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Geneva Watch Fair 2012

Geneva Watch Fair 2012

There is only one universe where complications are considered a positive attribute and that is fine watchmaking. In other areas of consumer spending, making things easier, quicker and less complicated is what you expect.  Skeleton backs, tourbillons, minute repeaters, and chronograph are all terms that are touted with pride by the brands at the Geneva watch fair called SIHH. Brands like; Panarai, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, IWC and Montblanc are among the elite group showing their latest achievements and they speak about watches with a unequaled  passion. They should since one of these can set your bank account back...

Mimi’s 7 In Flight Must Haves

Mimi’s 7 In Flight Must Haves

When I fly overnight to Europe I have to ramp up the comfort level just to feel normal in my tiny 2 foot square.  Here are my MUST HAVES for the long haul flight which makes the back of the bus, bearable. J. Crew Saturday pants; It is like wearing sweat pants but not looking like you are wearing them. Rimowa: This rollaboard is a real treat. The pale pink color makes me happy and what a difference it is to travel with a lightweight 4 wheel case. MZ Wallace Bianca Tote: I love this bag! It has lots of...

All I Want For Christmas Is a Pair Of Jacques Levines

All I Want For Christmas Is a Pair Of Jacques Levines

I have not heard of this American company but they say their history dates from 1936. Maybe it is the Belgium loafer trend but I love the gold embroidery motif and the lambswool  interior which keep my toes toasty in my cold NY apartment.Oh … they are slippers and very chic ones I might add. A great Christmas gift. http://www.jacqueslevine.com//home.aspx

Carousel on Fifth

Carousel on Fifth

Manhattan’s 57th and 5th morphs into an amusement park with Tiffany’s holiday windows  which are all about an old school carousel. The protruding merry-go-round changes the façade of the building  as well as midtown’s landscape and is a must-see. When inside, stroll down the carpeted rooms and look at all the sparkling goodies There  must be a person in your life who deserves a little twinkle from Tiffany’s or just window shop the new “locks” collection. Have you seen their handbags for men and women? My favorite is the satin clutches in candy colors. Afterwards go to Berdorg’s BG restaurant...

Paco Rabanne’s Lastest Hire

Paco Rabanne’s Lastest Hire

The Paco Rabanne label has had its peaks and valleys since its chain mail days in the 1960’s including a few years in the mid-2000’s with the designer, Patrick Robinson which was a distinct high point. The latest showman calling the shots is the uber-creative Indian designer, Manish Arora. I met Manish a few years ago in Paris when he designed for LaCroix in 2008. That year he created the infamous carousel dress. A dress that had a merry-go-round circling the model’s waist; not printed on fabric or some kind of 3D stationary cut-out but an actual mechanical miniature amusement...

If your dogs are barking, wear HUSH PUPPIES

If your dogs are barking, wear HUSH PUPPIES

In 1958 Hush Puppies were born and became the groovy shoe for the beat generation. In the years since they moved to comfort shoe limbo.  The shoes had a mini resergance in the mid nineties when Anna Sui adorned her runway models in neon bright puppies. In the spirit of the what is old is new again, they were due for a revival as all good brands  who are over a certain age.  As you can guess, they “went to their archives” to research designs from their former years of  glory and came up with the current collection. Have you heard...

Calypso St Barth’s Accessory Shop / Nolita

Calypso St Barth’s Accessory Shop / Nolita

When you dream about your beach getaway you may imagine yourself strolling along the surf in a diaphanous dress with a hint of the hem wet from the salt water. Your dangle earrings twinkle in the orange light from the sunset. Then you grab your jeweled clutch and you’re off for a fabulous dinner without a care in the world. Vacations are about dreams and testing unseen sides of self and Calypso St Barth’s is a shop that can transport to a vacation state of mind. Friday they added an exclusive accessory shop to their roster of 29 worldwide. That...

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