people distract you from the just so-so food. ● bobo (West Village) Ring the downstairs doorbell for Boho-Bourgie dinner party scene. Kitchen still not fully sorted, but that’s alright with the frisky crowd lounging about the elegant townhouse digs.

New York: Top 10 Oddball Dishes That Work

imageIt all started in the Lower East Side back in 2003 — before the skinny-jeaned hipster invasion — when now-celeb chef Wylie Dufresne opened wd-50. Melding science and food, the molecular gastronomer has since inspired many to experiment. Of course, not everyone’s into mad food science, but most chefs like to get a little edgy somewhere on the menu. ● Cookies @ Momofuku Bakery Milk Bar (East Village) – David Chang could get a vegetarian hooked on pork belly, so imagine what the man’s dessert spot can do with a cookie. Among the most drool-worthy: cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip, corn, blueberry cream, and compost cookie (so fabulously odd that the chocolate chip, pretzel, potato chip, coffee ground, and graham-cracker crumb-concoction is trademarked). ● Onion soup dumplings @ Stanton Social (Lower East Side – You’ll just have to focus on its deliciousness and put aside the fact that there’s enough cheese in this dish to give you a cholesterol problem.

● “Ragu with Odd Things” @ Commerce (West Village) – The name says it all. The “odd things” in this hearty, tomato-based dish refer to oxtail, trotters, and tripe. ● Fried apple pie @ Smith’s (Greenwich Village) – We’ve got fried pickles, fried olives, fried asparagus … we’ve even got fried mayonnaise thanks to Wylie Dufresne. So why not apply pie? Plus, it comes with cinnamon whipped cream. ● Solids (edible cocktails) @ Tailor (Soho) – Who wouldn’t want to get a buzz from gin fizz marshmallows, white Russian breakfast cereal, and absinthe gummy bears? ● Foie gras & hibiscus beet borscht gelée with blood orange @ Corton (Tribeca) – The smooth foie gras torchon — encased in a thin layer of hibiscus and beet gelée and served, moon-shaped, with a salad of beet gelée and blood orange — is just one of the many lusciously innovative options at this prix-fixe-only spot. ● Spicy cayenne hot chocolate @ SalonTea (Upper East Side) – In addition to supposedly speeding up your metabolism and improving blood circulation, it aids in digestion; this sure beats the garlic, celery, and beet concoction from the local health store juice bar. ● Frozen desserts @ Fabio Piccolo Fiore (Midtown East) – Anyone who watches Iron Chef on a semi-regular basis knows that nothings gets the judges more excited than ice cream and sorbet experimentations. Taste for yourself what they’re ooing and ahhing about at Fabio where the rotating flavors include fig and honey, cucumber, rosemary, cactus berry, pineapple mint, tomato vanilla, and goat cheese. ● Hamburger spring rolls @ Delicatessen (Soho) – Burger + flaky dough + condiments…could there be a more ingenious combination? ● Eggs benedict @ wd-50 (Lower East Side) – Dufresne has long touted eggs benedict as one of his favorite dishes, so it’s little surprise that his innovative take on the classic stands out: two cubes of deep-fried hollandaise sauce with toasted English muffin crumbs and two columns of egg yolk, each covered with a crispy bacon chip.

New York: Top 10 Late-Night Dining Destinations

imageBecause sometimes a diner just won’t do.

10. Rusty Knot (West Village) – For those butter and salt cravings. 9. The Box (Lower East Side) – A memorable meal for sure; whether you trust what’s on your plate and/or feel like eating after watching the show is another story.

