The Editor-in-Chiefs: How They Made It

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For names like Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, Glenda Bailey, Stephen Gan, and Carine Roitfeld who have become synonymous with the publications they head, it is hard to think that they must have started somewhere else-and to think in more junior positions. If we are to learn a thing or two from these legends in fashion publishing, it is that there is no one way to make it to the top.

@NanaMeriwether

 The Editor-in-Chiefs

Anna Wintour | Vogue

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With her signature bob and undemonstrative demeanor, Anna Wintour’s journey to head American Vogue began in England.  The English editor started her editorial career assisting the fashion department of Harper’s & Queen.  She would move on to become a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar in New York then to Viva and Savvy magazine as well. In 1981, Wintour accepted at job at New York magazine, but returned to England in 1986 to head British Vogue. Her next stint was at Home and Garden magazine until in 1988, Conde Nast appointed her Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. 

 

Glenda Bailey | Harper’s Bazaar

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British-born editor, Glenda Bailey studied fashion design at Kingston University. Her first magazine job was with Honey until the publishers moved her on to Folio magazine, a quarterly fashion magazine. In 1988, Bailey would move on to lead the launch of Marie Claire in the UK.  In 1996, she took the role of Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire here in the US, until in 2001 she was made head of Harper’s Bazaar.

 

Graydon Carter | Vanity Fair

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Photo Courtesy of Observer.com

In 1973, Graydon Carter founded The Canadian Review which grew to become the third largest circulating publication in Canada. In the early 1980s, Carter moved to New York from Canada and began working for Time and then Life.  He became the editor of the New York Observer before being tapped as Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair in 1992.

 

Carine Roitfeld | CR Fashion Book, Formerly of Vogue Paris

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Photo Courtesy of NYMag

Carine Roitfeld stepped into fashion as a model.  Her branch into the editorial world began at French Elle as a stylist where she stayed for 15 years. Upon meeting photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld began to style for advertisements, and for both French and American Vogue. She would most notably team up with Tom Ford to create iconic images for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2001, Conde Nast hired Roitfeld as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris. She stayed for 10 years until she moved on to found her own magazine, CR Fashion Book. In 2012, Roitfeld was named global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar.

 

Emmanuelle Alt | Vogue Paris

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Photo Courtesy of Sophieellenday.wordpress.com

At just 17 years old, Emmanuelle Alt began her career at French Elle as a beauty assistant. In 1993, Alt became Editor-in-Chief of 20 Ans until she moved on to head Mixte magazine.  In 2000, Alt was plucked from Mixte by then Editor-in-Chief Carine Roitfeld and assumed the role of fashion editor for Vogue Paris. Alt rose to fashion director until she became Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris in 2011 after Roitfeld’s departure.

 

Stephen Gan | V Magazine

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A heavy influence in the fashion industry, Stephen Gan holds many titles including Editor-in-Chief of V Magazine and VMAN and he is the creative director of Harper’s Bazaar and CR Fashion Book.  Gan began as a junior fashion editor at Details after graduating from Parsons New School of Design. He landed the position per a recommendation to the editor by famed New York Times photographer, Bill Cunningham.  After founding Visionaire, a limited edition quarterly magazine, Gan birthed it’s little sister V Magazine in 1999. He is responsible for creatively directing several advertisements as well including ads for Dior and Michael Kors.

 

Stefano Tonchi | W

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Photo Courtesy of Silhouettedskyline.com

Stefano Tonchi began his career in Italy serving as editor and art director for Westuff magazine, predecessor  to Emporio Armani Magazine. He moved on to L’Uomo Vogue in 1987 where by 1994 he was the fashion director.  Conde Nast then tapped him as creative director of Self before Tonchi moved on to work as creative director for J.Crew. Later he would become fashion creative director of Esquire.  In 2004, Tonchi created T, the style magazine that runs in The New York Times. After his stint as creator and Editor-in-Chief of T, Tonchi moved on to W magazine where he is now Editor-in-Chief.

 

Cindi Leive | Glamour

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Photo Courtesy of Glamour

Starting as an editorial assistant for Glamour, Cindi Leive earned the title of deputy editor by the time she departed the magazine eleven years later. She was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Self until in 2001 she returned to become Editor-in-Chief of Glamour.

