Monthly Archives: May 2011

Alexander McQueen Still Haunting Me

I was so completely taken with the new Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute I can’t stop thinking about it. The show, which runs through July 31, 2011, features his incredibly creative clothes – from a straight-jacket-like kimono to butt-crack revealing pants – as well as accessories like a silver, rib-cage breast-plate, eccentric hats from Philip Treacy but best of all are the videos.

The catwalk is where McQueen’s vision really came alive. I walked away with new respect for the way he completely re-thought the catwalk. Forget models simply walking the damn thing. Instead he put models on a life-sized chess board, or used robots to spray-paint a model wearing a white dress, actually creating the dress in front of the audience. How amazing is that?! But the most haunting video was this hologram of Kate Moss at his Fall 2006 show. A hologram, people!

“Savage Beauty” is a must-see show in New York this summer. So far none of the other museums have come up with anything quite to striking and poignant.

To see how the Kate Moss video worked in the context of the room check out this video. So incredible. How I wish I had seen one of his shows…

A Peek Into Humboldt County

I just had to share a few excerpts from an amazing travel story on Humboldt County, California from the Spring 2011 T magazine. Writer Wells Tower (great name!) peppered it with some hilarious observations and painted a picture of the area and culture so beautifully.

Phototgraph by Olaf Otto Becker

Love this:

On an alpine stretch of Route 299, heading into Trinity National Forest, plumes of fog rose from the hillsides, which resembled a sodden green carpet slung over a scalding radiator. Dark, confidential groves of Douglas fir and redwood crowded the little highway, emanating a kind of Narnian ominousness. A skeptical East Coast type by nature, I started having some newfound, Californian feelings about “the energy” of the forest.

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Oh To Be at Cannes

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Brigitte Bardot at Cannes in 1955.

If you’re like me, you wish you were in Cannes, France right now. The Cannes Film Festival is going on through Sunday. While it would be fun to see a film, I’d really like to be there to party on a yacht or two. I feel the same way about the Sundance Film Festival, why go to such a fantastic location packed with beautiful, interesting people just to sit in silence in the dark? I suppose the answer is: To have something to talk to them about on that yacht. So, in honor of Cannes, and the new book, “Cannes Cinema,” here are a couple of photos of stars on the beach. Continue reading

A Polo Outing in New York City

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic returns to New York’s Governor’s Island park on June 5. And, more importantly, studly Argentinian polo player (and Polo Ralph Lauren model) Nacho Figueras will be there again. Last year I wrote about it for and it was loads of fun, but terribly hot (of course I was hugely pregnant at the time). This year I’d suggest bringing an umbrella, a picnic lunch and some beverages so you can avoid the lines and expense. Danny Meyer’s Union Square restaurant group will be selling food again this year in the general admission area which means good eats but pricey ones. Last year a bottle of Veuve ran $75.

The Polo Classic raises money for charity through ticketed tents and VIP sections but is free if you can settle for general admission. This year the event will raise money for Haiti, which I suspect means Prince Harry won’t be there again. Sorry, ladies. Last year he participated because the match raised money for Sentebale, his charity for African orphans, and he made headlines when he got thrown from his horse. Although he did attend the first two years so maybe he will make a showing again. The Veuve team won’t say so we can only guess.

Great Memorial Day Getaways in the U.S.

Still trying to figure out what to do for Memorial Day? Here’s an excerpt from my story for Budget Travel that just came out about where to go for the holiday weekend. Here’s one of nine great Memorial Day getaways:
Mayhill Winery Columbia Gorge, Ore.Columbia Gorge, Ore.: For wine tasting along the river

WHY GO THIS WEEKEND Over Memorial Day weekend, more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms in the scenic Columbia Gorge area of Oregon, which borders Washington State to the north, will be holding open houses featuring such events as barrel tastings and special releases. Maryhill Winery toasts its 10th anniversary with live music, tasting specials, and more. Outdoors, there are tournament-quality bocce ball courts, an amphitheater, and an ivy-covered arbor, all with sweeping views of Mt. Hood and the river. Visit Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery all weekend for live folk music, complimentary local cheeses, tastings, and vineyard tours.

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Extreme Safaris

Even Prince William and Kate Middleton roughed it when they got engaged on an African safari. But you don’t have to pay like a king on safari. These new, no-frills safaris are more affordable and authentic way to safari – if you dare.South Africa safariForget luxury lodges and comfy jeep tours, these hard-core safaris let you see the game from the ground – up close and personal. Plus, they’re often more affordable. Here’s a sampling of walking, mountain-bike, motorcycle, boat-based, self-guided driving and horseback riding safaris. Which do you think will give you the best bragging rights? Continue reading

Best Brunch Courtesy of Brooklyn’s Fatty ‘Cue

Fatty Cue Brooklyn“What would make you want to pay to eat in an alley like that?” I hear you asking. And I get it. It ain’t cute, but damn, Brooklyn’s Fatty ‘Cue is tasty.

Fatty Cue BrooklynExhibit 1: The smoked pig brunch special last Saturday ($16). Two eggs sunny side up over smoked pulled pork, ramps (a sort of green onion/garlic-type green all over New York menus in early spring), house made pickled radishes and white rice. Paired by my husband with a watermelon mimosa. Continue reading

Mexico Travel: Scuba Diving Just Got Weird

mexico travel scuba divingIn honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d highlight one of the coolest things happening in Mexico for travelers — and believe it or not, it’s happening near Cancun.

The newly installed Museo Subacuático de Arte is an underwater collection of 400 life-size concrete “villagers” by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The last of the figures were submerged in October in the crystalline Caribbean waters north of Cancún, all of it explorable by both snorkelers and scuba divers. Aside from the obvious thrill of inventing a whole new ecosystem Continue reading

Will Prince William and Kate Middleton Honeymoon in Kenya?

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After the incredible high of Friday’s royal wedding, I can’t believe Prince William and Kate Middleton are postponing the royal honeymoon. Why do people do that? In this case, apparently Prince William has to get back to work. But come on, does he really? Isn’t he a prince – and a duke?! Well I guess William and Kate are playing the role of regular folks for the time being, but the big question is: Where will the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go when they finally take off?

Last week I made a few suggestions for the royal honeymoon but it sounds like they didn’t listen. Rumors are circulating that maybe they’ll return to Kenya, where they were engaged. Let’s take a look at that Lewa Safari Camp. Continue reading

Packing List: The Perfect Gladiator Sandal

Sandals are a summer vacation staple but the problem is that most aren’t comfortable enough to walk around in all day. And there’s no use packing shoes that won’t go the distance.

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These Gentle Souls gladiator sandals have padding under the toe and heel, a rubber sole to absorb shock, and come in the perfect light-gold color to go with everything in your bag. Magic!

The Packing List is a recurring column highlighting pieces that look great anywhere, especially in the seat of an Aston Martin on a cliff-side road in Italy.