This year, our holiday gift guide includes some wonderful surprises: there are items both large and small, and from all over the globe (Argentina to France to Turkey and beyond). Whenever we compile these special holiday lists, we naturally consider what we would like to receive–after all, things that appeal to us are likely to appeal to our families and friends. Some of the items we’ve chosen are meant for women, some are for men–but most would bring joy to almost anyone. And while the list is short–10 perfect suggestions–everything we’ve included is special, exclusive or just plain chic. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Christmas comes but once a year, so go for the crème de la crème. Assuming you’ve been nice this year, Santa will follow suit!
For example, these gorgeous tarot cards are part of Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, sponsored by the KLÜP Foundation and recently mounted as a show at The Andy Warhol Museum. Designed by 78 different “creative icons” (including fashion legends Christian Louboutin and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as contemporary artists such as John Currin and Terry Richardson), the deck of cards is packaged and billed as a “do-it-yourself performance art project.” Any fashionista in your life will want to own a set!Continue reading
During Paris Fashion Week, I do much more than attend the défilés. I also visit showrooms and private presentations, where I often see collections by small-scale designers who tend to be ignored by traditional fashion press. During the most recent Prêt-à-Porter shows, for example, Patricia de Ganay opened her beautiful home to Ilaria Venturini Fendi, the designer of a line of eco-friendly accessories called Carmina Campus. Ilaria (the youngest daughter of Anna Fendi), grew up in that family’s rarefied world of superb craftsmanship and luxury fabrics, but now focuses on one of fashion’s great opportunities–reclaiming formerly-used or cast-off materials and turning them into beautiful new products (the bags shown above are made of woven straw used to cover car seats, with salvaged leather trim). In the case of Carmina Campus, the benefits are twofold: Ilaria’s business creates jobs within challenged African communities, and stems the flow of wastefulness.Continue reading
Once upon a time, in mid-20th century America, a necktie was the sartorial equivalent of masculinity–along with the grey flannel suit, it was practically a fabric substitute for Man himself. Today, few guys are required to wear ties, so fashion, sensing a vacuum, moved in. There are still plenty of traditional manufacturers around (as any glance at the evening news will confirm), but younger designers often break–or bend–old rules of propriety and take full advantage of neckwear’s creative potential. We recently discovered one such createur, Jonathan Meizler, an artist and designer who’s turned his hand to producing a line called, rather cleverly, title of work.Continue reading
Not everything about the Hamptons is chic—but there’s always polo. July marks the beginning of the Polo Challenge, hosted by the Bridgehampton Polo Club, and over the course of six consecutive Saturdays some of the world’s top players vie to take home the Monty Waterbury Cup.Continue reading
Join Susan and her friends as they dance their way from Milan’s Plastic to Chez Castel in Paris (current home of Club Sandwich and its spectacular theme parties). En route, you’ll spot some familiar faces in the fun-loving crowd, including Kris Van Assche, Peter Marino, Michelle Harper, Maxime Simoens, Giambattista Valli, Dita Von Teese and Rick Owens.Add a comment
After much anticipation and speculation, Tom Ford has finally released his luxe cosmetics collection (a division of TOM FORD BEAUTY). I attended the launch at his flagship on Madison Avenue (where he also unveiled some recent additions to his fragrance line) and was excited beyond belief, mainly because I am mad for Tom Ford. This man is not only a talented designer, he’s also a fashion celebrity, a style icon and…well, he’s simply very cool. I’d visited the store when it first opened, but at that time, everything for sale was just for men: beautifully-designed and fun to look at, but nothing for me.Continue reading
Join Susan as she covers Fashion’s Night Out 2011, the third incarnation of this annual, late-night retail party that’s become a New York institution and inspired similar events in cities around the world. Susan and her team cover the waterfront, from the new Michael Kors flagship in Rockefeller Center to Manolo Blahnik on 54th Street (where Sarah Jessica Parker was signing shoes) to Madison Avenue’s Bally, Barneys and Tory Burch stores. And, to finish it off, a last stop at Realm, in Soho. Happy shopping, everyone!Add a comment
Everyone checks in with The Daily Shoe, which this month celebrates its first anniversary. Join Susan as she looks more closely at five very talented designers– Darmaki, Burak Uyan, Nathalie Elharrar of LaRare, Walter Steiger and Rupert Sanderson–whose work helped make this feature so important. All of them met with Susan during Paris Fashion Week, inviting her into their showrooms to preview their latest designs. We do love shoes!Add a comment
Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I say it’s shoes –and you can never have enough. Anyone who cares about style knows that great shoes are essential: they will make, or break, an outfit. They also add mileage to your wardrobe, freshening up tired ensembles with jolts of excitement. (Not to mention how much they reveal about your personality!) Turns out, my passion for shoes is so great, it inspired a feature on SusanTabak.com called The Daily Shoe. Just as you’d expect, it highlights a new favorite every day. It debuted in November 2010, one year ago–and I’m thrilled to acknowledge all the positive feedback from readers and shoe fanatics around the world.
Back in the day when the brilliant Manolo Blahnik was practically the only game in town, my closet was filled with his shoes. I still love my Manolos: they’re sexy, feminine and oh-so-chic. Then, when Christian Louboutin came on the scene, he diverted my attention–and I now have a fabulous collection of his shoes, as well. As luck would have it, I’ve also gotten to know Christian over the years: he’s a wonderful man, and I remain forever grateful for the charming prologue he provided to my book, Chic In Paris.Continue reading
With Labor Day and the summer behind us, it’s now coming up on that time of year when every woman asks herself, How to be chic in the cold? With that in mind, we’ve collected 10 marvelous items, all of which are sure to help you accomplish just that. It’s your perfect shopping list for Fall.
Alexander McQueen was one of my favorite designers, and I feel lucky to own so many of his original pieces. This fur-trimmed coat, by Sarah Burton (who worked side-by-side with McQueen and took over as creative director after his death), maintains the McQueen spirit. I would feel divine in it.Continue reading