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Not Just A Label’s independent design ethos takes its first IRL step into Manhattan tonight. The e-comm giant and supporter to more than 20,000 brands from around the globe has opened its holiday pop-up shop at the Waldorf Astoria in partnership with the Made in NY initiative. “[They] made this whole project possible,” said NJAL Founder Stefan Siegel.
The shop is NJAL’s first in the United States and will showcase 100 independent designers over the course of its 10-day residency, all of which are New York-based and produced. Siegel referenced the unique ability of New York over other fashion capitals to produce within its own borders as inspiration for creating the shop. “New York still has a fairly intact garment industry, which makes it unique and this is something we’d like to underline more,” he said.
In conjunction with the pop-up, a bevy of talks and workshops centered on New York design will take place within the space. “In our eyes retail should never be the only focus,” Siegel said. “We want to give back to the community and also allow for a knowledge exchange to happen.” Highlights include talks guided by Siegel with PR maven Kelly Cutrone and Parsons School of Fashion Dean Burak Cakmak, both focused on what it truly means to be “Made in NY.” Another conversation, this time guided by the CFDA’s Sara Kozlowski, will take on New York’s fashion education system with all of its power players.
The Waldorf Astoria Berlin, the gleaming new tower on the Ku’damm, is unapologetically luxurious, particularly with the opening of Les Dolites: French culinary god Pierre Gagnaire’s first gastronomic temple on German soil, located within the hotel. The lushness of the space, awash in Italian silks and floral displays, extends to Germany’s only Guerlain Spa.
But this exceedingly posh Waldorf Astoria also pays tribute to the city’s more bohemian history; the Lang Bar is an encomium to Metropolis and M director Fritz, and the Romanisches Cafe (once a hang-out of Brecht and Grosz), has been revived as a chic new all-day dining spot, complete with a terrace overlooking the Breitscheidplatz. Book a room on a higher floor for views that stretch all the way to…Dresden? Perhaps.
A year ago, the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria shuttered its doors for major revamping. This week it finally re-opened, now with a promise to take the luxury day-spa experience to the next level: the Art Deco-inspired interior remains pristine and elegant as ever (it’s worth the trip just to hang out in the space); the service and quality of treatments have been re-created to match the highest level of pampering; the new management team is from the Mandarin Oriental and the chef is from the Four Seasons. But most importantly, the classic French beauty line is being used by expert aestheticians for innovative treatments, like the two-hour Waldorf Imperiale.
The Imperiale includes a full-body massage and facial – all in one session – using Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperial line. The Abeille Royal Expert Treatment, their firming, lifting and anti-aging facial, is 90 minutes of massage, masks, peels, foot rubbing, and exfoliating to leave the skin smooth and glowing. This is not the place for a quickie pore cleansing — or a deal: facials range from 180.00 to 360.00. But it is the place if you want to disappear for a day and indulge.
Charlie Sheen has begun to book hotels for his cross-country ‘Violent Torpedo of Truth’ tour, making his New York appearance on April 8th. His top choice for hospitality? Why The Plaza, of course. Sadly, after Sheen’s last less-than-quiet stay (he trashed the hotel room and locked an adult film star in a bathroom, to jog your memory) the Plaza isn’t rolling out the red carpets. Same goes for a slew of other New York hotel properties.
After Sheen racked up $7K in damages done to his Plaza suite last October, the iconic hotel has blacklisted him. According to Page Six, Sheen has also been banned from The Waldorf Astoria and the Trump Soho (actually, it may be safe to put all of the Trump properties on that list thanks to Sheen’s mom). It’s good to know that the whole world is not on crazy pills!
One source told Page Six, “Many of the big New York hotels don’t want the drama. He is now looking at renting a private residence.” But another dismissed this reason, claiming, “The real issue is finding him a hotel that allows smoking. He has to be able to smoke. And it’s hard to find a place that will accommodate him, plus his entourage that will be more than 30, including the lighting people and of course the goddesses.”
I’m filing those hotels under “Classy Establishments That Don’t Need a Media Circus to Stay Relevant.”
Valuable lesson learned this week: If you’re a celebrity having an (alleged) extramarital affair, and/or someone who likes sex on the kinkier side, choose a more discreet hotel than New York’s Waldorf Astoria. Yep, that’s what we have to learn from this week’s In Touch, which features a fired maid from the hotel dishing on what she found in Angelina Jolie’s suite.
(‘’)According to the maid, it would seem Angie prefers rubber to Frette when it comes to hotel linens. The maid, who says she regularly serviced Angie’s suite, claims the actress had an affair with her dialect coach last month when she was in town shooting Salt. And, the maid drops the detail of having to tidy the suite one night after it had been ravaged by passion. “The room was a disaster. There was water all over the bathroom and empty vodka bottles everywhere… Over five dozen cattlyea orchids were scattered around the room — and the tops of the flowers were in the tub with candles. The bed was covered with black rubber sheets and there were sex toys on it.”
In a way, it seems almost extra sleazy of the maid. I mean, here is saintly Angelina caring so much about not staining the hotel linens with god knows what, and this is how we repay her? For shame.