Karl Lagerfeld shoots new Chanel campaign in New York

By Alexandra Forbes, special contributor

Yes, the Kaiser is in town.... that's him, at the top of the crane! He's shooting Chanel's fall/winter collection, and the ads will appear in fashion mags at the end of this summer....

More info and a bigger version of the photo, here.

This weekend: polo and champagne and the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governor’s Island

Here’s a chance to extend your hardly worn pick-nick blanket on the grass along with the jetsetters of the world. This Sunday, June 27th, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic takes place on Governor’s Island and guarantees a star-studded event.

Besides ogling the fashionable crowd (Madonna was there last year), and glancing at some exorbitant hats, feel free to admire Prince Harry and polo superstar Nacho Figueras in their jodhpurs as they gallop about on their ponies. This is Prince Harry’s second official visit at this hotly anticipated match, which benefits Sentebale, Harry’s charity supporting orphans and at-rist children in Lesotho. Have a glass of bubbly and join the beau monde by cheering, stomping and pivoting at New York’s opening season polo match.

More information: go here.

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Private sales this week: Brunello Cucinelli, Vince, Me & Ro

Sometimes we get lucky and are invited to friends & family sales by our favorite brands and get a head start before the deal-hungry masses arrive the following day. As an insider reader, consider yourself lucky, in the sense that three of my preferred designers have invited me (and you as an extension) to their very exclusive preview sale.


Beat the rush: starting tomorrow, Wednesday, you have five days to rummage through the best cut and softest cotton apparel around at 40% off!

Wednesday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 27th (opens to the public on the 28th)

Me & Ro

From New York to St Tropez, the creations of one of the most talented jewelers embellish men and women with their beautiful pieces. Sometimes Asia inspired, sometimes hippie chic, there’s a little (or big) something for everyone. And at half price or even 70% off retail price, how can you resist not purchasing 18K gold these days?

Friends/Family Preview:

Wednesday, June 23rd 10am-noon

Open to Public:
Wednesday, June 23rd noon-7pm 
Thursday, June 24th 10am-7pm

13 Crosby, 2nd floor 
(between Howard and Grand)

Brunello Cucinelli:

Starting today, all men’s spring and summer collections are 40% off. Find the finest cashmere sweater and the best cut summer jacket for a steal.

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Boom Boom Room Rooftop - Above The Standard

Experience (as close to it as it gets) the enchantment of the suspended gardens of times past… Starting at the end of this week (post-soft opening) you’ll be able to revel in the magic of a grassy patch high up on the 19th floor of The Standard Hotel overlooking the Hudson. The characters you’ll meet are as interesting as in a fairy tale and the surroundings are from another era (not Babylon’s, more like fifty decades ago…) The retro look of the pink and round waterbeds and yellow and white plastic chairs over the synthetic turf is a trip by itself. The bright neon-orange color of the Aperol Spritz in your champagne glass is just a mirage.

Opens June 15th for private events


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TOP FIVE: restaurants on the Upper West Side - Taberna's opening

Taberna opened a week ago on the Upper West Side

The newest noteworthy restaurant opened last week: Taberna on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st. Tucked in a block known for traditional dark and grease-smelling bars, that’s a great upgrade. Especially when the Spanish fare is prepared by Jennifer Cole, who was the guest chef at Tia Pol at her return from heading cocinas in Spain for over a decade. Our insider informant tell us that the service is still chaotic and hot tapas will not be served until next week… e

429 amsterdam avenue. between 80th and 81st. 917.388.3500.

Other favorites by notoriously selective upper west-“insiders”:

Gennaro – “best homey italian that i know of in the city. We once saw demi moore in there with ashton but it's mostly a hideaway for locals. Very mellow and unglamorous yet warm and superb food.” Be prepared to pay in cash.

665 Amsterdam Ave. near 92nd St. 212-665-5348

Kefi – This Greek restaurant is well-known even for Manhatanites all over town who go there to get their souvlaki and ouzo fix. Prices are reasonable and tastes truly Mediterranean fresh.

505 Columbus Ave. 212-873-0200

Nice Matin – is a favortite destination for brunch on the weekends. Have a taste of the French Riviera when you order the scrambled eggs with spicy merguez sausage at this airy corner bistro.

201 West 79th Street. 212-873-6423

Community Food and Juice – “amazing breakfast (and even dinner) here. Best blueberry pancakes I have ever had. All fresh and organic food, kind of precious that way, always packed.”

2893 Broadway. 212-665-2800

Pulino’s superlative service

Restaurant ueber-impresario Keith McNally is known for the meticulous attention he likes to pay to his patrons. All of his restaurants are always overflowing with workers, and sometimes that’s even reason for sneer remarks from certain critics. The fact never bothered me of course, and now I can attest, I totally appreciate and endorse it!

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A room tour at The Bowery Hotel, our favorite

If you are either planning a NYC visit or just looking for a perfect staycation, The Bowery Hotel is the place to check-in.

My favorite in all requisites: décor, service, food, and everything that makes you feel like you are “home” away from it is right there. And the weather is perfect to cruise around the village on one of the hotel-guest bikes or just have a drink on their outdoor lounge. The only thing missing would be a pool. 

But well, you can’t have it all. Well, actually you can, if you stay a the Soho House in the Meat Packing District… there’s always something for every taste in this city. It never gets old. For your viewing, here is a short video of a typical room at the Bowery Hotel. They are all different, but always inviting and cozy.

The Bowery Hotel, 355 Bowery St., corner of East 3rd St., 
tel. (212) 505-9100

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