 

 

Robbie Myers | Elle

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Photo Courtesy of Elle

Robbie Myers began her editorial career as an assistant at Rolling Stone after graduating from Colorado State University on a diving scholarship.  She moved on to work for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine until she landed at Seventeen as first an articles editor then managing editor. Myers was then hired at a couple of more magazines,  InStyle and Elle, as a senior editor before leaving to join former Vogue editor Grace Mirabella’s publication Mirabella. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Mirabella until leaving in 2000 to become Editor-in-Chief of Elle. 

 

Anne Fulenwider | Marie Claire

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Photo Courtesy of TheEveryGirl.com

After graduating from Harvard University, Anne Fulenwider took a job working for Ralph Lauren’s son, David Lauren who founded a lifestyle publication, Swing. Following, she worked at The Paris Review and went on to become a senior editor at Vanity Fair. Hearst then hired her at Marie Claire where she became executive editor before being hired by Conde Nast as Editor-in-Chief of Brides. in 2012, Fulenwider returned to Marie Claire as Editor-in-Chief.

 

Amy Astley | Teen Vogue

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Amy Astley began her editorial career as an assistant at House & Garden. She worked there for four years until becoming beauty editor of Vogue in 1993.  She rose to beauty director at Vogue until in 2003 Anna Wintour appointed Astley founding editor of Teen Vogue where she still holds the title of Editor-in-Chief.

Eva Chen | Formerly of Lucky

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Now Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen was Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. While a premed student and member of the track and field team at Johns Hopkins University, she interned one semester at Harper’s Bazaar. With no luck finding a position at a magazine straight out of college, Chen worked at a law firm.  Early in her editorial career she worked as a fashion assistant at Lucky until she moved on to Teen Vogue.  She became the beauty director at Teen Vogue until in 2013 she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Lucky.

What It’s Like Being On Set For A Vogue Cover Shoot

 

 

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I don’t know why fashion editors are less revered as artists than their sister purveyors of creative expression; the painter, the sculptor or even the musician.  Perhaps it is because fashion is often mixed in with having to woo consumers and please advertisers, but most conventional art is too, if not more so, now driven by the need to create in order to sell to the highest bidder.

In the broad spectrum of fashion however, just as within art, there lay the storytellers; those who are not spurred by consumerism, but by the desire to produce signature works and visually stimulating creations that tell a story or comment broadly on issues and trends within society.

I had the honor of working with Vogue Australia on cover shoots as a Freelance Fashion Assistant this Fall.  I assisted renowned Fashion Editor, Christine Centenera who in her creative process further convinced me that editors deserve more mainstream respect and attention.

She arrived to New York from Australia late in the evening with her assistant, Petta Chua, from what must have been an entire day of travel.  We had been preparing and receiving garments well before Christine’s arrival that was to feature actress and cover star, Margot Robbie.

Christine and her assistant walked into the room with a commanding presence and immediately began analyzing the racks we had carefully merchandised.  With expert surgical precision, from the perhaps 400+ options that had arrived to us from various designers and PR agencies, the team lead by Christine, scrutinized and edited the wardrobe down to just the few looks that actually made it into the magazine.

It was in this process of editing I took the fashion editor for the true form that she is; an artist.  Christine approached the rails of clothing and whether from a brainstorm, her vast prior experience or from being inherently blessed to forecast perfect pairings, she strung together looks with an ease to which a sculptor, cued by his imagination, molds a figure into existence.

From having worked as a Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, as a style consultant to Kanye West and now as The Fashion Director at Vogue Australia, there is something to be said about her career experience.  In her precision and as she moved between the clothes, however she embraced an inherent fluidity and an elevated wisdom like when an illustrator takes to his canvas to sketch a scene.  And on set the next day, through the bustle of hair and makeup artists, the photographer and production assistants in between, she orchestrated shot after shot of Margot wearing devised looks, carefully composed like a violinist to a complex musical number.

Fashion glossies month after month display fine selections of creative works by fashion editors.  Perhaps the next time you are flipping through, you will take a second to view the work and wonder the implications, like you would ponder a painting and credit it’s maker.

-@NanaMeriwether

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia and MargotRobbie.com.au
Christine Centenera. Photo Courtesy of Lovage Magazine.
Christine Centenera. Photo Courtesy of Lovage Magazine.

