THE BARNEYS HOLIDAY WINDOWS GET THE GAGA TREATMENTThis mysterious ice world is a light installation featuring a mermaid sculpture reminiscent of Gaga. Created in collaboration with renowned hairstylist Bob Recine, this window is a surrealist take on Lady Gaga’s own personal boudoir. Constructed entirely out of hair, the room is filled with iconic references to hair styles and fashions from Gaga’s past. This window plays with the idea of Lady Gaga physically morphing into a gilded motorcycle. Q4, an NYC-based experiential digital agency, collaborated on this window, which features a film by director Tim Richardson and Nicola Formichetti. The interactive short film portrays Gaga as a series of evolving constellations Fabulous HERMES
Tiffany & Co.’s windows take to the street. The petite prism windows are surrounded by cut, etched crystal and sparkle from a mile away. Louis Vuitton Circus Holiday Windows Bergdorf Goodman has outdone itself again this year, creating a series of spectacular holiday windows called “Carnival of the Animals.” The concept pairs premiere designer gowns with species from throughout the animal kingdom. Macy’s goes 3-D
The store broke with tradition and went 3-D for the first time by making an animated film that narrates the themed windows The world-famous store created a dreamy tableau starring a cast of marionettes, interlocking cogs, and a celebrity ornament collection that includes designs by Kenneth Cole, Sean John, and others this year.
With the help of animation and optical illusion, each ornament demonstrates the power of wishes. Keeping with the theme, actual wishes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation children are displayed as part of the installation. Bloomingdales – From a flying Santa to delicate dolls, the uniting theme is their iconic shopping bag. While the window displays were a trip down memory lane for the store, there was still a nod to the present.
John DeLucie is the Chef Proprietor of The Lion restaurants in Manhattan and most recently opened Crown in a 1930’s mansion formerly home to the restaurant-cum-lounge Bruno Jamais and steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side.
DeLucie is also the Founding Chef of The Waverly Inn which opened in 2006 in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to critical acclaim. If you been searching long and hard for a Upper East Side clubhouse Crown has come to the rescue and has quickly became the new playground for the born and breed movers and shakers who have frequented the Upper East Side’s social scene.
The Chef John DeLucie has assembled a talented team here: his head chef is Jason Hall (formerly of Gotham Bar & Grill), his pastry chef isHeather Bertinetti (formerly of the Michael White/Chris Cannon kingdom), and the sommelier is Jordan Salcito (formerly of Daniel).
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Elizabeth Taylor’s Collection Breaks Records at Christie’s
The sale of Taylor’s “Legendary Jewels” grossed just under $116 million, more than doubling the previous record for a private jewel collection sold at auction.
Elizabeth Taylor’s stardust lent a profitable glow of Christie’s auction of the movie star’s extensive collection of jewelry and clothing. A folding wood-and-leather director’s chair for the 1987 western “Poker Alice”. Gowns from the collection of Elizabeth Taylor are displayed as part of the auction. The sale of haute couture dresses, including the gown worn to one of Taylor’s seven weddings.
A large framed, signed photograph of Michael Jackson
The famous pear-shaped “La Peregrina” pearl, with its ruby, diamond and pearl necklace by Cartier, sold for $11.8 million, a world record for a pearl jewel. Richard Burton purchased the pearl for Taylor in 1969 for $37,000. An emerald and diamond necklace by Bulgari went for $6.1 million. The “Elizabeth Taylor Diamond” ring, also a Burton-given bauble, fetched $8.8 million for its 33 carats, more than twice the high estimate of $3.5 million. It set a new price-per-carat record for a diamond.Nor were the Burton-gifted jewels the only items to rack up staggering sums. The diamond-encrusted tiara given to Taylor by her husband Mike Todd sold for $4.2 million, more than 50 times its high estimate.
THOSE delectable pastel macarons from Ladurée, the French patisserie open in New York since late summer, with lines still up the block, have been given the Judith Leiber treatment. That is, the Leiber company, known for its sparkling evening bags, has modeled a collection of crystal pillboxes after the iconic confection. The inspired idea came about after Jana Matheson, the creative director of Judith Leiber, returned from a trip to Paris with macarons for her office. “Over a tea and macaron meeting, we matched crystal colors to the desserts,” she said. “It was one of our most delicious meetings.” The pillboxes, true to size, come in 14 flavorful colors including champagne, lemon, rose and mint.
Peter Woytuk on Broadway
(thru April 2012) This public exhibition of 18 sculpture compositions by Peter Woytuk has been organized by the Broadway Mall Association in conjunction with the Parks Department and The Morrison Gallery. The exhibition starts at Columbus Circle with the monumental “Elephant Pair,” located within the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, which plants and maintains the malls from 60th-70th Streets. The exhibit continues north along Broadway, culminating with the majestic and graceful “2 Bulls” at 168th Street.
Halcyon Gallery opened the doors to its magnificent new gallery at 144-146 New Bond Street on 5 December 2011, with a major exhibition by internationally celebrated artist Dale Chihuly.Chihuly is widely regarded as the most exciting and spectacular artist working in contemporary glass, credited with elevating the medium from the realm of craft to groundbreaking fine art. A prodigiously prolific artist, whose work balances content with thorough investigations in to the properties of glass, Chihuly began working with the material at a time when reverence for glass-making and technique was paramount.
Glass blower Dale Chihuly talks about his work and his significant impact on the Studio Glass movement.
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