Lyons’ Den Nov12

Lyons’ Den

If you follow this blog you know that I have major love for Jenna Lyons (president and creative director of J.Crew) – and as any good design devotee will tell you, Lyons’ home is almost as fabulous as she is. Our first look at the beautiful 1880s townhouse was in the November 2008 issue of Domino magazine, and since then the spectacular home has appeared in countless magazines and blogs. Jenna and her husband (artist Vincent Mazeau) bought the Park Slope, Brooklyn townhouse in 2004 – and now with a divorce pending, have decided to put the house on the market. I’ve always been a Manhattan snob, but I think that I’d have to jump ship if given the opportunity to live in this gorgeous home. Anyone looking for a townhouse in the $4 million range? Check out the Sotheby’s listing, and enjoy the photos! Jenna in her master bedroom   Domino magazine, November 2008   the façade of the Park Slope townhouse   a view of the living room   another view of the living room   the dining room   the kitchen   another view of the kitchen   kitchen nook   looking down into the garden   another view of the garden   the master bedroom   the en suite bathroom   another view of the master bathroom   the terrace off of the master bedroom   Jenna’s dressing room   son, Beckett’s room   another bathroom   the foyer   the media / play room   entrance to the garden floor   the floor plans   Photos via...

Pan Am Nov10

Pan Am

In the 1960s Pan Am was the largest, most prestigious airline in the world – with the most beautiful and most glamorous stewardesses. My favorite new show, and actually the only new show that I’ve been watching this Fall, is ABC’s Pan Am. It’s a super stylish, global look at this moment in time – a time when air travel and luxury went hand in hand. The 60s were positively rife with social and political change, and while this show certainly tends to romanticize the past, it’s still a lot of fun! Check out this video for a quick look at the show, and enjoy these photos from the first few episodes! Pan Am airs Sundays at 9:00 on ABC.                            ...

Lovely Loulou Nov07

Lovely Loulou

The fashion world lost a true legend this past weekend – designer and Yves Saint Laurent muse, the lovely Loulou de la Falaise. A true original, Loulou appeared on Eleanor Lambert’s Best Dressed List, and was once referred to as “the quintessential Rive Gauche haute bohémienne.” De la Falaise began working for Yves Saint Laurent in 1972, and served as a muse to the designer for decades – helping to inspire a number of signature pieces including his “Le Smoking” jacket. Of Loulou, Italian Vogue’s Cesare Cunaccia observed – “She was cool, ironic, fragile and strong, imaginatively décalé, balanced halfway between following the rules and ostentatious originality, sophisticated and négligé all at the same time, and she caused a profound cultural revolution in YSL, opening up a new aesthetic dimension. … Her enthusiasm, her frivolity, her bold sense of colour – and even her relationships – became increasingly necessary to the couturier. Always positive, conciliatory and ready to laugh even in the most difficult moment, Loulou was to become the impetus for YSL to rethink and rediscover colour” Enjoy these photos of Loulou de la Falaise throughout the years… photographed by Avedon for American Vogue, 1970   photographed by Jean-Pierre Masclet   photographed by Avedon for American Vogue, 1970   lovely Loulou, 1975   photographed by Helmut Newton   lovely Loulou, 1974   with Yves Saint Laurent and fellow YSL muse, Betty Catroux   with Marisa Berenson   with Yves Saint Laurent and fellow YSL muse, Betty Catroux   with Yves Saint Laurent, 1991   à la Dietrich   photographed by Christopher Wahl   lovely Loulou   with Yves Saint Laurent, 2006   with Betty Catroux at the Toronto premier of L’Amour Fou, 2010   lovely...

Valli for Macy’s Nov04

Valli for Macy’s

Last week one of my favorite fashion designers, Giambattista Valli unveiled his latest project – a collection for Macy’s. Valli’s collection marks the 4th in a series of limited edition capsule collections created exclusively for the retailer’s ‘Impulse’ department. Other designers have included Karl Lagerfeld and Matthew Williamson. And in January, CFDA darling, Doo-Ri Chung will join their ranks. It has been a big year for Giambattista, who, aside from the Macy’s capsule, a resort and 2 ready-to-wear collections, also showed his first couture collection in July. Since his days at Ungaro, GV has had a loyal following among the society set. “Valli girls” include Lee Radziwill, Margherita Missoni, and Olivia Palermo – all of whom favor his super chic, ladylike creations. Enjoy these photos of the Macy’s capsule as well as some looks from his most recent ready-to-wear collection. looks from Giambattista Valli’s capsule collection for Macy’s   looks from Giambattista Valli’s capsule collection for Macy’s   looks from Giambattista Valli’s capsule collection for Macy’s   looks from Giambattista Valli’s capsule collection for Macy’s   looks from Giambattista Valli’s capsule collection for Macy’s   looks from Giambattista Valli’s capsule collection for Macy’s   Giambattista Valli – Spring 2012 – Ready-To-Wear   Giambattista Valli – Spring 2012 – Ready-To-Wear   Giambattista Valli – Spring 2012 – Ready-To-Wear   Giambattista Valli – Spring 2012 –...

