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April 20 2014

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5 posts tagged "Fat Radish"

Post-Paris, New York’s Party Circuit Is Back on Track

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Kate Foley, Serafina SamaJust when you thought that the peak season for air kisses and fashion chitchat had passed, wham!—along comes one of those New York City weeks that’s chockablock with events. Time to get your nice clothes back from the cleaner, where they’ve been sitting since your return from Paris, and refresh ye olde manicure.

Monday-night festivities included a dinner on the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel celebrating Charlotte Ronson’s collaboration with Vogue Eyewear, hosted by Eva Mendes.

Tuesday night found London-based Isa Arfen designer Serafina Sama throwing her first-ever Stateside bash at hot spot Omar’s. She drew quite a photogenic crowd, including her stylist, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, who flew in for the occasion; model/activist Kyleigh Kuhn; and host Kate Foley. Later that evening, action moved to the Fat Radish, where Antwerp-based designer (and Woolmark Prize-winner) Christian Wijnants presided over a family-style meal of celery pot pie and monkfish curry. (Just the hearty thing for the start of a cold snap.)

Family-style was the name of the game again on Wednesday night, which saw Assembly New York serving up farro and roast chicken at the fantastic new restaurant Dimes, on Division Street. Assembly ringleader Greg Armas and dinner hosts Ana Kras and Devendra Banhart mixed it up with the crowd. Meanwhile, down the road on Canal Street, Sea designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan were hosting at home and had cooked dinner themselves. The potatoes were particularly delicious: onion, rosemary, and lots and lots butter did the trick, according to Paolini. Worth getting the clothes back from the cleaner for.

Photo: Courtesy of Isa Arfen

Hudson Clearwater Heads to Paris

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Paris’ menswear shows kick off on January 16 and, after sitting through nearly two weeks of runways and traveling to four cities, we imagine the fashion set will have worked up an appetite. Lucky for them, Hudson Clearwater, a favorite downtown eatery of New Yorkers in the know, is Paris-bound. The restaurant has teamed up with Jenny Capano and Tara Gilson of The Sporting Project (the same group that brought The Fat Radish to the fashion capital during last season’s womenswear shows) for a scrumptious men’s week pop-up. Featuring a light all-vegetarian tasting menu, signature cocktails (two of the restaurant’s bartenders are coming along to make sure their jalapeno-infused tequila Calacas, and rye whiskey King’s Country drinks are mixed just right) and live New York music (courtesy of The Bones of J. R. Jones and Nicholas Magliato), Hudson Clearwater’s pop-up will be stationed in Bob’s Kitchen in the Marais district.

“We want to create a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Capano and Gilson. “It’s only for a limited time, so each night has a surprise in store. Yet, it’s still laid-back enough that you can stop by every night and meet friends for drinks.” Hudson Clearwater’s chef, Wes Long, sees the project as a chance to re-explore his culinary roots. “I’m classically trained in French cuisine, so having the ability to introduce my food into the Parisian scene is an opportunity I have always dreamed of,” he said, adding that the menu, the ingredients for which will all be sourced from local markets, is “approachable without being simple.” Hudson Clearwater’s co-owners, Matthew Hechter and Christopher Brandon (who are no strangers to the fashion crew, considering one of the first events they ever catered was Phillip Lim’s after-party) note that the Paris outpost’s decor is all about thoughtful details. “The design of our restaurant has always focused more on careful subtleties, and we plan to continue this vibe in Paris with natural candlelight and freshly cut foliage.”

In addition to offering two nightly post-show seatings and cocktails until 2 a.m., the Hudson Clearwater pop up team will be hosting a kick off cocktail fete in the ninth arrondissement with Details‘ editor in chief, Dan Peres, on January 15.

Opened from January 16 through 20, the Hudson Clearwater pop-up will be located in Bob’s Kitchen at 74 Rue Des Gravilliers in Paris’ third arrondissement. For reservations, send an e-mail to reservations@thesportingproject.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Clearwater

Shop, And Sip, At Mimi’s Beer

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Champagne has traditionally been the fashion set’s libation of choice. But 24-year-old Laura Marciano just might change that with Mimi’s Beer. Named after Marciano’s grandmother, Mimi’s is both an actual blond beer brewed in France’s Rhône-Alpes (those who dined at the Fat Radish’s Paris pop-up last fashion week may have drank it with dinner) and a boutique. Having opened last July, the shop is nestled in Paris’ Marais district and carries Marciano’s limited-edition designs, some of which are crafted from reappropriated vintage wares. “I wanted people to have fun when they came to my store,” said Marciano of her idea to merge good shopping and a fine brew. “I also think that girls are more into beer now than, say, their mothers were,” she adds, noting that her cheeky bottle labels—which feature the front and back sides of a forties-style lady wearing a tres short dress—were designed to have a feminine look.

