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No Holds Barred: Meeting Mizrahi

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It seems like everyone I know actually knows and loves Isaac Mizrahi. I mean EVERYONE! I never met him. But I have bought his sheets, towels, pajamas, at least 15 cardigans, 8 pair of moccasins 11 handbags, not to mention his Kleenex boxes and 1-800-Flowers. I think I “own” so much Isaac that I must […]... READ MORE
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Rio Hamilton

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Rio Hamilton is a man of our times. He braids a number of skills into a self-employment and those skills are really of our time too. He has developed a social media presence through his blog “Mon Oncle” where he chronicles parties, launches and events within the design world and he has also leveraged his previous […]... READ MORE
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San Francisco Social Diary: The Oscar de la Renta Gala

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At the black tie, invitation-only opening of the first Oscar de la Renta retrospective, held at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, friends and fans turned out in their best Oscars to honor the designer, who passed away in 2014. DE LA RENTA IN SPAIN, PARIS, AND NEW YORK Known for his show-stopping and glamorous evening gowns, […]... READ MORE
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Vladimir Kagan

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In honor of one of the most enjoyable designers we have had the pleasure of interviewing, we’re re-running our HOUSE piece on the furniture designer, Vladimir Kagan who passed away in Palm Beach last Thursday at the age of 88. When we met him, he was vital, funny and honest. Despite having to walk with two canes, […]... READ MORE
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John Mosler and Jean Won Mosler

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Make a gazillion bucks on Wall Street, climb out of the snake pit and become a something else totally unrelated to the world of filthy lucre. For some reason, not many people in finance make that break, even though—we’re guessing—many lie awake at night plotting their escape. It should be easy but somehow it’s not—and […]... READ MORE
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Sasha Bikoff

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So we all nestled together on the magnificent, inherited, Loro Piana fur throw slung across designer Sasha Bikoff’s couch: me, Sian, Sasha and her phone, which she occasionally stroked like a kitten. She’s young. But there’s a period sensibility to her interiors which, if developed, might become what we agreed to call “The New Opulence”... READ MORE
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Fawn Galli

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Designer Fawn Galli has a blog entry entitled “The Glory of Pom Poms” and that somehow captures her. She values charm. Her team of eight staff are asked, “Where’s the magic?” when designs are put forward. Fawn’s own Carroll Gardens brownstone, which she shares with her architect husband, Julio Salcedo and their two sons, manages to es... READ MORE
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Richard Haas

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You may have seen muralist, Richard Haas’s work because it’s right there in Soho, on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets to be exact. That delightful trompe l’oeil extension of the 19th century cast-iron façade, painted in 1974, was his first mural—in the original, a little cat was balanced on one of the window ledges. Sadly, [&helli... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary Literary Lunch: Shanghai’s Vintage & Modern Architecture

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One afternoon in Shanghai, I wandered over to the famed restaurant M on the Bund for a “Literary Lunch,” where American architect Ben Wood and Shanghainese author Andrea Mingfai Chu spoke about Shanghai’s architecture heritage. SHIKUMEN HISTORIC LANE HOUSES Wood and Chu educated us about Shanghai’s shikumen houses. Popular in the c... READ MORE
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Nina in Paris/Morocco, Part II of II

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Happily, after a smooth three-hour flight, we landed in Marrakesh and I proceeded through immigration and customs in a breeze. NO sense of impending/recent terrorism here. This airport appeared relaxed and free of all concerns. My step-brother had sent a driver from the house and I happily settled into the SUV and enjoyed the perfect weather [&hel... READ MORE
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Timothy Whealon

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Designer, Timothy Whealon pulled a face when we said that he had been described as having impeccable taste—it’s not something he’s aiming for although there’s no denying a certain level of elegant formality in his work. The title of his first book, In Pursuit of Beauty: The Interiors of Timothy Whealon (Rizzoli) speaks to a kind of old ... READ MORE
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Nina in Paris/Morocco, Part I of II

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On Tuesday, November 10th, I left New York for Paris to a visit a dear friend.  My four days in Paris were to be followed by a three-day trip to Marrakesh, as the guest of my step-brother and two dear friends, who had taken a six-bedroom riad in the medina for a week. I was […]... READ MORE

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