Aerin in Aspen Nov03

Aerin in Aspen

When it came to decorating her new Aspen ski chalet, Aerin Lauder turned to interior designer Daniel Romualdez. Working with a restrained and neutral palette, Romualdez created a luxuriously aery home for Lauder and her family (husband, Eric Zinterhofer and sons, Will and Jack). To her, it “feels like a tree house”… a cozy and relaxed retreat from the hustle and bustle of their busy, New York lives. Reclaimed wooden boards and clean white walls create a warm yet simple backdrop for the plethora of special, mid-century furniture – while sumptuous cashmeres and furs lend an air of rustic sophistication to the gorgeous home. “Aerin was very clear that she wanted a very simple house,” says Romualdez. “It’s really just a ski house, very informal, with an open kitchen so she can make breakfast for everyone and chat. She chose to avoid the billionaire neighborhoods like Red Mountain and go for something more local and low-key.” Next year Ms. Lauder (scion of the vast Estée Lauder fortune) will launch her very own luxury lifestyle company – one that will include beauty products, accessories, tabletop, and housewares. To read more about Aerin’s Aspen home, as well as her latest venture, check out this article. In the mean time, enjoy the beautiful photos courtesy of Vogue. Aerin in a Burberry sweater and Daryl K pants   the living room features a Jean-Michel Frank sofa, and Hans Wegner chairs   the mudroom   Will and Jack in the game room   the library   Sledding on the toboggan run with her sons, Will and Jack   a bathroom   another view of the living room with a George Nakashima table   Aerin in Olivier Theyskens and a fur cap by The Row   an Andreas Gursky photograph in the master...

Carmen Dell’ Orefice Nov02

Carmen Dell’ Orefice

Before there was Linda, Naomi or Gisele, there was Carmen. She graced the cover of Vogue 6 times, appeared in countless beauty campaigns, and was photographed by many of the greats – including Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Norman Parkinson, and Lillian Bassman. The veteran model and style icon celebrated her 80th birthday this past June, and as an octogenarian, continues to maintain a hectic modeling schedule. She regularly appears in pictorials, and ad campaigns, and even walks the occasional runway (as she did for Adrienne Vittadini earlier this year). And dare I say that she is more beautiful now than ever before! I’ve seen Carmen Dell’Orefice around town on a few occasions, and I truly cannot think of a more exquisite woman in all of New York. Her beauty and grace are absolutely arresting. With her shock of white hair, and those incredible cheekbones, she reminds me of a fairy tale queen – but one with a sense of humor. A few years ago Ms. Dell’Orefice told The Telegraph, “How many other ladies … can say that the snapshot on their senior citizen’s card was taken by Norman Parkinson?” Recently Carmen shot this short video / commercial for El Palacio de Hierro, an upscale chain of department stores in Mexico. The name of the video is “Plenitud” – which translates to “the prime of life”. How apropos for a woman who, 67 years into her career is still going stronger than ever!   Enjoy these simply stunning photographs (from past and present), as well as some fabulous illustrations from David Downton…                                                      ...

Happy Halloween! Oct31

Happy Halloween!

Greetings friends! I know that things have been quiet on the John About Town front – it has been a super busy and hectic few months, and I have also been dealing with ongoing hacking issues on the site. But I’m excited to get back on track – and just in time for Halloween! I’ve always been big on holiday traditions, and when it comes to Halloween, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is EVERYTHING! If you missed it when it aired last week, you can watch it here. A lot of the Halloween parties and festivities were over this past weekend. Did you dress up? See any clever costumes? We were Angry Birds – not terribly creative, but definitely brought the laughs. If you’re out and about tonight, be safe – and have a Happy Halloween!    ...

Straight Sets Serena Sep04

Straight Sets Serena

There was a time when either Venus or Serena Williams won nearly every Grand Slam tennis tournament. In recent years though, the talented sisters have seemed to be unfocused and more interested in other pursuits. No one can argue that when the sisters are both focused and healthy, they are pretty much unstoppable! Last week Venus withdrew from the US Open, citing a recent diagnosis with an autoimmune disease known as Sjögren’s syndrome. Serena, though, has been in top form over the past week – and has seemingly breezed into the fourth round of the tournament. In fact, it wasn’t until the second set of yesterday’s match against Victoria Azarenka, that Serena really had to work at all. In the first round of the tournament, Serena took down Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1. Two days later she wiped the floor with the Netherlands’ Michaella Krajicek 6-0, 6-1. And yesterday afternoon she beat the Belarusian Azarenka 6-1, 7-6. When she’s on, she’s on! Here are some photos of Serena from the first week of the US Open.                                       Photos via...

Wonderful Roger Sep03

Wonderful Roger

Once a year, during the two weeks that straddle Labor Day, New York plays host to the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year – the US Open. First played on the grass courts of tony Newport, Rhode Island, the tournament is now played on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in Queens. We look forwarding to visiting the US Open each year, and this year plan to spend our Labor Day there. On the men’s side, so much of the buzz has been surrounding current number one, Novak Djokovic – but for me, the buzz will always be about Roger Federer. Earlier today he cruised through to the fourth round, and looked every bit the gentleman and master that he is. In the first round of this year’s Open, Roger took down Colombian, Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Next he ousted Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. This afternoon, in the third round of the tournament, he downed Croatian, Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Here are some photos of La Roger from the first week of the 2011 US Open.                                                 Photos via...

100 Years of Fashion Aug31

100 Years of Fashion

For those of you who are interested in fashion and / or history, check out this fantastic video – 100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds! It was created to celebrate the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City – “the largest urban shopping center in Europe” which opens on September 13th. The short film tracks 100 years of “East London” style, and it’s fun fun fun! From fedoras and feathered caps, to mod, punk and grunge… it will be the best minute and a half that you’ve spent all day!...

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