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Carine Roitfeld Has Arrived: It's Time for Anna Wintour to Step Up Her Game

on June 20 2012 8:25 AM
Carine Roitfeld Has Arrived: It's Time for Anna Wintour to Step Up Her Game

Lazy days at the beach? Not for this former editor in chief of French Vogue.

After her controversial departure from French Vogue in December 2010, Carine Roitfeld has collaborated with Barneys, high-end magazines like V and W and styled advertisements for Chanel and Givenchy. But no move has been more publicized than her arrival in New York to launch the new biannual magazine CR Fashion Book in September.

CR, housed in Andre Balazs' Standard hotel in the East Village, will go against the rising tide of quick bites on Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. Though about 100 of the 288 pages of CR will be advertising, more than half the issue will feature long-form articles and editorials with the kind of in-depth coverage that's nearly impossible to find on the Web. Bloggers, beware.

"Vogue is a very beautiful magazine, an institution, and I learned so much working there," the 57-year-old editor told WWD. "You can't put yourself into competition with a magazine like Vogue. You have to create something new, something different. The page has been turned."

Is There a Place for Jil Sander in the Fashion World? We'll Find Out on Saturday

on June 20 2012 8:20 AM
Is There a Place for Jil Sander in the Fashion World? We'll Find Out on Saturday

Anyone who says fashion is for the young hasn't followed Jil Sander's career.

The 68-year-old designer is about to do what some thought was impossible. She is retaking the helm at her own brand, which she furiously left twice after the Prada Group assumed control in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, there were countless arguments between the designer and Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli, which reportedly left everyone involved exhausted and resentful.

This Saturday in Milan she will show her first collection for the brand in seven years. This time around it will be menswear. Hopes are high. But critics are everywhere.

Her successor in 2004, Raf Simons, is considered by many to be one of the great talents in the industry, and his collections for the brand were well-received and reviewed.

Now it's Sanders' turn. "I am having to bring it back to our heritage," she told The New York Times this week. "I'm working less on decoration, more on form - pattern-making and materials, with a lot of dresses in the collection - in a good, modern way."

‘Vive la Révolution’: The Best Hotels to Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris

on June 19 2012 11:34 AM
‘Vive la Révolution’: The Best Hotels to Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris

Celebrate France's 223rd Bastille Day in style by staying in a great hotel with balcony views of the pomp and circumstance or a front row seat to the playing of El Marseillaise!  Parades and fireworks are just the start of the celebrations to honor the storming of the Bastille this July 14th.  Here are a few hotel recommendations for a 'revolutionary' stay in Paris during the Independence Day celebrations.

Hôtel de Crillon

The epitome of French rococo luxury, this opulent hotel encloses the Plaza du la Concorde and is the perfect location to appreciate French culture on their most important national holiday.  Located at the top of le Champs-Élysées, Hôtel de Crillon offers balcony views of the finale of the Bastille Day Military parade festivities on the 14th which includes a military fly-over. 

Eiffel Trocadéro

Plunge into Luxury in the World’s Best Hotel Pools

on June 12 2012 9:47 AM
Plunge into Luxury in the World’s Best Hotel Pools

You have a little time before your next business meeting, so what should you do? Looking outside, you see a hot summer sun and suddenly the answer is obvious: jump in the pool! I suggest you consider the following candidates as among the best in business hotels around the world, and invite you to take the plunge during your next business trip.

Solage Calistoga Resort, CaliforniaFlaunt your new bikini at Solage Calistoga, a true luxury resort. After you soak up mountain views and Napa Valley rays next to the 130-foot heated swimming pool, connect with your surroundings with a Mud Slide treatment at the eco-friendly spa.

The Perfect Wedding Dress for Keira Knightley? Celebrity Stylists Weigh In

on June 09 2012 3:30 PM
The Perfect Wedding Dress for Keira Knightley? Celebrity Stylists Weigh In

Let the wedding-dress predictions begin!

Fifteen months after Keira Knightley was introduced to Klaxons keyboardist James Righton, the face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance has announced that she's off the market. With a wispy figure and model-like features, the 27-year-old actress is every designer's dream bride. The question is: Who's going to be the lucky suitor?

"Karl Lagerfeld immediately comes to mind for Keira's big day," says celebrity stylist Sam Saboura. "Chanel is the perfect blend of edgy and feminine. Keira has a toughness and innocence about her. I'd like to see her meld the two."

Saboura, who has worked with Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker, cautions against anything too big or poufy. Knightley has a delicate frame. So anything with excessive layers of tulle or fabric could completely overwhelm. 

"I'd love to see her in a streamlined column that would show off her figure, not hide it," explains Saboura. "Lace is very big right now. So that would be very of-the-moment."

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