 

Christine Centenera. Photo Courtesy of StylishStarlets.Blogspot.com
Christine Centenera. Photo Courtesy of StylishStarlets.Blogspot.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia and MargotRobbie.com.au

 

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Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia and MargotRobbie.com.au

 

 

Coco Rocha & Selita Ebanks Join Saks Fifth Avenue to Celebrate Escada + Thilo Westermann

ESCADA + Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate the ESCADA Meets Thilo Westermann Collection
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Last night, Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a private dinner to celebrate The Escada + Thilo Westermann collection and collaboration that can now be viewed at The Saks flagship store windows, uptown on 49th and 5th.  Escada Chairman, Megha Mittal and Saks Fifth Avenue President, Marigay McKee, played host to attendees that included supermodels Coco Rocha, Selita Ebanks and fashion insiders Natalie JoosAlison Brod, Sarah Bray of Town and Country, Lise Evans, and former Glamour West Coast Editor, Rachel Zalis.

As guests enjoyed Frenched Cut Chicken Breast and Red Wine Glazed Angus Sirloin, Minnie Driver sang a selection of songs from her new album “Ask Me to Dance”.

The night had a philanthropic twist as the collaboration between Escada, Thilo Westermann and Saks Fifth Avenue partially benefited New Yorkers for Children.

It is always a pleasure to dine beneath the stunning chandeliers of Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at The Mondrian Soho Hotel. You can view more from the night at www.GuestofaGuest.com.

-@NanaMeriwether

(Photo courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency)

 

Coco Rocha attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann dinner
Coco Rocha attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann dinner
Selita Ebanks attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Selita Ebanks attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Minnie Driver sings at The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Minnie Driver sings at The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Selita Ebanks attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Selita Ebanks attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Coco Rocha attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Coco Rocha attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner

 

Natalie Joos and Escada Executive attend The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Natalie Joos and Escada Executive attend The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Minnie Driver attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Minnie Driver attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Selita Ebanks attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner
Selita Ebanks attends The Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada + Thilo Westermann Dinner

 

 

 

Style File: Escape To LA with BridgeSwimwear

I must have a sixth sense when it comes to avoiding disastrous weather in New York City.  A few years ago I was in Los Angeles when Hurricane Sandy hit and this week the winter storm, Juno has again grounded my flight out of The City of Angels.

In New York we rejoice if the temperature reads a high of 40 degrees at this time of year.  I don’t know how many times a day I bring up the pleasant weather, but I am sure I have annoyed my LA friends to the point they are beginning to consider me but an acquaintance so as not to hear about it again.

As a result, I have decided to channel my gratefulness elsewhere.  To celebrate the 70+ degree weather, I shot a series with one of my favorite bikini lines right now, BridgeSwimwear.

Inspired by her travels to the beaches of Europe and The Caribbean, founder Kimberli Burns uses uniquely sourced materials to construct quintessential, 1970s like, tiny weeny bikinis.  Her cover-ups that include tanks, a lace pencil skirt, crop tops, pants and floor length chiffon robes, provide easy transitional layers that will take you from sun bathing to beach side brunch seamlessly.

And rightfully so as she self proclaims her line of swimwear and cover ups as ‘effortlessly chic’.  BridgeSwimwear was the perfect companion to help me indulge in Southern California’s January weather.

-@NanaMeriwether

 

 

BridgeSwimwear

www.bridgeswimwear.com

The Best Netflix Documentaries To Watch Right Now (Updated March, 2016)

From Former Vogue, Paris Editor-in-Chief, Carine Roitfeld's documentary, Mademoiselle C
From Former Vogue, Paris Editor-in-Chief, Carine Roitfeld’s documentary, Mademoiselle C

We’ve all done it.  Judged a Netflix film by it’s cover.  I do it, I admit to pre-judging films based on their descriptions and Netflix rating.  Most often however, my viewing experience does not correlate with how a film is starred or presented in those given one or two sentences.  To add, a lot of really great selections are buried and pop up only as scrolling suggestions  under “more like this”.

Alas, I am here to save you all. I am obsessed with documentaries and I have seen a lot of the films available on Netflix. Below is a list of what I think are must see documentaries, as of January 2015.

I have not provided any descriptions because I want you to just jump right in and learn something new, no pre-judgement! There is also no real order to the listing, but that my favorites are skewed to fall near the top. I will continue to update this list so be sure to check back!

Let me know about your favorite documentaries that didn’t make the list in the comment box and I will be sure to screen them, add them to the list and tag you! Use the hashtag, #CityLately, if you comment about a film on social media after viewing.