8. Pink Pony (Lower East Side) – Always an interesting crowd at the perpetual hipster-cum-starving-artist hangout, where you can order reliable French-Moroccan bistro grub or just linger with a book and coffee. 7. Henry’s (Upper West Side) – A Columbia University fave, this American bistro’s walls are decked out with culinary poster art from Herman Miller Company’s Summer Picnic Series — a relaxing backdrop for some late-night comfort food fare (mac & cheese, warm goat cheese salad, and pressed sandwiches). 6. Delicatessen (Soho) – Rejected from GoldBar? Shunned at Southside? Retreat to this bi-level spot’s subterranean bar, where you can nosh on artichoke dip while a DJ spins (midnight-2 a.m., Tuesday-Saturday) in the background. 5. 718 (Astoria) – I’ve learned that tipsiness and taking the subway aren’t always a good match. Besides lost cell phones, dropped money, and falling down an escalator, there’s a heightened likelihood of missing your stop and ending up in another borough. N or W train-takers, don’t fret; if you accidentally end up in Astoria, sober up with surprisingly affordable tapas at 718 before giving public transportation another shot. 4. Pastis (Meatpacking District): No matter the hour/day, this eatery is so perpetually packed that there’s often a doorkeeper to control the crowd vying to indulge in good eats with a side of people watching. 3. Elizabeth (Noho) – A fireplace for when it’s cold, a back garden for when it’s warm, a cozy front bar, and a whole lot of black give this spot its sexy, late-night, Carine Roitfeld-esque vibe. 2. Jadis (Lower East Side) – Like ‘inoteca only better, because your panino won’t come with an hour-long wait for a table. 1. Cafeteria (Chelsea) – This oldie but goodie keeps reeling in the Chelsea revelers with spot-on comfort food (yet more mac & cheese, fried chicken & waffles), a downstairs bar, and unbeatable 24/7 hours.

Franklin Becker: Michael Feraro Is Head Chef @ Delicatessen

imageI guess that in the world of kitchens, there can definitely be too many cooks. Although I thought I had it right (and maybe Eater did too), it seems that Franklin Becker’s role at Delicatessen is squarely that of consultant, and Michael Ferraro is actually the man running the show. I ran into David Rabin, who tipped me off on the Delicatessen story, at a meeting yesterday. David didn’t want to stir the soup and thought it was no big deal but was appreciative that I was going to clarify today, so below I’ve included a letter directly from Franklin Becker, which explains the situation.

Hey Steve,

Thanks for all the kind words you said about me. I just want to correct things a little. I am the consulting chef at Delicatessen, not the chef. I was brought here two months ago to assist Michael with the project. He was faced with having to redo the menu at Delicatessen, open new projects, add delivery services and launch late-night dining at the restaurant. He walked into a space that was very unsettled and needed to react to things very quickly. Since we have a friendship that dates back four years we thought if I came in it would give him the support that he needed to meet his timeline. That is all. The menu — which I think is delicious — is Michael’s and should be looked upon as such. He has been working hard on this for three months and is poised to make a splash. Delicatessen is a beautiful establishment serving affordably priced comfort food that is created by an extremely talented chef, Michael Ferraro.

Thanks for the understanding, Franklin Becker

New York: Top 10 Entrees Under $25

imageBecause the choice shouldn’t be between restaurants where Chipotle and Per Se, here are a few spots that have embraced the middle ground.

10. Moules-frites @ Schiller’s Liquor Bar (Lower East Side), $18 – Same Parisian-bistro vibe as at Keith McNally’s Balthazar and Pastis, but you’ll save yourself some cash, a two-hour wait, and any shame involved in being stingy with your wine selection (the list is divided into “cheap,” “decent,” and “good”). 9. Hamburger @ J.G. Melon (Upper East Side), $8.50 – Nothing can pack in hoards of NYC prepsters like this UES landmark’s juicy burger. 8. Romanian skirt steak @ Delicatessen (Soho), $17 – Forget that foodies critically panned it and that a neighbor urinated on the glass roof; with nothing on the menu over $20, a lively atmosphere, and plenty of swank space, it’s little surprise that Delicatessen is almost always packed.

7. Open filet mignon grilled taco with roasted poblanos, onion confit, rice and beans @ Manana (Upper East Side), $23 – Good eats and eurotrash eye candy come together at this Mexican spot from the folks behind Serafina and Geisha. 6. Steak frites @ L’Express (Flatiron), $19.50 – Nothing like hearty protein and carbs at 4 a.m. 5. Dutch-style pancake with pears and Canadian bacon @ Prune (East Village), $14 – A must for brunch, the baked pancake is so good it’s not only worth the wait, but worth dealing with the diminutive spot’s stern no-substitution policy. 4. Chicken dolsot bibimbop @ Bonjoo (East Village), $12.95 – Cheap enough to order as take-out, the traditional Korean chicken bibimbop is served sizzling hot in a heavy stone bowl. 3. Zucchini and heirloom tomato lasagna @ Pure Food and Wine (Flatiron), $24 – Not for nothing does outspoken meat lover Giselle Bundchen have a house account at this surprisingly satisfying raw and vegan spot. 2. Grilled mushrooms, mozzarella, pesto & spinach panino @ ‘inoteca (Lower East Side), $11 – Carbs, vino, a bustling corner LES location, and communal seating make this a perfect before-the-bars meal. 1. Sweet & crispy jumbo shrimp at Buddakan (Chelsea), $24 – A sceney spot with eats, cocktails, and décor likely to impress even the most jaded New Yorker.

