I always love it when the worlds of fashion and interiors collide and such is the case with the ad campaigns of American fashion designer Reed Krakoff. Starring British supermodel Stella Tennant and shot at the expansive Upper East Side townhome that Reed shares with his interior designer wife Delphine, the stylish interiors of Reed Krakoff’s Fall 2011 campaign almost steal the spotlight from the clothes!
And below, a few snaps from Krakoff’s equally beautiful Spring 11 ad campaign.
When it was nothing more than a small collection of tunics that launched when its eponymous founder was better known for being a socialite than a fashion designer, Tory Burch was on my radar and over the years I’ve paid close attention to its development. I’ve watched it grow into the multimillion lifestyle empire that it is today with a global presence and storefronts in some of the most sought after locations in retail real estate. There really are only a few brands that have risen to the level of success that Tory has achieved and with as quick of a trajectory. One of the things I admire most about the brand is how, over the years, Tory has developed a signature style so highly identifiable that it can only be considered iconic…in the same vein of brands like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein…Apple. You get the drift. As Tory continues to expand her empire, this week in particular is an especially big one for her as she held her very first runway show to debut her Spring ’12 collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to rave reviews and also opened her a beautiful new 8,000 square foot global flagship store on Madison Avenue.
Tory Burch on Madison Ave
The new boutique on Madison Ave is a shining example of Tory’s signature style as is her other store designs around the world. For this store and all of her others, she collaborated with her friend/architect/decorator Daniel Romualdez who also designed her stunning 9,000 square foot apartment at the Pierre. You can see it here. There was a great article last year in the Wall Street Journal about how Tory’s personal interior design has influenced her store design in a big way. In the article she said that she aims for her shops to feel like a beautiful residential space where customers can feel as comfortable as they do at home. Although each of Tory’s shops has its own unique design design, they all include a few key signature elements that unify the spaces and help create that signature Tory Burch store identity: lacquered walls, tiered brass chandeliers, graphic carpets, bursts of pattern, slipcovered sofas, x-benches, eggplant purples, pea greens, pops of high-gloss orange…the combinations are quite brilliant and all of these elements come together to create a glamorous ambiance that only enhances the shopping experience. Here’s another view of her stunning Madison Ave boutique and a few others around the world:
Tory Burch Madison Avenue
Tory Burch Seoul S. Korea
Tory Burch Meatpacking District NYC
Tory Burch Los Angeles
Tory Burch East Hampton
Tory Burch in her new Madison Ave boutique’s VIP salon
On the evening of Tory’s fashion week debut, a bevy of VIPs and celebrities packed the new Madison Ave flagship to celebrate its launch. Burch’s hip hop mogul boyfriend Lyor Cohen was there which probably explains the eclectic mix of celebs that were present which included hip hop figures like Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, Questlove from The Roots, Estelle, Beyonce and more. Here are a few photos from the opening celebration:
Tory Burch & Beyonce
Lyor Cohen (aka Tory’s BF. And on a side note – the backdrop of hydrangeas is gorge!)
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Douglas Friedman & Carlos Mota
Cute girl on a bike. Photo via Fash n Chips (This could be me!)
I want to buy a bike…I want one bad. A cute little vintage/European inspired bicycle with a wicker basket on the front to tote my things around in and a little brass bell just for kicks. The only thing that’s holding me back is my intense fear of riding a bicycle around New York City where people tend to drive erratically, not to mention the plethora of bike messengers that ride around the city which are pretty scary too. I’ve seen bikers get hit by cabs and people get hit by bike messengers on a few occasions. Not cool. Anyway – I’m working on conquering this fear so I can at least muster up the guts to ride around my my own neighborhood and maybe even to the West Side Highway where I hope to take leisurely rides along the Hudson. Here are some of the super cute bikes I’ve been eying. And for an of my NYC readers with bikes. I’d love to know- is it as scary as it seems? (on a side note – I wish I could look half as chic as the stylish women in these photos while riding my bike!)
I loved getting a peek inside the ultra stylish offices of Lonny Magazine in its May/June issue and was excited to come across across this video from Fox News’ online magazine, FNC iMag, which features Lonny’s editor-in-chief Michelle Adams giving us a video tour . Check it out for an insiders look along with Michelle’s tips for creating a stylish workspace!
Meet the Assistant profiles the assistants and associates who work behind-the-scenes with some of the industry’s top designers to help make beautiful spaces come to life.
