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March 23, 2011
By Dispatch Departures | Shopping, Charity

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Doing good has never looked so chic. On March 29, Christie's will host its Bid to Save the Earth live auction followed by a Runway to Green fashion show, the proceeds of which will benefit four environmental charities. For those who can't make it to the main event, the auction house has partnered with Chartitybuzz.com, which will host online bidding on truly one-of-a-kind items donated by a cast of cultural heavy-hitters. Up for grabs are a day with former president Bill Clinton, a one-hour tennis lesson with John McEnroe, front-row seats to the Chanel couture show followed by a meeting with Karl Lagerfeld and a tour of Mlle. Chanel's home, breakfast with Tory Burch and a hefty gift certificate to her store, a Damien Hirst-designed Fendi bag, a stay on the superyacht Lady Sheridan during the Cannes Film Festival, dinner with Her Majesty Queen Noor in her D.C.-area home and a slew of exclusive travel opportunities. The online lots are open until April 7, so ladies and gentlemen, let the bidding begin. Bidtosavetheearth.org; looks from the Runway to Green event will be available on net-a-porter.com.

Photo Prudence Cuming Associates, © 2010 Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011

March 02, 2011
By Dispatch Departures | Shopping

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Last year Gucci's iconic Bamboo bag, which made its debut in 1947, got a makeover courtesy of creative director Frida Giannini. Featuring a draped metal chain, fringe tassels and nickel hardware, the New Bamboo bag became an instant classic. Now Gucci has introduced a made-to-order service at its Madison Avenue store, allowing clients to choose from three bag sizes, each available in 25 shades of matte, shiny or metallic crocodile. The color palette is extensive, with neutral tones like ivory, camel rose and soft sand at one end of the spectrum and bolder hues of Indian blue, emerald and burgundy at the other. For the finishing touch, the owner's initials are embossed on the flap interior and the mirror case. Prices upon request. At 840 Madison Ave.; gucci.com.

Photo Courtesy Gucci

February 22, 2011
By Dispatch Departures | Shopping, eCommerce

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Since it opened, in 2007, the Webster Miami has been a pilgrimage site for fashion devotees seeking its carefully curated selection of men's and women's styles. While the three-story, neon-lit Art Deco building—which also houses a cocktail bar-cum-art gallery, a branch of Parisian restaurant Caviar Kaspia and a rooftop lounge—continues to be a destination in its own right, getting the goods no longer requires a trip to Miami: The co-owners have just launched an e-commerce operation on the boutique's flamingo-pink website. In addition to pieces from ultrahip labels like Givenchy, Balmain and Alexander Wang, the site offers an array of items exclusive to the store, including a Thakoon by Tasaki leather and pearl cuff, a bracelet of citrine spheres encased in 18-karat gold from House of Waris, a VBH stingray tiger-print clutch, Charlotte Olympia leopard ankle booties and wetsuit-inspired bikinis from cult swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez. thewebstermiami.com

Photo Courtesy Camilo Rios

February 15, 2011
By Dispatch Departures | Shopping, Retail

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Lanvin's fourth stateside boutique, a 4,520-square-foot space that recently opened on Rodeo Drive, adds a bit of old Hollywood glamour to the house's signature style: Mixed in with antique chandeliers, parquet flooring, animal-print rugs and brushed steel panels are Art Deco accents and black-and-white photos of Lanvin models from the 1930s. The first floor is home to women's and men's accessories, while the ready-to-wear collections—in addition to the Blanche, 22 Faubourg, Denim and Swim capsules—are on the lower level, along with made-to-measure and tailoring services. A corridor of mirrors leads to a private fitting area. It wouldn't be Lanvin without a dose of whimsy, so in addition to more traditional gift items like umbrellas, stationery and perfume, the boutique offers playing cards, music boxes and hand-painted porcelain dolls. At 260 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-402-0580; lanvin.com.

Photo Courtesy Lanvin

February 09, 2011
By Dispatch Departures | Shopping

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Buying art is an art form in itself, and nonexperts who are starting personal collections may need a few trusted tastemakers to advise them, especially when it comes to contemporary works. For beginners, there is ExhibitionA.com, a just-launched website headed by Bill Powers (owner of Half Gallery on New York's Lower East Side), fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and cofounders Laura Martin and Gabby Munoz. Every week the site offers a limited-edition print by a renowned contemporary artist such as David LaChapelle or Richard Phillips, whose well-known "Der Bodensee" prints-an upside-down close-up of a woman's heavily made-up face-were available in January. The prices are in the three-figure range, and each sale closes after one month (or sooner, if the pieces sell out). The new selection, a stark Terence Koh rooster print, went up for sale February 7; soon to follow are by works from Steve Powers, Olivier Zahm and George Rahme. And for those seeking to learn collecting from the pros, the site also has a blog that features interviews with prominent collectors like Simon de Pury, Waris Ahluwalia and Robert and Cortney Novogratz. exhibitiona.com.

Photo courtesy Exhibition A

February 07, 2011
By Shannon Adducci | Shopping, Jewelry, Openings

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© Courtesy Mauboussin

Last week French jewelry firm Mauboussin opened the doors
of its shop on Madison Avenue in New York to celebrate the launch of its new
e-commerce site, mauboussin.us. Guests filled all three floors of the townhouse
boutique to snack on macarons, sip La Caravelle Champagne and peruse the new
collections, which include large candy-colored amethyst and citrine cocktail
rings
and diamond necklaces and bracelets done in Mauboussin’s signature shooting
star. The Manhattan boutique, which opened in 2008, is the company’s first American
flagship and houses its colored-stone, diamond and watch collections on the
first two floors, while the third floor serves as its bridal salon.

The online shop, meanwhile, is an ode to Mauboussin’s
flagship on the Place Vendôme. Most of the collection will be available online,
though the emphasis is on the company’s steel-and-diamond watches (from $545)
and popular cocktail rings (from $1,100), which come in sapphire, amethyst and citrine
and have poetic names like Couleur Baiser (Kiss of Color) and C’est Toi la Star (You’re
the Star).

Mauboussin, 714 Madison Avenue; 212-752-4300; mauboussin.us

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