Hopefully it is a rainy Saturday! Snuggle up and ready yourself for a 12+ hour binge of some really great films.

-@NanaMeriwether

City Lately’s List of The Best Netflix Documentaries:

New additions:

For Grace

Twinsters

First Comes Love

Divorce Corp.

Love Me

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Bhutto

On The Way To School

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Gucci: The Director

Blood Brother

Spinning Plates

Mademoiselle C

The Art of The Steal

Brave Miss World

No Woman, No Cry

Somm

Virunga

Hank: 5 Years From The Brink

Mitt

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

The Woman Who Wasn’t There

Maidentrip

First Position

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Advanced Style

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Tiny

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room

The World Before Her

The Queen of Versailles

The Summit

GMO OMG

Desert Runners

Gallery Go-See: Art Exhibitions To See Around Town, Fall 2016 Edition

Oh baby it’s cold outside – it’s time to start looking for things to do inside. This fall, New York has several must-see art exhibtions to boast; From Ai Weiwei’s return to the city where through December he will be presenting 4 simultaneous shows around town, to the grandsons of Calder and Picasso partnering on an exhibition, there is plenty to keep you preoccupied from lamenting the passing of the seasons.

@NanaMeriwether

 

Must-See Exhibitions Around Town, Fall 2016

Ai Weiwei 2016: Roots and Branches

Lisson Gallery (504 W 24th st)

Photo Courtesy of Artnet
Photo Courtesy of Artnet

Ai Weiwei’s first solo show with Lisson Gallery is set to open on November 5 and will feature massive tree trunks and iron sculptures. The seven sculptures together form a forest by the Highline to help “reveal the artist’s interest in tradition and contemporaneity as well as the prevalence of displacement in post-modern societies”.

November 5 – December 23, 2016

 

Calder and Picasso

Almine Rech Gallery

Photo courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery

The legendary artist’s grandsons have partnered to show more than 50 paintings and sculptures that presented together form a sort of dialogue between their esteemed grandfathers.

October 28 – December 17, 2016

 

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

The Met Museum

Photo Courtesy of The Met
Photo Courtesy of The Met

Until February, 2017, The Costume Institute reveals its collection of iconic garments that work more as art forms than garments to be worn.

November 18, 2016 – February 5, 2017

 

Ai Weiwei: Laundromat

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com
Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

 

An embodiment of art and activism, Ai Weiwei showing of discarded migrant clothing he picked up during his recent visits to refugee camps is certainly a statement that must be seen in person – you have until December.

November 5 – December 23, 2016 

 

Diane Arbus In The Beginning

The Met Breuer

Photo courtesy of the NYtimes.com
Photo courtesy of the NYtimes.com

Chronicling her first seven years of work, the show at the new Met Breuer features over 100 photographs that define Diane Arbus’ signature style.

Now – November 27, 2016

 

Picasso’s Picasso

Gagosian

Photo Courtesy of Gagosian
Photo Courtesy of Gagosian

November 10 – December 17, 2016

A unique collection of pieces selected by Picasso’s daughter, Maya Ruiz-Picasso.

 

Ai Weiwei: Roots and Branches

Mary Boone Gallery (745 5th avenue)

A part of the 4 simultaneous shows he will be showing this fall, Mary Boone Gallery will present works in several mediums including lego installations, wood and porcelain by artist and human rights advocate, Ai Weiwei.

November 5 – December 23, 2016

Joel Shapiro

Dominique Levy

Photo courtesy of Dominique Levy
Photo courtesy of Dominique Levy

October 28, 2016 – January 7, 2017

American sculpture, Joel Shapiro’s colorful wood works are on display – and seem to float in midair. Catch them uptown at Dominique Levy gallery from now until January, 2017.

 

Items: Is Fashion Modern?

MoMA

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Photo Courtesy of MoMA.org

 

October 1, 2016 – January 28, 2017

“Items: Is Fashion Modern? explores the present, past, and future of 99 items—garments, accessories, and accoutrements—that have had a strong impact on history and society in the 20th and 21st centuries, and continue to hold currency today.”

 

Ernesto Neto: The Serpent’s Energy Gave Birth To Humanity

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

 

Through January 22, 2017

“For over 60 million persons in the world today, shelter is defined through constant movement or escape. Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. From the strengthening of international borders to the logistics of mobile housing systems, how we understand shelter is ultimately defined through an engagement with security.”

