Uzoamaka Maduka

Most Wanted: Maison Martin Margiela Carpet Bootie

January 10, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela’s bootie, debuted in Paris this past September, seems to have been on its way to mod—chunky heel, rounded toe, ankle height, swirling pattern—but a funky thing happened on the way to the forum.

First Dibs: Phillip Lim 3.1, Pre-fall 33

January 6, 2012

It’s not quite right to call these loose, tattered knits “details”: in look 33 from the Phillip Lim 3.1 pre-fall collection, details do not simply add character here, or dimension there—they are the pieces. This ensemble seems to be constructed of full zooms.

Most Wanted: Meredith Wendell Long Simple Belt

January 3, 2012

The name says it all. The Meredith Wendell Long Simple perforated belt is just that: long and simple. But breadth is the soul of its wit.

Most Wanted: Comme des Garcons Pouch

December 27, 2011

Pennies from heaven have met their match in this punchy, day-glo Comme des Garçons coin pouch, part of the 2011 Christmas collection.

First Dibs: Net-a-Porter x Karl Lagerfeld

December 16, 2011

Rev up the DeLorean: Karl Lagerfeld’s new line for Net-a-Porter (“Karl”) has not yet launched, and it’s already taking you back to the future—and the future looks like someone we know.

Woody Allen by Moonlight

December 16, 2011

Woody Allen returned to the theater this season with a contribution to the collaborative effort Relatively Speaking, a trio of one-act plays directed by John Turturro, and featuring, alongside Allen, works by Ethan Coen and Elaine May.

First Dibs: Theyskens’ Theory, Pre-Fall Look 9

December 9, 2011

Theyskens’ Theory has its own potion number nine: the ninth look in this season’s pre-fall collection is the epitome of chic, an effortless black-on-black ensemble that infuses downtown saunter with uptown grace.

Most Wanted: Red Door Spa Visit

December 6, 2011

Why wait until the whistle blows to roll back those shoulders and breathe deep? Treat yourself and lucky loved ones to a Christmas-come-early with Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa Holiday Packages.

First Dibs: Yves Saint Laurent Slingback

December 2, 2011

If shoes and diamonds are a girl’s best friends, these blush satin Yves Saint Laurent slingbacks may well be the ties that bind.

Most Wanted: Cole Haan Air Evan Short Boot

November 29, 2011

These slick Cole Haan short boots are the picture of utilitarian elegance. The lines are clean, the aesthetic is unfussy, and the material is waterproof: what more is required of a winter boot?

Most Wanted: Fendi Bangle

November 22, 2011

Deck the wrists with Fendi’s festive bangles—stacked or solo, these gold-detailed cherry red cuffs will add spice to your holiday outfit.

First Dibs: The Lake and Stars Air Jordan

November 18, 2011

New York’s a playground, indeed: The Lake and Stars take us back to the blacktop with these dope-as-! Nike high-tops, custom-designed for the lingerie brand.

Objets d’Heart: Pavilion of Art and Design NY

November 17, 2011

The Pavilion of Art and Design‘s inagural New York showing came to a close earlier this week. As always, a number of memorable works continue to make an impression.

Fancy Feet: Cole Haan

November 16, 2011

Tradition meets tech in Cole Haan’s newest line of men’s footwear. Quirky yet refined, the new “Reflective” collection offers gentlemen a wink-and-nod interpretation of closet staples like wingtips and penny loafers.

Most Wanted: Pylones Babushka Dolls

November 15, 2011

We direct those already planning stocking stuffers to Pylones’ delightful take on the Russian nesting doll, now available at The Lake and Stars’ kitschy-chic BOFFO pop-up. Be forewarned, however: this is not your babushka’s matryoshka.

First Dibs: Tom Ford Violet Blonde, Eau de Parfum

November 11, 2011

Ribbed glass and (ribbed, riveted and debossed) gold accents illuminated by honied cognac: Violet Blonde’s aesthetic may spell seventies revival, but Tom Ford’s scent inspirations hail from an earlier age.

Most Wanted: MM6 x Opening Ceremony Wool Coat

November 8, 2011

The coat of the moment is two coats in one. Maison Martin Margiela has always told a complicated story of versatility, and the product of their collaboration with Opening Ceremony furthers the plot.

First Dibs: Dries Van Noten Men’s Jacket

November 4, 2011

Just as striking as the pairing of decadent midnight blue and waxed black, is how elegantly the colors are brought together in this industrial (and dapper) Dries Van Noten jacket.

Most Wanted: S. Pellegrino x Bulgari

November 1, 2011

What better addition to a midday power lunch than this charmingly odd child of a new (and, alas, temporary) Italian power couple? For reasons we cannot fathom, S. Pellegrino and Bulgari have come together to recast the classic long-neck bottle in faux-decadent splendor.

College and Electric Youth Are Real Human Beings

October 28, 2011

On the heels of the first live performance of the hit electro-pop anthem “Real Hero” from the Drive soundtrack, we descended to the basement of Scott Morrison’s 3×1 bespoke denim atelier to talk with the minds behind the music: French electronic composer David Grellier, alias College, and Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin of Electric Youth.