NIKEID AT 255 STUDIO Isn't it exhausting running after those hard-to-find sneakers every season? Now, at the new NIKEiD concept store in New York's NoLIta, customers are taking footwear into their own hands and, under the guidance of a fashionably hip consultant, crafting their own bespoke styles. www.nikeid.com
WORD OF THE DAY
ASTRAKHAN When the a is uppercase, it's a city in Russia. Otherwise, it translates to the word for Persian lamb—and the wooly fiber that comes from it, which you'll be seeing on coats, skirts, and suits from Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada.
EMMANUEL PERROTIN GALLERY He's been called Gagosian à la française by the French press. Now hotshot Parisian gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin—who represents stars Takashi Murakami, Sophie Calle, and Maurizio Cattelan, among others—gets to show his stuff on this side of the pond at his newly opened art house in Miami Beach.
SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH Back in the sixties, Siamese fighting fish were the tropical poisson du jour. Now they're back. Why? We have no idea. We doubt that even Camille Paglia could figure this one out.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
SILHOUETTE There are times in the fashion cycle when up-to-the-minute trends don't translate well from catwalk to sidewalk; this isn't one of them. In fact, now that Narciso, Oscar, and company have rediscovered the Empire waist, chic women everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief—eat, shop, and be merry.
ESTABLISHED & SONS Five artistic young Brits have banded together and are taking on the world. Though one, Alasdhair Willis, has ties to the original Fab Four (he's married to designer Stella McCartney), this group produces funky, high-end furniture and objects, not sixties standards. www.establishedandsons.com
NOT JUST FOR KIDS
SONY PSP What comes with a 4.3-inch LCD flat screen and plays music, games, and movies? The newest Sony PSP multimedia player. Now that's entertainment. $250; www.us.playstation.com/psp
WWD'S MEMO PAD The magazine world is known for its, shall we say, competitive spirit. Which may explain why Memo Pad, Women's Wear Daily's media gossip column, has become the publishing world equivalent of Variety's front page. With equal doses of sheer schadenfreude and plain old curiosity, editors and publishers flip to it first thing to see what columnists Sara James and Jeff Bercovici have turned up that day. Which three up-and-coming hotshot editors are vying for your job? Read it and weep.
DIOR'S NEWSBOY CAP Designer John Galliano's crocodile print-embossed leather newsboy cap for Dior is...Well, whatever it is, it certainly has caught our attention. $845; 800-929-3467
POIRET EVENING CLOAK Following a recent auction in Paris and a show at the Met, Parisian fashion designer Paul Poiret—the first to jettison the corset, customize ethnic prints, and concoct a fragrance, all at the turn of the century, mind you—is making a comeback. Even his footwear, a pair of high-heel Le Bal shoes, fetched a record-breaking $52,500.
BIBENDOM IN NEW YORK
MICHELIN GUIDE NYC No one does restaurant reviews like a tire company. Seriously. The world-renowned Michelin Guide—which has been steering foodies to the finest racks of lamb in France since 1900—is finally launching a New York edition. Soon we shall see which masters of the kitchen receive the coveted stars—and who burns rubber.
NEXT IN TEXT
FASTAP PHONE Fastap may look like your average cell phone, but according to its designer, David Levy, "Fastap is a twelve-button keypad on steroids." What this means: Individual buttons for each letter have been placed among the number keys without increasing the size of the gadget. This eliminates the tap-tap-tapping required to reach certain letters as well as the need for word-completion programs, which are often confusing. Already flying off shelves in Canada, Fastap is planning to make its U.S. debut sometime in 2006.
THE OTHER SIDE OF NIAGARA
WINE FROM NIAGARA FALLS Acres of lush vineyards, charming hillside orchards, fancy culinary schools—if you're thinking Napa, Sonoma, or, possibly, Oregon, think again. Think Niagara is for winemakers. Yes, that Niagara, as in Falls. Specifically, we're referring to the place just west of the falls, on the Canadian side, where Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery and Hillebrand Winery produce award-winning premium wines and ice wines in the region's microclimate.