The Interventionist: Annabelle Dexter-Jones

Annabelle Dexter Jones is forced to brush her hair and conjure old memories of the Upper East Side.

Something strange happens when you run into Annabelle Dexter Jones — you breathe a sigh of relief. With her unaffected disposition, natural beauty, and teasing grin, this young bon vivant exudes a genuine elegance that takes the usual capricious cocktail tête-à-tête back to a calm sincerity. When she’s hob-knobbing about town, one can find Annabelle looking carefree in her cultivated downtown style … a sensibility she says is a product of being a little sister. As the younger sibling of DJ Samantha Ronson and fashion designer Charlotte Ronson, this style assertion rings true. She mixes a tomboy aesthetic with playful pieces from Charlotte’s line.

Since she usually opts for jeans and T’s — and even brings out her old Dr. Martens from time to time — we offered up a very girly palette for her to test. After flat-ironing her baby blond locks, she shimmied into a lacey J. Mendel frock, then hopped the Eldridge‘s bar with a glass of wine in tow. “This dress is beautiful” she said, though she was fearful she possessed the capacity to “ruin it.” Since she is usually found wearing a tangle of simple necklaces she “never takes off,” we proffered a tangle of weighty Lulu Frost chains to add a bit of edge. She took another necklace, and in her own fashion, wrapped it around her wrist. Truth be told: We could have forced her into any couture or girly number; Annabelle’s relaxed and charming personality shines through whatever she seems to wear.


You are off to school at Bard, but you are a New York girl. I happened to end up at a school that I really love, and I didn’t have to transfer or anything. New York is home. It’s not far, you know … it’s two hours upstate along the Hudson River. It’s beautiful up there, so I love being able to get out of the city, and I have my own space up there. The only distractions are the ones I create myself. There’s like one bar. And growing up here, there are too many people, too many cracks to fall in. It’s the middle of nowhere, and the sky’s always pretty.

It’s great to look at things with fresh eyes. Speaking of, what is this you are wearing? I’m wearing a gorgeous J. Mendel. This dress is so beautiful.

Would you normally wear that out? I would. But I would probably ruin it somehow, like with the wrong shoes on or something.

You always seem like you’re a downtown kind of a girl … you’re not quite uptown. Yeah, I grew up on Central Park West and 74th Street until I was 11 or 12 years old, and then my mom wanted to move downtown, and my dad did too even though it’s beautiful up there. We had a little park in front of our townhouse. I went to school uptown, at Chapin. And all my friends are like, “You know, if we come downtown to your house, are we going to be able to find a cab down there? Like, What’s it like?” They would always freak out, and I would always say to my mom, “I wish I lived uptown. All my friends live on the Upper East Side.” But by the time I was 14 or 15 or something, I was so happy that I was living downtown because there’s so much energy down here. So many different types of people.

There is a lot of variety, especially in fashion. My brothers and sisters live downtown. Central Park West is beautiful, one of the greatest places to live, but also you walk for a mile and it’s all residential buildings where people are living. I feel like I walk out of my house and right into the center of everything.

What’s your favorite place to shop? Charlotte Ronson!

Do you hang out with your family a lot? I’m super close with all my siblings. Really close.

Do you guys go out together? Yeah, we go out together a lot. Well, Charlotte lives here, and we spend a lot of time together, and then I visit Samantha a lot in LA. She moved out a few years ago. I’m still trying to get her to come back and be a New Yorker. And Mark’s between here and in England. I’m going to see him after this. He’s working, because his studio’s here. My other brother, Alexander, who’s a musician, I see all the time. It’s great having so many siblings because I’m automatically popular with all of my friends. I don’t have to worry about that. And just being the youngest, I learn so much from them. There are lots of things that you learn that you only can learn on your own, but it’s nice to have that support system always looking out for you, especially in New York.

What’s your favorite place to go out? I like the Corner Bistro. That always seems to be a trip. We call it Corner Field Trips. My mom moved out of our townhouse at 16th Street and got a new place on 9th and 6th, but in between we were living at the Bowery Hotel so I spend a lot of time there. There are a bunch of little places in the Lower East Side that I love. My mom’s friend, Mark Thomas, just opened this place called Delicatessen. It’s great.


