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The Paris Apartment: 23, Place des Vosges

By Tuesday, October 7, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

One of my favorite stories to write was about my friend Nikki’s apartment on the Place des Vosges. I met Nikki in 1986 when we were both living in Paris. She now lives in Sydney and bought this apartment as an investment several years ago. The place is magical. Read the full story here.

Galliano Returns. The controversial couturier lands at Maison Martin Margiela

By Tuesday, October 7, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

The fashion world is buzzing about John Galliano’s recent move to Maison Martin Margiela. Ever since his ugly, racist rant in Paris in 2011 and the consequent flameout as creative director at Dior, Galliano’s prospects in the fashion arena seemed slim. But I’m glad Galliano got a second chance. He is genuinely talented–possibly the most talented designer of his generation–so it’s good to see that talent back at work.

Most of the buzz around this appointment has focused on the differences between Galliano and Margiela and how the two designers have nothing in common. Actually, they have two or three key similarities. They’re both brilliant tailors and they’ve both used their expert cutting skills to great acclaim. They both burst onto the Paris fashion scene in the early 1990s, boldly deconstructing clothes. Galliano streamlined the silhouette with bias cutting, making it slinky and sexy, while Margiela ripped up clothes and stitched them back together with a raw edge. Both designers are showmen, although they responded very differently to fame—one craved it; the other rejected it. Margiela may have eluded the cameras at the end of his runway, but he still created some of fashion’s most idiosyncratic moments.

It’s impossible to predict what Galliano will or can bring to Maison Margiela. Take a look at these photos of his first few Paris shows. He might still have the pluck to surprise us.

What to Cook: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu Cookbook is Coming!

By Friday, October 3, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

I’m on a plane to Los Angeles as I write this, wishing I were headed to my favorite Malibu boot camp, The Ranch at Live Oak. If you haven’t heard of the place, it’s a luxurious boot camp where they kick your butt for a week with 12-mile hikes every morning followed by yoga, TRX, circuit training, and other torturous workouts. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, the setting is beautiful and the vegan food is fabulous. In March, Ranch owners Sue and Alex Glasscock will finally publish a cookbook (the kale salad recipe, below, is my favorite). I’ve already pre-ordered it.

The Ranch Kale Caesar Salad
Serves 4

1 cup raw cashews
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 big bunch kale, stemmed, torn, and “scrunched” to soften
1 red onion, shaved thinly

Put first four ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth, adding water as necessary to get a creamy dressing consistency.

Toss the kale with the dressing and to with shaved red onion.

Louis, Louis: Paris Gets a Bold New Building

By Thursday, October 2, 2014 1 No tags Permalink 0

On Wednesday Louis Vuitton gave fashion front row denizens a sneak peek at their new Frank Gehry-designed Fondation in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne with Nicolas Ghesquière’s Spring 2015 runway show. In the off-season the Fondation Louis Vuitton will house exhibits. The official opening is on October 27th. But anyone can take a gander at the spectacular building.

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