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Editor Picks: Summer Jams


Brigitte BardotIn today’s music feature, we asked some of our fashionable friends to share what’s playing on repeat on their iPods this summer. Now it’s our turn to share what’s pumping at these days. Here, our editors share a few more songs to add to your playlist right now. Happy listening.

Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor

What’s your song of the summer?
“Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand” by The Who.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
My husband and I do a pretty great version of this old Who song, if I do say so myself. My favorite place for a sing-along is our East Village roof right before sunset.

Amber Kallor, Senior Beauty Editor

What’s your song of the summer?
“I Will Never Let You Down” by Rita Ora.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
Ever since interviewing Rita Ora, I’ve had her new single on repeat at the office. Inside my headphones, it’s a nonstop dance party.

Brittany Adams, Associate Fashion Editor

What’s your song of the summer?
“Hive” by Earl Sweatshirt.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
This summer, it’s my go-to jam for cruising around Resort appointments (which involve a lot of subway and sidewalk time).

Katharine K. Zarrella, Associate News Editor

What’s your song of the summer?
“Ciel de Lit” by Brigitte Bardot.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
I most enjoy listening to this Bardot tune while strolling around my neighborhood in heels on a sunny afternoon. If I’m in a particularly good mood, I’ll do a little shimmy on the sidewalk.

Rachel Walgrove, Social Media Editor

What’s your song of the summer?
“Hideaway” by Kiesza.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
Ever since a friend introduced me to this song by Canadian artist Kiesza, I haven’t been able to listen to it just once. It’s a good song to listen to at work because it’s upbeat enough but not overpoweringly loud. I’d also recommend watching the music video, or you can check out Kiesza on the Fendi site, as the brand recently announced her as the face of its Color Block eyewear collection.

Kristin Anderson, Assistant Editor of Special Projects

What’s your song of the summer?
“Catalina” by the Descendents.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
I still spend summer downtime wandering aimlessly, listening to the Descendents and sipping iced coffees, just like I did at age 16.

Emily Farra, Editorial Coordinator

What’s your song of the summer?
“It All Feels Right” by Washed Out.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you listen to this song?
Even if you’re just sitting at your desk, this song makes you feel like you’re on a sun-dappled beach without a care in the world. It’s precisely what I’ll be listening to next time I’m on vacation—or at least pretending to be, in Central Park.

Photo: RDA / Getty Images

LVMH’s Paris Museum Set to Open in October


FRANCE-CULTURE-ART-ARCHITECTURE-LOUIS-VUITTONBernard Arnault has finally announced October 27 as the official opening day for the Foundation Louis Vuitton museum in Paris. The 126,000-square-foot building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, will house the corporate art collection of LVMH, as well as specially commissioned works and temporary exhibitions. Fittingly, the debut show, on display through January, focuses on Gehry’s work for the foundation.

“We have a pretty eclectic mix, but it is true that I am quite involved in the choice,” Arnault told WWD of the art in the new museum. “This is a small payback to the public, and to our employees.” Estimated to cost more than $136 million at current exchange, this building is Arnault’s biggest architectural undertaking since 1999′s christening of the twenty-three-story LVMH Tower in New York.

Gehry’s other LVMH creation, a limited-edition monogram handbag for Vuitton, will also be unveiled this October as part of the label’s “The Icon and the Iconclasts” project, along with creations by Karl Lagerfeld, Cindy Sherman, and more.

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No “Summertime Sadness” for Birthday Girl Lana Del Rey Today


138130754Today is Lana Del Rey’s 28th birthday. The melancholic pop songstress, aka Lizzy Grant, has good reason to celebrate, hot on the heels of releasing her highly anticipated new album, Ultraviolence, earlier this month. Del Rey’s breakthrough Born to Die record has become a bona fide classic despite receiving early critical backlash. (Who could forget her famous flub on SNL?) It will forever be our official soundtrack of summer 2012. New hits, including “Brooklyn Baby” and “Shades of Cool,” are already in heavy Spotify rotation here at

Del Rey has become a fashion icon in her own right, due to her chameleon-like style. One day she’s rocking a signature flower crown and bohemian dress onstage, and the next she’s channeling Jackie O. with a statement-making bouffant alongside A$AP Rocky in her “National Anthem” music video. Sometimes she sticks with a classic blue-jeans-and-white-shirt combination, paired with perfectly polished tips. Here, we’ve collected several of our favorite Lana looks from over the years. With her star now on the rise again, this next year will surely deliver more memorable moments from the reigning queen of “Summertime Sadness.”



Photos: Ray Tamarra / FilmMagic;; Steve Eichner / WWD; Lexie Moreland / WWD; Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Amy Graves / WWD

Summer Friday: Weekend ‘Tauk With The Smile’s Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte


BARNEYS NEW YORK Hosts LOU LIVE in Celebration of the Fall 2013 Campaign CollaborationLike 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.

Those who enjoy their meals at The Smile and their nights out at The Jane and The Westway will be happy to hear that this summer the duo behind all of those downtown institutions is headed out east. All summer long, Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte will be keeping Montauk full with a residency at the restaurant at Ruschmeyer’s. And they aren’t just bringing their culinary know-how to the hotel and bar—their Montreal-style Black Seed bagels will also be on offer. Though it seems that Quirarte and Kliegman’s summer weekends will be spent working, here’s what they’ll really be doing.


Carlos Quirarte: “At the beach! Because weeknights can run late at The Jane and The Westway, it’s nice to head to Montauk for the weekends. The Smile runs the restaurant at Ruschmeyer’s along with local chef Roy Wohlars, so it’s a good excuse to get out of the city and enjoy a weekend of great food with friends. If we get out east early, I like to stop by Melet Mercantile to see what Bob has in stock from week to week. They’re neighbors to the hotel, and his inventory is constantly changing as he sources new items throughout the summer.”

Matt Kliegman: “A perfect summer Friday would consist of yoga in Montauk with my fiancée, Sophie, followed by a delicious brunch. I’d probably order a blue crab eggs Benedict and banana pancakes from our menu—important to have both. Then enjoy a Bloody Caesar (it’s like a Bloody Mary, but with gin and Clamato juice) in a hammock by the bay and a game of life-size Jenga. But that’s the ideal; in the real world, there’s traffic on Montauk Highway, and brunch at Ruschmeyer’s is only served on Saturday and Sunday…”


Photo:; Courtesy of Ruschmeyer’s

Kenzodiac: The Fashion Crowd’s New Favorite Astrologist?


kenzoMove over, Susan Miller, Kenzodiac has arrived. Fierce devotees of the fashion set’s go-to astrologer will be pleased to know that Kenzo’s newly launched, online astrological platform will not only tell you what your love life is looking like this week, but also answer wardrobe questions as well. Not sure what to wear today? Kenzodiac says it’s a print cap sort of day for Pisces and a good time for polo shirts for anyone who’s a Capricorn. (Naturally, the style suggestions are heavy on the Kenzo merchandise.) Wondering what’s on the horizon this month? Scorpios, remember this is the month of the waxing gibbous moon, so “if you take this time to fight against your laconic nature and show more of who you are, you’ll see immediate benefits in your projects and relationships.” Every sign and reading is accompanied by a custom sketch by Franco-Canadian artist Julien Ceccaldi (like the one pictured, left). The site will be live all summer. We only wish it could answer all of our pressing questions, like where is Olivier Theyskens going next?

Illustration: Courtesy of Kenzo