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Style Stealer: Olivia Palermo Out In Soho With Her Babe Boyfriend

Why is Olivia Palermo still famous? Why is she still snapped by the paparazzi on a weekly basis? Why does she sit front row at every show from New York to Paris come Fashion Week? Here’s the truth: she’s pretty, she’s well-dressed, and she pretty much epitomizes everything there is to love and love to hate about the Manhattan faux-socialite. I say faux because, come on, an MTV show stint and an obscenely wealthy, corrupt father does not a socialite make… or does it? Whatever her cause célèbre may be, I always like to see Olivia looking gorgeous about town, especially with her equally gorgeous boyfriend. I want this outfit, but it probably cost more than my entire wardrobe. This is where Style Stealer comes in… Keep reading »

Nabokov’s Favorite Butterfly Flies North, And Straight Into Our City, For Spring

Lepidopterists, take note: if you live toward the north, you may have noticed an exceptional amount of orange and black butterflies taking to the skies. These are the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) series, which literature nerds (holler!) will recognize as Vladimir Nabokov’s favorite, to which he penned an ode in his 999-line poem Pale Fire. I haven’t seen one yet, but apparently there’s tons of them, especially here in New York City where they’ll actually end up settling. This is hardly the first time they’ve been seen — the butterflies migrate upward from the South come spring — but they’re early this year and have arrived in mass quantities. According to upstate New York paper The Daily News, “[the Red Admiral] typically arrives at the end of May, but to see it in such numbers and so early in the season is not common.” Experts agree that the phenomenon has occurred about 4-5 weeks earlier than average, most likely caused by our unseasonably warm spring. Keep reading »

Miu Miu Releases 46 Unique Bags For Fashion Weeks

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It’s February already? Fashion weeks are fast approaching, that’s for sure, and New York is the first up as always, with shows beginning on Thursday. Regretfully, one brand us Manhattanites don’t usually hear much from is Miu Miu, which shows in Paris. This year, though, things are different. How different, you ask? Well, we still won’t be seeing the collection strutted down the runway, but the brand is launching a (limited edition!) line of 46 unique handmade bags of 17 different material combinations using 12 different processing techniques, all to be unveiled in the big four fashion capitals (London, Milan, Paris, and NYC) during each of their fashion weeks. I know for a fact that a grand total of zero of these bags will eventually be mine, but my god, aren’t they glorious? Check out the hypnotizing gif of all 16 New York bags, courtesy of Miu Miu, after the jump. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

224 Pages Of “Paris Versus New York”

365 Days In Paris
Leonora lived in Paris for a year and brought us along with her. Read More »
Alber Elbaz Wrote a Book
Alber Elbaz photo
The man behind Lanvin puts pen to paper. Read More »
Dam Tea Bags!
This cup is perfect for any Parisian or New Yorker in need of a caffeine fix. Read More »

As both a New Yorker and a bonafide Francophile, I am a madly adoring fan of the brilliant graphic designer Vahram Muratyan’s website, Paris versus New York. He compares the City of Lights to the Big Apple in a way that isn’t snarky, or biased toward one or the other — rather, they read more like romantic odes to both cities. His modern designs and prints have gained something of a following since his blog’s debut in 2010, and last week he released a 224-page book of his contrast-and-compare illustrations. If you’re a fan of Paris vs. NYC, or Paris, or NYC, or all of the above, you must get this book. It’s simple and lovely and makes me want to book a trip to La Ville-Lumière, dès que possible. Equally charming: this Blackbook interview with the artist. [$20, in Anthropologie stores and online]

Jason Wu Goes Guerrilla With His Latest Ad Campaign

Jason Wu for Target
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Jason Wu's Guerrilla Ad Campaign

If you happen to see some photos of seriously refined, flawlessly groomed women in ladylike ’50s-style dresses thrown up on buildings and street signs around Manhattan, don’t be alarmed — it’s just Jason Wu’s latest ad campaign. The designer will forgo the traditional direction in favor of going guerrilla with his spring 2012 collection. Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, “wild postings” of ads like the one shown above are set to occur in our fair city. I love the idea of an artsier, more spontaneous take on marketing, and it’s a foolproof way to grab everyone’s attention. It reminds me of Alexander Wang’s similar guerrilla campaign back in July — I suppose great minds, and great designers, think alike. [Racked NY]

Well, Now There’s A Breed Of Giant Rat Living In NYC, Too

For every spontaneous, adorable impromptu subway sing-a-long, there’s a giant, repulsive rat that comes along and ruins it for everyone. Yes, there are now giant rats living in NYC — this particular guy was found at a Foot Locker in the Bronx, if you couldn’t tell from the familiar striped uniform of the guy holding the dead animal aloft. [Is it just me, or does that thing have massive testes? -- Editor] [Gothamist]

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