 

New York At Its Core

Museum of the City of New York

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Photo courtesy of mcny.org

Via the presentation of over 400 objects, view how New York transformed from a small Dutch village to the world’s capital.

Opens November 18, 2016

 

Agnes Martin

Guggenheim Museum

Photo Courtesy of Guggenheim Museum
Photo Courtesy of Guggenheim Museum

Indulge in the minimalism that is Agnes Martin – encounter Martin’s serene paintings from now until January, 2017.

 

MPA: Red In View

The Whitney Museum 

Photo courtesy of The Whitney Museum
Photo courtesy of The Whitney Museum

November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017

“Since relocating to California’s Mojave desert in 2013, artist MPA (b. 1980; Redding, CA) has been immersed in a broad inquiry into the potential colonization of Mars, often known as the red planet. In this multi-part exhibition the artist looks at Mars as a place for settlement and a resource for our own planet, as well as a site of possible human origin.”

 

Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection

The Frick Collection

Photo Courtesy of Nytimes.com
Photo Courtesy of Nytimes.com

May 24, 2016 to April 2, 2017

‘The Frick presents a year-long exhibition exploring the complex history of making, collecting, and displaying porcelain.’

 

 

Style File: Fall And The City

 

Well, fall has finally hit the city and a mental post-it to pack a sweater before leaving my apartment stuck.  It’s dresses like this heavy floor length, navy blue frock from Zara that allow for comfort sans the layers come the chill that October evenings bring.  Regardless, I am already ready for spring….

@NanaMeriwether

Style File: Ice Cream Sunday

I have lived in Williamsburg for now two years, but I am just now realizing how wonderful my neighborhood is! Where before I would find any excuse to hop to the city, this summer I have been adventurous and truly taken in all that my just east of Manhattan neighborhood has to offer.  Telling from my sparkly new Converse sneakers, my assimilation into becoming one with this characteristic hipster neighborhood is well on its way! This was taken on a Sunday afternoon in front of my favorite ice cream store Van Leeuwen – I must admit that during these summer months, I frequent this place at least 3 times a week.  #bikinibody.

@NanaMeriwether

NYC Tastemakes Celebrate The Annual Watermill Benefit

Photo Courtesy of BFA/REX
Photo Courtesy of BFA/REX

–Story originally published for Harper’s Bazaar

Art enthusiasts, party patrons gathered in the Hamptons on Saturday evening to support the 23rd annual Watermill Center Benefit and Auction. Honorary chairs and guests that included Marina Abramovic, Giorgio Armani, Franky Gehry, Calvin Klein and Amanda Hearst successfully raised over $2 million to support the Watermill Center and international emerging artists it hosts every year now since 1992.

-@NanaMeriwether

Alexandra Vreeland. Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Alexandra Vreeland.
Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Amanda Hearst, Hassan Pierre, Kate Foley, and Max Osterweis. Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Amanda Hearst, Hassan Pierre, Kate Foley, and Max Osterweis.
Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Caroline Vreeland. Photo courtesy of BFA/REX.
Caroline Vreeland.
Photo courtesy of BFA/REX.
Hailey Clauson and Julian Herrera. Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Hailey Clauson and Julian Herrera.
Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Rule Gia Kuan and Capucine Milliot. Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Rule Gia Kuan and Capucine Milliot.
Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Mia Moretti. Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Mia Moretti.
Photo courtesy of BFA/REX
Sophie Oakley. Photo Courtesy of BFA/REX
Sophie Oakley.
Photo Courtesy of BFA/REX

Style File: Soho Summers

 

If you know me well, you know that Soho is my favorite part of town. Especially in the summertime I will often hop downtown to stroll the cobblestone streets and grab a bite with friends.  What you may not know about me is I love big bags! Because you never know how your day will end in New York City, I leave my house prepared. The Tory Burch pictured is my go to and is probably filled with work out clothes, my makeup bag, a change of clothes, work papers, snacks, books, a small house etc.  I am also wearing a gold Melissa Lovy bracelet. She is one of my favorite jewelry designers and I wear her pieces everywhere – most recently on my trip to the Amalfi Coast.

Cheers to summer in the city!

-@NanaMeriwether

Party Planner: NYC Event Guide 7/19-7/25

For the city that never sleeps, peruse the below event listing to keep you another night away from counting sheep.

