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By Erik Maza

m-montauk.jpgMontauk, New York, a beach hamlet on the eastern tip of Long Island, lies about 120 miles from Manhattan. It was not much of a vacation spot in 1971, when Andy Warhol and his friend, filmmaker Paul Morrissey, paid $225,000 for a twenty-acre estate near one of its rugged beaches. Writer Bob Colacello, a Warhol friend, describes the Montauk of those days as "our own little summer camp." But, soon enough, socialite Lee Radziwill rented the Warhol place--her sister, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, came along sometimes--and Montauk was on the map.

Today, summer residents and recent visitors include Gwyneth Paltrow, Bono, Steven Spielberg, Ralph Lauren, Toots Thielemans, Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Weber, Shaun White, and the Winklevoss twins. "It's not slick," Colacello says. "It's not overly rich. It's offhandedly rich."
June 5, 2014 12:08 PM


Eichner's Eye: The CFDA Awards

eichners-eye-cfda01.jpgBy Steve Eichner

WWD photographer Steve Eichner sees it all and shares his unique perspective from the frontlines of the CFDA Awards, from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to Raf Simons' after party to the after-after party at the Top of the Standard.

louis-sketch.jpgBy LOUISE J. ESTERHAZY

Ah, spring at last! As I sit in my Manhattan pied-a-terre staring out at the glistening East River, I feel my blood begin to quicken after my long, long winter's hibernation. Daffodils the color of sunshine blaze against the emerald green grass, while the Delft blue sky is dotted with fluffy clouds so purely white it is clear there isn't a storm anywhere near. Birdsong trills through my open window, and the gentle scent of fresh blossoms drifts in on the soft breeze.

I have loved this time of year ever since I was an engelchen frolicking in the wildflower-filled meadows of the Austrian alps, listening to the rhythmic clank-clank of the cowbells as the herds were at last released from the barns and allowed to roam the hillsides after the snows melted.
June 2, 2014 12:18 PM


WWD Postcard: Cornelia Guest

eye-postcard01.jpgBy Cornelia Guest

When Countess Marina Cicogna calls you to Rome, all her pals from around the world go. The reason? Three days of museums, lunches and dinners to celebrate her 80th birthday.

When I got to Rome, it was a picture-perfect day. I always love the drive in from the airport -- all the ruins and monuments are awe-inspiring. Rome is one of my favorite cities. I walk all over -- making a wish at the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, all the churches. I enjoy exploring and find new things every time.

Now that the fashion dust has settled in New York, London, Milan and Paris and one at last begins to recover from the exhausting blur of thousands of garments, one can take stock. What is it all about? What does it all mean?

Sometime after the World Economic Forum scrum, Billionaire Husband and I got to talking about the lousy amenities at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvedyre in Davos (the hard, European-size mattresses, for instance) and the silly village rule that allows no salt on the wintry roads. (Thus, we got to see the president of Liberia slipping along the Guggerbachstrasse before dinner. I mean, the woman has hardly ever seen snow. You'd think for this one week they'd relax their uptight Swiss-ish-ness and treat the sidewalk, so that Mme Sirleaf wouldn't break her neck.) But mostly we talked about the idea of inequality.

The fashion industry has embraced social media in all its instantaneous glory. Excessive tweets, idle (and sometimes not-so-idle) gossip aside, fluency across interactive social platforms has remained the biggest Fashion Week must-have so far, proving to be an indispensable tool in brand exposure. So for the few skeptics that remain, keep reading.
May 24, 2010 11:44 AM


Memphis Mojo

Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell in the Tony-nominated "Memphis."
photo courtesy of Joan Marcus
Montego Glover's work day consists of fan kicks, long leaps and lots of high notes--all in four inch stilettos. But the star of the new Broadway hit "Memphis" takes it all in stride. "I'm in heels the entirety of the musical," Glover says with a laugh.
May 19, 2010 5:13 PM


Color Coded at DVF Gallery

Oil painting by Natasha Law

London-based painters Lucy Soni and Natasha Law (sister of Jude) will unveil their latest oil painting creations at a joint exhibition, "Licking Out Of the Same Bowl," on May 19 at DVF Gallery, adjacent to Diane Von Furstenberg's flagship store.

Michael Kors at the Golden Gate Bridge
Greetings from San Francisco -- one of my favorite cities in the world. Stopped by the Presidio for the Hitchcock views, had amazing dim sum for lunch at Tommy Toy's, went to a benefit fashion show for the San Francisco Ballet followed by drinks at the Tonga Room, which is like a tiki bar on steroids.

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