Timepiece editor Roberta Naas finds a collection of bold watches from this year’s Baselworld watch show in Basel, Switzerland.
July 26, 2010
Movado: The just-launched Bold ($350 to $495) is a fresh interpretation of Movado for a younger customer. The case is high-tech TR 90 with steel inserts, making it lightweight yet rugged, and the color palette is creative, with bursts of color for the hands and markers.
Bell & Ross: This subtle black BR 03 Instrument Phantom Shadow ($4,000) is a true replica of an aircraft-cockpit “tool” inspired by stealth bombers.
U-Boat: The new 55mm Limited Edition Diving Watches ($6,800) are crafted of Grade 5 titanium and able to withstand depths up to 1001 meters. Only 1,001 pieces per color are available worldwide, each engraved with its individual number in the series.
All for One
Jonathan Adler teams up with 7 For All Mankind.
July 26, 2010
Denim brand 7 For All Mankind has teamed up with interior-design powerhouse Jonathan Adler for its latest collaboration. The new men’s and women’s collections launch in 7 For All Mankind boutiques nationwide this month, including the new South Beach store (1008 Lincoln Road) which opens May 14, offering the brand’s luxury denim, sportswear, footwear and accessories.
Adler’s new line for Seven marks his first design venture into fashion: “It has been so exciting to have the chance to extend our aesthetic into apparel,” says Adler. “Especially with 7 For All Mankind, because we all know everyone needs jeans! It couldn’t have been a more perfect union for me.”
Working together with the 7 For All Mankind design team, Adler used the brand’s fits, fabrics and washes—along with his iconic patterns—to create an eclectic, modern collection of denim and sportswear with whimsical detailing, a bright color palette and Adler’s famous bamboo, keyhole and Acapulco prints. A trio of themes makes up the collection: Deluxe, Rustic and Pop. Deluxe is designed to reflect a chic beach look; Rustic represents a more earthy modernism; and Pop gives preppy bursts of bright color contrasting with white.
Zac Posen’s new line for Target makes its mark.
July 26, 2010
From left: Snap Tape Dress ($69.99); Brocade Tie Dress ($74.99); Sailor Dress in Animal Print ($39.99)
He’s designed red-carpet dresses for Gwyneth Paltrow and Katy Perry, but Zac Posen has moved on to a tougher challenge: you and me.
Curvaceous clothes for Hollywood A-listers can vault a designer’s mind into a couture-level stratosphere when price is no object—but what happens when price is the object? That was the question for Posen when he was asked to be Target’s latest Go International designer: His collection—a fun, flirty mix of dresses, separates and swimwear, priced from $16.99 to $199.99—just hit stores, but the process has been months in the making. As the latest in the rich slate of Target’s limited-edition Go International collabs—Jean Paul Gaultier and Rodarte were among the most recent—what does Posen bring to the mix? Recently he took a few minutes to talk about the challenge of high style at low price points:
OCEAN DRIVE: What went through your mind when Target asked you to be the next Go International designer?
ZAC POSEN: We actually had been approached several years ago, after Luella Bartley, when they first started the Go collaborations. At the time I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do, but since then the whole world has changed, and now a collection like this can be a really fun part of your message as a designer. And that’s what we wanted to do: have fun with it. But we also went at it full force: We got all the market research per category and wanted to really create the best products we could for an audience that’s much broader than [our signature collection].
How did you approach the collection from a design point of view?
The one thing that went through my mind, especially given the timing, was, What would you want to buy for the best summer ever, no matter whether you’re a young girl or her mom or her grandmother? So it was about beautiful, romantic pieces that are also really wearable. It was also our first outing doing swimwear, which is a category that’s really important to Target, so it’ll be interesting to see how well those pieces sell.
A few dresses are a bit more formal than others, plus pieces like the tuxedo bodysuit. Was prom season also on your mind?
Oh, sure. I liked the idea of these buy-now, wear-now prom dresses, something really stylish and yet really affordable for girls who wanted something with a little bit more edge than they might normally find. This also gave me the chance to bring back design elements I’ve done in the past, such as snap pieces, so you can self-drape them however you like. We also did a long gown, but we did it in a floral so you wouldn’t think we were just trying to do an Oscar gown for less.
What was the biggest challenge of conveying the idea of Zac Posen design at a Target price point?
