New York City post war is small scale living, hotels and apartments are usually tiny in caparison to other metropolises’. As a seasoned traveler to the Gotham City I’m accustomed to packing lightly for smaller spaces, think grandeur lobbies and quaint rooms. However on a recent jaunt at the Langham Place on 5th Avenue I was pleasantly surprised by the vastness that welcomed me. I stayed in one of the 214 guestrooms, my specific room; the Prime Place was 420 square feet. This was a hefty proportioned room with a generously large marble bathroom fitted with an immense garden-sized soaking tub and TV (which is conveniently situated within the mirror). Inside I was able to unpack and arrange my belongings sans the tight claustrophobic feeling some lodgings ration. Each room is enveloped in relaxing shades of beige and highlighted by Italian walnut and rosewood finishing’s. The beds are divine; the sleeping arrangements included well-appointed Pratesi linens. As for the in-room dining, I treated myself to dinner and breakfast; it was served in a timely fashion and absolutely delish on both occasions. Langham Place caters to those that enjoy a one stop shop: spa (future home of Chuan Spa), Julien Farel Salon, gym, restaurant and lounge on site. The Measure Lounge entices visitors who desire small bites with an American / Brit twist, unique drinks and hosts live jazz nightly at 8 p.m. Then Ai Fiori, Alta Marea Group’s Michelin-starred space caters to those that desire a more formal foodie experience of French and Italian food. With room to stretch and a view to die for, I felt as if I were sitting on the lap of frills, the ultimate Manhattan treasure for travelers looking for space is the Langham Place on 5th; it tops my list of best five star hotels in New York City.
New York City is for lovers of the senses and sometimes fashion week gets it just right, by combining all five effortlessly. Dom Pérignon’s collaboration with award-winning Dutch designer Iris van Herpen; celebrated a night of fashion, first looks, and if you were lucky, maybe a Bucks Fizz or two. The eclectic mix in attendance included; Kelly Rutherford, Carmelo Anthony, Joe and Nick Jonas, Bryan Greenberg, Brian Atwood, and Paz de la Huerta. With models Coco Rocha, Anja Rubik, and Hannelore Knutson hand to represent Fashion Week’s finest. As well as Liz Swig, Constantin Bjerke, Richard Pandiscio and Todd Eberle. On Wednesday, September 3rd guests arrived by private boat from Manhattan to be immediately greeted with glasses of Dom Pérignon Vintage ‘04 to kick off the party. As Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation was transformed into a unique experiential journey, through a labyrinth of spaces. Brightly lit, vibrant installations lured the privileged few through the cornucopia of pleasures, where contortionist performed and revelers cavorted. All to get the first glimpse at the exclusive gift box and label created by van Herpen exclusively for Dom Pérignon’s Vintage 2004.
Throughout its history, Dom Pérignon has been intricately linked to the concept of metamorphosis. With their collaboration inspired by exactly this: signifying the closure of one period and the birth of another, and a powerful symbol of evolution, transformation and renaissance. The big reveal of the evening being Cocoonase, a made-to-order piece of art created by Iris van Herpen and inspired by the importance of time and crafting with each exquisite vintage. Van Herpen is known for her futuristic, darkly fantastical aesthetic, as well as clothes that generate sound–to the touch. Dom Pérignon for playful expression and a taste for reinvention. Making them a perfectly complimentary pair. In the outdoor garden there was something for every palette explore, a specially created menu by Olivier Cheng Catering and Events, including floating trays of Caviar with Golden Beet, Yuzu Mascarpone Gelee on black toast, and Foie Gras Pistachio Truffle with Mostarda. The night culminated with dancing to Grammy-nominated (and ridiculously beautiful) MGMT frontman, Andrew VanWyngarden’s exclusive DJ set.
– Falene Nurse
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Deola Sagoe, a true visionary stands out with her strong signature designs, elegance and attitude. Her designs provide a couture experience of east meets west. Drawing inspiration from traditional Nigerian fabrics and cuts and western aesthetics Deola Sagoe has created wearable works of art. Her most recent collection included pieces created with adire fabric which is hand dyed in Nigeria by the Yoruba women. Deola Sagoe’s notoriety, much like her aesthetic has gone beyond the African continent. Aside from featuring collections in New York and Cape Town Fashion Weeks, she was the recipient of the MNET/Anglo Gold African Desigs 2000 Award, in which she was nominated by Andre Leon Talley.
CLAN is owned by sisters Teni, Tiwa, and Aba Sagoe the daughters of Nigerian fashion designer Deola Sagoe. The newest line was a collection of sexy high glamour silhouettes composed of peplum details, thigh high slits, and stream line pant suits. “CLAN Classics, exhibiting our timeless pieces. These pieces will be available all year round in chosen variations and upon personal requests.” – Teni Sagoe Both lines previewed will be exhibited at New York The collection which features thigh-high slits, peplums, pant suits, asymmetrical cuts and plunging necklines will “be available all year round in bespoke variations upon personal request.”
A woman can never go wrong when she chooses chic designs that are made fresh with a spin on classic silhouettes. Lafayette 148 New York’s pieces fit the bill and the Spring 2011 collection combines glam embellishments and sultry detailing for fashion that is feminine, functional and downright charming.
The company was founded in 1996 and takes its name from its Manhattan address. Strict attention to detail and expert craftmanship are seen in each design and each collection echoes the finesse and spirit that is inherent to New York City. Edward Wilkerson is the brand’s Design Director (which he has been for 13 years) and he pulls his inspiration from travel and the women he meets in his everyday life.He honed his skills with some of the top designers in the world including Calvin Klein and Donna Karan and their influence can still be seen in the sophisticated yet functional pieces he designs each season.
For Spring 2011, timeless styles like the trench, day dress and blazer are re-worked in cool fabrics and metallic colors for something that is fresh for the season ahead. A pair of high-waisted shorts are paired with a long jacket, a chunky statement necklace and strappy sandals with a sky-high heel for a look that blends retro and modern femme fatale seamlessly. A classic shirtdress in an olive green with rolled short sleeves is also a standout piece that is perfect for both days in the office or weekends spent jetsetting.
Visit www.lafayette148.com for more information.
I left on a jet plane for a quick dose of New York style and a Lincoln Town Car to Times Square landed me smack dab in the middle of it all. I arrived at the Paramount Hotel, half a block from Broadway ready for an unmatched taste of NYC, and experienced a rare gem in the heart of the city. After a few drinks at the Library Bar I made my way to my room where I drank in the room’s artistic red accents, and savored this escape to the core of the Big Apple. The Paramount Hotel is carefully nestled in the middle of the theater district, steps away from Madison and Fifth Avenue, and Restaurant Row.
As I stared out at the almost electric view from my window pane, the excitement of the city tickled every fun and exciting bone in my body. As one of Manhattan’s premier lifestyle destinations, this fabulous fashionable boutique hotel is the perfect place for a getaway in the city. The Paramount is the kind of place one falls rekindles or finds their love for the city that never sleeps. Celebrating over eight decades in the heart of the city, the newly renovated hotel’s modern accents and metropolis accessibility had me immersed in the fantasy world of New York City.
After a day of non-stop shopping from Madison to Fifth and back, I sauntered back to my room at the Paramount, kicked off my heels, and floated on a cloud of down comforters and plush pillows. Gazing around at this New York landmark’s stature I imagined myself as the modern Holly Golightly. I wanted to toss on a high thread count bed sheet toga, slip my iPod onto the docket, invite a few friends over, and have a conga line parade around the room, as I sipped on a glass of bourbon. This was the perfect beginning to my most recent New York adventure, and parting was such sweet sorrow.