Filled with understated elegance Zang Toi's SS17 collection is the epitome of Spring Style. Fresh, crisp and inspired--Glorious Giverny Garden. Giverny, a village in the Upper Normandy region of France, is most famously where painter Claude Monet lived and worked. The artist's former home and elaborate gardens are where he produced his famed water Lily series. Toi, like Monet, is a master of subtlety with his vivid floral depictions conveying a look that is feminine and regal.
Basic black paired with beige begin the show before the seemless transition to shades of Lilac and violet. Flowers depicted include an array of spring favorites wysteria, lilacs, and pansies. Fabrics are sleek and smooth comprised of cashmere, silk and wool.
Each look is as carefully crafted as the later with day wear appearing as sheath dresses, trousers or track pants matched with blazers or trench coats. Evening wear is at its finest--simple black adorned with hand encrusted jewels to hand embroidered Monet wisteria warmly around a silk shrunken cardigan.
Silhouettes range from column gowns with kimono sleeves to a men's evening suit-all sharply figure and physique flattering.
Standouts include: Violet handloomed wool and rayon sheath dress w/ hand encrusted lilac gem atone cap sleeves paired w/ lilac gem stone hand encrusted choker; a black satin Shantung boxy trench lined w/ Glorious Giverny Garden silk twill
An exhibition devoted to Edgar Degas' Little Dancer opened last night at The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). Curated by Dr. Gregory Hedberg, author of a newDegas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The Earlier Version That Helped Spark The Birth Of Modern Art, he celebrated with wife Margaret, and 200 friends including Dirk Allgaier, Christine Biddle, Sharon Bush, The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Dr. Roberta Carroll, Peter and Faith Coolidge, Suzi Cordish, Zita Davisson, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Robert and Christine Emmons, Kip Forbes, Grace Gluck, Michèle Gerber Klein, Peter Trippi, Patricia Hearst Shaw, and Dr. and Mrs. Frank Weiser, in FIAF's Skyroom.
Marie-Monique Steckel, FIAF President, noted how "We are always proud to respond to the interest in great French art.”
BEAUTY FLASH! If your'e looking for a salon-proven way to end your summer skin care and zoom into fall with ease then Alchimie Forever (of Switzerland) has got something for you. The rigors of summer can leave your skin dry, discolored, wrinkled or worse-- time to protect yours skin as you head into Fall. Here's the Achimie Forever solution to even skin tone, lighten dark spots and repair free-radical damage while preventing future damage. The (3) products listed are the perfect foundation to prep your skin for the season's ahead.
Here's to the beginning of a perfect BEAUTY FLASH series of summer wind downs. As the hot weather days are certainly numbered there's plenty of beauty needs to address before fall hits. End of summer beauty requires attention to detail. Time to re-connect, rejuvenate and even repair areas on the face or body that may need a little TLC. Ready for a Summer eyebrow and eyelash fade aid? We've tapped into Talika Lipocils Expertfor both lashes and brows.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, a showhouse for America's premier design talent, ushered in another successful year at its Opening Night Gala Preview Cocktail Party. The Gala Preview for the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse Presented by Traditional Home***took place on Saturday, July 23rd at 1597 Noyac Path inSag Harbor. Proceeds from that evening are set to benefit the Southampton Hospital in Southampton, NY. Renowned Interior Designer Mario Buatta serves as Honorary Chariman with Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton as the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen.
Since the summer of 2000, the Hampton Designer Showhouse has featured many of the country's elite Interior Designers and Decorators, this year there are 25 in all participating. This summer'sultra-modern residence sits on 3 acres and includes both a swimming pool and tennis court. The home has been generously donated by Bodenchak Design and Build.
Dawn & Frank Bodenchak of Bodenchak Design & Build
Decidedly, there is something very "special" about the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse. So much so that we set out to get the 411 from the builder--Frank Bodenchak of Bodenchak Design & Buildand Saunders Realty fame. The 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse Presented by Traditional Home Magazine to benefit Southampton Hospital continues its tradition of interior design "appreciation" of luxury Hamptons Real Estate.
In The Quest for "it " EXCLUSIVE Q & A, recorded during the recent show house gala preview, Bodenchak shares the inspiration and vivid detail of the design of this year's masterpiece, located at 1597 Noyac Path in Sag Harbor. Read on.
If you're anything like us, here at The Quest for "it",then you are ready for the best of what summer has to offer. Better yet, with Memorial Day Weekend now out of the way you're simply ready to See Summer Better!Warby Parkerthe hipster brand of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Summer conjures, the whiff of chlorine. Buzzing mosquitoes. “How did that happen?” tan lines. Fireworks. Ice cream trucks. Ice cream truck music. (You get the picture.) #seesummerbetter Zero's in on the season, and taste/feel/smell/hear/ see summer better with Warby Parker and their three new lineups of frames along with loads more diversions and delights for every single sense.
Here's the Deal
Here are the new kids on the block for summer: Frames that go by the names Anders, Leighty, Streeter** & Nesbit.*** New hues that go by the name River Stone Fade, River Stone Blue Fade, and Hickory Fade are turning heads. Frames start at $95per pair. ALL your intro to#SeeSummerBetter
Not sure what summer specs will look best on you? Why not select based on the "psychology" of color? Blue signifies depth and stability; Red signifies energy , strength and power; Brown signifies steadfastness, simplicity and friendliness; Yellow signifies joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Nesbit in Heritage Bronze
The Quest for "it" suggests: Fancy Yellow or Gold? Choose Nesbit in Heritage Bronze; Big fan of anything Blue? Choose Bensen in Belize Blue; lastly you say Basic Brown is your thing? Choose Streeter in Hickory Fade.
At long last Model/Socialite brothers Peter and Harry Brant, young purveyors of the luxe life AND of quality products, have come out with their own line--of makeup with MAC Cosmetics. Sons of model Stephanie Seymour, the dapper boys-about-town collaborate on a collection of modern-day grooming and sculpting products for men and women. Neutral hues for eyes, understated, long-wearing lipstains, brow products and new Pro Sculpting Cream Duo add effortless definition to the face. Special packaging featuring their signatures in matte black on glossy black. Exclusively online, skincare products with universal appeal include Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream.
Avakian jewelry is taking over Cannes this 2016. International socialite turned DJ Paris Hilton donned stunning Avakianpieces a she stepped onto the red carpet at the amFAR's Cinema Against AIDS Galaat Hotel du-Cap-Eden-Rock in Cap d'Antibes, France. Paris chose a classic wrap-around bangle set with diamonds from their signature “Victory” Collection and matched it with an Art-Deco pair of earrings set with white enamel, pink morganite and diamonds.
Let's hear it for the Single Man. 15 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris. The artisans of the Lanvin Homme atelier bring creations to life every day. They are masterly couturiers and privileged witnesses, continuing an ancestral expertise for more than 125 years. Luxurious wools, beautiful cloths and cotton poplin have been exclusively handwoven by them for innovative and high-caliber pieces. The finishing details, grosgrain and contrast braiding featured in Lanvin runway pieces are also used to personalize the more classic 15 Faubourg line.
There is nothing more luxurious than the perfect cocktail. Certainly everyone should drink responsibly and when out on the quest one can drink "fashionably" with the help of this little cocktail suggestion
1.5 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® East Gin
1/2 part Fernet Branca
1/2 part White Cacao Liqueur
1/2 part Homemade Nutmeg and Lightly Infused Cardamom Syrup
3/4 part Heavy Cream
Shake and serve straight up in a cocktail glass. Toasted Cinnamon Dust garnish
*provided to The Quest for "it" by Nike Communication