July 29 2014

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In the Navy, New York’s Downtown Hot Spot



Since opening in February, New York restaurant Navy has emerged as something of a downtown clubhouse—a hip yet easygoing place for locals who prefer shooting oysters to vodka (most days). The convivial atmosphere is no surprise, given that Navy is the brainchild of Akiva Elstein and Matt Abramcyk, exes of Employees Only and The Beatrice Inn, respectively. And like Elstein and Abramcyk’s other restaurant, Smith & Mills, the design at Navy is lo-fi dazzling. Look up from your parsnip salad to appreciate the indigo-dyed curtains; take a break from mussel toast and scallop crudo to admire the fold-down sink in the loo. And the maritime detail extends, too, to the excellent uniforms at Navy, which they could probably sell to customers from a kiosk behind the raw bar. The ladies’ dresses look like the sartorial offspring of a naughty French schoolgirl and a dapper sailor circa World War II. The uniforms for the guys, meanwhile, are an understated riff on classic shipyard workwear. Elstein reveals that the designer of said uniforms is one Eli Caner, who works under the moniker Lady and Butler. A vet of up-and-coming brands such as Timo Weiland and Jonathan Simkhai, Caner is making something of a name for herself with her chic uniforms for places such as The Monarch Room and the hotel King & Grove. Caner’s work is due for wider industry exposure: According to Elstein, Navy is already busy fielding inquiries for fashion week.

Photos: Alexander Valerio 

Runway to Red Carpet: Emma Watson, Diane Kruger, Nicola Peltz, and More of This Week’s Highlights


071114_Runway_To_Red_Carpet_BLOGWhile it was a relatively quiet week on the red carpet, Paris was a hub of excitement for Haute Couture fashion week. A number of Hollywood’s elite flocked to Paris to sit front-row at the shows and attend a slew of parties. Wednesday night closed out the week with a bang, with star-studded soirees hosted by the Vogue Paris Foundation and Lancôme. Emma Watson was in attendance at the Vogue Paris Foundation fete in a tuxedo-inspired Givenchy look belted at the waist, and Adèle Exarchopoulos turned up in a flower-print Resort ’15 Louis Vuitton dress with a black leather skirt. Kate Winslet celebrated Lancôme’s Nouvelle Vague collection in Paris in a figure-hugging, violet Tom Ford dress with cutouts at the shoulders.

While the fashion set partied in Paris, Diane Kruger attended the season two premiere of The Bridge on Monday in Hollywood, walking the red carpet in a Mary Katrantzou Fall ’14 dress embroidered with emblems and signs. On Wednesday, Nicola Peltz took to the red carpet in New York for the premiere of Affluenza. The silver-screen freshman donned a one-sleeved printed dress with a pleated black leather skirt from Louis Vuitton’s Resort ’15 runway for the outing, earning herself yet another fashion stamp of approval.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

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Summer Friday: How Two Top Music Publicists Spend Their Afternoons Out of the Office


Like 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.

Chances are at least one of your favorite bands is repped by Press Here Publicity. Linda Carbone and Chloë Walsh, who started the full-service public relations company ten years ago, have worked with everyone from full-fledged icons to up-and-coming artists. Their current roster includes Blondie, Yoko Ono, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bat for Lashes, The Kills, and Blood Orange, among others. Since the duo work out of opposite coasts—with Chloë based in L.A. and Linda in NYC—they shared with us two very different takes on how they’ll be spending their Summer Fridays.


Chloë: I’m still in awe of the variety L.A. has to offer. From the office it’s about a fifty-minute drive to Topanga Canyon. It’s my favorite of all the canyons because it’s the greenest and reminds me the most of Europe, where I’m from. Looking down at the ocean, surrounded by olive trees, it feels very Mediterranean. There’s far more foliage on the hikes there, so it’s possible to walk mostly in the shade, unlike the other canyon hikes. Topanga is just a few minutes’ drive from Malibu and the best, wildest beaches. I’m always impressed by the surfers, and after a long week in the office, there’s nothing more relaxing than watching the sun drop down beneath the water.


Linda: Starting around 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, I shake off the stress of the week and take a wild ride with my silver slip of an Italian greyhound, Lulu. I shut down the office, turn off my phone, jump in the car with the windows wide open, turn up the volume (old vocalists Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, swing, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt), and breathe in the great gushes of sea-salty sun-drenched air.

A rabble of good friends and dogs unbundle at the house in East Hampton, and it’s bespoke margaritas, Marco Polo in the pool, and food. Lots and lots of good food! Grilling organic salmon, local handpicked veggies, and homemade Key lime pies by the dozens. After morning brunches and afternoons of shopping (often spending too much money), we arrive home to find the dogs waiting for a game of catch. Some evenings we meet up with friends at their houses, or go to dinner on the water and watch the sunset. Sometimes we head to the beach at dusk to sit on the rocks with a few bottles of wine, to tell stories under the moonlight while making plans for the future. Many evenings are spent falling asleep to old movies with the wind rustling in the trees above us.

The End of an Era in French Fashion


International Herald Tribune Heritage Luxury Conference - Day 2French fashion’s governing body has a new leader: Ralph Toledano, who currently serves as president of Puig’s fashion division and the acting head of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. Toledano has been named the new president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, replacing Didier Grumbach. The news comes as no surprise—Grumbach, who has held the position since 1998 and been a powerful force in the industry for decades, has been planning his exit for more than two years. Grumbach, who is known for cofounding Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and helping to establish Givenchy, will officially hand over the reins to Toledano in September. Toledano will be joined by Hermès veteran Stéphane Wargnier, who has been named the executive president.

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Runway to Red Carpet: An Ongoing Fairy Tale and a Newcomer Worth Watching


Natalie Portman Shanghai International Film FestivalThe glamour squad was out in full force on this week’s red carpets. The leading ladies of Maleficent continued to take sartorial cues from their characters at the film’s premiere in Tokyo. Elle Fanning donned an ivory Fall ’14 Alexander McQueen gown fit for a princess, while Angelina Jolie stepped out in a black, figure-hugging custom black velvet Atelier Versace cocktail dress.

As you are by now well aware, Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off their highly anticipated On the Run tour on Wednesday, and per the usual, the couple’s custom costumes come courtesy of top designers, including Elie Saab, Givenchy, Diesel’s Nicola Formichetti, and Tom Ford. Queen Bey sizzled in her opening outfit, a plunging black Atelier Versace bodysuit with black sequined netting.

Meanwhile, in Shanghai, stars were dressed to the nines for the International Film Festival’s closing events on Sunday. Natalie Portman chose a black silk gown with a printed bodice fresh from Dior’s Resort ’15 runway for the occasion. Earlier in the day, Nicola Peltz walked the red carpet in a white silk and lace Giambattista Valli Fall ’13 Haute Couture gown at the premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Hollywood rookie flew onto our radar this week as she attended press events in wares by mega designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney, to name a few. We’ll be keeping our eyes on this one.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.