pick up tickets to our “interesting women, interesting lives” film series with BAM this weekend—featuring working girl, desperately seeking susan, auntie mame, frances ha and it should happen to you—here.
we’ll see you there!
there’s lots to love about hotel life. for our fall campaign, we focused on the lively see-and-be-seen lounge filled with interesting people at the pierre hotel in nyc. but when staying in one, there’s also the cushy pillow selections, the mini shampoos and conditioners and, of course, the room service. we love tucking into eggs benedict in our PJs, or snacking on a slice of leftover birthday cake while reading the paper.
so here’s a downloadable breakfast in bed menu from us to you, to meant to make weekend indulging that much easier. fill it out, deliver it to your roommate/significant other/children, and savor the results. the only rule? next weekend, you return the favor.
the wildly creative chocolatier and chef janice wong has more than a little bit in common with willy wonka in all the best possible ways: she folds in local southeast asian ingredients like jackfruit, durian, red beans and palm sugar to create utterly unique desserts. she’s been named asia’s best pastry chef by the world’s 50 best (twice!). She also owns her own sweets shops, 2am: dessert bar and recently opened 2am:lab, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring culinary innovation.
we were so delighted to have wong treat guests at our ION orchard shop in singapore to a chocolate art demonstration, unveiling painted bonbons and more surprises after guests worked up an appetite shopping chocolate-bar clutches and other closet confections from our fall collection.
for all of our friends and family outside of singapore, janice has a treat for you, too: her secret recipe for chilli chocolate mousse.
tickets available here.
last friday at nyfw, we brought our spring 2016 color palette to life through 30,000 blooms—tulips, hydrangeas, roses and gerbera daisies—strewn in and amongst our models, like a display of bouquets at the most beautiful neighborhood deli. for two hours, we invited everyone who attended to take their pick as they wove though the space, and we wrapped their selects up into beautiful bouquets in traditional paper tied with grosgrain ribbon for them to take home.
then we took to the streets of manhattan in a flower delivery truck and gave bouquets out to everyone we met…till they were all gone.
in collaborating with our friends at FTD to bring so many flowers to life, we got to meet their lead floral designer, andrea ancel. and we’d love you to get to know her too. scroll down…
how i work:
“there’s an element of curation in everything we do at FTD and it always starts with color. then, we make sure we’re incorporating different dimensions to the flowers, whether it’s in the variety of colors, complementing scents or textures—things that bring an artful design to the project. in this instance, we wanted to highlight the crisp colors, graphic prints and playful sophistication that are the hallmarks of kate spade new york.”
favorite thing about my job:
“i’ve been a florist for over 20 years and i still love seeing the seasons change through the flowers we work with. as we transition from summer into fall, for example, we’re incorporating large, bright and beautiful sunflowers in our bouquets.”
a trick of the trade:
“play with color and also the shapes and sizes of the blooms.”
some practical tips:
“cut your stems diagonally so the flowers can hydrate as much as possible.”
“clean your water and cut the stems every day. this keeps the flowers fresh (nobody likes murky water!) and the bouquet bacteria-free.”
“keep your blooms out of direct sunlight for the longest-lasting flowers.”
my favorite thing about springtime:
“i live in chicago, so i love seeing the first sign of flowers and green buds popping up around the city and seeing nature come to life as spring approaches. it tells me i survived another chicago winter!”
thanks andrea and FTD!
the cultural history of the russian tea room is just one of the reasons our #missadventure heroine counts it as her go-to spot. having opened in 1927 on west 57th street by former members of the russian imperial ballet, it was originally a gathering place for russian expats but soon grew into an unofficial club for a wide range of interesting characters, from hollywood heavy-hitters to politicians to royalty.
perhaps it was because the layout of the restaurant’s dining room was designed with “seeing and being seen” in mind. or because word of the tasty borscht and chicken kiev got out.
either way, here are a few of our favorite memorable moments that have happened over the years in and amongst the iconic red booths:
there’s an art to the simple ponytail. and it doesn’t involve a brush. “a finger-brushed ponytail,” explains hair stylist bob recine, “projects confidence.”
how to find your most flattering ponytail height, according to recine: with your pointer fingers, follow the outer corners of your eyes around to the back of your head. where your fingers meet is the sweet spot.
see the rest of our spring 2016 presentation at NYFW here.