September 1 2014

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5 Perfect Farewell Summer Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend


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
club soda

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.

Photo: Courtesy Ruschmeyer’s; Playland Motel; The Montauk Beach House; The Crow’s Nest; Rockaway Beach Surf Club

Abercrombie Loses the Logo, Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Details, and More of the News You Missed Today


Miu Miu’s new message app…
Miu Miu has teamed up with performance artist Miranda July to create an app to launch the eighth installment of its Women’s Tales video series. The app, Somebody, allows you to send a message using a third person, usually a stranger, as a method of delivery. Miranda July created a film, which depicts examples of how the app could be used, to coincide with the launch. [Fashion Times]

A&F goes logo-less…
The Abercrombie & Fitch Moose logo is globally recognizable, but the brand has announced it’s ditching it—in North American stores, at least. Chief operating officer Jonathan Ramsden justified the decision, saying, “Our consumer is less logo-oriented. They are [no longer] walking billboards.” However, the company has decided to keep logo-oriented products at other stores worldwide. [WWD]

Major designers missing from Lincoln Center…
Why aren’t designers returning to Lincoln Center? For the second season in a row, popular labels like Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Diane von Furstenberg are choosing to show off-site instead. [Fashionista]

Mrs. Pitt’s wedding dress…
Yesterday, the world learned that Hollywood sweethearts Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot in an intimate ceremony near their home in France. More details on their big day are beginning to emerge. Today’s news is about the dress, and according to British Vogue, it was ‘”very traditional but very Angie. It was comfortable but plain, white floor-length antique lace and silk.” [British Vogue]

In today’s interesting tech news…
A map that shows every single device connected to the Internet worldwide now exists. John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices, created the map. He said the process was quite simple—he just sent a “ping request to every IP on the Internet [and] stored positive responses.” Easy, right? Why didn’t we think of that? [The Huffington Post]

Summer Fridays: Shelter Island With ACRIA’s Benjamin Bashein


dog-sizedLike the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

ACRIA's Cocktails at Sunset Presented by DAVID YURMANACRIA, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, is one of the New York social scene’s favorite causes—its calendar of fundraisers and events throughout the year consistently turns out the creative set’s coolest do-gooders. (Case in point: ACRIA’s Cocktails at Sunset in Water Mill, New York, last month drew in the likes of Bob Colacello, Francisco Costa, and Suno’s Erin Beatty.) But it’s not just about a good party. ACRIA is committed to funding critical therapies and increasing HIV/AIDS literacy in disadvantaged communities around the world. At the helm of it all is executive director Benjamin Bashein, and when he isn’t busy throwing a great fete or charting the course for the organization’s critical work, here’s how he spends his Summer Fridays:

“There’s nothing better than waking up at the beach, so the best Summer Fridays really start on Thursday night. That’s when I drive out to Shelter Island with my husband and our dog, Harry.

“We’re typically up early on Friday morning to catch up on the NYT and drink coffee on the porch of our beautiful (albeit rented—and shared, no less) farmhouse. We’ll walk over to the Sylvester Manor farm stand and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for the weekend, and then head into town for a stretch at Shelter Island Pilates. There’s nothing better than Pilates for a bad back.
On our way home, we’ll stop at Reddings for lunch and take it to go with us as we head to Shell Beach for the afternoon. It’s a quiet, sandy
 peninsula in Peconic Bay, perfect for a long afternoon in the sun. I get a lot of reading done there. 
At dusk, we’ll head home and grab Harry for a walk down to Hay Beach on Gardiners Bay. Once we make it home, the grill goes on or we head in to town for a bite at the bar of our favorite Shelter Island spot, Sweet Tomato’s. And then we’re in bed by 10…always.”


A First Look at the New Visionaire x Gap T-Shirt Collection


visionaire-gap-sizedAvant-garde conceptual publication Visionaire has always been about art meeting design, and after releasing the first Visionaire x Gap T-shirt collaboration during Art Basel in Miami Beach and the second during Frieze New York, Visionaire cofounders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos thought that the next one should be unveiled during a fashion event. So, on September 4, just in time for New York fashion week, Gap and Visionaire will release the third installment of their T-shirt collaboration with a special installation at the Gap on 34th Street in New York.
The starting point for The Gold Collection, which will consist of 15 T-shirts featuring work by various artists produced in a limited run of 500 each, was the Forever issue. “It was an issue of Visionaire that was made entirely out of metal,” explained Kaliardos. For the shirts ($34.95 each), they selected artwork from the issue by Vik Muniz, Alexis Rockman, James Nares, Peter Saville, Philip Taaffe, Adam Fuss, Simon Periton, Pierpaolo Ferrari, François Berthoud, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Romanek, Blommers/Schumm, and Fifty Shades of Grey film director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

v-gap-2Ever the experimentalists, Kaliardos and Dean made sure to step outside the box for this project. “We wanted this time to play with many different techniques with the gold as possible,” explained Kaliardos. “So we have foil stamping, and we have dot screen, and we have triple-gold ink printing.” One T-shirt depicts Nares’ signature brushstroke in the form of a gold circle; another by Rockman, who constantly paints animals in his work, shows a painting of a porcupine-pig hybrid accompanied by the phrase “P is for Porcupig”; and Muniz’s is covered entirely with an image of multicolored puzzle pieces.

One of the T-shirts, which shows an illustration featuring symbols and directions for handling art conceived by artist John Baldessari, is a preview of Visionaire‘s upcoming Art issue. “We didn’t want to reveal any of the artwork from the actual issue,” said Dean. “But it’s called Art, and so I thought it was kind of funny that his T-shirts are all symbols of packaging for shipping art, and being on a T-shirt, with a person wearing it—it’s sort of like you’re treating yourself as a work of art, and that’s very much what the issue is about.”

The next installment of the Visionaire x Gap T-shirt series, which will debut in October, was conceptualized with the cooler months ahead in mind and will feature an image by the legendary editor Diana Vreeland. “We’re doing sweatshirts as well, which we’re really excited about,” said Dean. “That’s going to release at Frieze in London.”


Humberto Leon Weighs In on Natasha Lyonne’s Custom OC Emmy Awards Dress


NBC's "66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" - ArrivalsRed dresses flooded the red carpet at the Emmy Awards on Monday night, but Natasha Lyonne’s ocean blue, mermaid-shaped number stood out. Lacy, long-sleeved, with a hint of ’80s prom, the dress looked stunning on the Orange Is the New Black bad girl and was one of our top picks of the night. The piece was custom-made by Opening Ceremony, so we asked cofounder and designer Humberto Leon to tell us a little about it.

How did you decide on the silhouette of the dress?Natasha originally fell in love with a dress from Opening Ceremony’s Pre-Fall 2013 runway, and we worked with Karla Welch, her stylist, to adapt it for the Emmys.

Tell us about making the dress.
The process of designing the dress for Natasha was really organic and felt natural. We’ve been friends for a long time and were so excited to have her wear Opening Ceremony at the Emmys.

Anyone else you thought looked particularly great Monday night?
We loved Mindy Kaling in Kenzo, of course! Carrie Brownstein also looked amazing.

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/NBC