DRAMA MEETS GLAMOUR
HAN FENG'S OPERA COSTUMES The glamorous silk creations by Han Feng have graduated from the runway to the stage; the Chinese-born New Yorker is now designing costumes for a new production of Madam Butterfly for the English National Opera (Anthony Minghella—The English Patient—directs). Playing at the London Coliseum, from November 5 to December 16; www.eno.org
ARTIST TO KNOW
RICHARD PRINCE If an artist can be judged by the price his work commands, then Richard Prince can be called the man of the hour. He first made a name for himself in the early eighties when he rephotographed Marlboro ads, blowing them up to almost life-size proportions for his "Cowboys" collection. More recently Prince's signature post Pulp Art series, which features white-uniformed nurses, has attracted a dedicated following—one painting brought in $1,024,000 at auction this summer.
TOMAS MAIER'S TALISMANS Among frayed kabbalah strings and plastic evil eyes, Bottega Veneta's Napoli Horn and Roma Hand necklaces—both in onyx and silver—stand out as the best-looking talismans. $920; 877-362-1715
MOMA'S SAFE EXHIBIT Paola Antonelli, MoMA curator of architecture and design, challenged some of the most cutting-edge creative minds to rethink safety and comfort in terms of today's new materials and needs. The result: the show "Safe: Design Takes on Risk" (October 16-January 2). 11 W. 53rd St., New York; 212-708-9400
BUZZED-ABOUT ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
CHARLES STREET JAIL The on-again, off-again Charles Street Jail project is, well, back on. Alexandra Champalimaud, the interior designer behind the Berkeley hotel in London, intends to preserve the building's "jailness" (for example, the layers of steel catwalks that ring the inside will remain intact) as she transforms the Boston landmark into a luxury hotel.
JAIPUR'S BEST BOUTIQUE Munnu Kasliwal from Gem Palace and his partner, chic French jeweler Marie-Hélène de Taillac, have pooled their sparkle at Hot Pink, a Jaipur, Rajasthan, boutique that sells an eclectic mix of items, ranging from shoes to shawls to the best in Indian crafts and homewares. Narain Niwas Palace, 91-141/510-8932
SEA AND BE SEEN
MOST ELEGANT POWERBOAT If you think powerboats are all about macho swagger, take a look at the Endeavor 42's classic, elegant lines. Built by the famed Camper & Nicholsons shipyard (bought by Leonardo Ferragamo in 2001) and presented last year in Saint-Tropez, the Endeavor has made waves in Monte Carlo, in Italy's Rapallo and Portofino, and at this year's Venice International Film Festival, where it ferried VIPs. $905,200; www.cnyachting.com
VALENTINO ROSSI Rossi has been the reigning MotoGP (motorcycle-racing) champion for the last four years. Every guy wants to be like him; every woman wants to date him. Lately, the Continent is abuzz with conjecture that Rossi will be exchanging two wheels for four when he joins Ferrari's Formula 1 team.
THE IN ADDRESS
THE CORE CLUB The most buzzed-about membership in Manhattan is at the newly opened Core Club. Its founding members hail from the worlds of business, society, and culture. Among the roster of names are such high-profile personalities as Vernon Jordan, Aby Rosen, Marianne Boesky, Richard Meier, Roger Waters, and John McEnroe.
L.A.'S HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL During Prohibition, Errol Flynn concocted his home-brewed gin in the barbershop of this hotel. More recently designer Dodd Mitchell revamped the bar so that Nicole Ritchie and Lindsay Lohan could down their beers on linen lounge chairs within a protective wall of palm trees and private bungalows. Highbrow bonus and cool factor: the pool's underwater David Hockney mural. At 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; 800-950-7667; www.thompsonhotels.com.