@NanaMeriwether

 

New York City Events 7/19 – 7/25

 

Who: Intermix Sample Sale

What: Shop the Intermix sample sale up to 70% off

When: Tuesday, 7/19- Sunday, 7/24

Where: 260 5th avenue

 

 

Who: Bryant Park’s Barefoot Ball

What:

“Check your shoes at the door and feel the grass between your toes, for a night of dancing under the stars on the Lawn.

Guests are invited to enjoy an evening in Bryant Park with food, drinks, and dancing to a live performance by DJ Questlove. Tickets include open bar, and food will be available for purchase from notable NYC restaurants including Daniel Boulud’s db bistro moderne, Momofuku Milk Bar, and more. Special onsite activities, including The Haiku Guys, and other surprises in store. Flip flops are provided, but not required. Ticket and event details below. Dress code: Dress to be photographed”

When: Wednesday, July 20 | 7:30pm-11:00pm

 

 

Who: The Peninsula New York introduces Kitchen Table at Clement

Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Hotel
Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Hotel

What:

A new monthly series hosted by Chef Remi van Peteghem.

Taking place at the restaurant’s communal table overlooking Fifth Avenue, a select number of guests will enjoy an interactive multi-course dinner alongside Clement’s creative culinary team. Each dinner will focus on seasonal themes or regions, where guests will have the undivided attention of the chef throughout the entire evening with the ability to ask questions, share recipes and gain a true understanding of the inspiration behind the menu.

Each dinner takes place at 7:00 pm and is US$ 95 per person with wine selections (not including tax or gratuity).

When: Wednesday, July 20 | 7:00 PM

Where: Clement at The Peninsula New York, 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

 

Who: Shakespeare in the Park, Troilus and Cressida

Photo Courtesy of NewYork.com
Photo Courtesy of NewYork.com

What:

“Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today The Public engages audiences in a variety of venues – beginning with Free Shakespeare in the Park.”

When: Troilus and Cressida runs from Tuesday, July 19 to Sunday, August 14

Where: Central Park, Delacorte Theatre

 

Who: Georgia May Jagger + Thomas Sabo

Photo Courtesy of Pop Sugar UK
Photo Courtesy of Pop Sugar UK

What:

Georgia May Jagger hosts Thomas Sabo at The New Museum to celebrate the jewelry designer’s new store at One World Trade Center.

When: Thursday, July 21 @ 5:30 pm

Where: The New Museum, 235 Bowery

 

Who: St. Barth Hamptons Gala Hosted By Christie Brinkley

What:

Hosted by Social Life Magazine, St. Barth Tourism and Christie Brinkley, the 5th annual gala will benefit the Bridgehampton Historical Museum.

When: Saturday, July 23  | 6:00 pm

Where: Bridgehampton Historical Museum. 2368 Montauk Hwy

 

Who: Sophie Al-Maria’s Black Friday Exhibition Opening At The Whitney Museum

Photo Courtesy of The New York Times
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times

What:

Artist Sophie Al-Maria debuts her new exhibition at The Whitney Museum.

When: Tuesday, July 26 | 10:00 am

Where: The Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty News Roundup | Fill-er Up

Photo by Patrick Demarchelier
Photo by Patrick Demarchelier

This week’s Beauty News Roundup with fill you up – from a story on the benefits of Donkey Milk to a crudité platter that will balance your chakras, lineup for a serving of what you need to know to stay beautiful.

-@NanaMeriwether

 

1.A crudité plate that balances your chakras

2.Your ultimate summer 2016 nail art inspo

3.Newest beauty trend from Korean: Donkey Milk

“Donkey milk is so gentle that it’s been used as a substitute for breast milk for infants.”

4.Tighten up your under eyes fast with these 10 eye creams

5.Chic beach inspired tattoos just in time for summer

5.Selfies are damaging your skin with radiation that by passes sun screen

“Those who take a lot of selfies and bloggers should worry,”

6.Tips on how to train yourself to wake up early

Photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

7.10 best concealers – did you concealer make the list?

8.Best hair from the couture shows

9.Vick’s Vapor Rub helps ease itching and swelling from Mosquito bites

10.Can filler be preventative?

“An increasing number of 20-somethings head to the derm for “preventative Botox,” it follows to wonder if early filler injections also help to slow skin aging in the long-term”.