Definitely the fabrications. Before I even met with the manufacturers, I sent my fabric developer out for research; we spent a month and a half on fabrications so we could use real silks and real cottons, and so we could wash our red leather Michael Jackson jacket, for example. I wanted the whole collection to have an electric quality to it, with a bit of preppy and psychedelic mixed in, creating a mini wardrobe of fun, easy pieces.
Target collaborations tend to be highly sought-after events; are you prepared for the white-hot attention of this launch?
We’re definitely excited by it, because it’s a huge audience. And the process has been really interesting: As a design house we’re pretty strong in our views, so sometimes we pushed back at the Target team with what we wanted to do, and they back at us. What’s resulted is the best possible collection for the consumer. When you’re creating clothing, you want people to have the most magical experience when they’re wearing those pieces. And that’s not controlled by price, that’s controlled by the love you put into the work.
This Target Go International launch is fresh on the heels of your Z Spoke launch for Saks Fifth Avenue earlier this spring. What’s next?
[Smiles] This is it for now. One launch at a time, please.
There’s a whole new crop of eco-friendly beauty to be had this season.
July 26, 2010
Priti NYC in Red Spangles ($12.50): Priti polishes are completely nontoxic and made from organic ingredients—proof of how creator Kim D’Amato aims to decrease the amount of chemicals on the earth one manicure at a time. And if this candy-colored shade doesn’t get you revved up for spring, you should consider moving to Iceland. Mortar and Pestle The Boutique Pharmacy, 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-9100
Lush Créme Anglaise hand and body cream ($44.95):
Lush products are 100 percent vegetarian and sustainably packaged. This silky blend of almond oil and fair-trade organic shea butter spiked with vanilla and sweet orange smells good enough to eat. Lush, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-7022
Stella Sheer ($62): Stella McCartney’s annual incarnation of her eponymous fragrance is a girlie blend of rose, amber and green apple. The roses used are organically grown on an Ecocert co-op in the Persian mountains. Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., 305-532-0904
Josie Maran Argan Oil hair serum ($30): Josie seeks to green her products wherever possible—from the ingredients to the packaging. The argan oil (sourced from women’s co-ops in Morocco) works wonders on split ends, and Josie’s addition of geranium and bergamot leaves hair smelling absolutely amazing! Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., 305-532-0904
Tarte Natural lip stains ($24 each): We know we’re supposed to love Tarte’s new jellies because they’re all-natural and infused with vitamins and all. But honestly? We’re head over heels because they look like grown-up versions of crayons. Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., 305-532-0904
Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear compact, mirror and brush ($6.95): Pop either the Bamboo Silk bronzer or Bamboo Silk face powder ($9.95 each)—both 90 percent natural and formulated with bamboo silk that evens skin and absorbs excess oil—into this reusable compact made of highly renewable bamboo. Drugstores, citywide
The Stuff of Radiant-Skin Dreams
Biologique Recherche brings its Lotion P50 to The Standard Spa—skincare groupies rejoice.
July 26, 2010
Headquartered on the Champs-Élysées and sold at only the most exclusive spas and resorts,Biologique Recherche is one of those “whispered about” brands with a cult following (think Twihards for skincare). Beauty junkies and editors alike can’t get enough of the line’s Lotion P50 ($55, 5.1 fl. oz.; $87, 8.5 fl. oz.). This balancing and exfoliating lotion is a cure-all for the sensitive- and oily-skin crowd. Not only does P50 hydrate, tone and reduce oil secretion—thereby warding off blemishes—it also contains a vitamin-rich exfoliant that balances and lightens the skin. A quick poll of makeupalley.com (a sort of Yelp for beauty) reveals that P50 is also proven to reduce pores. Put simply, P50 will get your skin right. The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., 305-673-1717
A dream comes true for makeup pros.
July 26, 2010
MAC makes its way onto Lincoln Road with a refurbished design, a new name “MAC Pro” and the ability to take professional makeup artists to the ultimate lengths of creativity. Professionals will be able to mix and match colors to their preference and conceptualize their own distinct makeup kits. (They can even swing by the MAC Pro photo studio for a session to see how well their kits photograph.) Makeup artists can utilize the research library, where the latest makeup trends are at their fingertips. And for those looking to further their education, master classes, as well as workshops and portfolio reviews, are also available. And what of us non-pros? MAC Pro also carries the original MAC lines. So with more than 250 different products to choose from, we’re sure you, too, will find what you’re looking for. 650 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-9040
Vive Miss Viv’
Long starved for an It Bag, the fashion world now has one back: meet Miss Viv’.