Ben Miller is assistant extraoirdinaire to the incredibly talented Laura Kirar of Laura Kirar*TRU Design, who has infused her modern, tailored aesthetic into the interiors of residential spaces, award-winning restaurants, showrooms, and hotels across the globe. Originally from Lafayette Louisiana, Ben, 29, moved to New York on a whim nearly six years ago and has worked with Laura for the past year-and -a-half. With offices in New York and Miami, a wide range of product lines that includes furniture, accessories, lighting, tile, carpets and more, not to mention an insanely busy travel schedule, Laura relies on Ben to help her keep it all together. I caught up with Ben earlier this summer at his 240 square foot studio apartment in Brooklyn and was utterly impressed with how he created such efficiency and style in his small home. Look out for a house tour here on the blog coming soon (!) and in the meantime, let’s get to know the fabulous Ben Miller…
How did you end up in New York? A few weeks after Hurricane Katrina I was home in Louisiana driving back to Lafayette from dinner in Baton Rouge when a dear friend of mine called to catch up. She had just moved to Brooklyn and was telling me about how a couple of potential roommates had fallen through and was going on about how much I’d love the city. It wasn’t the first time we’d kicked the idea of me moving to New York around, but it was certainly different this time. It took the 45-minute drive from Baton Rouge to convince me to give New York a shot. The next day I gave notice at my job, broke the news to my parents and bought a plane ticket. Two and a half weeks later I flew to New York for the very first time, blew up my air mattress and fell asleep in my windowless 10′x10′ room. I got a job with a big ad agency a couple of weeks after the move and the rest, as they say, is history. It’s crazy to think that was nearly six years ago already!
What is a typical day in the office for you? Between collections and interior projects, everyday is its own adventure. We start work around 9am and finish between 6 and 6:30pm. Some days are spent in showrooms but most of the time I’m helping out with the project management of the licensing collections and smaller scale design projects. The licensing collections is where most of my focus is currently. There’s so much that goes into launching these collections–from gathering inspiration through all the planning and promotion it involves–that the majority of my day-to-day is spent making sure things are moving along.
A lamp from Laura Kirar’s collection for Arteriors home
Do you have a favorite project that you’ve had the opportunity to assist Laura on? Seeing the latest introductions from Arteriors home was big for me. It’s the first collection I’ve been a part of all the way through, from hand sketches to the launch at High Point.
How would you describe Laura’s style?
Utterly refined, simultaneously handsome and beautiful, grounded in her foundation as a conceptual artist and accented with worldly influences.
Have there you ever had any crazy on-the-job disasters or mistakes that you’ve learned from?
Ha. Just last week I directed our driver to a random address in New Jersey I’d mistakenly picked up in an email chain. We were forty minutes out of the way but managed to make it to her speaking engagement on time! Best of all, she completely kept her cool while I turned five shades of embarrassed.
What do you like most about your job?
The fact that it’s a constant education. Our office is small but mighty so there’s lots of opportunity to be a part of all areas of the design process–I really love learning about new resources and techniques, though.
What do you like least?
Facebook! I’ve never been that active personally, so to do it for our company is truly bewildering.
Another view of the Laura Kirar designed penthouse at the W Dallas residences.
What has been the most valuable lesson Laura has taught you?
Scale and proportion matter more than just about anything. I’m paying close attention to the way she balances restraint and grace with something a little punchier, like rich color.
What are your long term career goals?
To always work with inspired, talented people who are doing what they love. I work best when collaborating, so hopefully to find a good partner or two to bounce ideas off. Maybe we’ll start a small design firm together one day.
A sneak peek at a vignette inside Ben’s Brooklyn studio
Finally – What advice can you share with our readers about decorating on a design assistant’s budget?
1. Start at the hardware store–grab some paint to completely shift the feeling of a space, swap in a dimmer switch to your most used light sources, look for creative new uses for otherwise typical products.
2. Spend as much as your budget allows on a few things–a comfortable sofa, your mattress and bed linens, and a rug that will work hard beyond it’s current home.
3. If you find something you absolutely love, get it, because chances are you always will.
4. Frequent your neighborhood antique shops and vintage stores–you’d be amazed at what treasures are hiding in those dusty corners.
5. Don’t be afraid to DIY–cut your own mats and dress up inexpensive frames, make some art, repaint (and reupholster while you’re at it) a tired chair with good looking bones.