The quaint store carries both men’s and women’s clothes that, on average, range from about $40 to $330. All of Marciano’s designs are made in Paris (although she usually only produces three pieces of each style) and her printed sweatshirts, cropped floral bustiers, and embroidered jackets all boast a youthful, retro edge. “I wanted to design something that was colorful and affordable but that has real quality,” says Marciano of her line. “I buy most of my clothes in vintage shops, so I aim to create pieces that fall between old and new.” Rather than following a seasonal schedule, Marciano introduces new items into her store every couple of weeks. Her brew, however, maintains the same steady taste through and through. “It’s really light and easy to drink,” she says.

Mimi’s Beer is located at 57 rue de Bretagne, 75003, Paris; Phone: +33 1 42 74 86 42.

Photo: Courtesy of Mimi’s Beer

The Fat Radish Sprouts In Paris

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New York’s Fat Radish is a fashion-set favorite, so it makes sense that when the fashion crowd headed for Paris fashion week, owners Phil Winser and Ben Towill decided to come along, too. The Radish team will host a pop-up version of their Lower East Side restaurant in Marc Grossman’s Marais café, Bob’s Kitchen, from September 26 through October 2, in collaboration with Jenny Capano and Tara Gilson’s new creative agency The Sporting Project.

The cafe will marry the cultures of its native and adopted homes. Winser, Towill, and the Fat Radish’s executive chef, Nicholas Wilber, have been venturing to Paris’ markets every morning to get the freshest local produce for their vegetarian five-course set menu (très New Yorkais), which will be paired with French wines (very Paris). “The French are very traditional in their service,” Winser added. “For example, the waiters are in ties, white shirts, and aprons. They’ve always been about amazing-quality food, but the way it’s presented is very different from what we do in New York.” By way of contrast, the Radish experience is all about good, simple, locally sourced food—plus tattoos, no dress code, and family-style eating.

Menu items will include grilled cheese and organic tomato soup, mushroom ceviche, and spelt risotto with kale pesto, washed down with Champagne or Mimi’s Beer, which is brewed in the Rhone Valley by designer and vintage store owner Laura Marciano. The space features the usual Radishdecor, like stacked vegetable crates and community tables garnished by Chief’s gingham napkins. And in between courses of the €85 set dinner, Kate and Patrick Dougherty will treat diners to their Family Band experience—essentially, an elaborate photo booth complete with a full set, props, and costumes. The photo concept? “Gentleman farmer.”

The Fat Radish Paris pop-up, 74 Rue des Gravilliers, Paris. To reserve a spot at one of the two nightly seatings, send an e-mail to reservations@thesportingproject.com.

Photo: Courtesy of The Fat Radish

Dior Buys Dovima, Britt Maren’s New York Nosh, Save The (Royal) Date, And More…

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Dovima has a new home: Chez Christian Dior. The iconic Avedon portrait of legendary model Dovima in a Dior gown, surrounded by elephants (pictured), was snapped up by the house of Dior when it went on the block at Christie’s much-anticipated auction in Paris. It went for $1.1 million (at current exchange rates), the highest price, according to a Christie’s expert, recorded for such a photo in France. [WWD]

Looking for runway newcomer Britt Maren? Try New York’s Fat Radish restaurant on the Lower East Side. As she tells W, her boyfriend works there as a cook and she’s a regular—as, apparently, is Marc Jacobs. [W]

More details are emerging on Prince William’s royal wedding: Wills and Kate Middleton will be married on April 29 at Westminster Abbey. Dress details, alas, remain a mystery. [Vogue U.K.]

Good day for J.Crew: The do-no-wrong retailer has announced that it’s been acquired by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital, to the tune of almost $3 billion (!). CEO Mickey Drexler will stay on, and remain one of the company’s largest stakeholders. [Fashionologie]

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