July 26, 2010
Another sign of a recovering economy: The It Bag is back. Not since mutual funds started imploding in ’08 has there been any real frenzy over a status handbag, so to see a buzz develop over one is more reassuring than anything the Dow Jones could ever tell me. It also helps to have solid A-listers toting you around, and Roger Vivier has them in spades: Miss Viv’, the sleek bag that officially debuts for Spring 2010 in Vivier boutiques this month, is oft-glimpsed on the arm of French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (including during a quick visit to New York with her husband in late March), while Sarah Jessica Parker (second only to Michelle Obama in US style quotient these days) is also a fan. Roger Vivier creative director Bruno Frisoni designed Miss Viv’ for Bruni-Sarkozy, who debuted the bag during France’s Bastille Day celebrations last year. For Spring 2010, Miss Viv’ (available in two sizes) has been crafted in a giraffe-print pony with chocolate croc-embossed handle and fold ($18,500); black or pink patent and garnet washed leather ($1,995–$2,525); and lime croc-embossed leather ($13,100, small size). Then again, when it comes to an It Bag, the renewed idea of “price is no object” may indeed represent a turning point for us all. Roger Vivier, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-4344
The Medium is the Message
Red8World develops a watch that tells much more than just the time.
July 26, 2010
Red8World—the newest watch brand on the market—has something to say. Conceived of and developed by watch veteran Christian Bédat (who is behind the brand that bears his name), Red8World watches are designed to communicate philosophical concepts like interracial harmony, love and eco-consciousness—all depicted via interlinked words written on each watch’s bezel.
The six different messages come in different color combinations of case, bezel and dial. One watch features the words EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA and AMERICA; another shows BLACK, YELLOW, WHITE and RED8. Other bezels feature PEACE, LOVE, BOY, GIRL; OX, TIGER, HARE, DRAGON; BROWN, GREEN, PLANET, EARTH; and NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST. Hoping to create a cultlike following, Bédat priced the watches reasonably ($880). The caseback is engraved with the words DESIGNED ON EARTH, PRODUCED IN ASIA.
“Basically I’m saying, Who gives a damn where it is designed?” says Bédat. “The fact is it’s a global watch. The movement is Japanese, it’s produced in China, the website is designed in Korea and it’s shipped out of Switzerland, where I live.”
Details include 42mm round stainless steel or PVD (black, gray, brown) cases, interchangeable rubber straps and Japanese-made, self-winding, eco-auto-quartz “I-matic” movements, which require no replacement batteries.
To create a Red8world theme, take a virtual global tour and enter a design contest for a chance to win a watch, go to the brand’s animated, interactive website.
Best Boot Bet
Anna Lunna’s creative customization makes for some pretty great footwear.
July 26, 2010
Luxury bootmaker Ana Rita Gonzalez and her label Anna Lunna are carving out a nice niche in the world of boots. The Miami-based company has launched its bespoke, custom-couture boots that give shoe lovers the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind pair. Select from 16 different styles, five heel heights, 10 heel styles and 17 colors of leather. “Some things are best left free from the hands of progress,” says Gonzalez. “The art of bootmaking is one such thing.” For those who crave haute couture, Gonazalez herself will construct a pair made to the exact specifications requested—down to the last button detail or exotic material.
We’re hooked on Coola Suncare’s buttery Lotion Bars.
July 26, 2010
Here’s one to toss in the old beach bag: Coola Suncare’s new Natural Hand and Body Lotion Bars. How do they work? Coola’s bars are activated by body heat (not a problem for us Florida gals) and distribute just the right amount of lotion when rubbed between palms or over dry spots. Available in four scents—lavender chamomile, grapefruit peppermint (our favorite), orange patchouli and cucumber melon (as well as unscented)—each bar contains a healthy dose of soothing avocado oil and free-radical-fighting Vitamin A, making it the perfect après-sun salve. Best of all, Coola’s Lotion Bars are paraben-free, animal- and eco-friendly and 100 percent made in the USA. Foutainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000