Punk Rock May08

Punk Rock

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (in collaboration with Vogue magazine) throws a big bash every year to celebrate the new exhibition of their Costume Institute. On Monday night the stars were out in droves to attend the gala, an event that is akin to the Oscars for the fashion set. Punk is the theme of this year’s exhibition, and overall, it seemed like a lot of these ladies (and their stylists) may have needed a bit of a refresher on the topic. While a handful of attendees truly embraced the theme, I expected to see much more hardware (studs, safety pins etc.), as well as a few more rips and tears! Givenchy creative director, Riccardo Tisci co-chaired the event, so it was no surprise that he dressed many of the attendees. Aside from Givenchy, black was one of the major trends of the night – as well as a rather odd trend of Italian romanticism that was part renaissance, part byzantine, and all wrong for Monday’s red carpet. Here are some photos of what I found to be the highs (and lows) of the evening. My overall pick for best dressed goes to Sarah Jessica Parker who wore a Giles Deacon dress and a mohawk headpiece by Philip Treacy. Punk: Chaos to Couture will run from May 9 – August 14, 2013.   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon (with Philip Treacy headpiece) Liya Kebede in Alberta Ferretti   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney Nicole Richie in Topshop Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela   My nominations for the coveted Best Dressed list Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood Madonna in...

Chez Welch May06

Chez Welch

With perhaps limited exception, celebrities homes are beautifully appointed, decorated to the nines, and chock-full of high priced antiques, furniture, art, and accessories. Often times though, their singularity – what makes them them, is lost in the fray. Florence Welch recently opened up her new, London home for Vogue – and while it’s not exactly to my taste, it is so uniquely Florence… that I thought it was worth sharing. Cheerful granny meets boho-chic is perhaps the easiest way that I would describe the home – but it’s full of interesting antiques, art, and objet. Enjoy the quick photo tour! a roll arm sofa – anchored by an antique, Bergama rug   a view of the joyful, avian themed living room   loving the skylight in the bright, airy kitchen   a nineteenth century English mirror hangs above the living room fireplace   an antique, upholstered sleigh bed (an eBay score) in the bedroom   another view of the bedroom / boudoir   love the clean, soothing tones of the master bath   a shot of the stairwell, replete with renaissance tapestries and art   another shot of the granny chic master bedroom   Photos courtesy of...

Taylor Tomasi Hill Mar01

Taylor Tomasi Hill

When it comes to fantastic street style, few fashionistas catch the attention of the photogs quite like Taylor Tomasi Hill. And with her runway slender frame, and flaming tresses, it’s not hard to see why. Within the past year the New York editor was named artistic director of Moda Operandi, launched a capsule collection for the Chinese department store, Lane Crawford, and moved into a new, downtown apartment. Taylor is known for her daring personal style – mixing unexpected patterns, textures, and colors with an ease and undeniable sophistication. Her effortless approach to style is just as evident in the home that she shares with her husband, Chase. a bold Eskayel tie-dye wallpaper in the entry   lots of plants and loads of light   a glass covered florist sink serves as furniture in the living room   an old doll mold retrofitted for use as a lamp   a vintage, farm-style table in the dining area   taxidermy (baby chicks) that were picked up at the Armory antiques show   Taylor in the open and airy kitchen   a view of the eclectically arranged kitchen shelves   a vignette featuring a portrait of Taylor by the artist Blue Logan   a specialty hot sauce that the couple has flown in (monthly) from Belize   a favorite Arthur Elgort photograph hangs above the bed   a view of Taylor’s highly enviable closet   Photos courtesy of...

