Bon Weekend: 9 November 2018
It’s a busy and fun time in New York right now. There are a lot of chic events, exhibitions, and store openings that you should definitely check out this weekend.
Goop has had pop ups in New York and the Hamptons but they have just opened Goop Lab, a permanent store at 25 Bond Street. Commune, who designed the space, was inspired by “1930’s Hollywood homes designed by Billy Baldwin and Paul Williams.” The store will sell fashion from various brands including G.Label from Goop, as well as beauty, health and wellness products, home decor, and kitchen wares.
Uruguay born fashion designer Gabriela Hearst has just opened her first store on Madison Avenue right next to the legendary Carlyle Hotel. There is actually a door linking them so you can head next door for a drink at Bemelman’s after you’ve bought yourself something wonderful and expensive. Her clothing is exceptionally well tailored and her bags are like little works of art.
My lovely friend Rachel Hrushka founded Lingua Franca two years ago and now she has just opened her first store at 382 Bleecker Street in the West Village. Her iconic embroidered sweaters are updated often with popular phrases but can also be customized which makes them the perfect holiday gift. Her husband Sean MacPherson who designs all his own hotels including the Marlton, Ludlow, and Bowery, pulled the space together with custom brass racks and hand chosen artwork, some of which is also for sale.
Last night, I attended the Collector’s Preview of the Salon Art and Design Fair at the Park Avenue Armory which runs though November 12. The show includes the “finest international galleries exhibiting historical, modern and contemporary furniture, groundbreaking design and late 19th through 21st century art.” My domain is more 18th century French and English art and antiques so this fair is outside my wheelhouse but I think it’s important to get out of one’s comfort zone to experience and learn about new things.
The Whitney Museum is not my favorite for the same reason I mentioned above but I do look forward to checking out Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again. This artist retrospective exhibition opens to the public on November 12th but members can preview it this weekend.
If you are a member of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can preview the new exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed this weekend but it doesn’t open to the public until November 12th. This exhibition explores “how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns” with over 230 objects such as “headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings that will be shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs.”
Chris Benz, fashion designer and “Creative Director for iconic fashion label Bill Blass, brings his colorful, polished-urban designs to a brand new collection for Wallshoppe.” They include splatter prints, fun stripes, and many other patterns.
I watched the Bodyguard (not to be confused with the Whitney Houston film, The Bodyguard) on my iPad on some strange website because the British series wasn’t available anywhere in the US at the time. You have the luxury of watching the thrilling twists and turns of this great show on Netflix now. It stars Richard Madden, from Game of Thrones, as a “war veteran is assigned to protect a politician who was a main proponent of the very conflict in which he fought, after helping thwart a terrorist attack.” I didn’t see some plot twists coming while watching which is exactly why I loved the Bodyguard and think you will too.
I’m still loving the weekly episodes of The Romanoffs on Amazon Prime but not sure I’m going to be able to get into Homecoming. The series is getting a lot of buzz because it stars Julia Roberts as “a caseworker at Homecoming, a facility that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life. She leaves Homecoming to start a new life living with her mother and working as a small-town waitress. Years later, the Department of Defense questions why she left, which makes Heidi realize that there’s a whole other story behind the one that she’s been telling herself.” I watched the first episode and wasn’t drawn in but I’m going to give it another try on the way out to Sag Harbor this weekend.
If you want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, many retailers are offering Friends and Family discounts and other sales this weekend. You can save 30% 0r 35% at J.Crew depending on whether you’re a rewards member. Nordstrom has a fall sale with up to 40% off select items through November 18th. You can save 40% off at Ann Taylor during their Friends of Ann event. Tory Burch has 40% off limited quantities of clothing and accessories. You can prepare for holiday meals or buy gifts during the Williams-Sonoma Friends and Family Sale which is 20% off.
Bon week-end !