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24 posts tagged "Lauren Santo Domingo"

Blasblog: A Vogue Staple Goes Backstage

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Friday was a busy day for Lauren Santo Domingo. Not only was the Vogue contributing editor easing her way into the beginning of the Fall 2009 collections, but she also consulted on not one, but two designer offerings: Bibhu Mohapatra’s show and Christian Cota’s presentation. “Bibhu’s collection was inspired by samurai armor and Amelia Earhart, and dedicated to costumers looking for craftsmanship and architectural lines,” Santo Domingo explained. “Whereas Cota was more
about rebirth, and doing something fun, irreverent, and up for a good time.” The reason these designers look for this advice is because Lauren is her own best client. “What I know is how a woman wants to wear clothing,” Santo Domingo said of her skill set. And according to Cota, decisiveness is a very important quality. “She knows what she wants in a second, and she means what she says,” the designer, who credited his more youthful feel to her help, said at his presentation. “And nearly every time, she’s right.”

Photo: Chance Yeh / PatrickMcMullan.com

Blasblog: A Fashionista’s Guide to West Chelsea

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While I completely understand my colleagues’ frustration with the prospect of having to heave up to Lincoln Center for the Spring/Summer 2011 collections, what I can’t understand is why more people aren’t baffled by this season’s major migration to Chelsea for venue space. Sure, that part of the isle isn’t new to fashionable folk, but it seems I’ve got more West Midtown addresses in my book now than everbefore. From Rodarte to Proenza Schouler to Thakoon— is anybody left at the tents at all? But instead of merely moaning about the lack of taxis and subway lines (which are always faster than a taxi anyway) in that part of town, I’ve decided to perform a service—for once—and come up with a mini Chelsea survival kit. So, polling my friends—mainly chic Chelsea art dealer acquaintances—here’s what I’ve come up with.


Food: Company, a new restaurant from the owners of the Sullivan Street Bakery, is foodie paradise, and while Tenth Avenue institution Empire Diner might not have the best grub, the Gagosian’s Barbara Wilhelm swears by the late-night piano player’s fashionable panache. Txikito, which opened a few months ago, has great tapas and is so tiny you’re pretty much guaranteed VIP treatment. Vegans, fear not: Blossom will tend to all your dairy-free needs. But vegans, could you maybe make an exception for a cupcake? Billy’s Bakery is still giving Magnolia a run for its money.


Sports and Leisure: Feeling sluggish? Chelsea native Claire Bernard suggests Shelia Kelley’s S Factor studio; who can’t resist a pole-dancing classbetween shows? Jen Brill, the saucy brunette who manages the careers of fine art photographers, makes the best suggestion: Instead of texting friends across the runway or playing BrickBreaker, why not take up the novel idea of reading a book during the many moments of preshow waiting? Her suggestions: Printed Matter Bookstore and 192 Books.


Retail Therapy: It’s hard watching all those looks go down the runway when you know you won’t be able to get your hands on them for months. I know. Lauren Santo Domingo recommends Beyond 7—Showroom Seven’s well-curated retail space in West Chelsea’s Terminal Warehouse building—for its selection of Erickson Beamon pieces, while Wilhelm likes Ellen Carey’s showroom (in a town house on 22nd Street) for the jewelry. Meredith Darrow, who used to work at the Bortolami Gallery, had a more practical suggestion: Tekserve on 23rd Street (http://www.tekserve.com/). Forget a fashion emergency, what happens if your computer breaks down? To which I say the gas stations on 14th and 23rd streets are perfect for snacks and cigarettes. Try the New London Pharmacy, too, for some freshening up.


Libations: And when it’s all done, why not treat yourself to a Chelsea cocktail? For that, Amy Greenspon suggests Trestle for its impressive wine list, or Izakaya 10 for its sake.


Did I forget something? Tell me below.

Photos, clockwise: Je_roen_D via Flickr, robobby via Flickr, Courtesy of Izakaya 10, Courtesy of Showroom Seven

Blasblog: The Rodulfo Empire Lights Up

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To the unfamiliar eye it may have seemed like a hodgepodge hostess committee: The New York Times‘ Karla Martinez, Gryphon’s Aimee Cho, and Vogue editor Meredith Melling Burke and contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo. What were they all doing inviting people to midtown? For a candle launch? But for Alexa Rodulfo—the Mexico City-based go-to hair and makeup artist for chic New Yorkers—these were the four people that helped established her career in New York. Five years ago all four worked together in close quarters at Vogue, and all four put Rodulfo to work for front-of-book shoots and spread the word that Rodulfo was the beauty lady to turn to for anything from store parties to galas. “These are the girls that really made it possible for me,” Rodolfo said at last night’s cocktail party at Cho’s new studio, where a celebration was under way for Gryphon’s newest Rodulfo offering—a scented candle. “I am so indebted to them.” The feeling was mutual, because, as her frequently made-up faces—like Fabiola Beracasa and Zani Gugelmann—will tell you, Rodulfo’s is a one-stop shop for party glamour. “In Mexico we are not trained to just do the hair, or just do the makeup,” Rodulfo, who has her own salons back home, explained. “We are taught to do the whole thing and make the whole woman look beautiful.” Beracasa chimed in: “And now she’s going to make my apartment smell nice? Fantastic.” Rodulfo’s expansion plans don’t stop with wax: Next comes a fragrance, then a body wash, then a complete cosmetics line. “And then a deserted island and retirement,” Rodulfo teased. First, though, there are more pressing demands: the Fall ’09 collections. Outside of Gryphon’s Bryant Park studio the fashion week tents were already constructed. “Let the games begin,” Gugelman sighed.

Photo: Courtesy of Alexa Rodulfo

blasblog from paris: tinsley gets street cred

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Tinsley Mortimer isn’t exactly the first person you think of when hip fashion rag Purple is mentioned. “What, I don’t have street cred?” the perpetually blonde New Yorker jested at a party for the magazine Monday night at the perpetually filled Le Baron. Well, not exactly, even if she wore black, deviating from her trademark pink, to try and blend in with the Paris fashion folk. To help her at least look the part of the average Purple reader, her friends Lazaro Hernandez and Lauren Santo Domingo stepped in with some styling tips, which we see here. Santo Domingo offered up her Balenciaga motorcycle jacket and Hernandez suggested she swing back those trademark ringlets. Toss the girl a drink and a pack of Marlboro Reds and the deal was almost sealed.

Photo: Derek Blasberg