Tory in Southampton Feb24

Tory in Southampton

The March issue of Vogue magazine features a beautiful spread on the newly renovated Southampton estate of fashion designer Tory Burch. Built in 1929 by a wealthy industrialist, the house is wonderfully grand – in both scale and design. Following a flood, Burch had planned a remodel of her previous Hamptons property, but quickly fell in love with the romance and beauty of this Gatsby-esque estate. She saw a home where her family could spend holidays, and where her sons could one day bring their own families. Originally built by the architecture firm of Hiss & Weekes, and decorated by society decorator Elsie Sloan Farley – the home’s recent renovation was completed by Tory’s friend and frequent collaborator, architect / designer Daniel Romualdez, and decorator pal Eve Hood. I, for one, have a touch of real estate envy. Check out the gorgeous photos… Tory with her fourteen-year-old twins, Henry and Nick, and eleven-year-old son Sawyer a view from the main drive the poolhouse dining rotunda custom Iznik-inspired panels in the dining room a bedroom featuring floral wall upholstery from Colefax and Fowler the solarium featuring antique, woven chairs from John Himmel the newly restored pool pavilion peeking through the gallery into the wood-paneled library a view of the former ballroom replete with needlepoint chairs, crystal chandeliers, and lively botanical prints Tory’s boys the formal garden, re-created by landscape architect Perry Guillot   Photos by François Halard, courtesy of...

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...

Minnie Mortimer Jul23

Minnie Mortimer

The Malibu home of fashion designer, Minnie Mortimer is the latest to be featured in Vogue’s APT with LSD – and just like the clothing that she designs, the interiors are young, eclectic, and quintessential California chic! Mortimer shares the house with her Academy Award winning screenwriter husband, Stephen Gaghan, and their young daughter, Tuesday. Enjoy the photos. Minnie in the sunroom of her Malibu home   a pastel portrait of William Faulkner   a salon style collection of art   loving the layered look   a diverse selection of magazines and books   an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture   a BAFTA award nestled into a library shelf   where’s waldo – errr, Oscar?   lots of light in the sunroom   checkers and backgammon sets kept in monogramed suitcases   a gorgeous bloom from Minnie’s garden   daughter, Tuesday’s playroom   a view of Minnie’s closet   Photos via...

Gaël Monfils May26

Gaël Monfils

France is a very proud nation, and as play at Roland Garros continues, I thought that it was worth noting that on the men’s side, 5 of the top 25 players are Frenchmen – more than any other nation! Of these men, the most electrifying, and at number 9, the highest ranked, is Gaël Monfils. At times, Gaël seems to be more interested in showboating, than in playing good, clean tennis – and it has tripped him up on a number of occasions. But when he’s on, he is one of the most thrilling players on the court. I’ve seen him play live, and he is an absolute showman! For the October 2009 issue of Vogue, Grace Coddington paired Monfils with Karlie Kloss for a fabulous pictorial. With the city of light as the backdrop, and haute couture looks from Dior, Lacroix, and Valentino, Kloss looks every inch the chic, Parisian lady – especially alongside an athlete, paired down in his tennis whites! Paris is so beautiful at this time of year – and these photos have me yearning for a trip! Karlie Kloss & Gaël Monfils in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture / in Nike   the Tuileries Gardens in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture / in Armani Privé   at the Ritz / with Monfils both looks by Christian Dior Haute Couture   in a suite at the Ritz in Chanel Haute Couture   jumping for joy in the Tuileries / a dramatic exit in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture / in Valentino Couture   Photos via...

