Le Caprice Appoints Brad Lauren as Senior Manager

After an exciting first few months in the iconic Pierre Hotel, Le Caprice is introducing new additions, not only to the menu but also to the New York-based team. Notably, the restaurant has introduced a carefully designed bar menu and its first cocktail menu, featuring British classics and signature cocktail staples such as the Old Fashioned. The Caprice team is also thrilled to announce the appointment of Brad Lauren as Senior Manager.

Le Caprice
Image by James McDonald, Courtesy of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

The revamped cocktail menu is designed to complement a dedicated bar menu, which includes the popular Steak Tartare and Shrimp burger. A newcomer to the menu is the Caprice Burger, an American staple with a British twist -complete with tomato relish and fries. Le Caprice continues to offer an extensive selection of international spirits and a full bar.

The A-la Carte menu has also been recently updated to include a Lobster, Burrata and Heirloom Tomato salad, Grilled Octopus and Rack of lamb, while the Treacle tart has met rave reviews as a part of the dessert menu.

Brad Lauren, nephew of fashion’s iconic American designer, Ralph Lauren, joins the experienced Le Caprice staff as Senior Manager. Having been exposed to the most prestigious restaurants from a young age, Brad quickly developed an appreciation for the hospitality industry. After completing the Institute of Culinary Education and holding positions at Union Square Café and Shake Shack, the popular Madison Sq. Park pit stop, he makes his to return to fine dining at Le Caprice.

Models, designers and editors have taken over New York once again for FW10 Fashion Week AW 2010! News-worthy supermodel Naomi Campbell visited Le Caprice for a quick dinner during her rounds on February 11,2010.

The world-famous model was also a part of the exclusive Sneak Preview dinner hosted before Le Caprice officially opened last fall. Campbell was in town for her benefit “Fashion for Relief – Haiti NYC” which was held at the tents on the 12th.

Yigal Azrouël Fall Winter 2010 Fashion Show

New York Fashion Week: WATCH the Yigal Azrouël Fashion Show Fall Winter 2010!

Hair by Teddy Charles. Hair Team: TIGI CATWALK. Makeup by Bobbi Brown. Men’s Grooming by AHAVA. Women’s Shoes Manolo Blahnik. Men’s Shoes FRYE. Jewelry by Pamela Love. Music by Jorge Elbrecht of Violens. Celebrity attendees included: Malin Akerman, Diane Birch, J. Alexander, Poppy Delevigne, Harley Viera Newton, Zani Gugelmann, Lorenzo Martone.

Yigal Azruel

Yigal Azrouël, Fashion Designer

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Sonia Rykiel for H&M Knitwear Collection

H&M and Nathalie Rykiel hosted an exclusive preview of the Sonia Rykiel pour H&M Knitwear Collection, on Thursday, February 4 at Bobo 181 West 10th Street New York.

Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman made her DJ debut at the prelude to New York Fashion Week, welcoming industry insiders and celebrities to celebrate the launch. Bold faced names in attendance included Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester, actress Michelle Williams, Gossip Girl actresses Kelly Rutherford and Chanel Farrell, socialite Kelly Killoren Bensimon, writer and model Amanda Hearst, model Dree Hemingway, Ugly Betty star Mark Indelicato, models Hannah Holman and Siri Tollerod, and stylist Philip Bloch.

Leighton Meester

The exclusive Sonia Rykiel pour H&M knitwear collection follows the great success of Rykiel’s recent lingerie collection for H&M, with the second part of the collaboration focusing on the knitwear pieces that have propelled Sonia Rykiel to legendary status. The Sonia Rykiel pour H&M knitwear collection will bring Rykiel’s signature knit pieces to 200 stores worldwide, (20 stores in the U.S.), on February 20th and marks the first H&M designer series to create looks for both women and girls.

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GQ Announces Best Menswear Designers in America Finalists

GQ announced today, January 28, 2010, the distinguished finalists for the Best New Menswear Designers in America project, a competitive initiative started in 2008. Recognizing the rising stars of American men’s fashion design, GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and creative director Jim Moore, along with the fashion editors of the magazine, selected six designers as finalists – each of whom will be featured in the March 2010 issue.

The six finalists selected by GQ are:
· Burkman Bros designers Doug and Ben Burkman
· Richard Chai
· Caulfield Preparatory designer Vincent Flumiani
· J.Crew menswear designer Frank Muytjens
· Billy Reid
· Unis designer Eunice Lee

J. Crew menswear
J.Crew menswear: Italian wool Aldridge two-button suit jacket, $365
Available at www.jcrew.com

The winner will be determined by an expert panel including GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson, GQ creative director Jim Moore, CFDA executive director Steven Kolb, Levi’s svp of merchandising & design Erik Joule, Bloomingdale’s vice president of fashion direction Kevin Harter, and Calvin Klein Collection men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli. The final selection will be made in February 2010.

“There is so much fresh talent out there right now, it’s more than just encouraging-it’s become a challenge to narrow the field to a select few,” said Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief. “I believe we can begin to speak of a New Wave of American fashion, and these six designers represent the very best of it.”

GQ will showcase a selection of looks from each designer’s 2010 fall collection at a special event in New York City on the evening of February 11, 2010.

“This year’s class of finalists represents the innovative spirit of American design,” commented Steven Kolb, CFDA executive director. “There has never been a time when the menswear market has offered such diversity and creativity, thanks in large part to these talented designers.”

The winning designer will receive a $50,000 cash prize and the opportunity to create a limited- edition collection for the Levi’s brand. The collection will receive an exclusive month long debut at several Bloomingdale’s locations in the fall. The winner will also participate in a mentoring program led by GQ, the Levi’s brand, and Bloomingdale’s. A select item or outfit from the winner’s collection will be featured in the September 2010 issue of GQ.

