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April 21 2014

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The Empire Strikes Back

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Robert Farbers Empire Diner

You may not have eaten there, but you’ve definitely seen the Empire Diner—that lovely hunk of metal stationed on the corner of 22nd Street and 10th Avenue in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The 1940s eatery made a cameo in Manhattan, and even appeared in a vintage Heinz Ketchup ad. Perhaps more impressive, though, is the fact that in its heyday, the retro diner, which served as the backdrop for Robert Farbers’ iconic 1970s Bloomingdale’s campaign (above), was a favorite grub hub for everyone from Madonna to Steven Spielberg to Barbra Streisand. After a tumultuous half decade (due to some complicated lease negotiations, it closed in 2010, briefly reopened as a horribly touristy joint dubbed the Highliner, and then closed again), Empire has risen once more under the direction of executive chef Amanda Freitag. According to WWD, the new menu offers old-school favorites (think pancakes and milkshakes) as well as more highbrow bites, like gravlax with caviar. Between the food and the history, it sounds like the new Empire has achieved the perfect balance of flash and nostalgia to attract the area’s lofty gallery set.

Photo: Robert Farber

Stephen Burrows, Still Dancing

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The work of Stephen Burrows is as much about fun as it is about fashion. And that message shines through in a retrospective of the designer’s early creations, which opens at the Museum of the City of New York tomorrow. Burrows and the show’s curators, Phyllis Magidson and Daniela Morera, gave Style.com a sneak peek of the exhibition, which features more than fifty garments created between 1968 and 1983. “I didn’t think of it as history-making or anything,” says Burrows of his early, flowing garments made to be worn with ease on the dance floor until 4 a.m. “I just did what I wanted to see in front of me.”

Intentional or not, Burrows’ clothes were history-making. At the beginning of his career, fashion’s status quo was old-world, and generally French. It wasn’t until the fabled “Battle of Versailles”—a decadent 1973 fund-raiser for the then-decaying palace during which American designers Burrows, Halston, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Anne Klein outshined elite French talents Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro—that American designers became truly respected. Burrows’ fresh, fun, and wildly colorful Versailles collection—shown on video in the exhibition—was all about a free-spirited aesthetic. His presence at “The Battle” also made him the first African-American designer to rise to international acclaim. Continue Reading “Stephen Burrows, Still Dancing” »

Blasblog: The Lion Doesn’t Sleep

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The Lion, the new restaurant on W. 9th Street, has already been stirring up some buzz. Some of it has been good, celebrating former Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie and his partner Mark Amadei; some of it has been less good, grumbling about the preferential treatment the press has been given (and the panting adoration the press has lavished on it in return). I’m not touching that last part! But why would I, when the stuff I really care about—the old-school gossip surrounding the joint—is so good? The former gay watering hole is where, a handful of decades ago, Barbra Streisand sang her first professional notes when she was still hustling New York City; Joel Schumacher was once a humble busboy. And now? Well, at a preview dinner last night, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were installed in a corner booth—much to my dismay, though, they were not Twittering. Hana Soukupova (whose husband curated the eatery’s artwork), Waris Ahluwalia, Dr. Lisa Airan, Helen Lee Schifter, Zani Gugelmann, and the Sykes Rellies were there, too, as were plenty of editors, co-owner (and Men’s Health ed in chief) Dave Zinczenko among them. Sure, there are kinks to work out—for one, the water hadn’t been hooked up in the men’s room, so one had to make do with Purell and baby wipes. But even that little problem had a chic solution: The owners hired Bungalow 8′s old bathroom attendant to flatter and distract the regulars. Come to think of it, she probably has some old-school gossip too.

Photo: Courtesy of the Lion