Erin Fetherston May20

Erin Fetherston

For the latest installment of APT with LSD, Lauren Santo Domingo paid a visit to fashion designer, Erin Fetherston’s stunning and airy Tribeca loft. Having lived in Paris for a number of years, Erin was anxious to find a New York apartment with a similar type of European vibe – and although it took her more than a year, her home is as charming and romantic as I would have imagined it to be! With its enormous windows, impossibly high ceilings, and soothing color palette, the recently converted loft feels as if it’s perched in the clouds. It’s the perfect home for a designer of such whimsical, romantic silhouettes – not to mention a woman of such ethereal, almost other worldly beauty! I once sat next to Erin at a restaurant in London, and I had to muster quite a bit of strength not to stare at her throughout the entire meal. Her alabaster skin, and white blonde hair are eye-catching – to say the very least. Fetherston’s home is full of vintage furniture, and beautiful antiques – many of which made the long journey from Paris. Her former, and equally charming apartment was photographed for Domino magazine in 2006 (see below). When it comes to her new home, I particularly love the living room – with its French furniture, a Lalanne sheep, and don’t even get me started on the brass birdcage… eBay here I come. All in all, it’s a simply stunning home. stepping off of the elevator   Erin Fetherston in her living room   a view into the dining room   a beautiful tableau in the living room   Erin in her enviable closet   the dreamy bedroom   another view of the bedroom (with chinoiserie screen)   an extra-large clamshell...

The Met Gala May03

The Met Gala

Any fashionista who is worth their salt will tell you that The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute gala is the event of the year – and last night’s party was no exception. The event marks the opening of the institute’s special exhibition, and this year the exhibit pays tribute to the late Alexander McQueen. Fresh from dressing the newly minted Duchess Catherine (and her sister, Pippa) at Friday’s royal wedding, McQueen creative director, Sarah Burton, was the toast of the night. A great many celebrities paid homage to the designer by wearing looks from the McQueen archives – among them were Daphne Guinness (who dressed as performance art in Barneys’ window), Naomi Campbell, Anna Dello Russo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Rhoda, Karen Elson, Gisele Bündchen, and Salma Hayek. The second biggest name of the night seemed to be Stella McCartney (one of the co-chairs of the night), who in addition to dressing herself, also clothed a number of other attendees including Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Madonna, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Eva Mendes. Here are some photos of the highlights. In terms of color trends, blacks, whites, and nudes were big – and also rich jewel tones. My favorites included Diane Kruger (in Jason Wu), Sarah Jessica Parker (in Alexander McQueen), Vera Wang (in Vera Wang), Doutzen Kroes (in Giambattista Valli), Ginnifer Goodwin (in Topshop), and Maggie Gyllenhaal (in Stella McCartney). Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be on exhibit from May 4 – July 31. Sarah Burton, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, and Anna Dello Russo All wearing Alexander McQueen   Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture, Diane Kruger in Jason Wu Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen, and Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney   Vera Wang in Vera Wang, Dakota Fanning in Valentino...

Elettra Wiedemann Apr27

Elettra Wiedemann

APT with LSD is a fun online feature that Vogue started a few months back – and the latest installment features Elettra Wiedemann. LSD is Vogue editor, and New York socialite, Lauren Santo Domingo – and in her new online column, she features the homes of various creative types like Amanda Brooks, Coco Rocha, and Samantha Boardman. Fashion and interior design are so closely linked, and I’m glad to see the storied magazine giving more attention to interiors. I do wish that the column would be featured in print, but perhaps that will come with time. For those who may not be familiar with Elettra Wiedemann, she is the daughter of Isabella Rossellini – and hence, the granddaughter of legendary actress, Ingrid Bergman. With a bloodline like that, it’s pretty safe to say that a career in modeling was predetermined. Elettra has graced the pages of Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, and has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Bill Blass, and Ferragamo. Like her mother was before her, Wiedemann is currently one of the faces of Lancôme – and has been featured in both their commercials and print campaigns. Aside from being an undeniable beauty, Elettra is also an accomplished academic – and quite serious about her humanitarian endeavors. She’s fluent in several languages, currently pursuing a masters degree in biomedicine at the London School of Economics – and recently started a charity foundation with her fiancé, James Marshall. Their foundation, One Frickin Day, provides global funding for health clinics, and is based on the idea of donating a day’s salary – afterall, it’s just one frickin day. With such a fabulous lineage, wealth, and accomplishments, Elettra seems to be refreshingly grounded. I must say that while I find her home to be quite charming, I was...

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