“As the creator of an American original-the iconic 501 jean-Levi’s has a long history of supporting and mentoring pioneers,” added Erik Joule, svp of merchandising & design for the Levi’s brand. “We’re excited to continue in this tradition by celebrating a new generation of American menswear designers who are approaching their craft with purpose in mind. This year’s finalists are exploring new frontiers in fashion and design, resulting in the freshest and most innovative menswear concepts in the market today.”

les fidèles de Chanel


Coco Chanel was a famously unique woman with her own visionary lifestyle and aesthetic. The iconic house of Chanel has always celebrated women of her likeness, with strong personal styles and engaging histories. In 2009, Chanel selected five women to be ambassadresses of the Brand. Known as “les fidèles de chanel”, they are (see image below, from left): Jen Brill, Caroline Sieber, Vanessa Traina, Leigh Lezark, and Poppy Delevingne.

LES FIDÈLES DE CHANEL, from left: Jen Brill, Caroline Sieber, Vanessa Traina, Leigh Lezark, and Poppy Delevingne.

Jen Brill, photo agent:

Personal Style: High heels, red lips and red nails
Fashion Inspiration: Exene Cervenka from the band X
Beauty Icons: Lula (Laura Dern) and Perdita (Isabella Rossellini) from David Lynch’s Wild at Heart
Beauty Routine: Facials from Christine Chin, CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Gabrielle and CHANEL Dragon nail colour
Her Cause: RxArt, which raises money to incorporate fine art in children’s hospitals

Caroline Sieber, stylist/brand consultant:

Shopping Destination: Paris
Favorite Purchases: Oversized quilted handbag and over-the-knee flat crocodile boots, both from the CHANEL Paris-Moscow collection
Beauty Regime: Caritas Paris for massages and facials, CHANEL Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Delicieuse
Her Cause: Lavender Trust, a charity that raises funds to support breast cancer awareness amongst young women

Vanessa Traina, stylist/brand consultant:

Beauty Icon: Lauren Hutton in the 1970s, specifically for her natural beauty – “and we both have the same gap in our teeth!”
Recent Purchases: A few key pieces from CHANEL, including a black classic tweed jacket, which incorporate easily into her wardrobe of mainly black separates and black leather
Top Three Treatments: Pedicures with CHANEL’s spring 2010 nail colour Particulière, CHANEL Hydramax + Active Sérum, and CHANEL Sublimage eye cream
Her Cause: The Nick Traina Foundation, which provides help for bio-polar children and suicide prevention for young adults

Leigh Lezark, headliner of the misshapes:

Style Icons: Siouxsie Sioux and Grace Coddington
Inspiration: Karl Lagerfeld
Best Shopping: Tokyo and Mexico City
Beauty Regime: Black hair dye, lots of moisturizer, a good flat iron, CHANEL Le Crayon Kohl eyeliner in Noir, a cleansing mask, and a morning coffee after walking her dog
Her Causes: New Yorkers for Children and Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled

Poppy Delevingne, model/actress:

Fashion Icon: Jane Birkin
Style Signature: Azzedine Alaia dresses worn under CHANEL jackets
Beauty Tips: Sleep at least 8 hours a night, carry CHANEL Correcteur Perfection cover-up sticks (she has two in her handbag), and CHANEL Sublimage Eye Cream for sparkly fresh eyes all through the day
Her Causes: Save the Children and the Make a Wish Foundation

Pierre Cardin 60 Years of Innovation: The Book

ASSOULINE Announces the Release of PIERRE CARDIN: 60 YEARS OF INNOVATION By Jean-Pascal Hesse.

“Geometric motifs, asymmetry, oversized buttons and collars, hooped dresses, vinyl inserts-Cardin is an original in every sense of the word.”

ASSOULINE - Pierre Cardin: 60 Years of Innovation

ASSOULINE is delighted to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Masion Cardin, with the publication of a commemorative retrospective of the work of its founder, fashion designer Pierre Cardin.

Born in 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, near Venice, Pierre Cardin immigrated to Paris in 1924. After working briefly with Elsa Schiaparelli, Cardin joined Dior in 1946 and opened his own couture house in 1950. He was a pioneer from the start, creating a design-based, architectural fashion with a futurist sensibility. Cardin also had an avant-garde understanding of fashion’s relationship to new audiences, presenting his collections to large crowds. He was the first to demonstrate that fashion can be both a creative process and a business-and that one man can excel as both a businessman and an artist.

This volume is a tribute to this extraordinarily innovative and iconoclastic designer, taking a primarily visual perspective, highlighting Pierre Cardin’s contributions to the world of couture, fashion, and perfume, reflecting his spirit and energy as well as the brand’s international presence.

$120.00, Spring 2010, hardcover/jacket, 300 pages, 11 2/5 x 14 2/5″, 29 x 36.8 cm, 200 illustrations, ISBN: 9782759404247

Available at: assouline.com

Jean-Pascal Hesse, who holds a degree in history, has been director of communications at the Cardin fashion house for close to 15 years.

Renowned for their highly original graphic concept, ASSOULINE books and luxury gift items are works of art that capture culture and bring it to life. The spirit and ‘savoir faire’ of the company have contributed to the creation of a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable. ASSOULINE publications have been translated into more than ten languages and are available in the most exclusive retail destinations worldwide. ASSOULINE’s Paris boutique opened in 2005, ASSOULINE at The Plaza Hotel, in New York City opened its doors in 2008, ASSOULINE West Hollywood and ASSOULINE Las Vegas both opened in December 2009.