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August 22 2014

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need a fashion break? Try urban zen

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Fashion week is busy in the best of circumstances—and at worst, an incomprehensible blur. Cab! Clothes! Air kiss! Repeat, ad nauseam. But anyone feeling run-down by the runaround should take a bead from stylist Kate Young and hasten to the Urban Zen shop on Greenwich Street. Between working with designers such as Yigal Azrouël and Derek Lam, the in-demand Young managed to squeeze in a side project this week, dressing the Urban Zen mannequins for a window installation that debuted yesterday. “I’m totally obsessed with Urban Zen,” Young explained. “Obsessed with the clothes, obsessed with the concept, obsessed with the store…” Lest anyone forget, Urban Zen is the foundation-funding fashion brainchild of Donna Karan and Sonja Nuttall, and persons attending Karan’s show on Friday will find themselves traipsing through the (yes) Zenlike store in any case, as it will be operating as the foyer to the Stephan Weiss Studio. Young’s advice: Take the opportunity to stop and smell the roses, metaphorically at least. “You go into that store, any time of day,” she says, “and people are, like, drinking tea and doing yoga. Amazing. The whole thing is kind of like, ahhhhh.”

Photo: Courtesy of Urban Zen

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