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS
ABRAHAM.DUPONT JEWELRY This season, expect to see the young social set decked in Abraham.DuPont, the new jewelry line fashioned by former Vogue accessories editor Lauren DuPont and her partner, Douglas Abraham. The two met while working for Ralph Lauren and bonded over turquoise, tourmalines, and their passion for tigereye everything.
HONK IF YOU LOVE CHIC
OZOCARS Billing itself as an ecoluxury car service, the OZOcar fleet consists of 76 hybrid vehicles (Priuses and Lexuses) in various sizes. Each is tricked out with an Apple iBook, high-speed Internet connection, and satellite radio. Debuting in New York this fall before going global (next stop: London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Berlin, and Madrid), OZOcar isn't only the smarter choice, it's miles more stylish. 866-696-5966; www.ozocar.com
NUTS FOR COCO
MARC JACOBS HANDBAG When Jacobs adds his signature hardware and handles to quilted leather handbags à la Chanel, the result can only be a new, classic must-have. $1,200; 212-924-6126
PRADA DENIM Miuccia Prada's latest fix is denim—jackets, shirts, and jeans in every wash from dark blue to gray—with cuts as simple and understated as her color scheme ($295-$695). 888-977-1900
ART AND APPRECIATION
THE AZZURRA, L.A. The real estate-cum-cultural moment has arrived in Los Angeles—at the Marina del Rey harbor, to be exact—in the form of a new 19-story glass building housing the Azzurra residences. In addition to having the requisite rooftop lounge and other perks, it reflects the vibe of Venice Beach just two blocks away. Expect to see pieces by Ed Ruscha and Dennis Hopper, plus works other local artists have produced in the last 50 years. 310-577-0101; www.azzurra-delrey.com
PEDAL TO THE METAL
AUTOMOBILE-BRAND WATCHES Auto and luxury-watch brands are mating like crazy. Look for De Grisogono-Formula 1, Breitling-Bentley, Jaeger-LeCoultre-Aston Martin, IWC Schaffhausen-Mercedes-AMG, Audemars Piguet-Maserati, and Chopard-Mille Miglia.
BOONTJE CHINA Tord Boontje has a talent for taking stuffy ol' decorative objects (chandeliers, ceramics, textiles) and giving them a new look and life. His latest project is a line of china made for Artecnica. One piece works as a hostess gift worth giving. Or buy the entire set and throw a party. Dinner plates, $160 for four; www.mossonline.com
HD BUTTERCUP If Evan Cole, who made his name at New York City's ABC Carpet & Home, ever felt hemmed in, he hasno excuses now. HD Buttercup, his 100,000-square-foot home-design store in Los Angeles, contains 50-plus manufacturers previously exclusive to industry insiders. 310-558-8900; www.hdbuttercup.com
DESIGNER TO KNOW
AB ROGERS The Brit who's been grabbing our attention with stunning interiors for Paris's Comme des Garçons store and London's Michel Guillon Eye boutique, Rogers has just been commissioned to redo the concourse area of London's Tate Modern.
NEW MIXED BREEDS Schnoodles (schnauzer-poodle) and Rott-A-Dors (rottweiler-Labrador retriever) are all the rage, leading us to wonder: Is "mixed breed" the new way to say "mutt"?
JANIS PROVISOR JEWELRY Multicolor tourmalines mixed with pearls and 22-karat-gold beads; strands of pearls paired with pieces of coral, antique turquoise, and citrine: Janis Provisor's whimsical combinations of gems and beads are the hot collectible among an equally eclectic group of New York tastemakers. The thing is, these pieces—which range from $1,600 to $4,800—are being sold only to those who know the contact. Here it is. Debi Wisch at Fort Street Studio, 212-925-5383
THE COLOR PURPLE
ALEX HITZ TIE As a way to accent the return of the dull suit—brown, black, and pinstripe—men are pursuing color in their ties (and lives), such as this one from Alex Hitz ($150). 800 Fifth Ave., New York; 212-744-7685