Do you normally wear big accessories like this? The necklace looks so heavy! Usually, I have ten necklaces that I have to untangle like once a month, because I don’t really take them off. … I have this one huge bracelet my godmother gave me for my 18th birthday. It’s a Hermes big chain bracelet with buckles and everything

The link one? Yeah, I always wear that. I lose things a lot. I don’t wear earrings a lot. I begged my mother when I was ten to get my ears pierced. And I got them pierced, and I never wore earrings. My mom was always so strict when we were growing up because she’s English.

You have a tattoo, speaking of strictness. Oh gosh. Oh no, it’s okay. I got an “S” when I was 19 and dating this guy. It was my first love, so I got an “S” and we broke up, and I turned it into an “Oops.” And then this was a song that my dad wrote, and this is one that my mom doesn’t know about yet.

Are they okay with that? I got tattooed with one of my best friends. And I also had a bat mitzvah too, so she’s not really happy about that. It’s not kosher to get a tattoo.

Can you describe your style? So much pressure. I stay at my mom’s, and sometimes I stay at my dad’s. Sometimes I’m up at school, so I have three closets, and I just take whatever’s there.

Who would you trade closets with? Whose style do you really admire? I like my closet. And my biggest influences are probably my older siblings. Because when you’re a younger sister, you look up to them. So probably a combination of my sisters, because Samantha’s a little more kind of tomboyish, and Charlotte’s really girly, so I’m a little bit of both. I like wearing beautiful dresses and that kind of thing, but I also like wearing sneakers with them. I never get my hair done unless it’s a shoot or something like that, so my hair is never really brushed.

What kind of trends do you hate? It depends upon what you consider a trend to be.

Straw fedoras. Okay, fedoras. Fedoras, I have a thing on fedoras. My sister is always in a fedora, and I think she wears it perfectly, but I also think like you have to be authentic in what you’re wearing. It’s easy to open up a magazine and wear exactly what everyone’s wearing, but you have to make it your own.

Do you remember the first fashion risk you took, like going into your mom’s closet? My mom’s closet has been my favorite closet ever. She was always taking her own risks with me. I was always in small dresses since I was ten. But after that she’ll always find me in those cotton, stretchy Betsey Johnson dresses. Remember those? And Doc Martens. My favorite Doc Martens had flowers all over them. I would wear those all the time.

You had a break from the Doc Martens, and now they’re back? They say if you wore the trend when it first came out, don’t wear it again, but I don’t believe in that.

When you’re going to a classy event, what designers do you usually look to? Charlotte? Charlotte Ronson every day. Zac Posen I love. And he’s so great. He’s also a friend of the family, and he really knows how to make a woman feel like a woman, you know? And I love his dresses. They always fit so well and are so beautiful. My mom has always loved Chanel, so if I can ever grab a piece with her, it’s a jacket, or skirt, or blouse. I love this J. Mendel so much, and Matthew Williamson.

So you have ten minutes to get ready for an event … I always have ten minutes to get ready for an event.

Me too! What’s the most important thing you have to do to get ready? God, getting ready always seems like — okay — [messes her hair].

You throw your hair up. I’m really bad at brushing my hair. You’ll never see it as neatly as it is now. I like to either wear sneakers or my favorite shoes ever — I got a couple pairs of YSL shoes, these really high ones with the huge platform. It’s my favorite shoe, and I was always kind of a tomboy until I found these amazing shoes.

What’s your favorite thing that Charlotte makes? Does she ask you advice about what she makes? Yeah, when I was younger, and she’s a little bit older than me, so when I was still at home she was a few blocks away in her own place. Samantha and her got a place together, so I would always sleep over there and we’d go over her designs, back when she was just starting. At the top floor of our house there was a bathtub, and we’d be dying T-shirts and tank tops, so ever since then. She’s come a long way, and every season gets better and better.

She’s no longer doing it in the bathtub anymore? [Laughs] This year it’s in the tents.

Get Annabelle’s Girly Look Want to add some flirt into your fall? Try on some light frocks anchored with bold accessories to anchor Annabelle’s look.

Necklace: Dirty Librarian Chains Shoes: Roberto Cavalli Dress: Lorick Dress: J.Mendel


Stylist: Kristian Laliberte, Photographer: Matt Fried, Producer: Cayte Grieve, Venue: The Eldridge
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