11.How Khloe Kardashian stays looking young – she slathers oil on her face before bed

Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail
Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail

Just Back From…The Amalfi Coast

—Originally published for Harper’s Bazaar

BAZAAR’s Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, Nana Meriwether, spills on her Italian holiday

Photo Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Caruso
Photo Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Caruso

 

Just Back From…Rome & The Amalfi Coast

Trip Duration: One Week

Flight Plan: My goal this trip was to wear as little makeup as possible, especially for the beginning of my trip, which I spent in Rome. I vowed to lessen my time in front of the mirror in exchange for mornings exploring hidden cafés and ancient sights before the swarm of midday tourists swept the city. My usual hour-long beauty prep was streamlined to just 15 minutes thanks to certain pre-flight preparations I indulged in.  In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “I wanted to arrive stunning and impossibly fresh looking.” Preparation started about a week before departure with a Magic Facial at Exhale Spa, Central Park South. The hour and a half long procedure that included infusing my face and neck with antioxidants and blasting high energy sound waves into my skin. The treatment helped to open up congested pores, brighten my skin and and clear my face so that my complexion could stand alone day or night without heavy foundation. On the morning of my departure, I returned to Exhale for a quick barre class to lengthen and loosen up for the almost ten-hour trip to Rome.

Photo Courtesy of Sephora and Glossier
Photo Courtesy of Sephora and Glossier

During my flight and throughout my trip it was Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist that helped to keep my skin hydrated. I packed Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask for girls’ nights in and Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer which I used in the morning and before bed. I chose my makeup wisely as well–for nights out I wore Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, the texture is super lightweight but it proved the perfect coverage to last through the long dinners and nights out dancing with my girlfriends.

Where I Stayed: A bulk of the trip was spent staying at a friend’s home in Rome, but for the Amalfi leg of my holiday, my girlfriends and I visited Belmond Hotel Caruso. The hotel boasts the most heavenly infinity pool; a portion of every afternoon was spent poolside above the clouds watching puffs of precipitation weave in and out of the cliffs and admiring the view of colorful towns that characterize the southern coast of Italy.

Photo Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Caruso
Photo Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Caruso

 

Best Thing I Ate: While at The Belmond Caruso, I indulged in a simple spaghetti with homemade marinara and herbs from the Belmond’s garden. The local ingredients kept me full, but were so fresh and light that I was poolside in my swimsuit right after lunch! I paired my lunch with a local wine, a 2014 Costa d’Amalfi Rosé–we ended up ordering a bottle because it was so delicious!

Best Hangout Spot: While in Rome, my friends and I discovered a speakeasy opened by three friends, Gianluca, Francesco and Gabriele, called Argot. If you are not taken by the iceberg colored eyes of the handsome bartenders, then their signature ice cold cocktails will do the trick.

Photo Courtesy of Argot Roma
Photo Courtesy of Argot Roma
Best Night Out: My birthday! My girlfriends hosted a wonderful dinner in my honor at Osteria delle Coppelle that included delicious wine, truffles and a surprise birthday cake at the end. We laughed and drank for hours and as soon as dinner was done we were led to a secret adjacent bar in the back called Club Derriere that is only accessible through a discrete passage decorated as a bookshelf.

Could not leave home without: My Tularosa Sid Wrap Dress which I have deemed the official dress of summer 2016. My good friend Melissa Lovy’s jewelry always turns heads and accenting this dress with her Irene ring and Dorinda necklace both in 18k gold proved no exception. I dove into the one-piece trend and wore American Apparel’s high-cut suit poolside at the Belmond and accessorized each daytime look with my go-to Tom Ford Gina Cat-Eye Sunglasses.

Favorite Shopping Trip: My best advice for shopping in Rome and Amalfi is to get lost. The signature cobblestone streets always lead to hidden boutiques where you will find unique books, scarves, sandals, accessories and sundresses.

Gallery Go-See: Art Exhibitions To See Around Town, June/July 2016 Edition

A temperate island of rest and refuge Manhattan is not — the overbearing heat and seasonal migration of summer tourists is why New Yorkers find any excuse to leave town every Friday afternoon.  Come the weekend if you find yourself sticky and stuck in the city, recess at any of the following exhibitions – hot only for the cultural awakening they are sure to kindle.

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Must-See Exhibitions Around Town, June/July 2016

1. Gagosian Gallery // Richard Serra, ‘Above Below Betwixt Between, Every Which Way, Silence (For John Cage)’

Photo Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Photo Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

May 7 – July 29, 2016

Known for his signature large-scale metal sculptures, Richard Serra is showing ‘Above Below Betwixt Between, Every Which Way, Silence (For John Cage)’ at both Gagosian Galleries downtown. Get lost in his maze of metal until July 29.

