As if designers aren’t busy enough during the month of September, what with presenting their Spring collections and all, a quintet of fashion’s major names have signed on to create custom costumes for the New York City Ballet’s opening night performances on September 23. Along with Carolina Herrera, Valentino Garavani, Thom Browne, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, London star Mary Katrantzou has crafted spectacular ensembles for the NYCB’s agile performers. Katrantzou worked closely with NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck to come up with the looks, which play off her lace-centric Resort ’14 collection. “I didn’t want to go costumey,” said Katrantzou of the wares, adding that she aimed to emphasize the dancers’ movements and physiques. “I thought, Why don’t we do something that’s a second skin instead of something with lots of volume or construction? I wanted to do something subtle. Justin’s work is very clean. It evokes a certain emotion, and I wanted the costumes to mimic that.” A sketch of the lace-appliquéd outfits debuts exclusively here.
Katrantzou’s confections are almost entirely nude and sheer. The male dancer’s look is essentially a lace bodysuit, while the ballerina’s costume features an added translucent tulle skirt. The dancers will wear pigmented undergarments for a touch of color, but there’s a heated debate about the final touch—the ballet slippers. “I didn’t know it was controversial to tint the ballet shoe!” laughed Katrantzou, who’s hoping to dye the dancers’ slippers to achieve an extra pop. “You’re so used to seeing them in pink, so we’re going to color them and see how it feels when they’re dancing.”
A few weeks ago, Katrantzou had another Resort-related coup when a very different kind of performer—country singer-turned-pop star Taylor Swift—wore the designer’s typography-embellished jumpsuit to the VMAs. “It was interesting to see her make that choice,” said Katrantzou, who created the romper in a custom colorway for Swift. “We are used to seeing Taylor dress differently, but this had the right level of risk, and, you know, she has incredible legs. I thought she looked amazing, and she had never worn me before, so to see her turn out in Resort in such a big way was a great thing.” Now all Katrantzou needs to do is knock our socks off with her Spring outing, set to debut during London fashion week, and she’ll be able to celebrate a hat trick of successes. No pressure, though.
If you haven’t heard of Lizzy Plapinger, you’ve been missing out. The talented musician, who is one-half of vocal duo MS MR, just cemented her cool-girl status, being chosen to be featured in the New York installment of Stella McCartney’s ongoing One City, One Girl series. (Previous stars have included Paris’ Jeanne Damas and London’s Phoebe Collings-James.) The pink-haired beauty was captured gallivanting around Manhattan in the most-buzzed-about items from McCartney’s Fall ’14 collection, including the Elyse star shoes and the Harriet fringed dress. Plapinger says the star shoes are like a David Bowie-inspired “cheeky spin on glam rock style.” She also noted that the fringe mini is the perfect performance dress because it “accentuates movement and is extremely elegant.” In McCartney’s latest film, which is lensed by Sean Thomas and debuts exclusively here, the enviable It girl wanders through New York in items at the top of our lust list. And thanks to the short’s shoppable feature, you too can be a Stella girl this fall.
It’s sad but true—summer is coming to an end. Which means no more outdoor summer movies, no more summer concerts in the park, and no more sweating through your summer dresses and worn-out sandals. As you can see, we’ve got mixed feelings, since the end of summer also means the beginning of autumn (don’t fret, check out our guide for everything you need to do this fall)—and the beginning of New York fashion week. Labor Day Weekend is your chance to give one last hurrah to humidity and toast to long days and hot sun, so we asked bartenders from our favorite beachside getaways for the ultimate end-of-summer cocktails. From Montauk to your backyard barbecue, channel vacation vibes with these three recipes and leave summer behind with a boozy bang.
1. Bloody Caesar from Ruschmeyer’s
For your next summer brunch, opt for a Caesar. It’s lighter in consistency than a Bloody Mary but also brinier—best enjoyed where the air is salty.
2 oz gin
8 oz Clamato juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
Cup of celery salt for the rim
Fresh cracked pepper
1 celery stalk
1 spicy pickle
With a lime wedge, wet the outside rim of a highball glass and press into celery salt. Pour 2 ounces of gin into a shaker filled with ice. Add Worcestershire, Tabasco, and Clamato juice. Mix and add to the highball glass. Crack fresh pepper on top. Garnish with celery stalk and spicy pickle.
2. Rockaway Boulevardier from Playland Motel
This twist on the Classic Boulevardier is the perfect bittersweet end to summer, with memories of Aperol spritzes hugged by the warmth of brandy and rye. A worthy intro to fall.
1 oz rye
1 oz brandy
3/4 oz Aperol
1/4 oz orange liqueur
1/4 oz sweet vermouth
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Stir. Strain over ice. Garnish with lemon wheels.
3. Cucumber Southside from The Montauk Beach House
Cucumber Southside was created so that it could be “batched” in large-volume pitchers for pool parties, barbecues, or anything with large groups of people. Fun fact: You can also substitute gin with vodka or tequila.
Ingredients (serves 5):
2 1/2 oz cucumber puree
3 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 3/4 oz simple syrup
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
30 mint sprigs
In a large mixing tin, add cucumber puree, fresh mint, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and gin (preferably Hendrick’s), in that order. Shake and strain over fresh ice, top with club soda. Garnish with cucumber wheel and mint sprig.
4. Negroni Sbagliato from The Crow’s Nest
To properly see off the season, reach for a classic summertime staple of Italian or Mediterranean origin—think Americano Highball, Aperol Spritz, or any fun variation of the Negroni you can come up with, like this one.
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 oz dry prosecco (more if you prefer)
Stir together lightly over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
5. Surf Club Margarita from the Rockaway Beach Surf Club
This Rockaway spot lives by a few simple rules for summer cocktails: They should be easy to make; served over ice; and use fresh, seasonal ingredients.
2 oz Espolòn Blanco tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime
1 oz watermelon puree (watermelon pureed with a splash of fresh orange juice)
A small spoonful of pureed whole jalapeños, to taste
Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a watermelon slice.
The Spring ’15 shows are starting next week, and in addition to planning our fashion month marathon, we’re spending most of our time figuring out what we’re going to wear. In this week’s Look of the Day polls, we gathered sartorial inspiration to spare and asked you to choose your favorites. On Monday, we made a case for floaty long-sleeved dresses, like the Chloé frock Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore out in L.A. last week. The breezy style not only looks comfortable—perfect for running from Milk Studios to Lincoln Center—but they’re in keeping with the boho-luxe trend we’re seeing at Prada and Michael Kors. Tuesday, we felt like kids again looking for street-style pics of Mickey Mouse shirts, like the T-shirt Sky Ferreira wore to a performance last weekend in Montauk, and on Wednesday, we called out the undisputed color of the moment: neon yellow. Chanel Iman rocked a fluorescent Balmain Resort while out in Los Angeles, and Jeremy Scott put a smile on everyone’s face with his sunny emoticon tuxedo at the MTV Video Music Awards. What else was on our minds this week? Starlets gracing the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival, matching footwear in the streets, and so much more. See all of the winners here, and be sure to vote on your favorites every day next month.