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Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea at Ulyana Sergeenko FW2014

Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea at Ulyana Sergeenko FW2014

Loved this pretty pink rose print maxi skirt on Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea at Ulyana Sergeenko’s couture show in Paris. Mixed with a gray sweater, it would make a great transitional outfit for September too.

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Schiaparelli Dress and Coat, Outside the Show

Schiaparelli Coat and Dress, Outside the Show

The newly revived Schiaparelli couture collection reminds us what fashion should be: fun!

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Pizza Vinoteca

House Pizza and Nduja Meatball Pizza, Pizza Vinoteca

As restaurant names go, Pizza Vinoteca isn’t the most memorable. It’s the Italian equivalent of naming a restaurant “Restaurant.” But as restaurants go, it’s one worth remembering, because it’s an oasis of pizza- and wine-induced calm in the hectic Union Square area.  (more…)

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Pink Coat and Orange Umbrella, Outside Gucci

Pink Coat and Orange Umbrella, Outside Gucci

The rain was coming down on
the first day of Milan Fashion Week, but that didn’t dampen the style quotient one bit. Outside the Gucci show a girl mixed a pink coat with a red necklace and orange umbrella.

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Helena Bordon at Peter Som

Helena Bordon at Peter Som
Another color I am loving right now: pink! A cheerful prelude to Valentine’s Day as seen on Helena Bordon.

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Anna Dello Russo at Missoni

I must say I was skeptical of the religious icon-themed Dolce & Gabbana fall/winter 2013 collection when it was on the runways last year. Decking yourself out in an elaborate Byzantine mosaic? Really? But I must say the clothes and bags look beautiful in real life, glittering in the sunshine – and someone like Anna Dello Russo can really pull it off.

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Manzanilla

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There’s very little in the food department that’s too crazy for New Yorkers. Pigs’ tails, chicken feet, durian ice cream, cronuts: all can be found on a menu near you. So it came as a surprise that a new restaurant by Andalusian chef Dani Garcia, the molecular gastronomy expert credited with inventing the use of liquid nitrogen in cooking, serves Spanish cuisine that errs on the side of caution.  (more…)

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Cream Colored Coat and Embellished Skirt at Rodarte

An outfit in creamy winter white outside the Rodarte show, with beautiful beading on the skirt. Details after the jump.

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Zanita Morgan, Outside Lacoste

Photographer Zanita Morgan paired a bright red coat with camouflage at the Lacoste show for a dynamic combination.

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Joanna Hillman at Rag & Bone

Love the bright blazer on Joanna Hillman outside the Rag & Bone show. Look for more brights like these as we get into winter – a pop of color is always a welcome sight.

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Calliope

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Falling into the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category is Calliope, a new restaurant by Ginevra Iverson and Eric Korsh on a busy corner of Second Avenue in the East Village. The big French cafe-style windows from its predecessor Belcourt are still here, as is the pretty blue trim, whitewashed tin ceiling and glossy wooden bar at the back. But this motto could also apply to the seasonal menu, which intersperses the more challenging dishes (tête de porc, spicy braised tripe) with familiar Italian and French classics, executed with finesse.  (more…)

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Amada at Revel, Atlantic City

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When a Philadelphia-based Iron Chef opens a new restaurant in nearby Atlantic City, it’s time to tune in. Jose Garces is known for his inspired Latin fusion cooking, usually on display at the acclaimed tapas restaurant Amada in Philadelphia. This summer he spun off a new branch of Amada at the multi-million-dollar Revel Resort, the latest attraction in a gambling town that’s on the up and up.  (more…)

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Lani Kai

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It’s almost that time of year again – time for rum drinks, coconut-scented suntan lotion, the cool sting of salt water and the sleepy heat of the beach. But until you’re actually lying on a stretch of sand as pretty as Lani Kai in Hawaii, there’s a bar and restaurant by the same name right here in NYC where the drinks are garnished with flowers, the bartender’s wearing a Hawaiian shirt, and the potted palms and pink blooms could be in the lobby of a tropical hotel far, far away.  (more…)

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Mercadito Grove: Taco Tuesdays

Sidewalk Seating, Mercadito Grove

There are better Mexican places in New York than Mercadito Grove. But for inexpensive, crowd-pleasing Mexican grub, you don’t need to look any further. Even better, right now they have a “Taco Tuesdays” special: two tacos for $5. It seemed like a good way to prepare for Cinco de Mayo, so we headed over last week to investigate.  (more…)

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Alison Eighteen

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Grilled Octopus with Fregola, Alison Eighteen

Just mentioning that you remember Alison on Dominick marks you as a Diner of a Certain Age. (I am one of them.) In the restaurant’s heyday on Dominick Street in the ’90s, Tribeca had more homeless people than millionaires, and taking a cab down there for dinner was an exotic, perhaps life-threatening adventure. Fast forward to now, when restaurants can only appear mysterious by not listing a phone number, papering over their windows to discourage the B-list or serving dinner in the dark(more…)

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