 

2. Whitney Museum of American Art // Virginia Overton’s ‘Sculpture Gardens’

Photo Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art
Photo Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

June 10 – September 25, 2016

Just in time for warm weather, the Whitney presents Virginia Overton’s ‘Sculpture Gardens’ located on the fifth floor terrace of the museum in Meatpacking.  Windmills tower over ponds of aquatic plants as Overton seeks to examine through this outdoor installation, “the contrast between the concepts of the “sculpture garden” as a cultivated setting for contemplating artworks and the “garden sculpture” as a vernacular ornamental object”.

 

3. Whitney Museum of American Art // Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

Photo Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art
Photo Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

Through February 12, 2017.

Before the selfie was the portrait. From its archives, the Whitney has pulled a collection of portraits from various artists to offer “new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres”.

 

4. Metropolitan Museum of Art // Manus x Machina 

Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Through September 5, 2016.

The well talked about Costume Institute this year examines garments, manmade vs. machine made, haute couture vs. ready-to-wear.

 

5. Park Avenue Armory // Martin Creed’s ‘The Back Door’

Photo Courtesy of Park Avenue Armory
Photo Courtesy of Park Avenue Armory

Until August 7.

“Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, British artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art and employing a minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary while preserving an abundance of wit, humor, and surprise”….but mostly there is a room full of balloons! If you can stomach somewhat disturbing videos of people defecating, make your way to the Upper East Side to view the wild workings of this unique British artist.

 

6. Brooklyn Museum // Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016

Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum
Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

Until August 14.

More than just a feast for the eyes, Tom Sachs’ exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum features 18 “boom box sculptures that play music and activate the space, turning it into an immersive sound environment”.

7. Richard Taittinger Gallery //Jorge Mayet’s ‘Broken Landscape’

Photo Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery
Photo Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery

Until August 21.

Cuba is trending everywhere, including on the Lower East Side. Until August, enjoy sculptures by Jorge Mayet who in his first major solo exhibition shares pieces “that distinctly [reflect] upon his origins and the disparate identities that define his homeland’s history”.

 

 

8. Metropolitan Museum of Art // Unfinished Thoughts Left Visible 

Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Through September 4, 2016.

Are we done yet? To answer the question “of when a work of art is finished”, The Met has assembled a collection of 197 pieces from artists all the way from the Renaissance to now that intentionally and unintentionally have been left ‘unfinished’.

 

9. Metropolitan Museum of Art // Cornelia Parker’s ‘Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)’

Photo Courtesy of Today.com, Alex Fradkin
Photo Courtesy of Today.com, Alex Fradkin

Through October 31.

Juxtaposed atop The Met’s roof, comes Cornelia Parker’s PsychoBarn.  Inspired by Edward Hopper paintings, the installation sits a propped up classic red barn held posteriorly by scaffolding as Parker explores the concept of what is real and what is an illusion.

 

10. MoMA // Nan Goldin’s, ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’

Photo Courtesy of MoMA.org
Photo Courtesy of MoMA.org

Through February 12, 2017.

Set to a reminiscent soundtrack, 700 snapshots paint a picture of Nan Goldin’s take on love and loss.

 

11. MoMA // From The Collection 1960-1969

Photo Courtesy of MoMA.org
Photo Courtesy of MoMA.org

Through March 12, 2017.

Of works from only during the 1960s, “this presentation focuses on a decade in which interdisciplinary artistic experimentation flourished, traditional mediums were transformed, and sociopolitical upheaval occurred across the globe”.

 

12. Allan Stone Projects // I Can See For Miles 

Photo Courtesy of Allan Stone Projects
Photo Courtesy of Allan Stone Projects

June 23 – August 12, 2016

Take a break from city life and view this collection of “paintings and works on paper by a group of artists that reference the landscape”.

 

13. Pace Gallery // Blackness in Abstraction

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Photo Courtesy of Pace Gallery

 

June 24–August 19, 2016

Curated by Adrienne Edwards, this exhibition traces the theme of the color black in art.

 

14. Paul Kasmin Gallery // Deborah Kass’ “OY/YO”

Photo Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery
Photo Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

November 10, 2015–August 16, 2016

Search Brooklyn on Instagram and this installation by Deborah Kass is bound to pop up.